Strike the Blood Gets Third OVA!

A third OVA adaptation for Mikiro Gakumo’s light novel series Strike the Blood has been announced!

The series was first adapted into anime in 2014, and has since then received two OVAs in addition to its 24 TV anime episodes.

A part of the fantasy action genre, Strike the Blood follows the life of Akatsuki Kojou, a high schooler who might just be the one of the most powerful vampires born yet. Luckily for him and those who love harem anime, a lot of his power can be derived from the lovely ladies surrounding him and the awkward situations they end up in!

Staff revealed so far are all those who have worked on the previous anime adaptations, including Yamamoto Hideyo as director, Yoshino Hiroyuki for series composition/script, and Sano Keiichi for character design. Animation studios Silver Link and Connec are also to return.

As for the cast, voice talents for eight characters have been confirmed to reprise their roles, including Hosoya Yoshimasa (Akatsuki Kojou), Taneda Risa (Himeragi Yukina), Seto Asami (Aiba Asagi), Hayama Ikumi (Kirasaka Sayaka), Kanemoto Hisako (Minamiya Natsuki), Osaka Ryouta (Yaze Motoki), Hidaka Rina (Akatsuki Nagisa) and Iguchi Yuka (Asutarute).

(C)2018 Mikumo Gakuto / Kadokawa / ASCII Media Works / PROJECT STB OVA

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Which Anime Character Do You Want For a Little Brother?

The cool big brother or cute little sister are two standard and well-loved character types in anime, especially with the popularity of titles like Oreimo and A Sister’s All You Need. Unfortunately, for all the different kinds of siblings that appear in anime, the younger brother seems to get left out the most, but they still deserve our love!

To find out which character would be the most popular as a little brother, Anime!Anime! held a survey for its readers. Ready to find out who got to the top?

10. Hinata Shouyou, Haikyu!!
10. Nakajima Atsushi, Bungo Stray Dogs
10. Kudo Jimmy, Detective Conan
8. Nanase Riku, IDOLiSH7
8. Echizen Ryouma, The Prince of Tennis
7. Matsuno Juushimatsu, Osomatsu-san
5. Matsuno Todomatsu, Osomatsu-san
5. Elric Alphonse, Fullmetal Alchemist
4. Shimura Shinpachi, Gintama

All of these characters are their own brand of little bro, with some cute and some cool – but just who was able to beat them for the top 3?

3. Tsukishima Kei, Haikyu!!

The younger brother of Tsukishima Akiteru, Tsukishima is known for his cynical personality that hides his own bitterness and self-doubt. His unfiltered mouth also gets him in trouble with other teammates who have a hard time understanding him. Tsukishima has a bad habit of not giving himself enough credit even though he has skills and talents of his own!

2. Sougo Okita, Gintama

Raised by his older sister after the death of their parents, Sougo eventually became known as the best swordsman in the Shinsengumi. While he is protective over those he loves, underneath that sweet face is a sadistic man who dislikes most people! Even so, he takes the brunt of the world’s evils on his own shoulders and does his best to shelter the innocent.

1. Kashima Kotarou, Gakuen Babysitters

Unsurprisingly, the top ranked little brother is also the smallest and cutest! The younger brother of Ryuichi, his chubby blushing cheeks and eternally drowsy expression are just too cute to resist. Luckily for everyone around him, he is quite mild-mannered, often times proving to be the most well-behaved out of all the little kiddies around. Even when he grows older, Kashima is bound to be the sweetest little brother a fan could want!

It seems a few series have more ideal little brother figures than others, considering Haikyu!!, Osomatsu-san, and Gintama appeared on the list twice! Who would be your top pick if you could make a character your little brother?

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Announces New Movie for 2018!

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is heading back to the big screen sometime this year with a film titled Unato Decisive Battle!

Set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world in which a mysterious virus creates zombie-like creatures known as “Kabaneri”, the series was first aired as part of Fuji TV’s Noitamina block in 2016 and received a two compilation films in 2016 and 2017. The new movie will pick up from the end of the TV anime.

The creative team will remain largely the same as the TV series with Araki Tetsurou directing, Mikimoto Haruhiko handling character design, and Sawano Hiroyuki composing the score. Wit Studio is also returning to animate the film. Meanwhile, Araki will be in charge of scripts in place of Okouchi Ichirou, who served as screenwriter for the TV anime.

In summer 2018, DMM Games will also release a smartphone game based on the series titled Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Revolt.

(C) Kabaneri Production Committee

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Gets TV Anime!

Popular web light novel That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime will be receiving a TV anime adaptation to be broadcast in fall 2018.

The series follows lonely 37-year-old salaryman Mikami Satoru, who is killed during a robbery but wakes up to realise he has been reincarnated as a slime monster in a strange fantasy world.

The anime adaptation will be directed by Kikuchi Yasuhito ( Comet Lucifer , Infinite Stratos ), with series composition by Fudeyasu Kazuyuki ( Girls’ Last Tour ), and character design by Ebata Ryoma.

Five surreal visuals and a teaser trailer have been released along with the announcement.

Level crossing

A free-to-play smartphone game is also set for release for iOS and Android at the same time as the anime, with further details yet to be announced.

TV anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is slated to air from fall 2018.

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Re:Zero OVA to Screen in Theaters in 2018!

Nagatsuki Tappei’s Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- will be getting a new OVA screened in theaters sometime this year!

First announced at MF Bunko J Summer Festival 2017 in Sept. 2017, the new OVA has released a new key visual depicting Natsuki Subaru and Emilia in a gorgeous snowy scene.

While a premiere date has yet to be announced, Kadokawa will be further spreading the word at their booth at Anime Japan 2018 from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25. Fans will be able to preorder movie tickets that come with a bonus tapestry featuring the key visual.

© Nagatsuki Tappei / Kadokawa / Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Production Committee

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Drops New Visual Highlighting the Quinx Squad!

Tokyo Ghoul:re has released a new visual for the upcoming season via its official Twitter account.

Tokyo Ghoul:re is the latest title in the series of anime adaptations of Ishida Sui’s dark fantasy manga Tokyo Ghoul. Set two years after the end of Tokyo Ghoul, it follows the activities of the Quinx Squad – humans who have each undergone treatment to give themselves Ghoul powers and are now part-Ghoul themselves.

The new poster, which was published in this month’s edition of Young Jump, is also featured as the main wallpaper of the official website and features the tagline “Quinx Squad Deploy” as well as the show’s logo and initial broadcast date of Apr. 3, 2018.

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New PSYCHO-PASS Film Series to Premiere From Jan. 2019!

A new Psycho-Pass three-part film project has been revealed, with the first entry to premiere in Jan. 2019!

The original sci-fi anime Psycho-Pass first aired in 2012 and became a massive hit, going on to a second season in 2014 as well as all sorts of adaptations including manga, light novels, video games, and more.

Although specific plot details for the new series are still scarce, titles and main characters have been announced. The first movie, PSYCHO-PASS: Sinners of the System Case.1 (Crime and Punishment), is centered on Shimotsuki Mika (Ayane Sakura) and Ginoza Nobuchika (Nojima Kenji). The second, PSYCHO-PASS: Sinners of the System Case.2 (First Guardian) focusses on Sugou Teppei (Touchi Hiroki) and Masaoka Tomomi (Arimoto Kiryu). The third and final title to be announced, PSYCHO-PASS: Sinners of the System Case.3 (On the Other Side of Love and Hate), revolves around a single character, Kogami Shinya (Seki Tomokazu).

(C) PSYCHO-PASS Production Committee

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Cowboy Bebop’s Watanabe Shinichirou & Bones Team Up For New Anime!

An original anime titled Carol and Tuesday directed by Watanabe Shinichirou and animated by Bones is set to begin broadcasts in Japan from Apr. 2019, with a worldwide release also under consideration!

Carol and Tuesday is to be Watanabe and Bones’ third collaboration, having worked together on Cowboy Bebop: The Movie in 2001 and Space Dandy in 2014. The president of Bones, Minami Masahiko, will be serving as the anime’s producer, with manga artist Kubonouchi Eisaku providing original character designs and FlyingDog Inc. in charge of music.

The anime is also seeking vocal talents to play main characters Carol and Tuesday, with auditions open to applicants in both English and Japanese worldwide until Apr. 25. To learn more, visit the official website.

Carol and Tuesday is slated to begin broadcasts in Japan from Apr. 2019 on Fuji TV’s +Ultra time slot.

©Bones Inc., Shinichiro Watanabe / Carol & Tuesday Production Committee

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World’s First Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI Inaugurated as Japanese Tourism Ambassador!

The (self-proclaimed) world’s first virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI has been appointed as the first ambassador for a Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) campaign titled “Come to JAPAN”, which aims to increase American tourism to Japan!

With this, JNTO hopes to increase fans’ interest in visiting Japan through her online reach on YouTube and various social networks. Since opening her YouTube channel on Dec. 1, 2016, Kizuna AI has become a huge hit, doing everything from singing and dancing to participating in different challenges. Her main channel is A.I.Channel, which has 1.5 million subscribers. There are also 600,000 people subscribed to her game-focused channel A.I.Games.

The four main aspects of the campaign and its official website are as follows.

1. Learn about the charm of traveling around Japan through videos and articles with Kizuna AI
Everyone can learn about traveling around Japan and the country’s highlights including food, fashion, traditional arts, technology, culture, sports, nature, and history alongside Kizuna Ai!

2. Take the quiz for the chance to score a special prize
There’s a special quiz campaign on the site, and there are quizzes with 20 questions related to videos and articles. If you get the minimum number of points, you’ll be entered in a contest to win a special prize!

3. Visit the lottery booth at Japan Week in New York
Japan Week 2018 is being held from Mar. 14-17 at Grand Central Station, and visitors can enter a drawing to win a pair of tickets to visit Japan!

4. See tourists’ visits to Japan through Instagram photos
There’s also a dedicated hashtag on Instagram (#japantripsenpai) in which you can check out what people did and saw on their own trips to Japan~

To get some inspiration for your own trip to Japan, be sure to check out Come to JAPAN’s official website.

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The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Theater to Air July 2018!

Just in time for summer, season 3 of the TV anime series THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Theater will premiere in Japan in July 2018!

As a light-hearted spin-off of Cinderella Girls, Cinderella Girls Theater showcases exactly what your favorite aspiring idols are doing when they aren’t working on their careers! This time around, the newest key visual indicates they’ll be enjoying summer fun in cute swimsuits on the coasts of southern Japanese beaches.

The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Theater will premiere in Jul. 2018 TOKYO MX, BS11 and Saga TV.

© BNEI / Shingeki

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