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Battle Your Way Over to Lawson for Special KanColle Collaboration Goods

Hot on the heels of KanColle's Pizza Hut campaign, the ship girl anime will be collaborating with convenience store chain Lawson for a new campaign, featuring special goods, contests, and more. From March 3 to 16, customers who buy a bottle of Yunker energy drink will get one of four limited edition posters. There will also be a points lottery from March 17 to April 13 for customers who make quali...
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Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima Draws 24's Jack Bauer

24: Live Another Day, the 12-episode sequel to 24 that aired in the US last year, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on March 4. To celebrate the occasion, Fairy Tail mangaka Hiro Mashima has contributed an illustration of Jack Bauer (played, of course, by Kiefer Sutherland), and it's pretty awesome: For reference, here's one of the many shots of Bauer pointing a gun. Source: 24 Japan Official ...
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Gundam's Char Edges Out Amuro On Who Girls Would Rather Marry

Buzz+ News asked 200 women who they'd rather marry—Gundam's Char Aznable or Amuro Ray. The results were pretty close, but in the end, Char beat Amuro by a slim margin, capturing 53% of the votes. It's good news for Char, especially considering his origin story, Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin just premiered yesterday worldwide. What do you think? Team Char or Team Amuro? Let us know in the foru...
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Cuddle Up With A Terraformars Cockroach Plush

Terraformars is getting a lottery goods campaign, and one of the big prizes fans can win is a plush Terraformar, a humanoid cockroach that lives on Mars. Whether or not its cute is in the eyes of the beholder, perhaps, but it's certainly unique. Other lottery prizes are a little more standard, and include a tapestry, a jumbo two-sided cushion, towels, glasses, mascot straps, bandanas, and masking ...
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Girls & Panzer Tank Vase is Appropriately Elegant

Some of the gals from Girls und Panzer would tell you that tanks can be pretty cute. And what better way to gussy one up than to use it as a vase? Made using traditional Kasama-yaki pottery techniques, heralding from Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, the tank is a reference to a scene with series protagonist Hana Isuzu, who is highly skilled in ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement. Only 100 were made...
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Make Your Hug Pillow Experience More Pleasurable with Rub-Activated Talking

The phrase "pillow talk" has never been so literal until now. Former Kyushu Institute of Technology researcher Koichi Uchimura is launching a crowdfunding campaign for his Ita-Supo, the first talking hug pillow that responds to your caresses. The pillow case, which is being crowdfunded via Makuake, comes with two sensors, conveniently placed inside internal pouches at the breasts and crotch area. ...
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Celebrate 40 Years of Hana to Yume at Namjatown

Kamisama Kiss, nine older manga showcased ― Namco's indoor theme park Namcotown will hold a special collaboration event with manga anthology Hana to Yume from March 7 to April 5 to commemorate the latter's 40th anniversary. Although their recent hit Kamisama Kiss gets pride of place, the event will also spotlight some of Hana to Yume's other noteworthy manga: Patalliro! (1979), Please Save My Earth (...
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Detective Conan Invites Hungry Diners to His Pop-Up Cafe in Shibuya

In honor of the 19th Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: The Hellfire Sunflowers), which opens April 18, the Tower Records Cafe at Shibuya's Tower Records will be transformed into the Detective Conan Cafe. The special Conan cafe will be open from March 28 to May 10, and will include limited edition character goods with original illustrations, as well as Conan-...
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Attack on Titan Water Cooler Campaign Offers 1/1-Scale Maneuver Gear

Japanese water cooler manufacturer Aqua Clara's Attack on Titan tie-in campaign launched today with more tangible prizes than just good health and well-hydrated skin. The company is offering a clear file of its water cooler carrying "Hydration Corps" members to anyone who purchases a "Dress-Up Server" cooler Attack on Titan panel featuring Eren, Levi, or the Colossal Titan. One person will get the...
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Alas, the Power/Rangers Short Film Is Quickly Disappearing

So far, several million people have gobbled up Adi Shankar and Joseph Kahn's Power/Rangers reimagination of the classic super sentai series, but that number is hitting a plateau. Both Kahn's Vimeo and Shankar's YouTube videos have been pulled, due to a copyright claim from Saban. Shankar released a statement, saying: Today, I was deeply disappointed to learn that Saban Brands decided to attack my ...
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Fans Have Already Tracked Down the Real-Life Location of 'Love Live! SunShine!!'

Love Live! fans are in a tizzy of speculation about "Love Live! SunShine!!," a new project revealed on Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine website. While fans have been wondering whether or not it's a new game or a new OVA, or even a spin-off based on the mobile game Love Live! School Idol Festival's "normal" students, others have already tracked down the real-life locale featured in the promo shot. I...
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Perfume's Ayaka Nishikawa Tops Female Idol Singer Ranking

The readers over at Goo Ranking weighed in last month on their favorite female idol singers. The poll takers were split evenly between 250 men and 250 women, but the winner was clearly Ayaka "A-chan" Nishikawa from the girl idol group Perfume. A-chan is the unofficial "center" of Perfume with fellow members Ayano "Nocchi" Oomoto and Yuka "Kashiyuka" Kashino, although the other two members didn't r...
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Isao Takahata Offers His Thoughts on War, Constitution

Says Grave of the Fireflies shouldn't be considered anti-war film ― While Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies is commonly viewed as an anti-war film, the director himself offered a contrary view in an interview earlier this year with the newspaper Kanagawa Shimbun. Grave of the Fireflies is considered an anti-war film, but while anti-war films are meant to prevent wars and stop them, that movie d...
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Rest Your Wrists On A Life-Sized Lovely x Cation Bosom Mousepad

Super Sonico already has her own "life-sized" 3D mousepad, but not all oppai are built the same. Pink Pineapple, the eroge studio behind the OVA adaptation of Hibiki Works' Lovely x Cation visual novel, tweeted a few photos of their latest character good—a mousepad featuring character Aya Inubosaki, whose appeal apparently resides in her "modest" breasts. The character is clothed, but the pic...
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Check Out Joseph Kahn and Adi Shankar's Incredible Power/Rangers Short Film While You Still Can

Lots of folks probably have nostalgic memories of the Power Rangers, whether it's the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from the 90s or one of the many Power Rangers iterations that have been filmed over the past couple of decades. Whatever it may be, though, one doesn't easily forget the time they've spent watching the masked heroes and their fight for justice. That's why it's so cool to see a darker,...
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Dance Along to The Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger Ending Theme

The first episode of Toei's Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger, the company's latest Super Sentai special-effects series aired last week. The ending credits roll to the "Nan ja Mon ja! Ninja Matsuri!" theme song by Daiki Ise. The singer also choreographed a dance to the track and invites viewers to follow along in an instructional video. It makes for a good workout too! Shuriken Sentai Nin'ninger marks th...
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Shinji and Kaworu Revisit Primary School for Kids Clothing Collaboration

Japanese kids clothing store StompStamp and children's fashion brand GeeWhiz are collaborating with the Evangelion Tokyo store to create a line of children's clothing. Modeling the designs are the familiar faces of Shinji and Kaworu, only a wee bit (we'll say about eight years) younger. The clothing line includes Unit 01 sweat pants. While the pants look like denim, they're actually made from a cl...
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Funassyi Goes Red for Gundam the Origin's Char Aznable

The normally yellow mascot takes on Char's signature red. ― Funassyi, the pear-shaped mascot (and unlikely recording artist) of Tokyo suburb Funabashi, has traded in his yellow color for a bright red, in honor of Char "The Red Comet" Aznable. The mascot appeared alongside voice actress Megumi Han (Artesia Som Deikun) and Char at a press conference on February 24 for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, a ...
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Animation Veteran Claims That Industry Newcomers Only Make 120 Yen An Hour

Contemporary veteran begs to differ. ― In a recent attempt to draw awareness to an injustice in the animation industry, veteran animator Sachiko Kamimura (City Hunter, Doraemon movies) posted on her blog about what she claims to be the starting pay for a newcomer in the field. After having watched "numerous young animators fresh out of school suddenly be thrust into a job where they can't even eat," ...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Shares His Appreciation for The Wind Rises

Feels connection through aviation engineer father ― An old interview with anime director Yoshiyuki Tomino recently came to light again, and it's from a rather unlikely place. In September 2013, Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam) held an interview with Tetsuya Ishikawa, head of the SPring-8 Center , which studies synchrotron radiation at the Japanese research institute RIKEN. The interview focused on Tomino'...
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Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope Live-Action Fan Pilot Recreates The History of Trunks

The Robot Underdog team released the pilot for their Dragon Ball Z web series Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope on Tuesday. The live-action series is based on the Dragon Ball Z Special 2: The History of Trunks and chronicles Trunks and Gohan's battles against Andriod 17 and 18 after Goku and the other Z Fighters are killed. The pilot is directed by Donnie McMillin and written by Derek Padula (Dragon Ba...
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Readers Rank Over-Played Shojo Manga Tropes

Every anime genre comes with certain situations that happen so often, readers barely bat an eye at it anymore. The harem anime protagonist's parents are on an overseas business trip. The shonen battle series' main character is able to access a new powered up ability while facing a seemingly impossible enemy. The character in a sports manga is able to pull off that slam dunk once he remembers every...
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Protect Your Nintendo 3DS XL With Mikudayo's Face

Mikudayo, the Nendoroid-shaped Hatsune Miku mascot created by Good Smile Company, has volunteered her head to be a New Nintendo 3DS XL case. The Mikudayo deluxe stuffed pouch will be released by Sega on May 28, and includes a plush pouch in which to store the device, as well as a "Otoro Button" screen cleaner, a reference to a Hatsune Miku Project Mirai 2 promo video in which Mikudayo and singer J...
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Life-Size Patlabor Ingram Watched Over the Tokyo Marathon

Plenty of onlookers crowded Tokyo's streets to cheer on this year's runners of the Tokyo Marathon, but none were more prominent than a life-size Patlabor AV-98 Ingram, which has been making its way around the country from baseball games to shopping malls. 東京マラソン警備開始!? pic.twitter.com/cFkDwVAEul— TNGパトレイバー (@TNGpatlabor) February 22, 2015 ハッシュタグつけ忘れにつき、デッキアップの様子を再レポ。 デッキアップ時は先頭ランナー未通過。デッキアップ後、コーラス隊...
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Original RX-78-2 Gundam and RX-77-2 Guncannon Get High Grade 'Revive' Kits

Gundam fans, get ready to kick it old school with Bandai's new "Revive" Gunpla series. First on deck is the HGUC 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam, which is set to be released this July, exactly 35 years after the release of the first Gunpla in July 1980. Since then, 34 million Gunpla have been sold. The HGUC 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam REVIVE Ver. is made using current molding techniques, and offers better proportio...
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Pastry Chef Creates Incredible Sailor Moon-Inspired Treats

Former pastry chef and current dessert blogger Katharina McCawley knows a thing or two about scrumptious treats that are as tasty to look at as they are to eat. She runs the blog Pretty Cake Machine, where she provides detailed recipes and directions for assembling all of her concoctions. Her most recent project? Single-serving cakes inspired by the Sailor Guardians: Each cake is accompanied with ...
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Naruto Art Exhibit Gets an Early 3-Day Preview in Tokyo

Naruto fans who find themselves in Tokyo between March 2 to 4 can swing by Roppongi Hills West Walk for a look at "Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto-ten Exhibit -Commemorating the End of Serialization," an exhibit featuring original artwork by the Naruto creator and mementos from the series. The display features a sneak peek at the upcoming Naruto-ten Exhibit, with over 150 original pages from the manga,...
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Dry Yourself Off with a Steamy Cute High Earth Defense Club Love Towel

The first volume of Cute High Earth Defense Club Love is coming out in Japan on March 18, and it comes with a fun surprise. Those who purchase either the BD or DVD from Animate will also get a muffler towel featuring the boys and Wombat. The BD retails for 6,800 yen (about US$57), while the DVD retails for 5,800 yen (about US$48). [Via Nijimen]
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What You've Always Needed, A Hello Kitty Toilet Seat Cover and Bidet

Hello Kitty has made quite the name for itself over the past 40 years, with airplanes, themed hotel rooms, and just about everything you can think of. So it's only natural that the franchise's lead Kitty spruce up your bathroom, too, with a Hello Kitty toilet seat cover and bidet. The prototype was displayed at Sanrio's Tokyo headquarters earlier this month. It features a heated seat, as well as w...
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J-World Tokyo Video Offers A Glimpse Inside the 'Chopper Quest' Attraction

J-World Tokyo, Namco's Jump-themed indoor amusement park located in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City, has been running an attraction called "Chopper Quest" since December, based on One Piece's Tony Tony Chopper. Just recently, they posted a short clip of what the attraction is like on the inside, in case you need help deciding whether to plop down 800 yen for the 20-minute adventure. The attraction sends...
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Gackt's New Single Comes Bundled with a Romantic, Life-Sized Bedsheet

Gackt is releasing his 46th single this July, and offering fans a chance to snuggle up next to him in bed. Sort of. Anyone who purchases the premium version of the single (title still to be decided) online will receive a life-size bedsheet, featuring Gackt dressed either in all white or all black. It's the perfect accompaniment for the item bundled with the premium edition of his last single, "Aka...
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Sora Amamiya Lends Voice to English Test Prep

Amamiya to recite 1,600 vocabulary words ― Voice actress Sora Amamiya (Akame in Akame ga KILL!, Kaori in One Week Friends, Elizabeth in The Seven Deadly Sins) will lend her talents to Center Shiken-ni Deru Jun Eitango ("English Vocabulary from the Center Test"), a book of vocabulary for students preparing for the National Center Test for University Admissions, the exam required to get into college i...
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Bulma Promotes the New Dragon Ball Z Movie with Her New Blog

To promote the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z : The F in Fukkatsu, or The Resurrected F) movie, which opens in Japan on April 18 on regular screens and 3D IMAX, Bulma has started her own blog on Ameblo. Yes, that Bulma. In her first post, she mentions that it's 59 days until the film's opening—appropriate, because 5-9 is read "Go-ku." For the next 59 days, Bulma will be ...
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More Images Released for Pizza Hut Japan's KanColle Campaign

Fans didn't have to wait too long for details after a first image surfaced for Pizza Hut Japan's KanColle campaign. The campaign will begin February 23, and will include KanColle goods, pizza box sleeves, and prizes. The campaign will be split into two gift periods, with the first running from February 23 to March 15. KanColle fans who order a medium Chef's Italy series pizza will receive a specia...
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Drive Off In An Official One Piece Nissan Serena

Nissan is collaborating with One Piece to offer a limited edition Serena Highway STAR S-HYBRID. Dubbed the "Thousand Serena," a play on the Straw Hat Pirates' Thousand Sunny ship, it features a special One Piece car wrap and hubcaps. If you're keen on getting your hands on this vehicle, though, you'll need 3.25 million yen (about US$27,300), some lottery luck... and kids. Not only will purchase of...
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Celebrate Onoda and Fukutomi's Birthdays with Yowamushi Pedal Cakes

Otaku bakery Priroll is selling Yowamushi Pedal birthday cakes in honor of Juichi Fukutomi and Sakamichi Onoda, whose fictional birthdays are March 3 and March 7, respectively. Customers can buy either roll cakes or round cakes, each with a variety of "Happy Birthday" options. Some even feature appearances from other Yowamushi Pedal characters, both friend and foe. Double rollcakes cost 2,300 yen ...
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Over 120,000 Fans Pick King as the Best Seven Deadly Sins Character

The results from Weekly Shonen Magazine's The Seven Deadly Sins character poll were announced on Wednesday. King won overall with a total of 121,945 votes in his favor. The accompanying image shows how surprised the character is by his overwhelming win. The full results are: King - 121,945 votes Ban - 32,086 votes Gowther - 12,068 votes Hendricksen - 8,227 votes Meliodas - 6,664 votes Oslo - 4,285...
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KanColle Girls Get Ready to Deliver Some Pizza Hut

It appears that someone has leaked an early image from an upcoming collaboration between KanColle and Pizza Hut Japan. No details are available yet, except an incredible sample image of a clear file featuring the girls chowing down on some pizza. Pizza Hut has run anime promotions before, collaborating with Aikatsu and Love Live. The company also had a fairly elaborate Pizza Cat campaign, for thos...
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Sailor Moon Partners Up With Samantha Vega For Handbags and Accessories

The Sailor Moon x ISETAN special goods collaboration is getting bigger, with Samantha Vega handbags and accessories joining the lineup. Samantha Vega, part of the Samantha Thavasa fashion company, is offering four types of goods: a leather bag with Moon Stick embellishments, a Luna faux leather bag, Sailor Guardian long wallets, and Sailor Guardian multi-cases. The items will be available at the S...
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BRADIO and Friends Re-Enact Death Parade's Opening Sequence

The band BRADIO and some of their colleagues got together to re-enact the opening animation sequence of Death Parade. The live-action version stars vocalist Takaaki Shingyoji as Decim, bassist Ryosuke Sakai as Ginti, drummer Yuki Tanabe as Clavis, guitarist Soichi Ohyama as Oculus, DJ Rinaly as Black-haired Woman, Kim as Nona (in a clown outfit), Imai as Queen, and Risa as Mayu Arita. The actors m...
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One-Millionth AKB48 Concert Attendee to Win A Lifetime Pass

The AKB48 Theater in Akihabara is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. With performances almost every day, the theater has seen generations of AKB48 members, and hundreds of thousands of concertgoers within its hallowed walls. And this month, it hopes to reach one million. To celebrate the milestone, the AKB48 Theater is holding a special campaign. The fan lucky enough to be the one-millio...
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Read Shun Matsuena's New Manga... on Train Station Walls

"Pages" changed daily ― Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi, a martial arts manga by Shun Matsuena, came to its conclusion on February 18. Meanwhile, Matsuena's new manga has been posted, albeit in an unlikely format — on a wall at Tokyo's Kichijouji Station. Kanata, the ninja (with his childhood friend, Meguru) Two greatly enlarged pages of Tokiwa Kitareri!! were posted on February 16, and they have ...
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ItaKiss Creator's Husband Records New Song for Series' Compilation CD

Music producer Shigeru Nishikawa and his former bandmate Yoshihito Onda reunited to record an all new track for the Itazura na Kiss Songs compilation CD. Nishikawa is the husband of the late Itazura na Kiss manga creator Kaoru Tada. The duo previously performed together as the rock band PRESENCE, but they disbanded in 1989. Nishikawa and Onda reunited to perform an all new track "ANGEL RUSH ~Saika...
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Palmie's YouTube Channel Helps Artists Draw Like Pros

The Japanese illustration app Palmie hosts a ton of tutorial videos to help aspiring artists perfect their digital drawing techniques. The videos are only in Japanese but following along may be possible for users familiar with the software. Here are a few of the company's how-tos: How to Draw: Men in Suits How to Draw: Contrapposto (Contrapposto refers to poses where a character has most of their ...
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Treat Your Pup with Udon Noodles for Dogs

Made with less salt to be pet-friendly ― Dog owners know the guilt trip that our canine friends give us while we're in the middle of a meal. Sometimes you might cheat and sneak your dog a bit of whatever you're having, but what happens when you're eating something that's just no good for them, like udon? Well never fear, because Seimenya, a noodle-making company based in Zentsūji, Kagawa, just releas...
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Voice Actress Sora Amamiya Stars in Ptolemy's Singularity TV Ad

Voice actress Sora Amamiya (Akame ga KILL!'s Akame, Tokyo Ghoul's Tōka Kirishima, The irregular at magic high school's Honoka Mitsui) is starring in a live-action TV ad for Ptolemy's Singularity, a manga spin-off of Satoshi Hase's sci-fi novel BEATLESS. The manga is written by Gan Sunaaku (Gun Snark) and illustrated by Mitsuru Oosaki. The commercial was released to promote the second volume of the...
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Hirose Suzu Enlists the Help of 2.5-D Anime Girls For Fit's Gum Commercial

Lotte's newest ad for Fit's gum is a little weird. It features actress Suzu Hirose (live-action Umimachi Diary) and a whole lot of 2.5-D anime girls dancing behind her. Check it out: Bonus: apparently Fit's is currently selling Dragon Ball Z gum. [Via Kai-You]
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Live Out Your 'Kabe Don' Fantasies with a Poster of Black Butler's Sebastian

The March issue of Square Enix' G Fantasy anthology, out on newsstands today, comes with a special surprises—a poster of Black Butler's Sebastian mid-kabe don. あさって2/18(水)はGファンタジー3月号の発売日!今号には枢やな先生描き下ろし「黒執事」セバスチャンの壁ドン…いいえ、WALL BANGポスター付録がついてきます!ポスターの一部をチラ見せです///(イマニティ) pic.twitter.com/eRwroIyuD8— Gファンタジー (@g_fantasy) February 16, 2015 2月18日発売のGファンタジー3月号についてくるセバスが壁ドンしてくれる「WALL BANGポスター」(描き下ろし)の...
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Cosplayer Holds Giveaway For A Very Unique, Very Voluptuous Accessory

Cosplayer atelier spana made waves last summer when pictures of her Comiket costume surfaced, featuring the young lady dressed as One Piece's well-endowed Rebecca: 【コミケの思い出その2】ベビー5なるとさんとワンピース合わせをしました。スタッフさん「過度な露出はちょっと…?!」我「露出対策はバッチリです」と胸、を張ってのやりとりが思い出の夏コミでした〜(恥ずかしくなったら消す方向で(*ノωノ)) pic.twitter.com/nZuyDQxAAc— なめチル (@atelierspana) August 18, 2014 It's an impressive costume, all the way down to one l...
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Set Up A Tiny Version of Tokyo In Your Home

Algernon Product's Geocraper line of miniature buildings might be one of the coolest things we've seen in a while. Priced at 4,800 yen (about US$40) a box, each set comes with eight pieces, including the Tokyo Tower. Connecting joints (500 yen for 10) let you arrange the pieces however you like, so you can create your own perfect cityscape for your Nendoroids to terrorize. If you need to add a rea...
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Dress Up in Rose of Versailles-Inspired Duds

Otaku fashion label Sukiyaki Felissimo is launching a line of Rose of Versailles-inspired clothing, with ideas drawn from scences in the manga. Here are some of the looks inspired by Marie Antoinette: And of course, Lady Oscar: Best of all, the outfits even have a stamp of approval from original mangaka Riyoko Ikeda, who supervised the looks. The dresses will be available starting late February. [...
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BRADIO Hits the Casino in Death Parade Opening Song Music Video

The band BRADIO got viewers up and dancing with their trumpet-infused opening, "Flyers," for Madhouse's Death Parade television anime series. The four-piece band, backed by musicians in rabbit heads, take over a casino in the single's full music video. BRADIO (an acronym for "Break the Rule and Do Image On") is made up of singer Takaaki Shingyoji, guitarist Soichi Ohyama, bassist Ryosuke Sakai, an...
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Channel Your Inner Rocker with Japanese KISS Face Masks

Isshin Do Honpo Inc's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure face masks already gave us a reason to moisturize, but now the company's glamming things up with KISS masks. They're perfect for all those times you'll want to rock out to Momoiro Clover Z's collaboration single with KISS without actually pulling out the face paint. The masks come in packs of two for 900 yen (about US$7.50), and come soaked in ingredi...
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Miyazaki Shares His Thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo Attacks, Says Drawing Muhammad Was A Mistake

Earlier in the week, celebrated film director Hayao Miyazaki sat down for an interview with TBS Radio's "Day Catch!," hosted by Kyoukei Arakawa. At some point, the conversation turned to the Charlie Hebdo shooting that occurred January 7, which resulted in 12 deaths and 11 injuries, and five more deaths in related incidents that followed. Said Miyazaki, "I think it's a mistake to caricaturize the ...
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Premium Bandai Phone Case Takes You Back to the Future

Cases also include Batmobiles and a Millennium Falcon pass holder. ― Premium Bandai, the purveyors of all things otaku, recently began accepting pre-orders for a smartphone case shaped like the Delorean from Back to the Future. Not only does its wheels pull up like in the movie, but it lights up, too, so you can re-enact all the scenes from the movies. As an added bonus, 2015 just so happens to be th...
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Fan-Ensemble Orchestra Brings Sailor Moon to Los Angeles

The Sailor Moon Symphony: SERASYMPHONY orchestral concert is heading to Los Angeles this summer. IconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra, a chamber ensemble, will perform on July 5 at the Zipper Hall inside The Colburn School. The concert will coincide with Anime Expo. Tickets go on sale on May 1. The fan-created arrangement, courtesy of Artistic Director Bobbie Lee Crow III, will feature themes and backg...
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Link Tops The Rankings As the World's Most Popular Amiibo

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata officially announced that Link is the top-selling Amiibo figure worldwide during his financial results presentation on Monday. The protagonist from the Legend of Zelda game franchise is the top seller in Japan, the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Australia stands alone, ranking the elf at #3 under Mario and Pikachu. Iwata notes, however, that the sales chart isn't perfect...
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Assassination Classroom Lottery Gets Weirdly Cute Sensei Plushes and Rice Bowls

"Cute" might not necessarily be the first word you'd use to describe Assassination Classroom's Korosensei, but with Banpresto's upcoming Ichiban Kuji lottery prizes, he's found a way to be pretty cuddle-worthy. Prizes include plushes and cushions, as well as bowls and more standard prize items. A: Homeroom Korosensei plush, 25 cm B: Rainy Day cushion, 35 cm C: Bowls, 13 cm (2 kinds) D: Plush masco...
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Lawson Sells Idolm@ster Tea, Fans Respond (In)Appropriately with Pee Jokes

Lawson is holding a campaign with The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, which includes fun prizes including concert tickets, original character goods, posters, and lots of lots of Idolm@ster tea, which comes with different girls on its wrappers. Lawson and its fans are totally ready. ローソンのデレマスキャンペーン、神田明神店のこの生茶の量はアレですかね、、もっとお客さん来てくれる(生茶売れる)と勘違いしちゃった先週の未央ちゃん的なものをやる感じなんですかね pic.twitter.com/ymQ5aImAvD— ツルミ...
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Fans Petition Dreamworks to Replace ScarJo for Live-Action Ghost in the Shell

Some fans are not happy with Dreamworks' decision to cast Scarlet Johansson the leading lady of a possible live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation. The creators of a Care2Petitions petition, which has already received over 28,000 signatures, calls the studio out for white-washing the film. From the petition: The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese. So why would...
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Kamisama Kiss Characters Get Cat Ears For Namjatown Collaboration

Namco's indoor theme park Namjatown will be holding a special collaboration event with manga anthology Hana to Yume from March 7 to April 5, although full details of the event have yet to be revealed. Recently, they unveiled illustrations of the Kamisama Kiss characters as cats, to crossover with the theme park's cat mascots. The illustrations are a likely sneak peek at some of the special charact...
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Play With Your Very Own Black Butler: Book of Circus Ciel Doll

Doll company IOS (Immortality of Soul) will soon be accepting pre-orders for a Ciel Phantomhive doll from Black Butler: Book of Circus, but it won't be cheap. The doll is made of high-quality resin, and comes with Ciel's costume from Noah's Ark Circus, as well as accessories like an eye patch and earrings. Reservations will be accepted from February 20 to March 31, or until quantities run out. Eac...
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Tokyo School of Anime Branches Out into Pro Gaming

Learn to be an e-sports commentator or team manager ― Japan will soon have its first school dedicated entirely to the professional gaming, or e-sports, industry. The Tokyo School of Anime, which specializes in training students who hope to enter the anime industry, announced on Twitter on February 16 that it will branch into pro gaming as well. The school will have four main divisions. One will train...
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Valentine's Day - Anime Style!

Here's a look at some of the Valentine's Day greetings and messages from studios, artists, actors, and more. As usual, entries are ordered alphabetically, with individuals listed by their surname. A Certain Magical Index [Link] Assassination Classroom (Japan) Head to the site for a... special surprise. [Link] Assassination Classroom (USA) [Link] Boyfriend (Beta) Twitter campaign 【ニュース】『ボーイフレンド(仮)...
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Singer Miwa Dances Along to the Doraemon Movie Theme Song

The official YouTube channel for Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes Uchū Eiyū-ki (Doraemon: Nobita's Space Hero Record of Space Heroes) started streaming this video of singer miwa dancing and performing the film's theme song, "360°." The film will premiere in Japan during spring break in March 2015, with the original main cast returning. Yoshihiro Oosugi will make his debut as a director for the fi...
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Channel Your Totoro Love with A Patterned Wallet and Business Card Holder

Leather crafter Ozeki has teamed up with My Neighbor Totoro and MOVIC for a set of adorable patterned accessories—a zippered wallet and a business card holder. Each one is made with Himeji white leather using traditional leather-working techniques. The zippered wallet retails for 25,000 yen (about US$210), while the card holder retails for 8,500 yen (about US$72). Both are expected to ship in Jul...
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Akamatsu Speaks Out Again About TPP's Copyright Issues

"Comiket won't be in danger right away" ― For several years, Japan has been negotiating with the United States on wide-ranging trade talks called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. (The other partner countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.) Among the topics under consideration for standardization among the twelve countries is co...
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If Harem Protagonists Lined Up For A Group Photo

An image originally posted on the Japanese textboard 2channel has been making the social media rounds. It depicts 21 harem anime protagonists, as pulled from their respective series' character profiles, in one large group photo. Netizens have been chuckling over their similarities, from their hairstyles to their facial expressions. Who else would you add to the mix? Let us know in the forums! [Vi...
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Snuggle Up With A Large and Adorable Eva Micro Macro Kaworu Plush

As one would naturally expect from a Sanrio and Evangelion mashup, the Eva Micro Macro merchandise line has always had a lot of cute stuff. (Although this pudgy Angel plush from MOVIC takes a close second.) Now they're trotting out plush characters, starting with this 40 cm (15.7 in) Kaworu, which is currently available as a prize in Sega arcades around Japan. Sega's February Evangelion prize cam...
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Sailor Moon Candy Compacts Transform Your Snacking

Have your very own Sailor Senshi broaches the way that Usagi herself would want them - filled with candy. ― Fans of Japanese confections have likely experienced the semi-hard, but still chewable, wonder that is called the tablet. Small and sort of crunchy, it is very similar to the American candy Smarties, but is sometimes treated the way that PEZ are treated here, coming in special containers or an...
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Neill Blomkamp's Chappie Was Inspired by Appleseed's Briareos

When Neill Blomkamp's Chappie opens in theaters on March 6, anime fans might find themselves experiencing a little déjà vu from the film's robotic star. After all, he does look a little familiar. Turns out, it's completely intentional. According to Blomkamp, Chappie is an homage to Appleseed's Briareos: "Masamune Shirow, he has one robot called Briareos that has these rabbit ears. I just love tha...
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Write All Your Letters in Official, Cryptic World Break Font

If you've ever felt a burning desire to type all of your instant messages in that strange and scratchy font that everyone uses in World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman, now you can. The official website is offering free downloads of the font, which lets you type both hiragana and the Roman alphabet. It's not an exact match of the written language everyone uses in the series, but it's pr...
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Which Anime Character Would You Want to Give Chocolates to For Valentine's Day?

Which character would you most like to give chocolates to for Valentine's Day? We've created two polls, one for girl characters and one for guy characters. If you don't see your favorite character on the lists, just log into your ANN account, and you'll see an option at the bottom of the list to add a new entry. We'll post the results next week. Editor's note: If you voted last week, you'll have ...
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Sapporo Snow Festival turns to Snow Demolitian festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival is a time-honored tradition, beloved by people of all ages, tourists and locals alike. Where else can you see a giant Star Wars display carved out of snow (it was the largest snow sculpture in Snow Festival history, clocking in at 15 m high, 22 m wide, and 20 m deep), Evangelion girls chilling on a snow "beach" with Unit-01, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Sn-Ohmus, L...
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Fans Pick Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam As #1 Completed Manga They Want Animated

The Anime! Anime! website asked readers to choose what completed manga they most want turned into an anime. This poll was held at the same time as the site's "Which Ongoing Manga Do You Want to See Animated?" poll. About 1,800 respondents picked their top three choices. Yuichi Hasegawa's Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam was the top choice in the poll. The story takes place during the Universal Centur...
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Moon Prism Power Make Up with Sailor Moon Eyeliners

Give yourself the perfect cat-eye with Sailor Moon liquid eyeliners, part of Creer Beaute's "Miracle Romance" series. The eyeliners come with cap toppers that transforms it into either Sailor Moon's Moon Stick or her Cutie Moon Rod. Each retails for 1,600 yen (about US$13.30). The items are expected to be in stores March 10, 2015. The Miracle Romance line includes an array of Sailor Moon-inspired...
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Voice Actors Hit the Road for Yowamushi Pedal Bus Tour, Radio Show

Daiki Yamashita narrates Inter-High course tour ― This April, the cast of Yowamushi Pedal is hitting the road for an event to celebrate the conclusion of their anime series — and inviting their fans to come along. However, they'll be swapping out the grueling fatigue of bicycling for the relative comfort of a tour bus. The Playback Yowamushi Pedal Bus Tour will leave Tokyo Station on April 18 and ta...
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Fan Learns to Love Life Again Thanks to Love Live!

Twitter user @harasho2521 used to be a very different person. Always sporting an undercut hairstyle and a cigarette, he spent most of his money on booze. That was until he met his anime waifu Nico Yazawa and her idol friends from multimedia franchise Love Live! Now Harasho2521 is a new man with a different outlook on life. No longer spending his money on expensive liquor and smoking three packs o...
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The Rankings Are In for the 2014 Moe Game Awards

The 2014 rankings for the annual Moe Game Awards have been announced, and the winner is... Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm: Beyond the sky, into the firmament, developed by sprite. The story is set in a world where the discovery of anti-gravitons led to the invention of anti-graviton shoes. With people now free to fly the skies, a sport called "Flying Circus" (a dogfight race) is now popular. The pro...
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Capcom Online Recruits Developers With New & Current Projects Video

CAPCOM is looking to recruit some fresh blood for its online game development. The company put out a compilation video showing off its recent offerings and upcoming projects like Dragon Dogma Online, deep down, Monster Hunter Frontier G, Breath of Fire 6 and Street Fighter: Battle Combination. The official website lists planning, programming, effects design, CGI design, character model, and artwo...
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New Statue Lets Hachiko Reunite with His Owner At Last

After 80 years, Hachiko has reunited with his owner, thanks to a statue placed at the University of Tokyo where Hachiko's owner taught and ultimately passed away. 忠犬ハチ公死後80年となる3月8日、東大農学部キャンパス内に新ハチ公像が完成する。飼い主の故上野英三郎博士に飛び付く姿が銅像でよみがえる。日本に農業土木学を創設した博士の没後九十年にもあたる。よかったな、ハチ公。博士にやっと逢えて。 pic.twitter.com/R8rd94OYMc— ひでらっくす@吟遊呑助 (@hide_luxe) February 8, 2015 The story is likely familiar to many. Hachiko gre...
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The G-Reco Website is Fielding Questions for Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino

The Gundam: Reconguista in G website will be accepting fan questions for Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino until February 16. Any questions about the series will be considered, including those regarding the characters, their motivations, the story, the setting, and the direction of the series. The answers will be posted at the Bandai Visual and Sunrise booth at AnimeJapan 2015, which will be held i...
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Man at Arms' Blacksmith Forges Auron's Katana

Master Blacksmith Ilya Alekseyev and the Man At Arms: Reforged team recreated Auron's katana from the Final Fantasy X video game. Alekseyev recreated the blade in the episode using traditional Japanese forging techniques. The Man At Arms: Reforged team and the original Man At Arms internet show star Tony Swatton have also brought to life Squall's Gunblade (Final Fantasy VIII) and Cloud's Buster S...
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Fans Pick Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto As #1 Manga They Want Animated

The Anime! Anime! website asked readers to choose what manga they most want turned into an anime. About 1,800 respondents picked their top three choices from February 3-8. Nami Sano's Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto (Sakamoto desu ga?) was the top choice in the poll. The story follows the daily life of the "coolest" high school student, Sakamoto. As soon as he transfers to his new school, he attr...
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Sailor Moon Gets A Casio Baby-G Watch, Anna Sui Jewelry and Accessories, and More

Sailor Moon is collaborating with retailer ISETAN again for a limited set of special goods, including a Casio Baby-G watch that comes with a plain white band bearing the Sailor Moon name and the phrase, "The Pretty Guardian in a Sailor Suit! Guardian of Love and Justice! In the Name of the Moon, I'll Punish You!" Activating the backlight reveals a Sailor Moon transformation scene silhouette. The ...
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Check Out Clips From the Snow Miku Live Concert and the Scene at the Sapporo Snow Festival

The official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel uploaded footage from the Sapporo Snow Festival's Snow Miku Live concert, where 40meterP's "Snow Fairy Story" was unveiled during the first encore performance. The song featured Miku in this year's Snow Miku "Snow Bell" costume. The channel also has video from the Snow Festival, featuring the Snow Miku snow sculpture, the crowds, the exhibition, and the m...
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Top Off Your Madoka Magica Homura Cosplay with A Replica Ear Cuff

If you need the perfect ear accessory to complete your Homura Akemi Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion- costume, Premium Bandai has just the thing. It's selling a replica of Homura's ear cuff, complete with a display stand designed after a window motif that appears in the film. The earring itself is made with brass and inlaid with a Swarovski crystal, while the charm is made with 925 sterling sil...
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Experience Your Own Newtype Flash with a Flexatone

Most of us probably can't sense the presence of a nearby Newtype, but it doesn't mean we can't pretend. Gundam fans are probably familiar with this sound effect: It's the sound that accompanies the so-called "Gundam Flash," when Newtypes pick up on the presence of another Newtype. Or even a delicious bowl of Nissin instant ramen: That sound, though, which sounds like a mix between bells, a slide ...
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Snow Miku Brings Windfall to Hokkaido

Festival, merchandise, a car, a museum and more Crypton Future Media, the company behind Hatsune Miku, is based in Sapporo, the largest city on Japan's snowy northern island Hokkaido. Sapporo is known for its annual Snow Festival, which brings visitors from around Japan and the world to celebrate the season with ice sculptures and winter-themed events. Crypton contributes by promoting "Snow Miku,"...
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Stay Hydrated with Attack on Titan Water Coolers

Drinking more water is one of those New Year's resolutions that everyone seems to have, but always falls by the wayside. With a cool enough water cooler, though, that might just change things. After all, who wouldn't want to visit sexy armchair Levi every hour for some more water? Japanese water cooler manufacturer Aqua Clara is producing Attack on Titan-themed "Hydration Corps" water coolers, wh...
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Enjoy A Cold Beverage with Wooden Dragon Ball Z Mugs

If ever there was a perfect way to combine Dragon Ball Z and beer, it might be with these wooden mugs, made by Urakita and designed to look like sake barrels. The mugs come in two sizes: 380 mL (4,800 yen [about US$40.50]) and 1 L (7,800 yen [about US$65.79]), and are constructed from Japanese-grown cedar and sealed with a durable food-grade coating. The bottom of the mugs also feature Dragon Bal...
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New Smartphone Game Lets You Date Super Moe Million-Year-Old Grannies

Just when you think you've seen it all, another smartphone game comes out that leaves you scratching your head. Developed by Yamabus and hamon, Junai Baba Gakuen Tenkosei wa Hyakuman-sai (Pure Love Hag Academy - The Transfer Student is One Million Years Old) introduces you to a lovely cast of very, very old ladies who are ready for your high school love. Characters include a million-year-old tran...
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New Sailor Moon Figures Include Sailor Pluto S.H.Figuarts, Sailor Moon Crystal

Bandai had plenty of figures on display at Wonder Festival, including several from Sailor Moon. Amongst them was a prototype of Sailor Pluto from the S.H.Figuarts line. If you need more reasons to pull out your wallet, Bandai also had several other new S.H.Figuarts on display, including Super Sailor Moon, Sailor V, and delightfully enough, Zoisite dressed as Sailor Moon from episode 33 of the ori...
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More Than One Person Has Tried Recreating Street Fighter II's Car-Destroying Bonus Stage in Real Life

A video posted back in November has been making the rounds again, featuring a man who calls himself "Paul 'The Kicking Machine' Wordsworth" dressed as Street Fighter II's Ryu and re-enacting the bonus car stage that pops up during arcade mode where the player gets to smash up a car. It's difficult to tell how comedic it's intended to be, but even if the answer is, "not at all," it's hard not to c...
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First New Artbook from Kino's Journey's Kouhaku Kuroboshi in 12 Years

Art exhibitions also planned ― It's been 15 years since the publication of the first volume in Keiichi's Sigsawa's light novel series Kino's Journey. To commemorate the occasion, Dengeki Bunko will publish two new artbooks by Kino's Journey illustrator Kouhaku Kuroboshi, Kuroboshi Kouhaku Gashuu noir and Kuroboshi Kouhaku Gashuu rouge. The artbooks will be published on April 10 and June 10, respecti...
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NHK World's Sports Japan Spotlights Long-time Karuta Queen

The English-language NHK World is highlighting competitive karuta again on this week's episode of Sports Japan, this time with a spotlight on a player who's held the title of Queen for 10 years from the age of 15. The sport may be familiar to fans of the 2011 anime, Chihayafuru, which followed a group of high school students competing in karuta. The program will also feature an appearance from gu...

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