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The February 19th issue of 'Weekly Playboy' magazine features the globally recognized DJ SODA on its cover, while inside readers will find a feature on Sakuragi Cocona from Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku (Private Ebisu Junior High School), a Japanese female idol group.

At the Annie Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 17, known as the Academy Awards of the animation industry, Hayao Miyazaki's film "The Boy and the Heron" received the Storyboard and Character Animation awards.

The issue of popular serialized manga being leaked online before their official release dates, known as "early leaks," is becoming a significant problem. This phenomenon, often facilitated by platforms like YouTube, deprives both creators and eagerly awaiting readers of the joy of experiencing new releases as intended.

The Chocobo, which can traverse special terrains just like in the original "FINAL FANTASY VII (FF7)," makes a return in "FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH."

The 47th Japan Academy Prize Association has unveiled the main visual for "NEW CINEMA FACE 2024," a special feature showcasing the winners of the Newcomer of the Year Award. The recipients of the Newcomer of the Year Award include AiNA THE END, Ichikawa Somegoro, Nanoka Hara, Soya Kurokawa, Hiiragi Yota, Fukuhara Haruka, Takahashi Fumiya, and Hiyori Sakurada.

The first volume of "Lunch Shu," a gourmet manga series by Sanko Takada based on the original work by Hika Harada, was released today on February 15. The story follows a woman named Sachiko Inumori, who works as a "watcher" staying up all night to keep an eye on requested items. After her night shifts, instead of enjoying a drink in the evening, she indulges in "lunchtime drinking."

Two new trailers for the film "Detective Conan: The Million-Dollar Pentagram" have been released, revealing that aiko is performing the theme song. In "Detective Conan: The Million-Dollar Pentagram," set in Hakodate, Hokkaido, the story unfolds when a challenge letter from the phantom thief Kid, targeting a Japanese sword related to Toshizo Hijikata, the vice-commander of the Shinsengumi, is discovered.

BookLive, the digital book service, has announced the nominees for its third "Magademy Awards 2023," a manga award that honors manga characters. This year's nominees include Hiroshi Tanaka from the 23rd year of the popular series "My Home Afro Tanaka," Maomao from the fall 2023 anime hit "The Apothecary Diaries," Rin Itoshi and Reo Mikage from the popular soccer manga "Blue Lock," and Kirika Kokuryu from the drama-adapted "Trillion Game," among others.