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Right Stuf Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Dub Emma: A Victorian Romance, Release Blu-ray

Project seeks to raise US$$110,000 for 1st BD release for series ― Right Stuf launched a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance season one. The project is seeking to raise US$$110,000 to release the series on Blu-ray Disc. Those who back the project at US$50 or more will receive a special edition Blu-ray Disc release (region A). A deluxe...
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Tamiki Wakaki's King of Idol Manga Ends Serialization

Manga by The World God Only Knows creator launched in May 2017 ― This year's 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine published the last chapter of Tamiki Wakaki's King of Idol manga on Wednesday. Shogakukan's Web Sunday website is listing the manga's sixth volume as its last, and it will ship on October 18. The manga centers on "Mahoro Harukana," a child of a legendary idol, who inte...
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Detective Conan Manga Takes 9-Week Hiatus

Creator Gosho Aoyama to conduct research during break ― This year's 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga will take a nine-week hiatus starting with the magazine's next issue and continuing through the 52nd issue. Aoyama will conduct research during the hiatus. The manga will resume in the magazine's 53rd issue. The ma...
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Crunchyroll Adds Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime

Series premieres on TV in Japan on October 6 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime this fall. The company will reveal the territory and streaming schedule information in the future. Crunchyroll describes the series: Where…am I…?” Before he knows it, Kirito has made a full-dive into an epic, fantasy-like virtual world. With only a murky recollec...
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Kenka Banchō Otome PS Vita Game Gets Sequel in Japan in 2019

Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!! adds new character Tenma Sagara ― Spike Chunsoft announced on Tuesday that the Kenka Banchō Otome PlayStation Vita game will get a sequel in Japan in 2019. A teaser website for the game, titled Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!!, also opened on Tuesday. The sequel will be set one year after the previous game. The new character Tenma Sagara (voiced by Kaito Ishikawa) will ...
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Okko's Inn Anime Film's Beginning Streamed

Supernatural film opens in Japan on Friday ― The Animate Times website began exclusively streaming the beginning of the anime film adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!, or Okko's Inn) on Tuesday. The video shows Okko moving to a new town. The film opens in Japan on September 21. The film alr...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 10-16

Daisuke Ono & Hiro Shimono sell 2,306, followed by live-action Marmalade Boy & Laughing Under the Clouds films, Wotakoi, Yumeiro Cast ― Daisuke Ono and Hiro Shimono's Ono-Shimono no Dokodemo Quest Vol. 1 debuted at #3 with 2,306 copies on the overall DVD chart. The special edition for the live-action film of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga landed at #4 with 2,032 c...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 10-16

Sword Art Online II sells 6,908, followed by idol Yui Ogura, Yumeiro Cast, Kamen Rider Build, Fate/EXTRA Last Encore ― Idol singer Yui Ogura's Ogura Yui Live "Cherry x Airline" sold 3,813 copies to land at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Yumeiro Cast Dream Show 2017 Live BD sold 3,588 copies to debut at #7. Kamen Rider Build Blu-ray Collection 3 was #10 with 2,374 copies. 5D Idol Project Dream ...
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Kingdom Hearts III Shows 'Long Version' of Tokyo Game Show Trailer

January PS4/Xbox One game's packaging art also unveiled ― Square Enix began streaming a trailer for its Kingdom Hearts III game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 game on the Tuesday. The trailer is a "long version" of the earlier trailer that debuted last week, and offers a longer glimpse of the game's Big Hero 6 world. With English Subtitles The game's official Twitter account also revealed the game's ...
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killer7 Game's PC Version Video Highlights 3 Playable Characters

Suda51, Grasshopper Manufacture's game debuts for PC this fall ― NIS America began streaming a video for its PC release of Suda51 (Goichi Suda) and Grasshopper Manufacture's killer7 game on Monday. The video highlights three of the playable characters: Garcian, Dan, and Kevin. NIS America will release the game for the PC via Steam this fall. The release will feature audio in English and text in Engli...
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film Gets 4D Screenings

The official website for Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise, revealed on Tuesday that the film will get "4D attraction rollout" screenings for a three-week run beginning on October 19. Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer is the second Detective Conan film to get 4D screenings after Detective Conan: The Darkest Night...
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Dynamic Chord, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Ch. 2 Manga End in October

Both manga launched in G Fantasy last year ― The October issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Shiho Inaba's DYNAMIC CHORD manga and Chiako Nagaoka's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Maku manga will end in the magazine's next issue on October 18. Inaba's DYNAMIC CHORD manga adapts last year's anime. The anime follows the musical careers and personal lives of several bands und...
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'Sono Toki, Kanojo wa.' TV Anime Reveals Cast, Director, Promo Video, October 6 Debut

Susumu Banba directs short anime starring Mei Fukuda, Nao, Riho Takada, Maaya Uchida ― The official website for the "Sono Toki, Kanojo wa." ("She's in love") short television anime began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The site also revealed the cast, additional staff, and premiere date for the anime. The cast includes: Mei Fukuda as Aiko Nao as Moe Riho Takada as Yukari Maaya...
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7th Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Manga Volume Bundles Anime BD in March

20-minute new anime centers on high school days of Kabakura, Hanako ― Ichijinsha revealed on Tuesday that Fujita's seventh Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga volume will have a special edition that will bundle an anime Blu-ray Disc. The new anime will center on Kabakura and Hanako's high school days and will be about 20 minutes long. Ichijinsha revealed the below rough...

Full Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Series to Screen in U.S. Theaters

Screening to include message from producer ― Crunchyroll and Fathom Events announced on Monday that they will screen a marathon of all 12 episodes of Yuri!!! on Ice in United States theaters on Saturday, October 13 beginning at noon local time. The screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles, and will include a message from the series producer. Tickets for more than 95 theaters are available...
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Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Tetris Effect Launches on November 9

Game developer Enhance announced on Monday that it will release Tetris Effect for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR on November 9. The game will have more than 30 stages of the classic puzzle game, but in three-dimensional worlds. The sounds, objects, and effects will react to how the user plays the game. The game will operate in up to 4K and 60fps to make use of the PlayStation 4 Pro's graphic cap...
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The Royal Tutor Anime Gets All-New Anime Film in February

Film with returning cast, director introduces 2 original "Twin Princes" characters Ivan, Eugene ― The staff of the The Royal Tutor anime revealed on Tuesday that the franchise will get an anime film with an original story. The film will open in Japan on February 16, 2019. The story will have two new characters, the sadistic "Twin Princes" of the Ramano kingdom: Ivan (left in below visual) and Eugene ...
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Live-Action Film Casts Mitsuki Takahata, Kento Yamazaki

Gintama's Yūichi Fukuda directs film slated for 2019 ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga announced that Mitsuki Takahata (Napping Princess' Kokone Morikawa) and Kento Yamazaki (live-action Death Note series' L) are starring in the film as Narumi and Hirotaka, respectively. The film will mark the two actors' firs...
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Maximum the Hormone Band Takes Hiatus From Concerts for Member's Surgery

4 shows cancelled in October, November ― The official Twitter account for Maximum The Hormone announced on Sunday that the group is postponing its live performances. As a result, the staff have cancelled four shows in October and November. The account updated following the Osaka Haziketemazare Festival on Monday with a message from band member Daisuke-han, who explained that he had a hernia discovere...
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Mōretsu Atarō Manga by Osomatsu-kun/Tensai Bakabon's Fujio Akatsuka Gets Stage Play

Play based on gag manga opens this December in Tokyo ― Fujio Akatsuka's Mōretsu Atarō will get a stage play adaptation that will open at the Haiyuza Theater in Tokyo from December 19 to December 24. The play's title is Mōretsu Atarō Kogarashi ni Odoru Hanafubuki (Furious Atarō: Cherry Blossoms Dancing in the Winter Wind). Tomoya Sakurai is directing and writing the script. The cast includes Akihiro H...
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! Game Trailer Shows Taiko Drumming on Switch

Drum controller confirmed for physical release in Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a trailer ofr its upcoming Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! game for Nintendo Switch on Friday. The Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! Nintendo Switch game and the Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! PlayStation 4 game will ship in the Americas and Europe on November 2. Bandai Namco previously told...
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Rainbow Parakeet Stage Play's Main Visual Revealed

The official website for the stage play adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Rainbow Parakeet (Nanairo Inko) manga unveiled the main visual on Friday. The visual shows Nogizaka46's Junna Itō as the title character, Keyakizaka46's Konoka Matsuda as the heroine Mariko Senri. Kaori Miura is directing the stage play, with a script by Masafumi Hata. It will run at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from October 4 to Octob...
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Persona 3, Persona 5 Dancing Games' Video Previews Shinjiro, Akechi DLC Characters

Both characters are available for both games ― Atlus USA began streaming a video previewing the DLC bonuses for Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight on Monday. Those who preorder Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight will receive playable Shinjiro Aragaki and the boss theme "Battle Hymn of the Soul," while those who preorder Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight will receive Goro A...
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Live-Action Waiting for Spring Film's Still Shows Yūta Koseki as Aya

The staff of the live-action film of Anashin's Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga revealed a still for the film on Friday. The still shows basketball prodigy Aya Kamiyama (played by Yūta Koseki) on return from America. The film will open in Japan on December 14. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Mizuki (sic) is a shy girl who's about to enter ...
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Gift Plus Minus Manga Gets Anime in Anime Beans App

Yuka Nagate's manga about high school organ collector launched in 2015 ― The 13th compiled book volume of Yuka Nagate's Gift Plus Minus manga (seen right) revealed on Tuesday that the series will get an anime adaptation that will debut in Production I.G's Anime Beans app on September 21. The manga centers on Tamaki Suzuhara, a high school student who is skilled at hunting people. She tracks down crim...
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Sora to Umi no Aida TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed With New Narration

Anime based on smartphone game premieres on October 3 ― ForwardWorks began streaming a new version of the second promotional video for the television anime of its Sora to Umi no Aida (The Space Between the Sky and the Sea) smartphone game on Monday. The video features narration by the character Namimo (voiced by Rika Tachibana). The video also previews Karin Takahashi, Honoka Inoue, and Momoko Suzuki...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime Casts Takuma Terashima

New key visual also revealed for series premiering on October 1 ― The official website for the television anime of author Fuse and artist Mitz Vah's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken or Regarding Reincarnated to Slime) light novel series revealed an additional cast member and character on Monday. Takuma Terashima, who is performing the anime's opening theme song ...
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Okko's Inn Anime Film's Clip shows Okko Meeting Uri-bō

Supernatural film opens in Japan on Friday The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's MAiDiGiTV YouTube channel began streaming a clip from the anime film adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!, or Okko's Inn) on Monday. The clip shows Okko and Uri-bō's first meeting. The film opens in Japan on Septem...

Girly Air Force TV Anime Casts Hitomi Ohwada, Gets Tie-In Manga

Ohwada plays Eagle "Anima" girl who pilots fighter planes in Satelight's Winter anime ― The cast for Satelight's television anime of Kōji Natsumi's Girly Air Force light novel series announced another cast member and a manga adaptation at Komatsu Base Air Show 2018 on Sunday. Hitomi Ohwada will play Eagle, an "Anima" girl who pilots the "Daughter" fighter planes. Takahiro Seguchi is launching the man...
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Actress Kirin Kiki Passes Away at 75

Actress played roles in Jack to Mame no Ki, Brave Story, Arrietty ― Actress Kirin Kiki passed away in her Tokyo home on Saturday, September 15. She was 75. Kiki had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, which she revealed had metastasized in 2013. She was hospitalized for a fracture in her left thigh on August 13. She had her first major recurring role in the 1964 television series Shichinin no ...
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Late Actress Yuriko Hoshi Plays Role in 'Otō-san, Chibi ga Inakunarimashita' Live-Action Film

Hoshi finished filming scenes for spring 2019 film before her death in May ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Keiko Nishi's Otō-san, Chibi ga Inakunarimashita (Father, Chibi is Gone) manga revealed on Saturday that the late actress Yuriko Hoshi plays the character Shizuko in the film in a posthumous role. Hoshi had finished filming her scenes for the film before she passed away on May ...
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Nokemono to Hanayome Manga by Utena's Ikuhara Gets 'New Chapter'

Dōkyūsei's Asumiko Nakamura collaborates with Ikuhara on manga ― The official website of anime director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum) revealed on September 3 that Ikuhara and manga creator Asumiko Nakamura launched a "new chapter" of their Nokemono to Hanayome (The Nokemono & The Bride) manga titled Nokemono to Hanayome+ (pronounced "cross") on Gentosha's Densha Birz manga ...
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Tales of the Stage Gets New Vesperia Stage Play

Stage project recently ran play based on Tales of the Abyss game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed during its "Tales of Vesperia 10th Anniversary Party" event on Sunday that its Tales of Vesperia game will get a stage play adaptation. Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales series of role-playing games previously inspired a stage play based on the Tales of the Abyss game. The play ran for two differen...
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Final Fairy Tail Anime's New Visual Unveiled

― The official website for the "final series" of the television anime adaptation of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Sunday. The anime will premiere on October 7, and new episodes will debut on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Setouchi, and TV Q Kyuushuu on Sundays at 7:00 a.m. The main staff are all returning from the second and most recent televis...

Release the Spyce Anime Reveals 2 New Visuals

― A Release the Spyce stage presentation at the KyoMAF event on Sunday revealed two new key visuals for the anime. The first visual features characters Mei Yachiyo (voiced by Aya Suzaki) and Fū Sagami (Akane Fujita). The second visual features characters Hatsume Aoba (Aya Uchida) and Goe Ishikawa (Yuri Noguchi) A previous visual featured Momo Minamoto (Yukari Anzai) and Yuki Hanzōmon (Manami Numakur...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 4's Yukiko Amagi

1st edition DLC set also previewed for 3DS game shipping in Japan on November 29 ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Thursday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights Persona 4 character Yukiko Amagi (voiced by Ami Koshimizu). Atlus also began streaming a video on Friday that highlights the bonus DLC that will come with first editions of the game. ...
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La Corda d'Oro Octave Game Launches in Japan on February 14

Game originally announced for smartphones now slated for PC, PS Vita, Switch ― The official Twitter account for the La Corda D'Oro Octave (Kin-iro no Corda Octave) game from KOEI Tecmo Games' Ruby Party brand revealed on Saturday that the game will launch for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, and PC (via Steam) on February 14, 2019. The game will launch digitally for all three consoles and will ...
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My Neighbor Totoro is 1st Ghibli Film to Get Theatrical Release in China

Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter reported on Thursday that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro anime film will be the first film from Studio Ghibli to get a theatrical release in China. The release is planned near the end of this year, and will feature a Chinese dub. Studio Ghibli plans to release other films in China if the My Neighbor Totoro release is successfu...
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Sol Press Releases DareSora: Tears for an Unknown Sky Visual Novel on Steam in English

1st volume of visual novel available now with planned updates "every several months" ― Video game localization company Sol Press announced on Friday that it released "volume 1" of ANAGRAM's DareSora: Tears for an Unknown Sky visual novel in English on Steam on Friday. The visual novel currently has English subtitles, but Spanish and Simplified Chinese subtitles are also planned. The first volume reta...
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Dies Irae Switch Version's Opening Video Reveals Delay to October 18

Game was originally slated for September 27 release ― Developer Light began streaming an opening video on Friday for the Nintendo Switch version of its Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ visual novel. The video reveals that the visual novel will now launch in Japan on October 18. The game was originally slated to launch on September 27. The new version will have new scenario titled "Saoshyant Desantile: Kam...
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Montreal's Otakuthon Reports Attendance of 23,226

― Montreal convention Otakuthon reported to ANN that it had a total of 23,226 attendees, based on the number of badges, including guests, exhibitors, panelists, press, volunteers, and staff in addition to general paid attendees. The staff also reported a turnstile attendance of 56,676. This number was reached by totaling the amount of badges sold for each day of the convention (meaning three-day bad...
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The World Ends With You -Final Remix- Game's English Story Trailer Streamed

Game launches in the West on Switch on October 12 ― Nintendo began streaming an English story trailer on Friday for Square Enix's The World Ends With You -Final Remix- game for Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in the West on October 12. The game will ship on Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 27. The action role-playing game will feature HD visuals and a new scenario. Players will be able to ...

Is the order a rabbit? Anime Gets New OVA in 2019, 3rd Season in 2020

Announced at "Dear My Sister" event on Sunday ― The "DMS Party" event for the Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister anime special announced on Sunday that the Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the Order a Rabbit?) anime franchise is getting a new original video anime (OVA) project in 2019 and a third anime season in 2020. The GochiUsa DJ Blend 2 CD will ship on December 19, and the tie-in event Goc...
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Pop Team Epic Anime Gets April 1 TV Special

2 new "Bob Epic Team" segments also released on Blu-ray this weekend ― The "Pop Team Epic Special Event ~Pop Cast Epic!!~" announced in Chiba on Sunday that a new Pop Team Epic television anime special will air on April 1, 2019. More details on the program have yet to be determined, but the anime's official website will provide them later. The anime adapts a surreal four-panel manga by Bkub Okawa tha...
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Muraji Ends Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi - Wa ga Mune de Nemure Bōrei Manga

"Episode 3" of Muraji's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen manga launched in March ― Muraji published the sixth and final chapter of the Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi - Wa ga Mune de Nemure Bōrei (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Ghost Sleeping on my Chest) manga based on Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen franchise on Famitsu's Comic Clear website on Friday. The manga was considered "episode 3" of his "Ha...
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories Social Game Revealed

Game to have stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show on September 23 ― The official Twitter account for the Code Geass franchise revealed more details on Sunday for the previously teased Code Geass game project by DMM Games. The game is titled Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories, and it will be a social game. The staff will reveal more information about the game during a stage presentatio...
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Umihara Kawase Fresh! Switch Game Gets Digital English Release

Latest game in platformer series will have worldwide digital release ― Video game developer Success revealed on Saturday on Twitter that the Umihara Kawase Fresh! Nintendo Switch game will have multilingual support including English and Chinese. The company added that it has not yet decided if it will include other languages. Success stated that the game will get a digital release worldwide, but it h...
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Live-Action Gintama 2 Film Surpasses 3 Billion Yen

Also: new behind-the-scenes video streamed ― Warner Bros. released a new behind-the-scenes video on Friday for Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, to commemorate that the film has earned more than 3 billion yen (about US$26.77 million). The film had earned more than 2.5 billion yen (a...

Back to the Future Manga by One-Punch Man Artist Yuusuke Murata Cancelled

Film's writer Bob Gale would have supervised series, now dropped due to rights issues ― Manga artist Yuusuke Murata (One Punch Man, Eyeshield 21) reported on Twitter this weekend that his manga adaptation of the 1985 American science-fiction film Back to the Future has been cancelled. Murata explained that the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Web site's editors did all they could, but they could not resolve the ...
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Dragalia Lost RPG App's 2nd History Video Streamed

Nintendo, Cygames to launch game in September 27 ― The official YouTube channel for Nintendo and Cygame's Dragalia Lost new action RPG smartphone game Dragalia Lost began streaming the second half of the game's "History of Humans and Dragons" introduction video on Friday. The first part streamed two weeks ago. Nintendo describes the game's story: Alberia... A kingdom where dragons rule over nature. T...
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Cheer Boys!! Live-Action Film's Additional Cast, Making-of Video Revealed

Cast learns cheerleading from alumni of group that inspired the novel ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Ryō Asai's Cheer Danshi!! (Cheer Boys!!) novel unveiled more five more cast members on Saturday. In addition, Bandai Namco Arts began streaming a making-of video showing the cast learning under the guidance of alumni from the mens' cheerleading team Shockers, which inspired the orig...
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Zoids Wild Switch Game Reveals Winter Release, 1st Visual

Takara Tomy revealed on Saturday that its Zoids Wild game for Nintendo Switch is slated for this winter in Japan. The company shared the first screenshot for the game, showing Wild Liger. Takara Tomy first announced Zoids Wild with a planned anime, manga, and model kit line in addition to the Switch game. The manga launched in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comic magazine in April and the anime premiered ...
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Catherine: Full Body Trailers Reveal Persona 5 Bonus, Different Voices for Catherine

Game ships on February 14 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a five new videos for its Catherine: Full Body game on Saturday. The game's official website also detailed its early purchase bonus and limited edition. The second promotional video begins with people answering the questions "Do you think there's a person you're destined to be with?" and "What would you do if you met this person?" Both the pr...
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Final Fantasy XI's Kam'lanaut Joins Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PS4 Game

Character joins as DLC in October ― Square Enix began streaming a character trailer for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the PlayStation 4 version of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game, on Friday. The video reveals and previews the character Kam'lanaut from Final Fantasy XI as the game's next DLC character. The character will be available in October. The game shipped in Japan on January 11, and in Euro...
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New Sensual Phrase Work Being Prepared by Manga Creator

Separate from previously announced Spring 2019 band-training/romance game app ― Manga creator Mayu Shinjo revealed at Saturday's production unveiling event for the Sensual Phrase (Kaikan Phrase) game app that she is also preparing an entirely new Sensual Phrase work. She announced the new work — which is separate from the previously announced game app — at the first of the event's two sessions. While...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter TV Anime Unveils Latest Promo, Theme Song Artists, October 2 Debut

SymaG, Mikako Komatsu sing opening, ending themes ― The website for the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series revealed the latest promotional video, the artists behind its theme songs, the October 2 premiere date, and a new visual on Saturday. SymaG is performing the opening theme song "Bakutsuri Soul," and producer Nanahoshi Kangengakudan wrote the song specifically for the anime. Mikako Koma...
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Stand My Heroes Game App for Female Players Gets TV Anime

Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Namikawa, Tomoaki Maeno, Kousuke Toriumi, Yuuki Kaji, Natsuki Hanae star as narcotics unit ― A second anniversary special event for the iOS/Android game app Stand My Heroes announced in Tokyo on Saturday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. The otome puzzle game for female players is set in modern Tokyo at Matori, the narcotics control unit of investigators ...
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Seishun Buta Yarō Anime Gets Theatrical Film Project in 2019

Project adapts 6th, 7th light novel volumes about mysterious girl Shōko Makinohara ― The advance screenings for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Bunny Girl Upperclassman), the television anime of Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, announced on Saturday that there will also be a theatrical film project next year. Th...

Azur Lane Warship Girl Game Gets TV Anime by Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Director, Studio

WWII-inspired game also gets Comic Rex manga, Utawarerumono collaboration ― The "Azur Lane 1st Anniversary Important Announcement Stage" event revealed in Tokyo on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game has been green-lit. Tensho (Grisaia, Rewrite, Kinmoza) is directing the anime at Bibury Animation Studio, the studio he founded i...

Man Arrested for Stalking Entertainer Shoko Nakagawa Near Her Home

Unemployed 33-year-old allegedly left note in her mailbox, admitted to charge ― Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department arrested Ichitarō Shiba, a 33-year-old unemployed man from Tokyo's Kami-Takada district, on Thursday for repeatedly stalking 33-year-old entertainer, singer, and actress Shoko Nakagawa near her home. According to investigators, the suspect dropped a note that read in part, "Please te...
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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Game's Japanese Limited Edition Includes Anime Blu-ray

New trailers streamed for remastered Switch/PS4/Xbox One/PC game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a second trailer for its Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition game on Friday. The company also began streaming a video detailing the Japanese "10th anniversary edition." The "10th anniversary edition" will include a Blu-ray Disc with the Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike anime film, along ...

Star Wars: Resistance Animated Series' Video Highlights Team Aces

Polygon Pictures animates series debuting on October 7 ― The official Star Wars Twitter account posted a video introducing more characters from Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Resistance animated series on Friday. The video highlights the characters from Team Aces: Torra Doza (voiced by Myrna Velasco), Hype Fazon (Donald Faison), Griff Halloran (Stephen Stanton), Freya Fenris (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn), and Bo ...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film's Dub Trailer Previews Main Characters

Film opens in U.S., Canada this month ― FUNimation Entertainment began streaming another English-dubbed trailer for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film on Thursday. The video highlights Midoriya, Bakugo, Iida, and new character Melissa Shield. The English dub version had a red carpet premiere at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on Thursday. Funimation will screen the film...
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'Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan' Anime Casts Koji Yusa, Kotori Koiwai as All Characters

Nyanzonudeshi performs ending song for anime premiering in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yukiko Natsume's Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan manga announced the cast and ending theme song artist on Saturday. Shinichi Tsutsumi is narrating the series and all characters will be voiced by either Koji Yusa (Yowamushi Pedal's Midōsuji, Blue Exorcist's Renzō Shima) or Kotori K...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 3-9

Yo-kai Watch Shadowside, Major 2nd, Duel Masters! rank in top 10 ― The Gibo to Musume no Blues live-action series adaptation aired on TBS on Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 p.m. an earned an 15.5% rating. The Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World) live-action series adaptation aired on TBS on Sunday, August 9 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Averag...

Princess Principal English Dub Cast Revealed

HIDIVE to stream series beginning next week ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast with a trailer on Friday. HIDIVE announced that it will begin streaming the dub for subscribers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and other select territories on September 21, with new episodes debuting weekly on Fridays. Kyle Jones is directing the series and...

Monster Musume Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author's Health

Author does not set return date, plans to focus on recovery Monster Musume manga creator Okayado announced on Twitter on Friday that he will take a hiatus to focus on his mental health. He did not provide a time for his return, but he said that he would like to focus on recovery so he can resume serialization as soon as possible. Okayado's Monster Musume manga took several months off last year, and...
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Naoki Urasawa Launches New Manga in Big Comic Spirits

Teaser visual shows running child ― The combined 42nd and 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits announced on Saturday that Naoki Urasawa will begin a new series in the magazine's 45th issue on October 6. It will be Urasawa's first new series for the magazine since 21st Century Boys ended 11 years ago. The magazine revealed a visual (pictured right) but no title for the series. The tagli...
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Yu Yu Hakusho New Anime Episode Previewed in 2nd Round of Screenshots

New episode will screen at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku on October 6 ahead of October 26 release ― The staff for the upcoming original animation for the Yu Yu Hakusho franchise revealed a second round of screenshots on Friday. The first four screenshots preview the "Two Shot" story, while the last four screenshots preview the "All or Nothing" story. IMG ts1.jpg IMG ts2.jpg IMG ts3.jpg IMG ts4.jpg IMG all1.j...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Earns 1.5 Billion Yen at Japanese Box Office

Film gets screenings in in U.S., Canada later this month ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film has earned more than 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.46 million) at the Japanese box office. Funimation and TOHO hosted a world premiere of the film with English subtitles at Anime Expo on July 5. The film opened...
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Gintama Manga Moves to Jump Giga Magazine

Author Hideaki Sorachi to work on manga's ending for "a little while longer" ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will end its serialization in the magazine as previously announced, but that it will continue on in Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine starting in its winter issue for "a little while longer." Sorachi expla...
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Japan's Oldest Anime Magazine Animage Gets Digital Edition

― Tokuma Shoten launched the first digital edition of its Animage magazine with the October issue (pictured right) on Monday. The print edition will also continue. The contents of the digital edition will differ from the print edition in some places, and the digital edition will not include appendices and gifts with purchase like the print edition. Animage is the oldest monthly magazine on Japanese ...
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Tokusatsu Gagaga Manga About Tokusatsu-Loving Woman Gets Live-Action Show

Series premieres in January ― NHK announced on Tuesday that a live-action television show based on Niwa Tanba's Tokusatsu Gagaga manga will premiere on January 18, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. on NHK. The show will have seven episodes. The main cast includes: Fūka Koshiba as the protagonist Kano Nakamura Yuki Matsushita as Nakamura's mom Kana Kurashina as Nakamura's senpai and fellow tokusatsu fan Yoshida Haru...
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Arc of Alchemist Game's Video Highlights 'Desert of Beginnings' Setting

Compile Heart's new RPG for PS4 ships in Japan on November 29 ― The official website for Compile Heart's Arc of Alchemist PlayStation 4 role-playing game began streaming a "setting" video for the game on Friday. The video elaborates on the game's setting, a far future Earth where multiple wars have drained the planet's resources and transformed it into a desert where the surviving humans fight over w...

Jump Force Game Adds Yu-Gi-Oh's Yūgi Mutō

Fighting game for PS4, Xbox One, PC launches in 2019 ― The official website for the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise revealed on Friday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Jump Force crossover game will feature the franchise character Yūgi Mutō (voiced by Shunsuke Kazama) as a playable character. Other confirmed playable characters in the game include: Naruto and Sasuke (Naruto) Goku, Frieza, and Vegeta (Dragon Bal...

Code Geass Franchise Gets Game Project

5 large public screens in Tokyo to screen video on Sunday to give more information ― An official Twitter account opened on Friday to announce that the Code Geass franchise is getting a game project. A website for the project has also launched and features a logo and copyright credit for DMM Games. Five large public screens across Akihabara in Tokyo such as the Akihabara UDX will screen a three-minute...
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Black Clover: Quartet Knights Game's English Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched on PC, PS4 in Americas, Europe on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming an English launch trailer on Friday for the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game. The video highlights the game's playable characters. The end of the Japanese launch trailer also features a preview of the game's first DLC with a "summer festival" theme (starts at 3:11 in below video). The game lau...
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Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Anime Reveals Main Visual, October 12 Premiere

2nd Senran Kagura TV anime features returning cast ― The official website for Senran Kagura Shinovi Master (Senran Kagura Shinovi Master -Tokyo Yōma-hen-), the second Senran Kagura television anime, revealed a new visual for the series on Friday. The site also revealed that the show will premiere on AT-X on October 12 at midnight (effectively October 13) before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX. ...
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Merc Storia Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, More Staff, October 11 Premiere

Visual also revealed for series based on smartphone game ― The official website for Merc Storia -Mukiryoku no Shōnen to Bin no Naka no Shōjo- (Merc Storia: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle), the television anime of Happy Elements' Merc Storia -Yujutsushi to Suzu no Shirabe~ smartphone role-playing game, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The anime will premiere o...
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Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff

Daiki Yamashita, Akari Kitō star in series about game streamers in life-or-death struggle ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Osora's Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] (Naka no Hito Genome [Now Streaming]) manga began steaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals the show's staff and cast. The show stars: Daiki Yamashita as Akatsuki Iride Akari Kitō ...
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RErideD Anime Adds Kazuyuki Okitsu, Haruki Ishiya, Wataru Komada to Cast

Anime premieres on October 3 with Crunchyroll streaming ― The official website for Kadokawa's RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time) original anime revealed three additional cast members for the anime on Friday. The additional cast includes: Kazuyuki Okitsu as Schmidt Maier, a bureaucrat. He seeks the whereabouts of Derrida and Patch File. Haruki Ishiya as Funt, Schmid...
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Compile Heart Reveals Azur Lane: Crosswave PS4 Action Game

Felistella develops, Compile Heart publishes new game based on Chinese smartphone game ― Compile Heart announced on Thursday that it is publishing Azur Lane: Crosswave, a new action game for the PlayStation 4 based on Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game. Felistella is developing the game. In the game for iOS and Android devices, players collect early 20th century warships f...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Anime Film Previewed in Long Trailer

Film with original story opens in Japan on September 29 ― Aniplex began streaming a long trailer on Friday for Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~ (Natsume's Book of Friends: Tied to the Temporal World), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga. The video previews Uru's theme song "remember." (Note: Aniplex's video is region-locked to Japan, a region-f...
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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Game Gets Nintendo Switch Release

Switch version of PS4 game gets Western release this fall ― Idea Factory International revealed on Friday that it will release Compile Heart's Fairy Fencer F: Dark Advent Force game on the Nintendo Switch this fall in North America. Ghostlight is releasing the game for Switch in Europe. The release will be digital only, and will include all 25 DLC available in the original PlayStation 4 release. Idea...
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Yoshi's Crafted World Game Launches in Spring 2019 for Switch

Game was originally slated for this year ― Nintendo revealed during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday that its previously revealed Yoshi game for the Nintendo Switch is titled Yoshi's Crafted World. The game will launch in spring 2019. Nintendo announced the game for Nintendo Switch at the E3 event in June 2017 and the game was originally slated to launch this year, but was delayed until 2...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Premieres in January 2019

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in January 2019. The anime will air on TBS, Sun TV, and BS-TBS. Kodansha Comics is releasing the series digitally, and it describes the story: One day, a poor high school second-year named Futaro Uesugi comes across a p...
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Splatoon 2 Game's 'Version 4' Update Previewed in Video

Update launched on Thursday with new weapon skins, new matchmaking options ― Nintendo revealed a new video for the new "version 4" of its Splatoon 2 Switch game during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday. The video previews the new features for the game in the update. The update launched on Thursday. The game's official Tumblr blog revealed more details on the update. The game will now have ...
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Daemon X Machina Switch Game's Video Highlights Gameplay

Designers Shoji Kawamori, Yūsuke Kozaki work on 2019 mecha game ― Nintendo revealed a gameplay video for Marvelous Entertainment's Daemon X Machina game during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday. The videos show the game's combat and customization options. Marvelous Entertainment is also streaming a separate gameplay video. The game is slated for the Switch in 2019. Shoji Kawamori (Macross)...
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Capcom Reveals Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle Collection of Classic Side-Scrollers

7 games including Armored Warriors, Battle Circuit slated for September 18 on Switch, Xbox One, PS4, Steam ― Nintendo revealed during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday that Capcom will digitally release Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle, a collection of seven of its classic side-scrolling games for the Nintendo Switch. The collection will also release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Th...

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