With anime more popular than ever all over the world, we sat down with some of the people who actually produce it to hear some of their thoughts about the production process and a few behind the scenes stories too. This interview series is a collaborative project between Japanese language news site Anime! Anime!, Tokyo
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≪Project Partner Interview: Knead Chiaki & Wotakumito≫ – What are your impressions of this project? Chiaki: At Knead we’ve already handled several kimono figures and are currently in production with orders from other companies, but I think this one is a little different. We often use sample images and illustrations as a reference, but using
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Set in the Taisho era, the game boasts character design by Bleach‘s Kubo Tite, music by Tanaka Kouhei and story composition by Ishii Jirou. Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation will revolve around Amamiya Sakura (played by Sakura Ayane) and feature the game’s opening theme “Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan ”. Series composition is by both Ono and
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Human Lost, an anime feature loosely inspired by renowned Japanese author Dazai Osamu’s No Longer Human, has released its main visual and trailer. The movie is supervised by Motohiro Katsuyuki and directed by Kizaki Fuminori with a script by Ubukata Tow. Polygon Pictures will produce. Set in the Tokyo of Showa 111 (2036), where humans
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Upcoming anime Azur Lane has released its main trailer along with info on the artists for its opening and ending themes! May’n will perform the opening theme “graphite/diamond”, previewed below, while Kano will sing the ending “Hikari no Dohyo”. Adapted from the popular smartphone game starring cute anthropomorphised warships, the series is set on a
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Upcoming live action movie Hell Girl has released its main trailer and a striking new visual! Hell Girl is an original horror anime project which first aired in 2005. The show revolves around “Hell Girl” Enma Ai who responds to requests posted on the “Hell Correspondence” website where people leave messages about their grudges. Ai
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Atlus has released the opening titles sequence for upcoming game Persona 5 Royal, which is set to arrive on PS4 at the end of October! The latest in the long running Persona franchise, Persona 5 Royal will feature an original “third semester” story at Shujin Academy, also adding new characters. Persona 5 Royal hits PlayStation
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Following the announcement of a fifth unit representing the Osaka division, rap project Hypnosis Mic has confirmed that it’s adding a sixth, this time hailing from the Nagoya Division! The new unit is titled Bad Ass Temple, featuring three members: Harai Kukou (played by Hayama Shouta), Aimono Jushi (Sakakihara Yuki), and Amaguni Hitoya (Takeuchi Eiji).
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On Aug. 28, Tokyo welcomed the 57th edition of the Prize Fair, a special exhibit featuring upcoming prizes for six major manufacturers! As always, this year’s summer edition was bursting with tempting new offerings from Banpresto representing tons of popular series. First off, Super Saiyan fever shows no signs of dying down, with another round
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Aniplex has released the second trailer for upcoming anime Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia! It has also been announced that UNISON SQUARE GARDEN will perform the show’s opening theme, “Phantom Joke”. The anime adapts the Babylonia arc from popular Fate spin-off smartphone RPG, Fate/Grand Order. Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia airs from Oct.
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Ahead of its Season 4 premiere on Oct. 12, My Hero Academia has released a new key visual created by character designer Tsumakoshi Yoshihiko. Starring none other than the originally Quirk-less Hero Deku alongside the Big 3’s Miro, the visual also gives fans another peek at Overhaul, the head of villainous organisation Shie Hassaikai. Another
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The group consists of Nurude Sasara (played by Iwasaki Ryouta), Tsutsujimori Roshou (Kawanishi Kengo), and Amayado Rei (Kuroda Takaya). Their official debut will be through a CD set to launch on Oct. 30. Hypnosis Mic is a popular franchise set in a world where war is waged not with weapons, but words. At the project’s
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SAO 10th AnniversaryKyoto x SAOKyoyuzen WAHOO! Figure Project ■OutlineProject to create a figure of Asuna Yuki’s “Asuna” Avatar wearing “Kyoyuzen” Kyoto printed silk. Kyoto fabric wholesalers and businesses are coming together to make virtual Asuna put on real “Kyoyuzen.” The figure will be produced by Aniplex+’s original WAHOO! brand. The announcement will be made and
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Popular anime Fairy Tail has released the last key visual for its currently airing final season! It’s also been revealed that the show’s climax will feature an original story involving Acnologia, who does not appear in Mashima Hiro’s original manga. Fairy Tail follows dragon slayer wizard Natsu Dragneel and the members of his guild as
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Rap project Hypnosis Mic‘s smartphone game -Alternative Rap Battle- will go live this December! A music video featuring the game’s main theme song, performed by in-game group Division All Stars, has also been released. The new track was written, composed, and arranged by duo invisible manners (Hirayama Daisuke and Fukuyama Sei), who also worked on
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Fan translator crowdsourcing program Tokyo Honyaku Quest has entered its pilot phase! Translators for the pilot were selected from over 1200 applicants through a test assessing translation skills, as well as knowledge of and passion for the content. The twenty who passed will translate news articles from Japanese website Anime!Anime!, the results of which are
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Inspired by the light novel series written by Maruto Fumiaki and illustrated by Misaki Kurehito, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata. Fine is the popular franchise’s very first movie. The series follows regular high school boy (and also otaku) Aki Tomoya as he teams up with a collection of female classmates to create an otome game starring
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Pokémon is getting a new TV anime that will include Pokémon from all regions visited so far! Featuring the same title as the original 1997 series, Pocket Monster, the series has released a trailer that features Pokémon from the regions of every game. Further information will be announced on Sept. 29. via the next episode
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Superhero anime My Hero Academia has released its latest trailer for Season 4, featuring its opening theme, “Polaris” by BLUE ENCOUNT. Season 4 will adapt the original manga from Volume 14, in which Deku starts getting some real superhero experience as an intern at a pro hero company. There, he comes into contact with villainous
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Upcoming Sword Art Online game app Alicization Blading has released its first trailer featuring hints at the story and gameplay, including several battle scenes! Inspired by Kawahara Reki’s popular series of light novels, the game is set within the world of the Alizication arc and features an original story supervised by Kawahara. The official website
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YuruYuri has released a new trailer for its 10th anniversary OVA! The trailer features a new song recorded for the OVA, “YuruYuri, Tenya Wanya☆”, perfect for listening to while watching the girls enjoying their laidback lives. Created in celebration of the manga’s 10th anniversary, the OVA project was completed through a crowdfunding campaign. Originally, it
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Comiket returned to Tokyo Big Sight for its 96th event from Aug. 9 to 12! The area occupied by this summer’s Comiket was slightly reduced due to preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, meaning that the event was held over four days (one longer than usual), and also charged an entry fee for the first
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KonoSuba is about to release its very first smartphone game! The game is holding a campaign ahead of its launch, in which fans who pre-register can get their hands on a series of in-game bonus items. To be in with a chance of winning, simply register via the official site where you can click to
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Superhero anime My Hero Academia has confirmed the artists for the opening and ending themes of its upcoming fourth season, which airs from Oct. 12. Four-piece rock band BLUE ENCOUNT will perform opening theme “Polaris”, while singer-songwriter Sayuri will be performing ending theme “Koukai no Uta”. Adapted from the manga by Horikoshi Kouhei, My Hero
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Sega’s upcoming game Project Sakura Wars has unveiled its cover art, starring heroine Amamiya Sakura! Project Sakura Wars is the latest entry in the Sakura Wars franchise, which began as a video game for the Sega Saturn in 1996. Like the original game, the new installment will again take place in Japan’s Taisho Period, starting
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