Crunchyroll to Stream Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Anime
Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the television anime adaptation of AQUAPLUS’ Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro) game in July in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The anime premieres in July in Japan.
Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2 Game Gets Steam Release
Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Friday that its Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2 game will get a release on Steam this year. Bandai Namco Entertainment Southeast Asia is streaming a video for the game’s upcoming network test, which will start on April 15. Bandai Namco Entertainment also announced the release of its Gundam Navi App app for iOS and Android. The app collates Gundam-related news, and also allows users to watch official videos and browse a database for characters, anime, or mobile suits in the franchise.
Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel
Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Saturday for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter – The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter – The Last Transmutation), the two upcoming live-action sequel films in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise. The behind-the-scenes footage focuses on Scar. The video also includes a trailer for the films.
Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Films’ New Trailer
The official website for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter – The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter – The Last Transmutation), the two upcoming live-action sequel films in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, began streaming a new trailer on Wednesday. The trailer highlights the 15 main characters in the films.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Season 3
The official website for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka’s epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, began streaming a trailer for the third and final part of the anime’s third season on Friday. The season is debuting as features in theaters (similar to previous seasons) under the title Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Gekitotsu (Clash). The first two features opened on March 4 and April 1, and the third feature will open on May 13. The third season is also running on television for 24 episodes (numbered as episodes 25-48 in the overall series).
Demon Gaze Extra Game Gets PC Release
Clouded Leopard Entertainment announced on Friday that it will release Demon Gaze Extra, the new version of Kadokawa Games and experience inc.’s Demon Gaze game, worldwide on PC via Steam on April 26. The company streamed an announcement trailer. The game launched on January 6 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch after a delay. The release was previously slated for December 9.
Jujutsu Kaisen Gets Lotte, Dolce & Gabbana Collabs
Japan confectionary Lotte is collaborating with the Jujutsu Kaisen anime to release the “Jujutsu Kaisen Gum (Grape).” The packaging for the chewing gum will feature illustrations of Yuji Itadori and other characters from the series, and the wrapping paper for each individual gum can be folded into a special origami. The gum packaging comes in a total of 18 variations, with six different types of wrapping paper. Those who purchase the gum may also chance upon “point tickets” enclosed within the wrapping papers, which can be collected and used to enter lotteries for different prizes. The prizes include an original QUO card worth 500 yen (3-point course, 1000 winners), a sticker holder (5-point course, 1000 winners), and a 17-cm tall Kaiyodo figure of Yuji Itadori (10-point course, 50 winners).
Makoto Shinkai Unveils New Anime Film Suzume no Tojimari’s Heroine
Makoto Shinkai (your name., Weathering With You) revealed the title heroine’s visual, a still, and the November 11 opening for his first new film in three years, Suzume no Tojimari (literally, Suzume’s Door-Locking), on Saturday.
Square Enix Announces Kingdom Hearts IV Game, Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link Smartphone Game
Square Enix announced at a 20th anniversary event on Sunday for its Kingdom Hearts franchise that it is developing the Kingdom Hearts IV game. The video below introduces the game as part of the “Lost Master Arc.” The event also revealed the Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link smartphone game, which will have a closed beta test later this year. Lastly, the event revealed that the final story installment in the Kingdom Hearts Dark Road smartphone game will release in August.
Kaori Yuki Launches Angel Sanctuary: Tokyo Chronos Manga on April 20
Hakusensha announced on Monday that Kaori Yuki will launch a new manga in her Angel Sanctuary (Tenshi Kinryouku) franchise on April 20 in the Hana Yume Ai web manga magazine. The new manga is titled Angel Sanctuary: Tokyo Chronos (Tenshi Kinryouku: Tokyo Chronos). The first chapter will have 64 pages. Yuki posted several preview images of the manga on Twitter on Monday, and stated that while the manga will take place after the story of Angel Sanctuary, the manga is an independent work.
Monster Rancher Gets New Smartphone Game This Year
KOEI Tecmo Games and LINE Corporation announced on Tuesday that they are producing a new smartphone game for the Monster Rancher (Monster Farm) franchise that will release this year. The game is titled LINE: Monster Farm.
Spy×Family Anime Premieres With 3.1% Rating
The first episode of the television anime of Tatsuya Endō’s SPY×FAMILY manga earned a 3.1% rating when it premiered on Saturday at 11:00 p.m. JST. In addition, the terms “SPY_FAMILY,” “Anya,” “Yor-san,” and “Loid” (the latter three are main characters for the anime) trended on Twitter in Japan when the episode aired. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime.
Makoto Akui’s Ao no Orchestra Manga Gets TV Anime
Manga creator Makoto Akui revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that her Ao no Orchestra (The Blue Orchestra) manga is getting an anime adaptation.
Type-Moon Launches Mahōtsukai no Yoru Game on PS4, Switch
Aniplex revealed on Tuesday that the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch release for Type-Moon’s Mahōtsukai no Yoru (Witch on the Holy Night) visual novel will ship in Japan in December with support for Japanese, English, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese text. The new version will be fully voiced and will have HD graphics.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Action Game’s ‘Mysterious Mercenary’
Nintendo streamed a new trailer for it and KOEI Tecmo Games’ Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, a new action game in the Fire Emblem franchise using characters from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The video is titled “Mysterious Mercenary.” The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on June 24.
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru ~Setsugetsuka~ Anime Film Trilogy
The official website for the Toku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru ~Setsugetsuka~ film trilogy revealed on Tuesday that Kento Hama, Shōhei Komatsu, and Kenji Nojima will perform the ending theme song “Yoake no Sora” as their respective characters Mutsu no Kami Yoshiyuki, Bizen Tadahiro, and Nankaitarō Tomotaka for the first film “Yuki no Maki” (Snow Story).
Akari Akase’s Ending Theme Song for My Dress-Up Darling Anime
The music video for Akari Akase’s “Koi no Yukue” (Where Love Is), the ending theme song for the television anime of Shinichi Fukuda’s My Dress-Up Darling (Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru), has been streamed over seven million times since its release about three months ago. The song’s music video debuted on January 9. TikTok personality Akase debuted her singing career with the song.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film Rescheduled to June 11
Toei announced on Thursday that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, has been rescheduled for June 11. It had been delayed due to the Toei Animation hack last month. Toei added that the entire staff is putting all their effort into meeting the new release date.
Shirow Miwa, Hikaru Sakurai Work on New Fate Novels
Manga creator and artist Shirow Miwa revealed on Tuesday that he is drawing the art for a new light novel series for Type-Moon’s Fate franchise titled Fate: Lost Einherjar – Kyokkō no Aslaug (Aslaug of the Aurora). Writer Hikaru Sakurai penning the novels.
Bubble Anime Film Making-Of Video Reveals How the Dream Team Assembled
Warner Bros. Japan began streaming its first staff interview video on Wednesday for Bubble, the new original anime film by Wit Studio. In the “Story Section” video, director Tetsuro Araki (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) and producer Genki Kawamura (your name., BELLE) commented on how they developed the plot and assembled the film’s “star” creative team.
Jujutsu Kaisen Stage Play’s Video Introduces Cast in Costume
A press conference for the stage play of Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen manga introduced the production’s promotional video, main cast, and other details on Wednesday. The production will run in The Galaxy Theatre at Tokyo’s Tennōzu from July 15 to July 31 and then move to Mielparque Hall Osaka from August 4 to August 14. Kensaku Kobayashi is directing the play off a script by Kōhei Kiyasu.
Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis 3DCG Film’s Trailer Previews English Dub
Eleven Arts began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis < Decide > (Ryōma! Shinsei Gekijōban Tennis no Ōji-sama) 3DCG anime film on Thursday. Iconic Events Releasing and Anime Expo are partnering to screen the film in U.S. theaters on May 12. Eleven Arts is distributing the film in North America. The film will be the inaugural event in the AX Anime Expo Cinema Nights in-person movie event series.
Shonengahosha Launches New Young King Lambda Isekai Manga Magazine
This year’s ninth issue of Shonengahosha’s Young King magazine announced on Monday that a new online magazine Young King Lambda will launch on May 25, and it will focus on isekai (alternate world) manga.
Nippon Ichi Software, Vanillaware’s GrimGrimoire Gets Remastered Game on PS4, Switch
Japanese gaming news website Famitsu revealed on Thursday that Nippon Ichi Software will release a remaster of Vanillware’s GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2 game titled GrimGrimoire OnceMore for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in Japan on July 28. Nippon Ichi Software streamed an announcement trailer.