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This Week in Games - The Departed

Heidi revisits the industry contributions of the late Hiroshi Ono, known to his colleagues and fans as Mr. Dotman. ALSO: A Sega staffing shake-up and the return of Froggy Chair. ― Howdy! I'm back from my travels and ready to talk games again! Of course, since I'm a week behind, I've got a fair bit of major news to catch up on. I was in the Denver area and surroundings for a wedding, and while the foc...
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Yakuza Lover GN 2

Instead of just weeping prettily, Nozomi Mino shows she's willing to draw Yuri as messy, even ugly in her anger. ― I suppose it was inevitable that sooner or later, Yakuza Lover would have an arc that put more emphasis on the “yakuza” part of the title than the “lover,” shifting the focus from sex to mob politics at least for a brief time. For many series, this would be a neutral, even positive shift...
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Witch Hat Atelier GN 6-8

This returns us to one of the themes of the series – that magic is something that should never be viewed as mundane. ― It isn't hard to realize that, having been deprived of her attempt at the Second Trial, Agott is going to be even more upset than usual. Her drive to succeed, which is almost pathological at this point, means that she's very likely to be resentful of not only the Brimmed Caps who int...
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Gekijō-ban Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!!

Zettai LIVE!!!!!! perfectly understands that when it's time to go big, you ought to go ham. ― This movie is a lot. It throws a bunch of different plot elements at the viewer in the hopes that at least a couple of them will stick, and to its credit, this approach does actually work. With its high stakes and deliberate callbacks to Macross history, Zettai LIVE!!!!!! feels like a fitting climax to the M...
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Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Trinkle Stars Anime's New Video Announces 1-Month Delay

OVA rescheduled from December 24 to January 28 ― EXNOA announced on Saturday that the all-ages original video anime (OVA) of its CaramelBox brand's Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Trinkle Stars game has been delayed from December 24, 2021 to January 28, 2022 due to production issues. The staff produced a new promotional video with the date change: 12月発売予定のおとボク3OVA、発売日のほうを2022年1月28日へと変更になりました。申し訳ございません新た...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, October 11-17

Japan Sinks live-action series earns 15.7% rating ― This week's episode of Nippon Chinmotsu - Kibō no Hito (Japan Sinks - People of Hope), a new live-action version of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinmotsu) science-fiction novel, aired on Sunday, October 17 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 15.7% rating. The latest episode of Radiation House 2, the second season live-action series based on Tomohir...

Macross Plus Movie to Screen in U.S. Theaters on December 14

Fathom Events to screen mecha romance film for 1 day only ― Fathom Events announced on Saturday that it will screen the Macross Plus Movie Edition in U.S. theaters with English subtitles on December 14 for one day only. A trailer debuted at the Super Dimension Convention in California earlier in the day, and the trailer will go online before the screenings. Tickets will go on sale on November 12. Mac...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 11-17

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles PS4 version debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 11-17 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles Aniplex October 14 94,849 94,849 2NSwMetroid Dread Nintendo October 8 22,221 109,019 3PS5Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles Aniplex ...
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We Must Never Fall in Love! Manga Gets Digital 10th Volume

9th volume ships on November 12th, 10th volume debuts digitally as final volume on December 13 ― The December issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Friday that Haru Tsukishima's We Must Never Fall in Love! (Zettai ni Tokimeite wa Ikenai!) manga will have a 10th volume that will be a digital exclusive, and it will be available on December 13. The manga's ninth and final physical compiled bo...
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Nana to Kaoru 3rd Year Spinoff Manga Ends on October 29

Nana to Kaoru ~Kōkōsei no SM Gokko~ manga launched in November 2018 ― This year's 21st issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Ryuta Amazume's Nana to Kaoru ~Kōkōsei no SM Gokko~ (High Schoolers' S&M Play) manga will end in the 35th issue of Hakusensha's Harem magazine on October 29. The manga's fifth volume will be the final volume, and it will ship on December 24. The ma...
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The Decagon House Murders Manga Ends With Volume 5 Next Spring

Manga adaptation of Yukito Ayatsuji's classic mystery novel launched in 2019 ― The fourth compiled book volume of Hiro Kiyohara's manga adaptation of Yukito Ayatsuji's The Decagon House Murders (Jukkakukan no Satsujin) novel revealed on Thursday that the manga will end with its fifth volume, which will ship in spring 2022. Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed in July that the manga had begun its fi...
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Bunny Drop's Yumi Unita Draws New 1-Shot on October 29

Senbon Umishima, Kousuke Oono also draw 1-shots ― The December issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine revealed on Thursday that Yumi Unita will release a new one-shot manga titled "Dōtō Frost Flowers" (Frost Flowers of Dōtō) on Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website on October 29. Anime character designer and animator Senbon Umishima (Black Bullet, Recovery of an MMO Junkie) is also launching ...
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Crunchyroll Briefly Reports More Cast, January 2022 Debut for Girls Frontline TV Anime (Updated)

Report also contained new video, revealed theme song artist ― Update: While Crunchyroll originally reported on Saturday more information about the Girls' Frontline television anime as ANN reported below, Crunchyroll has since deleted its article. The video originally available in Crunchyroll's article is also no longer available. The staff for the Girls' Frontline anime have not yet officially confir...

Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Anime Gets 2nd Season

Announced at evening session of anime's special event on Saturday ― The evening session of a special event for the anime of Nanashi's Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san) manga announced on Saturday that production on a second season has been green-lit. Character designer Misaki Suzuki drew a visual to celebrate the news: Vertical publishes the manga in English, and it describe...
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Fuyumi Soryo's Cesare Manga Ends in November After 16 Years

Mars, ES author launched historical manga in 2005 ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Fuyumi Soryo's CESARE - Il Creatore che ha distrutto historical manga will end in its next chapter. The next chapter will appear in the magazine's 52nd issue on November 25. The biographical work tells the story of Cesare Borgia. Motoaki Hara supervises the manga. Soryo ...
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Star Wars Leia Manga Goes Back on Hiatus

LINE app to still post bonus illustrations during hiatus ― The LINE Manga app revealed on Saturday that Haruichi's Star Wars: Leia Ōjo no Shiren (Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan) manga is going back on hiatus "for a little while." The LINE app will still publish bonus illustrations during the hiatus. Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan launched on the LINE Manga app in May 2019, and had gone on...
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'Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it' Anime's 2nd Season Reveals April 2022 Debut, 2 More Cast Members (Updated)

Marina Yamada, Yuuki Kaji join cast ― The "9th Anitama Matsuri" live-streaming event on Saturday revealed that the second television anime season based on Alifred Yamamoto's Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it (Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita) manga will premiere in April 2022. The event also revealed a promotional video and a new visual. The anime's second season is titled Ri...

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Japanese Communist Party Claims No Contradiction In Opposing Regulation of Anime, Manga

Party still hopes creative trends will move away from sexualizing children ― On October 6, the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) became a subject of debate when it updated its policy page addressing its stance on regulating Japanese anime and manga ahead of the next general election. The page stated that while the JCP opposes the categorization of manga, anime, and games as "fictional child pornography"...
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Toei Animation, Funimation to Hold Global Livestream Celebrating One Piece's 1,000th Episode on November 20

Event will stream episodes 998-999 along with prize giveaways ― Funimation and Toei Animation will held a global livestream event celebrating the One Piece anime's 1,000th episode broadcast on November 20 at 3 p.m. PST. The event will be streamed on Funimation's and Toei Animation's official YouTube channels, as well as the One Piece official Facebook page. Influencer and self-described "professional...

TMS Entertainment Streams Lupin III Part 1 Anime's 1st Episode in English

Dub's world premiere streams from October 24-31 ― TMS Entertainment announced on Friday that it will stream the world premiere of the English-dubbed first episode of Lupin III Part 1 on its official YouTube channel on October 24 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the 50th anniversary of the first epsiode's original airdate in Japan. The episode will be available until October 31. Richard Epcar, director of the Engli...
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This Week in Games - The Departed

Heidi revisits the industry contributions of the late Hiroshi Ono, known to his colleagues and fans as Mr. Dotman. ALSO: A Sega staffing shake-up and the return of Froggy Chair. ― Howdy! I'm back from my travels and ready to talk games again! Of course, since I'm a week behind, I've got a fair bit of major news to catch up on. I was in the Denver area and surroundings for a wedding, and while the foc...
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Yakuza Lover GN 2

Instead of just weeping prettily, Nozomi Mino shows she's willing to draw Yuri as messy, even ugly in her anger. ― I suppose it was inevitable that sooner or later, Yakuza Lover would have an arc that put more emphasis on the “yakuza” part of the title than the “lover,” shifting the focus from sex to mob politics at least for a brief time. For many series, this would be a neutral, even positive shift...
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Hard of Hearing Animator Draws Ranking of Kings Sign Language Sequence

Hiromi Yoshida posts her drawings from episode 2 ― The Ranking of Kings anime tells the story of a Deaf prince who strives to become the greatest king. An animator who worked on a sign language sequence in episode 2 revealed that she has a personal connection to the subject matter of the series. "I drew two parts of the sign language cut in episode 2. I love this manga, and it was a very fun experien...
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Ranking of Kings ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Despite the adversity from nearly every human around him, Bojji wants to believe in himself and make his father proud, but he's facing a world with customs that are not designed for him.
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Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Game Delayed to Spring 2022

Remakes of 1st 2 Advance Wars games was scheduled for December 3 ― Nintendo announced on Friday that its Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Nintendo Switch game, which includes remakes of the Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising Game Boy Advance games, has been delayed from December 3 to spring 2022. The company stated that the game needs some more "fine tuning." The game will feature both ...
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Yen Press Licenses God Bless the Mistaken, I Want to Be a Wall, Let's Go Karaoke! Manga

God Bless the Mistaken simulpub launches on October 27 ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it will release the I Want to Be a Wall and Let's Go Karaoke! manga in April 2022, as well as the God Bless the Mistaken manga as a digital simulpub series on October 27. Title: God Bless the Mistaken Creator: Nakatani Nio Release: October 27, 2021 Summary: Kon lives in a world that bugs out regularly—every mo...
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Digimon Ghost Game ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

The franchise finally looks like it's being updated for an actual modern audience while taking advantage of some of the creative conventions that come with telling this type of story in this specific day and age.
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Funimation Announces King's Raid Anime's English Dub, Cast

1st 13 episodes premiered in English on Thursday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it is streaming an English dub for KING's RAID: Successors of the Will (King's Raid: Ishi o Tsugumono-tachi), the television anime of South Korean developer Vespa's King's Raid smartphone RPG app. The anime's first 13 epsiodes premiered in English on Thursday. The English cast includes: Aleks Le as Kasel Kira Buc...
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Platinum End ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

The script feels intimately familiar with the machinations of a conniving megalomaniac who's happy to murder and scheme his way to godhood, but the average teenager is an enigma of vagaries and platitudes.
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France-Luxembourg's Summit of the Gods Animated Film's Trailer Streamed

Netflix to release film in theaters, streaming service in November ― Netflix began streaming on Friday a trailer for the France-Luxembourg animated film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga. Netflix has the worldwide rights to the film outside of France, Benelux, China, Japan, and Korea. Netflix will release the film in select U.S. theaters on November 24 and in sele...
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Japan's New Ghibli Collection Set Offers 1st 'Ghiblies' Short on BD/DVD for 1st Time

Set of 11 Ghibli works ships on December 1 ― Disney's official Japanese website lists Ghibli ga Ippai Kantoku mo Ippai Collection, a collection of Studio Ghibli works from the directors besides studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, for release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on December 1. As a bonus, the collection will offer the first Ghiblies short on disc for the first time. The collection...
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2020 Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Anime's Compilation Debuts at Sunrise Festival

Compilation with added new cuts will close out festival on October 31 ― The official website for Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Shichi Tamashii no Ryūjinmaru (Seven-Souled Ryūjinmaru), anime studio Sunrise and Bandai Spirits' Tamashii Nations toy brand's 2020 project in the Wataru franchise, confirmed in August that the anime's special edition compilation will debut as the closing work in Sunrise studio's Sun...
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Kanashiki Debu Neko-chan Anime Reveals Cast, More Staff, December 6 Debut

Kenichi Takitoh, Nana Mizuki star in adaptation of Ehime "local tale" ― The official website for the television anime of Ehime prefecture's "local tale" Kanashiki Debu Neko-chan (The Sad and Fat Cat) revealed the anime's cast, staff, and December 6 premiere date on Friday. Kenichi Takitoh plays the titular "sad and fat cat" Maru (left in image above), while Ehime native Nana Mizuki plays the black ca...

Mandarake Executive Charged for Operating Adult Store in Tokyo's Nakano Broadway (Updated)

Police searched shop in September after complaints that it was near store for teenaged girls ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police formally charged the 60-year-old male executive of legal affairs for the secondhand otaku retail chain Mandarake on Friday with violating the Businesses Affecting Public Morals Regulation Law. The charge alleges that the retail chain operated a store that displayed a large amount o...

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NetEase Games Acquires No More Heroes Developer Grasshopper Manufacture

Transfer came into effect on May 31 ― Gōichi Suda's (SUDA51's) game developing studio Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. announced on Friday that Chinese developer NetEase Games has acquired the company from GungHo Online Entertainment. The transfer came into effect on May 31. Suda added that Grasshopper Manufacture now has "a unique opportunity to rethink the game development and organization structure." ...

Netflix Unveils Trailer, More Cast for Super Crooks Anime (Updated)

Hiroshi Yanaka, Yasuji Kimura, Pierre Taki, Junichi Suwabe, 6 more co-star in November 25 anime ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer for the Super Crooks anime based on the comic by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu on Thursday. Netflix also revealed more cast members for the anime. The cast (including the previously announced Kenjiro Tsuda and Maaya Sakamoto include): (Top row, left to right in image ab...
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Tetsuo Hara, Seibō Kitahara's Ikusa no Ko Manga Heads to Climax

Manga about Oda Nobunaga debuted in 2010 ― The official Twitter account for Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Wednesday that Tetsuo Hara and Seibō Kitahara's Ikusa no Ko -Legend of Oda Nobunaga manga is heading to its climax. Japanese publisher Coamix and The Silent Manga Audition Committee offer chapters from the manga online in English. The Silent Manga Audition Committee de...
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CEO of Japanese Art Commission Platform Skeb Warns of Misinformation Around NFTs

Kazunari Kida expressed concern that artists may be misunderstanding NFTs as a form of art ownership ― The NFT (Non-Fungible Token) boom has been picking up steam in the anime and manga industries in recent months, but the practice of attaching art to NFTs has also attracted concern in art communities around potential scams, money laundering, and their environmental impact. Kazunari Kida, CEO of the ...
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Gaku Kuze's Torimania Manga Moves to Manga Park

― Hakusensha's Manga Park website and app announced that Gaku Kuze's (Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan) Torimania manga will move from Square Enix's Gangan Online website to Manga Park and resume serialization there in early winter 2022. The manga debuted on Gangan Online in November 2015. The manga's fifth compiled book volume shipped in Japan in January 2019. The romantic comedy takes place in the...
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 11

Jahy learns what every millennial in the pandemic learned: growing a plant is hard.
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City Hunter Spinoff About Umibōzu Ends

Manga's 5th, final volume shipped on Wednesday ― The official Twitter account for Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine confirmed on Wednesday that the fifth and final volume of City Hunter Gaiden Ijuin Hayato-shi no Heion Naranu Nichijō (City Hunter Gaiden Mr. Hayato Ijuin's not peaceful life), Est em's (IPPO, Age Called Blue) City Hunter spinoff manga, has shipped on Wednesday. The manga end...
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Bandai Gives Away Recycled Plastic 'EcoPla' Gunpla Kits For Recycling Day

Gundam Recycle Strategy campaign aims to educate public about recycling starting from October 20 ― Bandai Namco Group is launching a "Gundam Recycle Strategy" campaign starting from Recycling Day on October 20. "EcoPla" plastic model kits made out of recycled materials will be distributed at the Gundam Base Tokyo and other select stores around Japan alongside informational booklets in order to educat...
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The World's Finest Assassin ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Now, info dumps like this can be boring when animated. However, what keeps this episode interesting is that it's more than just an introduction to magic: it's an introduction to a new main character.
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Yūenchi: Baki Gaiden Light Novel Series Ends

Series ends on October 28 ― This year's 47th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Baku Yumemakura's Yūenchi: Baki Gaiden (Amusement Park: Baki Side Story) light novel series will end in the magazine's next issue on October 28. The light novel series will get a manga adaptation by Yuria Fujita, who provides the art for the novels. Yumemakura launched the Y...
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Banished From The Heroes' Party ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

While Red saw Rit as just another member of the party, Rit sees Red as the person who believed in her at her lowest point—who convinced her to stand up and do what was right for her kingdom.
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Neptunia, Senran Kagura Crossover PS4 Game's Trailer Previews Gameplay

Game launches in N. America on October 26, Europe on October 29 ― Idea Factory International began streaming on Thursday a gameplay trailer for Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars (Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune), the crossover action RPG for the Senran Kagura and Hyperdimension Neptunia franchises. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 physically and digitally in North America on October 26 a...
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Hanasaku Iroha Character Designer Mel Kishida Reflects on Changing Attitudes Towards Fanservice In Japan

“I think focusing on fanservice and making it the main aspect [of games and anime] is really starting to change." ― Illustrator and character designer Mel Kishida (Sound of the Sky, Hanasaku Iroha, Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland) has identified a change in his video game work over time: There's less emphasis on fanservice now. “I think focusing on fanservice and making it the main aspect [o...
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takt op. Destiny ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

What takt op. Destiny is, at least so far as these first three episodes are concerned, is an exceedingly entertaining and well-produced action-adventure anime with a great premise, a strong cast, and some absolutely kickass fight scenes.
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Ange Vierge: Girls Battle Game Ends Service After 8 Years

Service ends on December 20 ― The official website and Twitter account for Sega's Ange Vierge ~Girls Battle~ smartphone app game announced on Wednesday that the game will end service after eight years because it has become difficult to maintain the quality of service that satisfies its users. The game will end service on December 20 at 2:00 p.m. JST. The game has halted sales of in-game "GG" currency...
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Witch Hat Atelier GN 6-8

This returns us to one of the themes of the series – that magic is something that should never be viewed as mundane. ― It isn't hard to realize that, having been deprived of her attempt at the Second Trial, Agott is going to be even more upset than usual. Her drive to succeed, which is almost pathological at this point, means that she's very likely to be resentful of not only the Brimmed Caps who int...
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Crunchyroll Adds Over the Sky Anime Film to Catalog

Toho's film opened last November ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming Toho's Over the Sky (Kimi wa Kanata) theatrical anime film on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland. The film opened in Japan in November 2020. The teaser poster visual (seen right) shows th...
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Muv-Luv Alternative ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I respect a show that gives us a two-sentence explanation of tropes we're all to familiar with these days, but that instantly-infodumped context makes it clear that we are absolutely watching an accelerated adaptation.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Game's 'Restored' Video Reveals Hisuian Zorua, Zoroark

Game launches for Switch on January 28 ― The Pokémon Company International began streaming a new trailer for its Nintendo Switch game Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Thursday. The trailer is an updated, "restored" version of a previously posted found footage-style video, and it reveals that the teased, mysterious Pokémon are Hisuian forms of Zorua and Zoroark. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch worldwide...
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DEEMO Memorial Keys Anime Film Reveals February 25 Debut, 5 More Cast Members

Naomi Watanabe, Kōichi Yamadera, more join cast ― Rayark Inc. revealed on Wednesday that DEEMO Memorial Keys (Deemo: Sakura no Oto - Anata no Kanadeta Oto ga, Ima mo Hibiku), the anime film based on Rayark Games' Deemo game, will debut in Japan on February 25. The staff also revealed five more cast members for the film. The new cast includes: (from left to right in image above) Kōhei Matsushita as Ha...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Compilation Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Ilya Kushinov drew new visual under direction of millennium parade's Kōta Mori ― Bandai Namco Arts' YouTube channel began streaming a new trailer for Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045 Jizoku Kanō Sensō (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 - Sustainable Warfare), the compilation film of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime's first season, on Thursday. The trailer features millennium parade's theme song "Fly with me....

The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy Novels Get TV Anime

Yen Press publishes Yū Shimizu's fantasy series about Dark Lord reincarnating as 10-year-old boy ― Kadokawa revealed in its new promotional video for Yū Shimizu and Asagi Tōsaka's The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy (Seiken Gakuin no Maken Tsukai) light novels on Thursday that the novels are inspiring a television anime. The announcement did not reveal any further details. Saki Miyashita narr...
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Danganronpa Decadence Switch Collection's Trailer Previews Gameplay

Franchises ships over 5 million copies ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a trailer for the Danganronpa Decadence game collection on Wednesday. The trailer shows the various games in the collection, as well as the gameplay for the Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp bonus board game. Spike Chunsoft also revealed on Wednesday that the Danganronpa game series as a whole has shipped over five million copi...

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TV Asahi Reveals Original Badminton Anime Ryman's Club for January Premiere

Junya Enoki, Shinichiro Miki, Kaito Ishikawa, Ryota Ohsaka, Tetsuya Kakihara play corporate badminton players ― TV Asahi and Liden Films announced on Thursday that they are producing an original badminton sports anime titled Ryman's Club that will premiere on Asahi Broadcasting, BS Asahi, and 22 other affiliated channels in January within the NUMAnimation anime programming block. 🏸2022年1月放送『リーマンズクラブ』...

Hideaki Anno Supervises Remastered Shin Complete Thunderbirds TV Compilation

"Digest version" with HD footage airs in 2022 ― Star Channel announced on Wednesday that Evangelion director Hideaki Anno is supervising Shin Complete Thunderbirds, a "digest version" of the 1965-1966 Thunderbirds puppet television series featuring HD remastered footage. When he was 25, Anno had worked on The Complete Thunderbirds compilation in 1985 as his first professional editing job. The origina...
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New Yo-kai Watch TV Anime Gets Compilation Film on November 12

Film adds new scenes & recounts Keita's first Yo-kai encounter, Jibanyan's origin, shorts ― Level 5 revealed on Thursday that Yo-kai Watch ♪, the new television anime series in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, will have a compilation film titled Yo-kai Watch ♪ Keita to Orecchi no Deiai-hen da Nyan ♪ Wa, Watashi mo~ ♪♪ (Yo-kai Watch ♪ How Me and Keita Met ♪ M--Me Too~ ♪♪) with new added scenes. The film wi...
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Blue Giant Manga About Aspiring Jazz Musician Gets Anime Film

Film of manga by Gaku creator Shinichi Ishizuka opens in 2022 ― Shogakukan announced on Thursday that Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant manga is inspiring an anime film that will open in 2022. Ishizuka drew the below illustration to celebrate the announcement. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes Ishizuka's 10-volume Blue Giant manga series as five omnibus volumes. The company released the first omnibus v...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Season 3's Teaser Unveils Title, Returning Cast & Staff, April 2022 Debut

Teaser video adapts manga chapter 110 ― The official website for the Kaguya-sama: Love is War television anime posted a 10-minute "teaser promotional video" on Thursday. The teaser adapts the entirety of the manga's 110th chapter, and reveals the third season's Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai -Ultra Romantic- title and April 2022 premiere. The video's description and the website also announced the returni...
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60 Tatsunoko Productions Characters Pose for Studio's 60th Anniversary Visual

Studio will turn 60 on October 19, 2022 ― Anime studio Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Time Bokan, Infini-T Force) released a visual on Tuesday in anticipation of its 60th anniversary on October 19, 2022. The visual features 60 characters across various Tatsunoko properties. The company's online shop plans to sell 60 different types of goods based on that visual. In addition, Yatterman...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace, Namekawa-san Won't Take a Licking! Manga

Also: I Don't Really Get It, but It Looks Like I Was Reincarnated in Another World, ― Seven Seas announced on Wednesday that it has licensed The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace, I Don't Really Get It, but It Looks Like I Was Reincarnated in Another World, and Namekawa-san Won't Take a Licking! manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Coolkyoushinja and Amahara's The Idaten Deities Know Only ...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Anime's Promo Video Previews Unaired Episode

Unaired episode will be on Volume S BD/DVD on January 19 ― The official website for the Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S anime began streaming on Wednesday a promotional video for the new unaired episode that will be included on the "Volume S" Blu-ray Disc and DVD on January 19, 2022. The episode is titled "Nippon no Omotenashi (Attend wa Dragon Desu)" (Japanese Hospitality (My Attendant Is a Dragon))....
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Japanese Variety Show Displays Nintendo Switch's Market Share Dominance At a Glance

The "Ichigeki Kaimei Variety: Hitome de Wakaru!!" (Instant Unraveling Variety: Understand at a Glance) variety show debuted on NTV on Tuesday. The concept behind the program is simple: Educate audiences about various topics using easy-to-understand photos and graphics. The first episode had a segment on video game console market share in Japan over the past decade, which shows at a glance the shee...
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The Heike Story ‒ Episodes 1-6

Biwa gives us an entry into the complex tale, and she also ties the anime to performed versions of Heike Monogatari over the centuries, because biwa players are known to have been part of its legacy in terms of keeping the story alive.
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Gekijō-ban Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!!

Zettai LIVE!!!!!! perfectly understands that when it's time to go big, you ought to go ham. ― This movie is a lot. It throws a bunch of different plot elements at the viewer in the hopes that at least a couple of them will stick, and to its credit, this approach does actually work. With its high stakes and deliberate callbacks to Macross history, Zettai LIVE!!!!!! feels like a fitting climax to the M...
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I-Chu Game Heads to Switch in Spring 2022

Game launched for smartphones in 2015 ― D3Publisher and OperaHouse announced on Wednesday that it will release Liber Entertainment Inc.'s I★CHU game for Nintendo Switch in spring 2022. Liber Entertainment Inc. released the original "love rhythm adventure" game for iOS and Android in summer 2015. The game features 42 voice actors in the main story, performing original songs. In the game's story, a fam...
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Team Liquid Esports Organization Launches 2nd Naruto Shippuden Apparel Line

Collection will launch in United States, Canada, Europe from October 29 ― When the popular esports organization Team Liquid launched its first Naruto Shippuden apparel collection in February, most of it sold out in under 10 minutes. The team is now launching its second apparel line on October 29, this time with a focus on the Akatsuki. The lineup features 20 pieces of fully custom streetwear and acce...
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Love Live! Superstar!! ‒ SEASON FINALE

Alas, “Song For All” is the final episode of Superstar!! for now, and we wrap this season up on a note that's both anticlimactic and thematically perfect for this entry of the franchise.
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Muv-Luv Alternative Anime Adds 3 Cast Members

Yō Taichi, Hibiku Yamamura, Azumi Waki join cast ― The official website for the Muv-Luv Alternative anime revealed three new cast members for the anime on Sunday. The additional cast members are: Yō Taichi as Michiru Isumi Hibiku Yamamura as Mitsuki Hayase Azumi Waki as Tо̄ko Kazama The anime premiered on October 6 on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] programming block. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it air...
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UserLocal Data Ranking: There Are Now Over 16,000 Virtual YouTubers

hololive English's Gawr Gura is the most popular VTuber with 3.49 million subscribers ― Data analysis firm UserLocal revealed on Tuesday that there are now over 16,000 Virtual YouTubers being tracked by the service. The service outlines the number of VTubers over time as follows: March 19, 2018: 1,000 April 27, 2018: 2,000 May 28, 2018: 3,000 July 10, 2018: 4,000 September 12, 2018: 5,000 December 19...
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The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

There's something distinctly selfish and self-serving about Hiyakawa's behaviors, most notably that he appears to think that if it can happen and he wants it to happen, it simply should.
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Bandai Namco Restructures, Combines Visual Business, Music/Live Event Companies

Reorganization to take place on April 1, 2022 ― Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. announced on Tuesday that it is reorganizing the companies belonging to the IP Production Unit by combining three visual business companies into one company, as well as three music and live event businesses into another company. After the conclusion of the agreement in February 2022, the restructuring will take place on April ...
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Super Robot Wars 30 Game's Trailer Previews 1st DLC Pack

DLC including Sakura Wars, Voltes V launches in November ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for Super Robot Wars 30, the latest game in the long-running Super Robot Wars crossover strategy role-playing game series. The video announces the game's first DLC pack, and reveals that it will launch in November. The first DLC package will include units from the following int...
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'Godzilla vs. Hedorah' Short to Stream on November 3

Original Godzilla vs. Hedorah opened 50 years ago ― The official YouTube channel for the Godzilla franchise began streaming a video on Wednesday, and it reveals that the new short "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" ("Gojira vs. Hedorah") will debut on November 3 on the official YouTube channel starting at around 6:15 p.m. JST as part of the online Godzilla Fes 2021 event. "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" is the second ins...
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Voltage Announces New even if Tempest Visual Novel

Switch game debuts digitally next year with Japanese, English text support ― Visual novel developer Voltage announced a new visual novel titled even if Tempest on Tuesday. The game will debut digitally on the Switch via the Nintendo eShop in 2022 with support for both Japanese and English text. The game will be Voltage's first original release for Switch. Voltage describes the game: In a world where ...
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Capcom Ships 20 Million Copies of Monster Hunter: World Game Worldwide

Also: Capcom sells 7.5 million copies of Monster Hunter Rise game worldwide ― Capcom revealed on Tuesday that has shipped 20 million copies worldwide of its Monster Hunter: World game including the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition release. The company also announced that its Monster Hunter Rise game has sold a cumulative 7.5 million units for Nintendo Switch as of September 24. Monster H...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Compilation Film's Character Video Highlights Togusa

Film opens in Japan for limited 2-week run on November 12 ― Bandai Namco Arts' YouTube channel began streaming a character trailer on Tuesday for Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045 Jizoku Kanō Sensō (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 - Sustainable Warfare), the compilation film of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime's first season. The video highlights Togusa and features voice actor Kōichi Yamadera discussing th...
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Keiichi Arawi Resumes Nichijō Manga on October 26

Manga originally ended in 2015 with 10 volumes ― Kadokawa revealed on Wednesday that Keiichi Arawi will resume his Nichijō manga in the December issue of Monthly Shonen Ace on October 26. Arawi additionally stated on Twitter that he wanted to draw the manga again, so he is resuming the series. The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine had teased last month that Arawi would publish ...
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Funimation Reveals Banished from the Hero's Party Anime's English Dub Cast

English dub debuts on Wednesday ― Funimation announced the cast for its English dub of the television anime of Zappon and Yasumo's Banished From the Heroes' Party (Shin no Nakama janai to Yūsha no Party o Oidasareta node, Henkyō de Slow Life Suru Koto ni Shimashita) light novel series on Tuesday. The cast — under ADR director Christopher Wehkamp, lead ADR engineer Alyssa Dumas, ADR scriptwriter Jessi...

Voice Actor Jack Angel Passes Away

Prolific voice actor voiced prominent roles in Voltron, Transformers ― Agency Arlene Thornton & Associates announced on Instagram on Tuesday that prolific voice actor Jack Angel passed away. He was 90. Angel was born in 1930, and he graduated from San Francisco State University. He worked for 10 years as a promo announcer for NBC and as a disc jockey for 18 years. He has also worked as a news anchor,...
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Bright: Samurai Soul Anime Film's Behind-the-Scenes Video Streamed

Film debuted on Netflix on October 12 ― Netflix Anime's YouTube channel began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Tuesday for Bright: Samurai Soul, its new anime film based on the 2017 Bright live-action film that starred Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. The film debuted on Netflix on October 12. Yūki Nomura — a Kyōgen stage actor — made his voice actor debut in the film, starring as Izo the ronin. D...

Voice Actor Chris Ayres Passes Away

Actor, director, fight choreographer was diagnosed with end-stage COPD in 2017 ― Voice actress Krystal LaPorte reported on Tuesday that voice actor Chris Ayres passed away on October 18. He was 56. In November 2017, non-profit corporation Anime Twin Cities Inc. launched a fundraising campaign for Ayres' medical expenses. Ayres had been diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary dise...

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'Kono Healer, Mendokusai' Anime's Teaser Unveils Cast, Staff, 2022 Debut

Aguri Ōnishi, Takuya Satō star in fantasy comedy anime, with Ōnishi also performing opening song ― The official website for the television anime of Tannen ni Hakkō's Kono Healer, Mendokusai (This Healer's a Handful) manga unveiled a visual and teaser promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals the anime's main cast, main staff, opening theme song artist, and 2022 premiere date. Ag...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Casts Kana Hanazawa as Rika Orimoto

Prequel film opens on December 24 ― The official website for the Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie) announced on Friday that Kana Hanazawa will voice the character Rika Orimoto. The character is key to the film's story, and is the childhood friend of main character Yuka Okkotsu (voiced by Megumi Ogata). The two had promised to marry each other, but Rika passes away in a car acci...
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'Yūsha, Yamemasu' Fantasy Novels About Hero Joining Enemy Demon Army Get Anime in April 2022

The Faraway Paladin's Yuu Nobuta directs anime at EMT Squared ― Kadokawa announced on Wednesday that Quantum and Hana Amano's I'm Quitting Heroing: Next Gig Is at the Demon Queen's Castle (Yūsha, Yamemasu: Tsugi no Shokuba wa Maōjō) fantasy light novel series is inspiring a television anime that will premiere in April 2022. The cast includes: Kensho Ono as Leo Demonheart Kaede Hondo as Echidna Shizuk...
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LiSA Is 1st Japanese Female Solo Artist to Stream Song Over 300 Million Times

LiSA also debuts 5th #1 digital single with Sword Art Online Progressive theme "Yuke" ― LiSA's recent single "Homura," the theme song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train anime film, has been streamed 300,139,425 times — thus making her the first female solo artist on the Oricon streaming ranking chart to have a song streamed over 300 million times. The "Homura" single debu...
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The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

. All of us now living in a world where The Fruit of Evolution somehow got enough votes to warrant weekly coverage of the show, and with me being the lucky son of a gun to get the job done.
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86 Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I firmly believe that 86 is one of the best-written shows of 2021 and perhaps one of the best war stories told in an anime.
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Muv-Luv Alternative, Yatterman Series Sell NFTs

Digital cards will feature key animation frames from the ongoing Muv-Luv Alternative anime. ― The Muv-Luv and Yatterman franchises are jumping headfirst into the recent trend of selling art as NFTs. The Muv-Luv Verse English website announced on Friday that it is partnering with the Sakura Gate tech company to launch a Keyframe Card service on October 23. The first of the digital cards on offer will ...
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Blue Period ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Yatora drawing and painting isn't the sole content presented in the show. His relationships with two classmates and his mother are also important components, and all three are interesting characters in and of themselves.
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Mieruko-chan ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

While this season has vampires and ghouls aplenty, the show that so far tickles my horror bone the most is Mieruko-chan.
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Crunchyroll Adds Hajime no Ippo OVA, Original Anime's 76th Episode

Both anime begin streaming on Tuesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will add the Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura original video anime (OVA) and the 76th episode of the original Hajime no Ippo anime to its service on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S. and Canada. Neither the OVA nor the anime's 76th episode had been previously available in the U.S. and Canada. The 76th episode origi...
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Sunrise Moves to New Head Office Named After Gundam's White Base

New office in Tokyo's Suginami Ward will gather 4 affiliated companies under the same building starting from October 25 ― Animation studio Sunrise announced on its website on Monday that it has relocated to a new head office in Tokyo's Suginami Ward. The office's name is "White Base," a reference to the iconic spaceship in the Mobile Suit Gundam anime. Sunrise hopes to "bring together each and every ...
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My Senpai Is Annoying ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Before I sat down and watched the first two episodes of My Senpai Is Annoying, I had been feeling particularly drained from the everyday struggles of adult life. But now I have a huge grin on my face and my heart feels full!?
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 17-23

Nozo x Kimi, Say "I Love You" anime; Vampire Dormitory, Kiruru Kill Me manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 October 19 Naruto Set 5 BDCite Viz Media US$39.99 October 19 Nozo x Kimi BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 October 19 Say "I Love You" BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 O...
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AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

The one thing AMAIM definitely does start off strong with is its action. Part of that is just the novelty of having 2D robots in a TV production, but there's just strong action fundamentals here.
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Eevee To Make Its Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Debut

Eevee will be the first non-Pikachu Pokémon to be represented ― The Pokémon Eevee will make its debut at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as the first non-Pikachu Pokémon to be represented. Instead of a lone Pikachu as featured in last year's event, an Eevee and Pikachu balloon will fly over Manhattan, riding together on a 34-feet tall Poké Ball-inspired sled. The event will also celebrate ...
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Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I'm curious as to how the intrigue both within the government and relating to geopolitics might develop, and the handling of points in that parachute training made it clear the show could make even those more procedural elements endearing.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I know you all don't need me to tell you how big this show has gotten, but hot damn has it been a trip to watch unfold in real-time.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Game's Found Footage Video Teases Pokémon

Game launches for Switch on January 28 ― The Pokémon Company International began streaming a new trailer for its Nintendo Switch game Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Tuesday. The video uses a found footage style as opposed to actual gameplay footage. In the footage, a researcher encounters and describes a Pokémon that is not pictured in the video in an area called the Canalave Library. The researcher stat...

Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Code Fairy PS5, PS4 Game's Video Reveals November 5 Launch

Game's 2nd volume launches on November 19, 3rd volume on December 3 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an announcement trailer for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Code Fairy game for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. The video reveals that the game will launch digitally on November 5 with the first volume, which consists of episodes 1-5. The second and third volumes will launch on N...
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Wataru Mitogawa's Ganbared Sisters Manga Ends With 4th Volume

Manga about warrior nuns who hunt down supernatural beings launched in 2019 ― Shogakukan is listing the fourth compiled book volume of Wataru Mitogawa's Ganbared Sisters manga as the final volume. The volume will ship on November 19. The manga is set in a world where, beginning with vampires, the supernatural world has been exposed to the public. Dorothy, a member of the Red Sisters clergy group that...
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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc Anime's Episode 4 Delayed Due to Election Coverage

Delayed from October 31 to November 7 ― The official website and Twitter account for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime announced on Tuesday that the fourth episode of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) television anime will be delayed by one week due to election coverage for the Japanese House of Representatives. The fourth episode, which wa...
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Cyborg 009 Bgooparts Delete Manga Enters 'Final Battle'

― The December issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Tuesday that Tsuguo Okazaki's Cyborg 009 Bgooparts Delete manga is entering its "final battle." Okazaki launched the manga in Champion Red in July 2019. Akita Shoten published the manga's third compiled book volume on July 19. Shotaro Ishinomori's classic Cyborg 009 manga inspired television anime series in 1968, 1979, and 2001...

Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Show Teased With 'The Lost Session' Video (Updated)

Series premieres on November 19 ― Netflix began streaming on Tuesday a standalone teaser video titled "The Lost Session" for the live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime. The live-action series will premiere on November 19. The series will have 10 episodes. Netflix describes its Cowboy Bebop series: COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,...
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The Savior's Book Cafe Story in Another World Manga Enters Last Arc

Seven Seas licensed manga with 1st volume's release slated for November ― The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Manga One app revealed on Monday that Kyōka Izumi, Ōmiya, and Reiko Sakurada's The Savior's Book Cafe Story in Another World (Isekai ni Kyūseishu to Shite Yobaremashita ga, Arasa ni wa Muri Nanode, Hissori Book Cafe Hajimemashita.) manga has entered its final arc with the 21st chapt...

Mob Psycho 100 Anime Gets 3rd Season With New Director

Sk8 the Infinity episode director Takahiro Hasui directs new season with returning cast, other staff ― Warner Bros. Japan and anime studio BONES announced on Tuesday that BONES is producing a third anime season for ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga, titled Mob Psycho 100 III. BONES also unveiled a promotional video and visual for the third season. The studio also revealed the staff with a new director and t...
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Shigemitsu Harada, Karoti's Megami no Sprinter Manga Ends in November

Sexual comedy manga about track-and-field sprinter with unusual training method launched in 2017 ― The November issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on Tuesday that Shigemitsu Harada and Karoti's Megami no Sprinter (The Goddess's Sprinter) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on November 18. The manga centers on Kōta, a track runner in high school who has so far not stood out at...
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'Goodbye, Don Glees!' Anime Film's Collaboration Trailer With A Place Further Than the Universe Streamed

Both projects have same director, character designer ― The official website for Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse's original anime film Goodbye, Don Glees! began streaming a collaboration promotional video on Tuesday with the A Place Further Than the Universe anime series. In the video, the four main characters of the A Place Further Than the Universe anime talk over the trailer for the Goodbye, Don Glees...
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Crystar Game's Switch Version Heads West in Spring 2022

NIS America's release includes Limited Edition with soundtrack, artbook, more ― NIS America announced on Monday that it will release the Switch version of Furyu Corporation's Crystar game in North America and Europe in spring 2022. The Switch version will ship in Japan on February 24. NIS America's release of the Switch version will have a Limited Edition that includes the game's soundtrack, a hardco...

Kentarō Hiyama's First Pregnancy Live-Action Series' Trailer Reveals More Cast, Staff

Netflix debuts series in 2022 ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer, teaser art, and more cast and staff for the live-action series adaptation of Eri Sakai's Hiyama Kentarō no Ninshin (Kentarō Hiyama's First Pregnancy) manga on Tuesday. The series' English title is He's Expecting. The additional cast members include Mariko Tsutsui, Lily Franky, Ryō Iwamatsu, Kazuya Takahashi, Shōhei Ueno, Maho Yamada, Gak...
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Bakugan: Evolutions Anime Debuts in Early 2022

Anime will air on Teletoon; stream on StackTV, Amazon Prime ― Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, Spin Master, and TMS Entertainment announced on October 13 that the Bakugan: Evolutions anime will premiere in Canada in early 2022. The anime will air on Teletoon and stream on STackTV and Amazon Prime. The anime will have 26 episodes. Each episode will be 22 minutes long. The anime will serve as the fourth ...
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Laws of the Universe Ranks at #3, Macross at #8 in Japanese Box Office

1st Free! The Final Stroke film drops to #10 Uchū no Hō: Elohim-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Elohim Chapter), the newest film in The Laws of the Universe film series by controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku), dropped from #2 to #3 in its second weekend. The film earned 131,468,450 yen (about US$1.14 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total o...
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Akebi's Sailor Uniform Anime Adds 12 Cast Members

Anime premieres in January 2022 ― The official website for the television anime of HIRO's Akebi's Sailor Uniform (Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku) manga revealed more cast members for the anime on Tuesday. The cast (including previously announced) cast members, are as follows: First row, left to right in image above: Manatsu Murakami (in her first lead role in a television anime) as Komichi Akebi, the prot...
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