Big news for all you puzzle game fiends who'd like to turn your hobby into a profession: Sega's Puyo Puyo series of tile-matching action puzzle games are entering the world of Japanese eSports, because the Japan eSports Union ("JeSU" for short) is now offering "Japan eSports Pro-Licenses" for Puyo Puyo. Hit the jump to learn more.
Actress / comedienne Miyuki Torii (Meatball Machine Kodoku, Midori: The Camellia Girl) enjoys posting irreverent pictures to her Instagram account, and recently she shared her interpretation of a classic image from Studio Ghibli's 1997 anime theatrical film, Princess Mononoke, by cosplaying as the titular heroine, San. Hit the jump to check it out.
Learning magic is tough, and sometimes a magus' apprentice just needs to take a vacation! Last month we sent Chise, the heroine of the Ancient Magus' Bride, on a worldwide tour with Elias through our Travelling Chise contest! We asked fans of the Ancient Magus' Bride around the world to print out paper cutouts of Elias and Chise and take pictures of them in different locations. People posted images of the pair all around the world using the hashtag #TravellingChise, and we wanted to document a small slice of their travels here!
April 1st is the birthday of Kinnikuman (known as Ultimate Muscle in the United States), a long-running wrestling manga by Yudetamago about a bumbling hero who discovers that he is the heir to the planet Kinniku and who must wrestle to prove his worth, and the city of Osaka is having a "Happy Muscle Birthday" with festivities that include the opening of a new Kinnikuman character goods store at the BIG STEP shopping mall and a Kinnikuman art exhibition at the Gallery of Hakaba WEST venue. Hit the jump to learn more.
I've been digging into Ni no Kuni II over the past few days, and while I can't say much about it yet, I'll just suggest you keep it on your radar when it launches on March 23. In the meantime, Bandai Namco shared another character-specific preview, this time focusing on the visitor from another world, Roland.
As promised, another new character has been revealed for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, and this one definitely follows the hints of "male" and "from the latter half of the series." Hit the jump for videos and more.
Idea Factory International set a date for the Steam debut of Dark Rose Valkyrie. Originally released on PS4, the JRPG is coming to Steam on April 10, so read on for details!
Following up on the initial reveal and some very brief clips, Bandai Namco is back with a better look at one of Dragon Ball FighterZ's first DLC characters. There's currently no release date, but you can see more of Broly in action in the 30-second intro after the jump.
April is just around the corner, and a new anime season brings a new trailer and a new key visual for Lupin the Third Part 5, the latest TV anime adaptation based on the gentleman thief character from the manga by Monkey Punch. Hit the jump to learn more.
In commemoration of the final stage of the club event "ALL AIKATSU STARS! LIVE STATION2 DJ LIVE JAPAN TOUR" which has been held across Japan since April 2017, Namco will release "AIKATSU! ANION 'NOT ODAYAKA' Remix," the first club-sound remix album featuring the songs from the Aikatsu! idol anime franchise. Check out the 13 remixed songs in an eight-minute preview video after the jump!
To promote the upcoming additional concerts in Osaka and Kanagawa next month, Bandai Visual has posted a 10-minute digest video from the first "Girls und Panzer der Film Cinematic Concert" held at Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall on July 9, 2017. The event screened the 2015 film accompanied by a live performance of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Check out the dynamic orchestra sound after the jump!
The Dragon Ball Super TV anime may be coming to an end, but don't forget that we have a feature film to look forward to later this year! The tentatively-titled Dragon Ball Super movie recently got some more information on its official website, which has the 20th Dragon Ball feature lined up for a December 14 opening in Japan.
Seven Seas Entertainment announced a new yuri manga license today. The publisher's latest is Now Loading…!, a one-shot from manga author Mikan Uji. Read on for details.
"The Dark Souls of anime shooters" and "PANTScedural generation" are just a couple of the tongue-way-in-cheek phrases thrown around in the new action trailer for Gal*Gun 2, which now has dates for the west. Hit the jump for more.
Six more cast members and additional broadcast details have been revealed for Captain Tsubasa, the latest TV anime adaptation based on the much beloved soccer sports manga by Yoichi Takahashi. Hit the jump to learn more.