Sunday, January 25, 2015

Voice Recording Starts on "Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness" Xbox ONE Game

MAGES./5pb. producer Makoto Asada has announced on Twitter that voice recording for the upcoming Xbox ONE exclusive c. Asada comments "little color starts to be applied to the story. It’s exciting."  


In addition to the series' Akane, Shinya, Ginoza, Masaoka, Shusei, Yayoi, and Shion, the game features originals Nadeshiko Kugatachi, an Aya Endou voiced investigator with lost memories, Takuma Tsurugi, a woman chasing newbie investigator voiced by Shinichiro Miki, and Alpha, a mystery man with ties to Kugatachi, voiced by Yuki Kaji.




via adamk678


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Broccoli Offers Deformed Swimsuit Figures of Three "K-ON!" Girls

Japanese retailers including Amazon JP have started accepting pre-orders for Broccoli's latest three items from its deformed figure line "Chocolte": Yui Hirasawa, Mio Akiyama, and Ritsu Tainaka in swimsuit from the K-ON! franchise based on Kakifly's four-panel comedy manga. The 10cm-tall figures are inspired by illustrator Gin's newly drawn illustrations. The prices are all 3,400 yen and the scheduled delivery day is August 30. Three more K-ON! girls: Tsumugi Kotobuki, Azusa Nakano, and Ui Hirasawa are also planned to be added to this deformed figure line soon.





Yui Hirasawa



Mio Akiyama



Ritsu Tainaka



Illustrations for Tsumugi, Azusa, Ui



Source: Broccoli via Comic Natalie


© Kakifly Hobunsha/Sakura High Band


Yuka Iguchi to Perform "Is It Wrong To Try And Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?" TV Anime OP Song

The official website for 26-year-old voice actress Yuka Iguchi announced yesterday that her yet-titled 4th single will be featured as the OP song for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Fujio Omori's fantasy light novel series Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darouka/Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?. The news was first revealed at her concert at IMP Hall in Osaka last night.


Iguchi, who is best known as the voice of Index in the A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun series, made her debut as a solo singer with 1st single "Shining Star-☆-LOVE Letter (A Certain Magical Index: Endyumion's Miracle image song) in February 2013. The 2nd single "Grow Slowly" (A Certain Scientific Railgun S 1st ED) was released in May 2013, becoming the top-selling single of hers. The 3rd single released in November 2013 contained three tie-up songs: "stand still" (A Certain Scientific Railgun S 11th episode insert song), "Strike my soul" (Strike the Blood ED), and "Open Sesame!"

(TV Tokyo's anime news program Animemashite OP song for July 2014). Her 4th single will be her first TV

anime OP song.  


The TV anime Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls is produced by J.C.Staff as part of the 10th anniversary

project of the GA Bunko imprint and is scheduled to premiere in Japan in April 2015.



PV for her 1st album "Hafa Adai" released in July 2014



"Hafa Adai" limited edition jacket



"Hafa Adai" regular edition jacket



Artist photo



Anime 1st PV



Source: Warner Home Video's official website for Yuka Iguchi


© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


Latest Look at 17-Year-Old Tai From "Digimon Adventure tri."

V-Jump is offering another look at the a 17-year-old highschool age Tai/Taichi from Digimon Adventure tri., the anime celebrating the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure. 


Digimon Adventure tri. will feature Keitaro Motonaga (Jormungand, Date a Live II) as director with Cencoroll mastermind Atsuya Uki on character designs and Yuuko Kakihara (Heaven's Lost Property, Chihayafuru 2) writing series composition.





via Anime News Network


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Special Program for Momoiro Clover Z x KISS Collaboration Project to be Streamed Tomorrow

It is confirmed that a special program for the collaboration project between Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z and internationally famous American rock band KISS will be streamed on the idol group's official Ustream and YouTube channels at 21:00 on January 19 (JST), 04:00 on January 19 (PST).


The program will feature the two groups' conversations in question and answer style, and the PV for their collaboration song "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina" will be introduced to the world for the first time. The CD single, which also includes a cover version of KISS' 3rd single in 1975, "Rock and Roll All Nite," performed by Momoiro Clover Z, will be released on January 28.







CD single "Momoclo Edition" jacket



"KISS Edition"








Source: Natalie


"Sailor Moon" Musical Stages Off First Oversees Engagement in Shanghai

This weekend (January 16-18), Sailor Moon - Petite Étrangère- musical, the stage musical based on the Chibi Usa/Dark Kingdom storyline, was at the Shanghai Theatre Academy for the Japanese cast's first oversees performance.  


The performance was in Japanese with subtitles displayed in LED on the sides of the stage. A special, localized version of "Moonlight Densetsu" also thrilled the audience. 

A DVD of the music will be released in Japan on January 28th for 8,424yen.





via Natalie



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Alter Presents "Love Live!" Maki Nishikino Swimsuit Ver.

Love Live!'s Maki Nishikino lightens up a bit and struts her stuff for a 1/7th scale swimsuit figure, scheduled to be released from Alter in May. Teruyuki sculpts the 23cm figure with Eimi Hoshina doing the colors. You might not be getting an invitation to the Nishikino family beach house any time soon, but you can take Maki home for 12,744yen. 




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"Grisaia" Visual Novel Trilogy Hits Steam Greenlight

Following a Kickstarter campaign that has seen it blow past its $160K initial goal nearly twice over, Sekai-Project has listed all three games in the Grisaia visual novel trilogy on Steam's Greenlight service. The three novels. The Fruit of Grisaia - Grisaia no Kajitsu, The Labyrinth of Grisaia - Grisaia no Meikyuu and The Eden of Grisaia - Grisaia no Rakuen now have their own Greenlight pages for fans to vote on, with 13 days left in the Kickstarter campaign and all stretch goals achieved, though many rewards are still available for backing.


The Fruit Of Grisaia

The Labyrinth of Grisaia

The Eden Of Grisaia


Should all three novels be voted onto Steam, the games are expected to launch in October of this year. The first game was adapted into a TV anime last year, while the second and third games will be adapted into an anime this Spring. Have you backed the Grisaia trilogy yet or are you still on the fence?


Thanks to user Frediloc for the tip!

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CLAMP's "Shirahime-Syo" and "Duklyon" Join Viz's Digital Manga Library Along With Akira Toriyma's "Jaco The Galactic Patrolman"

Viz has announced the new titles joining their digital manga library this month. These are available on the VIZ Manga platform ( and apps for iOS, Android), as well as through the partner storefronts for Kindle, Nook, ComiXology, iBooks, GooglePlay and Kobo. Along with the first volume of new shoujo Meteor Prince and the complete collection of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama's Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, rescue titles include CLAMP's Shirahime-Syo and Duklyon, as well as sci-fi The Third.

METEOR PRINCE, Vol. 1 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP: $6.99 U.S. / CAN (Sale Price $4.99) • Available Now!
Strange accidents always seem to happen around Hako Natsuno – so much so that she’s been dubbed the “Queen of Bad Luck.” It’s hardly surprising then that a naked alien prince falls from the sky to tell her that out of all the girls in the universe, he’s come to Earth to mate with her. Does this mean Hako’s luck has changed, or…?



JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN, Vol. 1 • Rated ‘A’ for All Ages •
MSRP: $6.99 U.S. / CAN (Sale Price $4.99) • Available Now!
Manga legend and creator of Dragon Ball Z, Akira Toriyama, is back with the quirky comedy JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decides to move in with him. This agent from space claims to be elite, but sometimes it can be a little hard to believe. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat?


SHIRAHIME-SYO (Complete In One Volume) • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP: $4.99 U.S. / CAN (Sale Price: $3.99) • Available Now
Legends say that when it snows, it is because the snow princess is crying. From CLAMP, creators of Chobits and Cardcaptor Sakura, comes a collection of five tragic tales, all connected by the bond of snow. SHIRAHIME-SYO is CLAMP’s return to traditional Japanese form and story-telling. Featuring luscious watercolors and gentle brushstrokes, it is a beautiful departure from CLAMP’s usual fare. Discover for yourself the mystery behind the snow.


DUKLYON: CLAMP SCHOOL DEFENDERS, Vol. 1 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) • Available January 20th!
In a crisis, a team of justice appears from nowhere. People call them Duklyon, the Clamp School Defenders. To defend our peaceful life, they carry on struggling rain or shine. The enemy, a secret society of evil, is out to conquer the Earth. Go and fight, our Duklyon! Save our Earth! Don’t miss the exciting adventure by CLAMP!


THE THIRD, Vol. 1 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens •
MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) • Available January 27th!
Many years after a devastating war, Earth is now being watched by a group of beings known as The Third, named for a third red eye on their forehead that can access various computer networks. Navigating this barren, apocalyptic landscape is Honoka, a jill-of-all-trades who uses her powers to keep her friends from The Third’s deadly grasp. This prequel to the action packed anime series takes readers to a time before Honoka is known as the formidable but graceful Sword Dancer, to the beginning of her quest to save the world, to a time when she scarcely understands the powers with which she has been blessed…


On the print side, VIZ Media announces the launch of Kazuki Takahashi’s YU-GI-OH! manga series in a new 3-in-1 omnibus on February 3rd.


Published under the Shonen Jump imprint, YU-GI-OH! 3-in-1, Vol. 1 is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. It is the latest title to join VIZ Media’s extensive roster of 3-in-1 omnibus releases for some of manga’s greatest series. Future YU-GI-OH! 3-in-1 editions will cover the entire 38-volume series and will be published quarterly for a total of 13 volumes.




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