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KanColle Season 2 Anime’s 4th Episode Delayed to December 15

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The official website for KanColle: Itsuka Ano Umi de (KanColle: Someday in that Sea), the second season of the KanColle anime announced on Thursday that the anime’s fourth episode is delayed to December 15 due to “production circumstances.” The anime will instead rerun its first three episodes, beginning with the first episode later tonight, and the second and third episodes over the following two Thursdays (December 1 and 8, respectively).

The anime premiered in Japan on November 3.

The anime will have eight episodes (as opposed to the usual one cours television anime length of 11-13 episodes), as the production specifically wanted to heighten the quality by telling a more compact story with fewer episodes.

The anime’s cast includes Saki Fujita, Yumi Tanabe, Aya Suzaki, Yui Horie, Iori Nomizu, Yui Ogura, Risa Taneda, Kozue Hayasaka, Wakana Miyawaka, Mana Komatsu, Ayana Taketatsu, Yuki Yamada, and Nao Tōyama.

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Kazuya Miura (DRAMAtical Murder, Full Dive, Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!) is directing the anime at ENGI. Kensuke Tanaka, the original writer for the franchise, is penning the scripts for the anime. Chika Nōmi is designing the characters. Kaori Ohkoshi is composing the music, while Yuichi Imaizumi is the sound director.

The anime is based on a web browser game that launched in 2013, and is set in a world where humanity has lost control of the seas. The threat that has taken over the seas is the Abyssal fleet. The only ones who can counter this threat are Kan-Musu (Fleet Girls), girls who possess the spirit of naval vessels from days gone by.

The first 12-episode TV anime series premiered in January 2015 and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Funimation released the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc with English subtitles and an English dub in June 2017.

The Kantai Collection -KanColle- film opened in Japan in November 2016, and earned 560 million yen (about US$5 million) by March 2017.

Source: KanColle season 2 anime’s website



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Game Director Yuji Naka Faces More Charges of Insider Trading

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Naka suspected of purchasing shares of Ateam ahead of Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier game’s announcement


The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office arrested game programmer and director Yuji Naka again on Wednesday on suspicion of insider trading, or buying/selling stock on the basis of nonpublic information. While still at Square Enix, Naka allegedly invested in Ateam, developers of the company’s Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier mobile game, prior to the game’s announcement. Former Square Enix employee Taisuke Sasaki was also once again arrested for the same reason. They are suspected of purchasing about 120,000 shares of Ateam for about 144.7 million yen (about US$1 million).

The Prosecutors Office also arrested Naka on November 18 on suspicion of insider trading. The arrest was connected with the arrests of former Square Enix employee Sasaki and his acquaintance Fumiaki Suzuki. Sasaki and Suzuki allegedly invested in the company aiming after they learned that it was developing the Dragon Quest Tact smartphone game in collaboration with Square Enix.

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According to the public prosecutor’s office, Naka allegedly purchased 10,000 shares of Aiming for 2.8 million yen (about US$20,000) in late January 2020 before the announcement of Dragon Quest Tact. In comparison, Sasaki and Suzuki allegedly purchased about 162,000 shares of Aiming for a total of about 47.2 million yen (about US$337,000) prior to game’s announcement.

Naka joined Square Enix in January 2018. Naka resigned from Square Enix at the end of April 2021. He had stated at the time that he could not explain the reason for the resignation, but would talk about it publicly when the time came. Naka revealed on April 28 earlier this year that he had filed a lawsuit against Square Enix for supposedly removing him as the director of the Balan Wonderworld game six months before the game launched.

Naka worked for 22 years at Sega. He is the former head of the Sonic Team and lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games for Sega Genesis. He also worked on such games as Nights into Dreams and Phantasy Star Online while at Sega.

Naka is the president and CEO of the PROPE game development company, which he founded in 2006 after leaving Sega. At PROPE, he worked on such games as Fishing Resort, Buddy Monster, and Legend of Coin.

The Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier game is a battle royale-style game that takes place 30 years before the main Final Fantasy VII game. The game launched in November 2021. It will end service on January 11.

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Image via Yuji Naka‘s Twitter account


Source: Kyodo News (47 News) via Hachima Kikо̄






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Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate VR Game Project Gets PSVR2 Release at Launch

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Game, console launch on February 22, 2023


MyDearest, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it will release it and IzanagiGamesDYSCHRONIA: Chronos Alternate virtual reality game for PlayStation VR2, the new virtual reality (VR) system for the PlayStation 5 console. The first two episodes will launch alongside the system on February 22, 2023.

The second episode of the game will launch on Thursday (Friday in Japan).

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The game’s first episode debuted on September 22. Episode 3 is scheduled to launch in 2023.

MyDearest, Inc. will also will release a non-virtual reality version of the game for Nintendo Switch as a complete package comprising all three episodes. The Switch release is slated for winter 2022.

Shōya Chiba plays the protagonist Hal Scion in the Japanese version of the game. Other cast members include:

The game includes an English dub and English subtitles. Jesse Inocalla stars as Hal Scion in the English dub.

MyDearest and IzanagiGames describe the story:

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In this idyllic artificial marine city, dreams are utilized to ensure crime is prevented before it even happens.

The founder of this so-called paradise is killed in an unprecedented, theoretically impossible incident.

Play as the Special Supervisor assigned to this extraordinary case and get to the bottom of the mystery.

Why was the Professor murdered?
What is going on in this perfect metropolis?

The Clocktower has lain still for 12 years.
When the closing bell rings, the final seven days will begin.

The game’s Campfire crowdfunding campaign reached its goal of 4 million yen (about US$35,000) in four minutes when it launched in October 2021.

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The game takes place in the “Chronos Universe,” which is where the company’s ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos and TOKYO CHRONOS games take place.

Source: Press release




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Crunchyroll Adds Liz and the Blue Bird, Maquia, Isekai Quartet: Another World, The Wonderland, Penguin Highway, More Anime Films

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The First Slam Dunk Anime Film Tops Box Office on Opening Weekend

Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume drops to #2, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond to #4
The First Slam Dunk, the new anime film of Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball manga, ranked at #1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 847,000 tickets and earned 1,295,808,780 yen (about US$9.50 million) over the weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. The movie has IMAX screenings in 40 cine…



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