Episode 26 Anime NYC 2019 Light Novel Licenses

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Welcome to another episode of the Light Novel Podcast! In this episode, we’re discussing the light novel licensing announcements made at Anime NYC 2019! Quite a number of new light novels were announced, and J-Novel Club even announced a brand new light novel imprint!


Fortune Quest Light Novel Series ends after 30 year run (1:49)

Bishonen Tanteidan Gets an anime (4:24)

Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi (ReDo of Healer) Light Novel series gets an anime (5:28)



Nier: Automata YoRHa Boys (9:06)


Bishonen Tanteidan (Pretty Boy Detective Club) (11:29)


High School Prodigies Have it Easy Even in Another World (16:56)

The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy (22:10)

Banished From the Heroes Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (23:29)

In the Land of Leadale (27:06)

Three Days of Happiness (30:02)

High School DxD (32:37)


My Next Life as a Villainess All Roads Lead to Doom – coming in Print (41:20)
Sexiled – Coming in Print

Teogonia (42:23)

The World’s Least Interesting Swordsman (45:49)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Isekai (50:42)

The Economics of Prophecy (55:07)

Kobold King (1:01:51)

Outer Ragna (1:09:54)

Her Majesty’s Swarm (1:17:17)

Isekai Rebuilding Project (1:23:50)


Tearmoon Empire (1:38:45)

I Refuse to Be Your Enemy (1:45:23)

The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap (1:47:26)

Tales of Marielle Clarac (1:51:41)

The Bibliophile Princess (1:54:13)

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Episode 25 – Arifureta

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Welcome to another episode of the Light Novel Podcast! In this episode, we’re discussing the light novel series Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest. This one is released in eBook via J-Novel Club and in print by Seven Seas.



Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Novels’ Kickstarter Ends With US$165,811 (3:00)


We Never Learn Manga Gets 2nd Novel on December 4 (4:12)

New Sakura Wars Game Gets Novel on December 19 (4:44)

Death Stranding Game Gets Novel in Japan (5:06


The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done! Novels Get PS4 Game (5:47)


Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Anime’s Promo Unveils Staff, 2020 Premiere (8:14

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime’s Promo Video Reveals Staff, Cast, April 2020 Premiere (11:07

‘Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World’ Light Novels Get Anime (12:19)

I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level TV Anime Announced (13:16)

The Journey of Elaina Casts an Enchanting Spell as a TV Anime (14:21)

‘Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town’ Light Novels Get TV Anime (15:42)

Monster Girl Doctor Light Novels Gets TV Anime


Seven Seas Licenses THE INVINCIBLE SHOVEL Light Novel Series (18:19)

Seven Seas Licenses PENGUINDRUM Novels (21:29)

Seven Seas Licenses Yoru Sumino’s I HAD THAT SAME DREAM AGAIN Novel (23:25)

Seven Seas Licenses KUMA KUMA KUMA BEAR Light Novels and Manga (24:29)

Yen Press Licenses Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You Novel (26:33)

J-Novel Club Adds By the Grace of the Gods (28:20)
The Underdog of the Eight Greater Tribes (29:32)

Sol Press Licenses Chivalry of a Failed Knight Light Novel Series (30:44)


2 More Arcs of The Irregular at Magic High School Novels Get Manga Adaptations

Yū Shimizu’s Seiken Gakuin no Maken Tsukai Novels Get Manga


TITLE: Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
JAPANESE TITLE: ありふれた職業で世界最強 “Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou”
AUTHOR: Ryo Shirakome
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club & Seven Seas
RELEASE DATE (English): May 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2ovUNjW
PURCHASE (iBooks): https://apple.co/2NMzOJh

Seventeen year old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku’s wet dream quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 10 (still ongoing)
ANIME SERIES: Yes. Covered volumes 1-4
MANGA: Yes. Published in English by Seven Seas

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Episode 24 A Sister’s All You Need

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Welcome to another episode of the Light Novel Podcast! In this episode, we’re discussing the light novel series A Sister’s All You Need. It’s released officially in English by Yen On.



Boys Love Light Novel Label Platinum Bunko Ceases Publication

My Sister, My Writer Manga Ends With 4th Compiled Volume

Sohryuden Legend of the Dragon Kings Gets 1st New Volume in 16 Years!

J-Novel Club Launches First Ever Kickstarter! Fully Funded in 6 Hours!

Final Volume of My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected (Volume 14) Releasing November 19, 2019


Date-A-Live gets new Anime Project – Adaptation of Spin-off Date A Bullet

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon Gets 3rd Anime Season!

The Irregular at Magic High School Gets a new Anime Season Will adapt Volumes 9-11

Mao Gakuin no Futekigosha Light Novels Getting an Anime

Strike the Blood Series Getting a 4th OVA Series

Arifureta Gets 2nd Anime Season

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Gets Anime


Seven Seas Licenses Adachi and Shimamura Light Novel Series

Viz Licenses Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece Novels

Cross Infinite World License New Light Novel Series Of Dragons and Fae: Is a Fairy Tale Ending Possible for the Princess’s Hairstylist?


TITLE: A Sister’s All You Need
JAPANESE TITLE: 妹さえいればいい。 “Imouto sae Ireba ii.”
AUTHOR: Yomi Hirasaka
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
TRANSLATOR: Kevin Gifford
RELEASE DATE (English): May 22, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2pkuVxL
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2vJG6Cu
PURCHASE (iBooks): https://apple.co/2XamMa9

SYNOPSIS: Itsuki Hashima is a novelist who’s hopelessly enamored with the idea of little sisters and is constantly surrounded by colorful characters. A world class genius and love-guru who’s beauty almost seems a waste on her. A girl who’s constantly troubled by her friendships, love interests, and can’t even find refuge in her dreams. A ridiculously talented illustrator. Each of them have as many problems and worries as the next and they never have a dull day together as they play games, travel, and work together. From the same author of the famous I Don’t Have Many Friends, Yomi Hirasaka!

PUBLISHER (Japan): Gagaga Bunko (Shogakukan)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 18, 2015
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 13
ANIME SERIES: Yes. Adapted Volumes 1-3 with content from volumes 4 & 5 https://amzn.to/32Uuwkb
MANGA: Yes. Not licensed for English Release

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Episode 23 The Faraway Paladin

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! On this edition of the podcast we’re discussing the light novel series The Faraway Paladin. This one is released in English by J-Novel Club. It’s an isekai series with a very “High Fantasy” feel.


Cross Infinite World Licenses Root Double -Before Crime * After Days-

My Next Life as a Villainess getting an anime


TITLE: The Faraway Paladin
JAPANESE TITLE: 最果てのパラディン “Saihate no Paladin”
AUTHOR: Kanata Yanagino
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
TRANSLATOR: James Rushton
RELEASE DATE (English): February 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/3036JkP
PURCHASE (iBooks): https://apple.co/2kQ0NIb


In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he’s being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. But one day, Will starts to wonder: “Who am I?” Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man’s land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin. “I promised you. It’s gonna take a while, but I’ll tell you everything. This is the story of the deaths of many heroes. It’s the story of how we died, and it’s the reason you grew up here.”

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): March 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4
MANGA: Yes. Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club

Episode 22 Anime Expo 2019 Licensing Announcements

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Hey there Light Novel Podcast listeners! The month of July brought us the largest anime convention in North America, Anime Expo! It’s where most of the companies involved in the anime, manga, and light novel business gather to meet fans and announce their upcoming projects. There were fifteen light novels announced at Anime Expo from the main light novel publishers. In this episode, we’re sharing our thoughts on those licensing announcements.


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Episode 21 The Isekai Game

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Hey there Light Novel Podcast listeners! We’ve been doing this podcast thing for over a year now, so on this episode we decided to do something totally different! We’re playing a game that was created by a few of our member. I’ll post the rules and options under the “Main Discussion” header.


Justus R. Stone
Kyle C.


Cross Infinite World are releasing some of their titles in print with more planned

Cross Infinite World Licenses The Werewolf Count and the Trickster Tailor

The Eminence in Shadow Novels Inspire ‘Shadow Gaiden’ #Manga Spinoff
Yen On releasing the light novel later this year

Kagerou Daze gets sequel

A Sister’s All You Need manga is ending in July

J-Novel Club is releasing JK Haru Is a Sex Worker in Another World sequel Summer!
some parts already available on their website. Will be getting an eBook release.

Overlord Author Kugane Maruyama Expresses Frustration at Fan Translations



Light Novel Podcast Anniversary Edition

The following document will explain the rules of the isekai trade game.

  1. Each player will use a Discord Dice Bot to draw a power on the power chart. Afterall, when we are transported to an isekai, by the rule of anime tropes, we get a special power that might be useful or not. Life isn’t always fair nor is isekai.
  2. Each player will throw the discord dice to draw a goal form the goal chart.
  3. Each player will throw the discord dice to draw a set of three Light Novel Characters to accompany him in attaining his goal.
  4. Because randomness can be harsh, we’ll then do some negotiation rounds to exchange some of our allies in order to get a team better suited for our goal. We’ll start with 50 Light Coin that we can bet during the negotiation phase in addition to our characters.
  5. After 20 min. we close the negotiation rounds and we try to see if our goal is attainable with our current team and why. If it is judged unanimously attainable, that player receive 5 points. Players that did not achieve their goals receive 10 Light coins.
  6. We then draw another goal and proceed to another round of negotiation.
  7. When we are done with 3 or 4 goals, we divide the number of Light coin by 10 and add the number to our points. The player with the most points wins.

Isekai Power Table

1Similar body with cosmetic change and kick-ass martial arts
2Magical protective force field
3Able to speed read 500 pages in five minutes
4Controlling shadows, cover an area with darkness, moving from shadow to shadow
5Shape change self or others, 1 person at a time, from cat to horse in term of size.
6Unlimited Light Novel Works (summons countless light novels from the heavens)
7A stand representing your worst nightmare that let you stop time
8Perfect illusion, limit of 1 hour total per day
9Recording Magic AKA Craig (Give an awesome voice with ability to record and replay any sound or conversation)
10You’re stuck with Aqua
11Turn water into alcohol at will
12Produce fortune cookies at will (Isekai people will believe whatever is written on it, but they need to eat good chinese food first)
13Appraise anything by tasting it
14the ability to negate other  abilities or magic by touch
15the ability to create life from nothing
16the ability to feel sensations and emotions of people within 1 mile or 1.6km radius of you.

Adventuring Goal Table

1Farm food to keep a village from hunger during a very harsh canadian winter.
2Explore and document the world to find the meaning of life
3Defeat the Demon Lord and his army (destroying the castle is a bonus)
4Escape from the 100th floor of a Living Dungeon
5Satisfy the taste buds of otherworldly mass with your abilities
6Ascend to Godhood in any way possible
7Catch every Pokemon and be the best team of Pokémon trainer like no one ever was
8Steal from the rich and give to the poor and return the balance of order.
9Invent and bring a new sport to life and success worldly
10Reclaim three powerful artefact and start a museum
11Make a million gold piece in a month
12Return to your original world with lots of isekai gift for your friends
13Start and form an  kingdom/empire 
14Save as many village from invading cabbage as you can and eat them all within a week or they’ll spoil
15find books on every subject available and then open up a library 
16Usurp the throne of a just King in any way possible without causing a riot
17Gather a harem that includes a girl of every race of that world (Allies count)
18Expose the traitor infiltrating the court of the kingdom hosting you.
19start a philosophy podcast in the new world.
20Travel around the world having fun
21become the greatest warrior that ever lived in the world 
22start a cult
23settle down and start a family for yourself 
24start a band
25destroy all life and existence including yourself when your done.

Light Novel Character List

1Emi YuusaDevil Part-Timer
2EucliwoodZombie desu ka
4Ayanakoji KiyotakaClassroom of the Elite
5Goblin SlayerGoblin Slayer
6Shizuo HeiwajimaDurarara!
7KatharinaMy next life as a villainess : All route leads to doom
8HoloSpice and Wolf
9Yuji Sakamoto Baka and test 
10Tanya Von DegurechaffSaga of Tanya the Evil
11AcceleratorMagical Index
12KumokoSo I’m a Spider, so what?
13AkatsukiLog Horizon
14MamakoMommy Isekai
15Kazuya SoumaRealist Hero
16Akatsuki KojoStrike the Blood
17Will G. MarybloodFaraway Paladin
18Kaoru NagasePotion Girl
19Roroa AmidoniaRealist Hero
20NaofumiShield Hero
21Lucia SatowaShishunki na Adam
22Issei Hyoudouhigh school dxd 
23Basara Tōjō the testament of sister new devil
24Darkness Konosuba
25SuimeiThe magic in this other world is too far behind
26vali luciferhigh school dxd 
27Renko Psychome
28Stephanie DolaNo Game No Life
29Yahiro Takigawa (Lars) 
the testament of sister new devil
30Hajime NagumoArifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
31roure monster
32Hideyoshi Kinoshitabaka and test 
33BoxxoReborn as a Vending Machine
34Kanie SeiyaAmagi Brilliant Park
35Koyomi AraragiMonogatari
36Dvampire hunter D
37Sadao MaouDevil Part-Timer
38Aria Holmes Kanzaki
Aria The Scarlet Ammo
Sen Yarizui 
40Kurumi Tokisaki date a live 
41Rory MercuryJapanese nationalism the light novel 
42Charlotte DunoisInfinite Stratos
43Rikka TakanashiLove, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
44Ken SugisakiSeitokai no Ichizon
45Taiga AisakaToradora!
46Enju AiharaBlack Bullet
47Reinhard von LohengrammLegend of Galactic Heroes
48Yang Wen-liLegend of Galactic Heroes

Episode 20 The Saga of Tanya the Evil

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On this episode of the Light Novel Podcast we’re discussing the light novel series, The Saga of Tanya the Evil. This one is released in English by Yen On and has had an anime adaptation and feature film adapted from the books. It’s an interesting tale of a sociopathic Japanese HR department head who, upon getting up close and personal with a subway train, meets god. Trouble is, god isn’t your usual happy or apologetic deity we see in other isekai stories. Nope. This god is pretty upset and decides to make an example of our MC by reincarnating him in a world bound for global conflict.


Justus R. Stone
Kyle C.


Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf Light Novels Get Manga

1st New Twelve Kingdoms Novel Story in 6 Years Slated for 4 Volumes in October, November https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-12/1st-new-twelve-kingdoms-novel-story-in-6-years-slated-for-2019/.140692

The Unwanted Undead Adventurer manga has been licensed by J-Novel Club

The Faraway Paladin manga has been licensed by J-Novel Club

Hitoma Iruma’s Adachi to Shimamura Yuri Novels Get TV Anime

JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World is getting a manga adaptation

Seven Seas has licensed SCP FOUNDATION: IRIS OF THE MIRROR WORLD by Akira and Sidu

Middle-Aged Businessman Makes a Name for Himself in Another World Thanks to Goddess Power!

Record of Wortenia War!

Side-by-Side Dreamers!

Seriously Seeking Sister! Ultimate Vampire Princess Just Wants Little Sister – Plenty of Service Will Be Provided

Crest of the Stars/Banner of the Stars

Cross Infinite World to Release Another World’s Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My Problem!

You Call That Service?

In The Eminence in Shadow

J-Novel Club is releasing the following titles in print…
Ascendance of a Bookworm

An Archdemon’s Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride

Full Metal Panic & Crest of the Stars will be released in print Omnibus format


TITLE: The Saga of Tanya the Evil
AKA: Youjo Senki, 幼女戦記, The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl
AUTHOR: Carlo Zen
ILLUSTRATOR: Shinobu Shinotsuki
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
PURCHASE (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2FmhnGU

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan): 11 (Ongoing)
ANIME SERIES: 12 episodes. Aired January-March, 2017. A Feature film was released early 2019

Episode 19 Konosuba

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Hello light novel fans! Welcome to another episode of the Light Novel Podcast. Tonight we’re talking about a less than serious isekai series, Konosuba! God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World. This series is released in English by Yen On. We’ll be focusing our discussion on the first 4 volumes of Konosuba, as this is what the anime covered. As always, there will be spoilers


Justus R. Stone


My Youth Romantic Comedy Volume 14 on indefinite delay

4 New License Announcements from Yen On

A Mysterious Job Called Oda Nobunaga
(Oda Nobunaga to Iu Nazo no Shokugyō ga Mahō Kenshi yori Cheat Datta node, Ōkoku o Tsukuru Koto ni Shimashita)
Author: Kisetsu Morita

Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town
(Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shōnen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Yō na Monogatari)
Authors: Toshio Satō

World’s Strongest Rearguard: Labyrinth Country & Dungeon Seekers
(Sekai Saikyō no Kōei ~Meikyūkoku no Shinjin Tansakusha)
Authors: Tōwa

The Greatest Mao Is Reborn to Get Friends
(Shijō Saikyō no Ōmaō, Murabito A ni Tensei Suru)
Author: Myōjin Katō


TITLE: Konosuba God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World
AKA: この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
AUTHOR: Natsume Akatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Kurone Mishima
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
PURCHASE (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2wgc8nj

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan): 15 Ongoing
ANIME SERIES: 2 Seasons covering 4 volumes. An upcoming anime movie will cover the 5th volume

Episode 18 Overlord

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Hey there light novel fans! On this episode of the Light Novel Podcast we’re discussing the isekai series, Overlord. Now this one has had 3 cours of anime, covering up to volume 9 of the light novel series. In this episode, we’re focusing on the first 3 volumes of the Overlord series.


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High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Re:Zero gets a 2nd season

Goblin Slayer gets an OVA

Infinite Dendrogram gets spin-off manga

Reincarnated as a Slime gets spin-off manga

Season 3 of My Youth Romantic Comedy SNAFU – is wrong as i expected

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime gets a 2nd season


Vertical gets 3rd volume of Zaregoto

Bakemonogatari manga

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose Resurrection at Nineteen


The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan

Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill

Ascendance of a Bookworm

Full Metal Panic


TITLE: Overlord
AKA: オーバーロード
AUTHOR: Kugane Maruyama
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
PURCHASE (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2Djzxbm

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan): 13 Ongoing
ANIME SERIES: 3 Seasons covering 9 volumes

Episode 17 The Rising of the Shield Hero

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! In this episode we’re delving into the first four volumes of the light novel series, The Rising of the Shield Hero! This one currently has an anime airing on Crunchyroll and it’s cause a fair share of controversy.


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Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?

Ascendance of a Bookworm

If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat A Demon Lord

Light Novel About Sex Slave Canceled After Author’s Heated Tweets Against Illustrator

Publisher Alphapolis revealed on February 20 that Rain and Bōkyaku no Haō Roland light novel author Takumi Yoshino recently passed away.

Light Novel Awards from LN News for January 2019. Monthly ‘Hot’ category: ‘”Rust Eater Bisco” is selected. The first volume and the third volume are all selected in this department, and there is no doubt that it is one of the most “hot” works right now.’


TITLE: The Rising of the Shield Hero
AKA: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, 盾の勇者の成り上がり
AUTHOR: Aneko Yusagi
PUBLISHER (English): One Peace Books
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2Oqv2zV

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Books
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 21 (Ongoing)
ANIME SERIES: Currently Airing