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Super Robot Wars DD Smartphone Game Launches in Japan in 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rina Satou joins cast as Mayura in December anime by GONZO ― The official website for Toei Animation's anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga revealed a new cast member, the main staff, and a new visual for the anime on Monday. Rina Satou joins the cast as Mayura, the Pavo (Peacock) Silver Saint who acts as a guide for Shōko when she decides to become a Saintia. Masato Tamagawa (Nurs...
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Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Takahashi Ends The Comiq Short Manga on November 26

Manga launched on October 15 ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kazuki Takahashi will end his The Comiq short manga in the next issue on November 26. The final chapter will have 35 pages. Takahashi launched the manga in the magazine's 46th issue on October 15. The manga is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump. Viz Media is pu...
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Jump Force Game Adds Rurouni Kenshin's Kenshin Himura, Makoto Shishio as Playable Characters

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

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

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

Attack on Titan Manga's Final Panel Previewed on TV

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

Black Lagoon Manga Resumes in Spring 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yen Press Licenses 7 New Manga, 6 New Light Novels

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

― Sunrise announced at its Gundam panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that it is working with NYAV Post to produce an English dub for the Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT) anime project. The anime will open on November 30 in Japan. Shunichi Yoshizawa (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Gundam Reconguista in G episode director) is directing the anime at Sunrise Studio #1. Harutoshi Fukui ...
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Denpa Licenses Masakazu Ishiguro's Heavenly Delusion, You Someya's Pleasure & Corruption Manga

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

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

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

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

Also: Automatic Eve novel ― Viz Media announced at its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that it has licensed the My Hero Academia: Smash!!, Komi Can't Communicate, and Beastars manga, as well as the Automatic Eve novel. All four are slated to debut in summer 2019. Manga artist Hirofumi Neda launched the Boku no Hero Academia Smash!! (My Hero Academia: Smash!!) spinoff manga on Shueisha's Jump+ app in ...
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Kodansha Comics Adds Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice, Crocodile Baron Manga Digitally in December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shankar: series will "join Claslevania in what we're now calling the bootleg multiverse" ― Adi Shankar, executive producer for Netflix's Castlevania animated series, confirmed with video game news website IGN on Friday that he is developing an animated series based on Capcom's Devil May Cry game franchise. Shankar stated the series "will join Castlevania in what we're now calling the bootleg multiver...
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Mirai Anime Film's English Dub Clip Streamed

Also: Director Hosoda talks about the film in video ― GKIDS began streaming an English-dubbed clip for Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film on Friday. The clip shows the main character Kun meeting with a girl who likes to make messes. GKIDS also streamed a video showing Hosoda drawing an image of Kun and Mirai while discussing the film. Actress Victoria Grace (The Last of Us Part II's Yara) announced las...
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Sunrise Plans to Release New Gundam Theatrical Film Every 1-2 Years

― Sunrise announced at its Anime NYC panel on Friday that it plans to release a new Gundam theatrical film every one to two years. The films will debut in Japan and other countries, though the staff did not say which countries. Sunrise will unveil a new project for the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise during a livestream on November 21 at 1:00 p.m. JST (November 20 at 11:00 p.m. EST). The l...

Sentai Filmworks Announces English Dub Casts for Girls' Last Tour, Land of the Lustrous Anime (Updated With Videos)

Both series get home video release in January ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub casts for the Girls' Last Tour and Land of the Lustrous anime at Anime NYC on Friday. The Girls' Last Tour cast, under director Shannon Reed, includes: Cat Thomas as Chito Juliet Simmons as Yuuri Mark X Laskowski as Kanazawa Stephanie Wittels as Ishii Kalin Coates as Cut Kregg Daily as Robot Shelley Calene-Bla...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Manaria Friends Anime

Shorts tied to Rage of Bahamut franchise to premiere in January ― Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the Manaria Friends anime under the title Mysteria Friends. The company will stream the series of shorts as it airs beginning in January 2019. The anime was originally planned to premiere on April 1, 2016. However, the official website announced in March 2016 that ...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Made in Abyss, DanMachi Films

Made in Abyss compilation films to open in theaters ― Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the Made in Abyss compilation films and the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon: Arrow of Orion! (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka: Arrow of the Orion) film. The company will release all three films in U.S. theaters in 2019. The first Made i...
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Seven Seas Licenses Restaurant to Another World Light Novel Series

Novels inspired anime, manga adaptations ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudo) light novel series. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on June 18, 2019. Seven Seas describes the story: “Western Cuisine Nekoya” seems like a typical restaurant on the outside, but it hides a...
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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Anime Film's Dub Trailer Streamed

Film screens in the U.S. in February ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel on Friday. Aniplex and Fathom Events will screen the film in the United States in February. Screenings on February 7 at 7:00 p.m. local time will be English-subtitled, while screenings on February 10 at 12:55 p.m. local time will be...
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Record of Grancrest War Anime's English Dub Stars Brandon Winckler, Jeannie Tirado

Imari Williams, Greg Chun, Lucien Dodge, Kaiji Tang, Alan Lee, more join cast ― Aniplex of America announced the English dub cast for the Record of Grancrest War television anime at its Anime NYC panel on Friday. The company also began streaming a trailer for the dub. The dub is slated to debut in 2019. The dub cast includes: Brandon Winckler as Theo Cornaro Jeannie Tirado as Siluca Meletes Imari Wi...
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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Anime Film's Dub Cast Announced Ahead of February U.S. Theatrical Release

Robbie Daymond, Erika Harlacher star in drama film ― Aniplex of America announced at its Anime NYC panel on Friday that its United States theatrical release for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel is slated for February 2019. Screenings on February 7 at 7:00 p.m. local time will be English-subtitled, while screenings on February 10 at 12:55 p.m. local time will be Engli...
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Aniplex USA Announces Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online English Dub Cast (Update)

Dub to stream on Netflix, Hulu ― Aniplex of America announced the English dub cast for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online at Anime NYC on Friday. The company also announced that the dub will stream on Netflix and Hulu. The cast includes: Reba Buhr as Llenn/Karen Kohiruimaki Allegra Clark as Pitohui/Elza Kanzaki Ray Chase as M/Goushi Asougi Faye Mata as Fukaziroh/Miyu Shinohara Cindy Robin...
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Aniplex USA to Release Black Butler Season 1 on Blu-ray in January

― Aniplex of America announced at Anime NYC on Friday that it will release the first season of Black Butler on a Blu-ray Disc box set on January 29, 2019. The first season of Black Butler adapts Yana Toboso's manga of the same name, and premiered in Japan in 2008. The anime takes place in Victorian London and follows the adventures of Ciel Phantomhive and his demonic butler, Sebastian. Funimation E...
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Kotobukiya Reports Dip in Sales From Last Quarter, Still Predicts Overall Increase for Year

Model maker notes that Frame Arms Girl franchise was less active ― Japanese figure and model maker Kotobukiya revealed in its first quarter (July 1 and September 30) balance sheet on Tuesday that it saw a 28.3% decrease in sales from the same quarter last year. The company had 2.396 billion yen (about US$21 million) in sales last year but 1.718 billion yen (about US$15 million) this year. The busines...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Video Previews DLC Catherine Voices

PS4, PS Vita game launches on February 14 ― Atlus began streaming a new introduction video for its Catherine: Full Body game on Friday. The video previews the "Ideal Voice" DLC set with various voice actresses playing Catherine. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game will ship in Japan on February 14, 2019. The game will also get a release in the Americas and Europe in 2019. The Japanese limited...
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Starwing Paradox Game's Ae Rial Video, TV Ad Streamed

Arcade game with Sunrise's animation launches in Japan on November 21 ― Square Enix began streaming an Ae Rial customization promotional video and a television commercial for its Starwing Paradox (Hoshi to Tsubasa no Paradox) project on Friday. The company also began streaming a Shirley and Isadora character introduction video on November 7, the same day it debuted the second animated promotional vid...

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Launch Videos Streamed

Switch games launched on Friday ― Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK's official YouTube channels began streaming an overview trailer and a launch trailer for the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Friday. The Pokémon Company International's official YouTube channel also began streaming a promotional video for the games that features "Pokémon Theme (Got...
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One Piece: World Seeker Game Launches in West on March 15 (Updated)

PS4, Xbox One, PC game's video previews Luffy's abilities ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Friday that they will release the One Piece: World Seeker game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on March 15. The companies also began streaming a new trailer that previews Luffy's Gum Gum abilities, Skill Tree upgrades, and his Fourth Gear form...
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Re:Stage! Dream Days♪ TV Anime Reveals Video, Visual, Cast, Staff, 2019 Premiere

My Sweet Tyrant's Shin Katagai directs series at Yumeta Company, Graphinica ― The official website for the Re:Stage! Dream Days♪ television anime of Re:Stage!, Monthly Comptiq magazine and Pony Canyon's multimedia project about idol singers in middle school, revealed a teaser video, visual, staff, cast, and 2019 premiere for the show on Friday. The video previews the main characters and cast members....
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Sailor Moon Stage Show Gets Performances in New York, Washington D.C.

Show already ran in Tokyo, Paris this year ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Tuesday that Sailor Moon The Super Live, the new performance show based on Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga, will have performances in New York and Washington, D.C. in March 2019. The website also began streaming a promotional video for the performances. The show had a preview run at AiiA 2....
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Anime Film Surpasses 11 Billion Yen Worldwide

Film is 8th highest-earning anime film of all time in Japan ― The Japanese entertainment news website Cinema Today reported on Friday that Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise, has earned more than 11 billion yen (about US$97.1 million) worldwide. The film opened in Japan on April 13, and earned the highest opening week...
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Crunchyroll Adds 8 More English-Dubbed Anime Titles

91 Days, ReLIFE, Orange,Tanya, Nanbaka more now available with dubs ― Crunchyroll confirmed on Tuesday that the following anime titles are now available with English dubs on the website. The shows are also available with subtitles: 91 Days Classroom of the Elite The Morose Mononokean Nanbaka Orange ReLIFE Saga of Tanya the Evil URAHARA The titles are part of the previously announced list of nearly 50...
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Yakuza Online Game Launches in Japan on November 21

― The official website for Sega's Yakuza Online (Ryū ga Gotoku Online) game revealed on Friday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices and on PC on November 21. Sega will host a pre-release livestream on November 19. While Kazuma Kiryū's story ended with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Yakuza Online starts a "New Yakuza" series with Ichiban Kasuga as the protagonist. Kazuhiro Nakaya is vo...
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Pastel Memories Anime Debuts on January 7

― The official website for the television anime of FuRyu's Pastel Memories smartphone game revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on January 7 at 24:30 (effectively January 8 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS Fuji. Yasuyuki Shinozaki (Shuffle!, Xam'd: Lost Memories, And you thought there is never a girl online? episode director) is directing the anime at project No. 9. T...

Blackfox Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Cast, Story, Visuals

Ayaka Nanase, Haruka Tomatsu, Yō Taichi star in series about daughter of ninja family ― The official website for Studio 3Hz's original television anime series Blackfox began streaming a second promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the show's three main cast members. The site also revealed character designs and descriptions, the show's story, and two more visuals. The show stars...
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Langrisser Smartphone Game Gets Global Version in 2019

New smartphone game for classic tactical RPG series will feature soundtrack by Noriyuki Iwadare ― Beijing-based game company ZLONGAME announced on Thursday that its Langrisser Mobile smartphone game based on the Langrisser series will get a global version. The company will launch a "small-scale test" for the game soon, and will release the game next year. The franchise's copyright holder Extreme auth...
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Ikki Tousen Western Wolves Anime Ships on Home Video in Japan on February 27

Home video release to feature 3 episodes ― The official website for Ikki Tousen Western Wolves, the newest anime entry in the Ikki Tousen franchise, revealed on Friday that the anime will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 27. The anime will have three episodes. The anime is a sequel to the 2014 OVA Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch, which aired on TV in December 2014 and shipped in Japan in Febr...
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Kimi to Boku. Manga Resumes After 3-Year Hiatus

Comedy manga inspired 2 TV anime seasons in 2011, 2012 ― The official website for Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine revealed on Friday that Kiichi Hotta's Kimi to Boku. adolescent comedy manga will resume in the magazine's January 2019 issue on December 18. The chapter will have a color opening page. The manga has been on hiatus since the magazine's November 2015 issue, although it took a prev...
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Ace of Diamond Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on November 25

― The wraparound jacket band on the 14th compiled volume of "act 2" of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond (Daiya no A) manga revealed on Friday that the manga will have an "important announcement" on November 25. The staff and cast of the anime adaptation will hold an "Ace of Diamond All-Star Game III" event at Tokyo's Jingu Stadium on November 25. Voice actor Ryota Ohsaka, the voice of the lead charact...
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Girls und Panzer Gets New Spinoff Manga Set in Count High School

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 manga's Michio Murakawa draws new manga ― Manga creator Michio Murakawa launched a new spinoff manga for the Girls und Panzer franchise titled Girls und Panzer Momi no Ki to Tetsu no Hane no Majo (Girls und Panzer: The Witch With Wings of Fir and Iron) in Kadokawa's ComicWalker website on Thursday. The next chapter will debut on December 15. The manga centers around Noemi...
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Nameko no Puzzle Switch Game's Video Shows Gameplay

Switch release slated for December 20 ― D3 Publisher began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for its Nintendo Switch release of The Nameko no Puzzle ~Nameko Dai Hanshoku~ (Mushroom Puzzle: Large Mushroom Propagation) game. The video shows gameplay footage. The game is slated to launch in Japan on December 20, and it is listed with English, Traditional Chinese, and Korean language support. The...
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Cygames' Battle Champs Smartphone Game Ends Service in January

Game launched in Japan in 2015, English version debuted in 2016 ― The official Japanese website of Cygames' Battle Champs (Little Noah) smartphone game announced on Thursday that the game will shut down on January 17. The official Twitter account for the game's English version also announced that that version of the game will shut down on the same day. Cygames describes the game: The champs have arri...
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Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero Manga Resumes Serialization

― This year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine published a new chapter of Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero manga on Tuesday. The issue confirmed that the manga has resumed from its hiatus. The manga took a break for one issue due to the author's "sudden illness." Hiramoto launched the manga in the 20th issue of the magazine on September 25. The manga's first chapter starts out by following a femal...
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New Bleach Chinese Smartphone Game's Video Shows Gameplay

Game debuted in China on Thursday ― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. began streaming a gameplay video for it and Chinese developer Beijing Kunlun Lexiang Network Technology's BLEACH Kyo・Kai-Tamashinokakusei: Shinigami (Bleach: Boundary Awakened Souls - Shinigami) smartphone game on Thursday. The video shows various characters in combat. The game debuted in China on the Apple App Store on Thursday, and...
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Live-Action Kūbo Ibuki Film Reveals 22 New Cast Members

Patlabor's Kazunori Itō, Riding Bean's Yasuo Hasegawa pen script; Gundam UC's Harutoshi Fukui plans story ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Thursday. The cast, including the previously announced Hidetoshi Nishijima and Kuranosuke Sasaki, include: (Top ...
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Live-Action I''s Series Casts Minori Hagiwara

Hagiwara plays Ichitaka's schoolmate Izumi Isozaki in 13-episode series premiering on December 21 ― The staff of the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Katsura's I''s manga revealed on Friday that Minori Hagiwara will play Izumi Isozaki, a girl two years Ichitaka's junior. Ichitaka met her on the beach in the summer. The official YouTube account for the Skyper! channel is also streaming an ima...
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40th Anniversary Gundam Project Announcement Slated for November 21

― The Gundam.info portal website announced on Friday that Sunrise will have a live streamed announcement event for a project celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise on November 21 at 1:00 p.m. JST (November 20 at 11:00 p.m. EST). The project also opened a new website. The latest anime project for the franchise is Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT), a new film that ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 5-11

Ace Attorney Season 2, GeGeGe no Kitarō, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside, Hugtto! Precure in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 11 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.4 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV November 11 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 9.8 Doraemon TV Asahi November 9 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.3 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi November 9 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.2 Detective Conan NTV N...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Game's Promo Video Streamed

Delayed PS4, Switch, smartphone game slated to launch this winter ― The official website for Level 5's Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. Level 5 announced in October that it is delaying the release from this fall to this winter to improve the game's quality. The company previously delayed ...
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Stand My Heroes Anime Adds 15 Cast Members, More Designs

All cast members return from original game ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game announced four more cast members with character designs on Friday Tomohito Takatsuka as Sōsei Arakida Tetsuya Kakihara as Tsukasa Asagiri Takuya Eguchi as Yō Hattori Yoshitaka Yamaya as Natsuki Kanno The staff also announced 11 cast members without desig...
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SEGA Heroes Smartphone Puzzle Game Launches

Game features 32 Sega characters ― Sega announced the official launch of an iOS and Android puzzle game titled SEGA Heroes on Thursday. Massachusetts-based Demiurge Studios developed the app featuring characters from Sega games. The game has already been available for several months for a soft launch. The game is launching with 32 playable characters from nine game franchises: Sonic, Tails, Amy Rose,...
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Anne Happy Manga Listed as Ending in 10th Volume

Cotoji launched series about unlucky girls in 2012 ― The Japanese retailer Mangaoh is listing the 10th compiled book volume of Cotoji's Anne Happy (Unhappy Go Lucky!) manga as the series' last. Houbunsha will release the volume on January 12. Yen Press is releasing the series, and it describes the story: Tennogofune Academy's class 1-7 sure is unlucky. But brighter fortunes may be on the way when Hib...
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Sony to Skip Next Year's E3 Event

― The Entertainment Software Association revealed in its announcement for its 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event that Sony Interactive Entertainment will not attend the event. It will mark the first time in the event's 24-year history that Sony will not attend. Sony confirmed with Game Informer that it will not hold an off-site press conference around E3. The company explained that it is ...

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