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05 Oct 00:55

Takashi Miike to Helm Live-Action "Blade of the Immortal"


Takashi Miike, the prolific and shocking director whose reputation exploded internationally with the adaptation of manga Ichi the Killer, also attached to adaptations of manga Salaryman Kintaro, MPD Psycho, Crows Zero, Mogura no Uta, Kami-sama no Iu Toori,and recent Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's violent sci-fi TerraFormarsnow has another big manga project on his slate: Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal.


The 2017 film will feature SMAP's Takuya Kimura (Howl's Moving Castle's Howl, Susumu Kodai in live-action Space Battleship Yamado) as the titular immortal swordsman Manji, returning to period film work after 2006's Love and Honor - the final movie in Yoji Yamada's acclaimed Samurai Trilogy.


The 1993-2012 30-volume (31 in English) series was released in North America by Dark Horse. A 2008 Bee Train production adapted the series nto a TV anime.


Dark Horse describes it

"To end his eternal suffering, he must slay one thousand enemies!" Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality. To rid himself of this curse and end his life of misery, he must slay one thousand evil men! His quest begins when a young girl seeks his help in taking revenge on her parents' killers . . . and his quest won't end until the blood of a thousand has spilled!



via Natalie


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

02 Oct 21:05

Crunchyroll Adds "Lupin the Third" Parts 1 and 3, Plus "Yosuga no Sora: In Solitude Where We are Least Alone" to Anime Catalog


Crunchyroll’s ever-growing back catalog of anime gets an upgrade in the form of two classic series featuring master criminal Lupin the Third. Also, the 12 episode series Yosuga no Sora has been added as well! Finally, we have full details regarding DIABOLIK LOVERS Ⅱ : MORE,BLOOD including date, time, and regions. Read on for all the info!

Lupin the Third Part One is available for all users now in the US and Canada. All of Lupin the Third Part 3 is available to premium users now, while free users can now enjoy the first half of the series. Both are available to users in the USA and Canada.



About Lupin the Third Part 1

With the help of some quick gunplay by his partner Jigen, Lupin takes on the world in elaborate heists, classic car chases, and nasty explosions. Fujiko, a buxom redhead with a penchant for betrayal, always gets tangled up in Lupin's capers. The stoic but swift swordman Goemon is just as inclined to kill Lupin as he is to help him. And Lupin can never seem to lose the relentless Tokyo Police Inspector Zenigata.



About Lupin the Third Part Three

Five years have passed since master thief Lupin and his gang made their daring escape out of Japan and went their separate ways. Then one day Lupin, Jigen, Goemon and Fujiko each receive an invitation from Lupin for a reunion, aboard the luxury liner Sirloin. Reunited on the ship, they discover Lupin didn't send the invitations and the reunion is a trap, plotted by a vengeful Mister X, the Leader of the Scorpion Gang! Foiling Mister X’s plot while evading his nemesis, Inspector Zenigata, is all in a day’s work for Lupin and his gang, as their heisting adventures around the globe begin again!



Meanwhile, the 2010 12 episode series Yosuga no Sora: In Solitude Where We are Least Alone, based on the romance/drama adult visual novel, has also been added to the catalog and is available for premium viewers in the United States and Canada. 


About Yosuga no Sora: In Solitude Where We are Least Alone

After losing both of their parents in an accident, Haruka and his twin sister Sora move out of the city to the rural town where they spent their childhood summers. In their new home, everything seems peaceful until Haruka discovers a special, forbidden love that may disrupt the entire town!



LASTLY and FINALLY we have an update and more details on the upcoming stream of DIABOLIK LOVERS Ⅱ : MORE,BLOOD, which was announced as an acquisition at last weekend’s Anime Weekend Atlanta.


DIABOLIK LOVERS Ⅱ : MORE,BLOOD is set to premier exclusively on Crunchyroll every Sunday starting October 4 at 8:15am Pacific Time. For more information, visit when the show page goes live…



Based off of a drama CD and PSPS game, the Diabolik Lovers series centers around the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers, and the positive and kind-hearted heroine, Yui Komori. Due to her father’s work, she has to transfer to a new school, and ends up living with the Sakamaki brothers.


The second season introduces a new cast of brothers, the Mukami brothers, who are voiced by an all-star male cast, including Takahiro Sakurai, Ryohei Kimura, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, and Daisuke Kishio as Ruki Mukami, Kou Mukami, Yuma Mukami, and Azusa Mukami, respectively. 

DIABOLIK LOVERS Ⅱ : MORE,BLOOD will be available to Crunchyroll members in the following territories: North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, and Turkey.





Patrick Macias is editor in chief of Crunchyroll News & Otaku USA magazine.

He is also the writer of HYPERSONIC music clubParanoia Girls, & PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team!

02 Oct 10:41

Persona 5 Introduces Some Personas With Captain Kidd, Carmen, Zorro, And Goemon

by Sato

Atlus shares a closer look at Personas of the party members that have been revealed thus far, with Captain Kidd, Carmen, Zorro, and Goemon.

Read Persona 5 Introduces Some Personas With Captain Kidd, Carmen, Zorro, And Goemon on Siliconera!

30 Sep 15:39

Kids Can Fight Crime (and Eye-strain) with Criminal Tracking Glasses from "Case Closed"



Elecom, a Japanese electronics company, has produced a new set of blue-light reducing glasses for children patterned after Conan Edogawa's "Criminal Tracking Glasses" from Cased Closed (aka Detective Conan).


The glasses are designed to cut down on the blue end of the visible light spectrum emitted by televisions, computer monitors, smart phones, and other similar electronic devices. Reducing blue light is believed to help reduce eyestrain.





The glasses come with three types of lenses: clear, brown, and 'mirror (map)'. The frames also have a pop-up antenna which is activated with the twist of a dial.





The manufacturer notes that these glasses will not actually give you the ability to track criminals. They're just a fun prop that is intended to reduce eyestrain while kids play video games and surf the Internet. The glasses will go on sale starting in October of 2015, although no set price has been listed yet.


Source: Inside Games via My Game News Flash


Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

02 Oct 03:38

Social Media Celebrates Eyeglasses on Megane Day


October 1st is Megane (eyeglasses) Day in Japan by virtue of the fact that 1001 looks like a pair of spectacles. Of course, it became an excuse for fanart, cosplay photos, and even a few contributions from notable creators.  


First, something not megane related, it's also Ten'ichi Day (天一の日 Ten'ichi no Hi), playing off of the name of the ramen restaurant and the calendar date.

Super Sonico/Pochaco character designer Tsuji Santa 

10月1日、天一の日ぽちゃ子。 #superpochaco #天一の日

— 津路参汰 (@t_santa) September 30, 2015


Now, for the glasses...

Utena/Yurikuma's Kunihiko Ikuhara

間に合わなかったギャウ。 #メガネの日

— 幾原邦彦 (@ikuni_noise) October 1, 2015


Project Itoh and Guilty Crown's Redjuice


— redjuice (@shiru) October 1, 2015

眼鏡キャラはこういう遊びができるのも良いですよね。#danmachi #メガネの日 めがね

— 『ダンまち』アニメ公式 (@danmachi_anime) October 1, 2015

どうやら今日は #メガネの日 とやららしいな…

— セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) October 1, 2015

【今日は 一〇〇一 メガネの日】「フィギュアーツZERO 野比のび太」1月発売予定! #t_nations #ドラえもん #メガネの日

— バンダイコレクターズ事業部公式(魂フィ) (@t_features) October 1, 2015

【ダイヤのA】10月1日はクリス先輩の誕生日とメガネの日!10月8日予約開始のお茶友「コップの上でも特訓だ!」御幸先輩を初公開★お茶友とは→ #ダイヤのA #ochatomo #メガネの日

— メガハウス とり子 (@mega_girlshobby) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> 番外編 普段眼鏡をかけない子が眼鏡かけてるとすごくグッときますよね! #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その11 あまり出番がなかったのが悔やまれる内田さんも眼鏡です。 #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その10 舞茸さんもナイスなヒゲ眼鏡! #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その9 平岡も眼鏡があるからこその平岡ですよね。 #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その8 佐藤さんも眼鏡が欠かせません。 #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その7 新川さんの眼鏡具合も凄くあってますよね。 #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その6 佐倉さんだっていかにも眼鏡! #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その4 いやいやー眼鏡といえば井口さんでしょ~。 #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その3 葛城さんも良い眼鏡ですね。 #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

「くそ・・・なんでボクが・・・あとでスレ立ててやる」本日10/1はメガネの日&ネクタイの日&コーヒーの日!関係業界の皆様、SHOW BY ROCK!!とコラボ企画を是非!!(・ω<)☆ですぞ #SB69

— SHOW BY ROCK!!公式 (@SHOWBYROCK) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その2 ムサニ社長の丸川さん。ナイス眼鏡。 #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015

<SHIROBAKO眼鏡キャラコレクション> その1 言わずとしれた監督。ナイス眼鏡。 #メガネの日 #musani めがね

— TVアニメ『SHIROBAKO』公式 (@shirobako_anime) October 1, 2015


— 天馬流三郎 (@maruhage_x) October 1, 2015

今日はメガネの日らしいので大昔の絵でお茶を濁すね。 #メガネの日

— をかだ (@wokada156) October 1, 2015


— 横山浩子@色々へこたれ中 (@yok_mola) October 1, 2015

メガネの日、追加です。 #にょロボ #メガネの日

— にょロボてぃくす (@nyoROBOtics) October 1, 2015

メガネの上げ方どれが好き? #メガネの日

— たると (@tarte25252) October 1, 2015


— サク@10/11コスエク (@saku93) October 1, 2015

今日はめがねの日だそうです #艦これ #むっぽちゃんの憂鬱 #メガネの日

— さざ波 小波@サンクリL17a (@KonamiPeppler) October 1, 2015

#メガネの日 マク●ナルドのデカパイオネェさん

— 金井 誠 (@kanaman7) October 1, 2015


#メガネの日 なんでひさしぶりギズモさん

— びがぁ (@vigwer) October 1, 2015

今日はメガネの日らしいサギ!皆が私の画像を沢山upしてくれてて嬉しいサギ♡(`•ω•´) #メガネの日 #にょロボ

— にょロボてぃくす (@nyoROBOtics) October 1, 2015


— 71 (@71drafting) October 1, 2015

#メガネの日 ジブリ編。 #魔女の宅急便 #宮崎駿

— 花小金井正幸@リイドカフェで連載中! (@hanamasa_gt) October 1, 2015

#メガネの日 アオイホノオ編 #庵野秀明 #安田顕

— 花小金井正幸@リイドカフェで連載中! (@hanamasa_gt) October 1, 2015

#メガネの日 そして #都民の日

— 高田桂/KatsuraTAKADA (@takadakatsura) October 1, 2014

@ueyamamichiro とりあえず1年以上前の物からいくつかセレクト。

— 上山道郎 (@ueyamamichiro) October 1, 2015

@ueyamamichiro 最近の絵とちょっと前の絵。オリジナルのラクガキは我ながらメガネ率そうとう高いです。 #メガネの日

— 上山道郎 (@ueyamamichiro) October 1, 2015

昨日はメガネの日だったか! #10月1日はメガネの日

— 井荻寿一@ごぶりん (@juichiogi) October 1, 2015


— こざき亜衣【あさひなぐ16巻発売中!】 (@kozaki_ai) October 1, 2015

めがねの日なので眼鏡かけたエラ。漫画の内容と全く関係ないですが。。。 ちなみに眼鏡のデザインは「あさひなぐ」の旭の眼鏡のつもり…!

— 竹良 実 (@gachineiruko) October 1, 2015


— とよ田みのる (@poo1007) October 1, 2015


— とよ田みのる (@poo1007) October 1, 2015

公式メガネ艦娘も良いけど、普段かけてない娘にかけさせるのも良いよね #メガネの日

— 林けゐ (@haya_kewi) October 1, 2015

メガネの日らしいのでロリガでワンドロしました #ロリガ #メガネの日

— Y256☆RREお疲れ様でした (@teamsio_y256) October 1, 2015

夜絵: 1001に拾い物: 阿修羅さんの眼鏡、作りが複雑〜。 水彩絵の具買ったので試し塗り。

— トミイマサコ (@tomidoron) October 1, 2015

#メガネの日 これは流れに乗るしかない!最近描いた絵が眼鏡キャラだったので

— よしお (@yoshio_ym) October 1, 2015

メガネの日 過去絵~~~~~ あんまりめがねキャラ描いてないことに気づきました(^0^;)

— 小関なまら雅 (@chamarusaku) October 1, 2015


— 駕籠真太郎`@新宿展示会10/3から (@shintarokago) October 1, 2015

#眼鏡の日 過去絵ぽいぽいぽーい

— サイトー (@A_Saito_3110) October 1, 2015


— ハビさん° (@habisan) October 1, 2015

「変でも笑わんといてや…?」 #メガネの日

— 内藤隆@夏コミ新刊書店委託中! (@RYUKNIGHT) October 1, 2015

#メガネの日 と聞いて。 古い絵ですが。

— 環望 (@tamakinozomu) October 1, 2015

今日はメガネの日なんだとか!メガネといえば栗山さんヾ(*´∀`*)ノ Photo: @ketaro_ovn #メガネの日

— ろき (@roki_0217) September 30, 2015

メガネっ娘その2。 Photo: @ketaro_ovn #メガネの日

— ろき (@roki_0217) September 30, 2015

こっちもメガネっ娘。 #メガネの日 Photo: @JuneUnknown & エレノア

— ろき (@roki_0217) September 30, 2015

1001 닛타냐 新田ーニャ

— 함(HAM) (@ID_HC) October 1, 2015

メタルフレームとセルフレーム #メガネの日

— ネコばか@眼鏡時空14 (@nekobaka) October 1, 2015


— みすみ (@z3_cut) October 1, 2015

メガネ #ラブライブ版深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負

— スカル573 (@forhor1) October 1, 2015


— ゆーら (@82yura) October 1, 2015

眼鏡スキーとしては眼鏡の日に便乗したかったんだけど、時間が無かったので描き足しで許して…(> <;)

— れい亜 (@aosorayuri24) October 1, 2015

仕事で2年くらい描いてるセクシーな眼鏡お姉さんなんだけど 最初は清楚なお姉さんのつもりで描いてたことに気付いた…

— パオ (@papao_pao) September 30, 2015


— 千秋楽太郎 (@syougaslice) October 1, 2015

こっそり #10月1日はメガネの日 #メガネの日

— ましろ@休止中 (@miyaaaannn) October 1, 2015

着ぐるみ眼鏡高雄さんだよーー #10月1日はメガネの日 #艦これ

— フォン@着ぐるみ高雄型/工廠左遷中 (@kiguphone) September 30, 2015

なに?!眼鏡の日だって? #10月1日はメガネの日

— しもかた (@shimokata) September 30, 2015

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

02 Oct 07:45

Sekai Seifuku Sakusen Adds "HeartCatch PreCure!" Itsuki & Yuri Figures


Following Tsubomi Hanasaki and Erika Kurumi to be released next month, Japanese retailers including Toei Animation's official online store today start accepting pre-orders for two more HeartCatch PreCure! character figures from Megahouse's Sekai Seifuku Sakusen (World Uniform Operation) line, Itsuki Myodoin and Yuri Tsukikage. The 7th PreCure TV anime series was aired in Japan from February 2010 to January 2011, becoming one of the most commercially successful installments in the over 10-year-old franchise.


The "Sekai Seifuku Sakusen" line was launched in September 2014 to focus on releasing popular anime girl figures in their school uniforms. It previously released Nagisa and Honoka from the first installment Futari wa PreCure, and Love, Setsuna, Inori, and Miki from the sixth installment Fresh PreCure!. The price for both 1/10th scale figures is 7,992 yen (about 67 US dollars) and their scheduled shipping date is in late March of 2016.



Itsuki Myodoin



Yuri Tsukikage

Tsubomi Hanasaki and Erika Kurumi



via: Toei Animation official online store


© ABC/Toei Animation


01 Oct 17:00

"Gatchaman Crowds" Original Character Designer Illustrates Nisio Isin Bishonen Detectives Light Novel


It is coming for you Kate!

Publisher Kodansha is looking to extend light novel readership to other book lovers and light novel fans looking to stay interested in the format with its new Taiga imprint. Two of the writers prepared for its October 20th debut are Hiroshi Mori and the ever popular Monogatari author Nisio Isin. Cover art for the latter has now been showcased.


Mori's book has the English title Does She Walk Alone?


Nisio Isin will be introducing his new Bishounen Tanteidan - Kimi Dake ni Hikari Kagayaku Ankokusei (Pretty Boy Detective Team - The Dark Star That Only Shines for You), with figures and logo designed by Veia (Sekirei) and illustration by Gatchaman Crowds original character designer kamabokoita.


『美少年探偵団 きみだけに光かがやく暗黒星』(10月20日発売・講談社タイガ)のカバーデザインが完成しました!イラストはキナコさん、デザインはVeiaさんです。愚かで眩しい五人の美少年――あなたは誰がお好みですか?

— 西尾維新公式情報 (@NISIOISIN_info) October 1, 2015




And, as a bonus, more art recently Tweeted by Kamabokoita!

実装記念に中岡さんとお世話になってる寺田さん 2人とも描かせて頂いております #フルボッコヒーローズ

— キナコ (@kamabokoita) September 30, 2015

みんな笑顔で終わって良かった はじめちゃんに付き合ってくれてありがとうカッツェ

— キナコ (@kamabokoita) September 28, 2015


— キナコ (@kamabokoita) September 28, 2015


— キナコ (@kamabokoita) September 24, 2015


— キナコ (@kamabokoita) September 6, 2015

本家の栽培少年さん一周年のお祝いに描いた五条ブリッヂ組 #栽培少年

— キナコ (@kamabokoita) August 7, 2015


— キナコ (@kamabokoita) August 1, 2015

レイギガント、カイルくんの神格化デザインで参加させていただきました。 発売おめでとうございます! #raygigant

— キナコ (@kamabokoita) July 30, 2015



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

01 Oct 10:46

Meet Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Shows Tharja, Virion, And Other New Characters

by Sato

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem updates us with a first look at its two new characters in Mamori and Barry, along with a look at three of its Fire Emblem Characters with Draug, Tharja, and Virion.

Read Meet Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Shows Tharja, Virion, And Other New Characters on Siliconera!

30 Sep 03:55

VIDEO: "Lupin The Third" New TV Anime OP Movie Posted


This looks like it could be pretty awesome.

Before its highly-anticipated premiere in Japan tomorrow, Cinema Today has posted a 80-second opening movie for the upcoming new Lupin the Third TV anime series introducing the newly-recorded iconic theme by Yuji Ohno. As reported, the ED song "Chanto Iwanakya Aisanai" (I won't Love You unless You Tell Me Honestly) is performed by 57-year-old enka singer Sayuri Ishikawa.  


The first episode titled "The Marriage of Lupin The Third" featuring Lupin's wedding with the new heroine Rebecca Rossellinia will be aired on Nihon TV at 26:40 on October 1 (JST).



OP Movie



【つぶやき部より】 本日のつぶやきは矢野雄一郎監督です!ついにOAまであと1日! 一足早く公開されたOP映像でルパン熱を最高潮に上げてお待ちください! 「ルパン三世」オープニング映像

— テレコムアニメーションフィルム公式 (@telecom_anime) 2015, 9月 30






Main voice cast for the new season:


 Arsène Lupin III: Kanichi Kurita (1995-)

 Daisuke Jigen: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (1971-)

 Goemon Ishikawa XIII: Daisuke Namikawa (2011-)

 Fujiko Mine: Miyuki Sawashiro (2011-)

 Inspector Koichi Zenigata: Koichi Yamadera (2011-)


 Rebecca Rossellini: Yukiyo Fujii

 Nyx: Shunsuke Sakuya



Latest main visual



via: Cinema Today


Original Story: Monkey Punch©TMS


30 Sep 09:08

Super Smash Bros. Gets New Stages, Monster Hunter Mii Fighter Outfits, And More

by Sato

Nintendo released the latest DLCs for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, which includes the Super Mario Maker stage, the Pirate Ship stage from Brawl, and various new costumes for the Mii Fighter.

Read Super Smash Bros. Gets New Stages, Monster Hunter Mii Fighter Outfits, And More on Siliconera!

29 Sep 15:30

Here Are Some Of Persona 4: Dancing All Night’s Most Difficult Tracks

by Casey

As the new rhythm game hits the shelves today in North America, here's a look at some of the tracks in the game's most difficult "All Night" mode.

Read Here Are Some Of Persona 4: Dancing All Night’s Most Difficult Tracks on Siliconera!

29 Sep 12:49

"Fate/stay night" Riddle-Solving Event Coming to Tokushima and Kokura


I would so do that!


"Fate / stay night Riddle-Solving Rally - Hunt for the Grimoire" - a puzzle-solving event that kicked off in Tokyo in July of this year and then later continued in Kobe in August - is coming soon to the cities of Tokushima and Kokura.


Participants take the role of apprentice mages tasked by Rin Tōsaka with solving an incident involving a mysterious gas leak. Each player receives a puzzle kit as part of the game, and solving the clues within directs the players to special checkpoints. Completing the challenge earns the player 1 of 6 clear file posters (randomly selected) as a prize.



The event runs from October 10 to October 12, 2015, at the Tokushima venue and from November 28 to November 29, 2015, at the Kokura venue. Entry in the event requires the purchase of the puzzle kit, which sells for 1000 yen ($8.34 US) including tax. For more information, check out the official Japanese event page here.




Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

28 Sep 20:35

Shueisha's "Weekly Young Jump" Publishes New "Legend of the Galactic Heroes" Manga



Ryu Fujisaki, the author of Shiki and Hōshin Engi, is helming a new manga adaptation based on the Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels by Yoshiki Tanaka. The new series will debut in Issue 45 of Weekly Young Jump, a seinen manga magazine published by Shueisha, which will be released on October 08, 2015.


The Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels, which began publication in 1982, are a galaxy-spanning space opera science fiction series chronicling the conflict between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance as well as the rivalry between Reinhard von Lohengramm and Yang Wen-li, two genius military-tacticians who rise to power on either side.



Legend of the Galactic Heroes has been adapted into 3 animated feature films, 2 long-running OAV series directed by Noboru Ishiguro, 3 previous manga adaptations by Katsumi Michihara, and a musical stage play by the Takarazuka Revue. Production I.G is currently developing a new Legend of the Galactic Heroes animation slated for release in 2017.


Viz Media is currently planning to release the original Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels in English, whereas Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime.


Source: Cinema Today


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28 Sep 12:19

Netflix Pages for "Glitter Force" and "The Seven Deadly Sins" Spotted Online


Intrepid fans have spotted entries for Glitter Force and The Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix's U.S. and Japan launch pages, respectively.



The Glitter Force entry ( lists the series as being published in 2016 and describes it as follows: "Five preteen girls learn they're a legendary superhero squad known as the Glitter Force. Their mission? To defend Earth from evil fairytale villains."


As Crunchyroll previously reported, Glitter Force is the English-language title for Saban's adaptation of Smile PreCure!, a magical girl TV anime from 2012 animated by Toei. The entry page does not currently link to any videos for the series.



The entry of The Seven Deadly Sins is region-locked to Netflix Japan (, but a fan took this screenshot. The splash-page feature a description in English that reads: "When a kingdom is taken over by tyrants, the deposed princess begins a quest to find a disbanded group of evil knights to help take back her realm."


No official announcements regarding either of these series have been released yet, but hopefully the discovery of these entry pages means that good news will be on the way soon for English-speaking anime fans with Netflix accounts. We'll be sure to report on any future developments.


Source: WTK Twitter feed


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24 Sep 11:10

Saban Brands Advertises "Smile PreCure!" Adaptation as "Glitter Force"



Saban Brands has been advertising a new "girls action" TV show in trade magazines under the title of Glitter Force, and the artwork used is from Smile PreCure!, a 2012 TV anime from Toei. Glitter Force is described as being a 40 episode series, with each episode being 22 minutes long. Smile PreCure! originally ran for 48 episodes on TV Asahi.



The ad copy says that the show "[f]ollows five preteen girls who form the legendary superhero squad the Glitter Force, and must defend Earth from evil fairytale villains.…"


Anime News Network notes that Saban Brands applied for the trademark for Glitter Girls in 2013. No further information, such as a broadcast schedule or home video release plans, is currently available at this time.


Special thanks go to @IMissBionix for the news tip.



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26 Sep 20:58

"Weekly Shōnen Sunday" Begins 2nd "Bring-Your-Own Manga" Contest in October



Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga magazine is beginning its 2nd "bring-your-own manga" contest in October, in which aspiring manga artists both amateur and professional can pitch their comics directly to the magazine's editorial board. Promising artists with original works will advance immediately to the next phase of the competition, to be held at a later date.



The grand prize winner will receive a 1 million yen ($8291.88 US) cash prize, and their work will be published in either Weekly Shōnen Sunday or Shōnen Sunday Super. The 2nd place winner will receive a 500,000 yen ($4145.94 US) cash prize, while the 3rd place winner will receive a cash prize of 300,000 yen ($2487.56 US).



The contest kicks off on October 11, 2015, at the Humany Academy Naha School in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Contestants must register in advance by phone, with the deadline for registration ending on October 02, 2015 for the Naha venue. 


For more information about additional dates and venues, please check the official contest page (in Japanese) here.


Source: Comic Natalie


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25 Sep 18:04

Toyota Releases "Char Aznable Auris II" Automobile



Toyota is releasing a special, limted edition run of 300 Auris automobiles decorated to resemble the custom Zaku II mobile suit piloted by Char Aznable, the chief antagonist of the original Mobile Suit Gundam TV anime. The collaboration campaign even includes an original commercial produced by the makers of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin OAVs.



This marks the 2nd collaboration between the Toyota Auris automobile and Char Aznable, the first being in 2013. In addition to the exterior and interior decorations, the cars will feature mobile suit sound effects and a GPS navigation system featuring voice instructions by Char Aznable (Shuichi Ikeda) and Lalah Sune (Keiko Han).



The "Char Aznable Custom Auris II" cars go on sale in Japan at participating Toyota dealerships on October 01, 2015. The suggested retail price for these vehicles begins at 3,216,437 yen ($26,667.96 US) each.


Source: Net Lab via Otakomu


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25 Sep 10:00

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Composer On The Challenge Of Video Game Music

by Sato

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem composer Yoshiaki Fujisawa talks about how he got started on making music for the game, and his thoughts thus far.

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25 Sep 07:30

Pre-Orders Begin for S.H.Figuarts Cure Beat from "Suite PreCure♪"


Following Cure Melody and Cure Rhythm released in Spring of this year, Bandai's official online store Bandai Premium today stated accepting pre-orders for S.H. Figuarts Cure Beat, the long-awaited third character figure from the eighth PreCure series Suite PreCure♪ aired in 2011-2012. Its prototype was revealed at this summer's Wonder Festival held at Makuhari Messe on July 26. 


The 130mm-tall pre-painted figure comes with four face parts, three hand parts, her weapon Love Guitar Rod and its shooting mode Soul Rod. The retail prices is 4,860 yen (about 40.40 US dollars) and its scheduled shipping day is in march 2016. 




S.H. Figuarts Cure Melody and Cure Rhythm


Source: Bandai Premium


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24 Sep 22:11

"Young Animal" Magazine Celebrates "March Comes in Like a Lion" Adaptation Plans


This year's issue 19 of Hakusensha's magazine Young Animal has announced that Chica Umino's (Honey & Clover, original character designs for Eden of the East) Manga Taisho, Kodansha Manga Award and Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize winning March Comes in Like a Lion is set to be adapted into a live-action movie and TV anime. The September 25th release packed in a bonus B6 clear file and schedule sticker set to celebrate the big news.


Volume 11 of the series was also released on September 25th. It's limited edition comes with a diary and pen.


The series follows a 17-year-old who lives the independant life of a professional shogi player following the death of his family in a traffic accident, but who begins to open up a bit after meeting three sisters from a working-class area of his city. 


Chapter color page opening/announcement


Young Anime 19 cover


Volume 11 cover


Bonus clearfile


Bonus schedule stickers

limited edition diary



Limited edition pen


Volume 11 poster


Previous volumes


via Natalie


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

25 Sep 06:30

New Macross TV Anime Series Title Confirmed as "Macross Δ (Delta)"


The official portal site for the Macross anime series announced today on September 25 that the title of the upcoming new TV series will be Macross Δ (Delta), revealing its title logo and first main visual. In addition, a press conference with one of the original creators of the 33-year-old franchise, Shouji Kawamori, willl be held at 12:00 on October 29 (JST), and it will be live-streamed (how and where will be announced later).


The winner of the audition for the new main singer/voice actress will be also announced there. The audition was held from December 2014 to January 2015, and a total of 8,000 people applied. It was the highest number in the history of the franchise, even 3,000 more that that for Macross Frontier in 2007 and 5,000 more than the recent "Miss Macross 30 Contest" in 2012. In the 2007 audition, Megumi Nakajima was chosen as the voice and singer for Ranka Lee.



マクロス・シリーズ最新作「マクロスΔ(デルタ)」 正式タイトルと第1弾キービジュアルが発表となりました! 随時、最新作「マクロスΔ(デルタ)」に関する情報を発信して参ります!ご期待ください!! #macross

— 「マクロス」公式アカウント (@macrossD) September 25, 2015



Source: "Macross" series portal site



25 Sep 00:04

Kadokawa Re-Vamps "Book Walker" English App for NYCC



Just in time for the festivities of New York Comic Con, Kadokawa is re-vamping their English language Book Walker app and expanding their online library with some 700 new light novel and manga titles translated into English.


The revised app will be released on the Book Walker English website ( and on the Apple App (for iOS) and Google Play (for Android) stores beginning on October 05, 2015.


Additionally, subscribers to the app will be able to present their signed-in smart phones or tablets at the Book Walker booth at New York Comic Con for a chance to win prizes such as Book Walker digital gift cards (an $8 value), figures from the Fate/stay night and Sword Art Online series, and Ninja Slayer-themed tote bags.


New York Comic Con runs from October 8 to October 11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. For more information about the convention, please check out the official NYCC home page here.



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24 Sep 18:11

Hatsune Miku Joins The North American Investigation Team With Persona 4: Dancing All Night DLC

by Jenni

Atlus has confirmed a western release of the Hatsune Miku Persona 4: Dancing All Night DLC.

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23 Sep 18:03

Frame Rate - How Does Frame Rate Affect Gameplay? - Extra Credits

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To understand the debates over frame rate that pop up over so many new game releases, we have to start with an understanding of what frame rate means and does. All moving video is really composed of a sequence of still images, or frames. The rate at which we change those frames determines how smooth the motion looks. In film, the standard frame rate is 24fps, but that's actually a slow rate which creates effects like motion blur that our brains have been trained to recognize as cinematic. Video games aim for a minimum of 30fps, however, because the interactivity means that a slower frame rate can make the game feel laggy. While developers sometimes hit a higher framerate, we usually only hear 30fps and 60fps discussed because our TV and computer monitors refresh in intervals of 30, although we can turn off vertical sync (vsync) to get somewhat closer to the refresh rates pumped out by our graphics cards. So why do developers sometimes cap frame rate at 30fps? Sometimes it's contractual - they're prohibited from making a PC version definitively better than its console equivalent - and sometimes it's bad architecture - a game that's programmed to check something every frame becomes more laggy the more frames there are. But in the end, to achieve a higher framerate, developers have to trade off other aspects of the game's performance, and every industry study shows that better graphics trump better framerate when it comes to sales.

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23 Sep 15:00

DC's Latest Young Adult Series Turns Wonder Woman, Batman And Superman Into Teen Detectives

by James Whitbrook

DC have been on a bit of a YA kick this year, striving to get younger readers into the vast cadre of DC heroes (and eventually, into the comic books themselves). We’ve got young Lois Lane spinning off in her own book series , but now DC’s big three are getting in on the action... as middle-school kids.


23 Sep 14:00

Fire Emblem Fates’ Latest DLC Maps Feature Series’ Merchant Girl Anna

by Sato

Fire Emblem Fates' second wave of DLC maps is a throwback to several past titles, and also lets you add Anna from Fire Emblem Awakening to your party.

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22 Sep 13:03

Check Out Hyrule Warriors Legends’ Compass And Ocarina Premium Goodies

by Sato

Watch Hyrule Warriors Legends Developers Show off some of the game's limited edition goodies, including a little ocarina demonstration.

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22 Sep 13:03

VIDEO: "Project X Zone 2" TGS Trailer Returns with English Subs


A few days ago we posted about Project X Zone 2 adding in characters from Xenosaga, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Fire Emblem: Awakening. Bandai Namco followed up the Tokyo Game Show 2015 trailer debuting the additions with an English-subtitled version, so dig into another preview of Fiora, KOS-MOS, Chrom, and Lucina below.



Project X Zone 2 hits Nintendo 3DS in Japan on November 12, followed by North America and Europe on February 16 and 19 of next year, respectively.



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22 Sep 01:00

Bayonetta 2 Director Given Dolls Of The Game’s Characters For His Birthday

by Chris Priestman

The Bayonetta 2 team reunited to celebrate its first anniversary with a cake and to give the director some dolls for his birthday.

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21 Sep 10:00

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Won’t Have Any Paid DLC

by Sato

Bandai Namco announced that the game “won’t have any paid DLCs.” They’re also thinking about releasing a special “PS4 collaboration model” that has a special design HDD Bay Cover.

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