The high life: drug use in anime

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Like all art, anime is a reflection of the society that bore it, a means to echo its beliefs, traditions and behaviours. But in isolation, art alone is not enough to decode an entire coutry and can instead present a skewed image of a nation. There seems to be this shared assumption that Japan doesn’t […]

Genocidal Organ film announces opening date

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At the Tokyo International Film Festival, it was announced that the long-delayed Project Itoh movie Genocidal Organ has a new release date. It will now open in Japan on February 3rd, at which point the bankruptcy of studio Manglobe will have set it back by 15 months. Well, better very late than never. This reveal came with […]

News: Persona 5 game’s prologue anime special previews A-1 Pictures animation in trailer

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Aniplex have released a preview of the Persona 5 tie-in anime special Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-, revealing the TV one-shot’s main staff. The show will air on September 3rd head of the game’s release, and is directed by Takaharu Ozaki (previously director of photography on Occult Academy) at A-1 Pictures. Shinichi Inotsume of Gangsta. writes the script, while Joker Game‘s Toshiyuki Yahagi […]

Blue Exorcist anime unveils teaser video for Kyoto Impure King Arc

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The official website for the Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujo O-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) anime series had its grand opening today (July 4th), unveiling a teaser video for the series which will premiere in 2017. The site is also streaming (region-locked) cast comment videos for returning leads Nobuhiko Okamoto and Jun Fukuyama, and displaying character designs for the main […]

Update: Mob Psycho 100 3rd promo previews extended clip of MOB CHOIR opening, Setsuo Ito’s lead performance

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The official website for studio BONES’ anime of ONE’s Mob Psycho 100 released a commercial video for the series, featuring Takahiro Sakurai narrating as Mob’s quack mentor Arataka Reigen. The ad also previews the show’s opening theme song ’99’, performed by the “mystery unit” MOB CHOIR. The show airs on July 12th, starring Setsuo Ito as Kageyama […]

Project Itoh’s Genocidal Organ film slated for winter release

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There were signs of movement earlier this year for the Project Itoh anime film Genocidal Organ when a new promo video was released back in March, but now there’s been a definitive announcement that it’s still going ahead with a theatrical release. The movie’s official website today began streaming a new trailer, which introduces the main cast and confirms […]

News: Mob Psycho 100 anime announces premiere and theme songs

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Warner Bros. Japan and Space Dandy studio BONES have released a new visual for this summer’s ONE anime adaptation, Mob Psycho 100. With its debut set for July 11th, this follow up to One Punch Man‘s smash success will be kickstarted by a new vocal unit named for the anime, MOB CHOIR. The band provide the opening theme ’99’, while ALL […]

Behind the Voice Actors Anime Awards announce 2015 winners

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The site and community Behind the Voice Actors (BTVA) has dedicated itself to recognising the hard graft and artistic talent that professional voice actors put into their work, and now the BTVA Anime Awards have rolled around for another year. Gathering together the best of those gifted performers and big personalities that bring life to our favourite […]

News: Viz line up Itachi Shinden, Sasuke Shinden novels and more for print release

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VIZ Media has a few spin-off prints lined up for release later this year or in early 2017, including the prose version of Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto‘s  Itachi and Sasuke stories, and a manga tie-in story for Gangsta. They announced the plans for each as below, and though they’re only confirmed for the US and Canada right now, we’re […]

News: Kohske prepares for Gangsta.’s return

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Fans of Kohske’s Gangsta. have been missing the manga ever since November, when the author’s struggle with health problems meant she was briefly hospitalised, and that she had to set the series aside as she focused on getting well.  But Kohske has recently posted on Twitter thanking her readers for their support, and assuring us […]