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5th PV and Key Visual for “The [email protected] SideM” Anime Project

The official website for [email protected] SideM anime adaptation has been updated with a new promotional video and key visual! This fifth update is for the idol unit W, made up of the two soccer playing twins Yusuke Aoi and Kyosuke Aoi.

The series’ previous announcements included the DRAMATIC STARS, Beit, -S.E.M-, and HighxJoker units. Be on the lookout for more group announcements as the project gets closer to its air date.

Check out the video and visual after the break!

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Preorders Open for Mercy Nendoroid

Good Smile Company has begun accepting preorders for its new Mercy Nendoroid (Overwatch)! Mercy is now the third Nendoroid in the company’s Overwatch line.

“Heroes never die.”
“From the globally popular multiplayer first-person shooter, Overwatch®, comes the third Nendoroid figure from the series – Mercy! She comes complete with three face plates including her standard gentle expression, a smiling expression as well as a tougher expression more suited to combat scenes.

The Nendoroid is fully articulated, including movable wings which allow for all sorts of poses ranging from dynamic action poses to more relaxed poses. The wings make use of translucent parts to faithfully capture Mercy’s in-game appearance, and the wings can also be removed to display her in poses similar to her emotes and victory poses from the game.

Her staff comes with interchangeable parts allowing you to switch between the closed and opened tip, and effect parts are also included to display her healing other characters! Be sure to display her with the previously announced heroes in the Overwatch® Nendoroid series!”

This Nendoroid is approximately 100mm tall (about 3.9 inches) and is priced at 4,900 yen (roughly $43.20) including tax. You can preorder her through the Good Smile Company Online Shop (until August 24) or through the Blizzard store for $49.99. Expect more Good Smile Company x Overwatch products in the near future!

You can find more pictures after the break!

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Cover Art for “Persona 5” Character Anthology Book Revealed

Persona 5‘s upcoming character anthology book has revealed its cover art along with some of the included guest illustrations!

“The writers of the extremely beloved game Persona 5 have gathered again for the Persona 5 Character Anthology! It features in-depth descriptions and new illustrations of all members of the Phantom Thieves, an illustration gallery of the games’ minor characters, 4 frame manga,comics, and much more. This unconventional anthology also includes tons of extra info on the charismatic P5 characters.”

This 160-page anthology will be officially released on July 31, 2017. The book is priced at 1,490 yen (roughly $13.08) before tax and is available through Play-Asia for international purchases at $16.99 before tax and shipping.

You can find the full cover art and additional illustrations after the break!

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Newtype Character Ranking for August 2017

Newtype Magazine’s monthly top ten character ranking has been released for August 2017!

The male characters who made it into their top 5 are Kirito (Sword Art Online), Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan), Souta Mizushino (Re:Creators), Levi (Attack on Titan), and Shirou Emiya (Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works). The female characters who made it into their top 5 are Selesia Upitiria (Re:Creators), Saber (Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works), Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan), Serval (Kemono Friends), and Asuna (Sword Art Online).

You can find the full translated lists of ten after the break!

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“Splatoon 2” Direct Reveals Game Updates, Features, and New Band “Off The Hook”

Nintendo aired their Splatoon 2 Direct earlier today and went in-depth on all sorts of fun features and updates this game will have. Some highlights include:

  • the ability to speed through Sheldon’s weapon descriptions
  • updates to main weapons, sub weapons, special weapons, and gear abilities
  • changes to the ranked battle system (players will receive a ranking for each game mode instead of a single overall rank)
  • SplatNet 2, a service available through the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app that provides schedules, game stats, communication, and more
  • new shop owners and venues to explore
  • the Squid Sister’s musical replacements: “Off The Hook”, a singing duo comprised of Marina (on the right) and Pearl (on the left)
  • and the Splatfest World Premiere on 7/15 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm PT. All Switch owners can download the Splatoon 2 demo and participate.

Splatoon 2 will be released to the Nintendo Switch on July 21.

You can check out the full Direct after the break!

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New Merchandise for “Sakura Quest”, “Touken Ranbu”, and “Fate/EXTELLA”

Good Smile Company has added new merchandise to their shop!

A Yoshino Koharu Nendoroid (Sakura Quest), a 1/8th scale Nikkari Aoe figurine (Touken Ranbu), and a 1/6th scale Nero Claudius figurine (Fate/EXTELLA) are available to preorder now.

You can find more pictures and information after the break! Saucy warning.

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New Merchandise for “Haikyu!!”, “Re:ZERO”, “No Game No Life”, “Fate/Apocrypha”, and The Table Museum

New merchandise has been added to Good Smile Company’s shop!

A Wakatoshi Ushijima Nendoroid (Haikyu!!), a 1/12th scale Rem figurine (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-), a 1/12th scale Ram figurine (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-), a rereleased 1/7th scale Shiro figurine (No Game No Life), a 1/8th scale Saber of “Red”/Mordred figurine (Fate/Apocrypha), and a figma based on Sharaku’s famous painting “Otani Oniji III as Yakko Edobei” (The Table Museum) are available to preorder now.

You can find more pictures and information after the break!

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“Food Wars!” Season 3 PV Released

The first promotional video for Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars!) season 3 has been released!

For those unfamiliar with the series, the plot can be found below:

“Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.”

Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara (Food Wars! The Third Plate) will begin airing Fall 2017.

You can watch the video after the break!

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New 30-Second CM Released for “Kekkai Sensen” Season 2

The second season of Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront) has received a short 30-second commercial. The video previews some music, characters, and animation to expect in this continuation, titled Kekkai Sensen & BEYOND (Blood Blockade Battlefront & BEYOND).

For those unfamiliar with the series, you can find the synopsis here:

“Supersonic monkeys, vampires, talking fishmen, and all sorts of different supernatural monsters living alongside humans—this has been part of daily life in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City, for some time now. When a gateway between Earth and the Beyond opened three years ago, New Yorkers and creatures from the other dimension alike were trapped in an impenetrable bubble and were forced to live together. Libra is a secret organization composed of eccentrics and superhumans, tasked with keeping order in the city and making sure that chaos doesn’t spread to the rest of the world.”

Kekkai Sensen & BEYOND (Blood Blockade Battlefront & BEYOND) will begin airing this October.

Check out the video after the break!

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