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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Teasing Eden

It's summertime, and that means mosquitoes and black flies! If you're particularly delicious to them, why not stay inside with some manga? Rebecca's got new volumes of Itazura na Kiss, From the New World, and a brand-new yuri short, so come fill out your summer reading list!
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 9

Watch the latest episode of M3 from Daisuki
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Shelf Life - S P O R T S

This week, a handful of sports anime worth watching for those who don't like sports.
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Eureka Seven: Good Night,​ Sleep Tight,​ Young Lovers BD+DVD

All of the film's delectable ingredients, when combined, somehow end up coalescing into a big, ephemerally entertaining shrug.
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The Mike Toole Show - In Between Cups

Mike takes a break from World Cup fever to ponder the changes in his life as an anime fan since the last World Cup.
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The List - 7 Not-So-Ditzy Blondes

Let's put the stereotype to rest!
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ANNCast - Super Smash Gameshow Bros.

It's a post-E3 game show with Todd Ciolek and Dave Riley! We wrap up the press conferences and chat up all manner of video games, but mostly just talk about how excited we are for Captain Toad.
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Blessing of the Campanella Sub.DVD

Need a soporific for a restless night? The first few episodes of this fantasy ero game adaptation should do the trick quite nicely.
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Attack on Titan BD+DVD

Attack on Titan's pacing is unusual, but its time is never wasted. Time is just spent liberally on that special thing most important to the story: listening for a human heartbeat at the bottom of the food chain. It's not only a well-written, fun action show, but a phenomenon that deserves all the hearts it has captured.
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Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero [Limited Edition] BD+DVD

Though this fan service-focused modern fantasy tale features an unusually strong male harem lead and has some interesting ideas, it wastes what potential it has and ultimately ends up excelling at nothing.
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Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress [Premium Edition] Sub.Blu-Ray

While not a masterpiece as anime movies go, this tale of a young woman tracking down shape-changers in 19th century Edo is a solid, entertaining, and well-animated work of historical fiction.
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One Piece Season 5 Part 6 DVD

While technically this adds very little to the main story, it is still enjoyable in that good old One Piece way – crazy villains, a good central team of characters, and really weird wildlife. It's not perfect, but it doesn't feel like a waste of time to watch, and for a filler arc, that's not so bad.
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Tuesday, June 17

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Puzzle & Dragon Mobile Game Adds Saint Seiya Characters

Game also collaborated with Dragon Ball Z Kai ― The Puzzle & Dragons mobile game will add characters from Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya series to promote the upcoming Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary CG film. The game will add Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryu, Cygnus Hyoga, Andromeda Shun, and Phoenix Ikki as playable characters and Gold Saints Taurus Aldebaran, Scorpio Milo, Cancer Deathmask, and Gemini Saga as monsters. Pegasus Seiya Dragon Shiryū Cygnus Hyōga Andromeda Shun Phoenix Ikki Taurus Aldebaran
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Blacksmith Forges Kirito's Elucidator From Sword Art Online

― Master blacksmith Tony Swatton created Kirito's Elucidator sword in a recent episode of his web series, Man of Arms. Swatton explains the process of how he brought the fantasy sword into reality before showing off its abilities on an unsuspecting watermelon. A convention probably wouldn't let you through the doors with a sword this sharp. If you are interested in other videos from Tony Swatton, check out the Man of Arms channel here. His past recreations include Edward Elric's
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School Newspaper Anime Jinsei's Promo Video, Cast Unveiled

Hiyori Nitta, Moe Toyota, Ayaka Suwa narrate video in character ― The official website for the "life-advice television anime" Jinsei (La Bonne Vie) unveiled a promotional video, the main cast, and color character designs on Wednesday. Rino: Jinsei. This program is brought to you by the Prime Minister's office. An animation provided by the Minister of Education... Ikumi: No it's not! Rino: I'm Rino Endō. I'm in charge of scientific matters. Fumi: I'm Fumi Kujō. I'm in charge of liberal arts. Ikumi: I'm Ikumi Suzuki, and I'm the physical education specialist! I'm fast!
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Equip Yourself With a Full-Size Mega Man Buster Arm

Lights up and lets you recreate some of your favorite moments from Megaman. ― Let's be honest. We've all done it at some point in time. Every fan of gaming has pretended to have a buster gun on their arm to fire at enemies. There's just something so thrilling about pretending to have a giant cannon at the end of one's arm just like the blue bomber. Well, now thanks to the brilliant minds at ThinkGeek, what could once only exist in the minds of fans has now been brought into the real world. Yes, now you too can fight evil exactly how
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Teasing Eden

It's summertime, and that means mosquitoes and black flies! If you're particularly delicious to them, why not stay inside with some manga? Rebecca's got new volumes of Itazura na Kiss, From the New World, and a brand-new yuri short, so come fill out your summer reading list!

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Film Now in Development in Japan

4K: "We're thrilled to bring the Yu-Gi-Oh! characters back to theater screens” ― International distributor 4K Media Inc. announced on Tuesday that a new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie is in development in Japan. Kristen Gray, 4K Media Inc. senior vice president, commented, “We're thrilled to bring the Yu-Gi-Oh! characters back to theater screens for their enthusiastic fan base.” 4K Media is now shopping for a distributor for all territories outside of Asia, and is promoting the card game and anime franchise at Licensing Expo, which opens in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
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Nisekoi PS Vita Game's Title, Genre Revealed

Website for Nisekoi: Yomeiri!? features countdown that ends on July 19 ― The official website for Konami's upcoming PlayStation Vita game inspired by Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga updated on Tuesday, and revealed that the title of the game will be Nisekoi: Yomeiri!? (False Love: Marriage!?). The romance/adventure game will allow the player to interact with the series heroines, and a main story route for both Chitoge and Kosaki have been confirmed. The website also features a countdown that is scheduled to end on July 19 at 9 a.m. JST.
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Shinra Banshō Cards Get Anime 'Feature' With Hiroshi Kamiya

Ayumu Murase, Yuuki Kaji, others join cast for anime of Bandai's trading cards ― Japanese streaming service niconico announced on Monday that it will stream a new anime for Bandai's Shinra Banshō Choco trading card series this month. The first "feature-length anime" in the franchise will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and will feature a story from the newest set of cards for the series, Shinra Banshō Choco ~Tenchinmei no Shō~. Hiroshi Kamiya will return from an earlier promotional video to play the protagonist Moebius. The rest of the cast is as follows:
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Goods From Shueisha's Ao Haru Magazine Show Off the Eclectic Side of Manga

Celebrate the spring of youth with products based on Ao Haru. ― When most fans think of Japanese publishing company Shueisha, they think of manga such as Naruto, One Piece, or Bleach. Often times we forget about their irregularly published Ao Haru magazine, which focuses on publishing coming of age stories. Well, the folks at Comic Natalie have come up with a solution to that, with a new line of Ao Haru goods, available only through the Comic Natalie store. First up is a set of items made to bear the likeness of the six heroines meant to represent the
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Action Manga Isuca Has Anime in the Works

Manga following regular guy and girl who hunts monsters began in 2008 ― The August issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine is announcing on July 4 that an anime adaptation of Osamu Takahashi's Isuca action manga is in the planning stage. The story of the manga revolves around Shinichirō, a male student who gets a job as a housekeeper in order to pay his rent. While on the job, he accidentally releases a strange creature into the world, and he learns that his female employer named Sakuya Shimizu is the head of the Shimizu clan that hunts these creatures. Shinichirō cooperates with her to hunt down the monsters that are running loose.
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Akiba's Trip 2 PS4 Port's New Promo Shows Off Collaboration Costumes

Port including Hyperdimension Neptunia, Genshiken Second Season, Super Sonico costumes ships in Japan July 3 ― The official website for the Akiba's Trip 2 video game began streaming a promotional video for the PlayStation 4 port of the game on Monday. The video previews the collaboration costumes that will be available in the game. Some of the costumes can be obtained by purchasing a specific gaming magazine or an official guide book for the game. The costumes previewed are the Super Sonico, Hyperdimension Neptunia, Dai Tokyo Toybox, game magazine collaboration swimsuit,
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Former Momoiro Clover Member Akari Hayami Stars in Again!! Live-Action Series

Kubo created original character of Ryōko Usami in manga about cheering squad by imagining her as being acted by Hayami ― The staff of the live-action television series adaptation of Mitsurou Kubo's Again!! manga announced on Sunday that actress and former Momoiro Clover member Akari Hayami will star in the series as heroine Ryōko Usami. In addition, the staff announced that Toshio Li (Detroit Metal City) will direct the series. Hayami will star alongside Johnny's West member Ryūsei Fujii, who will play the main hero, Kinichirō Imamura. In an interview, original creator Kubo revealed the secrets behind the creation of Usami and the casting of Hayami:
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Saint Seiya CG Film's New Video Showcases Saints' Powers

Tiger & Bunny's Satou directs Legend of Sanctuary film opening on June 21 Toei Animation began streaming the fifth special video "Prologue ~Shōjo no Tabi-dachi~" (Prologue ~A Girl's Departure~) for its upcoming Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary CG film on Tuesday. In the video, a girl named Saori Kido discovers that her true identity is the Greek goddess Athena. Meanwhile, the Saints, who are sworn to protect her, show off their special powers and introduce themselves. Man: Traitor Saori Kido, who identifies herself as Athena... I shall purge you.
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Xseed Streams Story of Seasons, Corpse Party, Senran Kagura Bon Appétit, More E3 Trailers

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus & Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed trailers also streamed ― Xseed Games began streaming new trailers for its upcoming video game releases on Monday. The company debuted new videos for Story of Seasons, Corpse Party, Brandish, Senran Kagura Bon Appétit, Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, and Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed. Story of Seasons (Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi) Natsume published the previous games in the franchise as Harvest Moon in North America. However, since Xseed Games — Marvelous AQL's own subsidiary — is
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 9-15

Gundam UC sells 7,372 more, followed by Initial D, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Lupin III vs. Conan ― The Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Magical Wonder Castle DVD sold 3,278 copies to rank #6 on the overall DVD chart. The Andō Lloyd ~A.I. knows LOVE?~ DVD Box landed at #14 with 1,487 copies sold. The 12th volume of Super Sentai Series Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger sold 1,127 copies to land at #19. The live-action film of the Black Butler manga sold 700 more Regular Edition copies. It dropped from #10 to #30 in its second week. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 9-15

Gundam UC sells 8,512+3,827+1,093 more, followed by Hozuki no Reitetsu, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Shinkenger, Noragami ― The Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Magical Wonder Castle Blu-ray Disc sold 2,184 copies to rank #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Super Sentai Series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Complete Blu-ray 3 also debuted at #5 with 2,071 copies. The Andō Lloyd ~A.I. knows LOVE?~ Blu-ray Box landed at #7 with 1,741 copies sold. The 12th volume of Super Sentai Series Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger sold 978 copies to land at #12. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total

New Teaser Reveals Compile Heart's Neptunia VII Will Be Released for PS4

Chimpanzee and pig introduce new game clip Compile Heart began streaming the “Ikuze, Neptune” version of a promotional video for its upcoming Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII (New Dimension Game: Neptunia Victory II) video game on Monday. The video, hosted by a chimpanzee and a pig, reveals that the game will be released for PlayStation 4. (Click "CC" to turn on English subtitles) Naoko Mizuno, director Shingo Onodera, and character designer Tsunako will return to the development team for the newest installment in the

Monday, June 16

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Discotek Adds Orguss Mecha TV Anime Series

Series previously released on DVD by ImaginAsian Entertainment ― North American anime distributor Discotek Media announced on Monday that it licensed the The Super Dimension Century Orguss television anime series. The company plans to release the series with English dub (only on the first 17 episodes) and Japanese audio and English subtitles next year. The 35-episode series follows fighter pilot Kei Katsuragi and his friend Orson who go on a mission to escort the deployment of a new space-time oscillation bomb inside enemy territory. However, a mistake causes the bomb to explode, scrambling time, space and different dimensions. Now in a completely alien and unfamiliar environment, Kei meets the Emarn, a group of technologically advanced gypsy traders, and begins his search for a way to restore time and space.

Discotek Adds Itazura na Kiss Romantic Comedy Anime

Series based on Kaoru Tada's classic shōjo manga originally aired in 2008 ― North American anime distributor Discotek Media announced on Monday that it licensed the Itazura na Kiss (ItaKiss) television anime series. The company plans to release the series with Japanese audio and English subtitles. The 25-episode series based on Kaoru Tada's classic unfinished shōjo manga originally aired in 2008. In the romantic comedy, a high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a haughty "super-ikemen" (handsome male) with smarts and sports talent, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Ko
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Nisekoi/My Love Story Special Published in Viz's Shonen Jump

2-chapter crossover was published in Japan last year Viz Media announced on Monday that it published the "boys' side" chapter of creator Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi: False Love and writer Kazune Kawahara (High School Debut) and artist Aruko's My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!) crossover manga. Viz published the manga in Monday's issue of its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The special manga originally ran for two chapters last year. The "boys' side" chapter appeared in last year's 40th issue of Shueisha's
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to Offer Same-Sex Relationships

Patch will allow bonding ceremonies for characters of any gender ― Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn director and producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed during a live-streamed E3 developer talk last week that the MMORPG will offer a patch that will allow two players to perform a ceremony pledging their love or friendship to one another "regardless of race, creed, or gender." Yoshida stated in 2012 that Square Enix would initially allow only opposite-sex marriages, but was considering adding same-sex marriages. Square Enix released

Seven Seas Adds Vampire Bund 2, Clay Lord, Evergreen, Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary

Dance in the Vampire Bund 2 slated for December ― North American publisher Seven Seas announced on Monday that it licensed four manga series: Dance in the Vampire Bund 2: Scarlet Order By Nozomu Tamaki Volume 1 in December 2014 The story is set in Tokyo in 2020, when Mina is summoned as a guest to the opening of the Olympics. However, she becomes a terrorist target there, and she becomes aware of a new threat to vampires. Nozomu Tamaki just launched this manga sequel to Dance in the Vampire Bund in Kadokawa's

Discotek Licenses Zombie-Loan, Shin Mazinger Z Impact

Anime of Peach-Pit's manga in September, followed by 2009 robot anime next year ― North American anime distributor Discotek Media announced on Monday that it licensed the Zombie-Loan television anime series and the Shin Mazinger Z Impact television anime series. Discotek will release a complete Zombie-Loan DVD collection with all 13 English-subtitled episodes on September 30. Shin Mazinger Z Impact will ship in a complete DVD collection with all 26 English-subtitled episodes next year. The 2007 Zombie-Loan anime adapted Peach-Pit's manga of the same name. The story revolves around three high school students — a girl who can see rings around the necks of those who are about to die, and two boys in her class who have defied death — who hunt zombies for the "Zombie
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Gundam: Duel Company TCG, Browser Game's English-Dubbed Promo Video Posted

Physical trading cards with online game to launch worldwide in July ― Bandai Japan began streaming an English-dubbed promotional video on Sunday announcing its upcoming trading card and browser game, Gundam: Duel Company, version 1. Players will be able to order physical cards in packs of three for 300 yen (US$2.94) each and use them in online in the browser game, compatible with smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Online battles will support up to 64 players. The first series will include 103 cards. The game will be released worldwide late July. Players can use their Bandai
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 9

Watch the latest episode of M3 from Daisuki
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Magical Beat Game With BlazBlue, Guilty Gear Songs Comes to N. America

PS Vita game available for download this week Arc System Works' PlayStation Vita musical puzzle game Magical Beats will be released in North America on the PLAYSTATION Network this Tuesday. The game features music from Vocaloid composer Kikuo in addition to music from BlazBlue, XBlaze Code: Embryo, and Guilty Gear. The game was released in Japan on December 12. Several BlazBlue and XBlaze Code: Embryo characters, pictured below, appear in the game, and other characters are available for download.

Police Arrest Man Who Threatens Woman Because of Touhou Project Voice-Over

Man uploads woman's real name, says that she "considerably damaged the character" through her video ― A 26-year old unemployed man from Toyohashi City in Aichi Prefecture was arrested on Monday for threatening a woman on online message board 2Channel in response to the woman's voice-over of a Touhou Project character (not specifically the character displayed at right). At approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, the man threatened a 22-year-old woman in Himeji City who is currently working part-time doing voice-overs for a video inspired by the Touhou Project. He wrote that he would “pour gasoline on her and burn and destroy her.” The man uploaded her real name to the message board, and wrote that she “considerably damaged the character” and that “she should receive divine punishment.”
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Hello Kitty Teams Up With Animals Asia to Protect Moon Bears

― Worldwide superstar Hello Kitty has thrown her star power behind Animals Asia, backing their campaign to end bear bile farming. From now until the end of the year, Hello Kitty will share the stage of her eight-city 40th Anniversary China tour with Moonie, the Asian black bear (or moon bear) mascot for Animals Asia. In addition to raising awareness about bear bile farming at the events, the Hello Kitty brand also plans on raising funds through the sale of special "Love Kitty - Love Moonie" t-shirts designed by
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Yoshinori Ono Resigns From Capcom Vancouver (Updated)

Street Fighter producer also worked on Dead Rising games ― Street Fighter executive producer Yoshinori Ono announced over Twitter on Monday that he resigned from his position as director at CAPCOM Vancouver. CAPCOM Vancouver released Dead Rising 3 for Xbox One and Windows in November, as well as the earlier installments of the franchise. In his message, Ono thanked the staff of CAPCOM Vancouver and Dead Rising, and stated that he'd like to take time to think carefully about what's next. He also stated that he'd like to watch the Brazil World Cup first.
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Gag Anime Sin Strange Plus Promo Video Streamed

Yukana, Kaito Ishikawa, Kensho Ono join cast for second season ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Verno Mikawa's slapstick gag manga Strange+ began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for the anime's second season, Sin Strange Plus (True Strange Plus). The video previews the theme song "3'30" -San Pun Han-" performed by POARO and introduces three new cast members: Yukana as Nana, Kaito Ishikawa as Kanno, and Kensho Ono as Hanei. Character designer Hiroyuki Furukawa is returning as the series director.
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Shelf Life - S P O R T S

This week, a handful of sports anime worth watching for those who don't like sports.
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Dangle Kuroko's Basketball Characters With Hanging Mascot Straps

― Those who have always longed to pick up their favorite characters by the napes of their neck have always found solace in Bandai's Tsumande Tsunagete line of gashapon figures, which depict popular anime characters as though they were kittens being carried by their mothers. Bandai has already released two batches of charms from Kuroko's Basketball, and next month will see the third, featuring Junpei Hyūga, Shun Izuki, Teppei Kiyoshi, Yoshitaka Moriyama, Kiyoshi Miyaji, and Ryō Sakurai.
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Eureka Seven: Good Night,​ Sleep Tight,​ Young Lovers BD+DVD

All of the film's delectable ingredients, when combined, somehow end up coalescing into a big, ephemerally entertaining shrug.

Clara: ClariS Will Not Disband

Singer Gero interviews musical duet member after Alice left the group earlier this month ― Singer Gero (Brothers Conflict) interviewed Clara of the musical duo ClariS on the Japanese television program Mezamashi TV on Sunday. During the interview, Clara announced that although the second member of ClariS Alice has left the group, the unit ClariS has not ended. She explained that the unit ClariS will continue to work to convey its feeling of gratitude to fans. She told Gero that Alice made the decision to “graduate” from ClariS after giving it a lot of thought, and Clara decided to cheer her on.

10 Treated for Carbon Monoxide on Innocent Lilies Sequel Set

5 Dempagumi.inc idol among those briefly hospitalized for minor issues ― 10 people, including five members of the idol group Dempagumi.inc, were sent to the hospital after experiencing symptoms similar to carbon monoxide poisoning at the set of the second Innocent Lilies project on Sunday. The victims were treated for minor issues and released from the hospital that same day. The five idols — Risa Aizawa, Mirin Furukawa, Eimi Naruse, Nemi Yumemi, and Ayane Fujisaki — and five affected film production staffers ranged in age from 18 to 43.

CLAMP to Launch New Tsubasa Manga Series in August

New Tsubasa project connected to xxxHOLiC: Rei ― The July issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special is announcing on Friday that manga creator unit CLAMP will debut their newest manga series in the September issue, which will ship in Japan on August 20. The magazine teases the series as “a new story of Tsubasa that is connected to xxxHOLiC: Rei.” Clamp began Tsubasa, RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, their manga that bring together characters from their past series, in 2003, and ended it in 2009. The manga inspired two television anime series, a feature film, and two

High School DxD Light Novels Get 3rd Anime Season

Ichiei Ishibumi's school fantasy romantic comedy inspired seasons in 2012 & 2013 ― Publisher Fujimi Shobo announced on Monday that production on a third anime season based on Ichiei Ishibumi's High School DxD light novel series has been green-lit. The original light novel series with Miyama-Zero's art centers around Issei Hyōdō, a dim-witted, lecherous second-year high school student who is killed by a girl on his first date ever. Issei (voiced by Yuuki Kaji) is reincarnated as a devil, and from that day forward, he serves as an underling of Riasu (

Brynhildr in the Darkness Gets Original Video Anime

Episode 11.5 "Kara Sawagi" (Much Ado About Nothing) in Blu-ray/DVD Box II on September 24 ― The official website for the Brynhildr in the Darkness television anime series announced on Sunday that the anime's second Blu-ray Disc/DVD box will include an original video anime (OVA), episode 11.5 "Kara Sawagi." (Kara Sawagi is the Japanese title of William Shakespeare's comedy play Much Ado About Nothing.) Blu-ray/DVD Box I will include the first six television episodes, audio commentaries for three episodes (#2, #5, #6) by the cast and sound director

Anime Studio AIC Involved in New Tenchi Muyo! Series

― The anime studio AIC confirmed on Monday that it is working on Ai Tenchi Muyo!, the new Tenchi Muyo! anime series. The studio's website notes the animation production is moving forward, and that the official website will open this summer. The city of Takahashi in Okayama Prefecture announced last month that it is sponsoring the new anime. The anime will be set in Takahashi, as the city hopes fans will come on a "pilgrimage" to see the setting of the anime, and plans to sell goods and host related events. The series is slated to run for 50 five-minute episodes on Tokyo MX starting in October.
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Sabagebu! TV Anime's 2nd Promo Previews Ayaka Ohashi's Song

High school girls fight in Survival Game Club with real weapons in "fun, cute girls' comedy" premiering July 6 ― The official website for the upcoming television anime of Hidekichi Matsumoto's Sabagebu! manga began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Friday. The video features the anime's opening theme, “YES!!” by Ayaka Ohashi. Momoka: President! Our anime is finally going to start airing! Miō: Yeah. I've got to start training now. Momoka: By the way, what exactly is the series about? Miō: The show's motto is, “A fun, cute, girls' comedy.
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Mekakucity Actors Composer JIN Posts Official 'days' Music Video

Single containing opening, ending themes, music videos ships in Japan June 18 Mekakucity Actors composer JIN began streaming the animated music video for the ending theme song titled “Days” on Friday. The song features vocals by Lia (Air, Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil), guitar by Masayoshi Kikuchi, bass by Mashiro Shirakami, drums by Toshiyuki Takao, and strings by Takayuki Oshikane. Shizu is credited as the director of the music video. JIN composed the song and provided the lyrics, and ANANT-GARDE EYES arranged it.
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GARNiDELiA, Rei Yasuda Perform The irregular at magic high school's New Songs

Duo behind 2nd Kill la Kill ending & singer behind Yamato 2199/Kindaichi Returns endings ― The official Twitter account and website for The irregular at magic high school television anime announced the second set of opening and ending theme songs on Sunday. The musical duo GARNiDELiA is contributing the opening "grilleto," while singer Rei Yasuda is contributing the ending "Mirror." GARNiDELiA vocalist Maria gained fame (and two million views) through her vocal and dance work on video-sharing sites, and she served as a guest vocalist at live concerts for JIN (Shizen no Teki-P) and other artists. The duo's composer

Sunday, June 15

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 2-8

Pokémon XY back in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV June 8 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.5 Detective Conan NTV June 7 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 11.4 Doraemon TV Asahi June 6 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 10.3 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi June 6 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 10.2 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV June 8 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 9.2 One Piece Fuji TV June 8 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 8.2 The File of Young Kindaichi Returns NTV June 7 (Sat) 17:30 30 min. 6.7 Yōkai Watch
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Japanese Box Office, June 7-8

2nd Persona 3 film debuts at #9 Thermae Romae II, the second live-action film adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga, fell from #6 to #8 in its seventh weekend. Hiroshi Abe is returning as the time-travelling bath architect Lucius Modestus along with Masachika Ichimura as Hadrian, Kazuki Kitamura as Ceionius, Kai Shishido as Antonius, and Aya Ueto as Mami Yamakoshi. The film also ranked #8 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 60,351,604 yen (US$591,219) on 340 screens for a new total of 4,203,163,198 yen (US$41,185,283).

Horror Light Novel 'Another 2' Planned for Fall Launch

After original novel inspired TV anime, Yukito Ayatsuji plans monthly series Yukito Ayatsuji, the author of the horror light novel Another, reported last week that he intends to start serializing a new novel, tentatively titled Another 2, this year. However, he had two story ideas he was still contemplating for the novel. He asked his fans if they want to read a story set in 2001 or 2009. He then added that the new novel will probably begin serializing "in a certain monthly magazine" this fall, and that it will probably be a 2001 storyline.
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Those Who Hunt Elves' Yu Yagami to Launch Short Story Series

ADV Manga released Those Who Hunt Elves in North America ― Manga creator Yu Yagami (Those Who Hunt Elves) announced over Twitter last week that he has been secretly working on a new short story series, which he describes as similar to his earlier publication Higawari Yagami Land from 1998 (pictured right). ADV Manga published part of Yagami's Those Who Hunt Elves manga in North America, and ADV Films released the two anime series. Other projects that Yagami worked on include Sumeba Miyako no Cosmos-sou Suttoko Taisen Dokkoider (
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Evangelion Characters Get Their Own Clothing Lines

― Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu, the eternally popular characters from the Evangelion franchise, now have their own clothing collections. Sold by Radio Eva, which sells a wide variety of bags, watches, cardigans, loafers, and other such items, the "Rei Ayanami Collection" and "Asuka Shikinami Langley Collection" allows fans to combine their love of Rei, Asuka, and NERV with their desire to hit the streets in Evangelion-branded casual clothing.
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Sleep the Afternoon Away With This Custom Snorlax Bed

― While this Snorlax pillow already looks pretty comfy, Etsy user iamknight is taking things one step further with a custom Snorlax bed. The item comes partially assembled, and just requires some extra cotton stuffing for the body. The head measures 22", with a body length and width of 73" and 59". Best of all, it costs less than $300, which means it might be the best couch purchase you'll make all year. [Via Hachima Kikou]
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Production I.G's Giovanni's Island Wins Jury Prize at Annecy

Mirai Mizue's crowdfunded "Wonder" short also wins prize ― France's annual Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced the winners of its awards on Saturday. Production I.G's hand-drawn Giovanni's Island film won the Jury Distinction prize. This is the first Annecy prize won by a Japanese feature since 2011, when Keiichi Hara and Sunrise's Colorful anime film won at the festival. Giovanni's Island tells the story of two brothers living on the island of Shikotan. Their family and the people of the island hear of Japan's loss in the war and are told not to worry. However, their island gets caught in the middle of the continuing conflict in the west and is invaded by Russian soldiers. The boys meet a western girl on the island named Tanya and the older of the brothers, despite their language barriers, cultural differences, and warnings from friends, starts to fall in love with her. The boys' father gets lured out by the army is and is captured and taken to Siberia. The brothers embark on a journey to see their father again.

Voice Actor & Radio Personality Casey Kasem Passes Away

Voice of Battle of the Planets' Mark & Transformers' Cliffjumper, Bluestreak ― Kerri Kasem announced that her father, renowned radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem, passed away early Sunday morning. He was 82. Kasem had been hospitalized in Washington state for two weeks as he battled complications from Lewy body disease, a form of progressive dementia. Kemal Amen Kasem was born to Lebanese immigrants in Detroit on April 27, 1932. He began working in radio after graduating from Wayne State University. He first gained fame 44 years ago as the host of
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The Mike Toole Show - In Between Cups

Mike takes a break from World Cup fever to ponder the changes in his life as an anime fan since the last World Cup.
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Ai Mai Mi's 2nd Season Promo Video Previews New Song

Main cast, staff return on July 1 for "unforgettable summer" thanks to fans' support ― A promotional video for Choboraunyopomi Gekijō Dainimaku Ai Mai Mi: Mōsō Catastrophe (Choboraunyopomi Theater Act II Ai Mai Mi: Delusional Catastrophe), the second season inspired by Choboraunyopomi's Ai Mai Mi four-panel manga, debuted on Saturday. The video features the song "Hyakka Ryūrei" (100-Flower Elegance) song by the main cast with lyrics by Rekka Katakiri (Closed/Underground), music by Hatori Fūga (studioCHANT), and chorus by Hiromi Ōhashi.
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