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“Hinamatsuri” Anime Adaptation Receives Key Visual and Staff List

The official website for the Hinamatsuri anime adaptation has been updated with a key visual and staff list.

The story follows Yoshifumi Nitta, a member of the yakuza, and his encounter with a young girl named Hina. She possesses powerful supernatural abilities that must be used in order to keep her from losing control. The two end up living together and her powers become quite useful for Nitta as a yakuza member.

Hinamatsuri will begin airing in April 2018.

The full-sized visual and anime staff list can be found after the break!

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“Plus-Sized Elf” Manga Gets Licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced its North American licensing plans for the Plus-Sized Elf (Elf-san wa Yaserarenai.) manga series!

The fantasy comedy has only been publishing in Japan since December of last year and has already gained a ton of popularity. The story follows an elf girl who struggles with both her diet and love of french fries. Seven Seas describes the synopsis below:

“Naoe-kun, a massage therapist, is about to head home for the day when he’s saddled with a rather strange patient. This lovely lady has emerald eyes, pointy ears, and grew up in the forest–everything about her screams “elf,” except for one thing: her bodacious body. It turns out she left her world but loves junk food in this one, and now her obsession has caught up with her. Can Naoe-kun help this loveable elf girl lose the weight–and keep it off?”

Plus-Sized Elf will be published in single volume editions with the first to be released on October 9, 2018 for $12.99 in the US and $15.99 in Canada.

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4th “Blazblue Cross Tag Battle” Character Trailer Introduces Gordeau, Yukiko Amagi, and Azrael

Arc System Works has released its fourth character introduction trailer for the upcoming crossover tag-team fighting game Blazblue Cross Tag Battle. Gordeau (UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH), Yukiko Amagi (Persona 4 Arena), and Azrael (Blazblue) have now been officially announced as playable characters!

The previously announced playable characters include: Ragna the Bloodedge, Rachel Alucard, Hazama, Noel Vermillion, Jin Kisaragi (BlazBlue), Yosuke Hanamura, Yu Narukami, Chie Satonaka (Persona 4 Arena), Hyde, Linne, Waldstein (UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH), Ruby Rose, and Weiss Schnee (RWBY). This bumps the current roster of playable characters up to sixteen!

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is scheduled for release sometime in 2018 to the PS4, Steam (PC), and the Nintendo Switch. More character announcements are still expected.

Check out the newest trailer below the cut!

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Hiromi Tsuru, Bulma’s Voice Actress, Has Passed Away

Hiromi Tsuru, most well-known for her voice acting role of Bulma (Dragon Ball series), has passed away at the age of 57.

Sources have stated that she was found unconscious in her car with her seatbelt fastened and was pronounced dead at the hospital before she could receive medical treatment. Her cause of death is currently unknown and no evidence of a car accident were discovered.

Hiromi Tsuru has voiced characters from Ranma 1/2 (Ukyo Kuonji), Trigun (Meryl Stryfe), Saint Seiya (Thetis and June), Perrine Monogatari (Perrine Paindavoine), and many others. She also voiced Bra, Pudding, baby Trunks, and other supporting characters in addition to her role as Bulma in the Dragon Ball series.

The police are currently investigating her cause of death and more information will be released as it is found.

UPDATE: Hiromi Tsuru’s cause of death was due to an aortic dissection that occurred while she was driving.

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New Merchandise for “Fate/Grand Order”, “Magical Circle Guru Guru”, “Love Live!”, and “Love Live! Sunshine!!”

Good Smile Company has added new merchandise to its shop!

An Arthur Pendragon/Saber Nendoroid with both regular and ascended versions (Fate/Grand Order), a Kukuri Nendoroid (Magical Circle Guru Guru), a Hanayo Koizumi figFIX (Love Live!), a Nico Yazawa figFIX (Love Live!), a rereleased Chika Takami Nendoroid (Love Live! Sunshine!!), and a set of Nendoroid More Dress Up Parts (Love Live! Sunshine!!) are available to preorder now.

You can find more pictures and information after the break!

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Do Not Access Crunchyroll’s Website; It’s Been Compromised

Do not access Crunchyroll’s website at this time. Crunchyroll’s German Twitter account has reported that the site is currently suffering from a DNS hijacking.

Going to the page will automatically download an .exe file onto your computer. If the file has already been downloaded, you should be able to simply delete it, but make sure to not open or run the file! There have been reports that it is a type of malware that will encrypt your hard drive.

Stay updated through @Crunchyroll.de and @Crunchyroll to find out when the site is safe to access again.

UPDATE: Crunchyroll’s site is fixed! You can visit worry free now.

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“IDOLiSH7” TV Anime Receives PV and Key Visual

I hope everyone is excited to see even more idol boys! IDOLiSH7, a mobile rhythm game created in a collaboration with Bandai Namco and Lantis, is receiving a television anime adaptation.

IDOLiSH7 follows the lives of a group of seven male idols working under the same agency. Their manager is the agency owner’s daughter and she will try her best to unite the idols with their different quirks and personalities to reach their goals together.

The mobile game was originally released to Japan in August 2015 and received a manga adaptation at around the same time.

IDOLiSH7 will begin airing in January 2018. The first two episodes were pre-screened at a fan event yesterday.

Find the video and visual after the break!

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New Merchandise for “Izetta: The Last Witch”, “Fate/Grand Order”, “Eromanga Sensei”, and “Touken Ranbu”

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

A 1/7th scale Izetta figurine (Izetta: The Last Witch), a Lancer/Cu Chulainn figma (Fate/Grand Order), a 1/7th scale Sagiri Izumi figurine (Eromanga Sensei), a 1/8th scale Hizamaru figurine (Touken Ranbu), a Higekiri Nendoroid (Touken Ranbu), and a Nendoroid Sleeping Bag Pouch (Touken Ranbu) are available to preorder now.

You can find more pictures and information after the break!

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Netflix Announces “Erased” Live-Action Release in Japan!

Netflix back at it again with the live-action anime adaptations. This time, Netflix has announced the Boku dake ga Inai Machi/ERASED series to premiere in Japan on December 15th, and release is planned for 190 different Netflix regions soon afterward.

Read more about this live-action adaptation after the break!

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Funimation to be Acquired by Sony

Today it was announced that Funimation would be acquired by Sony Pictures Television Networks.

In a blog post, Funimation announced that it agreed to sell a majority stake to Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN). An update was posted that confirmed the deal had closed, and added to the blog post is an FAQ related to how Funimation and it’s services will be affected by the deal.

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