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World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman Light Novels End in June

Fantasy series launched in 2012, inspired manga & TV anime ― SB Creative's publishing imprint GA Bunko confirmed on Saturday that Akamitsu Awamura's Seiken Tsukai no World Break light novel series will end in its 22nd volume, which is slated for June 14. Funimation describes the story: Akane Academy is just like any other school…except the students just happen to be reincarnated legendary heroes from...
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Harukana Receive Anime's 'Pair Visual' Shows Naruasa Team

The official website for the television anime of Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga revealed a new "pair visual" with the characters Narumi Tōi (Miyuri Shimabukuro) and Ayasa Tachibana (Kanae Itō), who together form the "Naruasa" team. The site also previously revealed a pair visual last month, showing the characters Emily (Emiri) Thomas (Rie Suegara) and Claire (Kurea) Thomas (Atsumi Tanezaki), w...
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Anime Expo to Host Sunrise Producers, Neptunia Series Staff

Osamu Taniguchi, Naohiro Ogata, Tsunako, Naoko Mizuno announced as guests ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced this week that it will host Sunrise producers Osamu Taniguchi and Naohiro Ogata, Gundam game producer Kotaro Usui, GUNPLA modeler Katsumi Kawaguchi, Neptunia series character designer Tsunako, and Neptunia series producer Naoko Mizuno. Taniguchi and Ogata will participate ...
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2nd Live-Action Gintama Film Brings Back Kankurō Nakamura as Isao Kondo

New cast members being announced every day this week ― The official website for the upcoming sequel film Gintama 2 (Kari) (Gintama 2 (Working Title)) announced on Thursday that Kankurō Nakamura is returning from the first film to play Isao Kondo. The staff are revealing a new cast member every day from May 22 until May 26. Previously announced returning cast members include (from left to right in top...

Crunchyroll Adds Mind Game, Hyouka, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, More

GKIDS films, Funimation series added to catalog ― Crunchyroll added the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness and four anime films from GKIDS on Wednesday. The newly-added anime films, all in Japanese with English subtitles, are: Mind Game A Letter to Momo Welcome to the Space Show Patema Inverted In addition, the platform is adding the following full series from Funimation Ente...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 14-20

Chihayafuru, Skip Beat!, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, DAYS, Dagashi Kashi in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Chihayafuru 38 95,548 195,878 2018/05 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 1 2 2 Skip Beat! 42 90,241 90,241 2018/05 Hakusensha Yoshiki Nakamura 2 1 3 The Heroic Legend of Arslan 9 70,830 234,156 2018/05 Kodansha Story: Yosh...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 14-20

Caligula Overdose game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 14-20 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Caligula Overdose FuRyu May 17 20,399 20,399 2NSwDonkey Kong Tropical Freeze Nintendo May 3 15,452 129,760 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21 12,646 2,323,048 73 4PS4Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū 2018 Konami April 26 10,240 189,...
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Fireworks Anime Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Film opens in the U.S. this July ― GKIDS began streaming a full trailer for the anime film Fireworks (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) on Wednesday. The video has English subtitles. The film will screen in the United States on July 3, 5, and 7 in collaboration with Fathom Events. It will also get a separate theatrical release starting on July 4. The Fireworks anime film adapt...
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KADO - The Right Answer Gets English-Subtitled Compilation Film on YouTube

2-hour video now streaming until June 5 ― Toei Animation posted a two-hour, English-subtitled compilation film titled for the Kado: The Right Answer television anime series on YouTube on Tuesday. The film is listed as the anime's "episode 12.5" and has the title KADO: Beyond Information. The video will be available until June 4 at 10:00 a.m. JST. The official website posted a visual. The anime series...
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14-Sai to Illustrator Light Novels' Anime Adaptation Not Announced (Update)

Novels by How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord author, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou illustrator debuted in 2016 ― Update: ANN staff based this article on a bookstore's photograph of the wraparound jacket band for 14-Sai to Illustrator, which stated that an anime adaptation has been greenlit. However, Twitter user @akibablog posted a photograph that shows the small print on the wraparound jacket band, and it r...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Film Video Previews 3 Nyanko-sensei Cats

Film with returning cast, staff opens on September 29 ― The official website for Gekijōban Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~ (Natsume's Book of Friends the Movie: Tied to the Temporal World), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, began streaming a special commercial on Thursday. The video previews Nyanko-sensei split into three bodies. (Note: The...
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Osora's Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] Manga Gets Anime

Story of game streamer in life-or-death struggle debuted in 2014 ― The official Twitter account for Osora's Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] (Naka no Hito Genome [Now Streaming]) manga announced on Thursday that an anime adaptation of the manga is in the works. The wraparound jacket band on the manga's seventh compiled book volume, which will ship on Saturday, will also feature the announcement. The s...
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Ueno-san wa Bukiyō Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime

tugeneko's manga about genius girl awkward at romance launched in 2015 ― Retailer Rakuten's listing for this year's 11th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine features a cover image that reveals that tugeneko's Ueno-san wa Bukiyō (Ueno is Awkward) manga will receive a television anime adaptation. The issue will ship on Friday. The comedy manga centers on the titular Ueno, a stoic and strong-wil...
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Bandai Namco Files 'Greed Adventure' Trademarks in Japan

Bandai Namco Entertainment filed trademarks for "Greed Adventure" and a shortened version of the title in Japan on April 26. The company has yet to announce a game with that title. [Via Shōhyō Sokuhō bot Twitter Account, Gematsu]
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5th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Film Streams Video With Ending Theme

Film opens in Japan on May 25 ― 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 new promotional video for "Rengoku-hen" (Purgatory Chapter), the fifth film in the series, on Wednesday. The video previews the ending theme song "Yōranka" performe...

Märchen Mädchen Anime Delays Last 2 Episodes to December

Blu-ray volumes 3-6 delayed to improve animation ― The official website for the Märchen Mädchen television anime announced on Wednesday that the premieres of the anime's 11th and 12th episodes have been delayed to this December. The release method for these two final episodes' premieres has yet to be determined. In addition, the third to sixth volumes of the anime's Blu-ray Disc releases have also be...
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Utsunuke Essay Manga About Depression Gets Live-Action Show

Naoki Tanaka, Suzuka Ohgo star in Keiichi Tanaka's autobiographical account ― A live-action series adaptation of Keiichi Tanaka's "Utsunuke" Utsu Tunnel o Nuketa Hito-tachi (People Who Got Through the Depression Tunnel) manga has been green-lit for streaming this fall on an unspecified service. Naoki Tanaka (seen right in picture below), a member of comedy duo Kokoriko, plays author Keiichi Tanaka in...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Trailer Previews Vegito Blue

Character release slated for late May ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a character trailer for the Vegito Blue character in its Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game on Tuesday. Vegito Blue is a fused version of Goku and Vegeta, transformed into the Super Saiyan Blue form. The DLC will debut in late May alongside the release for Fused Zamasu. Vegito Blue is one of eight DLC character...
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Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! Anime Gets 2nd Season in July

Anime based on Chinese web manga reunites cast, staff from 1st season ― Animation studio Fanworks (Aggretsuko, Hagane Orchestra) announced on Tuesday that it is producing a second season for the Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (There's No Cure for My Brother Being Around Me!) television anime. The second season is titled Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 2. It will premiere on Tokyo MX1 in July, and Tencen...
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Yakuza 3, 4, 5 Get PS4 Releases in Japan

Yakuza 3 slated for PS4 on August 9 ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website previewed a thumbnail for this week's issue of the Weekly Famitsu magazine on Tuesday. The preview reveals that Sega is developing PlayStation 4 versions of its Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5 games. The magazine will contain more details about the releases, but the article specifies that Yakuza 3 will ship on August 9, and will re...
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2nd Live-Action Gintama Film Casts Midoriko Kimura as Otose

New cast members being announced every day this week ― The official website for the upcoming sequel film Gintama 2 (Kari) (Gintama 2 (Working Title)) announced on Wednesday that the film has cast Midoriko Kimura as Otose. The staff are revealing a new cast member every day from May 22 until May 26. Previously announced returning cast members include (from left to right in top row in picture below) Sh...
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Eat-Man The Main Dish Manga Enters 'Final Arc'

Manga resumed after 2-year hiatus in January ― Amazon is showing the cover of the upcoming fourth compiled book volume of Akihito Yoshitomi's Eat-Man The Main Dish manga with the text, "Entering the final arc!" Eat-Man The Main Dish recently resumed on January 26 after a two-and-a-half year hiatus. The manga launched in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius in May 2014. Kodansha shipped the third compiled...
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Batman Ninja Japanese Clip Highlights Villains

Film debuted digitally on April 24, screening in Japanese theaters slated for June 15 ― Warner Bros. began streaming a Japanese clip for the Batman Ninja anime on Tuesday. The video shows the villains from Batman's rogue's gallery that appear in the film, which include the Joker, Penguin, Poison Ivy, and Deathstroke, all of whom take the place of famous historical Sengoku period warlords in the film....
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Basilisk's Segawa Ends Jū ~Ninpō Makai Tenshō~ Manga in June

Manga based on Makai Tenshō novel, which also inspired Ninja Resurrection OVA ― The June issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Saturday that Masaki Segawa's Jū ~Ninpō Makai Tenshō~ manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 20. The manga's story is set in Japan in the year 1638, and tells of master swordsmen who have all died but are being resurrected for nefarious purposes. The man...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 20-26

Tsugumomo anime; Himouto! Umaru-Chan, Devilman, Golosseum, How to Treat Magical Beasts, Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date RIN-NE 3 BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 May 22 RIN-NE 3 DVDCite Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 May 22 Tsugumomo BD/DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 May 22 Print Manga Releases Tit...
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Rilakkuma to Kaoru-san Stop-Motion Anime's Promo, Visual Revealed

Netflix series premieres in spring 2019 ― Netflix Japan began streaming a teaser for Rilakkuma to Kaoru-san (Rilakkuma and Kaoru-san), the anime series of San-X's "Rilakkuma" character, on Tuesday. The video previous the kind of stop-motion animation that will be used in the series. The official "Rilakkuma" website posted a visual for the series on Tuesday. The visual shows Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, an...

Grimoire of Zero English Dub Stars Jason Douglas, Amanda Lee

Full cast list revealed; preview clip streamed ― Sentai Filmworks announced its English dub cast for Grimoire of Zero on Tuesday, and began streaming a preview clip. The cast, under director Kyle Jones, includes: Jason Douglas as Mercenary Amanda Lee as Zero Chelsea McCurdy as Albus Ian Sinclair as Thirteen David Wald as Holdem Melissa Pritchett as Sorena Jay Hickman as Narrator Other cast members in...
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Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Anime Film's English Dub Cast Revealed

Mimi Torres, Robbie Daymond star in film opening in U.S., Canada on June 8 ― Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced the English dub cast for the Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1 (Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai) anime film on Tuesday. As previously announced, Mimi Torres will star as the main character Benio Hanamura. Other cast members include: Robbie Daymond as Sh...
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GOG Adds Visual Novels From Sekai Project, MangaGamer

Publishers Sekai Project and MangaGamer announced on Tuesday that the GOG game platform has added several of their visual novels. The platform is now offering the Fault and Sunrider series from Sekai Project and eden* and the Higurashi When They Cry series from MangaGamer. MangaGamer also announced that it is working with GOG to add nine other titles, including Kindred Spirits on the Roof and A Ki...
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Pokémon GO Adds Alolan Forms of Kanto Pokémon

The official website for the Pokémon GO smartphone game announced on Monday that it is adding Alolan forms of Kanto region Pokémon "in the coming weeks." The Alolan forms first appeared in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. These Pokémon include Rattata, Sandshrew, Vulpix, Diglett, Meowth, Geodude, Grimer, and their respective evolutions, as well as Exeggutor, Marowak, and Raichu. The Pokémon GO app la...
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Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient, Gungrave VR Games Head West

XSEED Games also releases Gal Metal, Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity in 2018 ― Marvelous USA subsidiary XSEED Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient, Gungrave VR, Gal Metal, and Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity games in North America in 2018. Marvelous Europe announced Gungrave VR and Gal Metal. XSEED Games began streaming an announcement teaser trailer for all four games...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Launches in West on August 31

Trailer reveals Gaara, Deidara, battle modes ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Tuesday that its Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia on August 31. The company also began streaming a new trailer for the game that reveals the new characters Gaara and Deidara. The trailer also previews the Flag...

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO: PS4 Enters 'Final Phase of Life Cycle'

Sony plans to leverage recurring membership revenue, existing IP ― Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera revealed at the Sony Investor Relations Day 2018 event in Tokyo on Tuesday that Sony's PlayStation 4 console is entering the "final phase of its life cycle." Kodera added that recurring revenue from user subscription services will ease the impact of fewer sales in...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 14-20

Asahinagu sells 7,585 + 3,507, followed by 1st Godzilla anime film, Kamen Rider Heisei Generation Final, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I, Mob Psycho 100 play ― The Special Edition (Limited Complete Pressing) for the live-action film of Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu manga sold 7,585 copies to rank #5 on the overall DVD chart. The Standard Edition sold 3,507 copies at #6. Kamen Rider Heisei Generation Final B...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 14-20

Asahinagu sells 17,029, followed by 1st Godzilla anime film, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I, Mob Psycho 100 play, Kamen Rider Heisei Generation Final ― The Special Edition (Limited Complete Pressing) for the live-action film of Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu manga sold 17,029 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Mob Psycho 100 stage play sold 1,075 copies to land at #12. The Collector's ...
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Codate Establishes 'No Pictures' Animation Studio for Shorts

Studio will use pre-existing assets, royalty-free material to produce animation ― Video content company Codate announced on May 18 that it has founded an anime studio named No Pictures. The new studio produces no raw original animation of its own, but will use pre-existing content and royalty-free material, such as regional mascot characters, or digitally altered royalty-free photographs. Codate note...

DC Comics to Publish Batman & the Justice League Manga in October

Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa's Shiori Teshirogi launched manga last June ― DC Comics announced in March that it will release Shiori Teshirogi's Batman & the Justice League manga in English. The first volume is slated for October 23, and will have 200 pages. DC Comics describes the manga: A young boy from Japan travels to Gotham City on a mission. A year before, his two parents—both scie...
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Miss caretaker of Sunohara-sou Anime Reveals New Visuals

The official website for the television anime of Nekoume's four-panel romantic comedy manga Miss caretaker of Sunohara-sou (Sunohara-Sō no Kanrinin-san) revealed a new visual for the anime on Tuesday. In addition, the site also revealed a new visual for a talk event for the anime that will take place at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo on June 29. The anime will premiere this summer. Shin Oonuma (...
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Godzilla Opens at #8, Detective Conan Stays at #1

Crayon Shin-chan dropped to #10 ― Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle), the second film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, opened last Friday in 158 theaters in Japan. The film ranked #8 in its opening weekend. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei), the first film, opened in Japan last November. Netflix began streaming the film worldwide on ...

'[New Life+] Young Again in Another World' Light Novels Get October TV Anime

Digimon Adventure tri.'s Keitaro Motonaga directs anime at Seven Arcs Pictures ― Hobby Japan announced on Tuesday that a television anime adaptation of MINE's [New Life+] Young Again in Another World (Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de) light novel series has been green-lit for an October premiere. Hobby Japan opened a website and Twitter account for the anime. Keitaro Motonaga (School Days, Jormungand, Di...
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Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire's Naoki Serizawa Ends Psycho Bank Manga

Manga about psychic powers launched in 2015 ― This year's sixth issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Saturday that Naoki Serizawa will end his Psycho Bank manga in the next issue on June 20. Serizawa launched the manga in 2015. Kodansha shipped the second compiled volume April 6. The story follows high school student Mirai, who thought he could predict the future, until an overwhel...
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Silent Möbius QD Manga Ends Next Month

Sequel manga launched in 2013 ― This year's sixth issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Saturday that Kia Asamiya's Silent Möbius QD (Quadriga) manga will end in the next issue on June 20. The magazine announced in November that the manga was approaching its climax. Asamiya launched the series in August 2013 and Kodansha published the fourth compiled volume on April 20. Kei Shigema,...
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2nd Live-Action Gintama Film Brings Back Tsuyoshi Muro as Gengai Hiraga

New cast members will be announced every day this week ― The official Twitter account for the upcoming sequel film Gintama 2 (Kari) (Gintama 2 (Working Title)) announced on Tuesday that Tsuyoshi Muro is returning to play Gengai Hiraga. The staff are revealing a new cast member every day from May 22 until May 26. Previously announced returning cast members include (from left to right in top row in pic...
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BanG Dream! Music Video Clip Shows Sanzigen's Animation

Sanzigen to replace ISSEN/Xebec for upcoming new anime ― The official website for the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! smartphone game's "Band Story Chapter 2" event began streaming a music video clip for the band Roselia's song "Neo-Aspect" on Saturday. The clip was animated by SANZIGEN Animation Studio, the studio handling the anime's second and third seasons. The BanG Dream! anime will premiere two m...
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Naruto Kabuki Play to Also Run at Newly Re-Opened Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto

The staff of the historical Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto announced the theater's 2018-2019 lineup at a presentation on Friday, and it will include the Naruto kabuki play in June 2019. It will also include a collaboration between Hatsune Miku and kabuki actor Nakamura Shidō in August 2019 — the actor and virtual idol previously starred together in Hanakurabe Senbonzakura in 2016. Minamiza Theatre date...
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The Lost Child Game Video Features Fallen Angels

Game debuts in N. America on June 19, in Europe on June 22 ― NIS America began streaming a new video for its The Lost Child game on Saturday. The video shows a dialogue scene in which protagonist Hayato and his ally Lua meet fallen angels. The game will ship in North America on June 19 and in Europe on June 22. The game will be available physically and digitally for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStatio...
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World Screen: GKIDS Licenses 'Ronja, The Robber's Daughter' for U.S.

Worldwide rights holder Serious Lunch signs deals for U.S., China, other territories ― International media news website World Screen reported on Monday that GKIDS has acquired the rights to Goro Miyazaki and POLYGON PICTURES' Ronja the Robber's Daughter television anime in the United States. United Kingdom-based distributor Serious Lunch previously acquired the worldwide rights to the series. World S...
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MangaGamer to Host Illustrator MIN-NARAKEN at Anime Expo

Alicesoft illustrator to attend July convention ― MangaGamer announced at Anime Central on Friday that it will bring illustrator MIN-NARAKEN to this year's Anime Expo as a guest. MIN-NARAKEN will have a panel and an autograph session. MIN-NARAKEN has worked as a character designer and illustrator at Alicesoft, and has contributed to the developer's Rance and Toushin Toshi series, among other titles. ...
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Happy Sugar Life Anime Casts Kikuko Inoue

Series premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga revealed on Tuesday that Kikuko Inoue will play Satō's aunt. The website also revealed designs for the character and a new key visual for the anime. Kikuko Inoue as Satō's aunt The anime will premiere on MBS and other networks in July. The psychological horror manga's stor...
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Shenmue III PS4, PC Game's Footage Streamed

Game slated for 2019 after delays ― THQ Nordic, parent company of Koch Media and its publishing division Deep Silver, revealed footage from Deep Silver's Shenmue III PlayStation 4 and PC game at a presentation on May 16. The video features a presentation by Koch Media's Mario Gerhold and reveals pre-alpha footage of the game (presentation of the game begins at around the 1:12:00 mark in the video lin...
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Sirius the Jaeger Anime's Videos Preview Jaeger, Vampire Characters

Original series by P.A. Works debuts in July ― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime project Sirius the Jaeger began streaming two new promotional videos on Monday. The English-subtitled videos preview the anime's Jaeger and vampire characters. The anime will premiere in July. The official English website for the series describes the story: Imperial Capital, 1930. A strange g...
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Gudetama Tap! Smartphone Game Launches for iOS, Android

Players collect recipes to make versions of Sanrio's egg character ― CyberStep released the gudetama tap! iOS and Android app game on Monday. The game, which features Sanrio's Gudetama character, is a collaboration between CyberStep, Sanrio, Gathering Holdings, and Good Luck3. In the game, players collect recipes to create Gudetama characters, place them in a room, and poke them. The game includes fr...
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To the Moon Game Creator: Animated Film in the Works with Japanese Studio

Creator: "first-tier Japanese animation production companies" are involved ― Independent game creator Kan Gao from Freebird Games posted on YouTube on Friday that Freebird Games' To the Moon game is getting an animated film adaptation. Gao stated that the project is a collaboration between China and Japan, with Chinese companies in charge of funding, and Japanese companies producing the film. Gao sai...
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One Piece Manga Gets 2 Books in June, July Compiling Chapter Cover Stories

This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Shueisha will release two books of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga that will compile the chapter cover stories from the manga. The two volumes are titled One Piece DOORS. The first volume will ship on June 4, and the second volume will ship on July 4. The volumes will also include a "special page." Shueisha wil...
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Job Recruitment Site Posts Ad for Animators, Directors for New Bilibili Studio Based in Tokyo

Production studio aims to create 3 anime per year ― Job recruitment site Wantedly has posted a job listing to recruit animators, animation directors, and directors for a production studio that is part of the Japanese division of the Chinese video sharing website bilibili. The listing states that the studio is located in the Ningyōchō area of Tokyo. The listing adds that the new production studio will...

Developers: Steam Will Review Games' Content Before Action is Taken

Steam tells developers to "disregard previous notice" about 2-week ultimatum to alter games' alleged adult content ― MangaGamer, Sekai Project, Neko Works, Lupiesoft, Huniepop, and other game developers and publishers reported over the weekend that digital game publishing platform Steam has contacted them regarding the recent notices they have received about publishing adult content on Steam. Accordi...

Lupin III: Part IV Anime Returns to Toonami on June 2

Show replaces Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex in 3:30 a.m. timeslot ― The official Facebook page of Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Saturday that the Lupin III: Part IV anime will return to the block on June 2 at 3:30 a.m. The show is replacing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The anime premiered on the block in June 2017 with an English dub. Discotek Media will release the se...
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Live-Action Kyō Kara Ore wa!! Series Reveals Jiro Sato in Costume

The staff for the live-action television series of Hiroyuki Nishimori's Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! gag comedy manga revealed photos of Jiro Sato in costume as his character Tetsuo Akasaka, Riko's father. The series will premiere on NTV's Nichiyō Drama time slot in October. The new series marks the first live-action adaptation for the manga in about 21 years. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama, HK/Hentai K...
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Fate/Grand Order Arcade Game Adds Georgios, Gaius Julius Caesar as Playable Servants

2 Noble Phantasm videos also posted ― The official website for Type-Moon's Fate/Grand Order Arcade game revealed on Monday that Georgios (Rider) and Gaius Julius Caesar (Saber) will be available in the game at launch. Type-Moon is also streaming videos for Georgios' "Ascalon" and Caesar's "Crocea Mors" Noble Phantasms. Georgios Caesar Other playable Servants at launch: Artoria Pendragon (Saber), Emiy...
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5th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Reveals 3 New Cast Members

Shoko Ikeda, Takeshi Kusao, Kazuhiko Inoue play members of Dessler family ― 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 revealed three new cast members for "Rengoku-hen" (Purgatory Chapter), the fifth film in the series, on Monday. The new characters reveale...
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Dragon Ball N. American Tour Reveals Cities, Dates

Tour stops at Comic Con Int'l, Otakon, Fan Expo Canada, NY Comic Con, more ― Bandai began streaming a video on Monday to reveal the dates and cities for the previously announced "Dragon Ball North America Tour" event. The tour will go to: Comic Con International in San Diego from July 18-22 Otakon in Washington, D.C. from August 10-12 Fan Expo Canada in Toronto from August 30-September 2 Rose City Co...
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Earns 7.2 Billion Yen, Becomes Highest-Grossing Film in Franchise

Film tops Japanese box office for 6th straight weekend ― Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan series, has earned a total of 7.2 billion yen (about US$64.7 million) as of Monday, becoming the highest-grossing film in the Detective Conan franchise. The film is the sixth consecutive Detective Conan film to become the highest-grossi...

Resident Evil 7: Cloud Version Game Announced for Switch

Cloud-based game available in Japan on Thursday ― The official Japanese website for Capcom's Resident Evil 7: biohazard game revealed on Sunday that the game will get a new version in Japan for the Nintendo Switch titled Biohazard 7: resident evil Cloud Version. The new version will be available in Japan on Thursday. The new version is playable through the cloud by accessing Capcom's servers. Like al...
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Muhyo & Roji Anime Reveals 5 More Character Designs

Series premieres this summer ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) manga revealed the character designs on Monday for five new cast members. This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine had revealed the cast members for the characters earlier on ...
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Viz Media Reveals English Dub Cast for Accel World: Infinite Burst Anime Film

Viz Media will screen film with new, returning English dub cast at Anime Expo in July ― Viz Media revealed the English dub cast on Sunday for its release of the Accel World: Infinite Burst anime film. The returning cast members from Viz Media's English dub of the television anime include: Kira Buckland as Kuroyukihime/Black Lotus Erik Scott Kimerer as Haruyuki Arita/Silver Crow Lucien Dodge as Takumu...
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More Live-Action Gintama Film Cast Members Return for Sequel

Masami Nagasawa, Masaki Okada reprise roles for August 17 film ― The official website for the upcoming sequel film Gintama 2 (Kari) (Gintama 2 (Working Title)) revealed more returning cast from the first film on Monday. Masami Nagasawa (bottom row left in picture below) returns as Tae Shimura, while Masaki Okada (bottom row center) returns as Kotarō Katsura. The character Elizabeth (bottom row right)...
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The Laws of the Universe Anime Continues With Film Trilogy

Fumika Shimizu joins returning cast for Happy Science religious group's Fall film ― HS Pictures Studio revealed a new anime film titled Uchū no Hō: Reimei-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Part 1) on Monday. The film is a sequel to The Laws of the Universe Part 0 (UFO Gakuen no Himitsu) religious anime film, and will be the first part of a trilogy. The film's cast includes: Ryota Ohsaka as Ray Asami Set...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals 2 New Cast Members

Kenta Kamakari, Shuhei Matsuda to play pro heroes ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed two more characters and cast members on Monday for the third season of the My Hero Academia anime. Shuhei Matsuda as Gang Orca, the #10 pro hero, whose Quirk is Orcinus Kenta Kamakari as Edgeshot, the #5 pro hero, whose Quirk is Foldabody Matsuda also plays the Villain Moonfis...
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Uma Musume Anime's 4th Blu-ray Release Includes 'Completely New Animation'

November 14 release also bundles novel with original story ― The official website for the anime portion of Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby project announced the details for the anime's fourth Blu-ray Disc release (titled "Umabako: The Fourth Corner") on Mondaty. The November 14 release will contain a "completely new animation." It will also contain an original prose story titled "Uma Hanashi" (Horse...
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Viz Licenses Kakuriyo Manga, Accel World Film & OVAs

1st K: Seven Stories film premieres at Anime Expo; Loveless volume 13 slated for June ― Viz Media announced at its Anime Central panel on Sunday that it has licensed Wako Ioka's Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits manga, as well as the Accel World: Infinite Burst anime film and the franchise's two original video anime (OVA) releases. Viz Media also announced that it will premiere R:B ~Blaze~, the...

Dennō Coil's Mitsuo Iso Directs Original 'Chikyūgai Shōnen Shōjo' Anime

Kenichi Yoshida designs, SIGNAL.MD animates project about children stranded in space ― Anime director Mitsuo Iso announced at the Anime Central convention on Sunday that he is directing and scripting Chikyūgai Shōnen Shōjo (Extraterrestrial Children), his first new original anime since 2007's Dennō Coil. Kenichi Yoshida (Eureka Seven, Gundam Reconguista in G, Overman King Gainer) is drawing the chara...
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Vegito Blue Joins Dragon Ball FighterZ Game

Character release slated for late May ― The July issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Vegito Blue character will join the playable roster of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game. Vegito Blue is a fused version of Goku and Vegeta, transformed into the Super Saiyan Blue form. The DLC will release in late May alongside the release for Fused Zamasu. V...
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Muhyo & Roji Anime Reveals More Cast Members

Satomi Akesaka, Wataru Hatano, more join cast for series premiering this summer ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed more cast for the new television anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) manga on Monday. Mitsuki Saiga as Reiko Imai Wataru Hatano as Page Klaus Rie Kawa...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Launches on PS4 on August 30

This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game will ship in Japan on August 30. The game will arrive in Japan on the PlayStation 4, and in the West on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the game: Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is a high-spe...
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Super Dragon Ball Heroes Arcade Card Game Gets Promotional Anime This Summer

Anime will cover game's "Prison Planet" story arc ― The July issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Dragon Ball Heroes game series will get a promotional anime this summer. The anime will depict the story's "Prison Planet" arc from Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission. The anime's "first episode" will get an advance screening at the "Super Dragon Ball Heroes Universe To...
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The Promised Neverland to Have 'Super Important Announcement' on May 28

This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine teased on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga will have a "super important announcement" in the next issue on May 28. The domain name "neverland-anime.com" was registered in April. A Twitter account for The Promised Neverland manga launched at around the same time. Shirai a...
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Phantom in the Twilight Anime's 1st Character Video Highlights Vlad

Takahiro Sakurai voices character in series premiering in July ― The official website for smartphone game company Happy Elements' first original anime Phantom in the Twilight began streaming the show's first character video on Sunday. The video highlights the character Vlad Garfunkel (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai). The series is being developed in Japan and China, and it is slated to premiere in Japan ...
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5th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film's 1st 10 Minutes Streamed

Film opens in Japan on May 25 ― 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 the first 10 minutes on Saturday of "Rengoku-hen" (Purgatory Chapter), the fifth film in the series. Bandai previously aired the video during a special program for th...
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Actress, Singer, Dancer Yukiji Asaoka Passes Away at 82

Actress performed roles in My Neighbors the Yamadas, The Tale of Princess Kaguya ― Newspapers in Japan reported on Sunday that actress, singer, and dancer Yukiji Asaoka (real name Yukie Katō) passed away on April 27. She was 82. Her close relatives held a funeral. While the cause of death is unknown, Asaoka was seeking treatment for Alzheimer's Disease. Asaoka was interested in dancing from a young a...

Adult Swim Streams English-Dubbed Trailer for FLCL Progressive Anime

1st of 2 new 6-episode series for FLCL premieres on June 2 ― Adult Swim began streaming a new trailer on Sunday for FLCL Progressive, the first of two new six-episode television anime for the FLCL anime series. FLCL Progressive will premiere on June 2 at 12:00 a.m. EDT and PDT (effectively June 3) on Adult Swim's Toonami block. (Note: the series was previously slated to premiere at 11:30 p.m. EDT but...
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ReoNa Performs Ending Theme for Happy Sugar Life Anime

Series premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga revealed on Sunday that ReoNa will perform the show's ending theme song "Sweet Hurt." The single for the song will be ReoNa's first single, and it will ship on August 29. ReoNA previously performed several insert songs for the Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online ...
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One Piece: Episode of Skypeia Anime Special Previewed in Video

2-hour special airs on August 25 ― The official Twitter acccount for the One Piece franchise began streaming a commercial on Saturday for the One Piece: Episode of Sorajima (Skypeia) anime special. 8月25日(土)夜9時~放送『ONE PIECE』夏のスペシャル「エピソード オブ 空島」PV公開! https://t.co/QIGSwRCRcX #ワンピース pic.twitter.com/L9VosgQUnM— ONE PIECE.com(ワンピース) (@OPcom_info) May 19, 2018 The special will air on August 25 on Fuji TV fr...

HIDIVE to Stream Land of the Lustrous Anime in U.S., Canada

12-episode series previously streamed in U.S., Canada on Anime Strike ― HIDIVE announced on Saturday that it will stream the Land of the Lustrous television anime series in the United States and Canada starting on June 17. HIDIVE will add new episodes every Sunday. HIDIVE describes the series: In the distant future, new life forms known as Gems inhabit the Earth. These immortal beings find themselves...
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Crunchyroll to Stream ISLAND, To Be Heroine, The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Anime

Site also streams final 6 episodes of Dies Irae anime starting in July ― Crunchyroll announced at its Anime Central panel on Saturday that it will stream the ISLAND, To Be Heroine, and The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar television anime series. Crunchyroll confirmed that ISLAND and The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar are both Crunchyroll co-production titles. Crunchyroll also con...
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Viz Media to Screen Sailor Moon S The Movie, Sailor Moon SuperS The Movie Films in N. American Theaters

Both films get dubbed, subtitled screenings this summer ― Viz Media announced at Anime Central on Saturday that it will screen both Sailor Moon S The Movie (Sailor Moon S Movie: Hearts in Ice) and Sailor Moon SuperS The Movie (Sailor Moon SuperS Movie: Black Dream Hole) this summer in North America. The Sailor Moon S The Movie screening will also include an encore screening of Sailor Moon R: The Movi...
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Live-Action Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. TV Series Reveals 3 Cast Members in Costume

5-episode live-action TV series premieres on June 24 before film opens on October 12 ― The official website for the live-action television adaptation of Nana Shiiba's Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. (Are you ready? Hey you girl!) romantic comedy manga revealed a visual as well as three character visuals on Saturday. This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed the three new cast mem...
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Yuu Watase Aims to Resume Arata: The Legend Manga This Year

Manga went on hiatus in August 2015 ― Manga creator Yuu Watase posted on Twitter on Saturday that she is considering trying to resume her Arata: The Legend manga this year. Watase added that she is still recovering from depression. Watase put the manga on hiatus in August 2015. The manga had resumed a month before after another 17-month hiatus. Watase is also working on the "Remaster" edition of the ...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes' New Stage Play Reveals Visual, 4 Cast Members

Play adaptation of new anime runs in Tokyo in October ― The official website for the new stage play series adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novel series Legend of the Galactic Heroes revealed a visual and four cast members on Friday for the first play in the series. The play stars: Seiichirō Nagata as Reinhard von Lohengramm Shō Katō as Sigfried Kircheis Ryō Hatakeyama as Oskar von...
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NISA Streams New Dub Clip for Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk Game

PS4, Switch, PC game launches in N. America, Europe this fall ― NIS America began streaming a new video on Saturday for its upcoming release of Nippon Ichi Software's Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk game. The video previews a conversation between characters Dronya and Marietta featuring the English dub cast. NIS America will release the game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Ste...
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Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu's Rina Yagami Launches New Manga in June

Country girl moves in with handsome actor in Tokyo in new manga ― This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Saturday that Rina Yagami will launch a new manga titled Wake Atte Kinō Ubawaremashita (I Was Taken Away Yesterday For Some Reason) in the magazine's next issue on June 5. The manga will have a color opening page, and it will be featured on the issue's front cover. Th...
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Kingdom Hearts III Gameplay Videos Preview Olympus, Toy Story Worlds

Nomura: Square Enix will reveal release date in early June ― Famitsu began streaming an extended gameplay video on Friday for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts III game, after Square Enix had invited several press outlets to California to demo the game on Thursday. Press outlets were able to play snippets from the "Olympus" world from Hercules and the "ToyBox" world from Toy Story. Keyblades featured in t...

Ore ga Suki nano wa Imōto dakedo Imōto ja nai TV Anime Reveals Teaser Visual, Main Staff

My First Girlfriend is a Gal's Hiroyuki Furukawa directs series at his new studio Magia Doraglier ― The official website for the television anime adaptation 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 revealed a teaser visual and the show's main staff on Saturday. Hiroyuki Furukawa (My First Girlf...

Game Publishers: Valve Issues Warning to Remove Adult Content From Steam (Updated)

MangaGamer, Lupiesoft, others report receiving warnings about previously-approved games ― Several game developers and publishers have reported receiving notices from Valve regarding adult content on Steam. Valve allegedly said it would take the games off of Steam if the adult content was not removed. Publisher MangaGamer posted a statement on its blog, and shared part of Steam's alleged notice in a p...

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