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Japanese Film Pros Ranked Their Top Movies to Show Kids, with Ghibli Titles Sweeping the Top 3

Kodomo Eiga Plus, an entertainment web portal that specializes in children's films and children's film events, asked 132 film industry pros which movies they'd recommend the most for children to watch before they turn 13. Unsurprisingly, Ghibli movies took the top three spots, as well as many positions on the Top 15. While voters seemed to be in agreement about the top five movies, they had a toug...
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Daily Cosplay - Pokemon Conquest's Masamune

Character: Masamune Title: Pokemon Conquest Cosplayer: Bekalou Cosplay Photographer: Kiel MacDonald [Facebook] We asked Kiel: "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "My favorite place I've shot so far was Kyoto, Japan. I didn't know any cosplayers when I traveled there, so most of what I took was just touristy photos, but the amount of cool aesthetics in Kyoto...
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Website Lets You Make Your Own Terrifying Titan

A Japanese website titled "Titan Montage" opened with its own Titan avatar creator inspired by Hajime Isayama's manga artwork. You can select from a series of options to recreate yourself and your friends as man-eating Titans. The program randomly generates backgrounds, so it's a surprise each time. The site is part of a collaboration for the Attack on Titan art exhibit. The exhibit opens on Frida...
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Pop-Up Shop Offers Princess Jellyfish-Inspired Outfits

In celebration of the December 27 release of the live-action Princess Jellyfish film, Japanese fashion retailer Parco is setting up a few pop-up shops in Shibuya, Fukuoka, and online offering jellyfish-inspired clothing and accessory items. Items include: An embroidered shirt (9,500 yen [about US$80]) and socks (2,300 yen [about US$19.50]) from I am I: A cutsew blouse or dress (black or white) (7,...
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Pokémon Rumble U and Amiibo Figures Are Kind Of Compatible

The Pokémon Rumble U game puts players in control of up to 100 toy-like Pokémon to battle, so it only makes sense that the game compatible with Nintendo's recent Amiibo figures, although Nintendo hasn't officially acknowledged it yet. The figures also don't work in a traditional sense. When Pokémon Rumble U was released in North America in August, it was programmed to use the Wii U's Near Field Co...
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Kakureya Secret Gaming Base Gets Upgrades and Price Cut

Japanese furniture Cozy Room debuted its Kakurenya II ("hiding room II") model on Monday with upgrades and a price cut from the version released in June. Cozy Room said that the units would drop from 798,000 yen (US$7,823) to 398,800 yen (US$3,910) if it went into mass production. Kakureya II now includes a reclining seat and adjustable height table. Kakureya II measures 120 centimeters wide, 125 ...
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Yo-kai Watch will Hit the Stage in New Year's Eve Song Contest

Jibanyan, Captain Bully, Dream5, King Creamsoda to appear onstage ― As a nod to the increasing clout and popularity of the hit kids' anime series Yo-kai Watch, Jibanyan and Captain Bully will take the stage in this year's Kōhaku Uta Gassen, or "The Red and White Song Contest" (in costumed form, of course). This is an unusual move, given the all-ages audience of the Song Contest, and one that the pere...
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Add Magic Knight Rayearth Boots To Your Stealth Cosplay Wardrobe

The designers at the mail order fashion site SuperGroupies are at it again with some Magic Knight Rayearth short boots for the wet, wintry season. Each design is modeled after one of the main heroines from Clamp's manga and anime series. Hikaru Shidou, Fuu Hououji, and Umi Ryuuzaki are represented in their respective red, green, and blue colors. The pairs are now available for pre-order for 21,38...
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Daily Cosplay - Halo Hayabusa Armor

Character: Spartan soldier (Hayabusa Armor) Title: Halo series Cosplayer: Impact Props Photographer: Kiel MacDonald [Facebook] We asked Kiel: "What's your camera setup of choice?" "I still use my trusty Rebel T2i and prefer to use my 75-300mm zoom lens, as it has the sharpest results of my current lenses and does a great job compressing space. I do hope to expand my arsenal over the next year, tho...
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Hydrate Your Skin With These Slightly Terrifying Hello Kitty Face Masks

Skincare enthusiasts who've been enjoying the recent popularity of face masks will tell you that while some of the nutrient-soaked masks can deliver some pretty good results, they're not exactly flattering. Sometimes they're downright frightening, which makes it a good thing that they're used in the privacy of your own home. That hasn't prevented Sanrio from trying to make their own cutesy version...
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Watch Mangaka Daioki Draw in Wacom's Live Painting

Wacom, a company that makes digital drawing tablets, has uploaded a new video with mangaka Daioki, (Hirameki Hatsume-chan, Harumi Nation to its "Drawing with Wacom" series. In the video, the artist is using a Cintiq 24HD touch tablet. This ongoing series has included Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno designer Ryo Yambe, Hacks! mangaka Tetsuya Imagi, Kantai Collection artist Oguchi, Vocaloid artist Yo...
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Japanese Scientists Bring Us Closer to World of Ghost in the Shell

New NTT Docomo project investigates GitS technology ― 25 years ago, Masamune Shirow's science-fiction manga Ghost in the Shell wowed readers with its advanced technology. Its various animated incarnations have inspired and intrigued viewers the world over. This month, NTT Docomo Ventures, a venture capital fund, is launching a project to help recreate some of the signature technology from Ghost in th...
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Spruce Up Your Bathroom with a Lustful Trinity Seven Shower Curtain

If you've ever wanted to bathe with Trinity Seven's Lilith Asami, now you can. Sort of. At the very least, you can bathe while she sits beside you half-naked. Kadokawa is taking pre-orders for a limited quantity of made-to-order "lustful" Lilith shower curtains, to be manufactured after the reservation closes on December 17. Each one is selling for 4,104 yen (about US$34.75) after tax, with a ship...
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Daily Cosplay - Kill la Kill's Nui Harime

Character: Nui Harime Title: Kill la Kill Cosplayer: Zerggiee Cosplay Photographer: Kiel MacDonald [Facebook] We asked Kiel: "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "I started cosplay photography after I attended Fanime Con (a Northern Californian anime convention) for a few years. I had a very low performance point and shoot camera at the time, so was not excited about taking photos wi...
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Yoshiki Descends Upon Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary Parade On A Flying Gondola

Musician, producer, songwriter, and X Japan leader Yoshiki made an appearance at Sanrio Puroland's Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary parade, arriving in an airborne gondola that deposited him regally onto the stage. He then spoke a few words before taking a selfie with Hello Kitty, and riding off on a float. The entire spectacle can be seen below: The event also debuted a new Yoshikitty costume, as wel...
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Gundam Reconguista in G's Raraiya Stars in Guide Dog Poster

Every season, the National Federation of All Japan Guide Dog Training Institution puts out a poster in collaboration with an anime property. This fall, the non-profit institution is working with Gundam Reconguista in G to feature Raraiya Monday, along with a labrador retriever puppy appropriately named Amuro. The poster will be posted in 7,000 elementary and junior high schools, as well as a few o...
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Poll Ranks Top CLAMP Manga Among Young Japanese Working Women

Cardcaptor Sakura, Rayearth, xxxHolic come out on top ― The four manga creators known as CLAMP are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their pro debut. The editors of the website MyNavi Woman asked 248 readers — all working women between 22 and 34 — about their favorite CLAMP manga this month. Here are the results! 1 Card Captor Sakura 29.4% 2 Magic Knight Rayearth 26.2% 3 xxxHolic 5.2% 4 X (X/1999) ...
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One Piece x Hello Kitty Collaboration Heads to Europe

Sanrio GmbH is teaming up with Toei Animation Europe for a collaboration that involves Hello Kitty and her old friend Chopper from One Piece. A preview image for the upcoming product line shows Chopper dressed up as Kitty, with Kitty wearing Chopper's pink hat. If the image looks a little familiar, it's because this isn't the first time that Sanrio has worked with One Piece. A 2011 merchandising c...
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Bid For the Chance to Enjoy A Private Dinner with Yoshiki

Musician and songwriter Yoshiki is once again giving one deep-pocketed fan the chance to enjoy a private dinner with him. All the recipient has to do is win a charity auction, which is already at $13,000, with 19 days to go. The winner (and a guest) will have 90 minutes to dine and chat with Yoshiki in either Los Angeles or Tokyo, depending on the preferences of the bidder. The proceeds of the cha...
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Chinese Girl Wins Award For Essay Comparing Gundam SEED to Sino-Japanese Relations

Appeals for the "eternal peace" seen at the end of the series ― The Gundam franchise has always been one to engage its viewers in deep thought on a number of topics such as environmentalism, religious radicalism, and of course, war. One college student from China decided to make the jump and take these thoughts to a new level, comparing Gundam SEED to the current state of Sino-Japanese relations. Yao...
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Nagoya Store's Lanky Mannequin Gets Naruto Makeover

The Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya, Japan has a distinctive mannequin outside its men's department. Nana-chan is a popular meeting spot because she's easy to spot in the shopping district —she's 20 feet tall. The staff change her outfits monthly, but recently she's wearing an orange jumpsuit that fans of a certain ninja will recognize. 変化完了!11月25日(火)まで変化してるので、名古屋にお越しの際は、名鉄百貨店メンズ館前ナナちゃん人形を見に来て...
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Attack on Titan Film's New Umaibo Snack Promo Stars Armin

Eren, Mikasa, Jean also appear in promo for campaign at Namco arcades ― Namco began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the crossover between its line of Umaibo puffed corn snacks and the upcoming Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film: Armin: D-De-Delicious... Deliciousssss!! Eren: Armin... Armin: Eren!! Eren: You were the one ...
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64-y.o. Singer Shows That Enka Is Still Cool With A Cover of the Evangelion Theme

Enka, a musical genre that takes its roots and inspirations from 19th century Japanese traditional music but was reinvigorated in the 1960s, has a bad rap amongst the younger generation for being out-of-date and a little cheesy. That's not to say it's disappeared—enka artists continue to place on Oricon charts every so often, and it's even experienced a bit of a resurgence with the hipster cr...
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Tennis Star Kei Nishikori Gets Fan Art by Prince of Tennis Creator

Kei Nishikori is one of the hottest players in tennis this year. He is the first player from Japan in history to make it to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and ranked fifth behind the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. He's also the first Asian male player to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Besides distinguishing himself among some of the best tennis players in the world, Nishiko...
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Celebrate the Final Volume of the Evangelion Manga With Canvas Sneakers

SuperGroupies, the purveyor of a wide assortment of otaku fashion accessories, is teaming up with the Evangelion store to celebrate the release of the fourteenth and last volume of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Neon Genesis Evangelion manga with a pair of very cool canvas sneakers. The hi-top sneakers feature a red and black color scheme, and canvas uppers that feature panels from Sadamoto's manga. The sho...
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Somebody Recreated the Entirety of Tokyo Disneyland in Minecraft

We've seen some cool Minecraft creations over the years, including scenes from Spirited Away and Attack on Titan, and this one is no exception. Disney-lover ぷんすけ has painstakingly recreated every nook and cranny of Tokyo Disneyland, including parking garages, and the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, and even the insides of several rides (watch the video below to see a tour of Winnie the Pooh's Hunny Hunt, ...
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Watch the PG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Kit Assemble Itself In This Ad

In a recent advertisement for the Perfect Grade 1:60 scale RX-0 Unicorn Gundam, the model virtually assembles itself, then transforms to show off its Destroy and Unchained modes. The finished model is fully poseable and comes with a handful of fun features, including the ability to transform without reassembly, and an LED system that makes it look like the Psycho-Frame is glowing. It also comes wi...
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Fuchiko is Ready to Do Battle in Kantai Collection Crossover

The popular drink buddy "Fuchiko no Cup" is getting a battleship makeover courtesy of Kantai Collection -Kan Colle-. The six cute figures are ready to hop into any beverage and take claim victory like only an anthropomorphic battleship can! Kadokawa is releasing the six-figure collection that includes “Sitting Akagi,” “Lemon and Kaga,” “Fubuki Holding On,” “Propped-Up Kongo,” “Hanging Shimakaze,”...
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'Gum Kare!' Handsome Chewing Gum Boyfriends Want You to Bite Them

Kazuya Nakai, Yuuki Kaji, Kenichi Suzumura, more voice Lotte's brands of gum ― Sources like Sankei Biz reported in September that Japanese youths have begun distancing themselves from chewing gum. Since 2004 at its peak with sales of 188.1 billion yen (about US$1.586 billion), the gum market in Japan has increasingly fallen, with sales being cut by two-thirds as of 2013. The companies blame the use o...
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Nominations for Top Buzzwords of 2014 are In

"Kabe don," Yo-kai Watch, "Let It Go" among them ― Every year the Jiyuu Kokumin Sha holds awards for the top buzzwords in Japan that year called the Ryuukougo Taishou. On November 19 the 50 nominees for this year's awards were announced. The nominee list is a snappy overview of the top trends in Japanese public (and particularly web) discourse over the year. Of interest to anime and manga fans is "ka...
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Fan Recreates Final Fantasy VII's Gaia in Little Big Planet 2

Jamie Colliver took it upon himself to recreate Final Fantasy VII in its entirety using the creation tools in Little Big Planet 2 and the results are adorable. In a playlist of over 100 video clips, fans can settle in for a bit of super-deformed nostalgia as Square-Enix's story replays with a different look. Colliver recreated the whole story of the course of two years and 31 playable levels. The ...
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Tiger & Bunny Characters Get Raccoon Makeovers For Rascal Collaboration

The characters of Tiger & Bunny - The Rising - are getting a unique makeover... into adorable raccoons, thanks to a new collaboration between the movie and Rascal the Raccoon. The crossover shows Kotetsu, Barnaby, and Ryan as pudgy-faced raccoons, and can be purchased as a variety of goods: Canvas tote (2 designs) (2,000 yen [about US$17]) Zippered pouch (2,000 yen [about US$17]) Sports towel (2 d...
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Most In Demand Voice Actresses of 2014

This year has seen over 100 different anime series on the television airways, along with plenty of anime films in theaters, and direct-to-DVD releases bundled with reader's favorite manga. Nikkei Entertainment looked at all the anime released from January to September, evaluated its cast, and ranked the most in-demand voice actresses for the year based on their number of lead roles. The number one...
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Cuddle Up With These New Ichiban Kuji Pokémon Prizes

Win plushies, hooded blankets, powder room supplies, and more! ― There's nothing more calming than a fuzzy friend by your side to cuddle up with on a warm day. That reassuring quality can easily be doubled if your companion is something as adorable and iconic as a Pokémon. Now, with Ichiban Kuji's latest lineup of lottery prizes, you too can have a chance to win one of several items based on the soot...
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Get Ready for the Human Instrumentality Project with Evangelion 2015 Calendars

2015 is approaching quickly, and that means only one thing—Angels. Not the nice ones with the halos and the soft wings—the mean, gigantic, humanity-destroying ones. Next year marks the start of events in Neon Genesis Evangelion, and there's no better way to herald the death and rebirth of our world than with an official Evangelion 2015 calendar. Luckily, for fans who like variety, there ...
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Author Naoki Hyakuta Thinks Hayao Miyazaki's Got a Few Screws Loose

Best-selling author and screenwriter Naoki Hyakuta (Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko, The Eternal Zero) and acclaimed animated film director Hayao Miyazaki are entangled in a bit of a feud that reached a boiling point this weekend. The tiff started regarding Hyakuta's novel The Eternal Zero about two grandchildren trying to find the truth about their grandfather's death, a Kamikaze pilot who had no inter...
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Yowamushi Pedal Christmas Roll Cakes Come in 37 Types

Priroll is offering 37 different Christmas roll cakes featuring characters from the Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road anime series. Designs either feature screenshots from the television series or super-deformed renditions of the characters printed on the cake in edible ink. Each cake comes with with an original sticker and costs 2,057 (about US$18). Source: Comic Natalie
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Star-Struck Miyavi Meets Hayao Miyazaki

Just because you're a chart-topping musician and producer, and you're hanging out with Angelina Jolie on the red carpet for her next directorial project (Miyavi is playing Imperial Japanese Army Sergeant Mutsuhiro Watanabe in Unbroken), doesn't mean you don't still get starstruck. A week ago, Miyavi had the chance to exchange a few words with Hayao Miyazaki at the Governors Awards. As he wrote in ...
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Fan Re-imagines Yowapeda Cast As Tim Burton-Style Characters

Twitter user @dorothyy7 has garnered a lot of attention for an inspired piece of fanart, which re-imagines the cast of Yowamushi Pedal in the style of Tim Burton drawings. 総北箱学〜ティム・バートン風味〜 pic.twitter.com/r8vbFn2Kjj— どろしー (@dorothyy7) November 15, 2014 The piece of art has been a hit online, with over 2.5k retweets and almost 5k favorites on Twitter. [Via Nijimen]
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Yōkai Watch's Jibanyan Ousts Pikachu From the World Hobby Fair Spotlight

For a while now, Yokai Watch has been creeping slowly into Pokemon's limelight, displacing Pikachu and friends from the annual McDonalds calendar and topping merchandise sales charts. Just last week, Bandai even announced that the property is outselling Gundam. With the announcement of next year's Next Generation World Hobby Fair dates and venues, it appears that Pikachu has been pushed away even ...
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Power Up with Baki the Grappler Energy Drinks

Ingredients include ants, scorpions, seahorses ― Alpron Group, a producer of sports supplements, is releasing energy drinks based on the fighting manga and anime Baki the Grappler. The cans come in two different sizes (250 mL and 350 mL, or 8.5 and 11.8 fluid ounces) and two different varieties — one depicting Baki and one showing his father Yūjirō. The drink claims to contain "history's highest...
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Fuchico Spreads Some Christmas Cheer Around the Cup

Stamp campaign for use with LINE also available. ― With Christmas coming up next month, people are already trying to figure out their plans. Thoughts like, "what present should I get my friends?" or "how should I decorate for my party?" are rushing through people's heads. In order to meet everybody's individual Christmas needs, and to spread a little Christmas cheer, designer Katsuki Tanaka at Kitan ...
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Release Dates Set for Tuxedo Mask S.H.Figuarts, Sailor Mars Pullip from Sailor Moon

Figure show reveals S.H.Figuarts Chibi Moon as well. ― Now that fans have gotten a chance to pre-order all of the Sailor Guardians as S.H.Figuarts figures, including Uranus and Neptune, they can round out their Sailor Moon collection with Tuxedo Mask. The figure comes with alternate parts, as well as a detachable cape and hat, and extra cane and rose accessories. It is scheduled for an April 2015 rel...
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A Glimpse At the Attack on Titan x Marvel Crossover Comic's Lady Titan

Artist Gerardo Sandoval, the line artist for the upcoming Attack on Avengers Attack on Titan x Marvel crossover comic, has debuted a limited-edition print he'll be selling at Mexico City's Festo Comic. In the image, the lady titan is fighting the characters of Hajime Isayama's manga, but the soldiers will soon get an extra boost from Marvel's slate of heroes. The Attack on Titan and Marvel crossov...
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Readers Vote for the Top 20 'Most Powerful' Jump Manga

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump has been home to some of the most popular boys manga series over the years. One of its most popular series, Naruto, came to a close earlier this week after a 15-year run, hundreds of anime episodes, and films. Surprisingly, the series was not the first that came to mind when Da Vinci News asked its readers to name the "strongest" series to run in the magazine. Here's ...
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Tales of Series Gets Fashionable Pumps

Super Groupies, the retailer behind a wide assortment of ladies otaku fashion apparel from Detective Conan pumps to Love Live Mary Janes, is introducing two pairs of pumps based on Bandai Namco's Tales of video game series. In a collaboration with Tyake Tyoke, the pumps are inspired by Tales of Destiny's Leon Magnus and Tales of Vesperia's Yuri Lowell. Each pair retails for 16,800 yen (about US$14...
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Hayao Miyazaki Voices Support for Demilitarizing Okinawa

Sends postcard to former Okinawa assembly speaker ― Toshinobu Nakazato, a former Speaker in the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, is leading a movement to oppose the relocation of an American military base on Okinawa. He is sending postcards to celebrities from the mainland to lend their support to his cause. At a press event at the prefectural office, it was announced that 89 people had replied, among ...
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Let Your Dog Save the Day In A Kamen Rider Outfit

Kamen Rider has always done his best to battle Shocker's nefarious minions, and now your dog can help fight evil alongside him, even if it means just hunting tennis balls and pieces of cheese. Rakuten is selling dog costumes designed to look like Kamen Rider #1, complete with a hat that looks like his helmet. Pups who prefer to be on the dark side of justice can dress up like a Shocker Combatman. ...
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Fans Pick Manga/Light Novels They Most Want Adapted into an Anime

Charapedia asked 10,000 fans what manga or light novel they most want adapted into an anime series. Among the chosen titles should be some series you're familiar with. One Punch Man, Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, Oresama Teacher, and Yotsuba&! are licensed in English. Spinoffs of Ōsama Game and Kami-sama no Iu Toori are also available via Crunchyroll Manga. Top 20 Manga/Light Novels Fans Want M...
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Attack on Titan Film's Umaibo Snack Promo Streamed

Titans replaced with corn snacks in Namco arcade campaign ― Namco began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the crossover between its line of Umaibo puffed corn snacks and the upcoming Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) film: Narrator: That day, humanity remembered... The fear that arises within due to "them"... And the disgrace that co...
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Aoi Honō and Yōkai Watch Mangaka Also Contribute Illustrations to Live-Action Journey to the West Posters

Kazuhiko Shimamoto (Aoi Honō) and Noriyuki Konishi (Yōkai Watch) are following in Akira Toriyama's footsteps by contributing artwork for the upcoming Japanese release of Stephen Chow's Journey to the West film. Shimamoto drew Zhū Bājiè and Sha Wujing, while Konishi drew Xuanzang and demon huntress Miss Duan. The movie was released in China last year, and it's finally making its way to Japan on Nov...
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Japanese Military Developing Mobile Powered Suits

Suits intended to assist soldiers' movements ― Japan's Ministry of Defense is developing a "highly mobile powered suit" to assist soldiers' movements. It may not be the powered armor from Bubblegum Crisis, but hopefully it will go some way towards using machine power to take some of the burden off of soldiers. A version tested in 2012 Soldiers carry a lot of equipment, and it's estimated to weigh at ...
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Police Stop Chibatman From Taking Part in Marathon

Chiba's Dark Knight meets resistance in his quest to inspire the prefecture. ― It seems that regardless of the place, age, or circumstance, vigilantes will always be met with some sort of resistance from the officials. That was the case this week when the Chiba Prefectural Police Department announced that they would not be allowing the mysterious masked citizen, known as "Chibatman," to participate i...
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Bishoujo Game Takes on Japanese Constitution's Anti-War Clause

Debate militarism with brigade of cute high schoolers ― Article 9 is the most controversial segment of the Japanese Constitution, since it forbids Japan from engaging in war or maintaining armed forces. Despite Japan's de facto military (the Japan Self-Defense Forces) and involvement in the war in Iraq, many Japanese are strongly devoted to the clause since it enshrines Japan's postwar pacifism. Yet ...
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Moyoco Anno Has An Instagram And It's Amazing

Moyoco Anno, the talented creator of works like Insufficient Direction, Hataraki Man, and In Clothes Called Fat, apparently now has an Instagram account, and it's wonderful. Anno updates a few times a week, each time with snapshots of her gorgeous sketches. A photo posted by 安野モヨコ(Moyoco Anno) (@moyoco_anno) on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:15am PST 鼻下長のボツ原稿から。モヨコ A photo posted by 安野モヨコ(Moyoco Anno) (@moyoco...
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Durarara Takes Over Namjatown

Ikebukuro's most infamous citizens take Namjatown by storm. ― With the upcoming return of Durarara!! to television screens, it looks like there are going to be quite a few sightings of familiar faces throughout Ikebukuro. To celebrate the homecoming of this dark urban fairytale, Namco's indoor amusement park Namjatown, which is also located in Ikebukuro, is going to be running a special Durarara!! ev...
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Errata: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Has Not Announced A Planned Hiatus

Update Secondary sources have indicated that while Kyary Pamyu Pamyu did discuss some of her troubles in the entertainment industry and her lack of privacy during the speech at her most recent concert, there was no mention of a hiatus. We have edited the article to reflect the update. Anime News Network sincerely apologizes for the error. We will be more careful with our sources in the future. Muc...
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Get Ready For Winter With a Hatsune Miku Cardigan

Fan-design shop We Love Fine is getting ready for cold weather with the newest additions to their online shop. Amongst the pieces is a Hatsune Miku cardigan ($48), featuring the Vocaloid's signature colors and adorable musical note buttons. The store also added polo shirts ($38) featuring an illustration of Miku, and a Miku tie ($15). The new items round out their collection of Miku-inspired cloth...
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Psycho-Pass Kōgami, Makishima Inspire Shirts

Enforcement officer Shinya Kōgami and villain Shōgo Makishima from the dystopian sci-fi anime series Psycho-Pass are inspiring their own shirts and bracelets. The white oxford shirt is similar to the one Makishima wears in the first anime season. Those familiar with the show's plot will also notice a specific logo featuring wheat. The logo on Kogami's shirt is based on the series' Public Safety B...
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Chinese Restaurant and Yaoi Manga Artist Team Up for a Delicious T-Shirt

U.S. Chinese restaurant Mission Chinese Food and yaoi manga creator Jiraiya (Sanwa no Karasu, Aogeba Toutoshi) teamed up for an exclusive t-shirt. The image features one of Jiraiya's signature buff guys about to chow down on Mapo Tofu, one of Mission Chinese Food's signature dishes. The shirt is available for preorder in sizes S to 3XL for US$50. You can also check out chef Danny Bowien's Mission ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Finally Gets An Official Bike Helmet

With all of the merchandise that's out for Yowamushi Pedal, it's a little unbelievable that it's taken this long for someone to make a helmet. Some of the characters have bike sponsors and have appeared in cycling catalogs, but a helmet seems like a good entryway for fans who don't have hundreds or thousands of dollars to drop on a new roadie. Catlike's booth at this year's Cycle Mode Internationa...
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Mario Kart's Mercedes-Benz Collaboration Enters the Real World With TV Spot

Peach, Mario appear in latest project between game, car company ― Car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz had previously collaborated with Nintendo on in-game car models for the company's Mario Kart 8 video game. However, now Nintendo is helping out Mercedes-Benz by lending its characters and themes for the company's latest commercial, “GO!GLA.” This week, the company posted the Peach and Luigi versions of th...
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Fumiko Fumi's Bokura no Hentai Cross-Dressing Manga Gets Promo

Manga creator Fumiko Fumi's (Onna no Ana, Koi ni Tsukimono) cross-dressing manga Bokura no Hentai (Our Own Metamorphoses) got an English-subtitled promotional video on Monday. The video introduces the three protagonists: a transgendered girl named Marika, Ryosuke/Yui who dresses like his deceased sister, and Shu/Pallow who began dressing as a girl to attract his heterosexual classmate. Fumi curren...
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Japanese High School Students Mix It Up for 'Sex Change Day'

In attempt to get its students to reexamine the traditional meanings of "masculinity" and "femininity," Fujiyoshida's Fuji Kitaryo High School in Yamanashi Prefecture allowed students to participate in "Sex Change Day," on Tuesday, where male and female students could opt to wear one another's uniforms. 299 students (117 boys and 182 girls) chose to wear their peers' uniforms. Participating studen...
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Bootleg Cardcaptor Sakura Totally Doesn't Condone the Evil Stick

In a story that's as bizarre as it is also simultaneously horrible and kind of funny, a dollar store in Dayton, OH has gotten some unusual press for a toy that it had on its shelves. Called the "Evil Stick," it promises "wonderful music" and a bootleg image of Cardcaptor Sakura. Besides the obvious fact that the "Evil Stick" is not official Cardcaptor Sakura merch, it's doubtful that Sakura would ...
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Online Community Rallies to Help After A University Co-op Ordered Too Much Pocky

The University of Kitakyushu co-op found themselves in a tight bind after accidentally ordering too much Pocky. Originally intending to place an order for 320 boxes, they instead ended up with 3,200. ポッキープリッツ誤発注で3200個も入荷してしまったうちの大学生協の現在の様子ですご確認ください pic.twitter.com/f4u15MP15h— HR[愛と現金を] みわ (@miwako_karari) November 7, 2014 After the staff put up a "HELP!" poster in the store, students took to LINE ...
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Attack on Titan Cast Reimagined as School Kids on Brutus Magazine

Magazine will also feature an interview with Hajime Isayama, Female Titan vs. The Avengers crossover comic ― The 790th issue of the the Japanese magazine Brutus will feature a cover drawn by Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama. The cover will feature Attack on Titan characters (from the left) Jean, Connie, Eren, Mikasa, Sasha and Krista dressed in Japanese school uniforms in front of the Saigo Tak...
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This 1-of-a-Kind Evangelion Car Could be Yours... For 16 Million Yen

7-Eleven collaboration car costing approx. US$138k to be sold through lottery if multiple applications are submitted ― Convenience store chain 7-Eleven announced on Tuesday that it will sell a one-of-a-kind Evangelion sports car designed with original art. The car, which is called, "7-Eleven Limited Mitsuoka Motors Evangelion Orochi," will be sold for 16 million yen (about US$138,140) in Japan. A vid...
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Get Your Crunch on With Sailor Moon Crystal Tortilla Chips

Flavored chips to come bundled with smartphone backgrounds with new art of the sailor soldiers, Tuxedo Mask ― Sailor Moon Crystal is at it again with the collaborations, and this time, the magical girl anime adapting Naoko Takeuchi's original manga is working with Koikeya's line of tortilla chips for original packaging and more. Beginning on December 8, Koikeya will put the five sailor soldiers and T...
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Watch the Pocky Pole Project Drop Giant Pocky and Pretz-Shaped Sticks Via Skydivers

November 11 is Pocky Day, because no other day in the calendar year lets you celebrate four beautiful, tasty sticks (11/11) all day long. Fans mark the occasion by drawing their favorite characters eating Pocky. Last year, Pocky-maker Ezaki Glico even launched Pocky and Pretz rockets. This year, the company's publicity stunt involves sticking giant Pocky and Pretz poles into the ground, delivered ...
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Thomas Romain Draws Himself, Shoji Kawamori As Basquash Mech

To celebrate the release of the Basquash Blu-ray box, series creator, art designer, and mech concept designer Thomas Romain (Oban Star-Racers, Space Dandy) drew an illustration of himself alongside co-creator Shoji Kawamori (Vision of Escaflowne, Macross Plus). バスカッシュ!BDBOX発売の際、記念イラスト! For the release of Basquash Blu-ray box, I transformed Shoji Kawamori and myself into mechs pic.twitter.com/y39Jr...
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Summer Is Still Going Strong with Free! Plushes, Figures, and Squishy Mascots

Free! Eternal Summer is still making a splash in the merchandising world, with new products seemingly announced every other day. Ensky's second round of squishy Free! character stress balls finally have a release date, and it looks like they're landing just in time for tax season. The "omanjū" stress balls feature Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, Rin, Sōsuke, Aiichiro, and Momotarō. Meanwhile, this ye...
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Long-Awaited Cleaning Robot Mimics Cute Little Sister

Latest in Cocorobo line talks, sings, broadcasts news ― Sharp is a Japanese electronics corporation with a long history and generally staid reputation. It therefore came as a surprise to many when it announced that its latest cleaning robot in the Cocorobo line, Premium-na Cocorobo [Imouto ver.] ("Premium Cocorobo [Little Sister version]"), would mimic the cute little sister of your dreams by speakin...
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Shonen Jump Manga Creators Also Send Off Naruto With Comments

Also: A humorous comic from a passionate fan about the send-off ― This week's 50th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is set to be a legendary issue, as it houses the final two chapters of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga. Along with Eiichiro Oda's hidden message in the title page of his One Piece manga, all of the manga creators featured in the issue wrote messages in the author's comments sec...
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Go Old School with Cute Nintendo Pixel Art Bracelets

Ensky's lineup of lace bracelets has featured plenty of movies and series before, from Ghibli movies to Magical Angel Creamy Mami, to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and more. Now they're going a little more retro, with pixel art bracelets that feature Super Mario Bros., the Kirby series, and Pokemon. The bracelets will be available February 2015 for 1,080 yen each (about US$9.40). Source: Inside Games ...
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Akira Toriyama Draws Son Goku For Stephen Chow's Journey to the West Film

Stephen Chow, the director behind greats like Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, set his comedic sights on the Chinese classic, Journey to the West, a novel that has given the world the unforgettable Sun Wukong—more popularly known outside China as the Monkey King, or Son Goku. The movie was released in China last year, and it's finally making its way to Japan on November 21. While Akira Tori...
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Japanese Erotica Art Book Includes Work by Final Fantasy's Amano

Japanese publisher PIE International is releasing an underground art collection focusing on Japanese erotica with works by Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D illustrator Yoshitaka Amano. Japanese Erotica in Contemporary Art is a bilingual art book covering "bishojo," "gothic and lolita," "figures," and more. The collection is 320 pages and can be purchased for US$55. Other featured artists include...
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Tales of Zestiria Collaborates with Punk Lolita Clothing Brand Putumayo

Tales of Zestiria, the fifteenth main installment in the Bandai Namco's Tales series, is collaborating with punk lolita fashion brand Putumayo, which previously collaborated with Tales of Symphonia. The dedicated website opened last week, although it has yet to be updated with prices and release dates. In the meantime, fans can check out character images, items from the collection, and thumbnails ...
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McDonald's Now Fully On Board the Yo-kai Watch Bandwagon

Next year's calendar to feature yo-kai instead of Pokemon ― Call it a sign of the times, or a case of cats defeating mice, but next year's McDonald's calendars in Japan will feature Jibanyan and the other yo-kai (demons) of the mega-popular anime and game franchise Yōkai Watch in place of the Pokemon that have dominated McDonald's calendars since 2007. As the above commercial illustrates, the calenda...
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Re-Enact Yowamushi Pedal With Finger Puppets

The current season of Yowamushi Pedal has been fraught with nail-biting race scenes and down-to-the-wire sprints, and soon, fans will be able to reenact those moments with a handful of finger puppets. Toy companies around Japan have been showing off their wares at the 38th Prize Fair, and they've been giving the cycling anime plenty of love. Banpresto has a complete set of Sohoku and Hakone finger...
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Get a Closer Look at the Attack on Titan Live-Action Films' Setting

Japan's Hashima Island (otherwise known as Gunkanjima, or "Battleship Island") is one of the filming sites for the upcoming Attack on TItan live-action films. Known for its many dilapidated buildings, the now abandoned piece of history was recently filmed by drones. The footage gives a sneak peak at some of the landmarks that might appear when the films open next summer. The video itself was filme...
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Man Arrested for Selling Fake Yōkai Watch Medals

Individual has made over 130,000 yen off of the product in auctions. ― The Gunma Prefectural Police arrested a man on November 5 on suspicion of copyright infringement for the illegal printing and sale of fake Yokai Watch medals. The suspect, 27-year-old salaryman Ryousuke Koyama, resident of Horo in the city of Shirahama, Wakayama, held sales for the medals through online auctions between the months...
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Wrap Up Your Holiday Gifts with Sailor Moon Paper Goods

Gift giving season is around the corner and what better way to wrap up the mounds of Moonie merchandise than with Sailor Moon cards, gift bags, decorative tape, and boxes? All the above and more are available for order as part of Bandai's fourth round of Sailor Moon paper goods. Let's take a look. Two types of formal cards, specifically to give to newlywed couples, are now available. The one on th...
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Fate/Stay night, Animate, Sanrio Also Enjoy Kabe Don

The commercial appeal of Japan's fascination with kabe don shows no sign of stopping. Domino's Japan had its own comical take with limited edition coupons for customers who use "kabe don" on the wall before taking their pizza from the delivery driver. Now ufotable, Animate, and even Sanrio are offering up kabe don scenarios for their fans. Ufotable producer Hikaru Kondo tweeted a series of images ...
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One Piece Manga Sends Off Naruto With a Classy Secret Message

Dedicated fan also draws touching comic between the protagonists ― メニューがナルトおつかれさんでしたになってる pic.twitter.com/0UCiJ9sQ9V— しぃ (@sIystone) November 6, 2014 This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is a legendary one with the final two chapters of its mega-hit series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. In this issue, the 766th chapter ("Smile") of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga seems rather normal...
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Hello Kitty Dresses Up As Akatsuki no Yona Characters for Magazine Freebie

The most recent issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume not only has the first installation of Kou Matsuzuki (Ōji to Majo to Himegimi to)'s new series Fukurōsō Aki Arimasu, but it also has a special treat for Akatsuki no Yona fans—a pencil board featuring Hello Kitty dressed up as some of the characters. For those who are interested in snapping this up, the magazine (issue 23) is out on Japanese n...
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Actor Yōsuke Kubozuka Rocks Halloween With His Girlfriend In Their JoJo's Costumes

Actor Yosuke Kubozuka (Ping Pong, Helter Skelter) and his girlfriend PINKY channeled Jojo's Bizarre Adventure for their Halloween costume. The couple dressed as Gyro Zeppeli and Jolyne Cujoh, the main protagonists from "Part VII: Steel Ball Run" and "Part VI: Stone Ocean," respectively. The photos were posted on PINKY's blog. [Via Hachima Kikou]
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Knights of Sidonia Offers Official 3D Models For Sale to the Public

Knights of Sidonia is giving fans the chance the buy official 3D models from the anime. No, not plastic models—the actual 3D models that were used in making the series. Characters range from 0 yen to 24,800 yen (about US$217.30) for human characters, while mecha and ships range from 69,800 yen to 99,800 yen (about US$608.85 to $870.53). Each download includes an Autodesk FBX and a Wavefront O...
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The Wearable Kotatsu Is Even Better Than Snuggies

If you've watched enough anime, you know the appeal of the kotatsu, even if you've never experienced one for yourself. It's the ultimate winter household item—a heated table surrounded by a heavy blanket to keep the heat inside. But while your legs are nice and cozy, the rest of your body has to contend with a cold room. Luckily, Hatra has the perfect solution for this—a "kotatsu parka" ...
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Voice Actors Talk About Ramen

Maruchan instant ramen is enlisting the help of voice actors to better its customers' cooking skills. Voice Recipe launched on November 1 with help from the handsome Daisuke Ono as Hikaru Higashima, Tomokazu Sugita as Shogo Higashima, and Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kaname Higashima. The mobile campaign for Android and iOS will run for three months and introduces original recipes with instructions read by...
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Fans Sound Off About the Manga Series They've Actually Finished Collecting

Collecting any series, be it manga or anime, always seems like a great idea until you're thousands of dollars in the red, and you're running out of shelf space. That's why many of us probably have much more unfinished series than we're willing to admit. Still, there are certain series that just demand to be collected to completion, and fans are more than happy to talk about the titles that they've...
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Find Your Soulmate At the Evangelion Store's Matchmaking Event

18th Eva-Con to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the Eva Store's opening. ― There are many things that the Evangelion franchise is full of, such as religious symbolism, angsty teenage backstories, and terrible parenting examples. But among all of that, perhaps one of the most prevalent aspects of the series is the romantic tension that exists between just about every character. In the spirit of bui...
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Live-Action Parasyte Director Talks About Potential Differences Between His Film and the Scrapped Hollywood Version

After the screening of the first live-action Parasyte film at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, director Takashi Yamazaki was asked about the long-defunct plans for a U.S. Parasyte adaptation. Yamazaki said his movie was like a "second marriage," and elaborated on possible differences between his film and what might have been had the U.S. movie been made. "When I think about it, if you m...
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A Hello Kitty Cafe Is Coming to Southern California

Orange County is getting a Hello Kitty cafe next year, and it'll be chock full of tasty desserts, savory meals, and espresso drinks. Those who went to Hello Kitty Con last weekend had a chance to check out some of the eventual cafe's treats with the Hello Kitty Cafe food truck, which will be available for private parties until the actual cafe opens shop. Hello Kitty Cafe Instagram The cafe plans t...
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Cat Town Cafe Opens in Oakland After Crowdfunding Campaign

More kitty restaurants planned for Portland, Seattle, Denver ― Cat Town Cafe found its permanent homes in Oakland, California after raising US$40,695 via IndieGogo this year. Cat Town has the distinguished title of being North America's first cat cafe. Founders Adam Myatt and Ann Dunn are running what they describe as "an elaborate play area" where customers can order drinks and spend quality time wi...
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Playing With Your Food is OK If It's A Kyubey Meat Bun

Despite Kyubey's adorable looks and cuddly face, the critter has a mean streak. It's no surprise, then, that Madoka Magica fans have been taking advantage of Lawson's Kyubey meat buns to deal out some series-appropriate damage, and posting the results on Twitter. Even Kyubey voice actress Emiri Katō wanted a piece of the deceptively cute creature: ムシャムシャムシャ… きゅっぷい! pic.twitter.com/LmrPlbiuCZ— 加藤英美...