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  • Oricon reveals their comic chart for the week of August 29th!

    August 25, 2011 @ 3:29 am

    Oricon has just unveiled their comic ranking for the week of August 29th! This week, manga "ONE PIECE" has moved down one spot to #2, with popular manga "FAIRY TAIL" taking its spot. Most of last week's manga has been bumped down with the arrival of new releases. Check out the new rankings below! --- 1. FAIRY TAIL,Volume 28 – Mashima Hiro: 294,536 2. ONE PIECE, Volume 63 - Oda Eiichiro : 151,674 3. DAIYA NO A, Volum

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko to be a voice actor for a short anime!

    August 17, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    On August 17th, AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko (25) attended the second part of the DVD release commemoration event for “Kami Usagi Rope”. “Kami Usagi Rope” is a short anime that is played before the movie screenings at TOHO Cinemas nationwide and focuses on a rabbit named “Rope” and a squirrel named “Akira Senpai” who runs into various events on their way to a movie theater. Shinoda will be voice acting for “Akira Senpai”, who is known for being

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  • Kitagawa Keiko praises Ashida Mana's dubbing in "Magic Tree House"!

    August 15, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    On August 15th actress Kitagawa Keiko and popular child actress Ashida Mana went to a studio in Tokyo to dub the movie version of “Magic Tree House”. This will be Kitagawa’s first time voice acting and she stated about Ashida Mana, “Mana-chan is such a sweet and lovely girl, when it comes to work she is so focused. I think it’s a bit rude to call her a child actress, I feel she is a professional actress.” It is Ashida’s second time voice act

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  • AKB48's Watanabe Mayu chosen as promotional cheerleader for "Evangelion"

    August 15, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    AKB48's Watanabe Mayu has been chosen as the cheerleader to promote the TV version of "Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha", which will start airing on August 26th from 9:00 PM on Nihon TV. Watanabe, who's known to be a big anime fan, expressed her thoughts on "Evangelion" with, "I think it is a global anime that is still very popular even after it concluded its broadcasting. It is very cool, and I have respect for it." She continued, "I was drawn

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  • Matsuzaka Tori and Okamoto Rei to star in "Detective Conan" drama!

    August 14, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    On August 14th, the additional cast for the current on-air drama, “Meitantei Conan Kudou Shinichi e no Chousenjou”, has just been named! It was revealed that Matsuzaka Tori will play 'Hattori Heiji', the rival to main lead Mizobata Junpei; meanwhile, Okamoto Rei will play 'Toyama Kazuha', Hattori’s love interest. Matsuzaka, who is originally from Kanagawa, expressed his anxiety over the role: “I need to do something about my Kansai dialect

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  • ONE PIECE's latest volume breaks records again with 2,000,000 copies sold in one week

    August 11, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Volume 63 of popular manga, “ONE PIECE”, has broken records again by selling 2,119,000 copies in its first week! It  became the top work in the history of most books sold in its first week since the start of the Oricon Book Ranking. This is the third consecutive time that a “ONE PIECE” novel sold over 2,000,000 copies in its first week. Previously, volume 60 held the record of selling the most copies of all-time but now, this latest volume

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  • Oricon unveils its comic charts for August 15th!

    August 11, 2011 @ 12:38 am

    Oricon has just revealed the comic charts for the week of August 15th! This week, popular manga "ONE PIECE" topped the charts with an incredible sales figure of 2,119,401 copies! Check out the other well-known comics who made it into this week's ranking below. ---- 1. ONE PIECE,Volume 63 - Oda Eiichiro : 2,119,401 2. NARUTO, Volume 57 - Kishimoto Masashi : 716,937 3. HUNTER x HUNTER, Volume 29 - Togashi Yoshihiro : 6

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  • Sakamoto Maaya to team up with School Food Punishment for new song, "Buddy"

    August 10, 2011 @ 2:55 am

    Sakamoto Maaya's new song "Buddy" has just been confirmed as the opening theme song to the upcoming anime series, "Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam-", which begins airing in October. Sakamoto's latest song was created in collaboration with the band School Food Punishment; Sakamoto provided the lyrics, while the melody was composed by School Food Punishment and Stereo Fabrication of Youth's Eguchi Ryou. "Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam-" is the latest

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  • Special exhibition to be held to celebrate 40th anniversary of 'Lupin the 3rd'!

    August 7, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Monkey Punch’s manga turned anime 'Lupin the 3rd',  there will be an exhibition called 'Lupin Sanseiten~This is the world of Lupin the 3rd~', from August 10 until the August 22, at the MATSUYA GINZA department store, This is the first full-scale exhibition event for 'Lupin the 3rd'.  The public will have access to the almost 200 pieces of work related to 'Lupin the 3rd', including the original man

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  • 'Weekly Shonen Jump' reveals the main cast members for the anime 'HUNTER × HUNTER'

    August 7, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    Previously, tokyohive announced the anime adaption of Togashi Yoshihiro's manga "HUNTER × HUNTER". In the latest issue of 'Weekly Shonen Jump', released on August 8th, the voice actors for the anime series' main characters were revealed. Though this is the second anime adaptation for "HUNTER × HUNTER", the cast members are completely different from the first series.  Ise Mariya, well known as the voice of 'Cure Lemonade' (from 'Yes! Pretty C

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