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New Key Visual for “Tsuki ga Kirei”

A new key visual has been revealed for the upcoming original television anime project by studio feel., Tsuki ga Kirei.

MyAnimeList describes the plot below:

“Kotarou Azumi and Akane Mizuno became third year students at junior high school and are classmates for the first time. These two, along with fellow classmates, Chinatsu Nishio and Takumi Hira, relate to their peers through mutual understandings and feelings. As their final year at junior high school progresses, the group overcome their challenges to mature and become aware of changes in themselves.”

The anime will begin airing in April.

Good Smile Company and Max Factory Release Wonder Festival Teasers

With Winter Wonder Festival right around the corner, Good Smile Company and Max Factory have revealed some teasers for the new figurines they’re announcing this year.

For those unfamiliar with Wonder Festival, it is the world’s biggest figure festival and takes place twice a year in both Summer and Winter. Good Smile Company and Max Factory will be attending the event with a joint booth titled “WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! 25”. This year’s Winter Wonder Festival begins on February 19.

Can you recognize any of the figures? Because all of Good Smile Company’s photos were easily recognizable last year, they’ve increased the difficulty this year.

Check out the teasers after the break!

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Countdown Illustration for “NieR:Automata” Revealed

There are only a few more days until NieR:Automata, the highly anticipated action RPG, releases in Japan on February 23. In preparation for that day, a countdown illustration was uploaded to the game’s official Twitter account.

For those unfamiliar, Square Enix describes the game below:

“Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing their secret weapon: the machines. In the face of this insurmountable threat, the human race is driven from the earth and takes refuge on the moon. The humans develop an army of android soldiers to fight back against the mechanical horde, but succeed only in slowing its advance. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad.
In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world…

NieR: Automata is a new third-person action RPG follow-up to the 2010 cult hit, NieR. Offering a fresh blend of action and RPG gameplay styles, NieR: Automata is currently being developed in collaboration with PlatinumGames, the studio known for its groundbreaking advancements in the action genre.”

The game will be released on March 7 in North America and should be available worldwide by March 10. Preorders are still being accepted for both the PC and PS4 editions at the price of $59.99. The $189.99 PS4 Black Box edition is currently sold out with a waiting list.

Preorders Open for Tracer Nendoroid

Good Smile Company has just opened preorders for their new Tracer Nendoroid (Overwatch)!

“Cheers, love! The cavalry’s here!”
From the globally popular multiplayer first-person shooter ‘Overwatch’ comes a Nendoroid of Tracer! The Nendoroid comes complete with a variety of optional parts to add effects for her abilities, interchangeable bent legs, and hair options that can cover up her eyes to recreate her iconic poses from the game!

Also included are Tracer’s trademark pulse pistols, along with open hand parts to pose her as without her guns, like when she activates her recall ability. Equip her pulse bomb to pose Tracer activating her ultimate ability! The Nendoroid is fully articulated, allowing her to be posed in many different ways, and has been carefully sculpted and tuned to ensure that the joints do not stand out, keeping Tracer’s unique appearance in tact. Be sure to add the first of the Overwatch Nendoroid series to your collection!”

This Nendoroid is approximately 100mm tall (about 3.9 inches) and is priced at 4,900 yen (roughly $42.86) including tax. She can be preordered through the Good Smile Company Online Shop until March 16, and the Blizzard store for $49.99. She should be available to order through other sites shortly.

The company has added a new subsection on their site for Overwatch x Good Smile Company products, so expect more characters to get some cool stuff in the future. Tracer will be officially released and shipped out in August 2017.

You can find more pictures after the break!

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New Merchandise for “Re:ZERO” and “Kantai Collection”

Good Smile Company has added new merchandise to their shop!

The 1/7th scale Rem figurine (Re:ZERO ~Starting Life in Another World~previewed earlier this month and a Nagato Nendoroid (Kantai Collection) are available to preorder now.

You can find more information about everything after the break!

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Valentine’s Day Illustration Collection

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and many anime studios and artists have prepared some adorable illustrations in honor of the romantic holiday. Demi-chan, New Game!, Gabriel Dropout, and more have participated in this lovely event.

The illustrations can be found after the break. More will be added as they are posted, so check back here if you’re interested!

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“The [email protected] SideM” Anime Project Announced with PV and Key Visual

The [email protected] SideM anime project has been announced with a promotional video, key visual, and the launching of its official website. The project will be an adaptation of The [email protected] SideM video game. The game is similar to other [email protected] games, but all of the characters are male and their three main characteristics are Physical, Intelligent, and Mental instead of the usual Cute, Cool, and Passion traits.

The promotional video shows off some of the music and idol boys that are expected to appear in this adaptation.

More information on the project will be released on March 15.

Check out the video after the break!

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“Splatoon 2” to Feature LAN Play and Private Battle Spectating

Nintendo has revealed two new features that will be available in the upcoming Splatoon sequel: Private Battle Spectator View and LAN Play.

Private Battle Spectator View can allow two extra non-players to spectate Private Battles and act as camera operators to see the match from different angles. The LAN Play feature allows 8 players to connect their systems using a wired LAN setup to create local Private Battle tournaments without the use of an internet connection.

Sounds like these two features would be really useful if anyone wanted to setup some competitive on-stage tournaments. Splatoon 2 comes to the Nintendo Switch this summer.

Check out the pictures and video after the break!

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New Key Visual and Additional Cast for “Sakura Quest” Anime

The official website for the Sakura Quest TV anime has revealed a new key visual and some additional cast members for the upcoming project!

The cast members include Atsushi Ono as Ushimatsu Kadota, Maki Izawa as Chitose Oriba, Katsuyuki Konishi as Takamizawa, Hiro Shimono as Yamada, Daiki Hamano as Mino, Vinay Murthy as Mr. Sandal, Nanako Mori as Angelica, and Tomoyo Kurosawa as Erika Suzuki.

MyAnimeList describes the synopsis for Sakura Quest below:

“In the wake of a nationwide movement during the Bubble economy period, a small town in the countryside has revived its “mini-nation” tourism program; hiring five girls as travel ambassadors. The series will follow a year’s time of the five girls as they work in the tourism agency of a small failing town in an effort to reinvigorate it.”

The series will begin airing this April.

You can find the key visual after the break!

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