Hey! Say! JUMP Member Yuri Chinen to Star in “Kids on the Slope” Live-Action Film Adaptation

Directed by Takahiro Miki (We Were There, Hot Road, Aozora Yell)

Yuri Chinen, 23-year-old member of Japanese boy idol group Hey! Say! JUMP, is confirmed to star as the protagonist Kaoru Nishimi in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yuki Kodama’s Jazz music-themed manga Sakamichi no Apollon/Kids on the Slope to be released in 2018. Hit the jump for more details.

“MapleStory” English Servers Get “Re:Zero” Event

From Kingdom of Lugnica, a strange and beautiful girl has made her way into the Japanese servers of Nexon’s side-scrolling RPG MapleStory last fall

From Kingdom of Lugnica, a strange and beautiful girl has made her way into the Japanese servers of Nexon’s side-scrolling RPG MapleStory last fall. Yep, Emilia and company are crossed over in a Re:Zero event. Goodies include avatar accessories for sale, character motif gacha boxes, and a series of quests to help out Emilia. This is now scheduled to be offered in English. More after the jump.

“Kiznaiver” And “Joker Game” Character Designer Shares “Kemono Friends” Tribute

It was a year ago this season that manga author/illustrator Shirow Miwa made a splash in anime with the concurrently running Kiznaiver and Joker Game

It was a year ago this season that manga author/illustrator Shirow Miwa made a splash in anime with the concurrently running Kiznaiver and Joker Game. More recently, he wrapped up his RWBY prequel manga and announced the return of his Dogs crime manga. This week, the busy artist treated fans to a look at his take his on Kemono Friends. Get a look after the jump.

“Sailor Moon Crystal” Desktop Games Announced

Two releases planned for 2017

Canadian game company Dyskami Publishing Company has announced that they have licensed Sailor Moon Crystal rights from Toei Animation Inc. and are planned two releases planned for 2017. More after the jump.

“Tekken 7” Trailer Runs Through the Fighter’s Various Modes

PS4, Xbox One, and PC release lined up for June 2

Bandai Namco released a new Japanese trailer for Tekken 7, offering up an overview of the fighter’s modes. The video starts out by showing off some aspects of the battle system before moving on to “The Mishima Saga” story mode, online and offline versus, customization, and gallery mode. 

Japanese McDonald’s Heartwarming Anime Revisits Characters A Year Later

AKB48 return to voice workers a year later

Last spring, Studio Colorido, the indie anime studio who had done promo work for concept shops, Noitamina, Puzzle & Dragons and Marukome’s miso soups, brought their sentimental touch to working at McDonald’s in a “Future Chapter” promo featuring AKB48 General Manager Yui Yokoyama and Rin Okabe of Team 8, the “Idols who go meet you.” Now, they brought back the spot to see how the subjects are faring with their careers a year later.

Felt Featured In New “Re:Zero” Side Story

Re:Zero hasn’t gotten around to exploring much of Felt’s story. Not light novels and not the web novel

Re:Zero hasn’t gotten around to exploring much of Felt’s story. Not light novels and not the web novels. Yet, the ex-thief is getting some attention in a new short story, “Golden Lion and Reinhard – Felt’s Story of King Election From Zero.” The bonus from series author Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka is featured in the new, June issue of Monthly Comic Alive. More after the jump.