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Shun'ichi Toki Performs Ending Theme for Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin Anime

Modern fantasy anime premieres in April ― Voice actor Shun'ichi Toki announced on his Twitter account on Friday that he will perform the ending theme song "Yakusoku no Overture" (The Promised Overture) for the television anime adaptation of Yōko Tamotsu's Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin (Midnight Occult Civil Servants) manga. The song will be Toki's debut single. The television anime will premiere in April...
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Spira Spica Perform Ao-chan Can't Study Anime's Ending Theme

Comedy series premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Ren Kawahara's Ao-chan Can't Study! (Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga revealed on Saturday that three-member band Spira Spica (Gundam Build Divers) will perform the show's ending theme song "Koi wa Miracle" (Love is a Miracle). The anime will premiere in April in the Animeism block on the MBS, TBS, and BS...
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Rika Tachibana Performs Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma Anime's Ending Theme

Series premieres on April 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Azure Konno's Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma (Mr. Nobunaga's Young Bride) manga revealed on Saturday that voice actress Rika Tachibana will perform the show's ending theme song "Returner Butterfly." The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 8 at 12:00 a.m. (effectively April 9). The show stars: (Note: Historical character...
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Soul Calibur VI Game Adds Amy as DLC Character

Character joins game "soon" as part of game's season pass ― Bandai Namco Entertainment and Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a video on Saturday to reveal that Amy is joining the Soul Calibur VI fighting game as a playable character. English Trailer Japanese Trailer Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes Amy: "For one to gain, another must lose..." Growing up with loss, Amy wil...
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Crunchyroll Streams English-subtitled Trailer for YU-NO Anime

Series based on visual novel premieres in April ― Crunchyroll revealed during its The Anime Awards livestream on Saturday a new trailer for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel. We're proud to present an exclusive FIRST LOOK at the trailer for new anime "YU-NO: A girl who chants love...
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Made in Abyss Art Director Osamu Masuyama Works with Crunchyroll on New Project

― Made in Abyss art director Osamu Masuyama revealed during Crunchyroll's livestream for its The Anime Awards on Saturday that he is working on a new project with Crunchyroll. Masuyama did not provide any further details about the project. Osamu Masayama, the art director of MADE IN ABYSS, wishes the nominees of ANIME OF THE YEAR good luck! ✨#AnimeAwards pic.twitter.com/PajWBeOEOr— Crunchyroll @ #An...
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1st Made in Abyss Compilation Film's Dub Trailer Streamed

1st film screens in U.S. theaters on March 20, 25 ― Crunchyroll revealed during its The Anime Awards livestream on Saturday a new dub trailer for Made in Abyss: Journey's Dawn (Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake), the first Made in Abyss compilation anime film. Join us at a theater near you! MADE IN ABYSS - Journey's Dawn tickets are on sale TODAY! Thanks to our friends @SentaiFilmworks! #AnimeAwards✨...
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The Island of Giant Insects Video Anime Producer: OVA is Prologue to Full Anime Project

Also: Crunchyroll to stream OVA, staff to launch crowdfunding campaign ― Crunchyroll announced during its The Anime Awards livestream on Saturday that it will stream the video anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga worldwide outside of Asia. A special message from Tatsuya Ishiguro, the producer of the anime The Island of Giant Insects, comi...
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Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue Anime Short Streamed

Also: Novel announced with Japanese/overseas versions, Ardyn DLC launches on March 26 ― Square Enix began streaming the full "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue" short anime on Saturday after premiering the short at the Katsucon convention. The end of the anime previews the previously announced "Episode Ardyn" DLC for the Final Fantasy XV game, and announces the DLC will launch on March 26. Squ...
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Crunchyroll Streams The Royal Tutor Anime Film

Film opened in Japan on Saturday, will be available on Crunchyroll worldwide except Asia ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream the The Royal Tutor anime film starting on Saturday at 11:00 p.m. ET worldwide outside of Asia. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. Crunchyroll describes the film: The biggest threat to hit the Royal Kingdom?! Under the guidance of the royal tutor Heine Wi...
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Nelvana, Sumitomo Reveal Geki Drive Animated Series Based on Bandai's Car Toy Line

Shigeki Fujiwara works on hybrid 2D/3D series with 52 planned episodes ― Corus Entertainment announced on February 7 that its Nelvana subsidiary and Sumitomo Corporation will produce the Geki Drive animated series as their first collaborative project. The 2D/3D hybrid animated series will have 52 11-minute episodes and will target boys aged six to eight. The show is based on Bandai Spirits' customiza...
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Fate/Extella Link Game's English Character Trailers Preview Nero Claudius, Tamamo no Mae, Nameless

XSEED Games releases game for PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC in March ― XSEED Games began streaming three character videos on Friday for its upcoming release of Marvelous and Type-Moon's Fate/Extella Link game. The videos preview the characters Nero Claudius, Tamamo no Mae, and Nameless. XSEED Games, a subsidiary of Marvelous, will release the game in the West for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo ...
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Anime Studio Production Reed Changes Name Back to Ashi Productions

Company founded in 1975 started using Production Reed name in 2011 ― Anime studio Production Reed announced on February 12 that it is changing its name back to Ashi Productions Co. Ltd. Toshihiko Sato, the company's president, stated in the announcement that the company is returning to its original founding name "with the intention of pushing forward with new feelings and a theme of 'let's make somet...

Alita: Battle Angel Film Earns US$8.7 Million on Opening Day in U.S.

Film ranks at #1 on opening day ― The Box Office Mojo website is listing that Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, earned US$8,716,232 on its opening day in the United States on Thursday. The film screened in 3,790 theaters for a per-screen average of US$2,300. The film ranked #1 in the U.S. on Thursday. The m...
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Furin Shokudō Manga's Live-Action Series Listed with 2nd Season

1st live-action net series premiered last March ― Amazon is currently listing the cover for this year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine, which reveals that the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Yamaguchi's Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga will get a second season. The issue will officially ship on Wednesday. The magazine's fifth issue had teased that the sixth issue wou...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visual for Ishtar

― The official website for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed another character visual on Saturday. Kana Ueda as Ishtar The television anime will premiere this year....
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French Live-Action City Hunter Film Nicky Larson Opens at #3

Film opened in France on February 6, earned €3.1 million in 1st 5 days ― The Box Office Mojo website is listing that the Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and the Cupid's Purfume) live-action film opened at #3 at the French box office for the February 6-10 time period. The film opened in France on February 6, and earned €3,111,807 (about US$3,515,249) in its first five days. The film...
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Million Arthur: Arcana Blood Arcade Game Gets PC Release (Updated)

Game launches on Steam this summer ― Square Enix announced during a livestream for the EVO Japan 2019 event on Friday that it will release the 2D fighting game Million Arthur: Arcana Blood for PC via Steam this summer. Watch Evo Japan 2019 - Day 1! from evo on www.twitch.tv Square Enix began streaming a gameplay video for the release on Saturday. The original arcade version launched in Japan in Novem...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime's 2nd Season Premieres This Summer

― Staff and cast for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film (visual pictured at right) revealed at a screening event on Saturday that the planned second season for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? television anime will premiere this summer. The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film opened in...
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Nobuo Kawakami Steps Down as Kadokawa Dwango President

Dwango reorganized as Kadokawa subsidiary ― Kadokawa Dwango announced on Wednesday that Nobuo Kawakami has stepped down as the company representative director and president. Managing director Masaki Matsubara has taken over his previous role, and Kawakami serve as a director instead. Kawakami has also stepped down as a board member of Dwango and will instead serve as an adviser. Likewise, Takashi Ara...
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Funimation Lists Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film's BD/DVD for April 16

Funimation and Best Buy are listing an April 16 release date for a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital combo pack for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film. Best Buy will exclusively offer the film in a SteelBook case edition. Funimation will offer a Goku standee as a gift with purchase. Anime retailer Right Stuf is not yet listing a release date, but it will offer a Vegeta standee as a gift with purchase....
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Pokémon GO Game's Lawsuit Settlement May Remove PokéStops, Gyms Near Private Property

Lawsuit initially filed in 2016 after nuisance, trespassing complaints ― A proposed settlement filed in a Northern District of California court on Thursday in a class action lawsuit against Pokémon GO smartphone game developer Niantic may affect PokéStops, Gyms, and Raid Battles in the augmented reality game. The lawsuit relates to the plaintiffs' claims for nuisance and unjust enrichment against Nia...
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The Fable Live-Action Film Reveals More Cast

Ryō Kimura, Kai Inowaki, more join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga on Thursday. The newly announced cast includes: Ryō Kimura as Code, Hood's partner Kai Inowaki as Kuro, Ebihara's subordinate Ryōka Minami as Fable as a child Masao Yoshii as Kainuma, an employee at the company Fable works part time for in his normal life Toranosuke...
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Yutaka Yamamoto's Hakubo Anime Launches Kickstarter for English Subtitles

Project also seeks to expand Fukushima theatrical premiere ― Director Yutaka Yamamoto launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for his original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) on Wednesday. The project is seeking to raise 5 million yen (US$45,329) by March 31 in order to create English subtitles and expand the anime's theatrical premiere in Fukushima. Specifically, the project aims to give away t...
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Crunchyroll Expo to Host Voice Actress Yuu Asakawa

Convention to be held on August 30-September 1 ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will host voice actress Yuu Asakawa at this year's event. Asakawa's many anime roles include Love Hina's Motoko, Azumanga Daioh's Sakaki, Bubblegum Crisis 2040's Priss, Amagami SS's Hibiki, Akame ga KILL!'s Leone, and Fate/stay night's Rider. She also lent her voice to the Vocaloid 2 virtual singer character Megu...
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Trinity Seven Smartphone Game Reveals Visual, Story

Previously cancelled game slated to launch this spring ― The official website for the Trinity Seven: Phantasm Library & Seventh Sol smartphone game revealed a teaser visual and story for the game on Thursday. In the game's story, Arata Kasuga is a Demon Lord Candidate at Royal Biblia Academy, where he studies magic alongside beautiful female mages known as the Trinity Seven. One day, Arata and his co...
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Seven Seas Licenses Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Manga

Manga about buxom, teasing underclassman debuts in September ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Take's Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!) manga. The company plans to release the series in print and digitally beginning on September 17. Seven Seas describes the story: Sakurai Shinichi's one wish is for a little peace and quiet. But Uzaki Hana–his bo...
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Adult Swim's Jason DeMarco: FLCL Alternative/Progressive Subtitles Coming This Year

― Jason DeMarco, senior vice-president and creative director for Adult Swim, said on Twitter on Friday that the English subtitled versions of FlCL Alternative and FLCL Progressive are slated for sometime this year "for sure." DeMarco explained, "Due to agreements with Toho we had to wait on the subbed version, and now it's been caught up in legal details." The subtitled versions were originally slat...

New Fruits Basket Anime's English Dub Brings Back Laura Bailey as Tohru

Series premieres in April ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that Laura Bailey will star in the English dub for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga. Bailey is reprising her role as the protagonist Tohru Honda from the original anime adaptation. In addition, Funimation announced that Caitlin Glass is directing the dub. The new anime will have an entirely new Ja...
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Anime Boston to Host Kingdom Hearts Composer Yoko Shimomura

Hi Score Girl, Napping Princess composer to attend April event ― The Anime Boston convention announced on Friday that it will host composer Yoko Shimomura at this year's event. She will appear on April 19 and 20. This will be Shimomura's second time attending the convention. Shimomura is perhaps best known in the West for composing the score for the Kingdom Hearts series, and she has also contribute...
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Ultraman R/B Select! Kizuna no Crystal Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song by Takeshi Tsuruno, DAIGO

Film opens in Japan on March 8 ― Tsuburaya Productions began streaming a web-exclusive trailer for Gekijōban Ultraman R/B Select! Kizuna no Crystal (Ultraman R/B The Movie Select! The Crystal of Bonds), the film based on the newest Ultraman series Ultraman R/B, on Thursday. The video previews the film's theme song "Hikari no Kizuna" by Takeshi Tsuruno (Ultraman Dyna) and DAIGO (Ultraman Saga). Tsurun...
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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Film Reveals New Footage

Live-action film opens on May 10 in the U.S. ― The official Twitter account for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film began streaming a new short teaser for the film on Friday. Talking Pikachu. ✔️No Memory. ✔️Addicted to caffeine. ✔️☕✔️☕✔️☕☕☕☕☕#DetectivePikachu pic.twitter.com/mLuczQkLL2— POKÉMON Detective Pikachu (@DetPikachuMovie) February 15, 2019 Th...
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NY Int'l Children's Film Fest Screens Okko's Inn, Penguin Highway

Event holds world premiere of Okko's Inn dub on February 23 ― The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) will screen the world premiere of the English dub of the Okko's Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film on February 23 and March 10. The festival will also screen Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido's Penguin Highway anime film with English subtitles on February 24, March 2, a...
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Jump Force Game's Remix Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched for PS4, Xbox One, PC on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a "launch trailer remix" for the Jump Force crossover game on Friday. The video is an updated version of the game's previous launch trailer that highlights different characters. Spike Chunsoft is developing the game, which launched on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on February 15 in the A...

Rooster Teeth, Polygon Pictures Produce War For Cybertron Animated Series for Netflix

Series based on Transformers franchise debuts in 2020 ― Netflix announced on Friday that it is partnering with Hasbro and Rooster Teeth (RWBY, gen:LOCK) to produce the War For Cybertron animated series that is slated to debut in 2020. Rooster Teeth is producing the original series based on the Transformers franchise for Netflix, and Polygon Pictures (Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Ajin, Knights of...
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Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime

Mysteria Friends' CygamesPictures produces anime ― Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive smartphone game is getting a television anime adaptation from CygamesPictures (Mysteria Friends, Blade Runner: Black Out 2022). An official website for the adaptation launched on Friday and revealed a visual. Cygames announced the game as a sequel to CyberAgent and Cygames' Princess Connect! smartphone game in 2016....
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Death end re;Quest Game's Introduction Video Highlights Game Systems

PS4 game ships in N. America on February 19, in Europe on February 22 ― Idea Factory International began streaming a five-minute introduction video on Wednesday for Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest PlayStation 4 game. The video summarizes the story and explains the various systems in the game. The game will ship in North America on February 19, and in Europe on February 22. Idea Factory Internation...
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Nekopara Vol. 2 Game's Switch, PS4 Trailers Streamed

Neko Works' game launched on both consoles on Thursday in multiple langauages ― CFK began streaming two videos on Thursday or its release of Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 2 game on Switch and PlayStation 4. CFK released the game for both consoles on Thursday, and the release features text in Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Switch Version PS4 Version Nekopara Vol. 1 launche...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Happiness Memories Smartphone Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Bushiroad, Monstar Lab's smartphone game launches this year ― Bushiroad began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for it and Monstar Lab's Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen Happiness Memories smartphone game. The game will feature a returning cast and will launch this year. Maaya Sakamoto is performing the game's theme song "Flash." Keiichi Tomita is writing and arranging the song. Preregis...
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'How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?' TV Anime Premieres in July

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How much heavy dumbbells can you lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How Many Kilograms Can You Lift in Dumbbells?) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in July. The "body-building comedy" centers around Hibiki Sakura, a high school girl who loves eating, and Akemi Sōryūin, the beautiful and c...
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Overlord's 'Mass for the Dead' Smartphone RPG Listed with February 21 Release

― Apple's iTunes store is listing that it will release Exys Inc.'s Mass for the Dead smartphone game inspired by Kugane Maruyama's Overlord novel series on February 21. Exyx Inc. also revealed on Wednesday that the game has received 500,000 pre-registrations. The game was originally slated to debut last year, but Exys Inc. delayed the game to 2019. Mass for the Dead will be available on both iOS and...
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'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Staff, Cast, July Premiere

New visual also revealed for anime based on light novel series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki's Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series revealed the cast, staff, July premiere, teaser video, and a new visual on Friday. Hiroshi Kimura (Haitai Nanafa both seasons, The Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor, Danchigai) is directing the series at EKACHI E...
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Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- Game Heads to Switch on February 21

"Reimagining" of Kikiyama's 2004 dōjin game launched on PC in February 2018 ― Playism announced on Friday that it and Active Gaming Media will release the Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- game for the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on February 21. Playism is streaming a launch trailer for the game. Kikiyama used RPG Maker 2003 to make the original dōjin game, which launched for PC in 2004. In th...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's New Videos Reveal Theatrical Debut Before TV Airing

1st 5 episodes of anime to screen in theaters for 2 weeks starting on March 29 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga began streaming a new ad and a new trailer on Friday for the anime. The videos reveal that the first five episodes of the anime will screen in 11 theaters in Japan for two weeks starting on March 29. The th...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Series' 2nd Season Trailer Posted

2nd season premieres on March 31 ― The official website for the second live-action television season based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga began streaming a trailer for the season on Thursday. The series will premiere on MBS on March 31 at 12:50 a.m. (effectively April 1), and will also premiere on TBS on April 2 at 1:28 a.m. (effectively April 3). The new s...
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Bayonetta/Star Fox Zero's Yusuke Hashimoto Leaves Platinum Games

― Platinum Games director Yūsuke Hashimoto announced on Friday on Twitter that he resigned from Platinum Games. His last day at the company was on January 31. Like many of Platinum Games' founding and early members, Hashimoto was a Capcom veteran, where he worked on such series as Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. At Platinum Games, he most notably worked on the two Bayonetta games, God Hand, and Sta...
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B Rappers Street Anime's Visual, Staff Revealed

Taketo Shinkai, Yūtarō Sawada direct anime, Haruka Suzuki designs characters ― The official website for the B Rappers Street anime revealed the anime's staff and visual on Friday. Taketo Shinkai (GraP & RodeO, Ahare! Meisaku-kun) and Yūtarō Sawada (Inui-san!) are both directing and penning the script at Pie in the sky. Haruka Suzuki is designing the characters. The anime will premiere in April within...
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I'm From Japan Anime's Staff, New Visual Revealed

Anime will premiere in April within Oha-Suta program ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in April within the Oha-Suta ("Good Morning Star") children's television program. The site also revealed the anime's staff and visual. Isamu Ueno (PRECARIOUS WOMAN EXECUTIVE MISS BLACK ...
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New Beyblade Burst Gachi Net Anime Premieres on April 5

Manga also launches next month ― This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine announced on Friday that a new Beyblade series titled Beyblade Burst GT (Gachi) will debut on April 5. The series will stream weekly on the CoroCoro YouTube channel, the official Beyblade portal website, and the Takara Tomy Channel. The magazine shared a visual of a new protagonist with short blond hair...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime Film's Clip Shows Tanya Attacking Enemy HQ

Film earns 100 million yen in 1st 5 days ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series began streaming a 200-second clip from the franchise's anime film on Friday. The clip shows Tanya and her unit being fooled by an enemy stratagem, but turning the tables and assaulting the enemy headquarters. The film opened in...
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Puzzle & Dragons Anime Starts 'Pro Gamer Arc' on April 1

This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics announced on Friday that the Pazudora anime based on the Puzzle & Dragons game series will begin its "Pro Gamer Arc" on April 1. The arc will focus on [Highlight white text to read spoilers] the protagonist Taiga, now a pro gamer, and a new character, a mysterious boy named Hayato. Pazudora premiered on TV Tokyo last April. The anime's story...
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Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!! Game's Introduction Video Streamed

PS Vita game ships on March 14 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming an introduction movie for Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!!, the PlayStation Vita game sequel to the Kenka Banchō Otome PS Vita game, on Thursday. The video previews the game's characters, as well as the story and gameplay events. The game will ship on March 14. The game's limited edition includes a soundtrack CD, a drama CD, an art book t...
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Laid-Back Camp Manga Moves From Magazine to New App

Houbunsha's new Comic Fuz app launches this spring ― The official Twitter account for Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine revealed on Thursday that Afro's Laid-Back Camp (Yurucamp) manga will move from the Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine to Houbunsha's upcoming manga website and app Comic Fuz, which will launch this spring. Comic Fuz will host Houbunsha manga, including Puella Magi Madoka Magic...
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2nd Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Brings Back Kunio Murai, Shuntarō Yanagi

Cast members for Yoshimura, Renji Yomo return ― The official website for the live-action films of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga announced two more returning cast members for the tentatively titled live-action Tokyo Ghoul 2 film on Friday. The cast members are: Kunio Murai as Yoshimura Shuntarō Yanagi as Renji Yomo The film opens in Japan on July 19. Masataka Kubota (center in image below) is returni...
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Live-Action Radiation House Series Casts Masataka Kubota, Tsubasa Honda

Manga centers on medical professionals in radiology department of hospital ― The staff for the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House manga revealed two main cast members for the series on Friday. Masataka Kubota (left in picture below) plays radiology technician Iori Igarashi, while Tsubasa Honda plays radiologist An Amakasu. The manga centers on the med...
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Yūma Uchida Performs Ending Song for Kono Oto Tomare! Anime

Uchida also voices character Chika Kudō in April anime ― The official website for the television anime of Amyū's Kono Oto Tomare! (Stop This Sound!) manga revealed on Thursday that Yūma Uchida will perform the anime's ending song "Speechless." Uchida also voices the character Chika Kudō in the anime. The anime will air for two cours or two quarters of a year. The series will air the first half in Apr...
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Yōkai Chiitan TV Anime Delayed From Planned April 3 Premiere

Anime for viral mascot originally slated to premiere in Kinder TV block ― The official website for TV Tokyo's children's programming block Kinder TV revealed on Friday that Yōkai Chiitan, the television anime for the mascot character Chiitan, has been delayed from its April 3 premiere. The site will announce a new premiere date for the anime once it has been decided. Natsuki Takemura (Hana Kappa conc...
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Joshi Kausei Anime Reveals Opening Song Artist, April 8 Premiere

amatsuuni sing "silent days" opening for anime about high school girls without dialogue ― The official website for the television anime of Ken Wakai's Joshi Kausei manga revealed the anime's opening theme song artist and April 8 premiere date on Friday. The artist amatsuuni performs the anime's opening theme song "silent days." The anime will premiere in Tokyo MX's Futabanime programming block on Apr...
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Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma Anime Reveals More Cast, April 8 Debut

Konomi Yūzaki, Marika Tanaka, Moe Toyota, Suzuna Kinoshita cast ― The official website for the television anime of Azure Konno's Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma (Mr. Nobunaga's Young Bride) manga revealed four more cast members and the April 8 premiere date for the anime on Friday. The new cast members include: (Note: Character name romanizations are not official) Konomi Yūzaki as Mayu Biwajima, Nobunag...
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Over Drive Girl 1/6 - Amazing Stranger Anime Reveals More Cast, Song Artists, April 8 Debut

Kengo Kawanishi, Risae Matsuda, Sora Tokui, Misa Fukamachi, Yū Sasahara cast ― The official website for the television anime of Oyster's Over Drive Girl 1/6 (Chōkadō Girl 1/6 - Amazing Stranger) manga revealed five new cast members, a new visual, theme song artists, and the April 8 premiere date for the anime on Friday. The new cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official...

500 Days of Summer's Marc Webb Directs Hollywood Remake of Makoto Shinkai's your name.

Deadline: Remake centers on Native American woman, young man from Chicago ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer) is directing the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film. In addition, Deadline also provided a description of the new film's plot: A young Native American woman livin...
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SuBLime Licenses Yarichin Bitch Club Boys-Love Manga for November Release

Manga inspired original anime DVD in September ― Viz Media's SuBLime imprint for boys-love manga announced on Thursday that it has licensed Tanaka Ogeretsu's Yarichin Bitch Club (Yarichin Bitch-bu) manga, and plans to begin publishing the manga in print and digitally in November. The manga centers on Takashi Tōno, a boy who has just transferred to Morimori Academy, a private boarding school deep in t...
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B Rappers Street Anime Airs Within Oha-Suta Program

― The March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine announced on Friday that the B Rappers Street anime will premiere in April within the Ota-Suta ("Good Morning Star") children's television program. The project is a collaboration between Shogakukan, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, and Sony Music Communications, and features a theme of rap and hip-hop. Pie in the sk...
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Koei Tecmo Games Co-Develops Fire Emblem: Three Houses Switch Game

― The official Twitter account of Nintendo of America revealed on Wednesday that Koei Tecmo Games is co-developing its Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Switch game. The image for the Seasons of Warfare Edition of the game lists Koei Tecmo games as a co-developer with Nintendo and Intelligent Systems. The Seasons of Warfare Edition of the game will bundle an artbook, sound selection CD, steelbook c...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan: January 2019

Classroom of the Elite sells 68,519, followed by 2 DanMachi books, 2 Promised Neverland books, 4 Seishun Buta books, Eromanga Sensei ― This list covers sales surveyed from January 14 to February 11, 2019. Rank Title Estimated Sales Release Date Publisher Author 1 Classroom of the Elite 10 68,519 2019/01 Kadokawa Writer: Syohgo Kinugasa/ Illustration: Shunsaku Tomose 2 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Gi...
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Top-Selling Comics in Japan: January 2019

Kingdom sells 641,651, followed by 2 Promised Neverland books, Seven Deadly Sins, Black Clover, Ace of Diamond Act II ― This list covers sales surveyed from January 14 to February 11, 2019. Rank Title Estimated Sales Release Date Publisher Author 1 Kingdom 53 641,651 2019/01 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 2 The Promised Neverland 12 488,270 2019/01 Shueisha Original Story: Kaiu Shirai/ Art: Posuka Demizu 3 ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 4-10

My Hero Academia sells 383,594, followed by Haikyu!!, Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido, D.Gray-man, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Sales Est. Total Sales Release Date Publisher Author HighestRank Weeks on List 1 My Hero Academia 22 383,594 386,517 2019/02 Shueisha Kōhei Horikoshi 1 2 2 Haikyu!! 36 362,225 369,191 2019/02 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 2 2 3 Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 10-16

Beyblade: Metal Fury, My Girlfriend is Shobitch anime; Beauty and the Beast Girl, Yuri Bear Storm manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Ace Attorney Season One BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$69.98 February 12 Beyblade: Metal Fury DVDCite Cinedigm US$24.97 February 12 Beyblade: Shogun Steel DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Cinedigm US$24.97 February 12 Fate/Apocrypha Box Set...
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Yo-Kai Watch Anime Gets New Series in April With Returning Protagonist Keita

Manga to also renew with Keita as the lead ― This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine announced on Friday that a new Yo-Kai Watch anime series will begin on April 5. Unlike the currently airing Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside anime, the new series will return to the original title of simply "Yo-Kai Watch" and bring back Keita (Nate in the English version) as the main character. Orien...

Viz Licenses The Way of the Househusband, Cats of the Louvre, No Guns Life, Levius Manga

Also: Assassination Classroom box set ― Viz Media announced on Thursday that it has licensed the following manga for release beginning this fall: Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) Taiyo Matsumoto's Cats of the Louvre (Louvre no Neko) Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life Haruhisa Nakata's Levius and Levius/est Viz Media also announced that it will release all 21 volumes of Yusei Matsu...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's English Trailer Announces September 3 Release for the West

Game will be PS4 only in N. America, Europe ― Atlus USA began streaming a trailer for its Catherine: Full Body game on Thursday. The video announces that the game will ship for PlayStation 4 on September 3 in North America and Europe. The launch edition will include the game in a metal case. Atlus USA will offer a "heart's desire" premium edition, which will include a sheep plush, soundtrack, hardcov...

Production I.G Makes Hand-Drawn Anime in 4K HDR for Netflix This Fall

Production I.G's Teru Saitou directs anime to debut on Netflix's premium plan ― Production I.G and Netflix announced on Thursday that they are collaborating on an experimental project to produce the first hand-drawn anime with 4K HDR quality. The Netflix Original anime is slated to debut this fall through Netflix's premium plan. Netflix creative technology engineer Haruka Miyagawa is supervising, and...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 4-10

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure live-action film earns 1.6% rating ― The live-action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable film aired on TBS on Sunday, February 10 at 1:20 a.m., and earned a 1.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 10 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.1 Detective Conan NTV February 9 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 9.7 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV Feb...
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King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars Anime's TV Version Premieres on April 8

Ryoko Shiraishi, Kōichi Yamadera, Aya Hisakawa, more join guest cast ― The official website for the King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars anime project revealed an updated main visual and the April 8 premiere for the television anime on Thursday. The television anime will premiere on TV Tokyo and TV Aichi on April 8 at 25:35 (effectively 1:35 a.m. on April 9). The series will also air on TV Osaka and BS-T...
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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Game Ships Over 500,000 Copies Worldwide

― The official Twitter account for the Tales of series announced on Wednesday that Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (titled Tales of Vesperia Remaster in Japan) has shipped more than 500,000 copies worldwide. Bandai Namco Entertainment released the game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas, Europe, and Japan on January 11. The game is a remastered v...
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Build New World Kamen Rider Grease Film Revealed With Teaser Video

Project gets limited theatrical run in fall, home video release on November 27 ― V-Cinema announced its Build New World Kamen Rider Grease V-Cinext project as the "final chapter" for the Kamen Rider Build live-action series on Wednesday. The project will have a limited theatrical run this fall before shipping on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on November 27. Toei also began streaming a teaser video for the pro...
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Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san TV Anime Reveals Main Cast

Azumi Waki, Junichi Suwabe star in series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Rimukoro's Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (Senko, the Always-Helpful Fox) manga revealed the show's main cast and additional staff on Thursday. The site also revealed that the show will premiere in April. The anime stars: (from left to right in image above) Azumi Waki as Senko Ju...
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Original TV Anime Series RobiHachi Reveals New Visual

― The official website for the original television anime RobiHachi revealed the show's new visual on Thursday. The show will premiere this spring. The anime's story is set in Neo Tokyo in the year G.C. (Galaxy Century) 0051, which marks a half century since first contact was made. Humans have obtained super light-speed navigation technology and formed a commonwealth of planets with aliens. A streak ...
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Final Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Previewed in 'Last Promo Video'

7th film in series opens in Japan on March 1 ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming a "truly the last promo video" on Thursday for the seventh and final film in 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. The final film is subtitled "Shinsei-hen" (Nova Chapter). The video previews the...
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'Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?' Anime's 2 Promo Videos Streamed

Series starring Sumire Uesaka, Ryouta Suzuki premieres in April ― Note: The videos below may not be safe for work. Asmik Ace began streaming two versions of the first promotional video on Thursday or the anime of Soborou's Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? (Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?) manga. The anime will premiere in April on Tokyo MX and BS11, and stars: Sumire Uesaka as Kana Kojima Ryouta Suzuki...

Maaya Sakamoto Joins Cast of Fruits Basket Anime

Series premieres in April ― The official website for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Thursday that Maaya Sakamoto (Ouran High School Host Club's Haruhi Fujioka, Ghost in the Shell: Arise's Motoko Kusanagi, Black Butler's Ciel Phantomhive) is joining the cast as the character Akito Sohma. The new anime will have an entirely new cast and staff, as per Takay...
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Kedama no Gonjiro Anime's Visual Revealed

― TV Tokyo opened a website on Thursday for its Kedama no Gonjiro anime based on the "Gonjiro" mascot character. The website reveals the show's key visual. The anime will premiere this spring and will air on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. Yasunari Nagatoshi launched the Kedama no Gonjiro manga in the October issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine on September 15. The manga is inspiring a smar...
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Tsurune Anime's Unaired Episode Previewed in Video

"Episode 14" of series ships with 5th BD/DVD volume on May 1 ― Kyoto Animation began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for an unaired "episode 14" of the anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel. The anime's fifth Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume on May 1 will bundle the episode. The episode will first debut during two sessions of a...
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Nintendo, ARIKA Reveal Tetris 99 Switch Game

Free battle royale-style game available now for Nintendo Switch Online members only ― Nintendo revealed during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday that it has released the Tetris 99 game for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo describes the game: The free to download online software, Tetris® 99, is available as a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members. In large-scale, 99-player battles, ...
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Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! Game Launches in English on March 20

― Square Enix revealed on Thursday that its Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in English on March 20. Those who pre-order the game digitally will receive digital bonuses. The game will also launch in Japan on the same day. Nintendo is also streaming a gameplay video for the game. Square Enix describes the game: The rules to this mysteri...
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Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujō Monogatari Game Unveiled for Switch This Year

BNE, Marvelous, Brownies develop crossover game between Doraemon, Story of Seasons series ― Bandai Namco Entertainment, Marvelous, and Nintendo announced on Thursday that Brownies is developing a crossover game with the Doraemon and Story of Seasons (Bokujō Monogatari) franchises titled Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujō Monogatari (Doraemon: Nobita's Story of Seasons). The game is slated for release on the ...
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Yarichin Bitch-bu Boys-Love OVA's 'Morimori' Version Previewed in Video

New BD/DVD release on April 17 will have 2 episodes ― Toho Animation began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for the "Morimori Version" of the anime of Ogeretsu Tanaka's boys-love manga Yarichin Bitch-bu (Playboy Bitch Club). Note: The below video may not be safe for work. The "Morimori Version" release will include episodes 1 and 2 of the anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and will feature bonus...
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BNE Reveals Disney Tsum Tsum Festival Switch Game for 2019 Release

Game based on Disney Tsum Tsum toy line ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Wendesday that it is developing the Disney Tsum Tsum Festival game for the Nintendo Switch, with a slated release date for the Americas this year. The game is based on the Disney Tsum Tsum toy line. Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the game: Disney Tsum Tsum stars a large roster of beloved characters...
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Square Enix Releases Dragon Quest Rivals Game on Switch

Game launched for iOS, Android in 2017, with PC version also available ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday that it has released the Dragon Quest Rivals game on the Switch. The game is free-to-play with purchasable in-game items. The game is only available in Japan. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in November 2017, and is also available on PC. Dragon...
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Yoshi's Crafted World Switch Game Slated for March 29

Demo out now ― Nintendo revealed during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday that its Yoshi's Crafted World Switch game will ship on March 29. A demo for the game is available now. Nintendo announced the game for Nintendo Switch at the E3 event in June 2017 and the game was originally slated to launch last year, but was delayed until this year. Nintendo describes the game: Lead Yoshi on a br...
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The Morose Mononokean II Anime Casts Akira Ishida, Akemi Okamura

New visual also revealed for ongoing TV anime ― The staff of The Morose Mononokean II (Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki), the second television anime season based on Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga, revealed two new cast members and a new visual for the anime on Thursday. The new cast members include: Akira Ishida as Sakae Ashiya, Hanae's father who disappeared when Han...
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Miru Tights Web Anime Reveals 3 Main Cast Members

Yōko Hikasa, Haruka Tomatsu, Aya Suzaki play 3 high school girls in tights ― The official website for the Miru Tights web anime revealed the anime's main cast members on Thursday. The cast (from left to right in image below) stars Yōko Hikasa as Yua Nakabeni, who likes 30 denier tights (sheer); Haruka Tomatsu as Ren Aikawa, who likes 60 denier tights (opaque); and Aya Suzaki as Homi Moegi, who likes ...
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Bungo Stray Dogs 3rd Season Casts Kenichi Suzumura

Suzumura plays shut-in hacker Katai Tayama in April anime ― The official website for the third television anime season based on Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga revealed on Thursday that Kenichi Suzumura will join the anime's cast as the character Katai Tayama. Tayama is a hacker who has known Kunikida for a decade. A former Armed Detective Agency member, he now lives as a sh...

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