Amazon Removes Anime Strike Service

It appears that Amazon has quietly removed its Anime Strike service. Anime Strike provided users with anime streaming content, but it was only available for Prime members with an additional $5 monthly fee on top of that. The Anime Strike catalog can now be accessed by regular Prime members.

Series like Made in AbyssLand of the Lustrous (Houseki no Kuni), Inuyashiki, Girls’ Last Tour, and many more can now be watched legally through Prime Video at no additional cost beyond an Amazon Prime subscription. The Anime Strike Twitter account has also been deactivated after a period of inactivity. Amazon did not pick up any exclusive titles for the Winter 2018 season.

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New “Tiger & Bunny” Anime Project Announced

The official Tiger & Bunny Twitter account has announced a new upcoming anime project!

Tiger & Bunny originally ran during the Spring 2011 season, followed by two films: Tiger & Bunny Movie 1 – The Beginning, released in September 2012, and Tiger & Bunny Movie 2 – The Rising, released in February 2014. The synopsis of Tiger & Bunny can be found below:

Stern Bild City is home to a variety of super-powered individuals called “NEXT”. These abilities can lead each individual who possesses them down the path of good or evil. NEXT who decide to use their powers for good can become sponsored heroes that appear on Hero TV. These heroes use their powers to fight crime, advertise for their sponsors, and earn points toward the coveted “King of Heroes” title.

Veteran hero Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, also known as “Wild Tiger”, is forced to team up with new rising star hero Barnaby Brooks Jr. and gives him the nickname “Bunny”. The two must learn to cooperate with each other in order to save both their hero careers and the city.

The new project is currently in development. More information will be released at a later date.

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2nd PV Released for Horse Girl “Uma Musume” TV Anime

Cygames has released a second promotional video for the upcoming Uma Musume: Pretty Derby anime adaptation!

This anime project is an adaptation of Cygames’ upcoming mobile game of the same name. The game is a combination of idol training and horse racing with anthropomorphic horse girl idols. Players will be able to train their horse girls, have them compete in races, perform in live shows, and more! Cygames, TOHO animation, and Lantis will be collaborating on the anime, with P.A. Works producing the animation.

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby will begin airing in April 2018.

Find the video after the break!

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Himouto! Umaru-chan R Has Actual Character Development!

Whoa, actual character development from an anime like Himouto! Umaru-chan R? It’s more likely than you think! This gremlin and her friends do actually grow over the course of the show, and combined with Umaru’s different personas, there’s a lot to dig into here.

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Newtype Character Ranking for January 2018

Newtype Magazine’s monthly top ten character ranking has been released for January 2018! Looks like some new faces have broken into the top 5 this time.

The male characters who made it into the top 5 are Archer (Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel), Karamatsu (Osomatsu-san), Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san), Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass), and Kirito (Sword Art Online). The female characters who made it into their top 5 are Sakura Matou (Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel), Saber (Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel), Totoko (Osomatsu-san), Sakura Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura), and Rem (Re:ZERO).

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

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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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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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“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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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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