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Azumi Manga Gets 4th Stage Play in 2020

Yui Imaizumi stars as title assassin ― Theater production company RUP announced on Tuesday that it is producing a new stage play adaptation of Yu Koyama's AZUMI manga titled Azumi Sengoku-hen (Azumi Warring States Arc) that will run at the Bunkamura Theater Cocoon in Tokyo in March, and at the Cool Japan Park Osaka WW Hall in Osaka in April. Yui Imaizumi will play the titular role of the assassin Azu...
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Daily Lives of High School Boys' Yasunobu Yamauchi Launches Fantasy Manga

Hakurai no Kishi centers on king, knight involved in conflict over holy sword ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Gangan Online web manga magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yasunobu Yamauchi launched a new manga titled Hakurai no Kishi (The Knight of White Thunder) on Tuesday. In the "quintessential fantasy of sword and sorcery, and of humans and beasts," a wise king named Carliga and a h...
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Masami Kurumada Teases 'Special Series' of Saint Seiya Manga

More information coming on November 19 ― The December issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine teased the "second coming" of a "special series" by Masami Kurumada on Saturday. The special series reveals one mystery after another in his Saint Seiya franchise. The magazine's next issue will provide more details on November 19. Masami Kurumada serialized the original Saint Seiya manga in Shueisha's...
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Pokémon GO Gets Online Battle, Matchmaking System in Early 2020

System allows players across the world to be matched, battle in ranked league ― Niantic announced on Monday that it will add an online matchmaking and battle system to its Pokémon GO game. The new system is called the "GO Battle League," and will launch in early 2020. The new feature will allow players to battle each other from across the globe using a matchmaking system and a ranked league system. T...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Invincible Shovel, Sazan & Comet Girl Manga

Love on the Other Side, My Senpai is Annoying manga also licensed ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Nagabe's Love on the Other Side – A Nagabe Short Story Collection manga anthology, Tsuchise Yasohachi and Yuuki Hagure's The Invincible Shovel light novel series, Yuriko Akase's Sazan & Comet Girl manga, and Shiro Manta's My Senpai is Annoying manga. Seven Seas will re...
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Star Twinkle Precure Film Opens at #3, Weathering With You Drops off Top 10

Her Blue Sky, High & Low The Worst stay in top 10 Star Twinkle Precure: Hoshi no Uta ni Omoi wo Komete (Star ☆ Twinkle Precure the Movie: Put Your Feelings into the Song of Stars), the anime film companion to the Star ☆ Twinkle Precure anime series, sold 141,000 tickets and earned 160 million yen (about US$1.47 million) to rank #3 in its opening weekend. The film opened on 231 screens on Saturday. ...
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1st Sailor Moon Eternal Film Opens in Japan on September 11, 2020

― Toei Animation announced on Tuesday that the first film in the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal (Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The MOVIE) two-part anime film project will open in Japan on September 11, 2020. Toei Animation has not yet announced a release window for the second film in the project. The film marks 25 years since the franchise last had a work that screened in theaters in Japa...

Funimation to Add Robotech TV Series, Films to Catalog

Funimation to add Robotech TV series, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, Robotech II: The Sentinels films ― Funimation announced on Monday that it is adding Harmony Gold's Robotech television series, the Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles feature film, and the Robotech II: The Sentinels film to its catalog. Funimation's new license from Kew Media Distribution includes worldwide rights outside Japan. The r...
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Scarlet Yuri Manga Ends

Seven Seas Entertainment to release 1st volume in English in February ― Chiri Yuino's Scarlet yuri manga ended in the December issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine on Friday. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the series in English, and it describes the story: After ingesting an illegal drug that makes her hunger for blood, Finé Hera makes a pact with a beautiful but wolfish Red Riding H...
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Root Film Game Heads West for Switch, PS4

Kadokawa Games' sequel to Root Letter mystery adventure game announced on Saturday ― PQube and Kadokawa Games announced on Monday that the newly announced Root Film game will get a release in Europe and North America for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Root Film is Kadokawa Games' sequel to its Root Letter mystery adventure game, and it features a new murder story by Hifumi Kōno. Similar to th...
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Witch Hat Atelier Gets Gourmet Spinoff Manga

Hiromi Satō illustrates series launching on November 22 ― The December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Morning two magazine revealed on Monday that Kamome Shirahama Witch Hat Atelier manga is inspiring the gourmet spinoff manga Mahōtsukai no Mayonaka Recipe (Witch's Midnight Recipe; tentative title) in the next issue on November 22. Hiromi Satō (Iso Asobi) is illustrating the manga. The original manga's ...
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Love Plus Every Smartphone Game Launches on October 31

― The official Twitter account for Konami's LovePlus franchise announced on Monday that the LovePlus EVERY smartphone game will launch on October 31. The game was previously slated for last winter but then was delayed until August, and then delayed again to an indefinite date, before being slated for a November 2019 release. The game's cast includes Sakura Tange as Rinko Kobayakawa, Saori Hayami as ...
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Project ARMS Writer Launches New Gijin Manga

Manga about high school girl attacked by monsters launched on October 18 ― Writer Kyoichi Nanatsuki and artist Manyo Asahi launched a new manga titled Gijin (Humanoid) on Shogakukan's Sunday Webry manga website on October 18. The manga's story begins when high school student Kiriko is suddenly assaulted by a man who has seemingly transformed into something monstrous during a train ride. Her classmate...
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IDOLiSH7 Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in April 2020

― The official website for the IDOLiSH7 franchise announced on Monday that the anime's second season will premiere in April 2020. The anime's first episode will have an advance screening at an event in Osaka on December 14. The event will also be livestreamed at various theaters in Japan. Makoto Bessho (Shangri-La, Armitage: Dual-Matrix) is returning to direct the new season at Troyca, and Ayumi Sek...
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Manga Time Special Magazine Ends Publication

Magazine launched in 1989, serialized Love Lab, Ōya-san wa Shishunki ― Japanese publisher Houbunsha's Manga Time Special magazine ceased publication with its December issue (seen right) on Monday. Ruri Miyahara's Love Lab (Renai Lab) manga also ended in the same issue, alongside seven other manga by Nanae Mitsu, Sumi Machida, Abel Segawa, Yoshihiro Ando, Maichi, Gunsaburō, and Rai Kaneda. Love Lab's ...
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Live-Action Sazae-san TV Special Casts Kazuyuki Asano as Isazaka

Isazaka is now working on his last novel in segment set 20 years later ― The official Twitter account for the 50th anniversary special of the family television anime Sazae-san revealed on Monday that Kazuyuki Asano (seen below) will play the character Ukie Isazaka in the special's live-action segment. In the original anime, Isazaka is the neighbor of the Isono's, and is a romance novelist who has mul...
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High School DxD's Ishibumi's Previous Work Slashdog Gets Manga

Novel illustrator Kikurage draws High School DxD prequel story's manga ― Writer Ichiei Ishibumi announced on Sunday that his Daten no Inugami -Slashdog- (The Fallen Dog God -Slashdog-) light novel series is inspiring a manga adaptation that will launch in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine on December 26. Kikurage, the illustrator of the novel series, is also drawing the manga. Ishibumi actually...
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Sekina Aoi's Gamers! Light Novel Series Ends With 12th Volume

Student Council's Discretion author launched series in 2014, inspired TV anime in 2017 ― Illustrator Sabotenn revealed on their Twitter account on October 11 that the 12th volume of Sekina Aoi's Gamers! light novel series is the final volume. The 12th volume shipped on Saturday. The series centers on the gaming lives of various high school students who play video games, including: Keita Amano, a lone...
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7SEEDS Anime Gets 2nd Season on Netflix in 2020

Studio Kai joins GONZO; 1st season also gets January TV airing ― The official website for the anime of Yumi Tamura's 7SEEDS manga revealed on Monday that the manga will have a second season. The site revealed a teaser trailer and a new visual. The new season will debut worldwide exclusively on Netflix. The second season has returning staff and cast members, but Studio Kai is now credited alongside GO...
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Prolific Manga Creator Hideo Azuma Passes Away at 69

Creator of Disappearance Diary autobiographical manga debuted in 1969 ― Manga creator Hideo Azuma passed away on October 13 due to esophageal cancer. He was 69. His relatives held private funeral and memorial services. A prolific creator, Azuma has drawn numerous manga since his 1969 debut. Some of his most notable manga include Olympus no Poron and Nanako SOS, both of which inspired television anime...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Stage Play Reveals Visual, Cast, Run Dates

Ryōta Kobayashi, Asari Takaishi star in play running this winter in Tokyo, Kobe ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a visual, run dates, and cast on Monday for the stage play adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. The play stars: Ryōta Kobayashi as Tanjiro Kamadō Asari Takaishi as Nezuko Kamadō KEisuke Ueda as Zenitsu Agatsuma Yū...

One Piece Anime's English Dub to Return With Episode 575

Last dubbed episode debuted last year ― Funimation announced on Sunday that it has once again resumed English dubbing of episodes from the One Piece anime. Funimation did not announce a release date for the new dubbed episodes, but noted that the dub will pick back up with episode 575, the beginning of the anime's "Punk Hazard" story arc. Funimation released the English-dubbed episode 574 last year. ...
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The Promised Neverland Manga Takes 1-Week Break So Authors Can Do Research

― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga will take a one-week break next week so the authors can perform research. The manga will return in the 49th issue on November 2. Shirai and Demizu launched The Promised Neverland manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in August 2016, and the...
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Boichi Draws Dr. Stone Spinoff Manga About Byakuya (Updated)

Manga launches on October 28 in Shonen Jump ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga will have a spinoff manga titled Dr. Stone reboot: Byakuya that will debut in the magazine's next issue on October 28. The manga will focus on the character Byakuya Ishigami. Inagaki and Boichi are credited with the origi...
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Gantz Creator Hiroya Oku Teases Historical Period Project

New project to run in Weekly Young Jump ― Manga creator Hiroya Oku revealed at the "Young Jump Bunkasai" event on Saturday that he is working on a new project. Oku shared a "historical period-style" rough draft image that featured a character wearing Japanese clothes and holding a katana (image pictured left in below embedded Twitter post). The new work will mark the return of Oku in Weekly Young Jum...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Film Reveals Teaser Video, 2020 Debut (Updated)

New sequel film to adapt manga's Demon Train Arc ― Aniplex began streaming a second special video on Sunday for Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen, the upcoming sequel anime film for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba television anime series. The video reveals that the film will open in 2020. 【特報第二弾を公開!】本日開催された「鬼滅の刃」スペシャルイベント~鬼滅の宴~にて、劇場版「鬼滅の刃」無限列車編の特報第二弾が公開されました!劇場版の映像初披露となります!ぜひチェックしてください!https://t....
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The Ones Within Anime's Unaired Episode Previewed in Video

Episode to be bundled with manga's 10th volume on February 27, 2020 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Osora's Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] (Naka no Hito Genome [Now Streaming]) manga announced on Sunday that the previously announced unaired episode for the anime will ship with a limited edition of the manga's 10th volume on February 27, 2020. The deadline to pre-order t...
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Kadokawa Reveals Root Film, LoveR Kiss Games

Root Film serves as sequel to Root Letter mystery adventure game ― Kadokawa Games revealed that it is developing the Root Film and LoveR Kiss games at its "Kadokawa Games Dai Kanshasai 2019" event on Saturday. Root Film is Kadokawa Games' sequel to its Root Letter mystery adventure game. Similar to the first game, Root Film will take place in Shimane prefecture. The game will launch in spring 2020 fo...
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'Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World' Light Novels Get Anime

Series centers on war between scientifically advanced empire, realm of magical girls ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Kanshasai 2019" event on Sunday announced that author Kei Sazane and illustrator Ao Nekonabe's Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World ((Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjō, Arui wa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. Yen ...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime's Promo Video Reveals Staff, Cast, April 2020 Premiere

Maaya Uchida stars in series at Silver Link ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series began streaming the show's first promotional video on Sunday. The video reveals the show's main voice actress, staff, a...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II' OVA Teases Hestia in Swimsuit in Video

January 29 original video anime's island vacation story, Aiz's ending song teased ― The "GA FES 2019" event debuted a promotional video for the January 29 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II original video anime on Saturday. The project is a spinoff from the second anime season based on Fujino Ōmori and illustrator's Suzuhito Yasuda's light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up ...
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Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown Theatrical Anime Casts Sumire Uesaka

New visual features Uesaka's Noble Fencer & new foe for February 1 anime ― A livestream for the "GA FES 2019" event on Saturday announced that the Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown theatrical anime episode is casting Sumire Uesaka as the Noble Fencer. The event also debuted the latest visual featuring Goblin Slayer, Noble Fencer, and the new foe: In addition, the event showed a promotional video for the ...
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Fruits Basket Anime Season 2 Previewed in Promo Video (Updated)

Upcoming plot developments for Yuki, Tohru, others teased for 2020 ― A special event for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga debuted a sneak-peek video for Fruits Basket 2nd Season on Saturday. The video shows Yuki preparing to deal with the Sohma family's curse, and teases the appearance of the boy who gave Tohru her treasured cap. In the new season, Takuya Eguchi will play Kakeru ...

'Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town' Light Novels Get TV Anime

Yumiri Hanamori, Ai Kayano, Natsumi Hioka star in Liden Films anime ― A livestream for the "GA FES 2019" event on Saturday announced that author Toshio Satō and illustrator Nao Watanuki's Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town (Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shōnen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Yō na Monogatari) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptati...

Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina Light Novels Get TV Anime

Kaede Hondo, Kana Hanazawa, Tomoyo Kurosawa star in show from C2C, Harukana Receive helmer Toshiyuki Kubooka ― A livestream for the "GA FES 2019" event on Saturday announced that author Jougi Shiraishi and illustrator Azuru's Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina (Majo no Tabitabi) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. The anime will star: Kaede Hondo as Elaina Kana Hanazawa ...

'I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level' Light Novels Get TV Anime

Aoi Yūki, Sayaka Senbongi, Kaede Hondo, Sayaka Harada, Manami Numakura reprise drama CD roles ― A livestream for the "GA FES 2019" event on Saturday announced that author Kisetsu Morita and illustrator Benio's I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level (Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. T...
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Nintendo Switch Console Sells 15 Million Units in N. America

― Nintendo announced in a press release on Thursday that its Switch and Switch Lite consoles have sold more than 15 million units in North America. Nintendo cited internal data as its source. Nintendo stated that according to NPD Group, the Switch has been the best-selling game console for 10 months in a row in the United States. The company also stated that 14 Switch games have sold more than 1 mil...
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Taika Waititi Comments Briefly on Status of Live-Action Akira Film

― Video game news website IGN posted a video excerpt on Friday of an interview with director Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) regarding the indefinitely delayed live-action Akira film. In the above video, Waititi explained that the filming schedule for Akira kept getting pushed back due to the staff "working really hard on the script," until production began to ...

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Gets 2nd Season

New season to feature returning cast, staff ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga announced on Saturday that the anime will get a second season. Shueisha made the announcement at a "Young Jump Bunkasai" event in Tokyo on Saturday. The title of the sequel will be Kaguya-sama...
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SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Game's 37-Minute Promo Video Streamed

Game launches on PS4, Switch, PC on November 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the 37-minute third promotional video on Friday for its SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The end of the video details the game's four DLC sets, which will launch each month from December through March 2020. The first DLC will include characters from ...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game's Patch 5.1 Video Previews NieR: Automata Collaboration

New patch releases on October 29 ― The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG began streaming a trailer on Friday that previews the game's Patch 5.1. English Version Japanese Version The patch will launch on October 29. The patch will include a "YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse" alliance raid, which is a collaboration with the NieR: Automata game featuring guest creators Yosu...
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Weathering With You, Penguin Highway Films Nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Winners to be announced on November 21 ― The organizers of the 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (ASPA) announced nominations for its Best Animated Feature Film category on Thursday. Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You film and Hiroyasu Ishida's Penguin Highway film are both nominated for the award. The two films will compete against Kirby Atkins' Mosley, Oh Sung-yoon's Underdog, and Behzad Nalbandi's...
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Kouki Uchiyama, Hiroki Takahashi Join Cast of 2 New Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Anime Episodes

New episodes to screen at event screenings in 6 Japanese cities from December to March ― The official website for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime revealed two new cast members and character designs on Sunday for the two new episodes in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) original video anime (OVA) project. The new characters include Kouki Uchiyama as Yoma Hashimoto (pictured l...
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Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi Film Announced for March 20, 2020

Film to feature characters from Hugtto! Precure, Star ☆ Twinkle Precure ― The official YouTube channel for the Precure franchise revealed a new film in the franchise titled Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious 1 Day) on Friday. The film will open in Japan on March 20, 2020. The new film will feature characters from both Hugtto! Precure and Star ☆ Twinkle...

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Game Gets Anime

Final game in trilogy shipped for PS Vita, PS4 in September 2016 in Japan, in September 2017 in the West ― Aquaplus representative director Naoya Shimokawa announced on Twitter on Saturday that the company's Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro) game is getting an anime adaptation. Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth is the last game in the Utawarerumono trilogy. Atlus describes th...
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White Fox, Egg Firm Invest in New Anime Company Studio Bind

Studio Bind produces 2020 anime Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation ― Animation production and management company Egg Firm and anime studio WHITE FOX have announced that they have invested in a new anime studio called Studio Bind. The new studio will produce the television anime of author Rifujin na Magonote and illustrator Shirotaka's Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation light novel series that w...
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On-Gaku: Our Sound Anime Film Reveals Main Visual, Theme Song Artist

Musical unit The Dresscodes perform theme song for film opening on ― The staff for On-Gaku: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's "Ongaku" manga, revealed on Saturday that musical unit The Dresscodes (theme song for GANTZ:O film) will perform the theme song for the film. The staff additionally revealed the film's main visual drawn by director Kenji Iwaisawa. The film will open in ...
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Zombie Land Saga Anime Gets Stage Play in Spring 2020

Also: all-new animated music video posted for franchise ― The official website for the Zombie Land Saga anime series announced on Saturday that the anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run in spring 2020. The stage play is titled Zombie Land Saga Stage de Do-n!. The official website for the stage play will announce the dates, venues, and performers on November 27. The official website...

Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Production Put on Hold for 7-9 Months Due to John Cho's Injury

Star returns to America for surgery after on-set knee injury ― Netflix has put the production of its live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime on hold due to lead actor John Cho injuring his knee on the New Zealand set. The Deadline website reports that the accident happened on the last take of a "routine and well-rehearsed scene" a few episodes into the 10-episode production, and that C...
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Osamu Tezuka's Hidamari no Ki Samurai Manga Gets New Stage Play

Play runs in Japan from April to May 2020 ― Osamu Tezuka's samurai manga Hidamari no Ki (Tree in the Sun) is inspiring a stage play titled Shin Hidamari no Ki (New Tree in the Sun) that will run at the Toshima Ward Performing Arts Exchange Theater's Brillia Hall in Tokyo from April 3 to 19. The play will also run at the Fukuoka Civic Center in Fukuoka on April 28, the Kumamoto-Jo Hall in Kumamoto on ...
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Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix Switch Game's Video Highlights Arcade, Mix Modes

Rhythm game launches in 2020 in Japan, West ― Sega began streaming a video for its Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix (Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega39's) Nintendo Switch game. The video shows the game's Arcade Mode, which features traditional button controls, and the new Mix Mode, where players wave the Switch's Joy-Con controllers to the rhythm. Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix will launch in Ja...
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DanMachi: Memoria Freese Smartphone Game Launches in Europe on October 24th

― GREE and Wright Flyer Studios announced on Thursday that they will release the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Memoria Freese smartphone game (also known as DanMachi: Memoria Freese or DanMemo) in Europe on October 24. The game's European version will include "Great Tale: Argonaut," an original story written by the DanMachi light novels' original creator Fujino Ōmori, at launch. ...
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Anime NYC Reveals More Japanese Guests, Anime Premiere Screenings

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Minako Fujiyoshi, Atsumi Tanezaki, Kisara Takahashi, Yūsuke Terada to attend November convention ― The staff of the Anime NYC convention revealed on Friday that the event will host the following guests: Production IG's CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa Megalobox anime's director You Moriyama and producer Minako Fujiyoshi Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life anime's voice actress Atsumi Tanezaki a...
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Stay Cool, Kobayashi-San!: A River City Ransom Story Game Launches on November 7

Video previews Arc System Works' release for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC ― Arc System Works America announced on Thursday that it will release the Stay Cool, Kobayashi-San!: A River City Ransom Story game, a spinoff of the River City Ransom (Downtown - Nekketsu Monogatari) series, digitally for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on November 7. The company describes the game ...
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Actors: Song Connection Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― The official website for Actors: Song Connection, the television anime based on Exit Tunes' ACTORS CD project, revealed the details of the series' Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases on Friday. The series will have four home video releases with three episodes each, for a total of 12 episodes. The first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume will ship on December 18, and one volume will ship each subsequent month. ...
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Shōnen Magazine R Switches to Digital-Only, New Monthly Schedule

Tamaki Toga to launch Ame no Hi mo Kami-sama to Sumō o manga based on Kyo Shirodaira's novel ― The November issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine R magazine (seen right) announced on Saturday that it will move to a new monthly publishing schedule for new issues, and will be digital-only beginning with its January issue on December 20. The January issue will also launch a new manga titled Ame no Hi mo K...
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In/Spectre Manga to Also Serialize in Monthly Shonen Magazine

Manga launched in Shōnen Magazine R in April 2015 ― The 11th compiled book volume (seen right) of Kyo Shirodaira and Chasiba Katase's In/Spectre (Kyokō Suiri or Invented Interface) manga revealed on Thursday that the manga will now also serialize in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine in addition to its serialization in Shōnen Magazine R. In/Spectre will serialize monthly in both magazines. Shōnen Mag...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Anime's Promo Unveils Staff, 2020 Premiere

Gamers! anime's Manabu Okamoto directs series at Studio Bind ― The official website for the television anime of author Rifujin na Magonote and illustrator Shirotaka's Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation light novel series revealed a teaser promotional video, staff, the first key visual, and the 2020 premiere on Friday. Manabu Okamoto (Gamers!) is directing the series at Studio Bind. Egg Firm is als...
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Kyoto Animation Details Public Memorial Service

Visitors can pray, view support messages at Kyoto event on November 3-4 ― Kyoto Animation announced on Friday the details of its planned public memorial service for the victims of the Studio 1 building fire on July 18. Instead of a previously planned fan event, the studio will hold a "Memorial and Joining-Our-Prayers Service" at the Miyako Messe event hall in Kyoto on November 3-4. The event will be ...
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Infinite Dendrogram Anime Reveals Promo Video, Opening Theme Artist, Visual, January Premiere

More staff, cast also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Sakon Kaidō's Infinite Dendrogram light novel series revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in January 2020. The site also streamed a second promotional video, and revealed a new visual as well as more staff and cast. The below video reveals and features the Aoi Yūki's opening theme song "Unbreakable." The new ...
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Kyoto Animation President: 27 of 33 Injured Staff Have Returned to Work (Updated)

KyoAni's Hatta: Company plans to open Violet Evergarden film after April ― Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta held a press conference in Kyoto on Friday, and announced that 27 of the 33 victims injured in the fire at the company's Studio 1 building have returned to work. Hatta stated during the conference, "until July 18, Person A, Person B, and Person C were all at the company. And suddenly, th...
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number24 Rugby Anime Adds 7 Cast Members

Takuya Kodama, Aoi Ichikawa, Masamu Ono, Shinnosuke Murashima, more join cast ― The official website for MOVIC's number24 original rugby television anime revealed additional cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members include: Takuya Kodama as Fūga Saitō, a beloved rightside prop who is somewhat of a team mascot Aoi Ichikawa as Yayoi Tsuzura, a laid back freshman reserve player who is ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 7-13

Top 3 include Sazae-san, One Piece, Chibi Maruko-chan ― Several anime ⁠— including My Hero Academia, Detective Conan, Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, and Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld ⁠— did not air in some regions as planned during this week due to Typhoon Hagibis. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV October 13 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 9.8 One Piece F...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 7-13

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 7-13 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwDisney Tsum Tsum Festival Bandai Namco Entertainment October 10 30,350 30,350 2NSwDragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Square Enix September 27 25,292 386,163 3PS4Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ubisoft October 4 12,664 67,397 4NSwYo-kai Watch for...
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Live-Action Sazae-san TV Special Casts Yū Inaba as Ikura, Now in College

Ikura is 21-year-old IT startup entrepreneur in segment set 20 years later ― The official Twitter account for the 50th anniversary special of the family television anime Sazae-san revealed on Friday that Yū Inaba (seen below) will play Ikura Namino in the special's live-action segment. A one-year-old baby in the original series, Ikura is now a 21-year-old adult in the live-action segment, and is the ...
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Doukoku Soshite... Remastered Game Gets Switch Version on November 7

Remastered game launched on PS4, Vita in April 2018 ― El Dia announced on Twitter on Thursday that it and RED FLAGSHIP will release the remaster of the Doukoku Soshite... romance suspense adventure game on the Nintendo Switch in Japan on November 7. The game launched for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan in April 2018. The remaster features a “Trap Divergent Story” system, high-resoluti...
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6th Yo-kai Watch Film's Trailer Reveals More Cast

Yoshino Kimura, Ken Watabe join cast of December 13 film ― The official website for Yo-kai Watch franchise's anime films began streaming a trailer for the sixth film in the series, Eiga Yōkai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Gakuen Y - Neko wa Hero ni Nareru ka (Yo-kai Watch Jam the Movie: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero?), on Friday. The trailer reveals two new cast members for the film. The site also revea...
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Lupin III Gets New TV Anime Special on November 29

Lupin infiltrates country to break out fellow thief from prison in Prison of the Past special ― NTV announced on Friday that the Lupin III franchise will have a new anime special titled Lupin III Prison of the Past that will premiere on NTV on November 29 at 9:00 p.m. The special will focus on Lupin's gang infiltrating the Kingdom of Doruente in order to rescue a famous gentleman thief from imprisonm...

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Switch Game's Japanese Version Is Based on Wii U Game's Western Release

Wii U game's Western version includes altered character costumes ― The official website of Atlus' Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Genei Ibun Roku #FE Encore) role-playing game revealed on Thursday that the Japanese version of the Nintendo Switch game adds elements based on the Western version of the original Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE game for the Wii U. The website also noted that every region's ve...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #2 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan September List

Dragon Ball Super, Uzumaki, Demon Slayer, Splatoon, The Way of the Househusband also rank ― Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga volume 21 ranked #2 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for September. This month's list featured 11 manga volumes, including: #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 21 #4 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #8 — Akira Toriyama and Toyot...
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Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo Game Collection Ships in West in February

Gameplay trailer previews NIS America's release of 6-game collection ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release the Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo game collection for the Nintendo Switch on February 18. The company also began streaming a gameplay trailer for the collection. A limited edition release will bundle a soundtrack collection, art schematics, and art cards. The collection includes...
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Sentai Filmworks Reveals Golden Time Anime's English Dub Cast, Trailer

Mike Haimoto, Christina Kelly, Caitlynn French, Melissa Molano, Adam Gibbs, Gareth West star in school romantic comedy anime ― Sentai Filmworks revealed on Thursday the English dub cast for the Golden Time anime. The company also began streaming an English-dubbed trailer on Thursday. The English dub cast includes: Mike Haimoto as Banri Christina Kelly as Kōko Caitlynn French as Chinami Melissa Molano...
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Kandagawa Jet Girls PS4 Game's Promotional Video Shows Characters, Gameplay

Yū Sasahara narrates promo video for jet ski game launching on January 16 ― The official website for the video game of the Kandagawa Jet Girls multimedia project began streaming the first promotional video for the game on Thursday. The video features the characters, their teams, and their jet skis. The video also shows gameplay of the Jetter (jet ski driver) and Shooter modes, as well as race battles...
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Game Maker feng's Operating Company Begins Bankruptcy Proceedings

feng's games inspired Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka, A Bridge to the Starry Skies anime ― Credit reporting agency Tokyo Shoko Research (TSR) reported on Thursday that White Rose, operating company of game developer feng, began bankruptcy proceedings through a Chiba district court on September 30. The company has a total debt of 60.88 million yen (about US$561,000) with 43 creditors. The company's earnings...
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Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] Game Launches for PS4, Switch in N. America on February 20

― Aksys Games, Arc System Works, and French-Bread announced on Thursday that the Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] fighting game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on February 20, 2020. The game is getting a collector's edition that includes a 96-page color art book, a soundtrack, and a black rubber keychain of the new character Londrekia. The game is the latest...

HBO Max to Stream Studio Ghibli Films in Spring 2020

Launch titles to include Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, more ― HBO Max and GKIDS announced on Thursday that HBO Max will begin streaming the "entire Studio Ghibli film library" of 21 feature films in spring 2020. This deal marks the first time that Studio Ghibli films will stream on any platform. The announcement noted that Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totor...
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futekiya Boys-Love Manga Service Adds 22 Titles

Manga include Yuki and Matsu, TENGOKU in the HELL, Everyone Stand Up! Boys Love Private High School ― The futekiya boys-love manga news website announced on Thursday that it will add 22 new manga titles from publisher Home-Sha Inc. to its subscription service in early 2020. The new manga include: Hidebu Takahashi's Yuki and Matsu (Yuki to Matsu; volumes 1-3) Maki Marukido's Me wo Tojite mo Hikari wa ...
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In/Spectre Anime's 2nd Promo Video Unveils More Cast

Misato Fukuen, Sumire Uesaka, Kenji Hamada join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Kyo Shirodaira and Chasiba Katase's In/Spectre (Kyokō Suiri or Invented Interface) manga revealed the second promotional video, additional characters and cast members, and broadcast details on Thursday. The video previews the opening theme song "Mononoke in the Fiction," performed by Lie and a Cham...
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Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle Anime Reveals 10 Cast Members

Shōgo Batori, Chise Nakamura, Takuya Iwabata, Kensuke Matsui, more join cast ― The official website for Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle, the television anime of Colopl's Shironeko Project smartphone game, revealed additional cast and the second teaser visual on Thursday. The new cast members are: (Note: character name romanizations are not official.) Shōgo Batori as Faios Chise Nakamura as Sima Tak...
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Santa Company, Coluboccoro Films' Trailers Reveal More Cast, Theme Song Artists

Minori Chihara, Amatsuki sing films' themes ― The staff for the Santa Company: Christmas no Himitsu (The Secret of Christmas), the new extended film version of Kenji Itoso's Santa Company short anime, revealed a trailer for the anime on Thursday, as well as a new trailer for the accompanying screening of Kenji Studio's Coluboccoro anime. Both trailers reveal and preview their respective films' theme ...

Netflix Adds 1st 41 Episodes of 1986 Saint Seiya Anime With New English Dub

Available in N. America, New Zealand, Australia ― Toei Animation announced on Tuesday that Netflix has added the first 41 episodes of the 1986 Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) anime series with a new English dub and English subtitles. The series is available for users in North America, New Zealand, and Australia. Masami Kurumada serialized the original Saint Seiya manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen...
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After the Rain's Jun Mayuzuki Launches New Manga on November 7 (Updated)

Manga is titled Kowloon Generic Romance ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator Jun Mayuzuki (After the Rain) will launch a new manga titled Kowloon Generic Romance in the magazine's 49th issue on November 7. The Twitter account for Weekly Young Jump posted a preview image for the manga on Thursday (pictured at left below). TVアニメ&実写映画化...
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4 Anime Films Submitted for Animated Feature Oscar

Children of the Sea, Okko's Inn, Promare, Weathering With You ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday the list of 32 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. A maximum of five films from the list will receive the nomination. The following anime films are submitted for consideration: Ayumu Watan...
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ACCA 13 Original Video Anime Ships on March 27 After February Run in Theaters

October stage reading was canceled due to typhoon, but will also be included in BD/DVD ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department manga revealed on Thursday that ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka Regards (ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department Regards), the "new original video anime & musical stage reading" for the manga, will both debut on ...
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Princess Resurrection's Mitsunaga Ends Tama Kick Manga

'Erotic comedy' manga launched in June 2017 ― Author Yasunori Mitsunaga and artist Inomaru's Tama Kick (Kick to the Balls) manga ended in this year's December issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours GH magazine on Wednesday. The fifth and final compiled book volume will ship on December 16. Mitsunaga and Inomaru launched the manga in Young King Ours GH in June 2017. The "erotic comedy" manga centers...
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Mugi the Cat, elfin' Perform Meow Meow Japanese History TV Anime's New Theme Songs

Series gets anime film in February ― The official website for the television anime of Kenji Sonishi's Meow Meow Japanese History (Neko Neko Nihonshi) manga revealed the new ending theme songs for the fourth season of the anime on Wednesday. Elfin' is performing the new opening theme song "Kimagure☆NyanNyan History!" and Mugi the Cat is performing the new ending theme song "Nekko Hotte." Elfin' also p...
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Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for Kemono Michi Anime

Tyson Rinehart, Samantha Herek, Emily Hornsby, Leah Clark, Gabe Kunda cast in English dub ― Funimation revealed on Twitter on Wednesday the English dub cast for Kemono Michi: Rise Up (Hataage! Kemonomichi), the television anime of Natsume Akatsuki's Kemonomichi manga. Jeremy Inman is directing the English dub, which premiered on Wednesday on Funimation. The cast includes: Tyson Rinehart as Genzō Sama...
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Drifting Dragons TV Anime's 1st Character Video Previews Mika

Adaptation of Taku Kuwabara's manga premieres in January ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Taku Kuwabara's Drifting Dragons (Kūtei Dragons) manga began streaming the first character video on Wednesday. The video previews the character Mika (voiced by Tomoaki Maeno). 【キャラ映像公開 第1弾】龍の肉を美味しく食べることが何よりも優先で、無茶な行動に出ることも多い、ミカ(CV.#前野智昭)のキャラ映像が解禁!さらに本アカウントをフォロー&このツイートをRTで前野智昭さんのサイン入り色紙を...
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Manga to End in 5 Chapters

Manga debuted in 2011, inspired multiple anime ― This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hōzuki no Reitetsu) manga will end in five chapters. The 31st and final volume will ship on August 21, 2020. The manga's 267th chapter premiered in the magazine on Thursday. Eguchi launched the manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine i...
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Exclusive: One Piece Stampede Anime Film's Dub Clip Previews Start of Pirate Fest

Film screens in U.S., Canada in October-November ― Funimation provided ANN with an exclusive English-dubbed clip on Wednesday from the One Piece Stampede anime film. The clip is from early on in the film and features the MC of the Pirate Fest kicking off the event. The film will screen in the U.S. in Japanese with English subtitles on October 24, 29, and 31, and it will screen in English on October 2...
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Voice Actress Minako Kotobuki to Start 1-Year Study Abroad in U.K. Next Spring

Sphere unit member plans to keep working while abroad ― Voice actress Minako Kotobuki revealed on her official blog on Wednesday that she will study abroad in the United Kingdom for one year beginning in spring 2020. Kotobuki plans to continue to work while in the U.K. to the extent that she is able. Kotobuki will study language and drama during her time in the U.K. She also said that she hopes to se...

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