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Tales of the Rays Game App Gets Web Anime in 2018

Smartphone game featuring new & old characters from Tales of franchise ― The live streaming program "Tales no Heya 2017" announced on Saturday that the Tales of the Rays smartphone game is inspiring a short web gag anime, Tales of the Rays Gekijō (Tales of the Rays Theater), next year. The game stars new characters Ickx Neve (voiced by Natsuki Hanae) and Mileena Weiss (Haruka Terui) along with a cast...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Game Streams Jump Festa Trailer, Character Videos

PS4 game launches in Japan on January 11, in N. America on January 30 ― Square Enix began streaming character videos for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the PlayStation 4 version of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game, this week. Each video focuses on a character from a different Final Fantasy game, and shows cut scene and gameplay footage. Warrior of Light: Firion (Final Fantasy II): Onion Knight (Fin...
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Dragon Quest Builders Game's New Promo Video Reveals March 1 Launch on Switch

Early purchasers receive "Slime Eye," "Slime Mouth" recipes ― Square Enix revealed at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of the Dragon Quest Builders game on March 1. The company is also streaming a new promotional video for the Switch version. A demo for the Switch version will launch in February. The new version will add a Great Sabrecub that play...
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Märchen Mädchen Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews fhána's Opening Theme

Magical fantasy series premieres on January 11 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of late author Tomohiro Matsu and artist Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen (Fairy Tale Girls) light novel series began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The anime will premiere on January 11 on AT-X at 9:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and BS11. The show will a...

Yu Yu Hakusho Manga Gets New Animated Work

Announced at Jump Festa event on Saturday ― A banner at the Bandai Visual booth at the Jump Festa 2018 event announced on Saturday that Yu Yu Hakusho is getting an all-new animated work. Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter x Hunter) published the original Yu Yu Hakusho manga from 1990 to 1994. Viz Media began publishing the manga in its English edition of Shonen Jump in 2002, and it also released all 19 volume...
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The Prince of Tennis Franchise Gets New OVA Project

New OVA screening in 2018 to reanimate Tezuka vs Atobe match ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday revealed that Takeshi Konomi's The Prince of Tennis franchise is inspiring a new OVA project. The project is the second "part" of the theatrical film project announced last year. The Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! OVA will reanimate some of the most popular matches from the ser...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's Promo Video Reveals Quinx's Cast, April Premiere

Key visual also revealed for new season ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday streamed a promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga. The video reveals the Quinx cast as well as the show's April premiere. The new cast includes: Kaito Ishikawa as Kuki Urie Yūma Uchida as Ginshi Shirazu Natsumi Fujiwara as Tōru Mitsuki Ayane Sakur...
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Ryu Fujisaki Draws New Short Hoshin Engi Manga

Manga premieres in spring in Weekly Young Jump magazine ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday revealed that Ryu Fujisaki will draw a new short Hoshin Engi manga in Weekly Young Jump magazine. The manga will debut in spring 2018. Weekly Young Jump will reveal more information about the manga at a later date. Hakyū Hoshin Engi, the new television anime of the manga, will premi...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, 1st Promo Video, Summer 2018 Premiere

OVA on BD also announced for manga's 11th volume ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event streamed the first promotional video on Saturday for the television anime of Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga. The show's official website is also streaming the video. (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The video reveals the show's main ...

To Love-Ru's Kentaro Yabuki's New Manga is DARLING in the FRANXX

Manga adaptation of A-1 Pictures, Studio Trigger's original anime premieres on January 14 ― The Jump Festa 2018 event revealed on Saturday that Kentaro Yabuki's (To Love-Ru -Trouble-, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Black Cat, Mayoi Neko Overrun!) planned new manga is a manga adaptation of Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX. The new manga w...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime's 2nd Half Premieres in April with 'Tōtsuki Train' Arc

Series also gets OVA bundled with new manga volume next year ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday revealed that Food Wars! The Third Plate, the third season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime, will return for its second half in April with the new "Tōtsuki Ressha" (Tōtsuki Train) arc. The event also revealed that the anime will get a new original anime DVD bundled wit...
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Hakyū Hoshin Engi Anime's New Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, Nagi Yanagi perform theme songs for 23-episode series ― The official website for Hakyū Hoshin Engi, the new television anime of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga, began streaming the anime's new promotional video on Saturday. The website also revealed the opening and ending theme song artists and episode count on Saturday. The above video previews Fear, and Loathing in...
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My Hero Academia Anime Film Reveals Visual, Main Staff

1st film in franchise opens in summer 2018 ― BONES opened a website on Saturday for My Hero Academia THE MOVIE, the upcoming anime film based on Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga. The website revealed the film's main staff as well as the first visual. Horikoshi is credited with the original work, character designs, and as chief supervisor. Returning staff members include Kenji Nagasaki at BONE...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Previews School Trip Arc in 1st Promo Video

New season premieres in April ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime franchise began streaming the first promotional video on Saturday for the anime's third season. The new season will premiere in April. The third season will remain at the 5:30 p.m. timeslot on Saturdays that the second season held on YTV, NTV, and 27 other network affiliates. The third season will feature the same sta...

20th Dragon Ball Anime Film Revealed for December 2018

Akira Toriyama pens script for new film depicting "origin" of strength of Saiyans ― Toei Animation revealed on Saturday at the Jump Festa 2018 event that it is developing the 20th anime film in Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball franchise. The film is slated to open in Japan in December 2018. The film's theme will be "Saiyans: The strongest fighting race in the universe," and will depict the "origin" of th...
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Pikachin-Kit Children's Anime's 'Episode 0' Streamed

Anime part of multimedia project launches in January ― The official website for the Pochitto Hatsumei: Pikachin-Kit (Pochi and Invention: Pikachin-Kit) multimedia project began streaming an "episode 0" for the anime on Thursday. In the video, the protagonist Eiji assembles "cunninglasses" so he can read his classmate's note about the boy she likes. In the end, he finds the last piece needed to make t...
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Anime Boston to Host Singer-songwriter Asaka

Occultic;Nine, A Centaur's Life performer to attend event next spring ― The Anime Boston convention announced on Friday that it will host 18-year-old singer-songwriter Asaka at its 2018 event. The convention will be Asaka's first appearance in the United States as a performer, though she lived in the U.S. as a child. Asaka's debut single "Open Your Eyes was the ending theme song for the Occultic;Nine...
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Miina Tominaga Succeeds Hiromi Tsuru as Dokin-chan in Anpanman Anime

Rei Sakuma plays role in Christmas special ― The staff of the Soreike! Anpanman anime series announced on Friday that Miina Tominaga will play the role of Dokin-chan in the anime after the character's voice actress, Hiromi Tsuru, passed away on November 16. Tominaga also plays the character Rollpanna in the show, and will play both roles from now on. In addition, Rei Sakuma will temporarily play the ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Promo Video Showcases Tomoyo

Crunchyroll to stream series starting in January; Funimation to stream dub ― The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga began streaming a new promotional video with a focus on Sakura's friend Tomoyo on Friday. The anime will premiere on NHK BS Premium at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The anime will then repeat on Fridays at 11:45 p.m. Crunchyr...
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ReLIFE, Nanbaka, Momokuri Manga Expire on Crunchyroll

Also: Anime catalog adds Rosario + Vampire, Blessing of the Campanella, Tenchi Muyo!, more ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that its online manga service will no longer offer Yayoiso's ReLIFE, Shō Futamata's Nanbaka, and Kurose's Momokuri manga starting on December 20 at 8:00 p.m. EST. All three manga serialized or are still serializing on Comico, a free manga-reading smartphone app created by NHN P...
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Killing Bites Anime's Promo Video Shows Action Scenes

Anime's "director's cut" to stream worldwide on Amazon ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga posted a new promotional video on Friday. The anime will premiere on the Animeism programming block on MBS and TBS on January 12 at 26:25 (effectively January 13 at 2:25 a.m.), a...
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ISLAND Visual Novel's TV Anime Confirms Returning Cast

Anime in production at studio feel. ― Frontwing and Prototype opened an official teaser website for the television anime adaptation of their ISLAND visual novel on Friday. The website revealed a key visual and confirmed the main cast. It also announced that studio feel. (Tsukigakirei, Outbreak Company) is producing the animation. The cast members for the three lead female characters are returning fro...
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Live-Action Video Girl Ai 2018 Series' Promo Video Streamed

Drama premieres January 13 on TV Tokyo, earlier on Amazon Prime in Japan ― The official website for Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~, the new live-action television series based on Masakazu Katsura's Video Girl Ai (Den'ei Shōjo) manga, began streaming a promotional video on Friday. In the video, Ai speaks with masculine language. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on January 13,...
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4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Previewed in 60-Second Video

4th film in 7-part series opens January 27 ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming a 60-second promotional video for the fourth film, subtitled "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), on Friday. The website previously streamed a 30-second version. The f...
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Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Minori Suzuki performs opening theme for January anime ― The production committee for the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews that anime's main cast and Minori Suzuki's opening theme song "FEELING AROUND." The show stars: Ayana Taketatsu as Koizumi Ayane Saku...
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Earth Star Dream Idol Group Goes on Hiatus

3 of 6 current members graduate in December ― The official website of idol and voice actress unit Earth Star Dream revealed on Friday that the group will go on hiatus as of December 31. Members Kanon Takao, Hikaru Koide, and Eri Sogabe will remain with Earth Star Entertainment and continue their activities as voice actresses. The group will hold a performance in Tokyo on December 29 to mark the hiatu...
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Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru. Anime's Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Touken Danshi perform themes for series premiering on January 7 ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru anime began streaming a promotional video for Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, the series' second season, on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "Hanamaru In no Hi no Moto de" performed by Mitsuhiro Ichiki and Toshiki Masuda. All of the "Touken Danshi" characters will have g...
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Sound! Euphonium's Liz to Aoitori Film Reveals 2nd Video, Visual, Staff

Film centering on Nozomi, Mizore opens on April 21 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Liz to Aoitori (Liz und ein Blauer Vogel or Liz and the Bluebird), the first of two planned all-new anime films in the Sound! Euphonium franchise, revealed the second teaser video, a key visual, and more staff for the anime on Friday. The film will premiere in Japan on April 21. Advance tickets for the fil...
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Moto Hagio's Queen Margot Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga to return next August ― This year's January issue of Shueisha's Monthly You magazine announced on Friday that Moto Hagio's Ōhi Marugo (Queen Margot) manga will go on hiatus until the magazine's September issue, which will ship in August 2018. Hagio launched the manga in August 2012. Shueisha published the fifth compiled volume in January. The title takes place in 16th-century France and tells t...

Little Busters!, Little Witch Academia Writer Michiru Shimada Passes Away

Anime scriptwriter Michiru Shimada passed away on Friday due to an illness. She was 58. Shimada's daughter announced her passing on her mother's Twitter account and said she had been ill since last year. She also thanked fans for their support over her mother's 38-year career. Shimada worked on the script or was in charge of series composition for anime such as Little Busters!, Little Witch Academ...
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Spice & Wolf Creator's Project Lux Gets PlayStation VR Release

Sekai Project announced on Sunday that Isuna Hasekura and Spicy Tails' Project Lux game will get a release for the PlayStation VR. Sekai Project is streaming an English trailer for the PlayStation VR version. The game is also getting a physical release from Limited Run Games. Sekai Project released the game on PC via Steam's Early Access program on March 30, and is compatible with both the HTC Viv...
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Konda Teru no Gōhō Recipe Manga About Gourmet-Loving Gangster Gets Live-Action Series

Amazon Prime Video premieres series in spring 2018 ― The official website for Kodansha's Shonen Magazine R announced on December 6 that a live-action series adaptation of Isuke Mada's Konda Teru no Gōhō Recipe (Teru Konda's Legal Recipe) has been green-lit. The series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in spring 2018. Tadaaki Hōrai (live-action Kodoku no Gourmet) is directing the series. Kodansha's ...
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Ga-Rei's Hajime Segawa Launches Dengeki Travellers Manga

New manga centers on 2 teenagers able to store, release electricity ― Hajime Segawa and Toshinori Okazaki launched a new manga series titled Dengeki Travellers on the Comic Newtype website on Friday. Segawa is credited with the original concept, and Okazaki is credited for the art. The manga centers on Kiriharu Kunimori, a high school student who possesses a "charged body," the ability to store elect...
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Medabots Franchise Gets 2 New Manga for 20th Anniversary

Anniversary project also seeking original Medabots designs ― The official website for the Medabots (Medarot) franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise will launch the "Shūkan Medarot Tsūshin" (Weekly Medabots News) project for the franchise's 20th anniversary, beginning in late December. The project will include a new Medabots manga series by Hakubayashi titled Medarot Sai ~Reloaded~ (rough ske...
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House of the Sun's Taamo Launches New Manga Next Spring

Manga creator ended I'm in Love and It's the End of the World manga in October ― The fifth and final volume of Taamo's I'm in Love and It's the End of the World (Chikyū no Owari wa Koi no Hajimari) manga revealed on Wednesday that Taamo will launch a new manga series in Kodansha's Dessert magazine in spring 2018. Taamo launched the I'm in Love and It's the End of the World manga in Kodansha's Dessert...
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The Dragon Dentist Manga Ends

Manga's compiled book volume ships on December 27 ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine published the final chapter on Friday of Yōko's manga adaptation of The Dragon Dentist anime. In addition, the magazine noted that the manga's compiled book volume will ship on December 27. The manga launched on Monthly Comic Gene on September 15. The Dragon Dentist started out as the ...
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Hitori no Shita The Outcast 2 Series' Video Reveals January 9 Premiere

Kazuyuki Okitsu, Daisuke Hirakawa, Kenji Akabane, Kengo Kawanishi, Yukiko Morishita, Yōko Hikasa join cast ― Emon began streaming a promotional video for Hitori No Shita The Outcast 2 (Raten Taisho Chapter), the second season of the Hitori no Shita the outcast show, on Friday. The video reveals the series' Japanese premiere date of January 9 (beginning with a recap episode of the first season), and r...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime's Video Highlights Magic System

Anime premieres in April 2018 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 began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video explains the world's magic system. The anime was originally slated to premiere on TBS...
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Kirby Manga's Original Artist Returns With New Installment

Hirokazu Hikawa launched original manga in 1994, ended in 2006 ― The winter issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Aniki magazine published the first chapter of a new installment of the Kirby (Hoshi no Kirby - Dedede de Pupupu na Monogatari) manga by its original artist Hirokazu Hikawa on Friday. The magazine's next issue will also have another new chapter, along with a "shocking development." The below pan...
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Attack on Titan 2 Game's Ad Highlights Story Mode Scenes

PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game ships in Japan on March 15, in the West on March 20 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming a commercial for its Attack on Titan 2 game on Thursday. The video shows scenes from the game's story mode. The game will ship for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Japan on March 15. The regular physical and digital editions of the game will cost 7,80...
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Coro Coro Comics Magazine's Print Run Tops 1 Million for 1st Time in 2 Years

Issue contains download codes for Splatoon 2, Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon items ― Shogakukan printed more than 1 million copies of the January 2018 issue (seen right) of its Coro Coro Comics magazine, which shipped on Friday. The issue is the first issue of the magazine to print more than 1 million copies in two years. The issue contains a download code for the "Emperor Gear" item set for the Splato...
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Gungrave VR Serves as Prequel to Gungrave G.O.R.E. PS4 Game

Gungrave VR game released on Thursday ― Jun Pd, development lead at Korean game developer Iggymob, revealed in an interview with Famitsu.com on Thursday that the developer's Gungrave VR "cinematic action shooting game" is a prequel to the developer's upcoming Gungrave G.O.R.E. PlayStation 4 game. Iggymob is developing the game with Unreal Engine 4, and is aiming to develop the game with a higher qual...
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Servamp -Alice in the Garden- Film Opens on April 7

The official Twitter account for Gekijōban Servamp -Alice in the Garden-, the anime film based on Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga, revealed on Friday that the film will open in Japan on April 7. The film's story will deal with Misono Alicein's past. The main cast from the television anime will reprise their roles. Hideaki Nakano is returning to direct the film at Platinum Vision, and Junko Yamanaka ...
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Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Anime premieres January 5 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled version of the trailer for Junji Ito "Collection", the television anime of manga by famed horror author Junji Ito, on Thursday. Crunchyroll will stream the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan, and Funimation will stream an English dub. Satellite network WOWOW will premiere the anime on January 5 at 10:30 p.m. o...
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English-Subtitled Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls Trailer Streamed

Anime premieres January 8 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled version of the first trailer for Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls (Basilisk: Ōka Ninpōchō) on Thursday. Crunchyroll will stream the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan and Funimation will stream an English dub. The 24-episode series will premiere on Tokyo MX, TVK, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, BS11, and AT-X on January 8....
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Crunchyroll Streams citrus Trailer With English Subtitles

Yuri anime premieres on January 6 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an Enligh-subtitled version of the first trailer for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's citrus yuri manga on Thursday. Crunchyroll will stream the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Funimation Entertainment will stream an English dub. The series will premiere on AT-X on January 6 at 11:30 p.m. The anime will t...
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Chihayafuru's 'Important Announcement' is 10th Anniversary

The first 2018 issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine announced the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga on Friday. The magazine's previous issue had promised an "important announcement." To celebrate the anniversary, the magazine's second issue will publish a message from theme song performer Perfume, and tribute illustrations from 33 other artists, including Gos...

Crunchyroll, Funimation Announce 7 Anime for Winter 2018 Simulcast Season

DARLING in the FRANXX, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Katana Maidens ~ Toji No Miko, citrus, Junji Ito Collection, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens ― Crunchyroll and Funimation Entertainment both announced their simulcast lineups for the winter 2018 season on Thursday. Both companies are streaming the following series; Crunchyroll will stream its series with Engli...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Anime/Game Project Gets Manga

Yo-Kai Watch Busters' Atsushi Ohba to pen manga in CoroCoro ― Manga creator Atsushi Ohba (Yo-Kai Watch Busters) announced on Tuesday that he is drawing an Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin manga for Shogakukan's Monthly CoroCoro Comic magazine. The manga will launch in the magazine's February issue on January 15. A preview of the manga ran in the January issue on Friday. The Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenb...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, December 4-10

Yo-kai Watch film airs ― The Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! anime film aired on Saturday, December 9 at 11:03 a.m. and earned a 1.1% rating. The live-action series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork manga aired on TBS on Friday, December 8 at 10:00 p.m. and earned an 12.3% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san...
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Pokémon Crystal Gets Digital Release for 3DS in January

Game offers trading/battle over local wireless, Pokémon Bank compatibility ― Nintendo announced on Thursday that it will release Pokémon Crystal Version digitally for Nintendo 3DS via its Virtual Console. The game will launch on January 26, 2018. Pokémon Crystal originally launched for Game Boy Color in 2000. The game followed the same base story as Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, but with added fea...
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Cast Performs Ending Theme for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line

Sōhoku's interhigh team forms "The High Cadence" rock band ― The official website for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the Yowamushi Pedal anime series' fourth season, revealed on Thursday that six of the anime's main characters will form The High Cadence rock band to perform the anime's ending theme song "Carry the Hope." Voice actors Daiki Yamashita (Onoda), Kousuke Toriumi (Imaizumi), Jun Fukushima (Na...
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Digimon Adventure tri. Movies 4-6 Get Dubbed U.S. Theatrical Screenings

Films to open February 1, May 10, September 20 ― Fathom Events and Toei Animation announced on Thursday that they will partner to screen the final three Digimon Adventure tri. films in United States theaters in 2018. Screenings will be English-dubbed. Tickets are on sale on Fathom Events' website The fourth movie, Digimon Adventure tri: Loss, will screen on February 1; the fifth movie, Digimon Advent...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II: Kai PS4 Game Ships on April 26 in Japan

Upgraded ports of series' 1st 2 games announced ― Nihon Falcom announced and opened an official website on Thursday for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II: Kai -The Erebonian Civil War-, a PlayStation 4 of its The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II game. The game will ship in Japan on April 26. The port will offer a 60fps frame rate and 4K support. It has added upgraded background m...

Steins;Gate 0 TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals April Premiere Date

Qualidea Code's Kenichi Kawamura directs anime with returning cast, staff ― The official website of the Steins;Gate anime revealed on Thursday that the anime adaptation of the Steins;Gate 0 game will premiere in April after the current rebroadcast of the 2011 anime ends. The website also revealed the first promotional video, main cast, and staff for the anime. The announcement marked the birthday of ...
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Usogui Gambling Manga Ends on December 21

Live-action film adaptation announced in 2016 ― The second 2018 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Toshio Sako's Usogui manga will end in the next issue on December 21. The story of Usogui follows a brilliant gambler named Baku "Usogui" Madarame as he lays down his life as the wager for various games. Sako began the manga in 2006, and Shueisha published the manga...
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Girl Friend BETA Franchise Gets Stage Play in 2018

Game franchise inspired 2014 TV anime ― The official Twitter account for the Girl Friend BETA franchise revealed on December 9 that the franchise will get a stage play adaptation in 2018. More details will be revealed at a later date. Cyber Agent's blogging website Ameba started service for the original Girl Friend BETA dating simulation game for smartphones in 2012, and the number of registered user...
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Live-Action School-Live! Film Casts 'Last Idol' Group

Real Onigokko's Issei Shibata directs 2018 film ― The official Twitter account for the Manga Time Kirara magazines revealed on Sunday that the members of the idol group Last Idol have been cast for the live-action film adaptation of Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga. In addition, Issei Shibata (Real Onigokko) will direct the film. The film will open in Japan next ...
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Live-Action Misumisō Film Casts Anna Yamada, Opens in April

Eisuke Naitō directs film based on Rensuke Oshikiri's horror manga about bullying ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Misumisō horror manga revealed on Wednesday that Anna Yamada (seen below) will play the lead character Haruka Nozaki. The film's official website also unveiled a visual and April 7 opening for the film. Eisuke Naitō (live-action Lychee Light Club) is d...
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A Place Further Than the Universe Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Saya's Insert Song

Madhouse's original anime series premieres on January 2 ― The official website for the original A Place Further Than the Universe (Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime began streaming the show's second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews saya's insert song "Uchū wo Miagete" (Look Up at the Universe). The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 2 at 8:30 p.m., on Tokyo MX at 11:00 p.m....
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Crunchyroll Adds Meow Meow Japanese History Anime

The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Sengoku Basara, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Jormungand, Heat Guy J also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the Meow Meow Japanese History (Neko Neko Nihonshi) anime to its catalog. The site has added the previous first and second season episodes, and is simulcasting the new second season episodes. The series is available worldwide outsid...
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High School Fleet Anime Gets Smartphone Game in 2018

Anime premiered in April 2016 ― Aniplex opened a website on December 9 that revealed that a smartphone game based on the High School Fleet anime is in development for iOS and Android devices, and it is slated for a 2018 release. The app is described as a "naval battle game." The original 12-episode television anime series premiered in Japan in April 2016. Aniplex of America licensed the series, and t...
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gdgd Fairies' Kōtarō Ishidate Makes Himote House Anime

Aya Suzaki, Satomi Akesaka, Suzuko Mimori, Kaoru Mizuhara, Sumire Uesaka, Asuka Nishi cast for anime ― Animation studio Bouncy revealed on December 4 that it is working on a new anime titled Himote House, with Kōtarō Ishidate (gdgd Fairies, Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono, Naria Girls) directing. The announced cast includes (clockwise, from upper left in above image) Aya Suzaki, Satomi Akesaka, Suzuko Mimori,...
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The [email protected]'s Yumi Hara Puts Singing Career on Hiatus

Dusk maiden of Amnesia, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls, Trinity Seven singer to focus on voice acting ― Actress and singer Yumi Hara announced on her Nico Nico Livestream program "Hara Yumi no Maru Maru Hōsōkyoku" on Wednesday that she is putting her singing career on hiatus to focus on voice acting. Her upcoming album YOU&ME will be her last album, and it is slated for release on March 14. Hara's majo...
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Mentori LINE Stamp Gets Anime on Vertical Anime App

1st episode of new anime debuted on Thursday ― Production I.G's Tate Anime (Vertical Anime) app began streaming the first episode of Mentori, an anime series based on the LINE stamp mascot, on Thursday. The anime's official Vimeo channel is streaming a segment from the first episode. The "Mentori" mascot originates from a series of line stamps meant to evoke the feeling of "mendō da ga toriaezu hensh...
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I am a Hero's Kengo Hanazawa Launches New Manga Next Spring

The combined second and third 2018 issues of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Monday that Kengo Hanazawa's planned new manga will debut in the magazine in spring. The magazine revealed art from the manga (pictured far left), with the text "Do you know about the existence of those who are hidden?" Hanazawa launched the I am a Hero manga in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine...
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The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Game's English Gameplay Trailer Posted

NIS America to release PS4/PC game in the West in 2018 ― NIS America began streaming a gameplay trailer for the HD remake of The 25th Ward: The Silver Case on Wednesday. NIS America will release the game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America and Europe in 2018. The game will be available digitally and in a physical limited edition. The game is a sequel to Grasshopper Manufacture's The S...
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Hokuto ga Gotoku PS4 Game Delayed to March 8

The official website for Sega's Hokuto ga Gotoku PlayStation 4 game revealed on Thursday that the game's release date has been delayed from February 22 to March 8. The announcement cited the need to improve the game's quality. The game takes place in the world of Fist of the North Star, and will feature a completely original story. The game will feature familiar characters from Fist of the North S...
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Hosoda's Mirai in the Future Film to Screen Theatrically in 57 Countries

Talks underway for distribution in N. America, France, other territories ― At a press conference to announce Mamoru Hosoda's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai in the Future) film on Wednesday, director Mamoru Hosoda and producer Yuichiro Saito discussed more details about the film. Saito revealed that Studio Chizu was offering the foreign distribution rights to the film during the Cannes Film Festival in May...
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Maria Holic's Minari Endo Ends Uchūjin no Shiwaza Desu! Manga

Alien romantic comedy launched in 2015 ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Comic Flapper magazine published the final chapter of Minari Endo's Uchūjin no Shiwaza Desu! manga on December 5. Endo launched the manga in December 2015. The third compiled volume will ship on January 23. The story follows a high school student named Yamato, whose grandfather runs a bathhouse. Thanks to a cursed wedding r...
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Author: 'Last Spurt' of Space Brothers Manga is Coming

Manga may still continue for a long time ― Manga creator Chuya Koyama said at a Space Brothers 10th anniversary fan event on Sunday that the manga is headed towards its "last spurt." "I don't know how many years [the manga] will continue," he said, "but the last spurt is coming." He added, "It might be a pretty long last spurt, but I appreciate the support from here on." The Space Brothers manga's st...
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Shūzō Oshimi's Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Sara Minami, Aju Makita star in film about shy girl and tone deaf girl's friendship ― A live-action film adaptation of Shūzō Oshimi's Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai (Shino Can't Say Her Own Name) manga has been green-lit for July 2018. Sara Minami will play Shino, while Aju Makita will play Kayo. Both actresses are 15 years old, and the movie will mark their first main character roles. Other c...
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Princess Jellyfish's Akiko Higashimura to Launch Color Web Manga

Gisō Furin manga begins with "forbidden encounter" on plane on Saturday ― Web manga site XOY announced on Thursday that Akiko Higashimura will launch a new weekly manga titled Gisō Furin (Disguised Adultery) on the site on Saturday. The manga will be in color. The chapter on Saturday will be a prologue, with the first regular chapter arriving on December 23. The manga's story begins when the protagon...
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Ayana Taketatsu Stars in Her 1st Live-Action TV Drama Role on December 28

Ryo Kato co-stars in NHK shorts about robot integrating in human society ― Voice actress Ayana Taketatsu will star in her first live-action broadcast television drama alongside Ryo Kato in NHK's new Robokatō Nakajima to Hanazawa-san (Nakajima Robokatō and Hanazawa) mini-drama beginning on December 28. The drama will be part of the Choi Dora 2017 ~Jinsei de Emoi Koto wa 10-pun de Okoru~ (Mini-Drama 20...
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One Piece: Bounty Rush Smartphone Game's Promo Shows 4v4 Battles

iOS/Android game to launch next year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video for its One Piece Bounty Rush iOS and Android game on Wednesday. The video previous the Straw Hat Pirates in battle. The game will feature four-vs-four team matches in a treasure contest. The goal of each timed match will be to gather the most Berries. Characters in the game will be categorized as on...

Golden Kamuy Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals April Premiere

New staff also revealed for anime of Satoru Noda's wilderness survival manga ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's April premiere on the Tokyo MX, Yomiuri TV, Sapporo TV, and BS11 channels. Fuji TV on Demand will also stream the anime. The site also revealed new...
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Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō Manga Gets Live-Action Film in Fall 2018

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas' Shō Tsukikawa directs, with scripts by Tiger & Bunny's Masafumi Nishida ― A live-action film adaptation of Mitsuharu Yanamoto's Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō (Hibiki ~How to Become a Novelist~) manga has been green-lit for fall 2018. Shō Tsukikawa (live-action Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) is directing the film, with a script by M...
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YaoiCon Takes 1-Year Break in 2018

The official YaoiCon Twitter account announced on Tuesday that the convention will take a one-year break and return in fall 2019. The convention focused on yaoi anime and manga debuted in 2001. Digital Manga Publishing has organized the event since 2012. This year's YaoiCon took place in Santa Clara, California from October 6-8. Vice Media originally planned to film part of a documentary at the ev...
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Mirai in the Future Film's Teaser Streamed With English Subtitles

Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda's newest film ― Australian anime distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming the teaser video for Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai no Mirai film with English subtitles on Thursday. Madman lists the film with the English title Mirai in the Future. The film will open in Japan on July 20, after previously being announced with a May release date. The film's story centers arou...

DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Reveals January 13 Premiere, Opening Theme Song

Mika Nakashima, Hyde collaborate on opening song ― The official website for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX announced the premiere dates and opening theme song performer on Thursday. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, GTV, and BS11 at 11:30 p.m. on January 13. It will also air on ABC, Mētele, Hiroshima Home TV, BSS, BBC (...
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Mari Okada's Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou Anime Film Reveals Promo Video, Cast, Story

Theme song, poster visual also revealed ― The official website for P.A. Works, Showgate, and Mari Okada's Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou (Let Us Adorn the Morning of Farewells With Promised Flowers) anime film unveiled the cast, theme song, poster visual, story, and promotional video on Thursday. rionos (Children of the Whales) will perform the ending theme song "Viātor." The story beg...
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Super Robot Wars X-Ω Smartphone Game Adds Mega Man Characters

iOS/Android game features characters from more than 50 works ― The official Twitter account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game announced on Wednesday that Mega Man (Rockman) characters will appear in the game for a limited time. Characters from Sunrise's Robot Girls Z anime, SanMusu ~Girl's Battle Bootlog novels, and DeNA's Hacka Doll appeared in the game for a limi...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Anime Film to Screen in U.S. on February 9

Eleven Arts sets subtitled theatrical premiere date, streams trailer ― Eleven Arts Anime Studio Announced on Wednesday that it will screen the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film in U.S. theaters on February 9, 2018. Screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The company began streaming a trailer: The company previously announced plans to screen the film this winter. Magical...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, December 4-10

Attack on Titan, Haikyu!!, One-Punch Man, Black Clover, Gintama in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 24 541,970 541,970 2017/12 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 1 2 Haikyu!! 29 406,366 411,296 2017/12 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 2 2 3 One-Punch Man 15 350,374 353,497 2017/12 Shueisha Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Mu...
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Smartphone Game's Animated Opening Movie Streamed

Ace Attorney's Tatsurō Iwamoto designs characters, Psycho-Pass' Makoto Fukami writes scenario ― Sega Games began streaming an opening movie for its and Atlus' Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation iOS and Android game on Wednesday. The fully animated video shows the the members of the "Liberators" Tokyo branch, characters who battle against a mysterious organization called the Acolytes in the streets of...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 4-10

Yakuza Kiwami 2, Earth Defense Force 5, Kamen Rider Climax Fighters games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 4-10 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Including Limited Editions) Sega Games December 7 131,931 131,931 2PS4Earth Defense Force 5 D3Publisher December 7 111,075 111,075 33DSPokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Pokémon Novembe...
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Alliance Alive Launches on March 27 in the West

New character trailer streamed ― Atlus USA announced on Wednesday that it will release The Alliance Alive for Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on March 27. The launch edition for the Americas includes a collector's box, art book, CD soundtrack, and keychain. Atlus USA also began streaming a second character trailer: The first character trailer streamed in October. The game will have a physica...
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25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei Anime's Promo Video Previews Voices

Series starring Hitomi Harada, Chiharu Sawashiro premieres on January 7 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Makana's 25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei~Kodomo ni wa Oshierarenai Koto Shite Yaru yo (25-Year-Old High School Girl: I'll Do What Can't Be Taught to Children) manga began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the voices of Hitomi Harada as Hana and C...
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Toji no Miko TV Anime's Video Previews Ending Theme Song

Story of shrine maidens who wield swords debuts in January ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original anime project Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video previews the ending theme song "Kokoro no Memoria" performed by Kaede Hondo, Saori Ōnishi, Azumi Waki, Hina Kino, Risae Matsuda, and Eri Suzuki. Th...
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A Place Further Than the Universe Reveals More Cast, January 2 Premiere Date

Mamiko Noto, Yōko Hikasa, Lynn, Hisako Kanemoto, Kaede Hondo, Sayaka Ohara join cast ― The official website for the original A Place Further Than the Universe (Uchū Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime revealed more cast members, the January 2 premiere date, and the ending theme song for the series on Wednesday. The new cast members are: Mamiko Noto as Gin Tōdō, the commander of the civilian Antarctic ...

Love to Lie Angle Yuri Manga Gets TV Anime in 2018

merryhachi's story centers on high school girls in a love triangle ― The staff of merryhachi's Tachibanakan To Lie Angle (Love to Lie Angle) manga revealed on Thursday that the series will receive a television anime adaptation in 2018. The cast will include: Minami Tsuda as Hanabi Natsuno Amisa Sakuragi as Konomi Fujiwara Arisa Nakada as Iori Takamura Rei Matsuzaki as Yoriko Fujiwara Mikako Komatsu a...

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