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  • AKB48 to get their own TV anime series

    October 18, 2011 @ 2:06 am

    It's been revealed that popular idol group AKB48 will be getting their first anime series next spring! The story will focus on 9 idol cadets who aim to become 'legendary idols'. The characters will be modeled after the top 8 members from AKB48's general elections, which include Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko. The title and broadcasting station has not been revealed at this time. The anime is an original story by Kawamori Shoji, who is kno

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  • Kodansha's CLAMP manga to be published online, starting with "Rayearth" and "Cardcaptor Sakura"

    October 15, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    [caption id="attachment_197019" align="aligncenter" width="546" caption=""Magic Knight Rayearth" (left) and "Cardcaptor Sakura" (right) will be the first CLAMP series to be sold as online comics"][/caption] Publishing giant Kodansha has announced that it will be distributing the works of the manga artist group CLAMP in a digital format through online book stores. The plan is to release all of the CLAMP works that have be

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  • "Karigurashi no Arrietty" receives 'Animation of the Year'

    October 15, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Studio Ghibli's animated film, "Karigurashi no Arrietty", has been chosen as 'Animation of the Year' at the "10th Tokyo Anime Awards" in Tokyo. "Karigurashi no Arrietty" is a story that portrays the relationship between a 'tiny girl' named Arrietty and a human boy. Director Yonebayashi Hiromasa commented, "I think there's something that could be understood by people in this generation who have experienced the Tohoku Earthquake." Mean

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  • Isayama Hajime's manga "Shingeki no Kyojin" to get movie adaptation in 2013

    October 14, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    It's been announced that Isayama Hajime's manga, "Shingeki no Kyojin", will released as a movie adaptation in the Fall of 2013. "Shingeki no Kyojin" started its serialization in "Bessatsu Shonen Magazine" in September 2009. The story is set in a world of giants, where humans desperately fight for survival. Since "Shingeki no Kyojin" was Isayama's debut work, only 40,000 first press copies of the first volume was printed. However, when t

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  • Oricon comic chart reveals results for the week of October 17th

    October 13, 2011 @ 3:24 am

    Oricon has just revealed their comic chart ranking for the week of October 17th! This week features new top charters, as well as big-name favorites. Check out the results below! === 1. BLEACH, Volume 52 - Kubo Tite : 400,253 2. BAKUMAN., Volume 15 - Tsugumi Ohba / Takeshi Obata : 333,319 3. Katekyoshi HITMAN REBORN!, Volume 36 - Amano Akira : 239665 4. Kuroko no Basuke, Volume 14 - Fujimaki Tadatoshi : 132,511

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  • "Lupin the 3rd" voice cast to change for the first time in 16 years

    October 10, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    On October 9th, anime series "Lupin the 3rd"  announced a new voice acting cast, their first switch-up in 16 years. The new voice actors that were announced are Yamadera Koichi (50) as 'Inspector Zenigata', Namikawa Daisuke (35) as 'Ishikawa Goemon', and Sawashiro Miyuki (26) as 'Mine Fujiko'. Meanwhile, Kurita Kanichi (53) and Kobayashi Kiyoshi (78) will continue to provide the voices for 'Lupin the 3rd' and 'Jigen Daisuke'. Yamader

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  • Hirano Aya performs live to launch her new fanclub #AYAMOTO

    October 9, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    On October 8th, singer and talento Hirano Aya (24) held a ‘New Fan Club Launch Commemoration & Birthday LIVE’ at Roppongi Nicofarre in Tokyo. At this event, she announced the name of her new fan club, “#AYAMOTO” and also announced that she will release a new CD sometime next year. This was also her first live in 10 months and in front of her 300 fans, she performed 14 songs in total including her starring anime “The Melancholy of Har

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  • Manga "Saki - Achiga-hen episode of side - A" to get anime adaptation in spring 2012

    October 7, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    On the latest issue of manga magazine, "Young Gangan", it was revealed that Igarashi Aguri's spin-off manga, "Saki - Achiga-hen episode of side - A", would be getting an anime adaptation in the spring of 2012. "Achiga-hen", which started its serialization in the September issue of "Monthly Shonen Gangan", portrays a completely different story from the original "Saki". "Saki" revolves around high school girls who train hard to win the natio

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  • Oricon comic chart for the week of October 10th revealed!

    October 5, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    Oricon has now revealed their comic charts for the week of October 10th! This week features some of the top charters from last week and some new additions as well. Check out which mangas managed to keep their places for this week! === 1. Ookiku Furikabutte, Volume 17 - Higuchi Asa : 141,600 2. WORKING!!, Volume 10 - Takatsu Karino : 111,969 3. Kinou Nani Tabeta?, Volume 5 - Yoshinaga Fumi : 98,173 4. Kimi ni T

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  • "Kuroko no Basket" to be released as an anime series

    October 3, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    On the October 3rd release of the 43rd issue of “Weekly Shonen Jump”, it was announced that basketball manga “Kuroko no Basket” will be adapted into an anime series under the animation company Production I.G. The broadcast dates will be announced at a later date. “Kuroko no Basket” is a series that begun its serialization in this same magazine back in February 2009 and has sold total of approximately 5 million copies as of now. This manga fo

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