Shojo       

Shojo is anime and manga aimed mainly at pre-teen to teenage girls. It tends to feature female leads, romantic subplots and resolutions involving personal growth. This doesn’t mean that Shojo is devoid of action, though. In addition to more traditional romance stories, Shojo can include tales of heroines who kick butt as well!

Alternately, Shoujo stories can focus on implied or explicit homosexual relationships between men or the romantic emphasis could also stem from relationships between women. One common trait among Shojo characters is eyes that are larger than those usually used in manga and anime (the infamous dinner plate size).

Sailor Moon R: The Movie English dub trailer

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Long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side- it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth! Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, It’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru!

‘Miss Hokusai’ English trailer

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The time: 1814.

The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo. One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.

A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not really interested in.

Third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. “We’re father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, in a way or another.”

Decades later, Europe was going to discover the immense talent of Tetsuzo. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Renoir and van Gogh, Monet and Klimt.

However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all his life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.

Source: Anime News Network

‘BanG Dream!’ trailer

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The story of the BanG Dream! anime follows Kasumi Toyama, a high school student who decides to become a juke box hero after purchasing a star-shaped guitar from a secondhand store. Together with four other girls, she forms a rock band named Poppin’Party.

Source: Crunchyroll

‘My Love Story!!’ coming December 20

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Sentai Filmworks confirmed the new release schedule. The anime’s release was previously set for two volumes, with the first volume shipping in October.

Andrew Love stars as Takeo Goda in the English dub.

Takeo Gōda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!

Source: Anime News Network

‘Starmyu’ gets a 2nd season

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Starmyu is about Ayana Academy: home of musical dreams and insane competition. New student Yuta Hoshitani dreams of being in show business, but to get there he’ll have to gain acceptance from the Kao Kai (Cherry Blossom Flower Association), Ayana Academy’s three highest ranking students. For Yuta and his friends to get into the music department, they’ll have to get into the Star Frame class, which is taught by the Kao Kai members. Though the newcomers are struggling, they catch the interest of one of the Kao Kai members, which just might send them on the starlit journey they’ve been dreaming of!

Source: Anime News Network

‘Naria Girls’ gets an anime

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Naria Girls centers around three girls named Urara, Hanabi, and Inaho, who aim to become famous throughout Japan by creating anime renditions of themselves. To be a hit with everyone from kids to adults, they choose the theme of “magical girls.” Now they aim to broadcast their one-cour (quarter of a year) magical girl anime. The series is labeled as a “user participation” anime. Starts in Japan July 7.

Source: Anime News Network

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