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The Mike Toole Show - Holding Out for a Heroman

The Reflection is only the latest in a long and zany history of anime and manga projects involving Stan Lee. True Believer Mike is ready with a history lesson. ― A few months back, I was at Sakura-con out in Seattle. There was plenty to see and do at that convention—I got a close look at the adroit and skilled puppeteers of Pili International, the wizards who cooked up Thunderbolt Fantasy. I caught u...
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School-Live! GN 7

There's a lull in the action as the girls finally make it to St. Isidore University, but there are still plenty of mysteries to be solved in this second post-anime volume. ― Having “graduated” and completed their graduation tour, the girls of the School Living Club have finally arrived at college – St. Isidore University, to be precise, one of the three survivor strongholds listed in the secret manua...
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The List - 8 Anime That Were Isekai Before It Was Cool

Before "transported to another world" light novels were all the rage, anime was still milking this premise in wildly different ways. These "classic isekai" titles are still worth checking out. ― Isekai or "transported to another world" scenarios are huge in light novels, manga, and anime right now. Sword Art Online may be the most popular as a video game variation on the concept, but there's also Lo...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride GN 7

This seventh volume embraces the spiraling extended universe of Elias and Chise's world. Nick Creamer plumbs the depths of these new mysteries. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride's seventh volume opens with the story at its most personal, centering on the relationship that is its heart. Chise has spent long volumes learning from her mentor Elias, but as Elias has come to care for her, he has changed as well....
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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...
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Monday, August 21

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Type-Moon, Marvelous Open Website for New Fate/Extella Work

2 companies to reveal more details on August 30 ― Type-Moon and Marvelous opened a new website on Monday at the "fate-extella-link.jp" URL to announce that the two companies are working on a new work in the Fate/Extella franchise. The two companies will reveal more information on August 30. XSEED Games and Marvelous released Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Nort...
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DC Super Heroes vs Eagle Talon Anime Film's Trailer Previews Songs by KenKen, Glim Spanky

DLE, GONZO, Shirogumi animate film premiering on October 21 ― The official website of DLE Inc.'s DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon anime film began streaming a full trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer previews KenKen's insert song as well as Glim Spanky's theme song "Beatniks." The film opens in Japan on October 21. The text on the above teaser visual reads, "Why are YOU going to Tokyo? The Jus...
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March comes in like a lion Anime's 2nd Season Reveals October 14 Premiere, Visual, 22 Episode Count

New series features returning staff including director Akiyuki Simbo ― The official website for the anime series based on Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion manga revealed more details about the anime's upcoming second season on Monday. The new series will premiere on NHK channels on October 14 at 11:00 p.m., and the show will have 22 episodes. The website also revealed a key visual for the sec...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

New season premieres in October with returning cast, staff ― The official website for the Love Live! franchise began streaming the second promotional video on Sunday for the second season of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime. The new season will feature a returning cast and staff. The anime premiere in October, and will air in Japan on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, Sun TV, BS11, SBS, and ...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals 5 More Character Designs

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga revealed five more character designs for the series on Monday. This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine had revealed the cast members for the characters on Monday. Toshiyuki Morikawa as Julius Nova Chrono, the Magic Emperor Katsuyuki Konishi as Fuegoleon Vermilion, captain of the Cr...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 7

"Characters problems aside, this episode still demonstrates some of the other ongoing issues of this series."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 33

"We get into the real meat of the upcoming arc, where All Might sits Midoriya down and tells him the story about how One For All came to be."
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Crunchyroll Adds Kingdom, Cheer Boys!! to Catalog

Both series available in Japanese with English subtitles ― Crunchyroll has added the first season of the Kingdom television anime series and the Cheer Boys!! television anime to its catalog. Both series are available in Japanese with English subtitles. The first anime series based on Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom historical manga premiered in June 2012 and Funimation streamed the series as it aired in Japa...

Sunday, August 20

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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 104

"Every now and then, there's an episode of DBS like this that just wakes up and jolts out of bed full of energy."
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Takashi Nagasaki, Tetsuya Saruwatari End Zig Manga

Manga ends with message asking readers to await the "reappearance of Zig" ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine published the "final" chapter of Takashi Nagasaki and Tetsuya Saruwatari's Zig manga on Wednesday. While the chapter is labeled as the "final chapter," the magazine also notes that readers should await the "reappearance of Zig." The manga's first compiled book volume is...
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Newest Anthro Mobile Game Imagines Hiragana as Boys

Whether you like your boys microscopic, alcoholic, or made from your own soap scum, Japan's got you covered. Software developer Tabot is expanding the trend of vague things as attractive characters with Hiragana Danshi, which can be thought of as the Japanese equivalent of turning the alphabet into good looking men. Slated for release this fall, the breeding puzzle game is already off to a great s...
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Ashita no Nadja Gets Sequel Novel Set 3 Years After Anime

Series writer Tomoko Konparu returns to write novel, character designer Kazuto Nakazawa draws cover art Ashita no Nadja anime writer Tomoko Konparu announced earlier this month that she wrote an Ashita no Nadja sequel novel titled Ashita no Nadja - 16-sai no Tabidachi (Tomorrow's Nadja - A Journey at 16 Years Old). The book is slated for mid-September from Kodansha. Kazuto Nakazawa, the show's char...
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The Mike Toole Show - Holding Out for a Heroman

The Reflection is only the latest in a long and zany history of anime and manga projects involving Stan Lee. True Believer Mike is ready with a history lesson. ― A few months back, I was at Sakura-con out in Seattle. There was plenty to see and do at that convention—I got a close look at the adroit and skilled puppeteers of Pili International, the wizards who cooked up Thunderbolt Fantasy. I caught u...
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Show Off Your Fandom in an Ita T-Shirt

If you've been to a convention this year, you may have spotted fans in the Dealer's Hall with an ita backpack or messenger bag. These bags feature a clear, plastic pouch front meant to display the owner's merchandise dedicated to a favorite character. Consider it like a mini, traveling character shrine made of button pins and keychains. This how-to ita bag goes to the next level with glowing LEDs...
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Eromanga Sensei, DIVE VR Apps Previewed at Tokyo Game Show

This year's Tokyo Game Show event at Makuhari Messe will feature virtual reality developer Gugenka, and with them will be a whole array of anime-centric virtual reality offerings, including Eromanga Sensei and Dive!! Gugenka's booth will have four virtual reality experiences to try out prior to their full-fledged release. "Mezamashi VR! Eromanga Sensei" is a smartphone VR app that functions as an ...
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Limited Edition Ultimate Nipako Manga Comes with Nippers

Japanese toolmaker God Hand introduced its mascot character Ultimate Nipako and she's since appeared in a manga series and as a GPS guide voiced by Rumi Ookubo. She's even pitched alcohol. She's also the star of her own manga series, Kyūkyoku! Nipa-ko-chan (Ultimate! Nipa-ko-chan), by Yūji Kōji and Eiji Mano. In the comedy manga, Nipako is an alien princess named Celine P. Nippanu who settles on E...
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Emon Transfers Its Majority Stake in Anime Studio Artland

Chinese/Japanese firm had owned 51% of studio behind Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Macross, Mushishi ― Emon Animation Company, a Chinese/Japanese firm, announced on Friday that it transfered its entire majority stake in the anime studio Artland to the Tokyo-based company Levels on July 12. Emon transfered its 51% stake in its consolidated subsidiary Artland to Levels, while Artland President Kunihar...
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The Reflection ‒ Episode 5

"For the first time, The Reflection has managed to be more than just vaguely interesting; this episode was actually fun."
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Anime Limited Q4 Titles Listed on Amazon

Including listings for Ajin, Eureka Seven, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Gangsta., ― The following Anime Limited and Funimation titles are listed on Amazon for October into December. October 9 Aldnoah.Zero Season 1 (Blu-ray) Aldnoah.Zero Season 2 (Blu-ray) Genius Party/Genius Party Beyond (Blu-ray) Momotaro, Sacred Sailors (Blu-ray/DVD combi) October 23 A Silent Voice (DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/Blu-ray combo) ...
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Switch Girl!!'s Natsumi Aida Launches New Series in September

New Analog Drop series focuses on girl who loves money and herself ― This year's 18th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine announced on Saturday that manga creator Natsumi Aida is launching a new manga titled Analog Drop in the next issue on September 5. The manga will have a color opening page, and the first chapter will be 51 pages long. The magazine teases that the manga will center on a girl nam...
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Anime Now!'s Five Must-Watch Anime of Summer 2017

With the 50 new TV anime airing this season, it can be hard to know what to watch. So here are the five we at Anime Now! think you should definitely try out.
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School-Live! GN 7

There's a lull in the action as the girls finally make it to St. Isidore University, but there are still plenty of mysteries to be solved in this second post-anime volume. ― Having “graduated” and completed their graduation tour, the girls of the School Living Club have finally arrived at college – St. Isidore University, to be precise, one of the three survivor strongholds listed in the secret manua...
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 18

"Overall, I think framing the series as a running commentary on the more abstract side of the creative process is a risky but also fresh play that Re:CREATORS is largely getting to work for itself."
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King of Prism Stage Play Reveals More Cast Members

Taiki Naitō, spi, Yamato Furuya join November stage play ― The official website for King of Prism -Over the Sunshine!-, the stage play adaptation of the King of Prism: Pride the Hero anime film, revealed new cast members for the play last Thursday. The three new cast members are: Taiki Naitō as Louis Kisaragi spi as Alexander Yamato Yamato Furuya as George Takadanobaba Avex Pictures also began stream...
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Magical Index and Scientific Index Sequels Released Monday

Also Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle and Snow White with the Red Hair ― On Monday August 21, Manga Entertainment will release A Certain Magical Index II as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. In this sequel series, Index is still a fugitive and many powerful magical organizations and individuals want to take her to use the books in her memory, eliminating her in the process. War between those organizations is als...
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Tokyo Dark Horror Game Launches for PC on September 7

Cherrymochi's game follows detective searching for missing partner ― The official YouTube account for Square Enix Collective began streaming a promotional video for Kanagawa-based game developer Cherrymochi's Tokyo Dark psychological horror game last week. The video reveals that the game will launch for PC via Steam on September 7. Cherrymochi describes the game: Tokyo Dark is an anime-style horror a...
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Kaitō Shōnen Jokers, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside Manga Launch

New Mysterious Joker story, manga adaptation of 4th Yo-Kai Watch film to debut in Coro Coro ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed last week that Hideyasu Takahashi is launching a new manga in his Mysterious Joker manga series titled Kaitō Shōnen Jokers. The magazine also revealed that the upcoming Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: ...
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Wake Up, Girls! Puzzle Smartphone Game Ends Development

Wake Up, Girls! Puzzle no Tenshi was slated for 2015 ― Game developer Altplus revealed in its financial statement on August 10 that it is ending development of the Wake Up, Girls! Puzzle no Tenshi smartphone game. The document notes that the developer halted development of the game in order to focus on other options and projects. The puzzle game was slated to launch in late 2015, and a playable demo ...
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Boys Be… ~young adult~ Manga Launches in September

Newest installment in Masahiro Itabashi, Hiroyuki Tamakoshi's romance manga series focuses on young adults ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed earlier this month that Masahiro Itabashi and Hiroyuki Tamakoshi are launching a new installment of their Boys Be... manga titled Boys Be... ~young adult~ in the magazine's next issue on September 8. As with the Boys Be…~ad...

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku Manga Resumes After 2 Years With New Arc About Trump

Parody manga resumes with story about girl saving Japan from crisis ― Hideki Ohwada resumed his Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (Reform Without Wasted Draws or The Legend of Koizumi) manga in the September issue of Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong magazine on August 12 after a two-year hiatus. The magazine's story teaser describes the new arc as centering on a famous girl who will save Japan from a crisis. The girl ...
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Tsumasaki no Uchū Live-Action Film Casts Nodoka Kirishima, Ryō Kitamura

Mami Kamura, Reina Visa also join 2018 film's cast; Kirishima also performs film's theme song ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of manni's Tsumasaki no Uchū (Tiptoe Universe) manga revealed the film's main cast last week. Singer-songwriter Nodoka Kirishima is playing protagonist Aki Yoshikawa, while Ryō Kitamura is playing Anji, Aki's senior co-worker at her part time job. Kirishima is a...

Saturday, August 19

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Kyoei Toshi PS4 Game's Ad Streamed

Game about escaping gigantic battles in city ships on October 19 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a commercial on Thursday for Kyoei Toshi (City Shrouded in Shadow), its collaboration game with Granzella Inc. The "science-fiction survival action adventure" game is slated to ship in Japan for PlayStation 4 only on October 19. The game was originally also slated to ship on PlayStation Vita....
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K Franchise Gets New 1-Shot Manga About Yata, Fushimi

New manga set after anime's main story debuts in September ― The September issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Thursday that GoRA and GoHands' K franchise will get a new one-shot manga titled K Kōen nite (K in the Park) in the magazine's next issue in September. The story, based on a drama CD that bundled with a K: Return of Kings Blu-ray Disc and DVD at Animate stores, will center o...
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Altair: A Record of Battles ‒ Episode 5

"Given the brutality of the siege scenes, it seems that things will only be heating up for Mahmut."
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Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals 10 More Cast Members

11th stage play runs in Tokyo, Osaka in October ― The official website for Yowamushi Pedal Shin Interhigh-hen Heat Up, the 11th stage play adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) cycling manga, revealed 10 new cast members for the play on Friday. The new cast members are: Kousuke Kujirai as Junta Teshima Ryō Yashima as Hajime Aoyagi Takuya Kawarahada as Tōichirō Izumida Jin Aoki as...
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Genkai Tokki: Castle Panzers Game's Video Highlights Mechanics

Compile Heart's game ships in Japan on September 28 ― The official YouTube channel for Compile Heart's Genkai Tokki series began streaming a promotional video for the upcoming Genkai Tokki: Castle Panzers PlayStation 4 game last week. The video shows the mechanics for the game, including the different combat styles, castle upgrades, the "Iku Iku System" for raising the heroines' skills, and the story...
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VR Light Novel Innocent Forest Reveals 2nd Installment

The staff of the virtual-reality light novel FullDive novel: Innocent Forest announced the project's second installment on Friday. Innocent Forest ~Sora no Nedai~ (Innocent Forest: Sky Bed) will launch in mid-September. MyDearest began streaming a promotional video for the VR experience on Friday. The fantasy VR novel's story centers on the mysterious girl Rukurei and the memories of her visitor. ...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life TV Anime Casts Toshihiko Seki

Fumihiko Orikasa, Rie Kugimiya also join cast in 2nd cour in October ― A poster at JR Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo revealed on Monday that Toshihiko Seki will play Naomi Chiaki in the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series. The anime will run for two consecutive cours (quarters of a year), and the character will debut in the ...
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Psychosomatic Medicine Manga Imagines World Without Sexual Desire

Manga claims men would be rude, uncaring if no longer attracted to women; critics call the examples sexist ― Illustrator Sō and psychiatrist Yū Yūki create manga to educate the public about psychosomatic medicine. Yūki posted a four-page manga on their official Twitter account on Friday about what they believe would happen to Japan and the world if people suddenly lost sexual desire. The manga's stor...
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Love Roma's Toyoda Launches New Manga in September

Kongōji-san wa Mendōkusai centers on 2 characters from previous series of 1-shots ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on August 12 that Minoru Toyoda (Love Roma) will launch a new manga titled Kongōji-san wa Mendōkusai (Kongōji is Annoying) in the magazine's next issue on September 12. The manga will have a color opening page. The manga will feature the retur...
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Gantz Creator Hiroya Oku Pans Shaft's 'Fireworks' Anime Film

Although some early reviews have praised Shaft's 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 not without its critics. Gantz and Inuyashiki manga creator Hiroya Oku is one of them. The film opened in theaters across Japan on Friday, an...
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Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Anime Film Earns 170 Million Yen in 1 Day

Shaft's film sold 133,000 tickets on Friday ― The staff of 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, revealed at a stage greeting event on Saturday that the film earned 170 million yen (about US$1.56 million) at the Japanese box office o...
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Idol Time Pripara Anime Casts Madoka Asahina & Rumi Ookubo, Game Adds Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku collaboration starts in October ― The official website for the PriPara franchise revealed two new characters and a new visual on Saturday for Idol Time Pripara, the newest television anime series in the franchise. Madoka Asahina as Shūka Hanazono, a celebrity idol who hates wasting time and money. She is a strict realist who even believes that dreaming is the biggest waste of time. Rumi ...
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 18

"Following an interminable two week break, it looks like Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul is finally back."
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The List - 8 Anime That Were Isekai Before It Was Cool

Before "transported to another world" light novels were all the rage, anime was still milking this premise in wildly different ways. These "classic isekai" titles are still worth checking out. ― Isekai or "transported to another world" scenarios are huge in light novels, manga, and anime right now. Sword Art Online may be the most popular as a video game variation on the concept, but there's also Lo...
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Final Fantasy XIV Hits Record Subscriber Number After Stormblood Expansion's Launch

Square Enix's MMORPG segment nearly doubles net income ― Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda revealed at a financial briefing session on August 4 that the Final Fantasy XIV online game's number of paid subscribers was at a record high in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, which is running from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Matsuda said the launch of the game's Stormblood expansion for PC and ...
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Samurai Champloo Begins on VICELAND Channel Next Week

Shinichiro Watanabe series to begin in small hours on Tuesday ― The series Samurai Champloo will begin screening from midnight on August 22 - in other words, in the small hours of Tuesday August 22 - on the VICELAND channel (Sky channel 153 or via Now TV). The first episode will screen at 12 a.m., the second episode will screen at 12.30 a.m. The channel is already screening Tokyo Ghoul and Eureka Sev...
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What if You Could Confront God About The Most Horrible Tragedy in Your Life?

Cyberpunk ex-detective Blitz Talker got his chance in the latest episode of Re:Creators in a telling scene about the relationship between god and man.
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The Ancient Magus' Bride GN 7

This seventh volume embraces the spiraling extended universe of Elias and Chise's world. Nick Creamer plumbs the depths of these new mysteries. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride's seventh volume opens with the story at its most personal, centering on the relationship that is its heart. Chise has spent long volumes learning from her mentor Elias, but as Elias has come to care for her, he has changed as well....
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Made in Abyss ‒ Episode 7

"My main concern at this point is that we're over halfway through this season, and it feels like Reg and Riko still have an incredible amount of ground to cover."
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin TV Anime Delayed Again to Next Spring

Soccer RPG franchise also delays preview event until next January ― Game developer Level 5 announced in its regular streaming program Inazuma Walker on Saturday that the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin television anime will premiere next spring. Level 5 had initially said last summer that its latest Inazuma Eleven soccer anime would premiere this summer, and had then said on Inazuma Walker in March th...
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Code:Realize Anime Premieres October 7

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Idea Factory's Code:Realize game revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on October 7 on AT-X (8:00 p.m.). It will also premiere on October 8 on Tokyo MX (1:35 a.m., effectively October 9 morning), October 10 on Sun TV (12:30 a.m., effectively October 11 morning), October 11 on TV Aichi (3:05 a.m., effectively October 12 morning),...
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Ni no Kuni II PS4/PC Game's Trailer Previews Story, Music

Game launches worldwide on January 19 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming its a new trailer for its upcoming Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game on Friday. The trailer, which previews story and gameplay, will play at the Gamescom trade fair in Cologne, Germany this August 22-26. The game is slated for worldwide release on January 19. Bandai Namco Entertainment initially...
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JUNNA Sings The Ancient Magus' Bride Anime's Opening

Recorded theme song "Here" before "Junna Rock You Tour 2017" concert Saturday ― Singer Junna announced at her "Junna Rock You Tour 2017 ~Vai! Ya! Vai!~" concert on Saturday that she is performing the opening theme song "Here" for this fall's television anime The Ancient Magus' Bride. She revealed that she had just recorded the song, although she did not perform the song during the concert. JUNNA is p...
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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...

Friday, August 18

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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Charlotte Part 2 Delayed

Now listed on Anime Limited site at September 18. ― In the latest Anime UK podcast by Anime Limited, it was announced that Charlotte Part 2 has been delayed 'a little bit' because of disc production issues. The delay is said to be a couple of weeks at most. The previously announced release date for the title was August 28; it is now listed on the Anime Limited as September 18, both as a Collectors Bl...
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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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In This Corner of The World Listed on Amazon

Listed as a Manga Entertainment release on October 23. ― Amazon UK is listing the feature film In This Corner of the World for release on October 23 as a Blu-ray/DVD Double Play edition, a Collectors Blu-ray and a DVD. It is listed as a Manga Entertainment release. The animated wartime drama is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) and animated by the studio MAPPA (K...
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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.
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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...

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...

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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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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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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."
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