Shared posts

08 Dec 13:32

'You Don't Know Gunma Yet' Manga Ends in 11th Volume

Manga inspired series of anime shorts in April
07 Dec 16:43

Persona 5’s Joker Will Be Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC

by Jenni

Joker, from Persona 5, will be the first Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC character. His reveal trailer appeared at The Game Awards 2018.

The post Persona 5’s Joker Will Be Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC appeared first on Siliconera.

05 Dec 19:23

Mob Psycho 100 II Anime's Episode 1 to Screen in U.S. Theaters

Crunchyroll, Fathom Events collaborate on screenings
05 Dec 15:52

Rumiko Takahashi's New Manga Set to Launch in Early Spring of 2019


Shonen Sunday's official website Web Sunday confirmed on December 4 that a new serialized manga by internationally acclaimed artist Rumiko Takahashi is set to launch in Weekly Shonen Sunday in the early spring of 2019. Her last work Kyoukai no Rinne/Rin-ne ended its eight-year serialization in the magazine in December 2017.


It will be her fifth series to be serialized in the magazine, following Urusei Yatsura (1978-1987), Ranma 1/2 (1987-1996), Inuyasha (1996-2008), and Kyoukai no Rinne (2009-2018). No further details is currently revealed. 


Rumiko Takahashi made her professional debut in 1978 when she was still a college student. Since then, she has created many mega hit manga series, and their total sales had reached 200 million copies by 2017. 



The last 40th volume of Kyoukai no Rinne was released in January 2018.



Source: Web Sunday via: Comic Natalie


© Rumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan Inc.


05 Dec 15:50

Break Out the Peeps-Flavored Chili: The Good Place Will Return for a Fourth Season

by Cheryl Eddy

The best sitcom on TV will return for more surreal ethics dilemmas, shrimp-cocktail feasts, Bad Janets, Jacksonville Jaguars shout-outs, and oddly plausible afterlife scenarios because NBC’s The Good Place just got renewed for a fourth season.


05 Dec 15:49

NieR: Automata Reaches 3.5 Million In Worldwide Shipments And Downloads

by Sato

Square Enix announced that their action RPG NieR: Automata has reached a new milestone with over 3.5 million in worldwide shipments and digital downloads since launching in February 2017.

The post NieR: Automata Reaches 3.5 Million In Worldwide Shipments And Downloads appeared first on Siliconera.

05 Dec 15:49

Fate/Extella Link PlayStation Vita Version Will Only Be Available Digitally In The West

by Jenni

Marvelous Games' Twitter account told a fan that the Fate/Extella Link PlayStation Vita version will be a PlayStation Store exclusive outside of Japan.

The post Fate/Extella Link PlayStation Vita Version Will Only Be Available Digitally In The West appeared first on Siliconera.

04 Dec 19:11

Rumiko Takahashi to Launch New Manga Series Early Next Spring

Ranma/Inuyasha creator returns to Shonen Sunday after ending RIN-NE last December
02 Dec 00:30

Planet With Creator Satoshi Mizukami Answers Fan Questions

Manga artist Satoshi Mizukami participated in the “Planet With Conclusion Celebration Event” at the Shinjuku LOFT/PLUS ONE on November 3. He was joined...
30 Nov 01:24

Conan O'Brien Takes on Detective Conan, Bidets, Harajuku Style

Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien went to Japan this summer to put an end to a "feud" with the city of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture to claim the...
29 Nov 19:44

Toei Confirms Star Twinkle Precure TV Anime for 2019

Latest magical girl show teased with tagline "Paint the sky! My own imagination!"
29 Nov 19:43

Final Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Previewed in Teaser Video

7th film in series opens in Japan on March 1
29 Nov 19:43

Adult Swim, Crunchyroll Produce Blade Runner — Black Lotus Anime Series

Shinji Aramaki, Kenji Kamiyama direct series set between 2 films
29 Nov 19:35

Ciconia no Naku Koro ni When They Cry 5 And Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku Videos Released

by Jenni

Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku and Ciconia no Naku Koro ni, When the Ciconia Cry videos, with English translations, have been released ahead of the games' Summer 2019 debuts in Japan.

The post Ciconia no Naku Koro ni When They Cry 5 And Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku Videos Released appeared first on Siliconera.

28 Nov 17:09

Mirai Director Mamoru Hosoda Talks About Family, Sci-Fi, and More!


Mamoru Hosoda, director of Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast, came to LA last month to promote his latest film, Mirai. Hosoda's films are beloved by critics and audiences alike, and his focus on family makes his films the sort of story anyone can enjoy. We spoke with Hosoda-san to hear what he has to say about Mirai, as well as the process behind his films and what comes next. Here's the scoop:


Where did you initially get the idea for Mirai?


Mamoru Hosoda: In my life, we welcomed a new baby girl when my son was three years old. When the baby came, my son had a weird expression on his face, and then when I saw it I thought "I wonder how he's going to accept his younger sister?" And that's how the movie came about.



Your films often blend Sci-Fi or fantasy elements with more grounded character drama. How do you maintain that balance without leaning too hard on either side?


MH: I often think "Why does Sci-Fi and fantasy exist and what is it for?" When we're younger we tend to see Sci-Fi and fantasy as it is, and we don't really understand that it's to explain other aspects of life in a clearer way. So I feel like it's important to understand the world through sci-fi and fantasy. Because I understand that sci-fi and fantasy are just tools to depict how life is, maybe that's why you feel that it's balanced.


Is that the mindset you went in with when you directed franchise films like the Baron Omatsuri One Piece and the Secret Island movie or the Digimon movie?


MH: Digimon and One Piece tend to be seen as blockbuster films or franchise films. I didn't want to be restricted into just that, to promote the property. I wanted it to be a proper movie with themes. I feel like the way I thought "I need this to have themes and balance," they were able to be successful movies.



Would you ever be interested in working on similar projects again?


MH: (Asks the producer) What do you think? The reason I asked my producer is that ten years ago, I had offers like "Would you be interested in doing this film or would you be interested in that film," but I'm so busy creating my own films that I feel like the offers stopped coming. (laughs)


Producer: Yeah, it's probably not going to happen.



What is the production process like for your original films? How long does it usually take between when you propose an idea and when the film is actually complete?


MH: I start working on my next movie once my previous movie is completed, so I start thinking about the idea and then it would take about three years from the idea to completion. That's why my movies come out about three years apart. I feel like three years is a good time because if the production period is too long, the idea becomes outdated, and if the production period is too short, the animation wouldn't be done well.


It's been three years since The Boy and the Beast. What was it like going from a more action oriented film like that to a more laid back film like Mirai? Do you prefer one style over the other?


MH: I tend to balance action and drama consecutively. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was drama, then Summer Wars was action, then I went back to Wolf Children which was a drama, then The Boy and the Beast was action, now Mirai was a drama. I tend to do that because once I do action I tend to get tired of the action, and once I do drama I tend to get tired of the drama so I want to do action. It's not that I prefer doing one over the other, I like doing both of them in turn because it helps me keep balanced mentally.



Does that mean your next movie is going to be more action oriented?


MH: Yeah, probably. I don't know yet how it's going to turn out, but it's probably going to be different from Mirai.


We're looking forward to it!


MH: So Mirai is based on incidents that actually happened to my family, so my next film might just be something completely fictional and completely stuff that didn't happen to me.


Does that mean the subplot about Kun's father learning to handle taking care of two children is based on your personal experience with your kids?

MH: With Kun's father, or with the parents in general, I wanted to show the parents' growth. And especially with male parents. I think this is common worldwide: male parents aren't used to raising children, so they struggle a lot more. I wanted to show how they get used to it and how they grow from interacting with children. That was definitely an experience that I had myself.



You mentioned in a previous interview that you wrote the script for Mirai by yourself. What was it like doing it alone compared to having a co-writer, and would you do it again?


MH: Because Mirai was such a personal film depicting incidents that happened with my family, it would be hard for someone else to write because the other writer wouldn't really know my family, and it would be hard to show them my family and my personal experiences. I don't know about the next film. I mean, there's good and bad elements to writing on my own because I feel like when you're writing on your own, your personal experiences would be more truthful. But that's also a bad side of it because it might get too personal. It's not like I'm writing this on my own. I do get input from my staff, so it's not like I can say that I'm writing this all by myself.

Big thanks go out to Hosoda-san for taking the time to answer our questions, and to GKIDS for setting up the interview. Mirai itself is a charming film about a little boy who has to come to terms with having a new sister, perfect for audiences of all ages and tastes!

Are you excited for Mirai? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to catch it in theaters this week!


Skyler has been an anime fan since he first saw Naruto on Toonami in 2005. He loves action shows and strong character writing, and finds writing about himself in the third person awkward. Read more of his work at his blog and follow him on Twitter at Videogamep3.

28 Nov 17:08

Megumi Hayashibara Joins Slayers Real Mystery Solving Game as Lina Inverse



As one of the 30th anniversary projects for Fujimi Fantasia Bunko and Dragon Magazine, a real mystery solving game inspired by Hajime Kanzaka's fantasy light novel series Slayers will be held at four venues in Tokyo, Hyogo, Fukuoka, and Aichi between November 30, 2018, and March 24, 2019. Its title is "Slayers Nazotoki: Take back Drag Slave!"


Megumi Hayashibara, the original voice cast of the protagonist Lina Inverse in the Slayers anime series, is confirmed to voice the character in the game as well, alongside Miyu Kubota (Sophy Hojo in Pripara), who is cast as the game's original character Fria.


As a treasure hunter, the player visits the Ice Temple after hearing a rumor about hidden treasures. Then the player meets Lina Inverse whose magic powers are all taken away and a shrine maiden named Fria who has a special ability to take away "malicious words." Lina's taken words are seemed

to be scattered around the underground cave in the form of cipher text, and she can take them back by

breaking those ciphers. With Lina, who has no magic powers now, the player has to solve all ciphers

and take back her Drag Slave.


Playing time is 60 minutes, and the price for the ticket is 4,000 yen (3,500 yen for the advance). 








 Main visual


Fout-type clear files (800 yen) will be also available at the venues




Source: DAS press release


25 Nov 15:48

Production Officially Canceled for Girlish Number Shura TV Anime



Sad news for anime fans who were looking forward to more Girlish Number: although a TV anime was announced for 4-panel spin-off manga Girlish Anime Shura ("Carnage") back in April of 2017, the plans for that production have been officially canceled by the production committee, citing an inability to secure production staff and concerns about scheduling and quality.



The announcement was made by TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System), animation studio Diomedéa, and the Girlish Number production committee on the official home page for the Girlish Number TV anime. The announcement states the reasons for the cancellation, and apologizes to all the fans who were looking forward to the show.



The original Girlish Number Shura manga is serialized on the Dengeki G's website and also released in printed form from Dengeki Comics, a division of ASCII Media Works. The manga features artwork by Shin Ikezawa and Yuu Tsurusaki, based on the original stories by Wataru Watari and character designs by QP:Flapper.


Source: Official Girlish Number home page and Twitter feed (@gn_staff)



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

19 Nov 13:20

Get Ready to Kick It with Cowboy Bebop Sneakers



Tokyo Otaku Mode is helping Cowboy Bebop fans step out in style with a pair of sweet Cowboy Bebop sneakers.


The footwear features the Swordfish II in outline on a black background with red trim and laces. The Cowboy Bebop logo is printed on the insole.



At present, it appears the sneakers will only be shipped and sold within Japan. Orders are open until next month, and will be shipped out in May.


>> Cowboy Bebop Sneakers at Tokyo Otaku Mode

Source: Comic Natalie




Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRVSartorial Geek by JordandeneWe Are Cult, 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.

19 Nov 13:19

Seven Seas Licenses Restaurant to Another World Light Novels


Seven Seas Entertainment hopes you're hungry, because the publisher's latest license is Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World light novel series. You'll be able to read the inspiration for the anime adaptation when the first volume arrives at retail and digitally on June 18, 2019.


Seven Seas describes the series:

“Western Cuisine Nekoya” seems like a typical restaurant on the outside, but it hides an amazing secret: on Saturdays, portals to another world appear that allow all manner of unearthly creatures to sit down for a nice meal. Elves, dragons, or anyone else who wants to sample our world’s cuisine is welcome to partake before returning to their world, sated and ready for their next quest. This lovely light novel series, never before published in English, celebrates even the simplest of our foods as fantastical adventures in fine dining. Bon appétit!




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. 

15 Nov 14:06

Watch The First 10 Minutes of Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Film


Four days after its theatrical release began in Japan, the official website for Bone's Eureka Seven anime franchise has started streaming the first ten minutes of Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution, the second part of the trilogy film project based on its 50-episode first TV anime series in 2005-2006. The 95-minute film was released in 107 theaters across Japan on November 10, then ranked ninth in its opening weekend box office ranking.








Theme song "There's No Ending" anime MV


Main visual



Source: "Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution" official website / Twitter




07 Nov 02:31

Banana Fish Comes Home to New York for Sightseeing Tour

Tourism company Kinki Nippon Tourist Kanto announced it has a new trip package to New York designed for fans of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga and anime...
03 Nov 02:13

Watch Sailor Moon Character Designer Hisashi Kagawa Live Draw Sailor Jupiter

Hisashi Kagawa was in Guangzhou, China last month to promote an art exhibition. The Sailor Moon and Tiger Mask W character designer used the opportunity...
02 Nov 14:53

Final Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Opens on March 1

Visual also revealed for 7th film subtitled "Shinsei-hen"
02 Nov 14:52

New Sakura Wars Game Will Not Be Coming Out Fiscal Year 2019

by Alistair Wong

Sega has removed New Sakura Wars game from its recent financial results, meaning that it is not going to come out before March 31, 2019.

The post New Sakura Wars Game Will Not Be Coming Out Fiscal Year 2019 appeared first on Siliconera.

27 Oct 10:16

Slayers Novel's Latest 16th Volume Immediately Gets Reprints


Only four days after the release of the long-awaited 16th volume of the original long novel series of Hajime Kanzaka's long-running fantasy light novel Slayers in Japan, KADOKAWA reported that it was immediately sold out at many stores and that they decided to reprint it in large number. 


The latest volume "Atessa no Kaikou" (The Encounter at Atessa) was released from Fujimi Shobo's Fantasia Bunko imprint on October 20, 2018, 18 years after the previous 15th volume "Demon Slayers!" in May 2000. It ranked 3rd in Oricon's weekly light novel sales ranking of October 15-21, selling 12,205 copies in its first two days. It also currently ranks 2nd in Amazon Japan's light novel top-seller ranking.


The first press edition of the 16th volume came with a reversible cover using Fantasia Bunko's old cover design format. For those who were not able to get it, the reprint edition, which will be available

at stores by early November, will also come with the same bonus item again. 


16th volume cover


Reversible cover


In addition, the next January 2019 issue of Dragon Magazine to be released on November 20 will have

another reversible cover featuring the protagonist Lina Inverse's dress illustration below as a bonus item.



The series was launched in January 1990. So far the whole series has 51 volumes in total (long novel series:

16 volumes, Special series: 30 volumes, Smash. series: five volumes), and its total print has reached 20

million copies. The long novel series was considered to had concluded with its 15th volume released in May

2000. But a new story arc has been serialized in Dragon Magazine since its May 2018 issue to celebrate the

magazine and the light novel imprint's 30th anniversary. 





Source: KADOAKWA press release


27 Oct 10:15

PreCure All Stars Memories Receives Guinness World Records Title for "Most Magical Warriors in An Anime Film"


Today on its theatrical release day in Japan, the official website for the latest PreCure crossover film Eiga Hugtto! PreCure♡Futari wa PreCure All Stars Memories announced that it received the Guinness World Records title for "Most magical warriors in an anime film."


The film features a total of 55 PreCure girls from its 15 TV series as listed below and all of them have speaking lines. Its official Guinness World Records certificate will be displayed on the ninth floor of the Shinjuku Wald9 theater in Tokyo until November 7.


The 55 PreCure girls who appear in Eiga Hugtto! PreCure♡Futari wa PreCure All Stars Memories


From "Futari wa PreCure" (2004-2005), "Futari wa PreCure Max Heart" (2005-2006)

  1. Cure Black (Yoko Honna)

  2. Cure White (Yukana)


From "Futari wa PreCure Max Heart" (2005-2006)

  3. Shiny Luminous (Rie Tanaka)


From "Furtari wa PreCure Splash Star" (2006-2007)

  4. Cure Bloom/Cure Bright (Orie Kimoto)

  5. Cure Egret/Cure Windy (Atsuko Enomoto)


From "Yes! PreCure 5" (2007-2008), "Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!" (2008-2009)

  6. Cure Dream (Yuko Sanpei)

  7. Cure Rouge (Junko Takeuchi)

  8. Cure Lemonade (Mariya Ise)

  9. Cure Mint (Ai Nagano)

  10. Cure Aqua (Ai Maeda)


From "Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!" (2008-2009)

  11. Milky Rose (Eri Sendai)


From "Fresh PreCure!" (2009-2010)

  12. Cure Peach (Kanae Oki)

  13. Cure Berry (Eri Kitamura)

  14. Cure Pine (Akiko Nakagawa)

  15. Cure Passion (Yuka Komatsu)


From "HeartCatch PreCure!" (2010-2011)

  16. Cure Blossom (Nana Mizuki)

  17. Cure Marine (Fumie Mizusawa)

  18. Cure Sunshine (Houko Kuwashima)

  19. Cure Moonlight (Aya Hisakawa)


From "Suite Pretty Cure♪" (2012-2012)

  20. Cure Melody (Ami Koshimizu)

  21. Cure Rhythm (Fumiko Orikasa)

  22. Cure Beat (Megumi Toyoguchi)

  23. Cure Muse (Rumi Ohkubo)


From "Smile PreCure!" (2012-2013)

  24. Cure Happy (Misato Fukuen)

  25. Cure Sunny (Asami Tano)

  26. Cure Peace (Hisako Kanemoto)

  27. Cure March (Marina Inoue)

  28. Cure Beauty (Chinami Nishimura)


From "Dokidoki! PreCure" (2013-2014)

  29. Cure Heart (Hitomi Nabatame)

  30. Cure Diamond (Minako Kotobuki)

  31. Cure Rosetta (Mai Fuchigami)

  32. Cure Sword (Kanako Miyamoto)

  33. Cure Ace (Rie Kugimiya)


From "HappinessCharge PreCure!" (2014-2015)

  34. Cure Lovely (Megumi Nakajima)

  35. Cure Princess (Megumi Han)

  36. Cure Honey (Rina Kitagawa)

  37. Cure Fortune (Haruka Tomatsu)


From "Go! Princess PreCure" (2105-2016)

  38. Cure Flora (Yu Shimamura)

  39. Cure Mermaid (Masumi Asano)

  40. Cure Twinkle (Hibiku Yamamura)

  41. Cure Scarlet (Miyuki Sawashiro)


From "Maho Girls PreCure!" (2016-2017)

  42. Cure Miracle (Rie Takahashi)

  43. Cure Magical (Yui Horie)

  44. Cure Felice (Saori Hayami)


From "Kirakira PreCure a la Mode" (2017-2018)

  45. Cure Whip (Karen Miyama)

  46. Cure Custard (Haruka Fukuhara)

  47. Cure Gelato (Tomo Muranaka)

  48. Cure Macaron (Saki Fujita)

  49. Cure Chocolat (Nanako Mori)

  50. Cure Parfait (Inori Minase)


From "Hugtto! PreCure" (2018-)

  51. Cure Yell (Rie Hikisaka)

  52. Cure Ange (Rina Hon'izumi)

  53. Cure Etoile (Yui Ogura)

  54. Cure Macherie (Nao Tamura)

  55. Cure Amour (Yukari Tamura)



The film's ED movie (edited version) featuring the 55 PreCure girls 


 Full trailer


Poster visuals 



Source: "Eiga Hugtto! PreCure♡Futari wa PreCure All Stars Memories" official website


(C)2018 Movie Hugtto! PreCure Production Committee


24 Oct 15:37

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Manga Approaches Climax

Coolkyoushinja's manga inspired Kyoto Animation series, 2 spinoff manga
24 Oct 15:06

'Star Twinkle Precure' Trademark Filed

The Japan Patent Office reported an October 5 filing for a trademark on a "Star Twinkle Precure" logo for various goods on Tuesday. The currently airing...
24 Oct 15:06

Banana Fish Manga Giveaway!

VIZ Media is giving away something cool for you. You may be one of the 19 lucky winners of a one-of-a-kind signed volume of Banana Fish!
20 Oct 15:18

TV Anime Slayers' First Three Series to Get Blu-ray Box Releases for The First Time


On the release day of the original long novel series' long-awaited 16th volume in Japan, it is announced that the Blu-ray boxes of the first three TV anime adaptations of Hajime Kanzaka's long-running fantasy light novel series Slayers: Slayers (1995), Slayers NEXT (1996), and Slayers TRY (1997), will be released from King Records in Japan for the first time. The Blu-ray box project's official website also opens today with its details.


All three box contains four discs and a 24-page all color booklet. The novel illustrator Rui Araizumi newly draws the jacket illustrations for the three boxes. The price for each three is 27,000 yen (about 240 US dollars). The box for the first series is set to be released on December 26, 2018, then that of the second and third series will follow on March 27 and June 26, 2019.


For those who can't wait the release, all three series are now available to Crunchyroll members in

United States and Canada.


"Slayers" visual


"Slayers NEXT"


"Slayers TRY"



The novel series was launched in January 1990 and so far the whole series has 51 volumes in total

(long novel series: 16 volumes, Special series: 30 volumes, Smash. series: five volumes), and its total

print has reached 20 million copies.



The novel 16th volume "Atessa no Kaikou" (The Encounter at Atessa) cover



Source: "Slayers" Blu-ray box project official website


©Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi/Fujimi Shobo/TV Tokyo, TV Tokyo Media Net, Marubeni

©Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi/Fujimi Shobo/TV Tokyo, TV Tokyo Media Net

©King Record.Co.,Ltd. All Rights Reserved.