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ANNCast - Back from the Grave

Zac returns with a full report from Otakon in Washington DC while Jacob hashes out My Hero Academia and Welcome to the Ballroom. ― ANNCast Episode 303 - Back from the Grave Zac returns with a full report from Otakon in Washington DC while Jacob hashes out My Hero Academia and Welcome to the Ballroom. You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the s...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 5-11

Restaurant to Another World races up the charts! Find out how your favorite Summer 2017 anime fare in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how ...
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Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Blu-Ray Part One

The last arc of DBZ's story finally gets its chance to shine in animation for the first time, as Kai finishes out its run with The Final Chapters. Sam Leach offers his take on the end of the Buu Saga. ― The original run of Dragon Ball Z Kai was a wish come true for me as someone who grew up pretty equally with Funimation's version on TV, as well as the manga. It basically gave me a chance to relive T...

[Deadline Extended!] Reserve Your SAO Weapon-based Computer Glasses!

Sword Art Online and Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) have collaborated on computer glasses inspired by the powerful weapons of fan-favorite characters! ― Wield the mighty weapons of Sword Art Online and protect your vision! Sword Art Online and Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) have collaborated on computer glasses inspired by the powerful weapons of fan-favorite characters including Kirito's Elucidator and Dark Repulse...
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Otakon 2017: Ei Aoki's Re:Creators Panel

Re:Creators director Ei Aoki answered plenty of burning questions at his big Otakon panel this weekend, and we were there to get the details. ― On Saturday, August 12th, Otakon held a panel on Re:Creators, the latest show by hit anime director Ei Aoki (Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero, Aldnoah.Zero). Aoki himself was present to answer questions about the show. The panel consisted of an extended Q&A on th...
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Owarimonogatari Second Season

These three episodes bring the sprawling Monogatari franchise to a close after eight years of adventures. Nick Creamer finds out whether Araragi's (supposed) last gasp can stick the landing. ― The Monogatari franchise has spiraled out over most of a decade now, with new episodes or short films coming out irregularly since 2009. Its story has grown to encompass many smaller stories, its initial focus ...
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Vice & Luna - Escape 2000

Can Mr. Goodtimes continue to evade justice at Emerald Grove Comic-Con?
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One Piece Film Gold BD+DVD

The newest, loudest, and flashiest One Piece movie is finally out on Blu-Ray! Sam Leach takes a wild ride through the movie's ups and downs, along with some zany bonus features. ― If there's one thing that Toei Animation irrefutably puts a ton of effort into, it's the theatrical One Piece movies. Ever since Strong World, these films have had manga author Eiichiro Oda playing the role of at least Exec...
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Saturday, August 19

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New Mazinger Z Film Casts Sumire Uesaka, Natsuki Hanae, Unshō Ishizuka

Wataru Takagi, Kappei Yamaguchi, Masami Kikuchi, Junpei Morita also voicing January film ― The official website for the upcoming Mazinger Z anime film began streaming a video on Saturday, revealing the anime's cast and previewing some footage from the film showing each of the characters. The cast, including the previously announced Showtaro Morikubo and Ai Kayano, includes: Showtaro Morikubo as Koji ...
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'Just Because!' Anime's 3rd Trailer Previews Nagi Yanagi Opening Song

Anime about graduating high school seniors premieres October 5 ― The official website for the Just Because! original anime project began streaming the third trailer for the anime on Friday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "over and over" by Nagi Yanagi. The anime will premiere on October 5 on AT-X (9:00 p.m.), Tokyo MX (11:30 p.m.), and TV Kanagawa (1:00 a.m., effectively October 6 ...
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Gang King Manga to Have 'Important Announcement' on September 9

This year's September issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Champion magazine announced last week that Daiju Yanauchi's Gang King manga will have an "important announcement" in the next issue on September 9. The manga's story follows first-year high school student Katsuya "Jimmy" Ōnishi at Barajūji Academy. As a child, he was saved by a tattoo artist known as the "victorious needle." Entranced by t...
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Comic Girls TV Anime Unveils Staff, Promo Video

Yoshinobu Tokumoto directs series about manga creators at Nexus ― The official website for the television anime of Kaori Hanzawa's Comic Girls four-panel manga revealed the staff and began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. Yoshinobu Tokumoto (WATAMOTE, Chivalry of a Failed Knight episode director) is making his directorial debut at Nexus. Natsuko Takahashi (Gankutsuou: The Coun...
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Rewrite/Kinmoza Director Launches Bibury Animation Studio with Grisaia: Phantom Trigger

Tensho returns to direct latest Grisaia anime ― Anime director Tensho announced on Saturday that he has founded a new animation studio named Bibury Animation Studio. The studio is named after the town of Bibury in England. The studio opened a website, which is streaming a promotional video for the studio, though the site currently requires a password to access. The new studio also confirmed that it w...
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Vatican Miracle Examiner ‒ Episode 7

"This week's episode of Vatican Miracle Examiner revolves around a scene that's as ludicrous and nonsensical as anything the show has given us so far."
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Rewrite/Grisaia/Kinmoza Director Teases Announcement

Anime director Tensho revealed on Twitter on Friday that "a certain announcement is planned for tomorrow night." Tensho's directorial credits include Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic and its sequel, all three Grisaia anime (The Fruit of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia, The Eden of Grisaia), and both seasons of Rewrite. He has also done animation and character design under the name Motoki Tanaka. [Via Ot...
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[email protected] Voice Actress Azumi Asakura Announces Marriage

Voice actress and singer Azumi Asakura announced on her blog on Friday that she married a company employee. She thanked everyone for their continued support and wrote that she will continue to do her best. Asakura is perhaps best known as the voice of Yukiho Hagiwara in the The [email protected] video game and anime series. She also voiced Mirei Saegusa in this season's anime 18if, Kumin Tsuyuri in Love,...
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No Game, No Life Zero Film's U.S. Theatrical Release Scheduled for October

Film to open nationwide for two days ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that its nationwide theatrical release for the No Game, No Life Zero film is slated for October. The film will screen in select theaters with Japanese audio and English subtitles on October 5 at 7:00 p.m. local time and then screen with the English dub on October 8 at 12:55 p.m. local time. The screenings will be accompanied ...

Discotek Licenses Swan Lake Anime Film

1981 Toei Animation film to be released with 2 English dubs ― Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed the 1981 Swan Lake anime film. The company plans to release the film on DVD on November 28 with Japanese audio and both English dubs. Discotek describes the film: The heartwarming anime classic based on Tchaikovsky's famous ballet returns! On the eve of becoming an adult, Prince Siegf...

Aria English Dub Kickstarter Adds Stretch Goal for Aria the Natural

Lisa Ortiz joins English dub cast ― Nozomi Entertainment's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to provide an English dub for its HD release of Aria the Animation announced a US$180,000 stretch goal for dubbing and Blu-ray Disc production of the first part of the second television anime series, Aria - The Natural. The second half of Aria - The Natural will also get an English dub the project reaches US$...
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Bones Will Animate IDOLiSH 7 Group Trigger's New Music Video

Animation production studio Bones has signed on to animate the music video for IDOLiSH 7 idol group Trigger. The name of the song hasn't been announced. The music video will air on August 20 on large outdoor screens throughout Japan. Fans will have to make sure to gather promptly at 11:00 a.m., because the video will only be shown once. Bones previously animated the franchise's "MEMORiES MELODiES"...
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No Game, No Life Zero Film Tops 500 Million Yen at Box Office

Film opened in Japan on July 15 ― The official Twitter account for the No Game, No Life anime announced on Friday that the No Game, No Life Zero film's box office total topped 500 million yen (about US$4.6 million) this week. The film opened in Japan on July 15, and will get 4DX screenings at 48 theaters in Japan beginning on September 9. Sentai Filmworks will screen the film with an English dub at t...
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Game Freak's Junichi Masuda Talks Early Pokémon Design in Video

Late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata previously revealed that Pikachu was almost a much buffer monster, but it wasn't the only aspect of Pokemon to go through several design phases. Game Freak's Junichi Masuda shared some of those never-before-seen designs with Game Informer in a new video and talks in detail about what it's like creating a game with only a two megabyte cartridge. [Via Casey at Si...
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Layton's Mystery Journey Game's 3DS Version Slated for October 6 in the West

The official Twitter account of Level 5's Layton game series announced on Thursday that the Nintendo 3DS version of Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy will launch in the West on October 6. The game has been available on iOS and Android devices worldwide since July 20, and the game's Japanese Nintendo 3DS version launched on the same day. In the game, Katrielle Lay...
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Symphogear AXZ to Air Concert Video a Week After Episode 9

The official website for Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ (pronounced "axis"), the fourth Senki Zesshō Symphogear anime series, announced on Friday that a "Symphogear Live 2016 Digest" concert video will air in the show's usual timeslot next week, between the ninth and tenth episodes. The concert video will air the night of September 2 on Tokyo MX, MBS, TV Aichi, and BS11. It will also stream on Niconi...
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Yuri!! On Ice Boys Get Adorable for Sanrio Cafe

It's no exaggeration that Sanrio will collaborate with anything, be it aging rock stars or a drag queen competition. The most recent properties are the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film and busty Nitro+ mascot Super Sonico. A cute rendition of Ed is always acceptable. The ice-skating boys of Yuri on Ice are also getting a Sanrio-style makeover for a collaboration cafe in Shinjuku. Victor excite...
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Crunchyroll Adds Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, Kuma Miko, Sasami Magical Girls Club, Basilisk Anime

Regions listed for .hack//Roots, Koi Koi Seven ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, Kumamiko -Girl Meets Bear, Sasami Magical Girls Club, and Basilisk anime from Funimation. It also revealed that its recently added catalog titles .hack//Roots and Koi Koi Seven are available in the United States and Canada only. Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is available i...
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New JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Real Escape Game Gets Original Character

Scrap's Real Escape Game announced a new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders attraction on Thursday. The attraction, titled JoJo no Kimyō na Kan kara no Dasshutsu (Escape From JoJo's Bizarre Building), will feature an exclusive original enemy character. The game will run in 24 locations in Japan, starting with Tokyo's Harajuku district on November 2. The new attraction will be the second ...

Netflix Premieres Glitter Force Doki Doki Anime Streaming (Update)

1st 15 episodes of localized Dokidoki! Precure anime streams ― Netflix began streaming the first 15 episodes of Glitter Force Doki Doki, its localized version of the Dokidoki! Precure television anime, on Friday. As with the first Glitter Force series, some content has been cut: the first 15 episodes of Glitter Force Doki Doki take the story up to the original anime's episode 21. The dub stars Debi D...
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Crunchyroll Streams English-Subtitled Jūni Taisen Anime Trailer

Battle royale series premieres on October 3 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled version of the second trailer for the Jūni Taisen television anime on Twitter on Friday. Crunchyroll will simulcast this adaptation of writer Nisioisin (Monogatari Series, Medaka Box) and illustrator Hikaru Nakamura's (Saint Young Men, Arakawa Under the Bridge) light novel Jūni Taisen: Zodiac Warriors. OFFI...
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Pikachu Outbreak Event Causes Growing Pains for Yokohama

City will need to evaluate how to deal with congestion, police accessibility ― Most people consider this year's Pikachu Outbreak event and related Pokémon GO events as great successes. The fourth Pikachu event was held in the Minato Mirai 21 business district of Yokohama on August 9-15. A city official reported that 2.3 million people attended, compared to last year's 1.79 million. The sheer number o...
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Bandai Namco Announces Tekken Smartphone Game With 100+ Characters

Video previews battles in iOS/Android game "coming soon" ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced and began streaming a trailer for a new Tekken game for iOS and Android devices on Friday. The video previews fights in the upcoming game. The game will feature more than 100 characters with unique fighting styles. Players will be able to upgrade their characters to unlock 20 special moves. The game's stor...
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Answerman - Why Are Age Ratings On Anime So Inconsistent?

Age ratings across anime releases from multiple publishers can be wildly inconsistent with one another - why is that? Justin digs in. ― Phineas asked: Is there a stricter bias towards anime age ratings in the United States simply because they're animated? Someone in the Answerman thread two columns ago noted the fact that Monster was 18+ by Viz but was rated M (the equivalent of a PG-13) in Australi...
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ANNCast - Back from the Grave

Zac returns with a full report from Otakon in Washington DC while Jacob hashes out My Hero Academia and Welcome to the Ballroom. ― ANNCast Episode 303 - Back from the Grave Zac returns with a full report from Otakon in Washington DC while Jacob hashes out My Hero Academia and Welcome to the Ballroom. You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the s...
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon Games' Video Previews New Story, Z-Power Ring (Update)

Games ship, offer new Lycanroc form on November 17 ― The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel began streaming a new promotional video for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games on Friday. The video teases new story aspects, player character appearances, and the Dusk Form on Lycanroc. The Japanese version of the video also reveals the new Z-Power Ring and additional Z-moves. The games will fea...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film's 1st 13 Minutes Streamed

Film opened in Japan on August 4 at #5 ― The official website for the live-action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable film began streaming the film's first 13 minutes on Friday. The film's staff will hold a stage greeting event on Sunday to mark the film's opening. Media news website Natalie began streaming five clips from the film last Sunday. The film's title is JoJo's Bizarre Adventur...
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Bandai Namco Announces Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Game for 2018 (Update)

Novel creator Reki Kawahara supervises 3rd-person shooter RPG's original story ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced and began streaming a trailer for Dimps' Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet game on Friday. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in early 2018. Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Eur...
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The Reflection Shows What Iron Man Would Be Like if He Were a Washed-Up, Fame-Hungry Singer

I-Guy isn't exactly a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist when out of his armor.

Friday, August 18

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Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film's Clip Shows L Meeting Light

Film premieres via streaming on August 25 ― Netflix began streaming a new clip from its live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga on Thursday. The clip shows L meeting Light for the first time. The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. Netflix previously streamed a clip of Light and Ryuk meeting for the first time in July. The company also streamed a tr...
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Toriko's Shimabukuro Publishes 2 More 1-Shots on September 6

New gag manga one-shots ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine announced on Wednesday that Toriko's Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro will publish two one-shots titled "Jijī 100%" (Old Man 100%) and "Halftime" in its next issue. The 19th issue goes on sale on September 6. The announcement states Shimabukuro will hit readers with "a gem of a gag." Weekly Shonen Jump announced in April that Sh...
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Crunchyroll Expo to Host Code Vein Game Director, Producer

Also: Roland Kelts, Mica Burton ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will host Code Vein director Hiroshi Yoshimura and producer Keita Iizuka at its Crunchyroll Expo event. In addition, it announced that it will host author and journalist Roland Kelts and actress and cosplayer Mica Burton. Yoshimura joined the Tales of Legendia team at Namco as lead battle designer in 2003, and he established ...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy PS4 Game Slated for January

Game's different release editions, pre-order bonuses also revealed ― The official PlayStation Twitter account revealed on Friday that Square Enix will release its Dissidia Final Fantasy NT fighting game for the PlayStation 4 in North America on January 30, 2018. It will release the game in Japan on January 11, 2018. Square Enix also outlined the game's different release packages. Those who pre-order ...
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Anime-Gataris Anime Casts Asuka Nishi, Natsumi Takamori, Miyu Takagi

Kana Hanazawa, Makoto Furukawa, Naomi Maruyama also in Fall show about anime club ― The official website for DMM Pictures' new Anime-Gataris (Anime Stories) original television anime revealed additional cast members for the anime on Friday. The additional cast includes (from left to right, romanizations not official): Natsumi Takamori as Ayame Ōzaki, a second-year at Sakaneko High School, and the stu...
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Seven Deadly Sins Spinoff Manga About Ban & Elaine Ends in September

Spinoff manga based on novel launched in January ― The September issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine Edge revealed on Thursday that Yō Kogikuji's Nanatsu no Taizai: Seven Days ~Tōzoku to Seishōjo~ (The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days ~The Thief and the Holy Girl~) manga adaptation of Mamoru Iwasa's Nanatsu no Taizai: Seven Days (The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days) spinoff novel will end in the magazine'...
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Deep Silver to Publish Shenmue III PS4/PC Game

The official website of the Shenmue III game announced on Thursday that publisher Deep Silver will publish the PlayStation 4 and PC game. The game was originally slated for release in December, but was pushed back to the second half of 2018. Suzuki announced the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign at the PlayStation E3 press conference in June 2015 with an initial goal of US$2 million. The campaign m...
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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Game's Video Shows Resource Gathering, Repairing

Natsume collaborating with Rising Star Games to release game on PS4, PC, Switch ― Natsume Inc. began streaming a gameplay video for its Harvest Moon: Light of Hope PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch game on Tuesday. The video shows the protagonist at the start of the game, gathering materials to repair a shop. Natsume Inc. is working with Rising Star Games to release the game in Japan, North Amer...
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'Just Because!' Original TV Anime Premieres October 5

The staff of the Just Because! original anime project revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on October 5 on AT-X (9:00 p.m.), Tokyo MX (11:30 p.m.), and TV Kanagawa (1:00 a.m., effectively October 6 morning). It will also premiere on October 6 on MBS (2:55 a.m., effectively October 7 morning), and on October 10 on BS Fuji (12:30 a.m., effectively October 11 morning). The show's official ...
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Waki Yamato Ends Ishtar no Musume: Ono Otsūden Manga in November

Historical manga about real-world woman Ono Otsū launched in 2009 ― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Saturday that Waki Yamato will end her Ishtar no Musume: Ono no Otsūden (The Daughter of Ishtar) manga in the magazine's 22nd issue on November 1. The manga tells the story of the real-life poet, musician, and artist Ono Otsū, who lived in the final years of Japan's Wa...
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Gamers! ‒ Episode 6

"The main characters of Gamers have been ratcheting up the relationship drama for a while now, and their day of reckoning has finally come."
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Crunchyroll Adds Koi Koi Seven Anime to Catalog

Discotek released series on DVD last year ― Crunchyroll began streaming the full 13-episode Koi Koi Seven anime on Thursday. The anime is streaming in Japanese with English subtitles. The story of the 2005 anime (and the original 2003 manga by Hanaukyo Maid Team creator Morishige) revolves around Tetsuro, a boy who just enrolled in an otherwise all-girls high school. He finds himself caught in the ne...
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Variety Show Discusses 'Boys-Love-ification' of Real-World High School Students

Wednesday's episode of the Honma Dekka!? TV variety program, hosted by comedian and actor Sanma Akashiya, discussed the phenomenon of "boys-love-ifying" real-world high school boys. Apparently, male companions who are not necessarily romantically involved have been increasingly seen doing relatively intimate behaviors such as holding hands. When many people see such activities among young men in p...
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Usogui Manga Gets 'Important Announcement' on August 24

This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that Toshio Sako's Usogui manga will have an "important announcement" in the next issue on August 24. The story 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's 47th volume on Friday. T...
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Anthropomorphization Project Reimagines Elementary Particles as Boys

The Japanese trend of anthropomorphizing things as attractive humanoids ranges from physical objects to intangible concepts. The creators of the the Particle Boys~ project decided to steer the phenomenon into the scientific arena by personifying elementary particles (e.g. fermions, bosons) as charming young men. In the project's story, Higgs is a transfer student into the elite science school ILC ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 7-13

My Hero Academia ranks in top 10 ― The live-action television series based on Kaoru Fukaya's KANNAsa-n! manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, August 8 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 9.3% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV August 13 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 8.4 One Piece Fuji TV August 13 (Sun) 9:30 30 min. 5.9 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV August 13 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 5.8 ...
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Animator Katsunori Shibata is Crowdfunding Money for Animators

The current wages for animators in Japan are dismal, something groups like Animator Dormitory and Young Animators NPO attempt to lessen with help from donations. In 2014, the average Japanese animator starts at US$10,000 a year salary compared to the average US$40,000 salary. Animators are usually freelance, work long hours, and are saddled with high-cost of living expenses due the areas where mos...
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Etrian Odyssey V Game's Trailer Previews 'Masurao' Class

Atlus USA to release 3DS game on October 17 ― Atlus USA began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Nintendo 3DS game on Thursday. The video previews the katana-wielding Masurao class. The company previously streamed trailers for the Fencer, Dragoon, and Warlock classes. Atlus USA will release the game on October 17. The launch edition for the game will include a ...
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Business Shellfish Cross Over With IDOLiSH 7 Again

Another business shellfish from the daily "Asa Da yo! Kaishain" (It's Morning! Clamployees) segment on Zip TV appeared online in what looks like a highly-stylized wig. While being an office mollusk is weird enough, this appearance is the second time the animated characters have crossed over with mobile idols. The character Asari (Manila clam) is dressed as IDOLiSH 7 character Gaku Yaotome, voiced ...
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Blue Reflection Game's Trailer Previews Story

Game launches for PS4, PC in N. America on September 26; in Europe on September 29 ― KOEI Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe began streaming a story trailer for Gust's Blue Reflection (Blue Reflection - Maboroshi ni Mau Shōjo no Ken) game on Thursday. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America on September 26, followed by Europe on September 29. Koei Tecmo describes the...
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Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Borutage Smartphone Game Announced

"Fortress action ninja battle" game slated for this year ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a new Naruto smartphone game titled Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Borutage. The iOS and Android game is slated for this year. The "fortress action ninja battle" strategy game will be free to play with the option to p...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 5-11

Restaurant to Another World races up the charts! Find out how your favorite Summer 2017 anime fare in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how ...
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Study: 1st-Person Shooters Reduce Brain Matter; Platformers, VR Increase Brain Matter

Games and experiences that rely on virtual reality technology are on the rise. Video game centers and internet cafes are also evolving to cater to the new video game market. With the popularity of advanced forms of video games only growing, many people remain interested in the effects on the brain that result from playing video games. Researchers from the Université de Montréal and McGill Universi...
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ZAQ, nano.RIPE Perform Theme Songs for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Season 3

New series premieres this fall ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is announcing the theme song artists for the third season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime on Monday. Singer-songwriter ZAQ (Trinity Seven, Flip Flappers) is performing the opening theme song and rock duo nano.RIPE (Food Wars! The Second Plate) is performing the ending theme song. The new season is title...
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Black Clover TV Anime Casts Toshiyuki Morikawa, Katsuyuki Konishi

Kousuke Toriumi, Daisuke Namikawa, Yu Kobayashi also play Magic Knights ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing five new cast members for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga on Monday. The issue is also revealing character visuals for the Magic Emperor and four of Clover Kingdom's Order of the Magic Knights squad captains. The n...
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12th My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected Ships on September 20

1st volume in over 2 years scheduled for Japan ― Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint confirmed on Friday that the 12th volume of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected light novel series will ship on September 20. It has been over two years since Shogakukan shipped the 11th volume in June 2015. With the new volume, the story is headed toward its final arc. Watari began the ori...
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Napping Princess Film to Premiere in N.Y., L.A. on September 8

Oscar-qualifying run to be followed by national expansion ― North American film distributor GKIDS announced on Thursday that it will debut Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess (Ancien and the Magic Tablet or Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari) in New York City's Village East Cinema and Los Angeles' Laemmle Monica Film Center on September 8, followed by a national expansion. The release will qua...
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This Week in Anime - Why is Stain's Capture Actually Good for the League of Villains?

My Hero Academia's good guys defeated Stain, so why does it feel like they're the ones who lost? Nick and Micchy uncover the real evil that's only growing stronger. ― Everyone in My Hero Academia is recovering after their terrifying encounter with Hero Killer Stain, but maybe they shouldn't be getting too comfortable. This week in anime, we explain why the real battle is only beginning. Disclaimer: T...

Aria the Animation Kickstarter Meets Goal for English Dub

Michele Knotz, Jessica Calvello star in Headline Studios' dub ― Nozomi Entertainment's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to provide an English dub for its HD release of Aria the Animation met its initial goal of US$110,000 on Thursday. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$111,221 from 1,008 backers. The campaign launched on Saturday, and it will end on September 11. The project's staff reveal...
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My First Girlfriend is a Gal ‒ Episode 6

"These ordinary shenanigans won't ever make this a good show, but it's doing just enough right to keep from being a bad one."
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Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time Game's English Story Trailer Streamed

Game slated for November in Japan, 2018 in the West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Europe began streaming an English-subtitled version of the story trailer the Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time game for PlayStation 4 and PC. The video previews the game's theme song "Toki no Mirage" (Time's Mirage) by Yuiko Ōhara. Bandai Namco Entertainment America plans to release the role-playing game...
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A Closer Look at Legendary Weapons Behind Touken Ranbu

The characters in Touken Ranbu are based on real historical Japanese blades. But what is the true story behind these weapons?
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 20

"I know it's only August right now, but I can definitely see myself wanting to re-watch this nice little episode once Christmas rolls around."
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Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Blu-Ray Part One

The last arc of DBZ's story finally gets its chance to shine in animation for the first time, as Kai finishes out its run with The Final Chapters. Sam Leach offers his take on the end of the Buu Saga. ― The original run of Dragon Ball Z Kai was a wish come true for me as someone who grew up pretty equally with Funimation's version on TV, as well as the manga. It basically gave me a chance to relive T...
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Warriors All-Stars Game's Videos Highlight Ryu Hayabusa, William

Game slated for N. America on August 29, for Europe on September 1 ― KOEI Tecmo Europe began streaming two new highlight videos for its upcoming Warriors All-Stars crossover game on Monday and Wednesday. The videos highlight the characters Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden/Dead or Alive) and William (Nioh). Koei Tecmo America will release the game in North America on PlayStation 4 and digitally for PC via S...

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Crunchyroll Adds .hack//Roots Anime to Catalog

Prequel to .hack.//G.U. games premiered in 2006 ― Crunchyroll added the .hack//Roots anime series to its catalog on Wednesday. Funimation released the series in a complete DVD set in 2015, and it describes the series: In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they're not the only ones l...
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The King of Fighters: Destiny Chinese CG Series' 3rd Episode Streamed

Episodes available on YouTube, Steam ― SNK's official YouTube channel began streaming the third episode of The King of Fighters: Destiny, the animated adaptation of The King of Fighters fighting game franchise, on Thursday. The episode has Japanese audio and English subtitles. Episode 3: Angelina The third episode shows Yuri Sakazaki running away from the Kyokugen dojo, and Terry meeting Geese's daug...
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Bono Bono Planetarium Anime's Video Reveals September Debut

Original planetarium anime premieres at Gotanda Cultural Center, runs every weekend until October 9 ― The official website for the new anime of Mikio Igarashi's four-panel gag comedy manga Bono Bono began streaming a promotional video for Bono Bono - Uchū kara Kita Tomodachi (Bono Bono - The Friend That Came From Space), the anime's original planetarium anime, on Thursday. The anime will be shown at ...
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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars CG Film Posts 'Director's Trailer'

Film screens on August 21, ships on home video on September 19 ― Sony Pictures Entertainment began streaming on August 11 the director's trailer for Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the new CG-animated sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers. Fathom Events will screen the film for one night only on August 21 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time. The film will then be available digitally on Aug...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Highlights Kaneki

Film opened at #5 in Japan on July 29 ― Australian film distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film on Wednesday. The trailer, which debuted without subtitles in Japan in June, highlights protagonist Ken Kaneki and his transformation from human to ghoul. The film opens in Australia on September 21. The film premiered on July 3 at ...
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Hunter x Hunter's Yoshihiro Togashi Writes 2-Chapter Manga

The Parasite Doctor Suzune/Koroshiya-san's Haruki also drawing 1-shot ― The official website of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yoshihiro Togashi and Hachi Mizuno are creating a new short two-chapter manga titled "Akuten Wars" (Bad Weather Wars, pictured right) in the Grand Jump Premium magazine's September issue on August 23, as well as the October issue in September. Togas...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 20

"While Boruto himself remains on the sidelines, his friends and father have proven themselves capable of picking up the slack."
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Fire Punch Manga Artist Draws Figure Skater Yuzuru Hanyu

Japanese skater Yuzuru Hanyu is appearing in an ad in this year's 38th issue of Weekly Young Jump. The illustration is drawn by Fire Punch manga creator Tatsuki Fujimoto for the "Come On! Energy! Kamou! Mirai ni Mukatte!" (Chew! Towards the Future!) campaign that celebrates the 20th anniversary of Lotte's Xylitol Gum brand. The campaign is collaborating with celebrities who are also in their 20s. ...
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Mitsudomoe's Norio Sakai to Resume Rororro! Manga

Comedy manga 1st launched as short series last year ― This year's 38th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion announced on Thursday that Norio Sakurai's Rororro! manga will resume in the 45th issue on October 5. The comedy manga launched as a short series on September 29 and ran for five chapters. The manga is about a girl named Chitose who has trouble making friends. She meets someone who go...

[Deadline Extended!] Reserve Your SAO Weapon-based Computer Glasses!

Sword Art Online and Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) have collaborated on computer glasses inspired by the powerful weapons of fan-favorite characters! ― Wield the mighty weapons of Sword Art Online and protect your vision! Sword Art Online and Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) have collaborated on computer glasses inspired by the powerful weapons of fan-favorite characters including Kirito's Elucidator and Dark Repulse...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Reception Threatens Potential for Sequels

The staff behind the live-action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable film had their sights set on major fanfare and a possible sequel, but the film series may end before its second installment. The film's title is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond wa Kudakenai Dai-Ichi-Shō (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I), although the staff have not yet confirmed additiona...
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Evil Within 2 Story Trailer Introduces 'Deadly Photographer'

PS4/Xbox One/PC game slated for October ― Bethesda Softworks began streaming a story trailer for Tango Gameworks' The Evil Within 2 on Wednesday. The video introduces "deadly photographer" Stefano Valentini. Bethesda describes the survival horror game: You are Detective Sebastian Castellanos and at your lowest point. But when given a chance to save your daughter, you must enter a world filled with ni...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, August 7-13

Attack on Titan, One Piece, Delicious in Dungeon, Haikyu!!, One-Punch Man in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 23 821,811 821,811 2017/08 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 1 2 One Piece 86 545,039 1,997,114 2017/08 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 2 3 Delicious in Dungeon 5 270,572 270,572 2017/08 Kadokawa Ryōko Kui 3 1 ...
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Tarō Minamoto's Fūnji-tachi Historical Manga Inspires Live-Action Show

Period drama slated for beginning of 2018 ― A live-action television special based on Tarō Minamoto's Fūnji-tachi (Soldiers of Fortune) manga has been green-lit. The show will air on NHK at the beginning of January 2018 as a New Year's jidaigeki (period drama). The drama is titled Fūnji-tachi ~Rangaku Revolutie-hen (Dutch Studies Revolution Story). The story focuses on the beginning of Dutch studies ...
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Otakon 2017: Ei Aoki's Re:Creators Panel

Re:Creators director Ei Aoki answered plenty of burning questions at his big Otakon panel this weekend, and we were there to get the details. ― On Saturday, August 12th, Otakon held a panel on Re:Creators, the latest show by hit anime director Ei Aoki (Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero, Aldnoah.Zero). Aoki himself was present to answer questions about the show. The panel consisted of an extended Q&A on th...
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HiGH&LOW Characters Get Animated for Anti-Piracy Campaign

CLAMP's HiGH&LOW g-sword manga just ended this month but the characters are returning in a movie theater manners commercial to in part promote the live-action HiGH&LOW The Movie 2: End of Sky film that opens on August 19. The commercial airs before the film starts and a total of five were made, each with a different "G-SWORD" gang, and the commercials will rotate out at the end of each week. In th...
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Classroom of the Elite ‒ Episode 6

"Classroom of the Elite is most enjoyable when it leans into its more absurd qualities, so I'm very happy to see the introduction of some classic evil scientists."
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Koji Yamamura Short Nominated at Raindance Film Festival

"Notes on Monstropedia" to screen in London ― Director Koji Yamamura's short film "Notes on Monstropedia" ("Kaibutsu Gakushō") will screen at the UK's Raindance Film Festival in competition for the Best Animation Short Award. The six-minute short shows monsters themed after Medieval European monsters with strange names. Yamamura got the idea for the short in 2013 when sketching monsters in his notebo...
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Fastest Finger First ‒ Episode 7

"This episode has all the filler of last week with none of the Akihabara charm, and it's getting kind of stale."
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HIDIVE Streams Ushio & Tora English Dub

1st episode now available for members ― Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will stream the English dub of the Ushio & Tora television anime. The first dubbed episode is now available to subscribers and new episodes will debut every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. EDT. HIDIVE is also streaming the full series in Japanese with subtitles. Ushio & Tora premiered in July 2015, but its 39...
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Oresama, Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund Perform New Themes For Magical Circle Guru-Guru Anime

Both groups performed theme songs for anime's 1st half ― The official website for Magical Circle Guru-Guru, the new anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Eto's original Mahōjin Guru Guru (Magical Circle Guru Guru) manga, revealed on August 10 that ORESAMA and TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND will return to perform the anime's new opening and ending theme songs for the show's second half. The groups already perf...
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Film Critic Responds to Netflix's Rise in Japan

Tomohiro Machiyama says Netflix's investment could shake up the industry―for the better. ― TBS Radio's Tama Musubi program recently conducted an interview with writer and film critic Tomohiro Machiyama (script writer for live-action Attack on Titan films). Machiyama discussed Netflix and its growing involvement in the film, entertainment, and anime industries. In response to a comment about the "amaz...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 7-13

Snack World Trejarers game debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 7-13 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSDragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Including Bundled Editions) Square Enix July 29 116,615 1,573,216 23DSSnack World Trejarers Level-5 August 10 97,534 97,534 3PS4Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Including Bundled Editio...
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Kemono Friends' Rerun Gets a Kid-Friendly Opening

The rerun of the hugely popular Kemono Friends anime series got an updated opening targeting younger audiences. TV Tokyo and its affiliated stations began airing the rerun on August 14 with the 3DCG characters replaced by children coloring, the voice actors dressed as their characters, animal info, a dance, and puppets, the very same ones available in a current Ichiban Kuji lottery campaign. けもフレ再...
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Ghibli Receives More Applications Than Ever Before for Miyazaki's New Film

Recruitment of in-betweeners, background artists also draws more foreign applicants than ever before ― The "Nonaka-kun Hatsu Ghibli Dayori" blog on Studio Ghibli's official website revealed last week that the studio has received more applications than ever before for Hayao Miyazaki's new feature film project. It also noted that there were more applicants from overseas than ever before. The blog post ...
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Answerman - Why Does Classic Anime Get Re-dubbed?

They're dubbing Gundam Seed in English again, just like they did for Escaflowne - Justin goes in-depth on why this happens. ― Justin (not Answerman Justin) asked: Why is Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny getting re-dubbed? There is already a dib available for these shows that is well liked by many. There are several standard reasons why the English dubbed version of a classic anime can't be used i...

Magical Girl Apocalypse Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on September 8

Horror series ended on August 12 ― The September issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Saturday that Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Apocalypse (Mahō Shōjo of the End) manga will have an important announcement on September 8. The September issue also published the final chapter of the manga. Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the manga in North America, and it describe...
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Owarimonogatari’s Ending Brings The Monogatari Series Full Circle

Last weekend saw the release of Owarimonogatari 2nd Season--bringing to a close the multiple series-spanning story arc eight years in the making.
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Owarimonogatari Second Season

These three episodes bring the sprawling Monogatari franchise to a close after eight years of adventures. Nick Creamer finds out whether Araragi's (supposed) last gasp can stick the landing. ― The Monogatari franchise has spiraled out over most of a decade now, with new episodes or short films coming out irregularly since 2009. Its story has grown to encompass many smaller stories, its initial focus ...
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In Another World With My Smartphone ‒ Episode 6

"For the myriad of issues brought on by Isekai Smartphone being its same lame self, it miraculously does manage to do some things right this week."
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Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness Game Heads to Android in Japan on August 18

Game shipped for PS4, PS Vita in N. America, Europe in September ― Mages. and 5pb. will release their Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness game for Android devices on August 18. The Android version's support for Google Play Game Service will offer a companion app that will let players communicate with characters and play mini-games. Similar to the iOS release, which launched on July 27, the Android versi...

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No Game, No Life Zero Anime Film Gets 4DX Screenings

The official website for the No Game, No Life Zero anime film revealed on August 11 that the film will get 4DX screenings at 48 theaters in Japan beginning on September 9. Theaters with the 4DX or MX4D systems have motion seats that move in sync with certain action sequences onscreen. Similarly, effects such as scents, wind, and mist operate in conjunction with the action onscreen. The film opened...
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Jūyō Sankōnin Tantei Mystery Comedy Manga Gets Drama Adaptation

Series follows mystery-solving male models ― Murako Kinuta's Jūyō Sankōnin Tantei (The Detective Who is a Witness) is inspiring a live-action television series adaptation. The show will air on TV Asahi on Fridays at 11:15 p.m. beginning this October. The story follows three mystery-solving male models: Kei Maneki, who has a strange tendency to be the first to discover bodies, mystery nerd Itsuki Suō,...

1st Godzilla Anime Film's Trailer Unveils New Head Design

2nd teaser, poster also unveiled for trilogy launching in Japan on November 17 ― The official website for the Godzilla anime film trilogy unveiled the full trailer, the second teaser trailer, and a poster visual for the first film, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei), on Wednesday. The trailers and poster preview the head of the anime's Godzilla design. The trailer begins with ...
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Monogatari Series Game App, Shinobumonogatari Novel's Ad Posted

Monogatari Series' 1st app game adaptation slated for this year ― Aniplex began streaming a commercial on Saturday for both the Monogatari Series smartphone puzzle game app and NisiOisin's upcoming Shinobumonogatari novel. (Note: The Youtube video linked above is region-locked to Japan.) The puzzle game's title is Monogatari Series Puc Puc. Kodansha and Aniplex opened a website for the game. NHN Play...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts Urahara Anime Staff

Also: Youtube animator Domics, Castlevania animated series staff to attend ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will host the staff of the upcoming Urahara television anime adaptation of its PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! webcomic, including illustrator Mugi Tanaka and director Amika Kubo. It also revealed that it will host Youtube animator Domics, Youtube series The Canipa Effect creator Callum M...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory PS4/Vita Game Ships in Japan in December

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced last week that it will release its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on December 14 in Japan. In addition to the standard edition, the game will also receive a "Digimon 20th Anniversary Box" release, which includes a "television anime sound edition" of the game, an art book, an original soundtrack CD, download...
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Kagerou Project Gets 3rd Album After 4 Years

The official website of musician JIN and illustration Sidu's Kagerou Project multi-media franchise announced on Tuesday that the franchise will receive a third music album titled Mekakucity Reload. The site is streaming a teaser video for the album, with illustrations by Sidu. The video also notes that the franchise's upcoming new anime project is "in progress," and asks fans "to wait a little lon...
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D4's Hidetaka 'Swery' Suehiro Announces The Good Life Mystery RPG

Crowdfunding campaign launches September 2 ― Hidetaka Suehiro, the game developer also known as Swery or Swery65, announced via email that his studio White Owls is launching a Fig crowdfunding campaign on September 2 to help fund a new game titled The Good Life. The email described the game as follows: Welcome to The Good Life. The game is set in Rainy Woods, the self-proclaimed “happiest town in the...
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Gohan Suki Essay Manga About Rice Gets Net Anime in September

Anime will debut on Production I.G's "Tate Anime" app ― A net anime adaptation of Tōru Seino's Gohan Suki (I Love Rice) manga has been green-lit. It will have 10 episodes and will debut on Production I.G's "Tate Anime" (Vertical Anime) smartphone app on September 4, with a new episode premiering every Monday until November 6. The nonfiction gourmet essay manga centers on the author describing his lov...
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Shinkai's 'your name.' Is 1st Work to Place 3 BDs in Japan's Top 10 for 3 Straight Weeks

Film's Standard Edition DVD also ranks #1 on DVD chart for 3 consecutive weeks ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) film is the first work to place three Blu-ray Disc releases in the top 10 of Oricon's overall Blu-ray Disc chart for three weeks in a row. The film's Standard Edition Blu-ray Disc release (seen right) has sold a total of 239,843 units to rank #1 in the July 24-30 week, #2 in t...
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Magical Circle Guru-Guru ‒ Episode 6

"Magical Circle Guru-Guru continues to nail the feel of an old-school dungeon crawler."
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For a Limited Time, Snapchat Will Turn You into Pikachu

The popular social media program Snapchat added a Pikachu filter but it's only available through Wednesday. The app will transform users into Pikachu with ears, nose and cheeks. If the user opens their mouth, it will "call" Pikachu to join them for a photo. Another phone app, SNOW partnered with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable and Attack on Titan in June, and then added new stamps...

Crunchyroll Adds Aria The Animation to Catalog

English dub kickstarter currently in progress ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday it has added Aria The Animation to its streaming catalog. All 13 episodes of the series are available for members in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Nozomi Entertainment launched a Kickstarter on Saturday to provide an English dub for its HD release of Aria the Animation. If the project reaches its US$110,000 goal...
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New Game!! ‒ Episode 6

"New Game enters some dramatic territory this week, as the characters grapple with the idea of showing their work to an audience."

THR: Lionsgate's Live-Action Naruto Movie Hires Red's Jon & Erich Hoeber for Rewrite

Michael Gracey to direct film; Masashi Kishimoto involved with project ― The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that Jon and Erich Hoeber (Red, Red 2) are on board to rewrite the script for Lionsgate's live-action Naruto movie. The Tracking Board Hollywood news website had reported in July 2015 that Lionsgate had closed the rights to adapt the manga into a live-action film, and was in talks with M...
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Funimation Announces Tsuredure Children Simuldub Cast

English dub premieres Wednesday ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English simuldub cast for the first two episodes of Tsuredure Children. The cast includes: Austin Tindle as Akagi Dallas Reid as Furuya Garret Storms as Kaga Felecia Angelle as Kaji Sara Ragsdale as Minagawa Jeannie Tirado as Sasahara Stephen Sanders as Takase Skyler McIntosh as Takase's Crush J. Michael Tatum as Yukawa Kyle Ign...
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Tsuredure Children ‒ Episode 7

"This episode was mostly carried by its standout first segment, but the three others did important work by developing their central couples."
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Prince of Tennis 2017 Valentine Results Revealed

The live broadcast for this year's Prince of Tennis Valentine chocolate election revealed the winners on Monday. Manga creator Takeshi Konomi and a 3DCG rendition of character Ryoma Echizen hosted the program that counted the top 50 characters. Fifth place went to Ichirō Kaneda who received 5,016 chocolates. Fourth place went to Shinji Ibu who received 5,197 chocolates. Third place went to Keigo A...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 13-19

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime; Don't Meddle With My Daughter, I Hear the Sunspot manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Digimon Adventure tri: Determination BD/DVDPlease Shout! Factory US$24.97 August 15 Digimon Adventure tri: Determination DVDCite Shout! Factory US$14.98 August 15 Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 August 15 Food War...
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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA's English Trailer Highlights Adol Christin

Game launches for PS4, PS Vita, PC in September ― NIS America began streaming a new English trailer for its upcoming release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA on Tuesday. The video highlights the main character Adol Christin, and showcases the English voice acting of some of the characters. NIS America previously streamed a trailer for the game featuring Dana, and then a second trailer featuring Laxia, S...
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Restaurant to Another World ‒ Episode 7

"The dragon backstory tries to fill out some background on the fantasy world, although like the lizardman documentary, it feels a bit heavy-handed."
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Pikachu, Lapras, More Appear Inside Poké Ball Terrarium Mini Figures

The toy company Re-Ment began offering Pokémon Terrarium Collection mini figures on Monday. The company is selling the figures in blind boxes, and the Pokémon available are Pikachu, Lapras, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, and Eevee. The Poké Ball figures cost 750 yen (about US$7), and each package bundles a piece of gum. The figures are available at convenience stores, supermarkets, toy shops, and...
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Madoka Magica Ultimate Best CD Ranks #4 on Weekly Album Chart

CD with soundtrack, theme songs sells 13,501 copies ― The Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Ultimate Best soundtrack album for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime franchise ranked at #4 on the weekly Oricon album chart for the August 7-August 13 week. It sold an estimated 13,501 copies. The album contains 18 tracks from the television anime and movies, including theme songs and background music. The Mahō Shō...
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Clean Freak! Aoyama kun ‒ Episode 7

"I guess it's time to stop describing this oddball comedy as a soccer anime, because this week our hero tries his (carefully gloved) hand at basketball."
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Prolific Voice Actor Akio Ohtsuka Becomes Capybara in Shower Promotional Video

Japanese building materials and housing equipment company Lixil hired voice actor Akio Ohtsuka (Black Jack's Black Jack, Ghost in the Shell's Batou, Bleach's Shunsui Kyōraku) to help sell bathroom shower equipment. Ohtsuka plays a capybara in an "animal feeling" video that Lixil posted in June. In the video, a hot capybara loses all his motivation in the heat. The water-loving creature is getting ...
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Viz Announces Sailor Moon SuperS' Amazon Trio English Dub Cast

Viz Media announced additional cast members for its English dub of Sailor Moon SuperS at its Sailor Moon panel at Otakon on Saturday. John Eric will play Tiger's Eye, Michael Yurchak will play Hawk's Eye, and Erik Scott Kimerer will play Fish's Eye. Viz previously announced that Chris Niosi is voicing Pegasus in the English dub. Sailor Moon SuperS is the fourth television anime series based on Nao...
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Love and Lies ‒ Episode 7

"Love and Lies remains the show it's been all season, a trashy attempt to take a deeply silly premise and squeeze a compelling love triangle out of it."
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BanG Dream! OVA's Trailer Shows Beach Volleyball

OVA to stream, air in Japan on August 19 ― The official Japanese BanG Dream! YouTube channel began streaming a trailer for the BanG Dream! original video anime (OVA) on Tuesday. The trailer showcases the bands Poppin' Party and Roselia playing volleyball and having fun at the beach. The OVA will stream on AbemaTV on August 19 at 10:00 p.m., and then air at 10:30 p.m. on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and KBS Kyot...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 6

"This week's story is a nice combination of dance and character development for Tatara."
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No Game, No Life Zero Film's LA Anime Film Festival Premiere to Be English-Dubbed

Film to screen with subtitles the day after ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that its North American premiere of the No Game, No Life Zero film at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival on September 15 will be English-dubbed. An English-subtitled screening will also take place at the festival on September 16. Dub cast members — including Scott Gibbs, Caitlynn French, Shannon Emerick, and Kira Vin...
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Relive 25 Years of Saving Kirby's Dreamland in Anniversary Video

The original Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby's Dream Land) game for Game Boy debuted in 1992, and this year marks the franchise's 25th anniversary. The round, pink hero has enchanted fans ever since by gulping down enemies, bouncing around in a pinball machine, wearing empowered hats, and finally going 3D in 2001. Take a look at the many faces of Kirby in this official 25th anniversary video. A new Kirby ti...
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This Week in Anime - Why is Tsuredure Children So Relatable?

It may be a wacky 4koma comedy about puppy love, but Tsuredure's observations on infatuation can cut surprisingly deep. Nick and Jacob figure what makes this show feel so honest. ― Tsuredure Children may be a wacky 4koma-style comedy about teens in puppy love, but its observations on infatuation can cut surprisingly deep. This week in anime, we piece together just what makes it so feel so honest. Dis...
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Netflix Adds Little Witch Academia Episodes 14-25

Episode 1-13 began streaming outside of Japan in June ― Netflix is now streaming the second half (episodes 14-25) of the Little Witch Academia television anime in territories outside of Japan, including the United States. Netflix debuted the first 13 episodes of the anime outside Japan on June 30. The television anime premiered on January 8 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Kansai TV. Netflix streamed the serie...
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Wedding Company Promotes Monster Hunter Collaboration With Muscle-Bound Couple

Capcom's Monster Hunter video game series and the bridal company Escrit are collaborating on the "Monster Hunter x Bridal Fair" promotion. The collaboration launched on March 30, 2017, and it will run until March 31, 2018. Escrit posted a series of promotional videos for the collaboration on YouTube on Sunday. Comedian Kinnikun Nakayama and "muscle idol" Reika Saiki star as a newlywed couple in th...
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Live-Action The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Film's Theater Video Streamed

Comedy film based on Shonen Jump manga premieres on October 21 ― The official YouTube account of Asmik Ace began streaming a "theater special video" for the live-action film of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) manga. The three parts of the video will be screened separately in theaters in Japan. In the video, Kento Yamazaki as Kusuo Saiki asks theatergoers to watc...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower's Trailer Reveals Global Premiere on November 18

Compilation film to make U.S. premiere at convention on November 19 ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt anime began streaming a trailer for the the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower compilation film on Tuesday. The video introduces the story and features English narration with Japanese subtitles. The trailer states that the film will have a simultaneous global re...
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Vice & Luna - Escape 2000

Can Mr. Goodtimes continue to evade justice at Emerald Grove Comic-Con?
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In Love And Lies Romance Isn't Actually Illegal, But It Might As Well Be

Punishment is punishment, after all.
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One Piece Film Gold BD+DVD

The newest, loudest, and flashiest One Piece movie is finally out on Blu-Ray! Sam Leach takes a wild ride through the movie's ups and downs, along with some zany bonus features. ― If there's one thing that Toei Animation irrefutably puts a ton of effort into, it's the theatrical One Piece movies. Ever since Strong World, these films have had manga author Eiichiro Oda playing the role of at least Exec...

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Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki Posts New Anime Short

Story follows girl, manta ray waiting near shrine ― Kemono Friends anime director Tatsuki posted a new anime short on his official Twitter account on Tuesday. Tatsuki said in the post, "Because it's summer, I made a relaxation anime." 夏なので、息抜きのアニメ作りました #傾福さん pic.twitter.com/ArFK2c0pXV— たつき/irodori (@irodori7) August 15, 2017 In the video, a girl and her manta ray companion appear to be waiting for so...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 7-13

your name. sells 21,370 more, followed by 2 Corrector Yui boxes, Kamen Rider x Super Sentai, Shouta Aoi, 2017 Doraemon film ― Kamen Rider x Super Sentai Chō Superhero Taisen landed at #12 with 1,786 copies on the overall DVD chart. The Collector's Pack was #25 with 1,074 copies. Shouta Aoi Live 2017 Wonder lab. ~prism~ sold 2,475 copies to rank #7. Daisuke Namikawa and Shouta Aoi's Seiyū Datte Tabi S...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 7-13

your name. sells 12,806 + 3,140 + 2,658 more, followed by Shouta Aoi, Little Witch Academia, Kamen Rider x Super Sentai, Sailor Moon box ― Shouta Aoi Live 2017 Wonder lab. ~prism~ sold 4,194 copies to rank #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Kamen Rider x Super Sentai Chō Superhero Taisen Collector's Pack landead at #11 with 1,738 copies. The Blu-ray + DVD edition was #30 with 700 copies. Haruka T...
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Sonic Mania Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

2D Sonic game ships Tuesday for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC ― Nintendo of America streamed a new launch trailer for its upcoming Sonic Mania game on Monday. The trailer previews the game's new features, including multiplayer capability, new levels, and new enemies. The game is set for release on August 15 in the West, and August 16 in Japan. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintend...
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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Rises to #4, Gintama to #6

Kamen Rider/Sentai films dropped to #8, Mary and the Witch's Flower jumps to #9 ― Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!), this year's Pokémon film, jumped to #4 in its fifth weekend. It ranked #6 in the previous weekend. The film has earned a cumulative 2.5 billion yen (about US$22.68 million). The film had sold 436,000 tickets to earn 516 million yen (about US$4...
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Crows Zero Prequel Film Inspires Stage Play

Takashi Miike directed 2007 film based on Hiroshi Takahashi's manga Crows Zero, the 2007 live-action film prequel to Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows manga, is inspiring a stage play adaptation from November 30 to September 3 at Tokyo's CBGK theater. Yoshitatsu Yamada is directing the play and writing the script. The cast will star the Theater Troupe Bancho Boys (pictured above) and the Theater Troupe Ban...

Utena/Penguindrum's Kunihiko Ikuhara to Direct New Work at MAPPA

New project seeking production assistants ― Animation studio MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, In This Corner of the World, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) posted on Tuesday a job listing that reveals that it is recruiting staff for a new work by anime director Kunihiko Ikuhara. The application period ends on September 15. The company is offering a one-year contractual position (after a two-month trial period) for pr...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Places 2 Singles in Weekly Top 5

12th single in "STARLIGHT MASTER" series ranks #4, 1st single in "MASTER SEASONS" series ranks #5 ― "THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 12 Inochi Moyashite Koi se yo Otome" single sold about 25,000 copies to debut at #4 on Oricon's weekly singles chart for the August 7-13 week. In addition, "THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS MASTER SEASONS SUMMER!" single sold about 23,000 copies to rank ...
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Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online Launches in the West on PS4 in October

Game also gets PC release via Steam in early 2018 ― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that it will release Compile Heart's Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online (Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online) game for the PlayStation 4 in North America on October 10, and in Europe on October 13. Idea Factory International also revealed that the game will come to PC via Steam in early...

The Greatest Digimon Adventure Continues!

The new epic adventure for the original DigiDestined heroes continues with Digimon Adventure tri.: Determination, released for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD! It is the successor to Digimon Adventure tri.: Reunion (already available), and the second of six new Digimon feature-length films which bring back many of the English-language voice-actors from the original Digimon TV series. This editio...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 801

"The Luffy vs. Cracker fight takes a step back from being the star attraction to being the B story, as Sanji continues to interact with his family."
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New Blue Exorcist Stage Play Reveals Key Visual

The official website for Ao no Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati-hen, the new stage play adaptation of Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) manga, revealed a new key visual on Monday. The play will adapt the Illuminati arc of Katō's original manga. The leader of the Illuminati, Lucifer, aims to unite Assiah and Gehenna and revive Satan, and so declares war on the True Cross Order. The Illuminati...
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Let A.I. Try to Make Your Perfect Anime Girl

A new website is utilizing artificial intelligence to make users ideal moe girls. MakeGirls.moe is the brainchild of Yanghua Jin and Jiakai Zhang and is based on a technical report distributed at this summer's Comiket 92. The site hopes to help the artistically challenged bring their ideas to life. We all love anime characters and are tempted to create our custom ones. However, it takes tremendous...
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Sega Games Files 'Narcia's Tears and the Fairy's Flute' Trademark

A trademark for "Narushia no Namida to Yōsei no Fue" (Narcia's Tears and the Fairy's Flute) was filed under Sega Games in Japan on July 24. The trademark went public on August 8. Narcia is a character from Epics' PoPoLoCrois game series. XSEED Games released Return to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale, the latest game in the series, on the Nintendo 3DS on March 1. The game is a crossover o...
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Kemono Friends' New App Game is 'Kemono Friends Pavilion'

'Kemono Friends Alarm' app also announced ― Bushiroad announced on Monday that the title of its new Kemono Friends mobile app game is Kemono Friends Pavilion. In addition, the company announced a new app titled "Kemono Friends Alarm," and opened a teaser website revealing that both apps are slated for 2017. In "Kemono Friends Alarm," the characters from the Kemono Friends franchise will notify the us...
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Voice Actor Mamoru Miyano Posts Set Stills From Cross-Dressing Live-Action Project

Voice actor Mamoru Miyano (Free!'s Rin Matsuoka, Assassination Classroom's Gakushū Asano) stars in a live-action short project titled "Oku-sama mo Mamo" (My Wife is Also Mamo). He posted a new batch of pictures from the set on his official blog on Sunday. Miyano appears in the photos as the woman Mamonsa and her husband Mamo. Mamonsa appears to be a typical Japanese housewife who cooks and perform...
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Bandai Namco Teases New Project From Developer Dimps

Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe and Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a teaser trailer for a new project from Japanese developer Dimps on Monday. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe also launched a teaser website for the project, currently titled "Projekt #1514." Past titles from Dimps include Dragonball Xenoverse, Freedom Wars, and Super Street Fighter IV. [Via Gematsu]
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Black Buter's Yana Toboso Draws Fate/GO's Saber Alter, Mordred

It looks like Black Butler manga creator Yana Toboso has enjoyed Type-Moon's Fate/Grand Order mobile game. Toboso shared fan art of Mordred and Swimsuit Saber Alter on her Twitter account. Both characters are wearing servant costumes; Mordred is a butler and Saber Alter's swimsuit is modeled after a French maid. Both costumes are actually available in game as part of a new quest campaign. Yes,My m...
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Senran Kagura Game Series Has Sold More Than 1.65 Million Units

Senran Kagura series producer Kenichirō Takaki revealed on Sunday that the game series has sold a worldwide total of more than 1.65 million units. He further remarked that he was once told that if the original game "sold 30,000 units, it would be great." He also said, "Sales aren't everything, but it'd be great if it sold more. It'd be nice to have some pocket money, right?" The Senran Kagura fran...
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Super Sonico Celebrates 10th Anniversary—at Sanrio Theme Park

The official mascot of Nitro+ isn't exactly "child friendly." Her selling point is her often barely covered assets, sometimes combined with food items. This is the same character whose April Fool's joke was porny images of her as an infant. Love her or not, Super Sonico has represented the company for 10 years and recent celebrations include collaborating with Marvelous' Senran Kagura Peach Beach ...
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Gust Reveals Details, Winter Launch for Atelier Lydie & Soeur for PS4/Vita/Switch

Game centers on twin sisters who enter world of mysterious painting to collect ingredients ― Game developer Gust revealed more details for its upcoming Lydie to Soeur no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Lydie and Soeur: The Alchemists of the Mysterious Painting) game. The game will ship in Japan for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch this winter. Illustrator...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 103

"As the arc continues, we're going to see more universes taken out in succession, and we have to start wondering how doomed the characters in question actually are."
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Kemono Friends Franchise Releases Puppets And Other Merchandise

Characters from the popular series Kemono Friends are getting their very own puppets, as well other new merchandise. Starting on August 12, the merchandise is sold at hobby shops, book stores, and other retailers across Japan. A Serval hand puppet A Kaban hand puppet An Araiguma hand puppet A Fennec hand puppet Penguin finger puppets, including five different types of penguins from the show Metal...
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Crunchyroll Streams New Kino's Journey Anime Trailer With English Subtitles

New Kino's Journey anime slated for October ― Crunchyroll streamed the promotional video for the new Kino's Journey anime, Kino no Tabi - the Beautiful World- the Animated Series, on its Youtube channel with English subtitles on Monday. The background music featured in the video is the anime's main theme music, composed by Yoshiaki Dewa (A Lull in the Sea, Flying Witch). The official website for the ...
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Knight's & Magic ‒ Episode 7

"Knight's & Magic has settled into a light, mostly entertaining groove at this point."
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Early Reviews Praise Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Anime Film

Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom?), the anime film adaptation of director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-action drama of the same name, is finally complete and ready to open in theaters across Japan on August 18. Some people such as film critics and journalists, however, were able to view the film in advance. The reviews are i...
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Princess Principal ‒ Episode 6

"Dorothy turns up for an episode that delves into her past, which means sorting out a troubled relationship with her father."
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Girls & Panzer Film Tops 2.5 Billion Yen at Box Office

2015 film still screens intermittently ― The official blog for the Girls und Panzer anime franchise announced on Monday that the Girls und Panzer der Film anime movie has, as of August 13, sold 1,454,048 tickets to earn 2,501,970,524 yen (about US$22.9 million). The film opened in Japanese theaters on November 21, 2015. Certain theaters in Japan continued to screen the film through its one-year anniv...
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Godzilla Anime Films Cast Daisuke Ono, Kenta Miyake, Kenyuu Horiuchi, Kazuya Nakai, Kazuhiro Yamaji

1st film in planned trilogy opens in Japan on November 17 ― The official website for the Godzilla anime film trilogy revealed five additional cast members on Monday. The first film, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei), will open in Japan on November 17, and then it will stream globally on the Netflix service this year. The newly announced roles are: Daisuke Ono as Eliott Leland...
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Only Domestic Films in Japan's Yearly Top 10 So Far Are 2 Anime Films

Top box office takings for 1st half of 2017 listed ― The Cinema Today website reported Japan's top 10 theatrical releases in terms of box office takings for the first half of 2017 on Monday. The ranking covers films that opened between late 2016 and June 2017. The list's only two Japanese films, both of them anime, are Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter and Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kac...
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Answerman - What Is That Tipping Bamboo Water Spout In Traditional Gardens?

You've seen it before, you've heard the iconic THUNK - but what's that bamboo fountain you always see in anime actually FOR? ― Joseph asked: What is that bamboo thing in anime that fills with water until full and then empties? I see it used a lot and it seems mostly used for transitioning to a new screen or delivering more emotion to an intense revelation by suddenly hitting the ground. Other than t...
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Live-Action Gintama Film Surpasses 3 Billion Yen at Box Office

Film is 1st Japanese live-action film this year to earn as much ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga announced on Monday that the film has earned more than 3 billion yen (US$27.4 million) at the Japanese box office after 30 days in theaters. The film is the first Japanese live-action film to hit this milestone this year. The film opened in Japan o...
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Pokémon GO Game Releases Mewtwo at Stadium Event in Japan

Legendary Pokémon debuts worldwide in Exclusive Raid Battles soon ― Niantic released the legendary Pokémon Mewtwo at the Pokémon GO Stadium event at Yokohama Stadium on Monday. Niantic also announced that Mewtwo will soon be available to players around the world in a new Exclusive Raid Battle feature. To catch Mewtwo at the event in Yokohama, players who registered to participate through an advance l...
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Villainous Stain Shows the Hypocrisy of Superheroes in My Hero Academia

Stain, The Hero Killer from My Hero Academia Season 2 isn’t just killing heroes for fun. There’s actually a very twisted logic to his murder spree.

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Free Anime in Australia: 14/August - 20/August

The weekly update of anime available in Australia through free to air and online streaming. ― There are many ways to get your anime fix when digital TV and the internet allow for content to be released at a much greater rate. So, we have decided to start listing what's on week by week, to give you an idea of what you can watch and where. Free to Air Beyblade Burst (TV) Monday to Friday: All states fr...
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Sanrio's 'Cogimyun' Character Gets Anime Shorts

Model Ryūcheru debuted as voice actor in anime on July 30 ― Streaming service Abema TV premiered a short net anime series titled Cogimyun based on Sanrio's "Cogimyun" character on July 30. The series centers on the flour dough spirit Cogimyun, who actually really wants to be an onigiri (rice ball). She takes care of her grandfather's apartment complex due to her grandfather being away. The denizens o...

Gundam Character Designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Is Open to Remaking 1st Series

Newspaper: "Big project" for series' 40th anniversary in 2019 is underway ― Illustrator and anime director Yoshikazu Yasuhiko stated in an interview with the Daily Sports newspaper on Sunday that he would be open to a remake of the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam anime. In response to a question of whether the ongoing Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin prequel anime series will eventually continue on to...

MAPPA Reveals Original TV Anime Vanishing Line for October Premiere

Riddle Story of Devil head writer, Afro Samurai artist depict man & woman unraveling conspiracy threatening city ― Animation studio Mappa announced on Monday that it is producing an original television anime titled Vanishing Line that will premiere in October. The anime's official website is streaming a teaser video. The blurb in the poster visual below reads, "That's the future, linked to the past."...
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Splatoon Manga Gets Motion Comic Starring Mikako Komatsu, Haruka Shiraishi

The official Youtube channel of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine began streaming a motion comic of Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga on Saturday. The video, titled "Rider," shows Blue Team fighting against Yellow Green Team and its leader, the highly skilled Rider. The motion comic's cast includes: Mikako Komatsu as Goggle-kun, Knit Cap-kun Haruka Shiraishi as Megane-kun Reina Kondo as Head...
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TsukiPro TV Anime Reveals Opening Clip, Visuals, October 4 Premiere

Story centers on 4 male idol units ― The official website for the television anime TsukiPro the Animation revealed new visuals and the anime's October 4 premiere on Sunday. In addition, it is streaming a clip from the anime's opening sequence, which features the in-story band Soara. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 4. It will also premiere on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, BS11, and AT-X,...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film Clips Show Stand Fights

Film opened in Japan on August 4 at #5 ― Media news website Natalie is streaming five clips from the live-action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable film on Monday. The clips show the opening sequence and various Stand action scenes in the film. Opening Sequence: Shining Diamond vs. Star Platinum: Star Platinum vs. Aqua Necklace: Shining Diamond vs. Worse Company: Shining Diamond vs. The...
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Tenga Gives Away Energy Drinks at Comiket

Attending Japan's largest dōjinshi event can be exhausting work. The Tenga energy drink brand decided to give fans a boost by offering free drinks to Comiket attendees this weekend. 飲むTENGAタワーが建ちました!本日はコミックマーケット92、西ホールNO.3221「HARUKAZE」さんのブースの一部をお借りしています。配布時間はお昼頃に改めて告知致します!よろしくお願いします〜 pic.twitter.com/a9sGBwgkbP— TENGA_PR (@TENGA_PR) August 11, 2017 The company's event staff constructed a massive to...
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Plan an Ideal Date with Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san's Date Spot Website

Shogakukan's Gessan magazine announced on Thursday that for the 100th issue of the magazine, it will open a date spot website with the characters from Sōichirō Yamamoto's Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (Takagi-san, the Master of Teasing) manga. The September issue of the magazine goes on sale on August 12 while the "Gessan Walker" website will be available on August 10. Gessan released a video featuri...
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Comiket 92: Inside the French Doujinshi Booth

Ask a Western anime fan what doujinshi is, and if they've heard of the term, they'll probably tell you that it's “fan-made porn comics.” And to be fair, the majority of fan-made comics sold at Comiket are indeed pornographic in nature. However, doujin work doesn't have to be pornographic, and nor are they always comics. They can tell original stories, and they can come from all over the world. The...
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Learn English with the Osomatsu-kun Manga

Before the Matsuno brothers grew up to become sugar, chicken, waiters, and horse jockeys, they helped teach English. At least, according to the new English learning guide by Tatsumi Publishing. The Osomatsu-kun Best Collection English Comics book collects 12 manga chapters from Fujio Akatsuka's original manga and translates them into English with helpful Japanese written on the outside. Tatsumi Pu...
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The Reflection ‒ Episode 4

"For all of its faults, The Reflection seems to be telling the exact kind of story it wants to tell, and that's worth some respect in and of itself."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 17

"This episode was just the preliminary battle, but at least we're into the real action now."
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Comiket 92: The Year of Fate

2017 has been a big year for Type-Moon, with an ongoing anime adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha, upcoming films for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya and Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel, as well as a recent American release of the hit mobile game Fate/Grand Order. There's a lot to promote, and what better place to do it than at Comiket, the place where Type-Moon found its roots as an indie game circle? The...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 32

"What you get out of this episode will depend on how big of a Froppy fan you are or how much you like the little cute moments in this show."

Discotek Licenses Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier, Tomorrow's Joe, Project ARMS, NieA_7, Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

Company to produce Bananya, Hells English dubs ― Discotek Media announced at its panel on Sunday that it has licensed Cyborg 009, Project ARMS, NieA_7, Tomorrow's Joe (Ashita no Joe), Bananya, and Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon. The company will release the 2001 Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier television series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Shotaro Ishinomori's classic Cyborg 009 manga inspire...
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Daisuke Hagiwara, Shizuka Totono's Ne Ne Ne Manga Ends

Yen Press publishes manga digitally about naïve married couple with big age gap ― The September issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine published the final chapter on Saturday of Shizuka Totono and Daisuke Hagiwara's Ne Ne Ne (Nen Ne no Ne) manga. Square Enix will publish the manga's one compiled volume on August 26. Yen Press has been releasing new chapters of the manga as they debut i...
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The Dragon Dentist Anime Gets Manga

Yōko draws manga based on Studio Khara's 2-episode special ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Saturday that The Dragon Dentist anime will get a manga adaptation starting in the magazine's next issue on September 15. Yōko is drawing the series, and Otaro Maijo is credited with the original work. The Dragon Dentist started out as the first anime short in Dwango ...
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How Netflix is Globalizing Anime

If there was a theme at the recent Netflix Anime Slate 2017, it was “globalization.”
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