Meet the Four Sword-Wielding Leading Ladies of “Toji no Miko”

The upcoming original anime Toji no Miko pits sword-wielding high school girls against otherworldly threats — and pits one girl in particular against her fellow toji in competitions across Japan. Check out what we know so far about the leads of this upcoming series:


Kanami Etou: In her second year at middle school, Kanami is her school’s toji representative. She’s bright, cheerful, and has a large circle of friends. She’d sooner practice her swordsmanship than sleep, and appreciates witnessing the skills of her opponents.


Hiyori Juujou: A serious, stoic 14-year-old in her third year of middle school. Hiyori’s sense of responsibility as a toji is second to none, and her will never bends. But because she is uncompromising in her expectations of both herself and others, she is often misunderstood.


Mai Yanase: Thirteen years old, one of the two daughters of the owners of the prestigious Yanase Group. Even when she’s training, she is kind and thoughtful. Her hobby is making sweets, and she especially enjoys baking cookies.


Sayaka Itomi: Twelve years old, in her first year at middle school. Sayaka is a young prodigy with some of the fastest sword work around. While she will do her missions unquestioningly, she often has trouble communicating with others.


Toji no Miko takes place in an alternate universe where sword-wielding shrine maidens known as toji protect the world from otherworldly monsters. In modern times, toji are trained at five different schools across Japan. One, Kanami, aspires to prove herself at the annual tournament, where students from all five schools meet to test their skills.


The series will be produced by GENCO, with character design by Yoshinori Shizuma (Grimoire of Zero) and series composition by Tatsuya Takahashi (THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS). It is directed by Koudai Kakimoto (Cyborg 009: Call of Justice).

Source: MoCa-News, @tojinomiko




Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.


Manga Author Michiro Ueyama Draws “Kemono Friends” Raccoon And Fennec’s Trip Through Favorite Movies

Last summer, Michiro Ueyama wrapped up his 20-volume harem action manga Tsumanuda Fight Town, which was offered in English on JManga and now Book Walker Global. You might also know him from ZOIDS Chaotic Century, which was released in English by Viz. Recently, he’s been playing around with Kemono Friends, extending the odyssey of Raccoon And Fennec through scenes from western movies that you might recognize.




And, some earlier cross-over tributes





Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.


Chu-chu! All Aboard the “Parents & Children with Pikachu” Train


JR East has announced the renewal of the “Pokémon with You Train”, a novelty train car that services the Ofunato line in the Tōhoku region of Honshu, with an all-new theme that encourages parents and their children to enjoy a train ride with Pikachu.



Originally commissioned in 2012, the “Pokémon with You Train” is a modified KiHa 100 train whose interior and exterior have been decorated with artwork that immerses passengers in the world of Pokémon. The original train concluded service on May 07, 2017, having transported some 40,000 people during its 4 year and 5 month tour as a special express train.



The newly remodeled “Pokémon with You Train” features a Pikachu theme on both the interior and exterior of the cars. It will begin service on July 15, 2017, and will run mostly on weekends and during summer break between Ichinoseki Station and Kesennuma Station.



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BookWalk Global To Host “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” At Anime Expo 2017

BookWalker has announced that light novel author Fujino Omori, the creator of fantasy-comedy series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? will be their special guest at Anime Expo 2017 on July 1-4, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This will be the first North American convention appearance for this best-selling light novel author. 


When asked for his thoughts on his upcoming visit to AX 2017, Omori said, “When I first got the offer (to go to Anime Expo) from BookWalker, I thought, ‘Yes! I can go to Anime Expo!’ and quickly accepted. I’m really looking forward to meeting all of my fans.”

BookWalker (AX Booth #206) will be hosting a spotlight panel on Sunday, July 2 (panel time and location to be announced later) as well as signing sessions on all days of the show.

The signing sessions will be free, but will require a ticket for entry to the line and to get the signing board. Just buy at least one English eBook by Fujino Omori from BookWalker to get a free ticket for this event (while supplies last). If you happen to purchase Danmachi eBooks from BookWalker from May 26th to June 16th, you’ll also be eligible to win autographed goods before the event! For information about the giveaway, check out the Danmachi promotion here.
For more details on how to get autograph session tickets before AX, visit:





Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.


Check Out Previews for “Kemono Friends” Drama/Character Song and Soundtrack Albums

The official YouTube channel for the Kemono Friends anime franchise today released previews for “Japari Café,” a newly-recorded drama/character song album and the TV anime’s original soundtrack album composed by Akiyuki Tateyama. Both albums will be available on the same day, June 7. Purchasers who pre-order the two albums at selected Japanese retailers (Animate, Gamers, HMV, Amazon Japan, etc.) will receive a special bonus item. For example, the customers who pre-order the two albums together on Amazon Japan will get an original CD storage box.


“Japari Café” preview


CD jacket illustration



TV anime “Kemono Friends” original soundtrack album preview


CD jacket illustration


The third guidebook with a Blu-ray containing the TV anime’s 5th and 6th episodes is released today in

Japan. It has already ranked No.1 on Amazaon Japan’s ranking for the anime/manga/BL illustration book

and official book.


The third guidbook set




The latest CM for the guidebooks



Also as reported, Live Viewing Japan hold live-viewings of Nico Nico Live’s all 12-episode streaming program

of the TV anime simultaneously in 33 theaters across Japan today. While seven members of Doubutsu Biscuits

and PPP (PePaPu), except Mikoi Sasaki (Royal Penguin) of PPP, are scheduled to join the Shinjuku Wald 9

screening in Tokyo for a special stage, the director of the anime, Tatsuki is confirmed to provide his comments

on Nico Nico Live during the streaming as “Tatsuki Oniisan.” The streaming is scheduled to begin at 22:00 (JST).



Source: “Kemono Friends” official Twitter


© Kemono friends Project/KFPA



Married Life is Strange in Live-Action Film Inspired by Yahoo! Answers Post


Ie ni Kaeru to Tsuma ga Kanarazu Shinda Furi wo Shite Imasu (“When I Come Home, My Wife Always Pretends to be Dead”), a manga based on an unusual 2010 post to Yahoo! Answers by K. Kajunsky about a salaryman baffled by his wife’s bizarre behavior, is being adapted into a live-action film that will hit theaters in Japan in the Spring season of 2018.



In the film, Ken Yasuda stars as Jun, a salaryman who is happily married to Chie (played by Nana Eikura). Jun is befuddled when everyday Chie begins faking her own death in increasingly bizarre and graphic ways. Can their marriage survive Chie’s macabre pranks?



The original Yahoo! Answers post by K. Kajunsky has been adapted into a manga essay format with illustrations by ichida that is published by PHP Laboratory. The post also inspired a 2010 Vocaloid song by Hobonichi-P. The Ie ni Kaeru to Tsuma ga Kanarazu Shinda Furi wo Shite Imasu live-action film is directed by Toshio Lee.



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Crunchyroll – First “Alita: Battle Angel” Poster Spotted

Licensing Expo is currently taking place in Las Vegas and among the upcoming movies being promoted to vendors is 2018 20th Century Fox projects The Predator and live-action manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel.  Movie site Collider got an early look at the very early promo material.  


Rosa Salazar is playing the title character, and Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein are among the other cast members. 


Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Desperado, Spy Kids) will direct the live-action adaptation, produced by Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau.


Hollywood Reporter describes the film, eyed by Fox for Summer 2018:

Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Salazar) that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial-arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals. The action-adventure story is meant to serve as a backdrop to themes of self-discovery and the search for love.



The manga is also back in North America with a digital release on Amazon’s Comixlogy platform. 

Announced last month at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo also plans to re-release Yukito Kishiro’s 1990-1995 action sci-fi manga Battle Angel Alita in 2-in-1 volumes. The inspiration for the 2018 live-action Alita: Battle Angel and predecessor to Alita: Last Order and Mars Chronicles was previously released by Viz. Kishiro had a falling out with his Ulta Jump editor during Last Order and the series moved from Shueisha to Kodansha.



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.


Celebrate “Osomatsu-san” Matsuno Brothers Birthday with Special Stop-Motion Anime Clip

To celebrate the birthday of the sextuplet Matsuno brothers on May 24, the official Japanese website for the Osomatsu-san/Mr. Osomatsu anime series has posted a 45-second special stop-motion anime clip featuring “SIX SAME BIRTHDAY 2017 -Tanjyoubi wa Saiko!!!!!!-,” a new remix version of the TV anime’s ED song performed by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND. Just one year ago, the site posted a two-minute live-action music video for the song’s 2016 remix version.


“SIX SAME BIRTHDAY 2017 Tanjyoubi wa Saiko!!!!!!” movie


The cake featured in the video is now displayed at the Animate Ikebukuro store in Tokyo only for today.



“SIX SAME FACES ~Konya wa Saiko!!!!!! -Otanjyoubi REMIX-” for the 2016 birthday



Osomatsu-san Store in Harajuku is now holding the birthday campaign from today to May 31. Customers who

purchase more than 1,000 yen worth of items at the store can receive a “Happy Birthday ‘Matsu’ 2017 Bromide”



As reported, the TV anime second season was confirmed to get a greenlight. Its on-air schedule

has not been announced yet.


Source: “Osomatsu-san” TV anime official website


© Fujio Akatsuka/Osomatsu-san Production Committee



“Asagao to Kase-san” Animation Clip Included with Special Edition of “Apron to Kase-san”


Fans who would like to own a physical media copy of the Asagao to Kase-san: Kimi no Hikari animation clip will soon have the chance, because a Bluray version of the animated music video will be included as bonus material for the special edition of the Japanese release of Apron to Kase-san, the latest volume in the popular yuri manga series by Hiromi Takashima.



The special edition of Apron to Kase-san also features other bonus features, such as 36 page booklet featuring story boards, animation settings, and original artwork. The booklet also includes an interview featuring a dialogue between manga author Hiromi Takashima and animation clip director Takuya Satō. The special edition manga will be released in Japan on July 25, 2017, and it retails for 2200 yen ($19.77 US) plus tax.



The Asagao to Kase-san manga was originally serialized in Shinshokan’s Hirari manga magazine before moving to the Flash Wings web publication. An English language version of the manga is published by Seven Seas Entertainment under the title Kase-san and…, and they describe the story as follows:


“Yamada may be shy and rather clumsy, but the flower gardens at her school have always brought her happiness. Suddenly, a different sort of beauty catches her eye—the vivacious track star, Kase-san. Although the two girls don’t seem to have much in common, they soon start a romance where each must learn an important lesson in tending their budding relationship. Can the two girls, so different from each other, learn how to make their first love blossom?” 


Source; Ota-suke


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Join the Science Patrol with Your Very Own “Ultraman” Costume

Ever wanted to be a part of the SSSP? Well, we can’t help you get clearance, but we do know where you can get the uniform! A new, highly detailed Science Patrol uniform will be going on sale this summer for all your cosplay needs.




The creation of the costume was overseen by Tsuburaya Productions to ensure accuracy. It comes with a jacket, tie, trousers, belt with holster, boot covers, and a papercraft gun. The jacket has embroidered patches, and the tie includes a pin that can be removed for washing. The trousers have an elastic waistband, and the belt has a Velcro closure.



The included holster is also designed to hold the replica SSSP Super Gun released last December by Tamashii Lab.


The costume will be available for 12,800 yen (about $115.28) starting this July. Preorders are now open on


Source: Anime! Anime!




Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.