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Manga Contest “Sekai Manga Senbatsu” Is Now Calling Participants Worldwide! Contest Theme and More Details to be Announced at Manga Koshien in August

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Sekai Manga Senbatsu (World Manga Audition) is now calling one-page manga by artists from Japan and overseas. To apply, residents in Japan simply need to post their manga on Nico Nico Manga, while overseas residents are required to apply through Email. The audition process includes a preliminary audition and a final contest. The final will be conducted during the 5th Japan National Mangaka Conference scheduled in March 2019, in the form of public review by guest manga masters. Sekai Manga Senbatsu is hosted by Manga Oukoku Tosa, in collaboration with Nico Nico Manga and Comic Walker. Keep Reading

Japanese Rock Legend Miyavi Debuts Powerful Music Video For New Track “Long Nights” Featuring Former Afghan Child Bride Turned Rapper And Social Activist Sonita

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“The Samurai Guitarist” And Star Of Angelina Jolie-Directed Film “Unbroken” Will Perform Live Concerts In 6 Major U.S. Cities In May; New Music Video Features Sundance Film Festival Winner Sonita

Universal Music Japan recording artist MIYAVI has released a new music video for his latest song – “Long Nights.”

The video is a musical/vocal duet between guitarist MIYAVI and Afghan phenom rapper, Sonita, who has drawn wide critical acclaim for her vocals, fortitude as a Muslim woman in hip hop and also her work as a social activist bringing wider attention to the plight of Afghan families selling their daughters into marriage. Keep Reading

Aniplex of America Announces Sword Art Online The Movie –Ordinal Scale- Now Available for Digital Release

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Aniplex of America Inc. announced that the fan-favorite anime blockbuster Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale– is now available for digital release, launching on iTunes, Vudu, and the Microsoft Store. The film, which takes place after the high-stakes events of Sword Art Online, will also be available on Amazon Video and Playstation Video at a later date. Now fans unable to purchase the package release can experience the action, giving a budget-friendly, censored option just in time for the next season of Sword Art Online. Links to download the film can be found here. Keep Reading

Aniplex of America Launches U.S. Teaser Site And Reveals Key Visual for Summer Action Comedy Anime: Cells at Work!

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Aniplex Inc. announced recently that they will be developing the manga series about anthropomorphized cells within the human body, Cells at Work!, into a TV anime series. Aniplex of America also launched a teaser site and a Facebook page for the brand new action comedy anime slated to debut in summer of this year. The series is an anime adaptation of popular manga series by Akane Shimizu from publisher Kodansha’s shonen manga magazine Monthly Shonen Sirius. Animation production will be handled by anime powerhouse david production (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, ERASED) with Kenichi Suzuki (Drifters, Crayon Shin-chan) as director, series composition by Yuko Kakihara (Persona 4: The AnimationDigimon Adventure tri.), and character design by Takahiko Yoshida (Honey and Clover, Oreimo2). The highly anticipated series is scheduled to premiere July of 2018. Keep Reading

GINTAMA Live-Action Film To Be Released in North America in January 2018

L.A. based film distribution company, Azoland Pictures is proud to announce that they will partner with Well Go USA to release the international smash hit GINTAMA live-action film in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting January 19, 2018. Ticket sales for participating theaters will begin today on the Azoland Pictures website:
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Astebreed upgrades to it’s Definitive Edition; Mecha SHMUPs have never looked more beautiful.

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Astebreed: Definitive Edition Trailer

The well-loved and hugely popular 2.5D SHMUP, Astebreed, has just been updated on PC to it’s Definitive Edition. This new version features a huge array of updates, bringing the PS4 contents to PC and adding in extras.
The price for the new Definitive Edition has increased to $19.99, however, users that already owned Astebreed got this update for free. Keep Reading

LiSA Releases 13th Single “ASH” Worldwide on Dec 1

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LiSA’s new single “ASH” was just out in a worldwide digital release on December 1st.  This is LiSA’s second single release from SACRA MUSIC.  Written by Mao and Aki of renowned visual-kei band SID, “ASH” is the 2nd opening theme to the anime Fate/Apocrypha.  It is LiSA’s first time in 6 years to perform an opening theme for the Fate series since her very first single, “oath sign”.  The title song “ASH” from the single has been released early as a digital sale in Japan, and has already topped at#1 on 13 digital platforms.   Keep Reading

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