It is confirmed today that the second season of the live-action drama adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's slice of life comedy manga series Saint Oniisan/Saint Young Men will be available on Japanese video streaming app Piccoma TV on June 1, then will also get its theatrical screenings in select theaters five days later. Hit the jump for more details including a teaser trailer.
Medicos Entertainment announced today that an original art exhibition for Nico Tanigawa's comedy manga No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, WataMote for short, will be held in Tokyo from May 11 to 19, 2019, in commemoration of the release of its 15th tankobon volume on its opening day. Check out a newly-drawn art for the event after the jump.
Following the first one Hatsune Miku introduced in February, Good Smile Company has also started accepting pre-orders for the second non-scale painted figure from its newly-launched line "POP UP PARADE," inspired by the internationally popular virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI, for August 2019 release. Check out the details of her new figure after the jump!
Following the current Lupin VA Kanichi Kurita introduced yesterday, other voice cast from the Lupin the Third anime series have released their condolence messages on passing of the manga creator Monkey Punch. Read them after the jump.
With the opening of its latest exhibition dedicated to the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime/game franchise, Tokyo Anime Center in DNP Plaza starts offering special limited items inspired by the anime's heroine Hestia, including deformed plush dolls and plastic bottle. Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for Shueisha's biweekly manga magazine Grand Jump confirmed today on April 17 that an anime adaptation of Kei Toume's Yesterday wo Utatte (Sing "Yesterday" for Me) is in the works. It has been almost four years since the manga ended its 18-year serialization in June 2015. Hit the jump for more details.
Soon after the news about the sudden passing of 81-year-old manga artist Monkey Punch, best known for his internationally popular series Lupin The third, Kanichi Kurita, who has been voicing the protagonist character in the anime series for 25 years, released a condolence message to Japanese media. He said, "I was saved by Sensei, who treated me with a smile."
The official website for the musical adaptation of Nitroplus and DMM Games' collectible card browser video game Touken Ranbu has posted a key visual and a 60-second teaser PV for its upcoming yet-titled new show to be performed in Japan from August to October 2019, introducing its six main cast members. Meet the sword boys who are ready for their new battle after the jump!
Following her first single "Hajimari no Oto" (The Sound of The Beginning) last November, 17-year-old virtual YouTuber/singer Fuji Aoi released her first digital cover song album "Koe ~Cover ch.~" from Universal Music Japan on April 15. The 12-song album immediately topped ten digital music charts in Japan, including iTunes and Amazon Japan. Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for the forthcoming anime film Kaiju no Kodomo/Children of the Sea announced today that 16-year-old Airu Kubozuka, who was originally cast as one of the three protagonists, Sora, has left the film due to voice change and that 19-year-old Seishu Uragami is newly set to voice the character. Check out more information after the jump.
Good Smile Company has started accepting pre-orders for a 1/7 scale figure "Sakura Kinomoto Hello Brand New World" from the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card TV anime series. The 357 mm-tall figure wears her costume in the anime's first OP movie featuring "CLEAR" performed by Maaya Sakamoto. Check out the details of the cute item after the jump!
The official website for City Hunter The Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes, the all-new anime film based on Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter action comedy manga series, reported today that it had earned an impressive 1,502,665,440 yen by April 15 in two months since its release on February 8. Read the messages from the Ryo Saeba VA Akira Kamiya and the manga Author Hojo after the jump.
As expected, the 23rd Detective Conan feature film Konjyou no Fist/The Fist of Blue Sapphire dominated this weekend's box office in Japan. It earned an impressive 1.464 billion yen in its first Saturday and Sunday, which was the highest record in the anime franchise and 113% of the previous 22nd film Zero the Enforcer's record one year ago. Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for the Love Live! anime franchise has announced a Blu-ray of Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow is set to be available on July 26, 2019. The all-new film telling a sequel sequel to its TV series was released in Japan on January 4, 2019. Hit the jump for more details about its release.
KADOKAWA's digital strategy company Book Walker released the first entry from its newly-launched talking app brand "ISEKAI" using popular character voices produced with the latest voice synthesis technology for Android today on April 15. Its first character is Megumin from KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Hit the jump for more details.