Some quick news for all you brawlers and juvenile delinquents out there: WayForward and Arc System Works have announced a new game in the beloved Kunio-kun series (most famous in the U.S. for entries such as River City Ransom and Super Dodge Ball), and this time a lady is taking the lead. Hit the jump to learn more.
Trigger's outrageous 2013 TV anime Kill la Kill has always had an awesome soundtrack, and now the series is getting a definitive music collection with the Kill la Kill: Complete Soundtrack, a special 3 disc album that will be released in Japan in June of 2019 to coincide with the release of a new Japanese Bluray box set for the series. Hit the jump to learn more.
Home is where the heart is, but it's also where all of the psychic high school girls and low-level Yakuza hang out in HINAMATSURI, a 2018 TV anime that's one part absurdist comedy and one part sentimental drama and also the subject of this week's installment of Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog's Spring 2018 Renewal. Hit the jump to learn more.
Two additional cast members have been revealed for the newly announced Special Crime Investigation Unit - Special7 (known in Japan as Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana-), an upcoming original TV anime that pits a group of misfit cops against a secretive criminal organization in near-future Tokyo. Hit the jump to learn more.
Two more cast members have been revealed for Kochoki ~ Wakaki Nobunaga ~ ("Beautiful Butterfly ~ Young Nobunaga ~"), an upcoming TV anime that tells the story of Sengoku Period conquerer Oda Nobunaga as a young man. Hit the jump to learn more.
Six more cast members have been revealed for Cop Craft, an upcoming TV anime based on the fantasy light novel series written by Shoji Gato (Full Metal Panic!) and illustrated by Range Murata (Haibane Renmei) about an unlikely pair of partners from parallel worlds that team-up to fight crime. Hit the jump to learn more.
Pandora to Akubi, an original anime theatrical film featuring characters from XFLAG Studios' Monster Strike series and Tatsunoko Production's Hakushon Daimaou / The Genie Family, is currently screening in select Japanese cinemas, and now the first 6 minutes of the film are available in a special preview video online. Hit the jump to check it out.
A short teaser trailer has been published for Hakatamentai! Pirikarakochan, an upcoming original short form TV anime about the adventures of a boisterous food fairy in a fictional shopping district in modern Japan. Hit the jump to check it out.
Natsuki Hanae (Tanjirō Kamado in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) and Kensho Ono (Subaru Mikazuki in My Roommate is a Cat) may have carved their niche in the world of Japanese voice acting, but when it comes to playing third-person shooter battle royale video games, they've still got a lot of work to do, or at least that's the impression given by a recent cooperative "Let's Play" video of the two getting walloped in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Hit the jump to check it out.
High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World! (known in Japan as Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu!), an upcoming TV anime based on the isekai fantasy light novel series written by Riku Misora and illustrated by Sacraneco, is rolling out a series of preview videos to introduce their main cast of 7 genius high school students, and the first video focuses on master fencer Aoi Ichijo. Hit the jump to check it out.
Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair, the largest manga / anime convention in West Japan, is returning for another round of festivities on September 21 - 22, 2019, and now the convention has released a short preview video highlighting what's in store for this year. Hit the jump to learn more.
It is with a heavy heart that we report that manga author and Lupin III creator Kazuhiko Katou, better known internationally under his pen name "Monkey Punch", has passed away at the age of 81. Hit the jump to learn more.
The 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival (AIAFF 2019 for short) has announce its full slate of films for screening and competition, and since Japan is the "Country of honors" for the festival this year, the slate includes some eight Japanese works in four different categories, including Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave competing for the Cristal (grand prix) in the Feature Film category. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some quick news for all you fans of magic and illusions and out there: the ending theme song performer has been revealed for Tejina Senpai (known in English as Magical Sempai), an upcoming TV anime based on the seinen manga by Azu about an enthusiastic girl who longs to be a stage magician despite her struggles with stage fright. Hit the jump to learn more.
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. Hit the jump to learn more.