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Astra Lost in Space TV Anime Unveils Main Cast, July Premiere

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Inori Minase cast in sci-fi story by Sket Dance's Kenta Shinohara ― The official website for the television anime of Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga began streaming the first promotional video on Friday. The website and video announced the first cast members and July premiere of the anime. The first cast members announced are: Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kanata...
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Isekai Quartet Anime's Promo Video, 2 Ads Streamed

Crossover anime to have 12 episodes ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video and two commercials on Friday for the Isekai Quartet crossover anime project. The anime will premiere on April 9 at 24:30 (effectively April 10 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, before later airing on MBS, BS11, AT-X, and TV Aichi. The show will stream in Japan on AbemaTV. The show's website is listing the anime with 12 epis...
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Dr. Stone Anime's 2 Teaser Videos Streamed

TMS Entertainment produces series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga began streaming two new teaser videos for the anime on Friday. The videos preview Yuki Kanesaka's song "Chemical Boys." Shinya Iino (storyboards, episode director on Hanebad!, Revue Starlight, Made in Abyss) is directing the anime at TMS Ent...
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san Manga Ends in 4th Volume

Manga inspired TV anime in October ― The Pixiv Comic website revealed on Friday that the fourth and final volume of Honda's Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san (Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san) manga will ship in Japan on March 28. Pixiv Comic published the manga's 24th chapter on Friday. Honda launched the manga on the Pixiv Comic website in August 2015. Kadokawa brand company Media Factory published the th...
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AI: The Somnium Files Game's Trailer Reveals July Release

Zero Escape's Kōtarō Uchikoshi directs new PS4/Switch/PC game ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a new trailer for Kōtarō Uchikoshi's new game AI: The Somnium Files on Thursday. The video reveals the game's worldwide July 25 release for the PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam. Spike Chunsoft also revealed the game's "Special Agent Edition," which will include an acrylic stand, original box art, an ...
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Cencoroll Connect Film Screening Unveils New Promo Video

June 29 screening includes 1st Cencoroll short, Cencoroll 2 sequel ― The official website for Cencoroll Connect, a special joint screening of director Atsuya Uki's first Cencoroll film short and Cencoroll 2 sequel, began streaming a new promotional video on Friday. (Note: The trailer video in the website is region-locked to Japan. A region-free version is embedded below.) The Cencoroll Connect screen...
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Live-Action Kūbo Ibuki Film's New Trailer, Visual Unveiled

Film based on Osamu Eya, Kaiji Kawaguchi's manga opens on May 24 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Friday. The site also revealed a new visual for the film. The film will open in Japan on May 24. Setsurō Wakamatsu is directing the film. Kazunori Itō (Patl...
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7SEEDS Anime Unveils Teaser Video, More Cast

8 more cast members for Summer A Team join June anime ― Netflix began streaming a new teaser video for the anime of Yumi Tamura's 7SEEDS manga on Friday. The anime's website also revealed new cast members for the Summer A Team, and revealed that Amatsuki will perform the shows opening theme song "Ark." The new cast members include: Kensho Ono as Ango Takahiro Sakurai as Ryō Haruka Chisuga as Koruri Y...
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Tannishō o Hiraku Religious Anime Film Reveals More Cast, Staff Members

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Rina Honnizumi, Mitsuhiro Ichiki, more join cast ― The official website for the anime film of Kentetsu Takamori's Buddhist book Tannishō o Hiraku (Opening the Tannishō) revealed additional cast members and staff for the film on Friday. The new cast members include: Yoshimasa Hosoya as Sōken, Yuien's childhood friend Rina Honnizumi as Asa Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Gonpachi, Asa's brother S...
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A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest Game's Video Previews Theme Song

Maon Kurosaki sings "JUNCTION"; AnimeJapan visitors can interact with characters on giant touch screens ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional video for A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest (Toaru Majutsu no Index: Imaginary Fest), the new smartphone game based on A Certain Magical Index franchise, on Friday. The video previews the game's theme song "JUNCTION" by Maon Kurosaki. Square Enix an...
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Japan Night Event in NYC Hosts Hyde, Wagakki Band

Misia, PuffyAmiYumi also perform at May 12 concert ― The Japan Foundation is hosting HYDE, Wagakki Band, Misia, and PuffyAmiYumi as part of its Japan Night concert, which will take place at the PlayStation Theater and at the Sony Hall in New York on May 12. HYDE contributed to the soundtracks of DNA², Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Fullmetal Alchemist, Great Teacher Onizuka, Mobile Suit Gundam 00...
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Azur Lane: Crosswave PS4 Game Ships in Japan on August 29

New playable characters, pre-order bonuses, limited edition, retailer bonuses also revealed ― The official website for Azur Lane: Crosswave, Felistella's PlayStation 4 action game based on Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game, revealed the game's August 29 release date in Japan on Friday. Those who pre-order the game will receive a download code for the playable character Ne...
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Oreimo's Hiroyuki Kanbe Directs TV Anime of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer Manga

RErideD's Geek Toys produces anime originally announced last year ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga revealed on Friday that the anime will be a television anime series. The site also revealed a visual and the show's main staff. Hiroyuki Kanbe (Oreimo both seasons, Gonna be the Twin-Tail!!) is directing the series at studio Geek Toys (RErideD). Masashi S...
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Azur Lane Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Yui Ishikawa, Mai Nakahara

New visual showing Enterprise, Akagi also unveiled ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game began streaming a new teaser video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals that Yui Ishikawa and Mai Nakahara are reprising their roles as Enterprise and Akagi respectively in the anime. The site also revealed a new visual s...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Gets New Video Work Centered on Lang Wu Yao

New 'Seiyū Genka' is set in land of Xi-You, explores Lang Wu Yao's past ― The official website for the Thunderbolt Fantasy franchise revealed on Friday that the puppet-show series will receive a new "video work" this year titled Thunderbolt Fantasy - Seiyū Genka. The new work will be set in the land of Xi-You (Seiyū), and will center on the character Lang Wu Yao (Rōfu Yō in Japanese) and his past. Th...
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For Whom The Alchemist Exists Film's Teaser, Visual Reveal June 14 Opening

Inori Minase stars in film based on smartphone game ― The website for For Whom The Alchemist Exists, the theatrical film adaptation of The Alchemist Code (Ta ga Tame no Alchemist or For Whom the Alchemist) smartphone game, began streaming a teaser video for the film on Friday. The teaser reveals the film's June 14 opening date. The site also unveiled a new visual for the film. Inori Minase will play ...
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Arc System Works Releases World End Syndrome Game in N. America on May 2

― Arc System Works announced on Thursday that it will release its World End Syndrome game in North America for the PlayStation 4 and Switch on May 2. PQube will also release the game in Europe for the PS4 and Switch on June 14. The game will feature Japanese audio and English text. Arc System Works describes the game: WES is a romantic adventure game from the collaboration of Arc System Works and TO...
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MBS Anime Festival Holds Send-Off to Heisei Era With Live Performances

On Sunday, television broadcasting company Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) said goodbye to the Heisei era in its early MBS Anime Festival. The event, called "MBS Anime Historia: Heisei," featured voice actors and music groups associated with over a dozen iconic anime series from the Heisei era holding live performances and acting out lines. The festival was not preserved as a DVD or livestreame...
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Haruhisa Nakata's Levius Sci-fi Boxing Manga Gets Anime Series This Winter

Polygon Pictures produces 3DCG anime for Netflix ― Netflix announced on Friday that it is producing a 3D CG anime series adaptation of Haruhisa Nakata's science-fiction boxing manga Levius. The anime will premiere worldwide this winter, and Netflix is streaming a teaser promotional video: Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin, Blame!, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters) is credited as chief director for the anime, wh...
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High Score Manga Artist Chinami Tsuyama Says Cigarettes Now Banned in Ribon

High Score manga artist Chinami Tsuyama wrote on Twitter on March 15 that there will no longer be any scenes in her manga where characters hold cigarettes due to tightening restrictions in the shojo magazine Ribon. In the same tweet, she also mentioned that three years ago she had been told not to make any cigarettes she drew emit smoke, and even then she was taken aback by how tight the restricti...
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Dynamic Chord Smartphone Game Ends Service on April 18

Franchise's Dynamic Chord Jam&Join!!!! app launched in September ― The official website for the Dynamic Chord franchise's Dynamic Chord Jam&Join!!!! smartphone app announced on Wednesday that the app will end service on April 18. The app's staff said in the announcement that management support from the developer and service updates had become difficult, so the decision was made to end service. Unrele...
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YouTube Manga Toshokan Z Service Trials Auto-Translate Options Worldwide

Ken Akamatsu asks English fans to give feedback on Love Hina videos. ― In December 2018, the free manga service Manga Toshokan Z launched a YouTube channel to make its featured titles more accessible. The legal service mainly focuses on distributing completed and/or out-of-print titles, and all YouTube ad revenue will go to the creators. The service is currently experimenting in distributing manga in...
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Shō Shibamoto Holds Kickstarter for More English Flower Knight Dakini Manga Chapters

Campaign launched on March 9, reached goal in 3 days ― Manga artist Shō Shibamoto launched a crowdfunding campaign on March 9 to fund the production of chapters 7 to 9 of his self-published web manga series Flower Knight Dakini. The campaign has surpassed its goal of US$3,168 and earned US$3,800 (converted from yen). Shibamoto announced last week that the campaign reached its goal in its first three ...
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Rider Time Kamen Rider Shinobi Net Series Reveals Video, Visual, Cast

Asuka Hanamura, Takuma Zaiki, Masashi Ebara, Nobuo Kyō join cast of Kamen Rider Zi-O spinoff ― The official website for the Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club app revealed additional cast, a visual, and a promotional video on Sunday for Rider Time Kamen Rider Shinobi, a spinoff series of the Kamen Rider franchise's latest installment Kamen Rider Zi-O. (Note: the video is region-locked to Japan.) The newly annou...
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Charapedia: Here's The Most Anticipated Anime for Spring 2019

Choose your top 5 in ANN's poll! ― The orphans of The Promised Neverland are about to get some much deserved respite as the winter 2019 season heads to a close. We've made a lot of friends over the last three months, including the noble psychic Mob, the determined Emma, and a whole lot of female fighter pilots. The spring season is rapidly approaching and ready to bombard anime fans with new adventur...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 17-23

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us, Hakumei and Mikochi anime; Gleipnir, Angels of Death Episode.0 manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Burst Angel Complete Series Essentials BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 March 19 Damepri Anime Caravan Complete Collection BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 March 19 Dies Irae BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment US$...
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The Legend of Zelda Joins Crypt of the NecroDancer in Cadence of Hyrule Rhythm Action-Adventure Game

Nintendo announced during the Nindies Showcase Spring 2019 livestream on Wednesday that the Vancouver-based Brace Yourself Games indie game studio will be collaborating with The Legend of Zelda series to create Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Switch. The crossover game will merge the rhythm-based combat of Crypt of the NecroDancer with the...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, March 4-10

One Piece sells 1,154,805 more, followed by Promised Neverland, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back, Jujutsu Kaisen ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Sales Est. Total Sales Release Date Publisher Author HighestRank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 92 1,154,805 1,386,360 2019/03 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 2 2 The Promised Neverland 13 270,697 273,123 2019/03 Shueisha Original Story:...
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eigoManga Publishes First Squad Manga in Fall

Enka Sugihara's manga based on story from Russian creators Misha Sprits, Aljosha Klimov ― Publisher EigoManga announced on Tuesday that it will publish Enka Sugihara's First Squad - The Moment of Truth manga this fall. EigoManga describes the manga: The story is set in the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front and centers around a Soviet teenager who possesses supernatural abilities to co...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Switch Game Heads West in Summer

Game launches in Japan on April 25 ― Konami Digital Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Nintendo Switch game in the West this summer. The game will launch digitally in Japan on April 25. The game shares a title with the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist game. Konami released the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist card duel s...
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Yakuza 5 Launches for PS4 in Japan on June 20

― Sega announced on Thursday that it will release the PlayStation 4 version of its Yakuza 5 game in Japan on June 20. Yakuza 5 originally shipped in Japan for the PlayStation 3 in December 2012. Sega released the game in the West in 2015. Sega describes the game: Yakuza 5 continues the epic story of Kazuma Kiryu alongside four other protagonists, following their struggles and conflicts in the seedy ...
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Re:Zero Anime's 2nd OVA Project Slated to Debut in Theaters This Fall

― The official website for the Re:Zero anime revealed on Thursday that the planned theatrical screenings of the second original video anime (OVA) episode for the franchise are slated to debut this fall. The website also revealed a teaser visual for the OVA. The episode will be titled "Hyōketsu no Kizuna" (Frozen Bonds), and will adapt the meeting between Emilia and Pack. The original Re: Zero Kara H...
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Japanese Anime TV Ranking, March 11-17

Detective Conan rises to 2nd place above Chibi Maruko-chan ― The latest episode of Trace: Kasōken no Otoko (Trace: The Forensic Researcher Man), the live-action television series adaptation of Kei Koga's Trace: Kasōken Hōi Kenkyūin no Tsuisō manga, aired on Fuji TV on Monday, March 11 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.6% rating. Additionally, the Kaiketsu Zorori Da-Da-Da-Daibōken! animated film aired on N...
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Theater List Revealed for U.S. Screenings of Trinity Seven: Heavens Library & Crimson Lord Anime Film

Film opens in U.S. on March 29 with advanced screening in Cerritos, CA on March 28 ― Avex Pictures and Social Rewards Releasing revealed the theater list last week for its U.S. screening of the Trinity Seven: Heavens Library & Crimson Lord anime film starting on March 29. The film will also have an advanced screening at the Harkins Theatres Cerritos 16 in Cerritos, California on March 28. The film is...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 11-17

One Piece World Seeker debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (Including Limited Editions) Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft March 12 63,817 63,817 2PS4One Piece World Seeker Bandai Namco Entertainment March 14 51,039 51,039 3PS4Devil May Cry 5 Capcom March 8 33,149 149,350 4NSwSuper Smash Brothers U...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime Casts Tesshō Genda, Kenjiro Tsuda

Madhouse suspense show premieres on April 7 after April 1 advance screening ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game revealed two new cast members and character visuals for the series on Thursday. Tessho Genda as Kaibara, the detective agency's head whose current whereabouts is unknown Kenjir...
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Okazu-kun Manga Gets Live-Action Film This Summer

Main cast from live-action series reprise roles with Rina Aizawa, Yoji Tanaka joining cast ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Otokuni's Kōkoku Gaisha, Danshi Ryō no Okazu-kun (Okazu-kun in the Ad Agency's Men's Dorm) manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga will also get a live-action film adaptation this summer with the same main cast as the series. The series also aired...
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Live-Action Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Special Casts Yuria Kizaki

Kizaki plays transfer student Noa Ogawa in April 5 special ― The official Twitter account for the live-action television series of Naru Narumi's Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san) manga revealed on Wednesday that Yuria Kizaki has joined the cast of the upcoming Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san 2019 Haru SP (Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Spring 2019 Special) television special. Kiz...
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Sega Reveals New PS4 Yakuza Game With Ichiban Kasuga as Protagonist

Sega also holds auditions for female role described as "main character level" ― Sega announced on Wednesday that it is developing a new PlayStation 4 game in the Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) series with the character Ichiban Kasuga as the new protagonist. The production is also accepting applications to audition for a female character who will be Kasuga's friend throughout the game. Sega describes the char...
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Hi Score Girl Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

Cast, staff return, but with new character modeling director ― The official website for the anime of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga announced on Thursday that production on a second season titled Hi Score Girl II has been green-lit for an October television premiere. The announcement was first made earlier in the day at the "Hi Score Girl Round 13-15 Screening & Cast Talk Show" in Tokyo. The ...
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Ni no Kuni Film Casts Serishun, Haruka Minase After Audition

Film based on Level 5's game opens this summer ― The official Twitter account for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film announced on March 14 that Serishun and Haruka Minase will join the film's cast as the winners of the film's voice actor audition. The film will be the pair's voice acting debut. The film will debut this summer. As previously revealed, the film stars actor Kento Yam...

Adult Swim Re-Airs Episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization After Error

Episode glitched during broadcast on March 16; re-airing scheduled for March 23 ― Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Tuesday that it will re-air the sixth episode of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime on Saturday, March 23 at 12:30 a.m., after its airing of the episode on March 16 had an error during airing, with the video supposedly being frozen. The block will air the seventh and eighth e...
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Super Peace Busters Creative Team Unveil Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo Original Anime Film

Film by director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer Mari Okada, artist Masayoshi Tanaka opens on October 11 ― The Super Peace Busters creative team — consisting of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer and director Mari Okada, and artist Masayoshi Tanaka — announced their new original anime film project, titled Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo (To Those Who Know of the Blueness of the Sky), on Thursday. The anime will s...

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Film's Japanese Dub Casts Ryōma Takeuchi, Marie Iitoyo

Film opens in U.S., Japan on May 10 ― The official Japanese website for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film revealed the Japanese dub voice actors for the film's main characters on Wednesday. Ryōma Takeuchi will play protagonist Tim Goodman, while Marie Iitoyo will play Lucy. The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's MAiDiGi TV YouTube channel is also streamin...
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Visitors Vote to Name Taiwan Zoo's Serval Pair After Kemono Friends

The Wanpi World Safari Zoo in Tainan City, Taiwan let its visitors vote on what to name its new pair of serval cats and the results were just as nerdy as you'd expect. Zoo staff announced on Saturday that its male serval was named "Kabang" after the Kemono Friends character Kaban (which literally means 'bag' after the character's backpack). The female serval was named "Shǎbālǔ", a homonym for "Ser...
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Live-Action Hot Gimmick Film Reveals Teaser Video, Poster Visual

June 28 film's subtitle revealed as "Girl Meets Boy" ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga revealed a teaser video, poster visual, still, and the "Girl Meets Boy" subtitle on Thursday. The film will open in Japan on June 28. Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori is starring in the film as Hatsumi Narita. The show's main male cast includes: (From left to right in bel...
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Sanrio Somehow Makes Re:Zero's Betelgeuse Cute

Sanrio's collaboration with Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- continues with chibi characters of the main cast and one of the anime series' central villains, Betelgeuse Romanee-Conti (sometimes also romanized as Petelgeuse). Sanrio's design is far cuter than the crazed Betelgeuse that Subaru faces in the show but still retains some of his obvious character tics. Even his Unseen Hand ability...
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Sega's Game Survey Seeks Player Input on Sonic, Yakuza, Sakura Wars, More

The team at Sega want to know your thoughts on some of their biggest franchises. The video game company opened a public survey to gauge interest in its different game series. After collecting demographic information, the survey asks for input about which games players want to see new content for, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Yakuza, Bayonetta, Shinobi, Phantasy Star, Sakura Wars, Valkyria Chronic...
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Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! Game's Story Trailer Streamed

Game launched in Japan, West on Wednesday ― The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming a story trailer for Square Enix's Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! game on Wednesday. The game launched in Japanese and English for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. Square Enix describes the game: The rules to this mysterious dungeon are simple… every time you enter, the world...
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Pokémon-Hunting Grandpa Mega-Evolves with 22 Smartphones

The "Pokémon Hunting Grandpa" Chén Sānyuán captured Pokémon and hearts last year with his ingenious multi-phone bike display. Over the course of his quest to be the very best in Pokémon GO he added more and more smartphones until he was biking around with 15 phones strapped to his handlebars. But that wasn't even his final form. Sānyuán's display "evolved" further and he now boasts 22 smartphones....
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Crunchyroll Adds Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Films

Films begin streaming on March 27 ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the Peacemaker Kurogane: Belief and Peacemaker Kurogane: Friend anime films beginning on March 27. The films will be available worldwide outside Asia and German-language territories. Crunchyroll also began streaming an English-subtitled preview video for Peacemaker Kurogane: Belief. Crunchyroll describes Peacem...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist - Link Evolution Switch Game Launches in Japan on April 25

― The May issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist - Link Evolution Nintendo Switch game will launch digitally in Japan on April 25. The game shares a title with the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist game. Konami released the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist card duel simulation game for Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 in July 2015. The ...
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Kokkoku Anime's English Dub Trailer Streamed

BD ships on April 16 ― Sentai Filmworks began streaming an English dub trailer for the Kokkoku anime on Wednesday. Sentai Filmworks will release the anime with an English dub on Blu-ray Disc on April 16. The series is based on Seita Horio's Kokkoku: Moment by Moment manga. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: Juri Yukawa needs a timeout from her life. She's failed 19 job interviews, she's stuck livi...
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Bumblebee Goes Chibi in Pop Team Epic Creator's Art

Animator Yuzo Yamamoto also creates short flash anime Transformers' Bumblebee continues his tour in Japan with new chibi-fied versions of the robot by Pop Team Epic's Bkub Okawa and animator Yuzo Yamamoto. Okawa drew artwork of Bumblebee with the film's stars Hailee Steinfeld (Charlie), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Guillermo), and John Cena (Jack Burns). The art shows the adorable Bumblebee appealing to Ja...

Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Adds Dragon Ball GT's Goku

Character is part of game's 2nd season pass ― The May issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that the character Goku from the Dragon Ball GT anime will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ game as a DLC character. Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment UK also confirmed the announcement on Wednesday and revealed screenshots of the new ve...
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Kill la Kill IF Game Launches in Japan, West in July

PS4/Switch/PC game to add Mako, Ultimate Double Naked DTR free DLC in summer ― The official website for Kill la Kill IF, the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime, revealed on Wednesday that Arc System Works will release the game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Japan on July 25, and in North America on July 26. PQube will ship the game in Europe on July 26. The site also reveal...
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GKIDS Licenses Children of the Sea Anime Film

Film to screen in N. America in 2019 ― GKIDS announced on Wednesday that it has acquired North American distribution rights for Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga. The company will screen the film theatrically in Japanese and English in 2019. GKIDS describes the story: When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her ...
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Gunjō no Magmell TV Anime's Promo Video Streamed

Adventure series about explorers on new continent debuts on April 7 ― The official website for Studio Pierrot's television anime adaptation of Chinese manga creator Dainenbyō's Gunjō no Magmell (Magmell of the Sea Blue) manga began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 7 at 10:00 p.m. The series will air the next day on BS-Fuji. The series will star:...
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New Shin Evangelion Film Begins Dialogue Recording

― The official Twitter account for the Evangelion anime revealed on Wednesday that dialogue recording has begun for Studio Khara's new Evangelion film, Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||. The post also revealed a photo of director Hideaki Anno's script. The film will open in Japan in 2020. The film's staff includes: CGI Animation Director: Yusuke Matsui CGI Technical Director: Takashi Suzuki CGI Modelin...
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Peace Maker's Nanae Chrono Designs Fantasy Crime TV Anime Tokunana

Fate/Apocrypha's Yuichiro Higashide writes about misfit unit battling dragon worshippers ― A website opened on Wednesday to announce Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana- (Special Crime Investigation Unit Special 7 or literally, Metropolitan Police Department Special Division Heinous Crime Investigation Unit Special 7: Tokunana), an original television anime pre...
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2 Cencoroll Films to Play in Joint Theatrical Screenings on June 29

Natsumi Takamori, Kenji Akabane join returning cast, staff in Cencoroll Connect release ― Aniplex announced on Wednesday that Cencoroll Connect, a special joint screening of director Atsuya Uki's first Cencoroll film short and his as-yet-unreleased Cencoroll 2 sequel, will open in six Japanese theaters on June 29. The artist ryo (supercell) is returning to compose the music. The cast includes: Kana H...
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Sega to Halt Sales of A Certain Magical Virtual-On PS4/Vita Game

PS4 ports of 3 other Virtual-On games are not affected ― The official website for Sega's A Certain Magical Virtual-On (To Aru Majutsu no Virtual-On) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game announced on Wednesday that due to "various circumstances," Sega will temporarily halt sales of the game's physical and digital versions on Thursday. However, Sega emphasized that this does not affect the game's su...
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City Hunter Creator Tsukasa Hojo Makes His 1st Live-Action Film as Chief Director

Silent Manga Audition produces Angel Sign film ― North Star Pictures announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action film titled Angel Sign. The project is City Hunter manga creator Tsukasa Hojo's debut as chief director for a live-action film. The announcement describes the film as love stories based on submissions to North Star Pictures' Monthly Comic Zenon's Silent Manga Audition, along ...
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Blackfox Anime Gets Live-Action Tokusatsu Drama Spinoff

Kamen Rider/Super Sentai director Koichi Sakamoto directs period drama ― Jidaigeki Senmon Channel announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action tokusatsu (special effects) period drama titled Blackfox: Age of the Ninja as a tie-in to Studio 3Hz' Blackfox original television anime. The drama will debut this fall. Veteran Kamen Rider and Super Sentai tokusatsu series director and Power Rang...
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Futari H/Manga Sutra Gets 2 New Live-Action Films in April, May

Gravure idol Hikaru Aoyama, Michinari Sasaki star in both films ― AMG Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it is producing two new live-action film adaptations of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga. The new films are titled Eiga-ban Futari H ~Love Again~ and Eiga-ban Futari H ~Double Love~. The first film will open in Japan on April 12, while the second film will open on May 10. Toshiaki K...

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime's 1st Promo Video, Visual Show 'Pre-Arc'

Anime to cover Orphen's student days before "Wandering Arc" ― The official website for the new television anime of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Wednesday. The site also unveiled a new visual for the anime. Both the video and the visual show the "Pre-arc" about Orphen's student days b...
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Promare Anime Film Reveals More Cast, May 24 Debut, Visuals

Kendo Kobayashi, Arata Furuta cast in Trigger, XFlag's original anime film ― The official website for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare revealed more cast members, the film's May 24 theatrical opening, and new visuals on Wednesday. The new cast members include: Comedian Kendo Kobayashi plays Vinny, a mouse with a helmet that lives at the national firefighting service FDPP, and th...
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Evangelion Pachislot Game Themes Get Mini-Album

Neon Genesis Evangelion's "Cruel Angel Thesis" is an anisong legend but for fans outside of Japan, there's a whole soundtrack of Eva songs that much harder to come by. Enter pachislot machines. Pachislot (pachinko-parlor slot machine) are a round-about kind of gambling machine sort of like a cross between a pinball machine and a slot machine. Players rent small steel balls that are dropped into th...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Exhibit Heads to Nagasaki in 2020

"Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition: Ripples of Adventure," an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, will open at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum in Nagasaki City on January 25, 2020. This marks the third stop for the exhibition after previously running in Tokyo and Osaka last year. The museum has a unique connection to the JoJo's Bizarre Adven...
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Platinum Games Designs PR Characters for JMSDF's New Submarine

NieR: Automata and Bayonetta game developer Platinum Games announced its artists teamed up with Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force to create the official logo and PR characters for the JS Shoryu submarine. The sub was commissioned by the JMSDF on Monday and is the force's 10th Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK). Platinum Games' Kenichi Sato, Yuuki Suda, Naoki Tsuta, and Rui Onishi...
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Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland Game's Video Previews Alchemy

Game launches in N. America on May 21, in Europe on May 24 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a promotional video for the Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland (Lulua no Atelier ~Arland no Renkinjutsushi 4~) game on Tuesday. The video previews alchemy with Elmerulia. The company also announced that its limited edition of the game will bundle a hardcover art book, "Sound Archives" soundtrack, Lulua and...

Maiden Japan Licenses Asura Cryin', Kanamemo Anime

Both series premiered in 2009 ― Section23's Maiden Japan imprint announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Asura Cryin' and Kanamemo television anime series. Both anime premiered in Japan in 2009. Maiden Japan describes the story of Asura Cryin': Some people are haunted by memories. Tomoharu is haunted by his friend Misao, who died in a horrible plane crash that Tomoharu somehow survived. However...
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Detective Pikachu Visual Effects Staff Tested Danny Devito as Voice Reference

When the North American release of Nintendo's Detective Pikachu video game was announced, plenty of fans speculated on the perfect actor for the job. The Pokemon character is iconic but its role in the game is significantly different than Ash's sidekick from the anime and main game series. Fans put their heads together and a campaign was formed to convince the staff to cast Danny Devito (It's Alwa...
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1st Made in Abyss Compilation Film's English Dub Trailer Streamed

1st film screens in U.S. theaters on March 20, 25 ― Sentai Filmworks began streaming a new English dub trailer on Tuesday for Made in Abyss: Journey's Dawn (Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake), the first Made in Abyss compilation anime film. Sentai Filmworks and Kadokawa Pictures will screen the first film in theaters in the United States on March 20 and 25. The screening on March 20 will feature Japa...
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Gunma, Tochigi Prefectures' 4 Tourism Anime Ads Premiere

Beautiful gardens, ancient schools, high-energy festival, silk highlighted ― Four animated tourism commercials for Gunma prefecture's Kiryū city and Tochigi prefecture's Ashikaga city debuted on YouTube on Tuesday. Each commercial centers on a different season and highlights the beauty of the cities. The first commercial, "Spring," shows two generations visiting the Ashikaga Flower Park. Aya Uchida v...

'How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?' Anime's Video Previews Tesshō Genda Narration

"Body-building comedy" premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How much heavy dumbbells can you lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How Many Kilograms Can You Lift in Dumbbells?) manga revealed a teaser video, character illustrations, and Tesshō Genda as narrator on Tuesday. The video previews Genda's narration. The anime will premi...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artist

Houchu Ohtsuka, Yuuki Kaji, Ai Kakuma, Nobuhiko Okamoto, more join cast; LiSA performs song ― The theatrical world premiere for the anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga revealed additional cast members, the theme song artist LiSA, and the third key visual on Tuesday. The newly announced cast members are: Houchu Ohtsuka as Sakonji Urokodaki Yuuki Kaji as Sabito > Ai Kakuma ...
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New Baki Anime Gets 2nd Season on Netflix

After 26-episode first season debuted last year ― This year's 16th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine announced on Wednesday that production on a second season of the new anime of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga has been green-lit. Netflix will once again be the exclusive first venue to debut the new season. Netflix premiered the ...
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Fire Force TV Anime Casts Kazuyuki Okitsu as Karim Fulham

1st title in "Super Animeism" block premieres on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga announced on Tuesday that Kazuyuki Okitsu will play Karim Fulham, a priest who is the company commander of Company 1. He has the "Thermoacoustic Refrigeration" ability. Karim is a second generation pyrokinetic who always seems listless and us...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, March 11-17

Ensemble Stars! concerts sell 7,268, followed by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Kenichi Suzumura & Miyu Irino's Mr. Osomatsu special, KAmiYU, Hugtto! Precure film ― Ensemble Stars! Dream Live -2nd Tour "Bright Star!"- DVD ranked #2 on the overall DVD chart by selling 7,268 copies. Kenichi Suzumura and Miyu Irino's Eiga no Osomatsu-san Gekijō Kōkai Kinen Suzumura Kenichi & Irino Miyu no o Fran...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, March 11-17

Ensemble Stars! concerts sell 10,233, followed by King Records & Xenogears concerts, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Mysteria Friends ― Ensemble Stars! Dream Live -2nd Tour "Bright Star!"- Blu-ray ranked #3 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart by selling 10,233 copies. King Records' King Super Live 2018 landed at #6 with 4,601 copies. Xenogears 20th Anniversary Concert -The Beginning and the End-...
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Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space Wins 12th Manga Taisho Awards

Manga tops 12 other nominations ― The executive committee for the 12th Manga Taisho awards announced during the awards ceremony on Tuesday that Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) won this year's award. The manga was also nominated for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in February, and also ranked at #3 on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! male readers list in December. Shinohara...
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Liar Game, One Outs' Shinobu Kaitani Launches New Manga

Shin Shinchō Kōki centers on clones of Japanese warlords in high school of delinquents ― This year's 16th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Shinobu Kaitani will launch a new manga titled Shin Shinchō Kōki - Nobunaga-kun to Watashi (The New Official History of Nobunaga - Nobunaga and Me) in the magazine's next issue on March 25. The manga will have a color opening page, and wi...
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Warner Bros. Chairman, CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns Amid Sex Scandal

― Warner Bros. announced on Monday that company chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara will leave the company amid allegations that Tsujihara used his position to secure roles and auditions for actress Charlotte Kirk, with whom he had been in a sexual relationship with. WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said in a statement that Tsujihara's "mistakes" are "inconsistent with the company's leadership expectations...

One-Punch Man Season 2 Anime's New Video Previews JAM Project Song

Anime premieres on April 2, with Hulu-exclusive simulcast stream beginning on April 9 ― The official website for the One-Punch Man anime revealed a new promotional video for the anime's second season on Tuesday, and Bandai Namco Arts is also streaming an English-subtitled version. The video previews JAM Project's opening theme song "Seijaku no Apostle" (The Silent Apostle; Note: The English-subtitled...
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39th Doraemon Film Stays at #1, Precure Miracle Universe Opens at #3

Tonde Saitama drops to #4, Osomatsu-san film opens at #7 Eiga Doraemon no Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration), the Doraemon franchise's 39th film, remained at #1 at the Japanese box office in its third weekend. The film sold 369,000 tickets, and earned 438 million yen (about US$3.93 million) over the weekend. It has earned a cumulative total of 2 billi...
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Klonoa Game Director Wants to Release of Materials Book

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile video game director Hideo Yoshizawa appealed to fans on Twitter on Friday to urge Bandai Namco Games to create and release a materials book for the Klonoa game franchise. Yoshizawa refers to the book as KLONOA Chronicle Data Collection and describes it as a "collection of unpublished materials created during the development of the KLONOA series." He asked fans to comment...
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Captain Baseball Manga Gets New Sequel Series

Cozy Jōkura's Captain 2 series launches on April 24 ― Cozy Jōkura will launch a new sequel adaptation of Akio Chiba's Captain baseball manga in the May issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump Mucha magazine on April 24. The sequel, titled Captain 2, will focus on Shigekazu Kondō, who took over the captain role from Igarashi. Jōkura's Play Ball 2 manga sequel to Chiba's Play Ball manga is also serializing in S...
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Soul Eater, Fireworks Singer Kana Nishino Gets Married

She put her career on indefinite hiatus last month ― Singer Kana Nishino announced on Monday that she tied the knot yesterday, a day that also happened to be her 30th birthday. Nishino, who put her career on hiatus in February, married her former manager. He's said to resemble Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa. The pair were first spotted jogging together in November 2016 and tabloids reported that he hand...
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Takashi Murakami Produces Animated Music Video for Billie Eilish Song

Singer Billie Eilish debuted an animated music video for her single "you should see me in a crown" on Monday. The video was created by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami (Superflat Monogram, 6HP - Six Hearts Princess) and his Poncotan animation studio. Eilish tweeted part of the music video on Monday. It can be watched in full via the Apple Music app or purchased on iTunes for US$1.99. Billie's ...
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DHC Apologizes Again After IDOLiSH7 Collab Store Site Crashes

Cosmetics brand Daigaku Honyaku Center (DHC) has been rather apologetic lately to IDOLiSH7 fans. Within 10 minutes of launching an IDOLiSH7 limited-edition face wash set on March 7, the product sold out, prompting DHC to apologize to fans on Twitter. On March 14, they attempted a restock... but this didn't go quite as planned. 25 minutes after the online shop restocked, DHC posted a tweet, saying,...
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Moero Chronicle Hyper Switch Game Launches in West on April 26

― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that it will release Compile Heart's Moero Chronicle Hyper (Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle Hyper or Moero Chronicle H) Nintendo Switch game in English through the Nintendo eShop on April 26. Compile Heart released the dungeon-crawling RPG digitally in Japan on January 31. The game is a remastered version of the Moero Chronicle game with HD visuals. The...
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Game's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game launches on March 22 ― The official YouTube channel for FromSoftware's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice game began streaming a gameplay overview trailer on Monday. The channel also began streaming a launch trailer last week. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on March 22. Activision is publishing the game, and it describes the game: Directed by Hidetaka M...
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Anime Tamago 2019 Shorts Screened in Ikebukuro

The Anime Tamago (formerly Anime Mirai) shorts screened at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo on March 9. As in previous years, the anime shorts train young animators on the job, as part of the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs' "Young Animator Training Project." At the screening, the main staff for each short, including the young animators, came onstage to talk about their work. ...
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Pastel Memories Anime Halts Streaming of 1st 2 Episodes, Changes Home Video Release

Episode 2 stops streaming on March 26; BD release removes episode ― The official website for the television anime of FuRyu's Pastel Memories smartphone game announced on Monday that both the home video and streaming releases of the series will have changes based on the decisions of the anime's production committee. The announcement also apologized for the "trouble." The three planned Blu-ray Disc and...
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No Guns Life TV Anime Confirmed, Staff Announced

Show to reunite director, scriptwriter, studio of Overlord ― The April issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine confirmed on Tuesday that Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The magazine also confirmed more of the show's staff. Naoyuki Itou (Overlord all three seasons, Kanon, Kimi no Koe o Todoketai) is directing the anime at Madhouse (Boogiepop and Others,...

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