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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 13-19

LiSA sells 2,342, followed by Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, live-action Uirabu film, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Cheer Boys!! ― LiSA's LiVE is Smile Always ~Asia Tour 2018~ [eN + core] LiVE & Document sold 2,342 copies to rank #1 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action film of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga sold 1,967 more copies for a ...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 13-19

LiSA sells 12,113, followed by Seishun Buta Yarō, Quintessential Quintuplets, Sukima Switch, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ― LiSA's LiVE is Smile Always ~Asia Tour 2018~ [eN + core] LiVE & Document sold 12,113 copies to rank #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Sukima Switch's 15th Anniversary Special at Yokohama Arena ~Reversible~ the Movie debuted at #5 with 4,619 copies. The Blu-ray Box f...
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Game of Thrones' George R. R. Martin Has Consulted on Japanese Game

Author George R.R. Martin revealed in a blog post on Monday that he has consulted on a Japanese video game. Martin is best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, which inspired HBO's Game of Thrones television series. The series aired its final episode on Sunday. Martin published A Dance with Dragons, the fifth novel of A Song of Ice and Fire, in 2011, with two more novels planned. S...
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Yuka Iguchi Returns for 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime Season 2's Opening Song

Iguchi sings "HELLO to DREAM" opening for July anime ― The official website for the second season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime revealed on Tuesday that Yuka Iguchi is returning to perform the second season's opening theme song "HELLO to DREAM." Yuka Iguchi performed the theme song for the first season of the anime, the Sword Oratoria spinoff, and the Is It Wrong to T...
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Judgment Game Gets New Version in Japan on July 18

Includes new model, voice for Kyohei Hamura character after Pierre Taki's drug arrest ― Sega announced on Tuesday that it will begin offering a "New Price Version" of its Judgment (Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon) PlayStation 4 game in Japan on July 18. The release will have the new model and voice for the character Kyohei Hamura, with the same model used in the game's Western release. Sega changed t...
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Police Arrest Man for Threatening NGT48 Idol Yuka Ogino

24-year-old male allegedly faxed news organization with threatening letter ― Police arrested a 24-year-old male on Monday for allegedly issuing a death threat to NGT48 idol group member Yuka Ogino. The police arrested the suspect, Kazuki Dōmoto, after he allegedly sent a letter by fax to a news organization on May 9 that indicated that he was planning to kill Ogino. The police stated that Dōmoto admi...
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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Anime Gets 7th Season This Summer

Kenji Tsuda returns as storyteller, vTuber Taku Nanase joins cast ― TV Tokyo announced on Tueday that the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories television anime series is getting a seventh season that will premiere this July. Kenichi Sugimoto of DRAWIZ is returning to direct the new anime at ILCA. Scriptwriters Ayako Yamaguchi, Hiromu Kumamoto, Kuniyoshi Saki, and Mitsuhi Sasagi are also returning. The ...
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Aggretsuko Anime Season 2's Video Reveals June 14 Premiere

Netflix anime's 1st season premiered in April 2018 ― Netflix announced on Monday that it will debut the second season of the Aggretsuko anime on June 14. Netflix Japan is streaming a promotional video for the anime. Retsuko is a 25-year old red panda who works in her dream company's accounting department. But it turns out that she is forced to keep doing more and more impossible tasks by her superior...
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Detective Pikachu Drops to #2, Kingdom Jumps to #3 in Japan

Detective Conan drops to #4 in weekend box office ― Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film dropped from #1 to #2 in the Japanese box office rankings in its third weekend. The film sold 180,000 tickets for 275,989,800 yen (about US$2.50 million) over the weekend, and has cumulatively earned 1,965,934,600 yen (about US$17.26 million). Detective Pikachu ope...
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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Film Reveals 6 More Cast Members

Natsumi Ikema, Nana Asakawa, Yūtarō, Mayu Hotta, Masahiro Takashima, Jiro Sato join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga revealed additional cast on Tuesday. The newly revealed cast members are: (top row, left to right) Natsumi Ikema as Nagisa Kashiwagi Nana Asakawa a...
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LEVEL5 comcept's Dragon & Colonies Smartphone Game Trailer Reveals Summer Launch

Keiji Inafune's game has players build, battle with cube-shaped kingdoms ― LEVEL-5 Inc. launched a website for LEVEL5 comcept's Dragon & Colonies smartphone game and began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The game is slated to launch for iOS and Android devices in Japan in early summer. The game is LEVEL5 comcept's first title, which Keiji Inafune is producing. In the game, players create the...

Hollywood Reporter: Sony Launches PlayStation Productions to Produce Films, TV Shows

New studio partners with Sony Studios to develop works based on 25 years of games ― The entertainment news website The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has launched the production studio PlayStation Productions. The studio will develop films and television shows based on Sony's game catalog of more than 100 titles. Asad Qizilbash is head of the new studi...
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Sega Reveals Fist of the North Star: Legends Revive Smartphone Game

Manga artist Tetsuo Hara supervises project ― Sega revealed on Monday that it is developing the Hokuto no Ken LEGENDS ReVIVE smartphone game for the Fist of the North Star franchise. Sega plans to officially launch the role-playing game this year. The game is commemorating that last year was the 35th anniversary of the original manga. Original artist Tetsuo Hara is supervising the project. Hara state...
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Voice Actress Saki Ogasawara Takes Hiatus to Undergo Medical Treatment

My Hero Academia actress was diagnosed with stage 1 tongue cancer in early April ― Voice actress Saki Ogasawara announced on Twitter on Monday that she was diagnosed with stage 1 tongue cancer in early April. She stated that she will go on hiatus from her voice acting activities while she has surgery and undergoes treatment. Ogasawara added that because the cancer was luckily detected at an early sta...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard EX Game's Video Previews Argonavis Theme Song

Game ships for PS4, Switch on September 19 ― Furyu Corporation began streaming a promotional video for the Cardfight!! Vanguard EX PlayStation 4 and Switch game on Monday. The video reveals and previews the game's theme song "STARTING OVER" by BanG Dream! band Argonavis. The video also reveals the game's release date of September 19. The game will feature an original story with the new Vanguard chara...
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Nippon Ichi Software Sells Stocks at Lower Price to Raise Funds

NIS to use funds to pay employees ― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Friday that it will issue stock warrants through a third party allotment, issuing 3,750 warrants for an issue price of 837 yen each (for 3,138,750 yen in total) in order to aim to raise funds equivalent to 573,638,750 yen (about US$5.20 million). This type of MS ("moving strike") warrant is often used by companies to raise funds du...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 6-12

Natsuzora's latest episode earn 21.7% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.7% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House medical drama manga aired on Fuji TV on Monday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m. and ear...
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23rd Detective Conan Film Earns 8.3 Billion Yen

Film has sold 6.51 million tickets since April 12 debut ― The official website for Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, revealed on Monday that the film has sold 6.51 million tickets and earned a total of 8.3 billion yen (about US$75.35 million). To celebrate the milestone, the film will have "cheering" screenings in 20 theaters...
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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Ranks #3 in the U.S. in 2nd Weekend

Film earned US$24.8 million in 2nd weekend, for US$287.4 million worldwide total ― Rob Letterman's live-action Pokemon: Detective Pikachu film earned US$24.8 million to rank #3 in its second weekend in the United States box office. The film has earned an estimated cumulative total of US$94,001,846 in the United States. The film earned an estimated US$53.8 million internationally over the same weekend...
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Atsuko Nanba's Come on a My House Manga Goes on Hiatus

Nanba goes on maternity leave ― The June issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on May 13 that Atsuko Nanba's Come on a My House (Kamona My House) manga will go on hiatus due to Nanba going on maternity leave. The magazine and its official website will announce the manga's return date when it is decided. The manga centers on Hinata, a high school student who often goes to an empty hous...
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Viz, Shueisha Add Double Taisei Shogi Manga in English

Kentaro Fukuda launched manga in Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday ― Viz Media's Shonen Jump website and Shueisha's Manga Plus site both added Kentaro Fukuda's new Double Taisei (Futari no Taisei) manga in English on Monday. The manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on the same day. Shueisha describes the manga: Genius shogi player Taisei Amado has a secret...Kentaro Fukuda, the creator...
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Naruto: Song of the Akatsuki Musical Reveals More Cast in Costume

Musical runs in Osaka, Tokyo from October through December ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed images of five more characters in costume on Monday for the new run of the Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: The Akatsuki Investigation) stage musical. Yui Itō as Sakura Yūki Kimisawa as Kakashi Rei Fujita as Yamato Fūma Sadamoto as Sa...
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Dr. Stone Anime Reveals Designs for 4 More Characters

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed four more character designs on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga. The magazine previously revealed the cast for the characters in March. Gen Sato as Chrome Manami Numakura as Kohaku Tomoaki Maeno as Kinro Ayumu Murase as Ginro Shinya Iino (storyboards, episode direct...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals Visual for New Arc Featuring Humans vs Elves

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a fourth main visual on Monday for the Black Clover anime. The visual is for the upcoming new arc in the anime, which will feature a great battle of humans vs. elves. The anime premiered in Japan in October 2017. The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it continued into a new season with episode 52 last October....
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I'm From Japan Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on May 27

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on May 27. The manga's television anime adaptation premiered within the Oha-Suta program on April 8. New episodes air on Mondays within the program's new "Kyara Suta" segment. Viz Media pub...

'How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?' Anime Unveils More Cast, Song Info, July 3 Debut

Kaito Ishikawa cast as trainer in "body-building comedy" ― The official website for the television anime of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?) manga announced on Monday another cast member, information about the theme songs, and the July 3 premiere. The website also posted a new key visual: Kaito Ish...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Casts Maaya Sakamoto, Daiki Yamashita (Updated)

Sakamoto to voice Tamayo, Yamashita to voice Yushirō ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed two more cast members on Monday for the television anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. Maaya Sakamoto as Tamayo, a woman who conceals herself from the world and has many mysteries Daiki Yamashita as Yushirō, a young man who accompanies Tamayo T...

Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions, Toei Animation Reveal Title, More Staff, Visual for Upcoming Collaboration Film (Updated With Video)

Tetsuro Iwamoto designs characters, Kaoru Wada composes music for The Journey film. ― Toei Animation and Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions revealed at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday the title, visual, and more staff for one of its upcoming collaboration projects. The film collaboration is titled The Journey. Manga Productions also began streaming a trailer for the film later on Sunday...
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'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime's 2nd Character Video Previews Wise

Sayumi Suzushiro voices character in series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series began streaming a character video on Sunday for Wise. The site previously streamed a ...
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Pie International to Release Artbooks for Illustrators Katsuya Terada, Baron Yoshimoto

Katsuya Terada to also attend San Diego Comic Con ― Pie International announced on May 14 that it will release two artbooks in October from illustrators Katsuya Terada and Baron Yoshimoto. The artbooks will be available in both the United States and Europe, and will retail for US$49.95 each. The Art of Baron Yoshimoto will be a bilingual (Japanese and English) hardbound artbook featuring 184 pages. T...

HIDIVE Confirms English Dub for Domestic Girlfriend Anime

Anime premiered in January ― Streaming service HIDIVE confirmed at its Anime Central panel on Saturday that it will produce an English dub for the Domestic Girlfriend television anime. The anime premiered in Japan on January 11. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for streaming and home video release, and HIDIVE streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Crunchyroll also began streaming the anime after...
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Spira Spica Perform Opening Theme for 'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime

Series starring Ai Kayano, Haruki Ishiya premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series revealed on Saturday that Spira Spica will perform the show's opening theme song. The thr...
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Viz Media Reveals More English Dub Cast Members for Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Anime

Corina Boettger, Faye Mata, more added to cast; 1st home video release ships on June 18 ― Viz Media revealed more English dub cast members on Saturday at its Sailor Moon panel at Anime Central for its home video release of the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars anime. Corina Boettger as Sailor Tin Nyanko Faye Mata as Sailor Aluminum Siren Katie Leigh as Sailor Iron Mouse Andi Rich as Sailor Lead Crow Viz Media...

Sentai Filmworks to Dub Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, Golden Time Anime

Both dubs to premiere this year ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that is producing English dubs for the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime and Golden Time anime, with both slated for release this year. The Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime's first season premiered in 2013, and the sixth and most recent season premiered last July. Crunchyrol...
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Sentai Filmworks to Screen 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion' Film in U.S. on July 23

Film opened in Japan on February 15 ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that its screening of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion film will be held on July 23. The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film opened in Japan on February 15. Sentai Filmworks describes the film: Far fr...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Uta no Prince Sama Film for Anime Expo Premiere

Takuma Terashima, Mamoru Miyano to attend Anime Expo for premiere ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that it has licensed the Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom anime film, and that the film will have a premiere screening on July 5 at this year's Anime Expo event. Voice actors Takuma Terashima (Otoya Ittoki) and Mamoru Miyano (Tokiya Ichinose) will be i...

Eleven Arts to Screen Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress Anime Film in U.S. in August with New English Dub

Film to also have English-subtitled screening ― Eleven Arts announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will screen Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress anime film in theaters in the United States. Eleven Arts will screen a digital remaster of the film in partnership with Fathom Events on August 13 (English subtitles) and on August 19. The screening on August 19 will feature an all-new En...
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Eleven Arts Reveals Home Video Release for Penguin Highway Anime Film on August 6

Film based on Tomihiko Morimi's novel screened in U.S., Canada in April ― Eleven Arts announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will release Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido's Penguin Highway anime film on home video. Eleven Arts will release Penguin Highway in a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, on DVD, and via digital download on August 6. Bonus features will include interviews ...
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Eleven Arts Confirms U.S. Screenings of Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day Anime Film in July

Film to have both subtitled, dubbed theatrical screenings ― Eleven Arts confirmed at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will screen the Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day (Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale) anime film in the United States. Eleven Arts will screen Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day in partnership with Fathom Events ...
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Nozomi Ent. to Release Gravitation TV Series, OVA on BD on September 3

Company issues statement regarding show's upscaling process ― Nozomi Entertainment announced at its and Right Stuf's panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will release the Gravitation Complete Blu-ray Collection on September 3. The company provided ANN with a statement regarding the show's release. We're really excited to be bringing this upscale to the fans because there is no HD source for thi...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Helmer Seiji Mizushima, Loveless Creator Yun Kouga Reunite for Tenkasoul Project

Gundam 00 creators' "sengoku rock action" project casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Mamoru Miyano, Shouta Aoi ― The "Sacra Music Fes. 2019 -New Generation-" event announced on Saturday that Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima is serving as chief director on a new "sengoku rock action" project called Tenkasoul. Yun Kouga, the creator of the Loveless manga and Mizushima's character design collaborat...
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Granbelm Anime Reveals Eir Aoi Song in New Promo, More Cast

Manaka Iwami cast in July modern magical fantasy anime ― The official website for the Granbelm original anime series began streaming an opening promotional video on Saturday, and it also announced the opening theme song artist and an additional cast member. Eir Aoi is singing the opening theme song "Tsuki o Ou Mayonaka" (Following the Moon in the Middle of the Night) that the video previews: Manaka I...
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Fairy gone TV Anime's 2nd Half to Premiere in October

Cast to host advance screening of episodes #13-#15 in Tokyo on September 29 ― The official Twitter account and website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone announced on Saturday that the anime will premiere the second of the anime's two cours (quarters of the year) in October. The cast will appear at a premium screening event for the first three episodes (#13-#15) of the anime's secon...
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Gorgeous Carat's You Higuri Ends Frankenstein no Matsuei Manga

Manga about daughter of Dr. Frankenstein launched in August 2016 ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Princess Gold magazine published the final chapter on Thursday of You Higuri's Frankenstein no Matsui (A Descendant of Frankenstein) manga. Higuri launched the manga in Princess Gold in August 2016. Akita Shoten published the manga's second compiled volume on August 17. The manga centers on Rena, the d...
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Kochikame's Osamu Akimoto Ends Ii Yu da ne! Manga on June 19

Manga about bathhouse launched in March 2017 ― The June issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Osamu Akimoto will end his Ii Yu da ne! (What a Nice Bath!) manga in the magazine's July issue on June 19. Akimoto launched the manga in Ultra Jump in March 2017 as one of four new manga he launched after ending Kochikame. The manga's first volume shipped in April 2018. The manga is...
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Anime Expo to Host Tiger & Bunny, Dororo Composer Yoshihiro Ike

Also: MangaGamer to host illustrator, character designer Q-Gaku at July event ― The official website for the Anime Expo convention announced on Friday that it will host composer and musician Yoshihiro Ike. Ike will host a concert with a 50-piece orchestra on July 7 that will play music from B: The Beginning, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Tiger & Bunny, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary, Dororo, and Shadow...
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Aniplex USA to Release Sword Art Online II BD Box Set in September

― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release a complete Blu-ray Disc box set for the Sword Art Online II television anime series. The set will feature Japanese and English audio tracks and English and Spanish subtitles. Bonus content includes audio commentary, textless openings and endings, the "Sword Art Offline 2" anime short, web previews, a mini pin...
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Rock Band 'Survive Said The Prophet' to Perform Opening Theme for Vinland Saga Anime

24-episode series premieres on July 7 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga revealed on Friday that five-member rock band Survive Said The Prophet will perform the show's opening theme song "MUKANJYO." The band previously performed an opening and ending theme song for Banana Fish. The staff provided a comment in English from the band's vocalis...
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Frame Arms Girl Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

Compilation film opening on June 29 also adds new footage ― The official website for the Frame Arms Girl: Kyakkyau Fufu na Wonderland anime film began streaming the film's trailer on Saturday. The film will be a compilation film with new added footage, and will open in Japan on June 29. Kotobukiya had originally revealed in March 2018 at the AnimeJapan 2018 event that a sequel project for the anime w...
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Promare Anime Film's Long Promo Video Streamed

Original anime film by Trigger, XFlag opens in Japan on May 24 ― Toho Animation began streaming a long promotional video on Saturday for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare. The video previews Superfly's song "Kakusei." The film will open in Japan on May 24. Theatergoers will receive character cards with serial codes to grant access to advance streaming of a prequel anime. The all-...
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Sekai Project Licenses Winter Polaris, Sanarara R, How to Raise a Wolf Girl Games

Games slated for release on Steam in 2019 ― Sekai Project announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it has licensed the Winter Polaris, Sanarara R, and How to Raise a Wolf Girl games. The company will release the games for PC via Steam. Sekai Project will release Stage-nana's Winter Polaris game, the developer's 41st project, this summer. The company describes the game: In one story, a m...
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Crunchyroll Adds Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime

Also: Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan, In/Spectre ― Crunchyroll announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will stream the Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, and In/Spectre anime. In/Spectre will debut in winter 2020, and the other anime will debut this summer. The anime adaptation of Kentarō Okamoto and Riri Sagara's Are You L...

Aniplex of America Reveals Cells at Work! Anime's English Dub Cast, BD Release (Update)

Cast includes Cherami Leigh, Billy Kametz, Robbie Daymond, Laura Post ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release the Cells at Work! anime in a Blu-ray Disc box set with an English dub on August 27. The release is available for pre-order now through The Right Stuf International. The release will include an English dub for the opening theme song "Mission...

Viz Media to Release Inuyasha Anime on Blu-ray Disc This Fall

Release is 1st BD release for anime in N. America ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release the Inuyasha anime on Blu-ray Disc this fall. The release will be the first time the anime is released on Blu-ray Disc in North America. The 167-episode anime series based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga of the same name ran from 2000-2004. A 26-episode sequel anime tit...
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Batman and the Justice League Manga Ends in 4th Volume in July (Updated)

Shiori Teshirogi launched series in 2017, ended serialization on Friday ― Manga creator Shiori Teshirogi revealed on her blog in February that the fourth compiled book volume of her Batman and the Justice League manga will be its last. Amazon is listing the volume as shipping in Japan on July 19. DC Comics is releasing the manga in English, and the second volume shipped on April 24. The company descr...
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Promare Anime Film Gets 10-Minute Prequel 'Galo-hen'

1st theatergoers get cards for advance streaming of anime short ― The official website for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare announced on Friday that theatergoers will receive character cards with serial codes to grant access to advance streaming of a prequel anime. The all-new 10-minute "Galo-hen" anime will be set one day before the events of the film. The cards are the first t...
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The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Anime Gets Sequel Novel in June

Manga's Tsubasa Sugie returns to illustrate story set 6 months after anime's ending ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Jump J-Books imprint revealed on Friday that director Tsutomu Mizushima and scriptwriter Michiko Yokote's original television anime project Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI) is inspiring a novel. The 240-page Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai Kōya Senichiya novel ...
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Square Enix Launches English Manga Imprint in Fall 2019

Launch titles include FINAL FANTASY XV: The Dawn of the Future novel; Hi Score Girl, A Man and His Cat, Soul Eater manga ― Penguin Random House Publisher Services announced on Friday that it has reached a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.'s American subsidiary Square Enix, Inc. to launch a line of English-language manga, novels, and art books. The line is...
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Jinrui no Minasama e Survival Adventure Game's System Video Streamed

PS4, Switch game launches in Japan on June 27 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a system introduction video on Friday for it and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) survival adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video highlights the game's setting of an abandoned and ruined Akihabara. In the game players will search for items and information in the area, find a...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter Franchise Gets All-New Switch Game This Winter

Also: Sabakan Suzuki's Bakutsuri Bar Hunter manga ends, new manga planned ― The June issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter franchise is getting a Nintendo Switch game. The game will feature the Joycon controllers as the fishing reel. The completely new game will launch on the Switch this winter. The magazine also published the final chapte...
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Raihōsha-hen Manga Ends Serialization

Majiko's manga adaptation of volumes 9-11 of Tsutomu Satou's novels launched in 2015 ― The official website for Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Friday that the magazine's July issue will publish the final chapter of Majiko's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Raihōsha-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc) manga on June 18. The manga's fifth compiled book volume previously revealed ...
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Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- Game Gets Switch Release in September

PS4 version gets "sequel" DLC in late May ― Granzella announced on Thursday that it will release its Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus -Summer Memories-) game for the Nintendo Switch in September. The company released the game for the PlayStation 4 on November 22 after a delay. The PS4 version is compatible with PlayStation VR. The PS4 version of the game will get...
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Spike Chunsoft Releases AI: The Somnium Files Game in Europe on September 20, Crystar Game in Europe on August 30

― Spike Chunsoft announced on Friday that it will release Furyu Corporation's Crystar game in Europe physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4 on August 30. The company will release the game in North America for PS4 and PC via Steam on August 27. In the game's story, Rei and her younger sister Mirai find themselves in the afterlife world "Hengoku." While they are both confused and trying to fin...
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Libra of Nil Admirari Manga Ends in June

Manga adapts Otomate's romance game ― The official website for Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Friday that the magazine's July issue on June 18 will publish the final chapter of Shō Yuzuki's Nil Admirari no Tenbin manga. Yuzuki launched the manga in the magazine in January 2018. The manga's second volume shipped on January 26. The manga is based on Idea Factory and Otomate's Nil Admirari...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate Game Now Listed With General 2019 Release

― The official website for 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is currently listing the game with a general 2019 release date. The game was originally slated for release in March 2018. 5pb. has delayed the game multiple times to summer 2018, then a general 2019 release, then again to a spring 2019 release before this most ...
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'If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord' Anime Reveals July 4 Premiere, Ending Theme Artist

Nobuhiko Okamoto performs ending theme as character Dale ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of CHIROLU's If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai.) light novel series revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on July 4 at 11:30 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11. The show will also air on ...
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Human Lost Anime Film's Clip Reveals Jun Fukuyama in Cast

3D CG anime film opens worldwide this year ― The official website for the Human Lost 3D CG anime film began streaming a new clip from the film on Friday. The clip reveals the cast member Jun Fukuyama as Takeichi, the leader of a reckless group living in the poverty-stricken area of "Ichi Roku" (One Six). He is also the sole friend of protagonist Yozo Oba. The "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" is a...
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Cop Craft Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 8 Premiere

Masayoshi Ōishi performs opening, Mayu Yoshioka performs ending ― The official website for Cop Craft, the television anime of Shoji Gatoh's Cop Craft Dragnet Mirage Reloaded light novel series, revealed the theme song artists, three more cast members, and July 8 premiere on Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 8 at 24:00 (effectively July 9 at 12:00 a.m.), before premiering on...
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Vancouver's Anirevo Event to Host Singer Asaka

Event takes place on August 9-11 ― The Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Thursday that it will host singer Asaka as a guest. Asaka's debut single "Open Your Eyes" was the ending theme song for the Occultic;Nine anime. She has since performed theme songs for such anime as A Centaur's Life, Laid-Back Camp, and ISLAND. She most recently performed the opening theme song for the YU-NO: A girl w...
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Anime Reveals Visual, July 6 Premiere

Show's "Episode 0" available now on Crunchyroll ― The official website for Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note, the anime adaptation of Makoto Sanda's Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo (The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II) mystery novel spinoff series for Type-Moon's Fate franchise, revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on July 6. The series will air on Tokyo MX, BS11, ...
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Touhou Kikeijū: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Game Launches on Steam on September 10

― Steam is listing that Mediascape will release Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Kikeijū: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, the 17th main game in the Touhou Project game series, on September 10. The release will have text in Japanese only. ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) stated in April he plans to complete the game by this summer. ZUN released a demo ...
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nonoc, Riko Azuna Perform Astra Lost in Space Anime's Theme Songs

nonoc performs opening song "star*frost," Riko Azuna performs ending song "Glow at the Velocity of Light" ― The official website for the television anime of Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga revealed the anime's theme song artists on Friday. nonoc will perform the anime's opening theme song "star*frost," while Riko Azuna will perform the ending song "Glow at the Velocity o...
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XSEED Releases Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls Game on PC on May 29

Game debuted on PS3 in Japan in 2009, in the West in 2011 ― XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release Acquire's Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls game on the PC via Steam and the Humble Store on May 29. XSEED Games is streaming a trailer for the game. The game shipped in Japan for the PlayStation 3 in 2009, and shipped in the West in 2011. The game also launched for iOS in 2011, and for ...
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Archimedes no Taisen Live-Action Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Film opens on July 26 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Norifusa Mita's Archimedes no Taisen (The Great War of Archimedes) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Friday. The site also unveiled a new visual for the film. The film will open in Japan on July 26. Masaki Suda (right in picture below) is playing the main character Tadashi Kai. Takashi Yamazaki (Stan...

Crunchyroll Adds Kimagure Orange Road, Photon, Psybuster Anime

The Adventures of the Little Prince also added ― Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the following anime to its catalog: Kimagure Orange Road (TV series and OVA) Photon the Idiot Adventures Psybuster The Adventures of the Little Prince Psybuster, The Adventures of the Little Prince, and Kimagure Orange Road are available in the United States and Canada. Photon the Idiot Adventures is availabl...
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Bushiroad Reveals CharaExpo USA 2019 in California in December

BanG Dream's Roselia, RAISE A SUILEN bands to appear at December 7-8 event ― Bushiroad announced on Thursday that its CharaExpo USA 2019 event this year will take place on December 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The announced guests include the Roselia (Aina Aiba, Haruka Kudou, Yuki Nakashima, Megu Sakuragawa), and RAISE A SUILEN (Raychell, Riko Kohara, Natsume, Reo ...
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Love Live! Sunshine's Aqours, Steins;Gate's Kanako Ito to Perform at Anime Expo

Funimation holds "Steins;Gate Crash" event with Ito at convention ― The official website for the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours group will perform at The Novo venue in downtown Los Angeles on July 5 and 6. The group will perform without Arisa Komiya due to the performer suffering from a hives outbreak. The group previously performed in last year's Anim...
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Sony, Microsoft Agree to Co-Develop Streaming for Games, Content

Collaboration also explores integration of Microsoft Azure AI with Sony image sensors ― Sony and Microsoft announced on Thursday that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop solutions to support their game and content streaming services using Microsoft Azure. The joint development aims to deliver "enhanced entertainment experiences" to customers, as well as develop new platf...
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Shin Hayarigami 1・2 Pack Game's Promo Video Streamed

Switch collection launches in Japan on July 18 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a promotional video for its Shin Hayarigami 1・2 Pack game for Nintendo Switch on Thursday. The video previews the scenario and game systems. The game will launch in Japan on July 18. The collection includes Shin Hayarigami and Shin Hayarigami 2. The Shin Hayarigami game shipped for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita...

Hajime Kanzaka Launches 3rd Part of Slayers Novel Series

Series' 1st volume in 18 years shipped in October ― A Fantasia Bunko livestream presentation revealed that Slayers novels writer Hajime Kanzaka launched a third part in the series in the July issue of Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Magazine on Friday. The first part of the novel series includes the first eight compiled book volumes, and the second part includes the ninth to 15th volumes. The 16th and most rec...
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'Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You' OVA Ships on September 26

― The official website for the Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You original video anime (OVA) project revealed on Friday that the anime will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 26. The website also revealed a key visual. Hiroyuki Hashimoto returns to direct the OVA at production doA. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu returns as scriptwriter, and Yousuke Okuda returns as character designer. In the story, Chin...
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Seven Deadly Sins Smartphone RPG Launches on June 4

― The official website for Netmarble's Nanatsu no Taizai ~Hikari to Yami no Grand Cross (The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross of Light and Darkness) smartphone role-playing game announced on Thursday that the game will launch in Japan on June 4. The game has received more than 3 million pre-registrations. Netmarble began streaming a promotional video and a content introduction video for the game in Ma...
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Kōta Shinzato Performs 3rd Starmyu Anime Season's Opening Song

New season premieres on July 1 ― The official Twitter account for the Starmyu television anime revealed on Thursday that Kōta Shinzato will perform the opening theme song for the show's third season. Shinzato plays Shū Kūga in the Starmyu musicals. The song's CD will ship on July 31. The third season of the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 1 at 10:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on BS...
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Given Boys-Love Anime's Mafuyu Promo Video Streamed

Series debuts on Noitamina in July ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga began streaming a new promotional video on Thursday. The video previews the character Mafuyu Sato (voiced by Shougo Yano) with his first dialogue clips. A similar new character voice video will debut every week for the next three weeks. The series will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina progr...
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My Hero Academia Manga Franchise Takes 10 of Top 20 Spots on U.S. Monthly Bookscan April List

Junji Ito's Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection ranks at #3 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga volume 18 ranked at #2 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April (the volume ranked at #2 in March as well). This month's list featured 13 manga volumes, including: #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 18 #3 — Junji Ito's Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection #4 — Kōhei Ho...
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Doraemon: Story of Seasons Game's System Introduction Trailer Streamed

Game launches for Switch in Japan on June 13, in N. America for Switch/Steam this fall ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a system introduction video on Thursday for the Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujō Monogatari) game. The video highlights aspects of the produce part of the game, such as tilling fields, planting seeds, watering the fields, harvesting, and shipping ou...

Sega Reveals 10 More Games for 'Sega Genesis Mini' Console's Japanese Version

Street Fighter II, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star IV among new additions ― Sega revealed during a Dengeki Online livestream on Thursday 10 more games for the Mega Drive Mini, the Japanese version of the Sega Genesis Mini console. The new games are: Daimakaimura (Ghouls 'n Ghosts) Street Fighter II Dash Plus: Champion Edition Rockman: Mega World (Mega Man: The Wily Wars) Golden Axe The Super Shinobi (The R...
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Castlevania Anniversary Collection Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Collection launches on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Steam with 8 classic games ― Konami began streaming the launch trailer on Thursday for its Castlevania Anniversary Collection game collection for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. The collection's full lineup includes: Castlevania Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Super Castlevania IV Castlevania Blo...
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Famitsu: Switch Outsells Combined Sales of PS4, PS4 Pro in Japan

― Japanese gaming news website Famitsu announced on Thursday that according to its research, the Nintendo Switch console has sold an estimated 8,125,637 units in Japan. Comparatively, Famitsu stated combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro consoles in Japan number at an estimated 8,077,756 units (6,918,073 for PS4 and 1,159,683 for PS4 Pro). According to Famitsu's research, the Wii sold 7,814...
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Sengoku Basara: Battle Party Game's Video Highlights Characters, Mechanics

Video introduces new Izumo no Okuni character as player guide in June smartphone game ― The official website for Sengoku Basara: Battle Party, the first smartphone game in Capcom's Sengoku Basara franchise, began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video introduces the game's mechanics and characters, and introduces a new character named Izumo no Okuni (voiced by Inori Minase) who will be ...

Sentai Filmworks Releases Sakura Wars, Orphen TV Anime on BD

Waiting in the Summer anime gets English dub ― Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films announced on Tuesday that Sentai Filmworks will release the Sakura Wars television anime and the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen television anime on Blu-ray Disc. The company will also re-release the Waiting in the Summer anime on Blu-ray Disc with an English dub. The Sakura Wars Blu-ray Disc release is slated for August 13,...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 6-12

Days Gone stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 6-12 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Days Gone Sony Interactive Entertainment April 26 11,988 160,183 2NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 10,086 3,076,992 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 8,431 2,295,735 4NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 8,255 776,378 5NSwNew Super Mario Br...
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Gero×Araki Perform To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime's Ending Theme

Series premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga revealed on Thursday that Gero×ARAKI will perform the show's ending theme song "HHOOWWLL." The anime will premiere in July on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11. The anime stars: Katsuyuki Konishi as Hank Ai Kakuma as Nancy Schaal Bancroft Yūichi Nakamura a...

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