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18 May 14:29

Hajime Kanzaka's Slayers Novel Confirmed to Return with Its Third Arc


It was officially announced in the latest July 2019 issue of KADOKAWA'S Dragon Magazine released today on May 17 that the long-awaited third arc of Hajime Kanzaka's internationally popular fantasy light novel series Slayers is set to launch in near future.


The author commented on the third arc in the issue, "Rather than an official history, the third arc is going to be more like one of the possibilities, a parallel existence to the TRY TV anime and the Water Dragon King manga, I guess." Further details such as story and release schedule will be provided at a later date.


Kanzaka's Slayers series was launched in January 1990, and many people believed that its long novel series was concluded with its 15th volume released in May 2000. And 18 years after, it surprisingly returned with its 16th volume in October 2018 as part of the 30th anniversary project for

Dragon Magazine and Fujimi Fantasia Bunko.


So far the whole series has 51 volumes in total (long novel series: 16 volumes, Special series: 30 volumes,

Smash. series: five volumes), printing more than 20 million copies.



The long novel series' 1st and 16th volume covers



Source: Oricon News


16 May 16:32

New Utena Stage Musical Covers Black Rose Arc

Musical with returning cast, staff runs in Tokyo from June 29 to July 7
15 May 17:19

Moyoco Anno Among Illustrators Creating Pocky Boxes for Spring



It's not like we need and excuse to carry a box of Pocky with us wherever we go... but Glico is giving us one in their spring campaign!


Their OdePake packaging features character art designed to match each of five different varieties of Pocky. Punch-out lines on the back let the characters (and thus the box) cling to a shoulder strap or the edge of a bag.



Thirteen different characters are available in all:


Lily Franky




Moyoco Anno


Each box has a QR code in the bottom right corner. Snap it with your phone, and the box's character will be available for AR photos! Plus, the boxes will get you discounts at select stores around Japan.


The OdePake campaign runs until June 30.


>> Pocky OdePake Campaign Website

Source: @anno_moyoco on Twitter




Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRVWe Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.

14 May 21:50

Galactic Heroes Season 2 Launches Release Dates and Key Visuals



The battle begins again this fall when Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These returns—and new key visuals show us both sides looking ready for action!


A new pair of posters depicts the major players on both the Empire and Alliance sides, drawn by series character designer Yoko Kikuchi (Kuroko's Basketball, Junjo Romantica).

In addition, it's been confirmed that the second season will receive a theatrical release in three parts. Each movie-length release will cover four episodes. The three chapters will be released in Japanese cinemas on September 27, October 25, and November 29.


Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These is the latest adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic book series. The series initially received an anime adaptation from 1988-1998, as well as manga and stage iterations.


>> Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Website

>> Watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These on Crunchyroll

Source: Comic Natalie





Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRVWe Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.

13 May 18:53

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Anime's 2nd 'Season' Reveals Screening Dates, Visuals

3 films to open in September, October, November
10 May 16:35

Kizuna AI Confirmed to Perform at SUMMER SONIC 2019


It is confirmed today that Kizuna AI, the virtual YouTuber who has the most subscribers on YouTube, will perform at SUMMER SONIC 2019's Tokyo venue (ZOZO Marine Stadium or Makuhari Messe) on August 18, 2019. The one of the largest summer music festivals in Japan will have its 20th anniversary this year.


While posting YouTube videos regularly since November 2016, she made her singer debut in July 2018 by releasing her first digital single "Hello, Morning." So far she has released 12 singles (11 digital and one CD), and held her first solo live concert "Kizuna AI 1st Live 'hello, world'" in Tokyo (December 29, 2018) and Osaka (December 30).


SUMMER SONIC 2019's three headliners are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, B'z, and The Chainsmokers. And various foreign and Japanese artists are scheduled to perform, such as WEEZER, [ALEXANDROS],

Bananarama, JUJU, BiSH, Little Glee Monster, Micheal Monroe, PassCode, RADWIMPS, BABYMETAL,

MAN WITH A MISSION, Rancid, The Damned, Perfume, Chara, Yasutaka Tanaka, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu,

and many more.






Meanwhile, her first full album "hello, world" is set to be released in three editions (deluxe, live DVD, regular)

in Japan on May 15, 2019. The bonus DVD for the first two editions includes her "Kizuna AI 1st Live 'hello,

world'" concert at Zepp Osaka Bayside on December 30, 2018. 


Live digest


CD jacket


12-disc deluxe edition set contains one CD album, ten single CDs, and one live DVD.




Source: Active8 press release


©Kizuna AI / upd8 music


08 May 15:43

Persona 5 Royal’s Third Semester Will Be Unexpectedly Voluminous, Adds QoL Improvements

by Sato

We recently reported that Daiki Itoh, who was previously the lead Confidant planner of Persona 5, will take the role of director for Persona 5 Royal, and he shared more details with producer Kazuhisa Wada.

The post Persona 5 Royal’s Third Semester Will Be Unexpectedly Voluminous, Adds QoL Improvements appeared first on Siliconera.

07 May 15:58

Anime vs. Real Life: Sarazanmai


Sarazanmai is famed director Ikuhara’s latest work, and is as brazenly bizarre, thought-provoking, and equally hilarious as you’d come to expect. The show, which is about three troubled boys who were turned into zombie-fighting kappas through the extraction of a mythical anal organ, is brimming with overwhelming symbolism and surreal elements. However, unlike many of the director’s other works before, it’s deeply linked to its real-world setting, which is Asakusa. The popular tourist district, which still retains an ambience reminiscent of the older days, with the spiritual Sensoji Temple at its center, and the nearby Kappabashi Street, are the perfect setting for a show as surreal as Sarazanmai, and are the topic in this edition of Anime vs. Real Life.


*All images were taken with GOOGLE STREET VIEW (pictures I shot are marked WD)




Asakusa today is one of the most popular tourist districts in Tokyo, with the famous Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate) at its center, which can be considered the symbol of Asakusa, if not the whole city. The gate marks the entrance to the massive Sensoji Temple, built in circa 628, which makes it Tokyo’s oldest temple. Leading straight from the outer gate to the temple’s second gate is the 200 meter-long Nakamise Shopping Street, which is lined with dozens of tourist souvenir shops, which still have a very traditional Japanese atmosphere. The approach to the temple also serves as a gateway to Sarazanmai’s spirit world, but we’ll get back to that at the end of the article.






Kappabashi is an area right next to Asakusa, with the one kilometer-long Kappabashi Dougu Street at its heart, which is lined by over a hundred restaurant-supply shops and kitchen-equipment sellers. The specialized area provides the whole city’s restaurants with the necessary kitchen utensils, so it’s easy see where the nickname “kitchen town” is coming from. At the begging of the street stands the Niimi Tableware Store, with the giant chef’s bust sitting on top of it. In the anime, the otter cops’ police station is located inside of this building, which is not the case in real life. If you look real close, you’ll also notice the giant otter missing in real life.




Since the whole street specializes in kitchenware, there are basically no restaurants around, except for this little side street called Kappabashi Hondori. The street leads directly to Asakusa, and is the only one with a clear view of the Tokyo Skytree.




There are several myths and versions surrounding the origins of the area’s name, but the official Kappabashi website states two in particular. The logical one being: In earlier times, a low-ranking samurai used to display and sell raincoats (called kappa in Japanese) on a former bridge in the area (bashi meaning bridge in Japanese). 




The more mystical second version is about a local merchant, who took it upon himself to stop the severe drainage problems of the area, with the construction of a drainage ditch to the nearby Sumida River. However, the channel’s construction was not progressing smoothly, until a local kappa living in said river took notice. Kappas are frog/turtle-like humanoid creatures from Japanese mythology. They carry a dish filled with water on their head, which allows them to travel on land, and are usually known as mischievous little tricksters. But this kappa was so moved by the merchants good deeds and valiant effort, that it pitched in and helped finishing it every night, making the area prosper and bringing good luck to the other merchants who saw it help.


No matter the origin, Kappabashi developing into a kitchenware district is simply genius, as a kappa’s most defining trait is definitely the dish on its head.



Close to the Kappabashi Dougu Street and Hondori intersection is this little plaza, with a statue of the patron kappa of the area, in honor of the just mentioned story. In the anime, the plaza is occupied by the peculiar Keppi, heir to the throne of the Kappa Kingdom. Just to be safe, maybe try to keep your distance if you don’t want your shirikodama (the mythical anal organ that stores all your secret desires) forcefully sucked out.






Moving back to Asakusa, the eight-story Ekimise building right here is a shopping complex with access to the Tobu Asakusa Station.






The modern Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is located right vis-à-vis from the before mentioned Kaminarimon Gate. The observation deck on top provides a good view of the area.  







In the second episode, Kazuki and Toi somehow manage to visit the the Hanayashiki Amusement Park, while chasing a stray cat. The miniature amusement park is one of the oldest in Japan, being open since 1853, and is still running a 60-year-old rollercoaster. The amusement park also made a brief appearance in Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles, during one of Koizumi’s ramen adventures in Asakusa.










The little spot where Enta used to train football with Kazuki is on the other side of the Sumida River. I bet it won’t take long before someone actually draws a draws a goal post there.












The Azuma Bridge stretches across the broad Sumida River, connecting the Taito Ward to the Sumida Ward, and is a landmark of the area in itself.




The area along the Sumida River offers great views of the Tokyo Skytree (the world’s second largest structure at 634m) and the headquarters of the Asahi Breweries with the weird giant golden sculpture next to it, which is apparently supposed to be a flame representing the burning heart of the company. In all honesty, before I looked it up a couple of years ago, it looked like a giant golden tadpole or even turd to me, and all I can see now is a giant shirikodama being extracted. 




Every time Keppi transforms the three protagonists into kappas, he puts them on a rickshaw (which you can actually rent to get around the area), and makes a dash from the Sensoji Temple’s inner Hozomon Gate, along the Nakamise Shopping Street, through the outer Kaminarimon Gate, mentioned at the beginning of the article.




And last but not least, the vermilion Azuma Bridge does not only connect two wards in Toyko, it’s also somehow the connection between the real world and the spirit world in Sarazanmai. The great dancebattle takes place on the very aesthetic Azuma Bridge each episode. 

In case you ever want to go kappa hunting yourself, here's the map I made: 



Have you ever been to Asakusa yourself and did you recognize some of the landmarks shown in Sarazanmai?What do you think of the show so far? Sound off in the comments below!



Wilhelm is an anime tourist, who loves to search for and uncover the real-world spots he sees in anime. You can talk with him on Twitter @Surwill


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07 May 14:35

Man Cosplays as ufotable President Hikaru Kondo at Machi Asobi Event

Cosplayer takes photos with wads of fake cash in reference to ufotable's alleged tax evasion
03 May 15:19

You Can Win Rikka VA's Autograph in SSSS.GRIDMAN Alarm App Campaign




The 180-second PV for Tokyo-based company D-techno's alarm clock app "SSSS.GRIDMAN Alarm -

if your smile-" has been viewed more than 150,000 times just in one week. In commemoration of

the record, the company has started the second follow & retweet campaign on its "Chara clock"

brand's official Twitter, in which you can win an autograph of Rikka Takarda's anime voice actress,

Yume Miyamoto.


By following the brand's official Twitter account (@Characlock) and retweeting the campaign post

below, one lucky winner will get her autograph. This second campain's application period is between

May 2 and 9. The prizes for the first campaign are tapestry (for five) and acryl keyholder (for 50),

and it will also end on May 9. 





The "SSSS.GRIDMAN ALARM -If your smile-" app is scheduled to be available for iOS and Android in

the summer of 2019. The anime's two original heroine voice actresses, Yume Miyamaoto as Rikka

Takarada and Rena Ueda as Aakane Shinjo record more than 600 new words.







Source: D-techno press release


©Tsuburaya Productions

©2018 TRIGGER, Tetsu Amamiya/"GRIDMAN" Production Committee


02 May 15:57

Bayonetta 3 To See “Change In Design Process” According To PlatinumGames

by Alistair Wong

In a recent interview, PlatinumGames studio head Atsushi Inaba said that Bayonetta 3 will see a change in design process compared to the first two games, as the company is attempting to build a new foundation.

The post Bayonetta 3 To See “Change In Design Process” According To PlatinumGames appeared first on Siliconera.

02 May 15:56

Akagi Gets Sequel Manga Set 20 Years Later

Nobuyuki Fukumoto ended Akagi manga after 27 years in February 2018
30 Apr 15:40

Kizuna AI Makes Newsweek's List of Globally-Respected Japanese People



Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI has been making a name for herself over the last three years, going from video personality to voice actress to pop idol. And according to the Japanese edition of Newsweek, she's done so on a major scale, making her one of Japan's most globally-respected figures.


The April 30 edition of the magazine categorizes AI in its segment Rest of the Best: From Scholars to Actors, Japanese People Who Surprised the World. She appears alongside Case Closed creator Gosho Aoyama, contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, and graphic designer Kenya Hara.



Kizuna AI continues to lead the pack in the ever-growing field of virtual YouTubers, with her popularity leading to merchandise, live events, and commercial tie-ins. The project took away the "Cross Trend Award" in this year's 17th Annual Nikkei BP Japan Innovator Awards. Most recently, she released a music video with Yasutaka Nakata for their song "AIAIAI," the opening theme to VIRTUALSAN - LOOKING.

The new issue of Newsweek Japan comes out tomorrow.


>> Newsweek Japan Website

>> A.I. Channel on YouTube

Source: MoguLive





Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRVWe Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.

30 Apr 15:39

SSSS.GRIDMAN, Cells at Work, Beatless, Hisone & Masotan, Planet With, Penguin Highway Nominated for Seiun Sci-Fi Awards

Girls' Last Tour, Astra Lost in Space, Ready Player One, Pacific Rim: Uprising, redjuice, Yukinobu Hoshino also nominated
26 Apr 15:25

Legendary Giant from Classic Robot Anime Ideon Gets 73 cm-Tall Soft Vinyl Figure




Bandai Namco Group's toy company Plex has started accepting pre-orders for a 73 cm-tall soft vinyl figure

of Ideon, the main robot in Surise's classic robot anime in the early 1980s, Densetsu Kyojin Ideon/Space

Runaway Ideon, for July 2019 release.


The sci-fi robot anime directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino was aired for 39 episodes in Japan from May 1980 to

January 1981. It was originally planned for a 43-episode run, but was canceled after its 39th episode due

to low ratings and poor sales of its merchandises. In July 1982, two compilation films including the TV

anime's original ending, The Ideon: A Contact and The Ideon: Be Invoked, were released.


Based on the original anime design sketches of the 105 meters tall robot, the 1/144 scale figure is recreated

with more details using the latest digital molding technology. Its estimated weight is over 3kg and price in

Japan is 59,400 yen (about 530 US dollars).




Purchasers at Premium Bandai wil also get an original character display plate.




Source: BANDAI SPIRITS press release




20 Apr 00:03

Utena, Sarazanmai, and More Team up in Ikuhara Exhibit Visual



The stars of director Kunihiko Ikuhara's many weird and wonderful shows have gathered for a sweet new key visual!


The art, created for the upcoming exhibition of Ikuhara's works, brings together key characters from Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yurikuma Arashi, Mawaru Penguindrum, and this season's Sarazanmai:

In addition, two new events have been announced to take place during the exhibition, both on May 5.


Ikuhara himself will be on hand for the second-to-last day of the event, signing autographs starting at 2 pm. At 5:30 pm on the same day, there will be a talk show event dedicated to Sarazanmai. Admission to both will be granted via lottery, with details on how to enter available soon on the exhibition's website.


Kunihiko Ikuhara Exhibition -The Survival Strategy of Desire and Revolution That Connects Us- will take place April 27-May 6 at Tokyo Solamachi in Space 634.


>> Kunihiko Ikuhara Exhibition Website

>> Watch Sarazanmai on Crunchyroll

Source: Comic Natalie




Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRVWe Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.

17 Apr 17:16

Ranma ½ Fans Celebrate Anime's 30th Anniversary

The anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's classic martial arts comedy manga Ranma ½'s first aired in Japan on April 15, 1989. To celebrate the anime's...
16 Apr 17:29

Rumiko Takahashi Launches MAO Manga Series in May


Strictly in the "things Al cares a lot about but other people are not as concerned about" category.

Story centers on boy, girl at intersection of two worlds
15 Apr 17:06

New Video Lets You Catch up to This Season of PreCure in 3 Minutes



Need help keeping up to date with the latest magical girl series? PreCure can help with that!


Toei has released a new video summing up the first episodes of Star☆Twinkle PreCure, this year's installment in the long-running magical girl franchise, in three minutes. The video is set to Rie Kitagawa's opening for the series, "Kirari☆彡Star☆Twinkle PreCure":



The voice actresses of the series are also on hand to narrate their own segments of the story.


Star☆Twinkle PreCure airs Saturday mornings, and is taking the franchise into its 16th year.






Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRVWe Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.

15 Apr 17:06

HIMOTE HOUSE Anime Sets Up New Residence with Crowdfunded OAV



The unpopular psychic girls of HIMOTE HOUSE: A share house of super psychic girls are getting a new lease on life, because thanks to crowdfunding efforts on Greenfunding, an unproduced TV episode from the original run will be released to backers in Japan as an original video animation.



Entitled Episode 10.5 "HIMOTE HOUSE Huge Panic! Exterminating Cockroaches with Everyone", the special episode will be released on Bluray for backers thanks to the first stretch-goal being achieved. The crowdfunding efforts are currently ongoing until June 16, 2019, and at the time of this writing some 328 backers have pledged a total of 5.8 million yen (about $51,800 US) to the project.



HIMOTE HOUSE: A share house of super psychic girls is directed by Kotaro Ishidate (Tesagure! Bukatsumono) and features animation production by Bouncy. The series is currently available via streaming on Crunchyroll, and the story of the series is described as follows:

The three Himote sisters, Tokiyo, Kinami, and Kokoro, are living in what they've dubbed the "Himote House" in Nakano, Tokyo. Sharing the house with them are their former classmates, Tae and Minamo, and a cat named Enishi. These five unique girls live a boisterous life at the Himote House, spending their days trying to figure out how to get guys to like them. What's more, the five of them, and the cat, all have a mysterious power...


Source: Official HIMOTE HOUSE Twitter feed (@himotehouse) via Otakomu



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

13 Apr 12:43

"Fujiko's Lie" Film Full Trailer Introduces Villain Character Voiced by Mamoru Miyano




The official website for LUPIN THE ⅢRD Mine Fujiko no Uso/Fujiko's Lie has started streaming a 70-second

full trailer introducing its main villain character Bincam voiced by Mamoru Miyano (Light Yagami in Death

Note), who has a magic power to manipulate people at his wills. This is the first time for the 35-year-old

popular voice actor to join the Lupin The Third anime franchise. 


This is the third installment of the "LUPIN THE ⅢRD" series featuring each main character of the Lupin

The Third franchise in more hardcore and violent way, following LUPIN THE ⅢRD: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone

(2014) and LUPIN THE ⅢRD: The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa (2017).


Its story centers on Fujiko who is running away with Gene (CV: Hanba Tomoe) who has a serious heart

disease. His father Randy usurped 500 million dollars from a company named Kodfrey Mining for the

expense of his surgery. After Randy was forced to blow himself by Bincom, a professional killer hired by

the company, Gene has become the only person who holds the key to the missing money.  


The film will get a limited theatrical run at selected theaters in Japan from May 31, 2019. As with the

previous two, it is rated PG-12 in Japanese theaters.



Full trailer



Takeshi Koike (REDLINE), who worked on the previous two, again serves as director and character designer.

The Lupin The Third TV anime fourth season's series composition writer Yuya Takahashi provides a screenplay.

And James Shimoji, who also worked on the previous two, joins as soundtrack composer. Telecom Animation

Film works on anime production.



Key visual drawn by Takeshi Koike



Source: "LUPIN THE ⅢRD Mine Fujiko no Uso" official website / Twitter 


Original story: Monkey Punch ©TMS


10 Apr 15:16

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Appears To Have Leaked A “Stage Builder” Mode In Latest Ad

by Sato

It appears that a new mode has been leaked for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in a new ad by Nintendo that gives us a look at an updated screen of the main menu.

The post Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Appears To Have Leaked A “Stage Builder” Mode In Latest Ad appeared first on Siliconera.

10 Apr 15:16

Azur Lane Is Getting A Collaboration With Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI Starting April 26

by Sato

Yostar announced that its popular smartphone game Azur Lane is getting a special collaboration with the super popular virtual YouTuber, Kizuna AI, starting April 26 in both Japanese and English versions.

The post Azur Lane Is Getting A Collaboration With Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI Starting April 26 appeared first on Siliconera.

08 Apr 01:36

Saint Young Men Manga Debuts in English as Digital Title


Folks who have been holding out for an English release of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men manga can now breathe a sigh of relief. The series about Buddha and Jesus sharing a low-rent apartment is officially coming out digitally, with a preview available online ahead of the first volume's debut on April 23. 


Saint Young Men first launched in Kodansha's Morning two magazine back in 2006, and has since inspired an anime film, anime OADs, and a live-action TV series. Here's how Kodansha describes it: 


There are saints living in Tokyo, Japan: Buddha the Enlightened One and Jesus, Son of God. After successfully bringing the previous century to a close, the two share an apartment in Tachikawa while enjoying some well-earned time off down on Earth. Buddha pinches pennies like a typical neighborhood housewife, while Jesus is prone to making impulse buys. Read all about the saintliest duo’s carefree days in Tachikawa …



Via Anime News Network



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 


08 Apr 01:35

Make Your Marriage Magical with Cardcaptor Sakura Engagement Rings



CLAMP and U-TREASURE want to make your marriage a little more magical with Cardcaptor Sakura engagement rings!


The trio of rings is the third set in U-TREASURE's line of Sakura-themed jewelry for adults. The brand and title have been working together, along with other companies, to create magical girl-themed accessories and makeup to appeal to the genre's grown-up contingent.


The engagement rings are available in three designs: one featuring a sakura blossom, one with Kero and Spinel, and a third with Sakura's wands:



The items will be released in U-TREASURE's Shinjuku store and online shop starting April 29.


>> Cardcaptor Sakura Jewelry at U-TREASURE

>> Watch Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card on Crunchyroll

Source: Comic Natalie




Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRVWe Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.

05 Apr 17:17

Detective Conan, Fist of The North Star Manga Authors Collaborate for New Conan Film


For Kate when she gets home.



To promote the upcoming 23rd film Konjyou no Fist/The Fist of Blue Sapphire, the Detective Conan manga

author Gosho Aoyama and the Fist of North Star manga illustrator collaborated to draw a colored paper

featuring two characters from each manga: Conan Edogawa and Makoto Kyogoku from Conan, Kenshiro

and Rin from North Star. The word "Fist" in both titles triggered this special collaboration. 



Making video of the illustration



In addition, special "Fist Battle" trailer narrated by Akira Kamiya, the voice of Kenshiro in the Fist of The

North Star anime series is also streamed.



Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire is set to be released in Japan on April 12, 2019.


Full trailer


Main poster visual



The story of The Fist of Prussian Blue is set in Singapore, the first foreign country to be featured in the

film series, and revolves around the world's biggest jewel "Blue Sapphire" which is said to have sunk to

the bottom of the sea in the end of the 19th century. Conan and his destined rival Kaito Kid are getting

involved in a murder incident occurred at Marina Bay Sands (an integrated resort hotel in Singapore)

and a great conspiracy in the country. Makoto Kyogoku appears as a key person who tries to interrupt

Kid's attempt to steal Blue Sapphire. The film follows the three-way battle among Kid, Kyogoku, and

Conan who is forcibly brought to Singapore by Kid.



Source: "Detective Conan" anime film official website / Twitter 


©2019 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Production Committee


02 Apr 16:07

Yoshitaka Amano Puts His Spin on Fate/GO Servants



Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D artist Yoshitaka Amano is applying his unique style to the Heroic Spirits of Fate/Grand Order for a special line of high-quality art prints.


The art pieces, which will be sold via Aniplex+, are being revealed a few at a time and will go on sale later this year. The most recent reveal includes three new pieces, depicting Karna, Arjuna, and Cú Chulainn Alter:



Previously revealed were the project's key visual featuring Mash, Altria, and Jeanne d'Arc (as seen above), Ozymandias, Altera, Scáthach, and Edmond Dantes:



The last three pieces in the series will be unveiled on April 5. Judging by the Class Card placeholders, we can look forward to an Archer, a Lancer, and an Avenger.


Prices range from 35,000 yen for individual Servant pieces to 50,000 yen for the main visual. Alternatively, you can pick up an art book of the series for a more manageable 1,500 yen.


Orders are open until the end of May, and are expected to ship out in August.


>> Fate/Grand Order Premium Gallery by Yoshitaka Amano

>> Watch Fate/Grand Order -First Order- on Crunchyroll

Source: Anime! Anime!




Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRVWe Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.

01 Apr 00:45

Joker’s Smash Bros. Ultimate Render May Have Leaked Via Best Buy

by Alistair Wong

Best Buy has gone live with their weekly deal listing, and alongside the ad for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighters Pass DLC is a new render of Joker that may be his render for the game.

The post Joker’s Smash Bros. Ultimate Render May Have Leaked Via Best Buy appeared first on Siliconera.

29 Mar 15:11

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Gets New Sequel

Fall concert also announced as Yamato 2202 ends theatrical run
29 Mar 15:10

Love Songs Abound on Rose of Versailles Dating Sim Soundtrack



Rose of Versailles lives on — sort of — as a new visual novel, and the accompanying soundtrack will feature new romantic tunes and a ton of bonuses.


Berubara Private Academy ~Rose of Versailles Re*imagination~ casts the player as Yamada Oscar, a girl whose mother is a huge Rose of Versailles fan and named her after the show's legendary heroine. When Oscar enters the prestigious Berubara Private Academy, she discovers there's another Oscar there: Maki Nozomi, whose resemblance to the original Oscar earned her the nickname.


The shoujo romance features more series analogues. Oscar's love André appears as childhood friend Ando Reiji, Marie Antoinette becomes school beauty Arisugawa Mari, and Swedish aristocrat Hans Axel von Fersen becomes exchange student Hatori Y Axel.



Musical duo ACRYLICSTAB performs the opening for the game, titled "Mikansei ACTOR." The pair previously performed on the soundtrack for PS3 game Ateleir Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky. Children of the Whales OP singer RIRIKO provides the ending theme, "Ring a Bell."



The Berubara Private Academy soundtrack will feature full-length cuts of both songs, instrumental tracks for both, and 24 BGM tracks. Standard editions of the soundtrack will come with a bromide, while limited editions will be packaged with two heart-shaped pinback buttons. Limited editions purchased via Animate will also include a clear file.


Berubara Private Academy ~Rose of Versailles Re*imagination~ goes on sale May 23, and the soundtrack will be released on June 26.


>> Berubara Private Academy Website

Source: Comic Natalie




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