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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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  • "Shinryaku! Ika Musume" gets a second season!

    August 6, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Popular anime series "Shinryaku! Ika Musume" will be getting a second season this year under the title, "Shinryaku!? Ika Musume". Originally written by mangaka Anbe Masahiro, the work got serialized through 'Weekly Shounen Champion' in 2007, then got picked up for an anime adaptation in October 2010, running for 12 episodes and ending in December that same year. The story follows 'Ika Musume', a girl who comes from the sea and is the da

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  • Animated series for "HUNTER X HUNTER" reveals its official air date!

    August 5, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Weekly Shounen Jump made many fans happy when they announced that popular manga "HUNTER X HUNTER" would be returning to TVs across Japan. Now fans can finally mark their calendars with the official air date! "HUNTER X HUNTER" will be shown every Sunday at 10:55AM starting on October 2nd through Nihon TV. The animation series will be under the supervision of Koujina Hiroshi, with composition by Maekawa Atsushi and character design by Yoshi

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  • PUFFY to voice act for anime series, "Usagi Drop"

    August 5, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    Pop duo PUFFY will be taking up the challenge of voice acting for the first time in five years for the 9th episode of the Fuji TV anime, "Usagi Drop". This was decided upon after having their song, "SWEET DROPS", chosen as the theme song for the anime. "Usagi Drop" is a story about an 'ikumen' who raises his grandfather's illegitimate child. PUFFY will voice after school supervisors who were created in their image by the novelist Unita Yum

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  • Oricon Comic Charts for the week of August 8th!

    August 4, 2011 @ 1:47 am

    It’s that time of the week again - the Oricon comic charts have unveiled their results for the week of August 8th! This week, mangaka Tobozo Yana takes the number one spot for "KUROSHITSUJI" volume 12! Check it out below! --- 1. KUROSHITSUJI, Volume 12 - Tobozo Yana: 322,116 2. Glass Mask, Volume 47 - Miuchi Suzue: 285,827 3. Arakawa Under the Bridge - Nakamura Hikaru: 137,106 4. Suki desu, Suzuki-kun!!, Volu

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