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Real Girl Romantic Comedy Anime Reveals Main Cast

April josei show casts Teppei Uenishi, Yū Serizawa, Shouta Aoi, Takuma Terashima, Minami Tsuda, Reina Ueda ― An event for the television anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga revealed the anime's main cast members on Thursday. The cast includes: Teppei Uenishi as Hikaru "Tsuttsun" Tsutsui, an unsociable otaku high school boy who loves virtual reality Yū Serizawa as Iroha Igarashi, a...
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A3! Male Idol-Raising Game Gets Stage Play, Reveals Cast

Stage play runs in June-July, with returning run in October-November ― Liber Entertainment's A3! male idol-raising smartphone game is inspiring a stage play adaptation titled Mankai Stage A3! ~Spring & Summer 2018~). The play will run at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from June 28 to July 8, at the Kyoto Gekijō from July 13 to 16, and again at The Galaxy Theater from October 26 to November 4. The cast i...
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Space Battleship Tiramisu Anime's 1st Promo Reveals Cast, Staff, April Premiere

Kaito Ishikawa, Takahiro Sakurai star in Gonzo's comedy anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Satoshi Miyakawa and artist Kei Itō's Uchū Senkan Tiramisu (Space Battleship Tiramisu) updated on Thursday with the first promotional video, new key visual, main staff, cast, and April premiere. The cast is as follows: Kaito Ishikawa as Subaru Ichinose Takahiro Sakurai as Isuzu ...
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Shimajirō Film Casts Inori Minase, Idols From AKB48, SKE48, NGT48

1st full-length film in children's anime franchise opens on March 9 ― The staff of the Eiga Shimajirō: Mahō no Shima no Daibōken (Shimajirō the Movie: Great Adventure on Magic Island), the first full-length film for Benesse Corporation's Shimajirō anime franchise, announced more cast for the film last week. The additional cast includes AKB48's Yui Hiwatashi (upper left in image above), SKE48's Natsuk...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 12-18

Chihayafuru, The Seven Deadly Sins, A Bride's Story, Hunter x Hunter, MIX in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Chihayafuru 37 164,620 165,200 2018/02 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 30 153,749 153,749 2018/02 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 A Bride's Story 10 152,562 152,562 2018/02 Kadokawa Kaoru Mori 3...
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Atelier Lydie & Suelle Gameplay Video Shows Alchemy Exam

Game ships for PS4, Switch, PC in West in March ― KOEI Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe began streaming a video for the upcoming their release of Gust's Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~) game on Wednesday. The video shows Lydie and Suelle taking an alchemy promotion test. Koei Tecmo America will rel...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 12-18

Secret of Mana 2, Bayonetta games debut on Switch ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 12-18 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Monster Hunter World (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Capcom January 26 85,322 1,836,291 82 2PS4Secret of Mana 2 Square Enix February 15 36,042 36,042 20 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo November 21, ...

Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog Film Dated for November 15, 2019

Jeff Fowler directs film with live action, CGI The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film is scheduled for November 15, 2019. The website also notes that the film will use "a mix of live action and CGI to bring the character to life." Jeff Fowler is making is directorial debut with the film. Tim Miller (Deadpool) and Toby Ascher are executive produci...
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Shining Resonance Refrain Game Heads West This Summer

PS4/Switch/Xbox One/PC remaster of Shining Resonance previewed in video ― Sega of America announced on Wednesday that Shining Resonance Refrain, the PlayStation 4 remaster of Sega's Shining Resonance game, will launch for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the West this summer. The company also began streaming a promotional video for the announcement. The Western release will have du...
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BTOOOM! Gets Spinoff Manga, Ouroboros' Yūya Kanzaki Starts New Series (Update)

Junya Inoue's main series ends, spinoff debuts in March ― The April issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @Bunch magazine revealed on Wednesday that Junya Inoue's Btooom! manga is inspiring a spinoff, titled Btooom! U-18, that will debut in the next issue in March. In addition, Yūya Kanzaki (Ouroboros, Impossibility Defense) is drawing the series that will debut its prologue chapter in the next issue. ...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Reveals More Roles, Songs, Premiere Dates

Series premieres on April 5 after delay ― The official website for the anime of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (literally, "Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons") light novel series revealed the roles for nine previously announced cast members, theme songs, and the April premiere dates for the series on Wednesday. The anime will premiere ...
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Dagashi Kashi Creator Already Drafted Manga's Finale

Kotoyama: Not much longer left to finishing series ― Manga creator Kotoyama reported in the author's note for his 10th Dagashi Kashi manga volume on Friday that he has already done the layout for the manga's finale. He added that there is not much longer left to finishing the manga. Funimation describes the story: Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back Manga to Bundle New Anime DVD

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond team tells stories about Zapp, Chain on July 4 ― The online retailers Amazon and Mangaoh list Yasuhiro Nightow's fifth Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back manga volume in a bundle with a new Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond anime DVD on July 4. Production will be limited to the number of pre-orders received, and the deadline to pre-order is April 23. The DVD ...
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In This Corner of the World, Kemono Friends Win Tokyo Anime Award Festival's Top Prizes

Kinoko Nasu, Tatsuki, Takahiro Kishida, Nobutaka Yoda, Yuki Kajiura, Yuri!!! on Ice also win ― The Tokyo Anime Award Festival revealed more of this year's winners on Wednesday. Theatrical Animation Division In This Corner of the World Television Animation Division Kemono Friends Anime Fan Award Yuri!!! on Ice Best Script/Original Work Kinoko Nasu Best Director Tatsuki Best Animator Takahiro Kishida B...
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Singing Unit Kalafina to Continue After Producer Yuki Kajiura's Departure

Space Craft Produce agency: Concerts, 10th anniversary film's plans moving forward ― Media news source Oricon News reported on Wednesday that the three-member female singing unit Kalafina will continue working under the Space Craft Produce talent agency, even after the departure of their founder and producer Yuki Kajiura from the same agency. Space Craft Produce commented to Oricon News that the grou...
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Super Robot Wars X Game's 2nd Video Previews Jam Project Theme Song

Mecha, characters, game systems previewed for March 29 PS4/Vita game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the second promotional video for its Super Robot Taisen X (Super Robot Wars X) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video previews the mecha and characters of the game, the original characters, the game systems, and story scenes. It also previews the game's theme song "H...
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Impossibility Defense, Hitsuji no Ki Films Stay in Top 10 at Japanese Box Office

Kamen Rider, Tokimeki Restaurant films rank on mini-theater top 5 ― The live-action film of Yūya Kanzaki and Arata Miyatsuki's Funōhan (Impossibility Defense) manga fell from #3 to #4 in its third weekend in the Japanese box office. The film earned 51,751,100 yen (about US$480,200) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 579,172,800 yen (about US$5.37 million). The film sold 93,00...

Anime Music Composer Yuki Kajiura Leaves Agency After 25 Years

On Kalafina: "Won't be the same as before" ― Musician and composer Yuki Kajiura confirmed on Wednesday that she has left the Space Craft Produce talent agency. She announced the resulting closure of her fan club FictionJunction Club. She also announced the "Yuki Kajiura Live vol#14" concerts which will take place at the Maihama Ampitheater in Chiba on June 30, July 1, and July 15, as well as at the N...
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PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage Switch Game's Trailer Teases Original Story

Game ships March 22 in Japan ― Takara Tomy A.R.T.S began streaming a trailer for its PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage game for the Nintendo Switch last week. The trailer shows the game's original character creation, live performances, and story mode. The game will have a new original story starring the player's original character and an anime story that summarizes the events of the anime. The game will...
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Arizona's Saboten Con to Host Singer Akira

Live performance, fashion show appearance scheduled ― Arizona anime convention Saboten Con announced on Saturday that it will host singer Akira at its 2018 event. Akira will hold a live concert and autograph sessions, be a guest model in the J-fashion show, and participate in a tea party. Akira is the female lead singer for the visual kei band DISACODE and an accomplished fashion model. She debuted a...
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Saori Hayami, Daisuke Namikawa Join Creatures Family Days Animation's Cast

Hayami, Namikawa play genetically modified siblings in April show ― The official Twitter account for the Taiwanese-Japanese animation adaptation of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga revealed more cast members on Wednesday. The staff also revealed a new visual for the show. The new cast members include: (Note: Character name spellings are not official) Saori Hayami as Ashise, 16 y...
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Video Previews 1st 15 Minutes

Level-5's game launches for PS4, PC worldwide on March 23 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a gameplay video for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game on Wednesday. The video previews the first 15 minutes of the game. The game is slated for worldwide release on March 23 after several delays. The game's "King's Edition" in Europe comes with a sea...
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Game's Video Shows University Selection Team Tanks

Game ships in Japan on February 22, in English in Asia on February 27 ― The official website for the Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video, narrated by character Yukari Akiyama, highlights the tanks of the University Selection Team. The game will ship on February 22 in Japan. The Premium Edition of the game in Japan will b...

Bleach Live-Action Film's Teaser Shows Ichigo's 1st Hollow Battle

Film opens July 20 in Japan ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a teaser trailer for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga on Wednesday. The teaser shows Ichigo becoming a shinigami for the first time to fight a Hollow. The film will open in Japan on July 20. The film will center on the "Substitute Shinigami Arc," the manga's first arc which ran from its first to eighth volume. Shinsuke S...
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Kodansha USA Lists Dragon Head Manga as Digital Release

Series was previously released by Tokyopop ― Kodansha Comics is listing that it will release the first volume of Minetarō Mochizuki's Dragon Head manga digitally on February 27. Kodansha Comics describes the story: The end of everyone was just the beginning… Returning home by train after a class trip, Teru Aoki takes a most frightening ride inside a mountain tunnel. When the train derails, nearly eve...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 18-24

All Out!! anime; Giant Spider & Me - A Post-Apocalyptic Tale, Saint Seiya Saintia Sho, Silver Spoon, The Voices of a Distant Star manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date All Out!! Part 1 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 February 20 Dragon Ball Super Part 3 BDCite Funimation Entertainment US$44.98 February 20 Dragon Ball Super Part 3 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Fu...
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Edogawa Rampo's 'The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait' Story Gets Museum Anime Short

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuuki Kaji, Raikō Sakamoto star in story about brother's disappearance ― An anime adaptation of "The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait" ("Oshie to Tabi Suru Otoko") short story by mystery and supernatural author Edogawa Rampo (Rampo Edogawa) will run in three museums as part of an exhibit this year. Independent animator Shigeyoshi Tsukahara ("Hashi no Mukou," Sekai no Owari ro...
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12th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals Cast Visuals

Play to run from March 2-11 in Tokyo, March 16-18 in Kobe ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga revealed a key visual and character visuals for the 12th stage play, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal Shin Interhigh-hen ~Hakone Gakuen Ōja Fukukaku (The Kingdom)~ (Stage Yowamushi Pedal New Interhigh Arc: Restoration of Hakone Gakuen's King [The Kingd...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Plus PS4 Game Ships on May 31 in Japan

Video game news website Dengeki Online revealed on Tuesday that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Plus, Compile Heart's "refined" PlayStation 4 version of its Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 PlayStation Vita game, will ship on May 31 in Japan. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is a remake of the first game in Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia game series. The game original shipped for t...
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Metal Gear Survive Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game shipped on Tuesday in N. America ― Konami began streaming a launch trailer for its Metal Gear Survive game on Tuesday. The game shipped for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America on Tuesday. The game shipped for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 21 in Japan and will ship on February 22 in Europe. The "Survival Pack" release includes four gold plated weapons, t...
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Lost Child Game to Also Launch for Nintendo Switch

Game already slated for PS4/Vita ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release The Lost Child for Nintendo Switch in addition to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game is slated for this summer on North America and Europe on all three systems. The game will be available physically and digitally for PlayStation 4 and Switch, and digitally for PlayStation Vita. The game will have Englis...
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God Wars Game Gets Updated Version for Switch

Game launched for PS4/Vita in June ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release God Wars The Complete Legend, an expanded version of the God Wars Future Past PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game, for Nintendo Switch. The game is slated for physical and digital release this fall in North America and Europe. God Wars The Complete Legend will include all the downloadable contents of the or...
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Miyuki Sawashiro Performs Lupin III Part 5 Anime's Ending Theme

Sawashiro also plays Fujiko Mine ― The official website for the fifth Lupin III anime series announced on Tuesday that Miyuki Sawashiro, the voice of Fujiko Mine, is performing the show's ending theme song, composed by longtime Lupin III composer Yuji Ohno. The song is titled "Seine no Kaze ni... (Adieu)" (To the Winds of the Seine... (Farewell)). Sawashiro's ending theme song will ship on CD on May ...
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Megalobox Anime's Video Previews COMA-CHI's Rap

Series based on Ashita no Joe manga with new story premieres in April ― The official website for Megalobox, a new television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga, began streaming a promotional video for the series on Tuesday. The video features footage from the anime and previews COMA-CHI's rap insert song. The previously revealed cast members ...
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Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori Anime Reveals 2nd Video, Visual, More Cast

Tomoaki Maeno, Kousuke Toriumi, Kōhei Amasaki join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yū Shimizu's Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori manga revealed the series' second promotional video, second visual, and additional cast on Wednesday. Junichi Suwabe narrates the video as his character Sui. The new cast members are: (Note: the romanizations of the characters' full names are not ...
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Kimeru Performs Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime's New Opening Theme

New theme song to begin in April ― This year's April issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Wednesday that Kimeru will perform the new opening theme for Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS beginning in April. The song is titled "go forward." Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo and its affiliated networks last May. Crunchyroll later began streaming the series as it airs. Crunchyroll describes the s...
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Beatless Anime Casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Kana Hanazawa

New characters debut in 6th episode on February 26 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel revealed two new characters and cast members on Tuesday. The characters will debut in the anime's sixth episode on February 26. Hiroshi Kamiya as Ginga Watarai, the head of Memeframe Corporation's research planning. Kana Hanazawa as Mika Tsutsumi,...
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Uta no Prince-sama's 'Ultra Blast' Single Ranked #2 on Weekly Chart

Single debuted on February 14, ranked daily at #3, #2, #1 throughout week ― The official Twitter account for the Uta no Prince Sama franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise's "Ultra Blast" single ranked #1 in Oricon's daily single chart on Sunday. It sold 7,626 copies on Sunday to cap its weekly total at 114,359. It eventually ranked #2 for the week, under Hey! Say! Jump's "Maeomuke" (244,765 ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 12-18

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond sells 1,447, followed by Tatsuki's "Keifuku-san," Yowamushi Pedal Re:Generation, My Hero Academia, Takuya Eguchi ― Takuya Eguchi's Event DVD Eguchi Takuya no Ore-Iya & Nishiyama Kōtarō no Sukoboku: Ariake to Chofu no Tabi sold 829 copies to rank #23 on the overall DVD chart. Real Car Series Initial D sold 637 more copies for a new total of 2,456. It rose from #34 t...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 12-18

Land of the Lustrous sells 5,088, followed by Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, Love Live! Sunshine!!, My Hero Academia, Himōto! Umaruchan R ― Kenichi Suzumura's Theatrical Live Dai-4 The Black Prince sold 600 copies to rank #28 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Land of the Lustrous ...
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Fumikiri Jikan Anime Reveals Character Visuals for Ai, Tomo

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yoshimi Satō's Fumikiri Jikan (Railroad Crossing Time) manga revealed two character visuals for the anime on Monday. The characters, along with their previously announced cast members, are as follows: Sayaka Senbongi as Ai Yui Ogura as Tomo Both characters are from "Futari no Seishun" (Their Youth), the first story from the manga's first com...
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Live-Action Anitomo Casts Kōdai Matsuoka, Karin One

Series premieres March 25, film in early summer ― Hakusensha's official website for Modomu Akagawara's Anitomo (My Brother's Friend) manga revealed additional cast members for the live-action film and series adaptation of the manga on Tuesday. Kōdai Matsuoka (right in picture below) will play Itsuki Kaga, Sōta's handsome but oddball cousin. Karin One (left) will play Aki Nishino, Sōta's younger siste...
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Kyūso Nekokami Performs Opening Theme For Major 2nd Anime

Single CD for opening theme to ship on April 25 ― The official website for the anime of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga announced on Tuesday that Kyūso Nekokami is performing the opening theme song "Koete Ike" (Go Beyond It) for the anime. The single CD for the theme song will ship on April 25. Kyūso Nekokami is a five-member rock band that formed in December 2009, and is mostly active in t...
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Live-Action Marmalade Boy Reveals House Built Just for Film's Production

Film opens in Japan on April 27 ― Media news website Natalie revealed a behind-the-scenes report on the live-action film of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga on Tuesday. The report includes on-set photographs of the house, which stands in Ibaraki prefecture, and was built specifically for the film. Natalie's article includes more on-set photographs. The film opens in Japan on April 27. Previousl...
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Sword Art Online: Integral Factor RPG App Gets Global English Release

Korean, Chinese releases also set in addition to Japanese ― Bandai Namco Entertainment confirmed on Monday that it will release the Sword Art Online: Integral Factor mobile online role-playing game worldwide in English and Korean, in addition to the previously revealed Japanese and Chinese releases. The iOS and Android online RPG is free to play, but in-game items can cost extra. The game is acceptin...
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Game's Trailer Introduces Imperial Army

Game ships in Japan for PS4 on March 21, for Switch in summer ― Sega began streaming a new character introduction trailer on Friday for Valkyria Chronicles 4: Eastern Front, the fourth installment in its Valkyria Chronicles game series. The video introduces the characters from the imperial army. The game is slated for the PlayStation 4 on March 21 in Japan, and on the Nintendo Switch in summer in Jap...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT to Host Rock Band ALL OFF

Mob Psycho 100, Heavy Object band to perform at June convention ― New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNEXT announced last week that it will host rock band ALL OFF at its 2018 event. The band will perform at the convention. ALL OFF was formed in 2004, and consists of vocalist so-hey, guitarist Yukio, bassist Kossy, drummer Otsuki, and guitarist Gaku. The band released their first EP, "ALL OFF EP," ...
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Shinobi 7's Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers Tabletop Game Kickstarter Reaches Goal

Seven Seas Entertainment's tabletop game subsidiary Shinobi 7 reached the base goal of US$50,000 on its Kickstarter campaign for the miniatures board game Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers last week. The project has since unlocked its stretch goal for the first free expansion, featuring Shadow. Shinobi 7 describes the strategic game for 2-5 players: Burst into action with Sonic the Hedgehog: Battl...
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Splatoon Manga Has 800,000 Copies in Print

Shogakukan's listing for the fifth volume of Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga announced that the manga has 800,000 copies in print. Each volume has received a second printing. Hinodeya initially published a Splatoon one-shot manga in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics in May 2015. The full series then began in Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic Special in February 2016, and also launched in Coro Coro Comics in...
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Casts Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Jesus, Shōta Sometani as Buddha

Adaptation will stream on new streaming service this year ― The official website for the live-action adaptation for Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-san) manga announced on Tuesday that Kenichi Matsuyama (live-action Death Note, Gantz) will play Jesus and Shōta Sometani (live-action Parasyte, Bakuman.) will play Buddha. In addition, the staff revealed that the adaptation will debut this ...
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Street Fighter V's Blanka Previewed in Introduction Video

Character will be available on February 20 ― The official YouTube channel for the Street Fighter series began streaming a character introduction video for Blanka on Friday. The character will be available for download on February 20. Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Falke, and Sagat are joining the game as playable characters for the game's Season 3. Sakura and the game's season 3 pass launched last month al...
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Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Live-Action Series Announces 'C5' Cast

Marie Iitoyo joins cast alongside Jin Suzuki, Tatsuomi Hamada, Mio Imada, Keisuke Nakata ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season) manga announced five additional cast members on Saturday. The new cast, from left to right in the back row of the image below, includes Jin Suzuki as Issha Narumiya, Mari...
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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Gets Anime Tie-in Short

Full version to air on March 19 after cast audition ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the "pilot edition" of an animated short inspired by the Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet game. The anime is titled Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet -The Third Episode-. The complete version will air on Tokyo MX on March 19. The website describes the anime as a "third episode" that is not part of the Sword Art...
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Maiden Japan Licenses A Spirit of The Sun TV Anime Special

2-part special aired in 2006 ― Section23 Films label Maiden Japan announced on Monday that it has licensed the two-part television anime special adaptation of Kaiji Kawaguchi's A Spirit of The Sun (Taiyou no Mokushiroku) manga. Maiden Japan describes the film's story: When Japan is hit by the twin disasters of the eruption of Mt. Fuji and a massive earthquake, the island nation gets literally shatter...
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Infini-T Force Film's Special Promo Video Streamed

Anime opens in Japan on February 24 ― The official website for the Infini-T anime franchise began streaming a "special video" for the Gekijōban Infini-T Force: Gatchaman Saraba Tomo yo (Infini-T Force the Movie: Farewell Gatchaman My Friend) film on Monday. The video is a four-minute-and-30-second clip from the upcoming film. (Note: The video on the official website linked above is region-locked to J...
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Touken Ranbu Hanamaru Season 2 Anime Casts Masahiro Yamanaka, Junichi Suwabe, Yuuki Ono

New "Touken Danshi" debut in 8th episode on Sunday ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru anime revealed three new "Touken Danshi" characters and cast members for Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru., the series' second season, on Monday. The characters will debut in the the season's eighth episode, "Hazuki Kono Koto wa HImitsu Dakara na" (Eighth Month: Because These Things are Secret), on Feb...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime Premieres on April 3

This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga will premiere on April 3. The anime will air on Tokyo MX starting at 11:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on Sun TV, TV Aichi, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, and BS11. Odahiro Watanabe (Soul Buster, assistant director on Super Lovers 2,...
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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Starts Love App Manga

Love comedy series centers on "greatest love app ever" ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Monday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will launch a new manga titled Love App in the April issue on March 19. The love comedy story centers a mysterious "Love App" that will appear when someone is worried about love. The app analyzes lots of data, and no matter how impossible the ob...
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Galaxy Express 999 Gets New Manga in March

Gun Frontier reboot's Yuzuru Shimazaki draws new series ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine revealed on Monday that Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 franchise is inspiring a new manga titled Ginga Tetsudo 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey (Galaxy Express 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey). The manga will launch in the magazine's May issue on March 19, and will ad...
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Persona 5 TV Anime's New Visual Highlights Yusuke

The official website for A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game revealed a new visual on Monday featuring Yusuke Kitagawa (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita). Like the previous visual, the anime's official website features the "The world will be stolen by them" tagline on the visual. The website previously revealed visuals for the protagonist Ren Amamiya (voiced by Jun Fukuyama), Ryuji Sa...
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Jouji Nakata, Kenji Nomura, Takayuki Sugo Join Golden Kamuy Anime's Cast

Nakata to play Toshizō Hijikata in series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga announced three more cast members on Monday. Jouji Nakata (Peacemaker's Toshizō Hijikata) as Toshizō Hijikata Kenji Nomura (Drifters' Gilles de Rais) as Tatsuuma Ushiyama The site also announced that Takayuki Sugo (Bungo Stray Dogs 2's Herman M.) will play ...
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Compile Heart Launches Countdown Site

Japanese video game developer Compile Heart launched a countdown site on Monday. The site simply has the number "3" on it. Compile Heart is currently developing the Death end re;Quest role-playing game, which will launch on PlayStation 4 on April 12 after a delay. Source: Dengeki Online
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Kachidoki Studio Produces 4 Anime for Production I.G's 'Vertical Anime' App

Studio celebrating 10th anniversary already produces Neko no Rob anime for app ― The Kachidoki Studio anime studio announced on February 5 that it is producing the Quiz Tokiko-san anime for Production I.G's Tate Anime (Vertical Anime) app. Quiz Tokiko-san premiered on February 7, with new episodes debuting weekly. The anime also airs weekly on Chukyo TV within the Hayariba program, but is being repro...
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Live-Action Furin Shokudō Series Reveals Main Cast

4-episode net series debuts on March 7 ― The staff of the live-action adaptation of Masakazu Yamaguchi's (Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gōtaman) Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga revealed the show's main cast, net series format, and episode count on Monday. The show stars Kei Tanaka (live-action Library Wars' Mikihisa Komaki) as salaryman Ryūichi Yamadera. The female stars include: Yumi Adachi as Ay...
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Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Series Casts Kento Kaku as Kai Fish

Fashion industrialist character debuts in show's 7th episode ― The official Twitter account for the live-action television series based on Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga announced on Monday that Kento Kaku (live-action Ranma ½ special, live-action The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) will play the fashion industrialist Kai Fish in the series starting in the seventh episode. The previously a...
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Konami Announces New Game, Manga for Busou Shinki Franchise

Company had teased new development in franchise in December ― Konami announced on Monday that it is developing a new game in the Busou Shinki franchise. Konami also announced that Kadokawa will publish a manga adaptation of the new game. Additionally, Konami is collaborating with Kotobukiya to create moveable plastic models of the game's characters as part of the "Megami Device" series. Konami had te...
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Live-Action My Little Monster Film's Trailers Feature Kana Nishino's Theme Song

Nishino to also perform 5 insert songs for film opening in Japan on April 27 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga began streaming a second teaser video and a full trailer for the film on Monday. Both videos preview Kana Nishino's theme song "I Love You." Nishino will also perform five insert songs for the film. The tra...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals 6 More Cast Members

KENN, Shouma Yamamoto, Yurika Aizawa join cast as Leopold, Noelle's older siblings ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed more cast members on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The characters will make their appearance in the show's 20th episode. The new cast members include: KENN as Leopold Vermillion, a member of the...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Visual

The official website for the My Hero Academia anime series revealed a new visual for the show's third season on Monday. The new season will premiere on April 7, and will remain in the 5:30 p.m. timeslot on Saturdays that the second season held on YTV, NTV, and 27 other network affiliates. Funimation will stream the series. The third season will feature the same staff, including director Kenji Naga...
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New Captain Tsubasa Anime Adds More Cast Members

Sayuri Hara, Mutsuki Iwanaka, Kōdai Sakai, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Tarō Kiuchi join April soccer remake ― The official website for the upcoming new Captain Tsubasa anime announced additional cast members on Monday: Sayuri Hara as Sanae "Anego" Nakazawa, who falls in love with Tsubasa at first sight, after he transfers into the school and she sees him play soccer Mutsuki Iwanaka as Mamoru Izawa, one of the ...
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Saint Seiya Episode Zero Manga Ends, 'Next Dimension' Manga Returns in May

Masami Kurumada launched Saint Seiya Episode Zero in December ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga. The same issue also revealed that the new "season" of Kurumada's Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades manga will launch in May in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion maga...
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My Hero Academia: One's Justice Game Adds 3 More Playable Characters

Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida, Shōto Todoroki join lineup for game launching this year ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three more playable characters on Monday who will appear in the My Hero Academia: One's Justice game. The three new characters include Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida, and Shōto Todoroki. Other confirmed playable characters include Izuku Midoriya, ...
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Luck Life, Fo'xTails Perform Theme Songs for Food Wars! The Third Plate's 2nd Cour

Series to return in April ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday the theme songs for the second cour (quarter of a year) of Food Wars! The Third Plate, the third season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime. Luck Life (Bungo Stray Dogs, Cheer Boys!!) will perform the new opening theme song "Symbol" while Fo'xTails (Dimension W, Handa-kun) will perfo...

Full Drive, Golem Hearts Manga End in Shonen Jump

Both series debuted last October ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapters of Genki Ono's Full Drive manga and Gen Osuka's Golem Hearts manga on Monday. The second and third volumes of Full Drive will ship in Japan on April 4. The official English website for Shonen Jump describes the story: There was once an ingenious German athlete who had been ...
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Jun Mayuzuki's After the Rain Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Manga inspired now-airing TV anime, upcoming live-action film ― This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no youni manga will end in two more chapters, not including the chapter published on Monday. The manga won't appear in the magazine's 13th issue, and will resume in the 14th issue. The manga centers on 17-year-old high...
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Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Manga Gets 2nd Anime DVD

Manga gets 10th 1-shot in Shonen Jump on February 26 ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Hirohiko Araki's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) manga is inspiring a second anime DVD. The DVD will ship with the manga's second volume on July 19. The deadline to pre-order the limited-edition version of the manga volume with the DVD is May 16...
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Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka Manga Gets Live-Action Netflix Series

Series centers on high school girls who switch bodies ― Shueisha announced on Sunday that Shiki Kawabata's Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka manga is getting a six-episode live-action series that will stream on Netflix this year. The anime stars: (Clockwise from upper left) Daiki Shigeoka as Shunpei Kaga, a popular boy in class Tomohiro Kamiyama as Kōshirō Mizumoto, Ayumi's boyfriend Miu Tomita as Zenko Umine Ka...

Goblin Slayer Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

WHITE FOX to anime series starring Yuichiro Umehara, Yui Ogura, more ― The "GA Bunko 2018 Happyō Stage" presentation at the Wonder Festival event announced on Sunday that Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. WHITE FOX is animating the series. The anime will feature the same cast as an earlier drama CD adaptation: Yuichiro Umehara as Goblin Slayer Yui...

'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime Gets 2nd Season, Film Project (Updated)

Film will have original story by light novel author Fujino Ōmori ― The "GA Bunko 2018 Happyō Stage" presentation at the Wonder Festival event announced on Sunday that Fujino Ōmori and illustrator's Suzuhito Yasuda's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series is inspiring a second anime season and an anime film. The film is titled Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteir...
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Ashi-Girl Manga Gets Sequel Live-Action TV Special

1st 12-episode live-action TV series starring Yuina Kuroshima, Kentarō premiered in September ― NHK announced on Sunday that the live-action television series based on Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl manga will get a sequel television special. The first 12-episode series premiered on NHK on September 23. The series stars Yuina Kuroshima (live-action Sagrada Reset, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) as the...

Etotama Anime Gets New Series

1st anime series about Zodiac signs as girls premiered in April 2015 ― The "Shin Eto Ryōran Matsuri" event for the Etotama franchise announced on Sunday that a new series is in production. The Twitter account for the anime series stated that it will reveal more information about the new series at a later date. The first 12-episode television anime series premiered in April 2015. Crunchyroll streamed ...
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Plunderer Manga by Heaven's Lost Property's Suu Minazuki Gets Anime

"Heroic action fantasy" series launched in 2014 ― Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Sunday that Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga is getting an anime adaptation. Monthly Shonen Ace will reveal more information about the anime project at at later date. The April issue of Monthly Shonen Ace on February 26 will feature the manga on the cover, and will also feature a poster of the manga dr...

Saban Reveals Power Rangers Beast Morphers as 26th Power Rangers Season

New season to premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2019, will feature toys by Hasbro ― Saban Brands announced on Saturday that its 26th season of Power Rangers is titled Power Rangers Beast Morphers. The series will premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2019. It's Morphin Time! We are excited to announce that Power Rangers Beast Morphers will be our 26th season of Saban's Power Rangers, debuting in early 2019...

Funimation Announces Re:Zero Home Video Release

1st part slated for this summer ― Funimation Entertainment announced at its Katsucon panel on Saturday that it will release Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- on home video starting with "season 1 part 1" this summer. The 25-episode anime premiered in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Crunchyroll is also streaming both the Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ ...
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Legend of the Legendary Heroes' Light Novel Sequel to End in Next Volume

Series is sequel to original light novel series that inspired 2010 TV anime ― The 17th volume of Takaya Kagami's Dai Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Great Legendary Heroes) novels revealed last October that Kagami will end the novel series with the 18th volume. Dai Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu is the sequel to Kagami's original Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Legend...
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Comic Girls Anime Announces Additional Cast Members

Aya Endo, Minami Tsuda, Ayaka Nanase, Reina Ueda join April anime about manga creators ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Kaori Hanzawa's Comic Girls four-panel manga announced additional cast members on Saturday. Aya Endo as Ririka Hanazono (top left in image above) Minami Tsuda as Mayu Amisawa (top right) Ayaka Nanase as Miharu Nijino (bottom left) Reina Ueda as Suzu Fūra (b...
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Tachibanakan To Lie Angle Anime Reveals Staff, Spring Debut, Key Visual

Miss Bernard said. director, studio make anime about high school girls in love triangle ― The official website for the television anime of merryhachi's Tachibanakan To Lie Angle (Love to Lie Angle) manga revamped on Sunday with a listing of the main staff, a Spring premiere announcement, character designs, and a key visual: Hisayoshi Hirasawa (Miss Bernard said., Netsuzou Trap -NTR-, Ojisan to Marshm...
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Kirby: Star Allies Switch Game's 'Special Movie' Posted

Game ships on March 16 ― Nintendo began streaming a "special movie" for its Kirby: Star Allies Switch game on Wednesday. The video shows a special animation for the game. The game ships on March 16 in North America, Europe, and Japan. Nintendo announced the game during last year's E3 in June. The game will feature the return of copy abilities such as Sword, Fire, Water, Bomb, and Broom, among others....

Aniplex Invests in Australia's Madman Anime Distribution Company

CEO Tim Anderson: "We don't expect any changes to Madman's broad strategy, direction" ― Tim Anderson, President and CEO of Madman Anime Group, has confirmed with ANN that Aniplex Inc. has invested in the company. Madman Entertainment management agreed to issue additional shares in its company on November 15, and provided a minority interest to Aniplex Inc. Anderson told ANN he could not disclose the ...

Crunchyroll, Funimation Outline Home Video Releases for elDLIVE, Tsukigarei, Tsugumomo, Clockwork Planet Anime

Companies to also release 2nd half of Ace Attorney, All Out!! anime in May ― Crunchyroll and Funimation announced details on Friday for home video releases in May and June of of six more anime series, as part of the two companies' partnership. Title: Ace Attorney (Part Two) Format: BD/DVD Combo Release Date: May 8 Contains episodes 14-24 Title: All Out!! (Part Two) Format: BD/DVD Combo Release Date: ...
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Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online Game Launches on Steam on February 27

Idea Factory International announced on Friday that it will release the Steam version of Compile Heart's Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online (Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online) game on February 27. The game will have subtitle language options in Japanese and Traditional Chinese in addition to English, and will feature audio in Japanese and English. Idea Factory International rele...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime's 1st DVD, BD Includes Extra 'Episode 0' Anime

New anime to tell story before Nadeshiko joins club ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed on Saturday that the anime's first Blu-ray Disc and DVD will feature a "Heya Camp Episode 0" anime on the disc. The anime will tell a story before Nadeshiko joins the club. The Twitter account revealed four screenshots from the ani...
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Tomori Kusunoki Performs Ending Theme for Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online Anime

Spinoff series premieres in April ― The "SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage" presentation at a Sword Art Online fan meeting event revealed on Saturday that Tomori Kusunoki will perform the ending theme song for the television anime of Keiichi Sigsawa's Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online novel series. Kusunoki also stars in the series as Llenn. Masayuki Sakoi (Celestial Method, P...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime to Cover Entire Alicization Arc

Kazuma Miki, the light novel editor and an anime producer for Sword Art Online, stated at a "SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage" presentation at a Sword Art Online fan meeting event on Saturday that the upcoming Sword Art Online: Alicization anime will cover the entirety of the Alicization arc from Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series. Miki didn't mention any information ...

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