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Viz Media Licenses Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Manga

Goodnight Punpun author's sci-fi manga about high school students sees Western release ― Viz Media announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that it will publish Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction manga in English. The series revolves around the strange everyday life of the very ordinary high school girl Kadode Koyama, her friend Ouran Nakagawa, and others in a world where a g...

Viz Media to Release Black Torch, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga in English

Viz to release 3 titles under Shonen Jump imprint ― Viz Media announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that it will release Tsuyoshi Takaki's Black Torch, Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War, and Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga under its Shonen Jump imprint. Viz Media describes Black Torch: Jiro Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk...
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Viz Media Licenses Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge Anime Film

Also: cast announcements for Greed Island Arc ― Viz Media announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that it has licensed the Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge anime film. It will release the film in spring 2018. Viz Media also announced the following cast members for the Greed Island Arc of the Hunter x Hunter anime series: Biscuit Krueger: Tara Sands Genthru: Todd Haberkorn Nostrade: Beau Billin...
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Crunchyroll Adds Haibane Renmei, Eureka Seven AO, Code Geass, Slayers Revolution Anime

Also: Laughing Under the Clouds, Ga-Rei-Zero ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the following anime to its catalog. Crunchyroll is also teasing four more title announcements. Haibane Renmei (available in the United States and Canada) Laughing Under the Clouds (available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa) Eureka Seven AO ...
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William Winckler Productions Announces English Dubs for 3 More Ultraman Films

Cast lists revealed, including William Knight original Ultraman ― William Winckler Productions announced on Thursday that it has recorded English dubs for three more Ultraman films: Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy The Movie, Ultraman Zero The Revenge of Belial, and Ultraman Saga. The company confirmed with ANN that Tsuburaya is planning to release the films with William Winckler Productions' English...
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Yakuza Kiwami Trailer Previews Fighting Styles, Minigames

PS4 game ships August 29 in N. America, Europe ― Sega America began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for its Yakuza Kiwami (Ryū ga Gotoku Kiwami) PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video previews different fighting styles, town exploration, and minigames such as Mahjong and karaoke. Sega is also releasing a digital comic for the game series on its website. The comic begins with event...
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One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition Launches for Switch on September 29

Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition will launch digitally for Nintendo Switch on September 29. As previously announced, the game will launch digitally for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on August 25. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe will also release the game digitally for PS4 and PC on August 25, and physically and digitally...
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Udon Ent. Licenses Otherworldly Izakaya "Nobu" Manga

Also: full color Mega Man Mega Mix, more Manga Classics, Street Fighter comic ― Udon Entertainment announced at its Comic-Con International panel on Thursday that it will publish Virginia Nitōhei's Otherwordly Izakaya "Nobu" (Isekai Izakaya "Nobu") manga series. The first volume is slated for 2018. The manga adapts Natsuya Semikawa's novel series of the same name. Udon Entertainment describes Otherw...
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Pacific Rim: Uprising's 1st Teaser Trailer Highlights Jaegers

Film opens February 23 ― The official Pacific Rim Twitter account posted a teaser trailer for the Pacific Rim: Uprising sequel film on Thursday. The teaser highlights the films "Jaeger" mecha, and shows star John Boyega. What is a Jaeger? It's you, times a thousand. Now accepting pilot applications at https://t.co/wmtSHdTiHq. #PacificRimUprising pic.twitter.com/NUaOoRQf8t— Pacific Rim (@PacificRim) J...

Voltron: The Legendary Defender's 7-Episode Season 3 Premieres August 4, Season 4 in October (Updated With Trailer)

A.J. Locascio cast as Prince Lotor ― The staff of DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix's Voltron Legendary Defender series announced at Comic-Con International on Thursday that the third season will be seven episodes and will premiere on August 4. The fourth season will premiere in October. In addition, the staff announced that A.J. Locascio is voicing Prince Lotor, and introduced four half-ga...
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Iwaihime: Matsuri Game's Character Videos Introduce Kanae, Lilia, Mayu

PS4, Vita port of 2016 PC horror game slated for September 7 ― The official website for Iwaihime: Matsuri, Nippon Ichi Software's PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita port of DMMGames and Ryukishi07's Iwaihime PC horror game, began streaming three more character introduction videos this week. The videos highlight Kanae Minobe (Yuka Otsubo), Lilia Nunokawa (Sarah Emi Bridcutt), and Mayu Hinagata (Ryouko...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III PS4 Game's Web Ad Streamed

RPG ships in Japan on September 28 ― Nihon Falcom began streaming a web commercial for its The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III PlayStation 4 "story role-playing game" on Thursday. The game's official website also revealed that Fie Claussell, Emma Millstein, Gaius Worzel, Millium Orion, and Celine will appear in the game. The newly announced voice cast members, who are reprising their roles...

Fairy Tail TV Anime Gets 'Final Season' in 2018

Fairy Tail Zero prequel TV anime debuted in 2016 ― Fairy Tail manga creator Hiro Mashima revealed on his official Twitter account on Thursday that the "final season" of the series' television anime adaptation will premiere in 2018. Mashima said in English, "The Final Season of FAIRY TAIL TV anime will go on air in 2018!" The Fairy Tail Zero prequel anime (pictured right), the franchise's most recent ...
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Nanbaka Stage Play Reveals Character Visuals

Tomoru Akazawa, Airu Shiozaki, Ryō Kitazono, Junpei Yasukawa star in September play ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Shō Futamata's Nanbaka manga revealed four character visuals on Thursday. Tomoru Akazawa as Jūgo Airu Shiozaki as Rock (returning from the anime) Ryō Kitazono as Uno Junpei Yasukawa as Nico The cast also includes: Kimeru as Kiji Mitsuba (returning from the anime)...
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Niantic Confirms Legendary Pokémon to Debut at Pokémon GO Fest

Players at Chicago event to unlock new Pokémon on Saturday ― Game developer Niantic announced on Thursday that the first Legendary Pokémon will appear in the Pokémon GO smartphone game at Pokémon GO Fest Chicago on Saturday. Niantic's global marketing product lead Archit Bhargava had said in May that "this summer will be legendary." The game's official website began streaming a promotional video for ...
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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PS4, Xbox One, PC Release in Japan Slated for October 5

Promotional videos posted for Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, Dragon's Dogma Online season 3.0 update ― The official website for Capcom's Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen game revealed on Tuesday that the game's PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC release is slated for October 5 in Japan. Capcom has not revealed a Western release date for the PS4 and Xbox One versions. In addition, Capcom is streaming promotiona...
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Uta Macross Rhythm Game App Previews Gameplay in Promotional Video

iOS, Android game slated for release this summer ― The official Twitter account for the Uta Macross Sumaho De Culture rhythm smartphone game posted a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the game's mechanics, including the rhythm game parts and the ability to gain new character outfits, character voices, and songs. The song featured in the video is "Rune ga Pikatto Hikattara," the f...
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Drive Girls PS Vita Game's Western Release Delayed to September 8

Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that its planned release of Tamsoft's Drive Girls PlayStation Vita game has been delayed to September 8. The game was previously slated for August 11. Tamsoft released the PS Vita game in Japan on January 26. Rising Star Games released the game in Europe digitally and physically on June 9. Aksys Games describes the game: In a world under assault by an army of mec...
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Girls & Panzer Reveals Video for 1st Film in 6-Part Project, New PS4 Game

1st anime episode slated for December 9, PS4 game with online play slated for winter ― The official website for the Girls und Panzer franchise began streaming a teaser video on Thursday for the first episode in the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale anime project. The second half of the video reveals that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a game for the franchise titled Girls und Panzer Drea...
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Code:Realize Anime's 2nd Promo Video Introduces Cast, Story

Anime based on Idea Factory's PS Vita game premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Idea Factory's Code:Realize game began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Thursday. Note: The first video below is region-locked and can't be viewed in the U.S., S. Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, or Australia The anime will premiere in October, and it stars: Saori ...

Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Manga Gets TV Anime on Noitamina (Updated)

Arisa Date, Kent Itō, Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomokazu Sugita, Yuuki Kaji star ― A video screened on the ALTA Vision big screen in Shinjuku in Tokyo on Thursday announced that Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Love is Hard for an Otaku) manga is getting a television anime series. A-1 Pictures is producing the anime, and the series will air on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block. The anime will star: A...
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Crunchyroll, LeSean Thomas' Children of Ether Animation's Teaser Video Posted

Crunchyroll to screen premiere in 300 U.S. theaters on July 26 alongside The Ancient Magus' Bride ― Crunchyroll began streaming a teaser trailer on Wednesday for its Children of Ether animation collaboration with creator LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters, The Boondocks). Crunchyroll will screen the premiere of the animation with a behind-the-scenes look in 300 United States theaters on July 26 alongside ...

Black Clover Anime's 1st Trailer Streamed

Crunchyroll to stream anime when it premieres in October ― The Crunchyroll Arabic YouTube channel began streaming a preview video on Thursday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. (Note: The video below is region blocked in some Middle Eastern countries and in Asia.) The anime will premiere in Japan in October on TV Tokyo, and Crunchyroll will stream the series star...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel PC Version's Release Slated for August 2

XSEED Games revealed on Wednesday that it will release the PC version of Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel game on August 2 via Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store. The game will have a launch week discount of 10% off its US$39.99, €39.99, and £29.99 regular price. The PC version will add more than 5,000 new voiced dialogue lines, which is about a 50% increase compared to ...
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Fire Emblem Warriors Game's Video Shows Marth, Chrom Conversing

Nintendo Switch, 3DS game arrives in Japan on September 28, in the West this fall ― Koei Tecmo began streaming a new video for its Fire Emblem Warriors (Fire Emblem Musou) Nintendo 3DS and Switch game on Wednesday. The video shows a conversation between Marth and Chrom. Previously revealed characters for the game include Marth (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light) and Chrom (Fire Emblem...
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Is the Order a Rabbit?? Special Episode Reveals 2 Visuals

Ticket pre-purchases for November 11 screening also get acrylic plate with art ― The official website for Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? ~Dear My Sister~, the new special episode for the anime Is the order a rabbit?? (Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka??), revealed two new visuals that will feature on special merchandise for the anime. Those who pre-purchase a ticket for the episode's screening will get a ticket...
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Occultic;Nine Game Slated for Release on September 28

1st screenshots of game based on Chiyomaru Shikura novels revealed ― Kadokawa's Famitsu website revealed the first screenshots for MAGES. and 5pb.'s visual novel game adaptation of Chiyomaru Shikura's Occultic;Nine novel series on Thursday. The staff also opened a website for the game that reveals the game's September 28 release date for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One. Shikura anno...
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Vancouver's AniRevo to Host Voice Actors Katsuyuki Konishi, Shizuka Itou

This year's summer event to take place on August 4-6 ― Vancouver convention AniRevo announced on Wednesday that it will host Japanese voice actors Katsuyuki Konishi and Shizuka Itou at this year's summer event. Konishi had his major voice acting debut in the GaoGaiGar: King of the Braves 1997 anime series, voicing the character VolFogg. Since then, he has voiced roles in such anime as Dai-Guard (Hiro...
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Paranormal Activity 3, 4 Directors in 'Final Negotations' to Direct Mega Man Film

20th Century Fox acquired film rights earlier this year, producing with Masi Oka, Chernin Entertainment ― Film news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are in "final negotiations" to write and direct 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment's planned film project based on Capcom's Mega Man franchise. According to the report, 20th Century...
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Otakon to Host Attack on Titan, Welcome to the Ballroom Producer Tetsuya Kinoshita

Convention to be held August 11-13 in D.C. ― The staff of the Otakon convention announced on Wednesday that it will host producer Tetsuya Kinoshita at this year's convention. Kinoshita has contributed to popular works including the "Origin of O-ren" segment of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Ghost Hound, Blade of the Immortal, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, Battle Girls - Time Paradox, From the New Wo...

Funimation Announces English Dub Casts for Space Patrol Luluco, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars Anime (Updated)

Brittney Karbowski & Justin Briner star in Luluco, Amber Lee Connors & Bryn Apprill in Regalia ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub casts for Space Patrol Luluco and Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars on Wednesday. The Space Patrol Luluco English dub cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevins and writer John Burgmeier, includes: Brittney Karbowski as Luluco Justin Briner as Nova Jamie M...
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Crunchyroll Adds Chargeman Ken Anime Streaming

All 65 episodes now available in U.S., Canada ― Crunchyroll added the full Chargeman Ken anime series to its streaming catalog on Wednesday. The stream is available in the United States and Canada. Crunchyroll describes the series: Infamous among anime fans in Japan, this 1974 series by Knack Productions is known for its nonsensical plots, absurdly incompetent animation, and brutal 10-year-old hero. ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 10-16

The Seven Deadly Sins, Ace of Diamond Act II, Hunter x Hunter, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Tokyo Tarareba Girls in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Seven Deadly Sins 27 153,726 153,726 2017/07 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 1 1 2 Ace of Diamond Act II 8 88,509 88,509 2017/07 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 2 1 3 Hunter x Hunter 3...

Voice Actor Daisuke Namikawa Apologizes After Adultery Report

Publication alleges Namikawa had relationship with agency employee ― Japanese publication Weekly Bunshun published an article on Wednesday, claiming to have evidence that voice actor Daisuke Namikawa has had an adulterous relationship with a female employee at his agency for many years. The 41-year-old voice actor issued a statement on his agency's website on the same day, apologizing for causing tro...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 10-16

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, Hey! Pikmin, Ever Oasis, 100% Pascal Sensei, Hakoniwa Company Works games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 10-16 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Square Enix July 13 100,764 100,764 23DSHey! Pikmin Nintendo July 13 65,867 65,867 3PS4Gundam Versus (Including Limited Editions) Ba...

Sentai Filmworks Streams Food Wars! English Dub Clip

Full English cast revealed ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the full English dub cast and an English-dubbed clip for the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime on Wednesday. The cast, including the previously announced main cast for the first three episodes, is as follows: Blake Shepard as Soma Yukihira Jad Saxton as Megumi Tadokoro Scott Gibbs as Satoshi Isshiki Luci Christian as Yuki Yoshino Kelley Peters a...
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Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Character Designs

Silver Link anime starring Yūsuke Kobayashi, Nozomi Yamamoto premieres this fall ― The official website of the television anime of Yomi Hirasaka's Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. (It'd be Good if Only Little Sister Was Here) light novel series began streaming a teaser video on Wednesday. The video reveals the animation character designs for five members the main cast. The cast is as includes (beginning with the ...
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Kud Wafter Anime Promo Streamed With Crowdfunding Launch

Project seeks to fund OVA based on Little Buster! spinoff ― Visual Art's launched its Campfire crowndfunding project for an anime adaptation of the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter on Wednesday. The company also posted a five-minute promotional video for the anime. The campaign is seeking to raise 30 million yen (about US$268,000) to fund a 20-minute original video anime (OVA). If the ...

'Glitter Force Doki Doki' Listed for August 18 on Netflix

Cast includes Stephanie Sheh, Melissa Fahn, Debi Derryberry, Erica Lindbeck ― Netflix is listing a placeholder page for a series titled Glitter Force Doki Doki. The first season is slated to premiere on August 18. The page lists cast members Stephanie Sheh, Melissa Fahn, Debi Derryberry, and Erica Lindbeck. Netflix describes the series: Four girls summon their inner superheroes to defend Earth and th...
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Kyoto Animation Streams Promo Videos for Anime Starring Mascot Character Baja

Anime to be included with BD bundled with event tickets ― Kyoto Animation began streaming two promotional videos for an anime titled "Baja no Studio" (Baja's Studio), which centers on Kyoto Animation's mascot character Baja. The anime will be included on a Blu-ray Disc bundled with tickets to Kyoto Animation and Animation Do fan event from October 28-29. The Blu-ray Disc will also be sold separately ...

Man Arrested for Threatening Voice Actress Sumire Uesaka (Updated)

20-year-old student allegedly threatened to kill Uesaka ― Tokyo's Akasaka Police Station arrested the 20-year-old fifth-year technical college student Tatsuya Onodera on Wednesday on the charge of interfering with work duties after he allegedly posted threats online to kill voice actress Sumire Uesaka. Police arrested Onodera in the Hiyoridamachi area of Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, and he reported...

Basilisk Sequel Novels Get TV Anime, Manga

Tatsuya Shihira also launches manga of Masaki Yamada's novels on July 24 ― A television anime adaptation of Masaki Yamada's Ōka Ninpōchō Basilisk Shinshō (Ōka Ninja Scrolls Basilisk New Chapter) novels has been green-lit. The anime's staff revealed a key visual. Tatsuya Shihira (Q, Robotics;Notes Revival Legacy) will also launch a manga adaptation in this year's 34th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazin...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Reveals Cast, Staff

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Yoshimasa Hosoya star in anime premiering in October ― The official website for the anime adaption of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (lit: Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons) light novel series opened and revealed the anime's main cast and staff on Wednesday. The website also revealed that the anime will premiere on ...
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AnimeFest to Screen Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Lu over the wall, 'The Night is Short Walk On, Girl' Anime Films

Directors Kenji Kamiyama, Masaaki Yuasa, Signal.MD staff attend August 17-20 convention ― Dallas anime convention AnimeFest announced on June 20 that it will screen Signal.MD's Ancien and the Magic Tablet anime film, as well as Science Saru's Lu over the wall and The Night is Short Walk On, Girl anime films. Signal.MD staff members, including writer and director Kenji Kamiyama, animation director Mot...
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Wonderful Everyday/Subahibi Visual Novel's Kickstarter for Physical Goods Delayed

Game still slated for launch on PC in late August ― Game developer and publisher Frontwing announced on Tuesday that it is delaying its planned Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for KeroQ's Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~ (Subarashiki Hibi: Furenzoku Sonzai) visual novel. The campaign was slated to launch on Tuesday. Frontwing said that the reason for the delay was due to KeroQ staff ...

Funimation Reveals Restaurant to Another World Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub premieres on Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. EDT ― Funimation Entertainment announced the dub cast for its English dub of the Restaurant to Another World anime. The dub cast, under ADR director Alexis Tipton, ADR engineer Deryk Elkins, writer Jamie Marchi, and mixing engineer Gino Palencia, include: Christopher R. Sabat as Master Jill Harris as Aletta Stephanie Young as Red Queen Charlie Campbell as Artoriu...
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Production I.G's 'Vertical Anime' App Debuts Enoshimanz Jellyfish Anime

Anime centers on 3 jellyfish who are frequent visitors of Enoshima Aquarium ― Production I.G's "Tate Anime" (Vertical Anime) smartphone app began streaming a new anime titled Enoshimanz on Monday. The anime will have five episodes, and is streaming a new episode every week. The anime promotes the new Enoshima Aquarium, and is set in Enoshima in the Shōnan region. The anime centers on three jellyfish ...
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Live-Action Death Note Film's Mia Poster Revealed

Director Adam Wingard shared a poster for Netflix's live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga on Tuesday. The new poster features Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton. Earlier posters showed Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe),Keith Stanfield as L, and Nat Wolff as Light Turner. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. In addition to Wolff, Stanfield, Qualley, ...

Tokyopop to Release Chinese Comic Bloodivores Digitally

Series inspired Chinese/Japanese anime last year ― Tokyopop announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with China's Artention Films Corp and TencentHoldings Ltd. to release the manhua (Chinese comic) Bloodivores through its POP Comics digital platform. Tokyopop will also release eBook volumes for the series. Artention president Kim Zheng commented that the company "has partnered with Tokyopop to brin...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 16-22

Three Leaves, Three Colors, Time Jam Valerian & Laureline anime; Aho-Girl, Kakegurui, Gundam Wing The Glory of Losers, Sekirei, Waiting for Spring manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chivalry of a Failed Knight Premium Edition BD/DVD Box SetPlease Sentai Filmworks US$169.98 July 18 K: Return of Kings BD/DVDCite Viz Media US$69.99 July 18 K: Return of Kings DVDAnime...

Figure Skater Johnny Weir To Attend Crunchyroll Expo to Talk About Yuri!!! on Ice

Event to take place from August 25-27 in Santa Clara ― Crunchyroll announced that it will host Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir at this year's Crunchyroll Expo event. Weir will participate in a discussion on the Yuri!!! on Ice anime and hold at least one autograph session. Weir commented in Crunchyroll's announcement: I am a new convert to anime because of the brilliance that is Yuri!!! On ICE and I...

Little Busters Spinoff Kud Wafter's Anime Crowdfunding Detailed

Project seeks 30 million yen for 20-minute OVA ― Visual Art's opened a Campfire page to detail its crowdfunding for an anime adaptation of the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter. The campaign, which has not yet launched, will seek to raise 30 million yen (about US$268,000) to fund a 20-minute original video anime (OVA). If the project raises more than it's initial goal it will allow the ...
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Funimation to Stream Simuldub for In Another World With My Smartphone Anime

Dub premieres July 30 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will stream an English simuldub for the In Another World With My Smartphone anime. The dub will premiere on Sunday, July 30 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The anime premiered earlier this month and Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Takeyuki Yanase (Himegoto, Onsen Yōsei Hakone-ch...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses New Initial D Film Trilogy

Films debuted 2014-2016 in Japan ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the new trilogy of Initial D films: New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 1: Awakening (Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei-), New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer (Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō-), and New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 3: Dream (Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Lege...
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Irregular at magic high school Film Tops 500 Million Yen

Film opened in Japan on June 17 ― The official website for The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars (Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo) anime film announced on Tuesday that that the film has earned more than 500 million yen (about US$4.46 million). The website also announced that theater attendees for the film's sixth week (July 22-28) in theate...
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Comic-Con Int'l to Screen Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film

Director, producer, cast to appear at Thursday screening for Q&A ― Comic-Con International announced on Tuesday that it will screen Netflix's live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga on Thursday, July 20. Director Adam Wingard, producer Masi Oka, and cast members Nat Wolff (Light Turner), Margaret Qualley (Mia Sutton), and Keith Stanfield (L) will attend the screening for...
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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars Trailer Reveals September 19 Home Video Release

Film to be screened on August 21 ― Video game news website IGN began streaming a new trailer for Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the new CG-animated sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers, on Monday. Sony Pictures Entertainment also announced to IGN that the film will ship on September 19 as a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack, a regular Blu-ray Disc, and a regular DVD. Fathom Events will sc...
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Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. Anime Announces Cast, Staff

Yūsuke Kobayashi, Nozomi Yamamoto, more star in SILVER LINK anime ― The official website of the television anime of Yomi Hirasaka's Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. (It'd be Good if Only Little Sister Was Here) light novel series announced the main staff and cast on Wednesday. The cast is as follows: Yūsuke Kobayashi as Itsuki Hashima Nozomi Yamamoto as Chihiro Hashima Hisako Kanemoto as Nayuta Kani Ai Kakuma as ...
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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Film Opens at #1, Live-Action Gintama at #2

Gintama sets 2-day record for Japanese live-action films in Japan in 2017 ― Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!), this year's Pokémon film, sold 436,000 tickets to earn 516 million yen (about US$4.61 million) in its first two days and open at #1 at the Japanese box office. The film opened on Saturday on 368 screens. The anime earned 159.3% of the opening weeken...
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Anime NYC to Hold Gundam Thunderbolt Anime Concert

Compilation film to make U.S. premiere at convention on November 19 ― LeftField Media and Sunrise announced on Tuesday that the first Anime NYC convention will hold a Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt anime music concert led by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi. In addition to leading and performing in the concert, Kikuchi will speak at panels and sign autographs. The convention will also host the United State...

Silver Spoon Manga Goes Back on Hiatus After 3 Chapters

Manga had returned earlier this month ― This year's 34th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon manga will go back on hiatus in the 35th issue on July 26. The manga had just returned from hiatus in the 32nd issue on July 5. The magazine has not yet announced when the series will resume. The manga centers on Yūgo Hachiken, as well ...
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5th Black Butler Musical Reveals 2nd Main Visual, More Cast Visuals

Takuya Uehara, Yoshihide Sasaki return after 2 years for musical debuting in December ― The official website for Musical Kuroshitsuji - Tango on the Campania, the fifth stage musical adaptation of Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga, revealed the second main visual, the full cast, and more cast visuals for the musical on Tuesday. The main cast includes: Takuya Uehara as Grelle Sutcliff Ryōsuke Mikata as...
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Live-Action Death Note Film's Light Poster Revealed

The ICv2 website posted a poster for Netflix's live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga on Monday. The new poster features Nat Wolff as Light Turner. Earlier posters showed Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe) and Keith Stanfield as L. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. In addition to Wolff, Stanfield, and Dafoe, the film stars Margaret Qualley as M...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 10-16

Kizumonogatari III sells 2,834, followed by Junichi Suwabe & Tomoaki Maeno, 2016 Yo-kai Watch film, Totoro, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ― Junichi Suwabe and Tomoaki Maeno's "Seiyū Datte Tabi Shimasu the 2nd Vol. 1 Suwabe Junichi, Maeno Tomoaki/Toyama-hen" sold 2,338 copies to rank #8 on the overall DVD chart. The limited first pressing of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter sold 696 more copies for...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 10-16

Kizumonogatari III sells 29,683 + 1,968, followed by ClariS, Kamen Rider Den-O box, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Sumire Uesaka ― ClariS 1st Budōkan Concert ~2tsu no Kamen to Ushinawareta Taiyō~ concert Blu-ray Disc sold 5,018 copies to rank #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Kamen Rider Den-O Blu-ray Box 2 sold 3,750 copies to land at #5. Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Blu-ray Collection 2 was #7 with 2,964. Sumire Ue...
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Mimi Meme Mimi Music Group Disbands, Voice Actress Yuki Takao Retires in September

Group performed songs for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Sweetness & Lightning, Akiba's Trip ― The members of the music group Mimi Meme Mimi announced on their official website on Tuesday that they are disbanding after the "Mimi Meme Mimi Live 2017 ~Bon Voyage!~" concert on September 9. In addition, group member and voice actress Yuki Takao will retire from the entertainment industry. In the annou...
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San Francisco's J-Pop Summit to Host Singers May'n, Azumi Inoue, Yuyu

Event slated for September 9-10 ― The organizers of the J-Pop Summit event in San Francisco announced last week that the event will host singers May'n, as well as singer Azumi Inoue and her daughter Yuyu. May'n performed songs as the Macross Frontier anime's "Galactic Fairy" idol Sheryl Nome. Beyond her performances for Macross Frontier, May'n has performed theme songs for anime series including Acce...
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Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars!!!!!! PC Port Crowdfunding Campaign Reveals New Characters

New US$500, US$800 pledge levels also added ― Game developer Examu revealed more details for its Kickstarter project for an English PC port of Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX SIX STARS!!!!!! on Sunday. The project's website revealed the three new characters and Arcana that will serve as the stretch goals for the campaign, and it also revealed new pledge levels. Examu streamed a video outlining the three new ...
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Inio Asano Ends Reiraku Manga

Manga ends its 5-month run ― Inio Asano revealed on Twitter on Friday that the next issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine will publish the last chapter of his Reiraku (Downfall) manga. This year's 16th issue goes on sale on July 28. Asano also announced that the compiled volume for Reiraku will be released sometime in the fall of this year. The manga follows a manga artist who is divorci...

'It' Remake's Director Andy Muschietti to Develop Live-Action Robotech Project

Furious 7, Aquaman's James Wan previously approached to direct ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that director Andy Muschietti (Mama, It) "has been tapped" to develop and direct Sony's planned live-action Robotech film. Sony previously approached James Wan (Furious 7), who is currently directing the Aquaman film. In addition, Andy Muschietti's creative partner and ...
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Arika's 'Mysterious Fighting Game' With Street Fighter EX Characters Slated for 2018

PS4 game to launch simultaneously in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Game developer ARIKA announced at The Evolution Championship Series 2017 tournament on Sunday that it has begun development on its as-yet-untitled "Mysterious Fighting Game" for PlayStation 4. The game is slated for simultaneous release in North America, Europe, and Japan in 2018. A beta/server test is slated for the end of 2017, and pr...
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Ai Mai Mi Comedy Manga Gets Stage Play

Stage adaptation to run for ten performances in August ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Choboraunyopomi's Ai Mai Mi four-panel manga announced on Monday that the franchise will receive a stage play adaptation, Ai Mai Mi The Musical. The stage play will run for ten performances from August 15-20 at the Shinjuku Theater Brats. The cast includes Miya Amamiya, Yūka Amemiya, Y...
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Funimation Adds Chronos Ruler to Simuldub Lineup

Dub of time fantasy series to premiere August 2 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it will offer a simuldub for the Chronos Ruler anime beginning on August 2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The anime premiered in Japan on July 7, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs. Taiwanese creator Jea Pon's original manga centers on "Chronos Rulers," those who fight the tim...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 3 Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Stage play to open December 2018 ― The official Twitter account for the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 game announced on Saturday that the game will get a stage play adaptation in December 2018 in Tokyo and Osaka. Hideyuki Nishimori is directing and Fumi Tsubota is writing the script. Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of Harukanaru Toki no Naka de stage plays. Nishimori also directed and wrote t...

Discotek Licenses Magical Canan, The Adventures of the Little Prince Anime

Also: Fist of the North Star, True Tears on BD, Chargeman Ken on DVD ― Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed the Magical Canan and The Adventures of the Little Prince television anime and plans to release both on DVD on October 31. In addition, Discotek announced that it will release True Tears and Fist of the North Star on Blu-ray Disc and Chargeman Ken on DVD, also on October 31. ...
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Dragon Quest XI Game's Prologue Video Streamed

Game ships for PS4, 3DS in Japan on July 29 ― Square Enix began streaming a prologue video for its upcoming Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time) role-playing game on Monday. Square Enix also began streaming ads for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 versions. Nintendo 3DS: PlayStation 4: The game will ship in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3...
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LA Anime Film Festival Announced for September 15-17

Lineup includes Kiki's Delivery Service, Miss Hokusai, 009 Re: Cyborg, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence ― Event company Rydgen and film distribution company Azoland Pictures announced on Monday that they will host their first Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF) event from September 15-17. The lineup will include theatrical screenings of "over 20" anime films, as well as an opening night red carpet ...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls VR Game Listed With July 18 U.S. Release

The official U.S. PlayStation website is listing a July 18 release date for the The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution PlayStation VR game. The title launched in Japan on October 13, on the same day as the PlayStation VR. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia released the game in English for Southeast Asia on April 21. The title creates a "never-before-seen magical stage" concert at the Maih...
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XSEED to Release Ys Seven on PC This Summer

Upgraded game to be available on Steam, GOG, Humble Store ― XSEED Games announced on Wednesday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Ys SEVEN for Windows PC this summer. The game will be available via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store, and it will be upgraded with full HD, 60fps framerate, controller compatibility, and achievements on Steam and GOG. The company describes the game: Offering satisfyingly ...

GKIDS Licenses Studio Ghibli's Catalog for Blu-ray/DVD Release (Updated)

1st 6 releases slated for this fall ― GKIDS announced on Monday that it has licensed most of Studio Ghibli's catalog for Blu-ray Disc and DVD distribution in North America. The company will re-release all the titles on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, starting with Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and Princess Mononoke on October 21, followed by Castle in ...
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TsukiPro the Animation TV Anime Reveals New Promo Video, Visuals

Series about 4 male idol units debuts in October ― The official website for the TsukiPro the Animation television anime began streaming a new promotional video for the series on Sunday. The video teases a performance by SolidS and introduces the anime's theme song CDs, which will ship in October. The website also revealed two new key visuals for the anime. The visuals feature the groups SolidS and Qu...
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Japanese, Chinese Co-Produced RoboMasters The Animated Series' 2nd Video Previews Opening Song

Project based on robot competition Daiki Yamashita, Yuichiro Umehara, Lynn ― Dandelion Animation Studio began streaming the Japanese version of the second promotional video for the Japanese and Chinese co-produced RoboMasters The Animated Series project on Saturday. The video previews un:c's opening theme song "super nova" for the Japanese version of the series. The staff also revealed the series' se...
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Rensuke Oshikiri's Misumisō Horror Manga About Bullying Gets 2018 Live-Action Film

Live-action Lychee Light Club's Eisuke Naitō directs film ― A live-action film adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Misumisō horror manga will open in Japan in 2018. Eisuke Naitō (live-action Lychee Light Club) is directing the film. The manga centers on Haruka Nozaki, a young middle school girl who, due to her father's job, has to transfer from her school in Tokyo to a school which is about to close, lo...

Kingdom Hearts III to Have 2nd Playable Character, Possible Switch Release

PS4, Xbox One game slated to launch in 2018 ― Game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed in an interview with video game news source IGN at D23 Expo on Saturday that Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts III game will have another playable character besides Sora. He said, "Unfortunately we're not able to disclose who it is yet, but there will be [another playable character]." Nomura also revealed that more than tw...
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Gintama 'Project Last Game's' English-Subtitled Asian Release Teased in Video

PS4/Vita game will get English-subtitled release in Southeast Asia ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia began streaming an English-subtitled video for its "Gintama Project Last Game" action video game on Monday. The video is an English-subtitled version of the game's teaser video. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan, and for the PS4 with English subtitles in Singapore,...
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Gundam Thunderbolt Season 2 Gets Compilation Film in November

Film to premiere at Anime NYC in U.S. ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt anime revealed on Monday that the anime will get a compilation film titled Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Bandit Flower. The anime will screen in 15 Japanese theaters from November 18 to December 1. (Note: The video in the link above is region-locked to Japan.) The Anime NYC convention will host a prem...

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