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Ore ga Suki nano wa Imōto dakedo Imōto ja nai Anime's Early Web Premiere Cancelled

Anime will still premiere on TV on October 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Seiji Ebisu's Ore ga Suki nano wa Imōto dakedo Imōto ja nai (The One I Love Is My Little Sister But She's Not a Little Sister) light novel series announced on Wednesday that the planned early streaming of the first episode has been cancelled "due to production issues." However, the website confirms that t...
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Otona no Bōguya-san Comedy Manga About Fantasy Armor Shop Gets Short TV Anime

Mark Ishii, Nao Toyama, Takahiro Sakurai star in October anime ― Fumi Ayamiya's Otona no Bōguya-san (Adult Armor Shop) manga is inspiring a series of television anime shorts that will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 8. The four-panel fantasy comedy manga is set in a world of sword and sorcery. The story begins when a young villager named Kautsu comes upon a unique armor shop that only deals with a ce...
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Himote House Anime's Promo Video Reveals Additional Cast

Anime by gdgd Fairies' Kōtarō Ishidate, Bouncy centers on 5 girls, cat living as housemates ― The official website for animation studio Bouncy's new Himote House anime updated on Wednesday with a promotional video. The website also reveals more cast members for the anime. The newly announced cast members are: Karin Ogino as Nyarin, Enishi's cat friend Atsushi Tamaru as all background characters Aya S...
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Director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime Unveils Main Cast

Mikako Komatsu, Arisa Kiyoto, Tomomi Jiena Sumi cast in January TV anime ― The official Twitter account for Kemurikusa, the new television anime by Kemono Friends' former anime director Tatsuki and former anime studio Yaoyorozu, announced the main voice cast on Wednesday. Mikako Komatsu as Rin Arisa Kiyoto as Ritsu Tomomi Jiena Sumi as Rina 趣味のアニメです #ケムリクサ pic.twitter.com/rD9evc6P56— たつき/irodori (@ir...
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2nd Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film Post Song Info, Visual, Designs

Middle-school student Ruann makes debut with theme song "There's No Ending" ― The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy posted information about the theme song, a new visual, and character designs for Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution), the second film in the trilogy. Ruann, a middle school student, is making her major debu...
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6th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film's Trailer Previews Ginga Warship

Film opens on November 2 after all-night Hiroshima marathon on October 27 ― The official website for the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming a trailer for the sixth film in the series, "Kaisei-hen" (Resurrection Chapter), on Wednesday. The trailer features Ginga,...
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The Thousand Noble Musketeers Anime Gets Original Video Anime

March 6 episode about surprise birthday party set after episode 6 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Marvelous' The Thousand Musketeers (Senjūshi: The Thousand Noble Musketeers) smartphone game announced on Wednesday that an original video anime will ship on March 6, 2019. "Kijūshi-tachi no Happy Birthday!" (Noble Musketeers' Happy Birthday!) will tell a "heartwarming, hilario...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime Adds More Cast Members

Takaya Hashi, Kenjiro Tsuda, Ken Narita, Itaru Yamamoto, others cast ― The official website for the television anime of author Fuse and artist Mitz Vah's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken or Regarding Reincarnated to Slime) light novel series revealed additional cast members and characters on Wednesday. Takaya Hashi as the dwarf king Gazeru Kenjiro Tsuda as the m...
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Karakuri Circus Anime's 2nd Promo Reveals More Cast, Bump of Chicken Opening, October 10 Debut

Hisao Egawa, Ryōta Iwasaki, Kaito Ishikawa, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Marina Inoue join cast ― This year's 44th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed more cast members and the October 10 debut of the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga on Wednesday. The anime's official website also began streaming the second promotional video which announ...
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Watch Mine Yoshizaki Live Draw Kemono Friends' Serval

The new Kemono Friends anime series has run into its share of hiccups since its announcement just five days ago. Issues with audition scripts and former director TATSUKI have overshadowed some of the excitement for the show. Be it as it may, Kemono Friends is still chugging along. A new collaboration with Hyogo prefecture's Kobe Animal Kingdom zoo is kicking off in October, a stage play is schedul...
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CR's Anime Crimes Division, Voice Actor-Led Critical Role Nominated for Streamys

The eighth annual Streamy Awards announced its nominees for the best of the best in digital content on Tuesday. This year the award's Blue Ribbon Panel included Crunchyroll's Anime Crimes Division web series and the Critical Role Dungeons and Dragons live-stream hosted and played by some of English dubs' biggest voice actors in its list of nominees. Anime Crimes Division is competing in the Comedy...
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Shinya no Damekoi Zukan Live-Action Series Adds 5 Cast Members

Yako Koga, Yūki Ogoe, Yukipoyo, Ayaka Umeda, Shion Okamoto join cast of October series ― The staff for the live-action series adaptation of Ira Ozaki's Shinya no Damekoi Zukan (The Guide to Late Night Bad Love) manga revealed additional cast members for the series on Saturday. The additional cast includes: Yako Koga as Maki Kawauchi, the receptionist at the IT company where Madoka works. Yūki Ogoe as...
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Near Life-Size Goku Shows Paper Can Be Powerful

Twitter user @saryo_san shares his multiple hobbies via social media. He likes airsoft guns and mobile gaming and often uploads pictures of his collection. On Sunday, saryo_san shared something different from his usual posts. His uncle created an almost life-size replica of Goku out of paper. Papercraft art can be incredibly detailed. Hobbyists have created intricate miniature replicas of the hous...
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Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The Japanese retailer Mangaoh is listing that the television anime of Honda's Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda) manga will get DVD releases bundled with a two-part rerelease of the original manga's three volumes. The first part will contain a DVD with episodes 1-6 and the second part will include episodes 7-12 as well as an unaired bonus animation. The anime will prem...
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Manga Creators Inio Asano, Akane Torikai Announce Marriage

Renowned manga creator Inio Asano wed his girlfriend and fellow manga creator Akane Torikai this month. Torikai shared the news in a detailed diary entry on September 25. Torikai is the author of the diary Manga Mitai na Koi Kudasai on the website Web Chikuma. She began publishing entries in June recounting disagreements with her romantic partner, encountering her ex-husband's son, and anxieties s...
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The High School Life of a Fudanshi Manga Ends

Manga about male yaoi fan inspired 2016 TV anime ― Manga creator Atami Michinoku published the last chapter of the The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi (Fudanshi Kōkō Seikatsu) manga on September 7. The manga's fifth and final compiled book volume shipped on Tuesday. Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the manga: Ryo Sakaguchi has a deep, dark secret: he's a fud...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 23-29

Princess Principal, Reborn!, Scum's Wish anime; After the Rain manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Angel Cop DVDPlease Discotek Media US$24.95 September 25 Brave Witches BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 September 25 Bubblegum Crisis BDAnimeNewsNetwork Animeigo US$39.95 September 25 Devilman OVA Series DVDPlease Discotek Media US$24.95 September 25 Ginta...
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Sound Director: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou Heads to PS4

Zakuro Motoki, sound director for 07th Expansion works, said on Twitter on Tuesday that Ryukishi07's Higurashi - When They Cry Hou (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou) game is getting a PlayStation 4 release. He said in the tweet, "And I'm also glad about Higurashi Hou being released on PS4! I have to work hard on new music, too...!" The game launched for Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 26. The releas...

Funimation Adds Ulysses, Goblin Slayer, Senran Kagura, Radiant Anime to Fall Season Dub Lineup

4 anime series also streaming with subtitles on Crunchyroll ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will stream English dubs for the following series as part of its fall 2018 simuldub season: Goblin Slayer Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight (Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi) Radiant Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Goblin Slayer, based on Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer lig...
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Monster Hunter Stories Launches for Smartphones in the West

Free demo, paid game now available for iOS/Android ― Capcom launched the Monster Hunter Stories game for iOS and Android devices on Tuesday with language support in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. A demo titled "Monster Hunter Stories The Adventure Begins" is available for free, and data from the demo can be transferred to the full game, which is available for purchase for US$19.99. Th...
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Manga Creators Enthralled By 'Bowsette' Meme

The concept of "Bowsette" has taken the internet by storm this week. Twitter user @ayyk92 first created a short comic strip based on the newly introduced "Super Crown" concept from the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo Switch game. The idea was simple: what if the Super Crown that turns Toadette in Peachette was used by Bowser? Thus, Bowsette was born (and eventually other Mario enemy-turned...
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Eleven Arts to Host The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Anime Film's World Premiere in L.A. on October 6

Premiere screening at Awareness Film Festival to be English dubbed ― Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced on Tuesday that it will host the world premiere of The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, the new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 religious anime film, at the Awareness Film Festival on October 6. The screening will be English-dubbed. Cast members will appear at the screening fo...
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Love and Lies Voice Actor Shinnosuke Tachibana Welcomes Baby

Shinnosuke Tachibana can add "dad" to his growing list of roles. The Love and Lies and Dynamic Chord voice actor announced on his blog on Tuesday that he is the new father to a baby girl. He wrote that both the child and mother Ao Takahashi are in good health and described his daughter as very cute and his "princess". He also wrote that he'd like to add the title of "Ikumen Ikupapa" to his reperto...
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Pokémon GO Game Reveals All-New Mythical Pokémon Meltan

Ditto disguised as Meltan debuted in smartphone game on Saturday ― The Pokémon Company International announced on Tuesday that the Pokémon that debuted in Niantic's Pokémon GO smartphone game on Saturday is the all-new Mythical Pokémon Meltan. The company describes the creature as the Hex Nut Pokémon, and it began streaming an introduction video for Meltan on Tuesday. Meltan debuted in Pokémon GO wit...
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Shinjuku Station Gets Slimed with Rimuru Stickers, Poster, Ads

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime also inspires battery, paperweight ― The world of isekai stories is about to get slimy this season and Tokyo Marunouchi line's metro promenade at Shinjuku Station is marking the event with a huge poster of the titular monster from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime series. The poster is on display until September 30 and depicts various situations Sat...
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Exclusive: My Hero Academia Clip Shows Deku Meeting Melissa Shield

Film opens in U.S., Canada for several days this week ― Funimation Entertainment shared an English-dubbed clip for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film. The video shows Deku meeting the film-original character Melissa Shield. Funimation streamed a clip on Thursday featuring Melissa's voice actress Erica Mendez discussing the character. Funimation will screen the film in more than 400 theaters ...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Bloom Into You Anime

Series streams "soon" with planned home video release ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has acquired exclusive distribution rights for the television anime of Nio Nakatani's Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) yuri manga in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. The ...
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Magimoji Rurumo Manga by Yowapeda's Watanabe Gets 2-Part OAD

New anime with original story features return of Suzuko Mimori, Makoto Takahashi, J.C. Staff ― The November issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Wednesday that a new anime adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Magimoji Rurumo manga has been green-lit. The anime will be a two-part original anime disc that will run for a combined total of about 50 minutes. The first part will be inc...
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Kill la Kill Game Reveals Story About Satsuki, Teases New Form

Anime scriptwriter Kazuki Nakashima provides new story for game launching in 2019 ― The official website for Kill la Kill the Game -If- (Ifu), the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime, revealed story information and the protagonist for the game on Tuesday. The game's protagonist will be Satsuki Kiryūin, rival and ally of the original anime's protagonist Ryūko Matoi. The anime's scriptwriter Kaz...
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Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur Smartphone Game Reveals Opening Video, Key Visual

Game launches for iOS, Android in Japan on October 4 ― The staff of the Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur iOS and Android game revealed the game's full opening animation and a new key visual on Tuesday. The video features the theme song "Birth of Legend" performed by Nana Mizuki. The newest title in the Million Arthur franchise will launch in Japan on October 4. Square Enix's Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 17-23

Asahinagu play sells 3,266, followed by live-action Kids on the Slope, My Hero Academia, Hozuki no Reitetsu, 2018 Doraemon film ― The Asahinagu stage play sold 3,266 copies to rank #3 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD deluxe edition for the live-action film of the Kids on the Slope manga landed at #4 with 2,729 copies. The regular edition was #26 with 683 copies. Daisuke Ono and Hiro Shimono's Ono-Sh...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 17-23

Asahinagu play sells 8,611, followed by live-action Kids on the Slope, Hozuki no Reitetsu, JAM Project, Lupin III Part 5 ― The Asahinagu stage play sold 8,611 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Blu-ray deluxe edition for the live-action film of the Kids on the Slope manga landed at #9 with 3,529 copies. "JAM Project Japan Tour 2017-2018 Tokyo Dive" BD was #15 with 1,232 copies. ...
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Vocaloid Producer rerulili's 'Young disease outburst Boy' Song & Novel Get Anime

Girl deals with boys suffering from adolescent delusions ― The official website for Minato Tonami's novelization of Vocaloid producer rerulili's "Young disease outburst Boy" ("Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy") song announced on Tuesday that an anime adaptation is in the works. The story centers around Mizuki Hijiri, a high school girl who just transferred schools. At her new school, she has a fateful encounter ...
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Director Masaaki Yuasa to Announce New Work on October 28

Tokyo Int'l Film Fest to screen Devilman Crybaby, Adventure Time, Space Dandy, more ― Anime director Masaaki Yuasa revealed at the press conference for this year's Tokyo International Film Festival lineup on Tuesday that he will announce a new work on October 28. He added that he cannot reveal more details about the new work until that date, on request from the sponsors. Yuasa started as a key animat...
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Tomo-chan Is a Girl! Manga Ends With 8th Volume

Seven Seas publishes manga about tomboy who confesses to childhood friend ― Manga creator Fumita Yanagida revealed in a Twitter post on Monday that the eighth volume of the Tomo-chan Is a Girl! (Tomo-chan wa Onna no Ko!) manga will be the last volume. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Boyish high school girl Aizawa Tomo finally manages to tell her childhood frie...
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The Sneaker Light Novel Magazine's Special Issue Includes Haruhi Short Story

Lodoss, Konosuba, more short stories also included in October 31 issue ― Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko label revealed on Tuesday that The Sneaker Legend, a special one-time revival issue of its The Sneaker light novel magazine, will include an all-new short story in Nagaru Tanigawa's series. The draft of "Nana Fushigi Overtime" (Seven Mystery Overtime) is relatively long for a short story at 120 Japanese ...
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Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi Manga Gets Live-Action Adaptation

Aki Mochida's manga about underachieving adult meeting delinquent student launched in 2016 ― The sixth compiled book volume of Aki Mochida's Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi manga revealed on Tuesday that a live-action adaptation of the manga has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the adaptation's format. The manga centers on 31-year-old woman Junko Harumi. She fulfilled her paren...
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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime Casts Eriko Matsui, Ayana Taketatsu

Series premieres in January 2019 ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed two additional cast members for the television anime of Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya's Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahō Shōjo Tokushūsen Asuka) manga on Tuesday. The new cast members include: Eriko Matsui (Agū: Tensai Ningyō's Machi, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls' Nao Kamiya) as Mia Cyru...
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TBS Producer's Kidnapping Charge Dropped

TBS still fires producer for violating work regulations ― The Shizuoka District Public Prosecutors Office on September 21 dropped charges against Yo-Kyō, the 30-year-old staff member of TBS Television's film and anime department who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a middle school girl earlier this month. However, TBS Television revealed that, as a result of its own investigation, it has fired...
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Witch Hat Atelier Manga's 4th Volume Bundles Coloring Pages, Colored Pencils

The fourth compiled book volume of Kamome Shirahama's Witch Hat Atelier manga shipped on Friday in regular and limited-edition versions. The limited edition bundled coloring pages as well as special colored pencils. Shirahama selected the 12 colors for the colored pencils and provided the original illustrations for the eight coloring pages. The special-order pencils feature embossed details and co...
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Netflix U.S. Adds Mobile Suit Gundam UC Anime

Death Note, Vampire Knight, One-Punch Man anime to expire from service next month ― Netflix is now streaming all seven episodes of the Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) original video anime in the United States. The show is available with English, Japanese, and Cantonese audio and English, Spanish, French, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese subtitles. The streaming service is also listing expiratio...
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Live-Action RikeKoi Film Unveils Original Characters, February 1 Premiere Date

Theme song artists unveiled for film based on Alifred Yamamoto's manga ― The official Twitter account for the live-action adaptations of Alifred Yamamoto's Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (Science [Majors] Fell in Love, So Tried to Prove It) manga announced on Monday that the film, RikeKoi ~Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita. ~, will open on February 1 in Japan. The staff a...
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ANN Readers: The Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Anime Series

Earlier this month, readers at the website Charapedia ranked the fall 2018 anime season and chose Sword Art Online: Alicization as the most anticipated show. The fan-favorite anime's third season marks the debut of Eugeo, Alice, and of course the return of Kirito. Fans came together last weekend in Los Angeles to get an early viewing of the sci-fi action series and it's supposed to run for a full ...
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NoisyCell Performs New Ending Song for Mr. Tonegawa Anime

Series continues this fall ― The official website for the Mr. Tonegawa Middle Management Blues (Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa) anime announced on Friday that the band NoisyCell (Barakamon) is performing the ending theme for the second half of the series. The anime is continuing this fall with its second cours (quarter of a year). The show premiered on NTV's "AnichU" programming block on July 3, and Crunc...
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New Super Mario Bros. U's Peachette Leads to 'Bowsette' Trend on Twitter

Confusing fans everywhere, the new character (form?) Peachette debuted in a trailer for the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo Switch game on September 13. Toadette uses the new Super Crown item to transform into Peachette in the trailer. Peachette resembles Princess Peach and has some of her abilites, but she also retains some of Toadette's characteristics. Almost a week after Peachette's de...
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Discotek Licenses English-Dubbed Dinosaur King Anime

Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon, Hells scheduled for November ― Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Monday that it has licensed Dinosaur King, the English-dubbed and localized version of Sunrise's Kodai Ōja Kyōryū King D-Kids Adventure anime. The company plans to release the 49-episode first season and the 30-episode second season on Standard Definition Blu-ray Discs on November 27. ...
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Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2019

Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori stars as Hatsumi Narita in adaptation of shōjo manga ― Toei announced on Tuesday that Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga is inspiring a live-action film adaptation that will open in Japan in 2019. The film will star Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori as Hatsumi Narita. The show's main male cast includes: (From left to right in below image) Hiroya Shimizu as Ryōki Tachibana Mizuki ...
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Live-Action Gangoose Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film based on manga about 3 boys who start extortion racket opens in November ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Daisuke Suzuki and Keisuke Hiya's Gangoose manga updated with a new trailer and visual on Monday. The video previews the theme song "Crybaby" by The Gangoose. The film will open in Japanese theaters on November 23. The main cast includes: Ryo Kato as Kazuki, the ...
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Shaman King Creator Designs New Yoh Asakura Figure

Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga is getting a new figure of protagonist Yoh Asakura. Kotobukiya's ARTFX J series will release the figure in February 2019. The figure recreates a special illustration from Takei. The creator supervised the design of the figure, which includes details such as creases and pockets on Yoh's clothes. The figure includes a version of Amidamaru made of translucent materi...
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Bakumatsu Anime's Commercial Streamed

Anime with time-traveling heroine debuts on October 4 ― FuRyu began streaming a 30-second commercial for Bakumatsu, the television anime of its Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, on Sunday. The video previews MIKOTO's opening song "Spiral Maze." The anime will premiere on the TBS station on October 4 at 25:58 (effectively, October 5 at 1:58 a.m.), and then it will start on the BS-TBS channel on...
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Joysound Lets Pop Team Epic Fans Dub Scenes Through Karaoke

The karaoke company Joysound is offering Pop Team Epic fans a new way to recreate the one-of-a-kind series. The company is now offering ten types of "dubbing karaoke" for the anime. Joysound's dubbing karaoke lets people dub their own versions of Pop Team Epic scenes. Some of the series' most iconic segments are available, including meme-creating clips like "Hellshake Yano." 『ポプテピピック』のセリフをカラオケ化!JO...
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HIDIVE to Add Kissdum R - Engage Planet OVA

26-episode TV series already streaming ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will stream the original video anime (OVA) for Kissdum R - Engage Planet (Engage Planet Kiss Dum R) in the United States and Canada on September 26 at noon EDT. The Engage Planet Kiss Dum television anime series premiered in 2007, and the revised version Engage Planet Kiss Dum R premiered in 2008. The OVA debuted in 2011 with...
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Live-Action Meiji Tokyo Renka Series, Film Adds 8 Cast Members

Series, film debut in 2019 ― The official blog for the live-action series and film adaptation of Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel revealed additional cast members for the live-action project last Friday. The additional cast includes: Yutaka Kobayashi as Charlie Shūto Miyazaka as Ōgai Mori Makaha Takahashi as Shunsō Hishida Taiki Yamazaki as Otojirō Kawakami Toman as Kyōka Izumi Yūki ...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast

Takeshi Kusao, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Takashi Matsuyama, Megumi Urawa join cast ― The official website for the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series revealed four additional cast members on Monday. The new cast members are: Takeshi Kusao as Totta's father Tōma Tachitsute Daisuke Sakaguchi as Totta's uncle Tonpei Tachitsute Takashi Matsuyama as Kiba's father and Code Bank president Hoojirō Samejima...
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Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls Manga Gets 3 New Chapters

New side story chapters will debut 1 chapter per month from October-December ― The November issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Tuesday that Akiko Higashimura will publish three new "side story" chapters for her Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga in the magazine's next three issues. The manga will feature on the cover of the next issue on October 25, and the first new chapte...
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New Captain Tsubasa Anime Reveals Visual, Additional Cast

Yūto Uemura, Yūsuke Kobayashi, Daisuke Hirakawa, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Kazuhiko Inoue, Daisuke Namikawa join cast ― The official website for the Captain Tsubasa franchise revealed revealed a new key visual and additional cast members for the new anime on Monday. The new cast members are: Yūto Uemura as Shun Nitta Yūsuke Kobayashi as Makoto Soda Daisuke Hirakawa as Hiroshi Jito Hiroyuki Yoshino as Mitsuru...
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Goblin Slayer's Spinoff Serialized Novel Also Gets Manga

Goblin Slayer Gaiden 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana novel, manga both launch in "a few days" ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Tuesday that Goblin Slayer Gaiden 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana (Daikatana of Singing Death), Kumo Kagyu's new serialized spinoff novel for his Goblin Slayer novel series, will also get a manga adaptation in addition to the novel serializatio...
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Rapper/Singer Boku no Lyric no BŌYOMI Retires in January

Kokkoku, live-action March comes in like a lion theme song performer debuted in 2015 ― Rapper and singer Boku no Lyric no BŌYOMI announced on NTV's NEWS ZERO television program on Friday that he will end his career in the music industry in January. He will release his final original album Botsuraku (Ruin) and greatest hits album Ningen (Human) on December 12. Often described as a "prodigy," he explai...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppet Show's 2nd Season Previewed in Opening Video

2nd season premieres on October 1 ― Good Smile Company began streaming the opening movie on Monday for Thunderbolt Fantasy: Tōriken Yūki 2, the second season of the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet-show series. The video will stream only until October 2 at 5:00 p.m. JST (4:00 a.m. EDT). The video previews Takanori Nishikawa's opening theme song "His/Story." Nishikawa is collaborating with Hiroyuki Sawano o...
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Bandai Namco Ent. America Confirms English Release for 2 Sword Art Online Switch Games

Switch versions of Fatal Bullet, Hollow Realization games revealed at TGS on Saturday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America revealed via a video on Monday that the previously revealed Nintendo Switch versions of the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet games will get a release in English. Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that both ga...
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Lost Song Anime Gets 'New Project'

Original TV anime premieres on Netflix outside Japan on September 30 ― A commercial after the final rebroadcast episode of the Lost Song original anime revealed on Saturday that the anime is getting a "new project." The show's staff will hold an event on February 11. The show's directors Morita and Junpei posted a picture on Twitter on Saturday that said "To Be Continued." Netflix Japan began streami...
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'Pet' TV Anime Reveals Cast, Stage Play Adaptation

Psychic suspense anime by Durarara!! director Takahiro Ōmori to premiere in 2019 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Remaster Edition of Ranjō Miyake's Pet manga revealed the show's cast via a video on Monday. The anime stars: Keisuke Ueda as Hiroki Kishō Taniyama as Tsukasa Yuuki Ono as Satoru Yasuyuki Kase as Hayashi The site also revealed that the anime and manga are ...
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Blazblue: CentralFiction Game Gets 'Special Edition' Switch Version

Latest entry in Blazblue 2D fighter launched in Japanese arcades in November 2015 ― French Bread battle planner Kamone Serizawa posted a picture on Twitter on Friday from a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show where Arc System Works announced that it will release Blazblue: CentralFiction Special Edition for the Nintendo Switch. Arc System Works in Japan has not yet confirmed the news online or revea...
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Run with the Wind Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Unison Square Garden Song

Anime's October 2 premiere date revealed ― The official Twitter account for Run with the Wind, the television anime of Shion Miura's Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Feel the Wind) novel, began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video previews the opening theme song "Catch up, latency" by Unison Square Garden. The official website for the anime also revealed the premiere dates fo...
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Gundam's Haro Plastic Model Shows Inner Workings by Designer Okawara

Inquisitive robot enthusiasts will finally get a glimpse of what's inside Gundam's Haro mascot thanks to a new figure in Bandai Spirit's Figure-rise Mechanics line. The same line revealed the inside of Doraemon and Dr. Slump's Arale is showing how all those metal bits turn into a cheerful green orb. Gundam franchise mechanical designer Kunio Okawara designed the robot's internal mechanisms for the...
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Anime Character Designers Akemi Takada, Mutsumi Inomata Design Cat-Themed Boxes for New Year Foods

Magical Angel Creamy Mami character designer Akemi Takada and Future GPX Cyber Formula character designer Mutsumi Inomata have provided cat illustrations for special osechi, which are fancy Japanese New Year foods. The special boxes, called jūbako, will be available with one design from each artist from Tobu Department Store. The boxes will be 13 centimeters (about 5 inches) square, and each of th...
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Yuuki Kaji, Maaya Uchida Star in Mizuho Bank's Anime Shorts by DLE

Mizuho Bank is targeting its younger clients with an anime and manga starring Aomaru, one of the company's social media mascot characters. An official website and Twitter account for the anime and manga, titled "Aomaru no Tenshi ka Akuma ka" (Aomaru Angel or Devil), opened on Monday. The website features a series of animated shorts for the campaign. The "opening movie" video begins with Aomaru eat...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Documentary Drama Reveals 5 More Cast Members

The official website for the documentary drama Kono Manga ga Sugoi! revealed five more cast members and the live-action manga adaptations they will star in on Wednesday. The new cast members are: Masahiro Higashide as Ryū Oshikōji in Motoka Murakami's Ryū -RON- Kami Hiraiwa as a woman considering divorce in Machio Same's Machi Kinema Aoi Morikawa as Misaki Nakahara in Kendi Oiwa's Welcome to the N...
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Black Jack Chair Celebrates Osamu Tezuka's 90th Birthday

This November 3 marks what would have been Osamu Tezuka's 90th birthday. The legendary creator received a medical degree before devoting himself to manga, so it seems fitting to celebrate his life and accomplishments through a manga that stars a doctor. A certain U-shaped chair appears in Tezuka's Black Jack manga. Now, the chair is getting a real-world version. Japanese furniture maker Yamaso Ind...

Macross Franchise Gets New Delta Film, New Crossover Concerts

June concerts to feature singers from every Macross TV show ― The "Walküre Senjō no Premium Live Event at Toyosu Pit" announced in Tokyo on Sunday that production has been green-lit on a new Macross Delta film. The event also announced that the Macross franchise will hold two "Crossover Live 2019 at Makuhari Messe" concerts in June. The announcement specifically describes the upcoming Macross Delta f...

Re:Zero Anime Gets 2nd OVA Episode About Emilia, Pack's 1st Meeting

1st OVA episode opens in Japanese theaters on October 6 ― Kadokawa began streaming a video on Sunday to reveal that the Re:Zero franchise will get a second original video anime (OVA) episode. The episode will be titled "Hyōketsu no Kizuna" (Frozen Bonds), and will adapt the meeting between Emilia and Pack. The original Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Zenjitsu-tan: Hyōketsu no Kizuna prequel novel was included...
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Street Fighter V Game Gets Release in Arcades in 2019

Capcom to hold location tests in Japan on October 5-7 ― Capcom announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Sunday that it will release the Street Fighter V game in arcades in Japan in 2019. Taito is working with Capcom on the arcade version. Location testing will be from October 5-7 in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. The arcade version will be based on the Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition upgra...
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Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur Smartphone Game Launches on October 4

― A stage presentation for the Million Arthur franchise at Tokyo Game Show 2018 revealed on Sunday that the Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur iOS and Android game will launch in Japan on October 4. The game is a new title in the series after Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur and Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur. Square Enix's Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur (Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur) massively multi-player on...
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Death Stranding Game Reveals More Character Designs, Cast Members (Updated)

Troy Baker, Tommie Earl Jenkins join English cast; Japanese cast stars Kenjiro Tsuda, Kikuko Inoue, Nana Mizuki, more ― The stage event for Kojima Productions' Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday revealed more cast members for the game's English and Japanese version. The event revealed that Tommie Earl Jenkins will play a new character who wears a mask. Akio Ohtsuka will v...
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Rock Band FLOW Perform Theme Song for Code Geass Social Game

― DMM Games revealed during a livestream presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Sunday that rock band FLOW will perform the theme song "Pendulum" for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories social game. The band performed the song at the event, and announced that they will have a solo concert at the Nippon Budokan hall on January 30. The presentation also revealed that the ...
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Kiyoshi Hikawa Performs New Ending Theme for GeGeGe no Kitaro Anime

Hikawa also sings show's opening theme song ― The official website for the new GeGeGe no Kitaro anime revealed on Sunday that Kiyoshi Hikawa will perform the show's new ending theme song "Mien Keredomo, Orun da yo" (I Can't See Them But They're There). The song will debut in the show starting on October 7. Hikawa is also performing the anime's current classic opening theme song "Gegege no Kitarō," an...
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Dragon Quest XI Game for Switch Officially Announced as Dragon Quest XI S

Game launched in the West on PS4, PC on September 4 ― Square Enix formally announced at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday that it is producing a Nintendo Switch version of its Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age) role-playing game. While Square Enix had stated in 2015 that it planned to release the game on the Switch (then known as "NX") console, the websit...
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Visual Novel Developer Circus Announces Da Capo 4 Project

Developer also reveals D.C. Da Capo Archives Sakura Edition game collection featuring 21 titles ― Adult visual novel developer Circus announced on Sunday that it is developing a Da Capo 4 (D.C. 4) project as its 20th project. The company will open the official website for the project on November 11. The company also revealed on Sunday that it is releasing the D.C. Da Capo Archives Sakura Edition game...
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Netflix Lists Live-Action Jin-Roh Film for October 19

S. Korean remake of anime film opened in July ― Netflix USA and Netflix Japan are both currently listing that Illang: The Wolf Brigade, Kim Jee-woon's live-action film of Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G's Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade anime film, will launch on the service on October 19. Netflix had announced in July that it would stream the film outside of South Korea. The film opened in South Korea...
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Channel Your Inner Villain With My Hero Academia's Tomura Mug

The "Boku no Hero Academia My Hero Museum ~Shōnen-tachi no Kiseki wo Tadore~" (My Hero Academia My Hero Museum: Following the Children's Tracks) exhibition revealed merchandise last week. The exhibition's mug and coaster inspired by League of Villains leader Tomura Shigaraki will let fans recreate the character's characteristic facepalm look. The mug will cost 2,000 yen (about US$18) and come with...
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Visit 221B Baker Street at Tokyo's New Sherlock Holmes-Themed Bar

Fans who like Sherlock Hound, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, and Holmes of Kyoto are in luck because a Sherlock Holmes-themed bar just opened in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The new Sherlock House bar captures the feel of the fictional detective's London home at 221B Baker Street with 19th-century vibes. The bar opened in August, and it has become especially popular with women. Damask wallpaper exudes the atmosp...
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pixiv Launches VRoid Hub Platform for Sharing 3D Characters

pixiv announced on Friday that it will release the VRoid Hub platform for sharing 3D character models in December 2018. Users will be able to use the shared models as avatars across various virtual reality and augmented reality platforms. The company will simultaneously launch the software development kit VRoid SDK, which will let developers use the model data of characters posted on VRoid Hub on ...
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Yuichiro Umehara Voices Bartender to Promote Sapporo Beer's New Drink

Sapporo Beer's Ume Kaku Kajitsu Shitate no Umeshu Cocktail Yuzu (a plum wine drink with yuzu) went on sale in Japan on Wednesday. To promote the release, voice actor Yuichiro Umehara is voicing a bartender character in a series of web videos. Umehara's character is a worldly bartender at Ume Kaku Bar, whose personality reflects both the good and bad things he has seen in this life. There are a tot...
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Sentai Filmworks' Mardock Scramble Film Trilogy License Expires

Sentai Filmworks announced on Saturday that its home video release of the Mardock Scramble film trilogy is out of print. Sentai Filmworks confirmed with ANN that its license has expired. Sentai Filmworks announced its license for the film trilogy — Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (2010), Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (2011), and Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (2012) — in 201...
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March comes in like a lion Season 2's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Blu-ray Discs slated for December, April ― Aniplex of America began streaming a trailer for its English dub of the second season of March comes in like a lion on Saturday. The company will release the series on Blu-ray Disc in two parts on December 18 and April 9, respectively. The second season premiered on NHK last October, and Crunchyroll streamed the 22-episode series as it aired. Aniplex of Amer...

Mr. Osomatsu Anime's English Dub Casts Matsuno Sextuplets

Billy Kametz, Chris Niosi, Michael Sinterniklaas, Kyle McCarley, Ray Chase, Max Mittleman join cast ― Viz Media announced the English dub cast for the six Matsuno brothers from the Mr. Osomatsu anime at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Saturday. The cast includes: Billy Kametz as Osomatsu Chris Niosi as Choromatsu Michael Sinterniklaas as Jyushimatsu Kyle McCarley as Ichimatsu Ray Chase as Karamats...

Aniplex USA Announces Fate/Apocrypha Blu-ray Release

2 sets slated for November, February ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that it will release the anime adaptation of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels on Blu-ray Disc. The first Blu-ray Disc box set is slated for November 20 and the second is slated for February 12, 2019. Each set will include a rigid box, booklet, and original soundtrack CD. The anime premiered in Japa...

Viz Media Licences Snow White with the Red Hair Manga

1st volume of manga that inspired 2 anime series slated for next spring ― Viz Media announced on Saturday that it has licensed Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga. The first volume is slated for release in spring 2019. Viz Media describes the story: Shirayuki is an herbalist with bright red hair. Raj, the prince of her kingdom, catches word of her beauty an...
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Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond to Have U.S. Premiere at Anime NYC

Screening takes place on November 16 ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond (Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will have its United States premiere at the Anime NYC convention on Friday, November 16 at 7:45 p.m. EST. The anime will premiere on September 2...
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Aniplex of America Announces DAKAICHI, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Anime for Fall Season (Updated)

Both series debut in Japan in October ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that it will offer the DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year- (Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu.) and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai) anime for its fall 2018 simulcast lineup. Aniplex of America will premiere DAKAICHI -I'm be...
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Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san Anime's TV Spot Streamed

Anime about bookstore employees premieres on October 7 ― Production company Asmik Ace began streaming a 15-second TV Spot for the television anime adaptation of Honda's Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda) manga on Saturday. The video previews the opening theme song "ISBN ~Inner Sound & Book's Narrative~" by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Honda (voiced by Sōma Saitō)....
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Hatsune Miku Goes Down in History... Book

How do you know you've made it big? Receiving a mention in a history book is probably a pretty clear sign. Virtual idol Hatsune Miku is now adding that to her list of accomplishments. Twitter user @non_A1207 posted a picture of Hatsune Miku's entry in a high school history book on Tuesday. 日本史の教科書に初音ミクがのる時代… pic.twitter.com/VaMH4CFPQ5— のん氏っしー (@non_A1207) September 18, 2018 The book describes the ...
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Manga Creator Yasuyuki Kunitomo Passes Away

Author's Junk Boy manga inspired OVA in 1987 ― The Comic Natalie news website reported on Saturday that manga creator Yasuyuki Kunitomo passed away on September 20. He was 65. Kunitomo is known for the 100-oku no Otoko (10 Billion Men) manga (pictured at right), which inspired a live-action TV series adaptation in 1995. Kunitomo also wrote the Shiawase no Jikan, Shin Shiawase no Jikan, and Junk Boy m...

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