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Bandai's "Tower of the Sun" Transforming Robot Gets An Even More Epic Video

Bandai's bizarre, yet strangely cool, transforming robot toy of Osaka's "Tower of the Sun" monument already had a pretty epic video to go along with it, complete with lasers and a rousing orchestral score, but somehow it's gotten even more epic and ridiculous. The ads are definitely doing their jobs, because it's making us want to buy one. This transforming monument stands at approximately 288 mm ...
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Hidamari Sketch's Aoki Draws Kill la Kill's Ryūko

Hidamari Sketch mangaka and Madoka Magica character designer Ume Aoki Tweeted an illustration she drew of Kill la Kill's Ryūko Matoi, and it's every ounce as awesome and adorable as you'd expect. 息抜きらくがき。りゅーこちゃーん! pic.twitter.com/4FIGfT5w0G— aokiume (@umeaoki) September 2, 2014 Check out Aoki's other Tweets and illustrations at @umeaoki. In addition to amazing artwork, Aoki has a great sense of hu...
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Daily Cosplay - Dramatical Murder's Shiroba

Character: Aoba Seragaki (Shiroba version) Series/Movie: Dramatical Murder Cosplayer: Shiki Photographer: Shutter Crazy Photos (Facebook) We asked photographer Leanne, "What's your camera setup of choice?" "I just started shooting with a Canon EOS 70D this year, and it's not disappointing me in the least. My lenses of choice currently are my new 17-55mm f2.8 lens, and a 18-135 f3.5-5.6 kit lens. I...
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Clean Up With A One Piece Tony Tony Chopper Vaccuum Robot

Cleaning can be a real drag, but not with this adorable pink and black Tony Tony Chopper vaccuuming robot, made to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the One Piece anime. The vaccuum comes with a charging stand, and can be set to vaccuum using three different paths. It also has sensors, which prevent it from tumbling down stairs, and features a low height, allowing it to get to hard-to-reach surf...
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Daily Cosplay - Sengoku Basara's Keiji

Character: Keiji Maeda Series/Movie: Sengoku Basara Cosplayer: Rae Photographer: Shutter Crazy Photos (Facebook) We asked photographer Leanne, "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "Ever since my first Anime Convention in 2005, I've enjoyed seeing cosplayers. I took pictures at cons but never had arranged photoshoots. In 2011 I used the cons local forum to arrange cosplay shoots becau...
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Photo Feature: Space Brothers Exhibition in Kyoto

The Museum of Kyoto is hosting an exhibition for Chuya Koyama's Space Brothers franchise until September 23. The exhibit, which takes up two floors of the museum, features more than 200 pieces of original art from the manga as well as story summaries, anime storyboards, information about JAXA and space exploration, models of spacecraft, and of course, a very large inflatable Apo. ANN had a chance ...
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Funimation Challenges Other US Distributors To Participate in Ice Bucket Challenge

Funimation participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a couple of days ago, as nominated by voice actor Todd Haberkorn. The challenge raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The company has nominated their friends at Viz Media, Aniplex of America, Sentai Filmworks, and Crunchyroll to take part in the challenge. Those interested in making a monetary donation can check out the AL...
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Daily Cosplay - Avatar: The Last Airbender's Prince Zuko

Character: Prince Zuko Series/Movie: Avatar: The Last Airbender Cosplayer: Puppetsfalls Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "What tips can you offer those getting into cosplay photography to get the shots they want?" "The best networking will be at conventions. When you go to conventions, bring cards with your contact information on them and pass them out. When photographi...
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Mangetsu Man Reminds Tokyoites to Pick Up Their Trash

Disguised superhero maintains historic Tokyo bridge ― Look! In the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... a full moon? Mangetsu ("Full Moon") Man is the latest superhero to hit Tokyo's streets, but he's not here to fight crime. No, he fights grime. Armed with only a trusty broom, a dust pan and some trash bags, he sweeps away rubbish and campaigns against littering on his website. He seems particula...
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Daily Cosplay - Beauty and the Beast's Belle

Character: Belle Series/Movie: Beauty and the Beast Cosplayer: Puppetsfalls Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "What tips can you offer cosplayers to get the shots that they want?" "Communication – let photographers know something about the character, especially if he or she has no idea what the cosplay is based on. Be aggressive - get in the photographers faces and let t...
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Paramount Pictures Project Asks Artists to Reimagine Ninja Turtles As Kappa

Paramount Pictures has asked artists from all over the world to contribute to its Legend of the Yokai project, which features the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as inspired by kappa, water-dwelling yokai often found in Japanese folklore. Here's the copy describing the project: Long before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captured the hearts of people around the world, there were the Kappa Yokai, myt...
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Gundam's Tomino Thinks Young Voice Actors All Sound the Same

Yoshiyuki Tomino, the opinionated creator of the Gundam franchise recently lamented the state of anime's voice acting industry in the September issue of Bandai Visual's Beat Magazine. Fresh from casting his upcoming Gundam Reconguista in G anime television series, Tomino said, "All of the young voice actors had been contaminated by currently trendy anime. All of their voices sounded the same to me...
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Hinata Tops Weekly Shonen Jump's Haikyu!! Character Poll

This year's 40th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced the winners in the latest Haikyu!! character poll. Despite his short stature, Karasuno's Shoyo Hinata topped the results with 12,720 votes. Both Hinata and Sugawara dethroned "King" Kageyama, who was voted #1 in the magazine's previous poll. Here's the full results: Shoyo Hinata -12,720 votes Kōshi Sugawara - 11,254 votes T...
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While Hello Kitty Isn't A Cat, She's Isn't Not A Cat, Either

With all of the commotion flitting around regarding Hello Kitty—or rather, Kitty White's identity, we're glad plenty of folks have been chasing down Sanrio for some clarification. While Sanrio does insist that Kitty is a little girl, and definitely not a cat, she's at least not a human little girl. Or really, any particular type of little girl. She's simply an anthropomorphization or personif...
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Daily Cosplay - Rise of the Guardians' Tooth Fairy

Character: Tooth Fairy Series/Movie: Rise of the Guardians Cosplayer: Kyuu Vixen Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "Everyone has a "dream shoot." If you could go anywhere in the world, with any character ever imagined, what would your dream shoot be?" "I'd like to go back to Paris and then back to Ireland for a week or two each. Both places would make such amazing backdr...
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All-Stars Disney CD Features Voice Actor "Princes"

Compilation CD scheduled for November release ― Since February 2012, the Koe-no Ouji-sama ("Princes of Voice") CD series has featured classic Disney songs covered by notable Japanese male voice actors. Now, a fourth CD will be released compiling the best of the series along with a new piece by a new voice actor. Disney Koe-no Ouji-sama All-Stars is slated to include the following songs: "Chim Chim Ch...
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Osamu Tezuka's Hello Kitty Drawing Isn't So Cute

Pioneering creator Osamu Tezuka's (Mighty Atom/Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor/Kimba the White Lion, Phoenix) daughter Rumiko Tezuka tweeted a unique image by her father that hasn't seen the light of day since 1976 until it was reprinted in the Hello Kitty 30th Anniversary Memorial Book in Japan in 2005. The well-known mascot company Sanrio published the short-lived Lyrica shojo magazine in the 70s, whi...
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Zelda and Animal Crossing Race Into Mario Kart 8 As DLCs

Hot on the heels of Mario Kart 8's collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, Nintendo has announced that players can now preorder two more DLC expansion packs, which will include Zelda and Animal Crossing characters and maps. Each expansion pack will include four vehicles and eight courses. The Zelda pack will introduce Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach; while the Animal Crossing pack will introduce Dry ...
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Sanrio Reveals That Hello Kitty is Not a Cat

The world famous ambassador of cuteness is actually a little girl ― This year marks the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty fulfilling a mission of warming hearts all over the world. But while everyone may be celebrating this momentous birthday party, it seems that there are a few misunderstandings that need to be clarified. After 40 years of childrens toys, accessories, anime, and more, Sanrio has clear...
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Daily Cosplay - Batman's Harley Quinn

Character: Harley Quinn Series: Batman and others Cosplayer: Killing Joke Cosplay Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "Do you cosplay yourself? If so, what's been your favorite character to cosplay? "The closest to cosplaying I've been was wearing my Doctor Who 17 plus foot-long scarf. Ever since I was younger I wanted a scarf that looked like the 4th Doctor's, so one day ...
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Latest Boys-Love Pose Reference Book is Sure to Induce Nosebleeds

Everyone is familiar with those How to Draw Manga reference books that are supposed to teach posing, aesthetic, and the overall basics for drawing in the general manga art style. In Japan there's a whole series of books using human models, a sort of printed version of live-drawing sessions. They're definitely not photo books created under the guise of art reference to titillate readers. Even when ...
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Hello Kitty Cosplays As Characters From Hana to Yume Magazine

Hello Kitty isn't the only big name turning 40 this year—Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine is also turning 40. To celebrate the double-birthday, Issue 18 of the magazine featured a 40-page furoku (extra) featuring Hello Kitty cosplaying as various characters from the series featured in the magazine. Featured series include Mizuho Kusanagi's Akatsuki no Yona: Tachibana Higuchi's Anne no Magom...
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Kodansha Seeks Fan Art From Around the World For Publication in Japan's Fairy Tail 46

Kodansha is reaching out to international fan artists for art pieces to include in volume 46 of the Fairy Tail manga, which means your artwork could be read be published in a Japanese graphic novel. The graphic novel, which will be released in Japan in November and in English a few weeks later in eBook format, will contain two full spreads from around the world, hand-picked by Hiro Mashima with ad...
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Life-Size Haikyuu Wall Scrolls Make You Part of the Team

Depict actual height of the members of the Karasuno volleyball team. ― Ever want to get in on all of the hard-hitting shonen volleyball action of Haikyu!!? Well, while transferring to Karasuno High School might not be the most feasible of plans, thanks to anime toy and collectable manufacturers at Ensky, you can spend time with your favorite members of the Karasuno volleyball team in any room of your...
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Daily Cosplay - Corpse Bride's Victor and Emily

Character: Victor Van Dort and Emily Series: Corpse Bride Cosplayer: 23rd Day Cosplay Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "Even though I was more of a tourist when I was there, without a doubt it's Ireland. The country is magical, like walking into a fairytale. As soon as I arrived in Ireland, I f...
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Nearly 4,000 Fans Rank the Top Monogatari Characters

NisiOisin's Monogatari series of light novels has spawned 61 episodes and one planned film so far. The book series is supposed to end next month, so what better time than now to ask fans about their favorite character? Akiba Souken held a poll from July 30 to August 20 to find out. Here's what 3,806 fans had to say. Top 20 Monogatari Characters Rank Character Votes 1 Shinobu Oshino 458 2 Hitagi Se...
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Fox's Animation Domination HD Pays Tribute to Ghibli With New Video

While Fox's Animation Domination High-Def has a long history of skewering anime properties and tropes, like this battle between Naruto and Sasuke, the ultimate anime hero, and super-powered schoolgirls, it's all out of love. And now, in response to Studio Ghibli's announcement that it may dismantle its production department, ADHD has posted a tribute video called "Goodbye, Ghibli." You can check o...
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Get Your Kicks With New Haikyu!! Sneakers

Haikyu!! fans who were intrigued by the Karasuno High School-inspired sneakers from 2PMWorks can now also show their support for the Aoba Josai High School and Nekoma High School teams as well. The sneakers, made in collaboration with UBIQ, are color coordinated to match the school's team uniforms, and also carry the volleyball teams' crests on the side. The shoes themselves are canvas, with rubbe...
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Papercraft Totoro House is a Labor of Love

House has 1,800 individually cut tiles lining the roof alone. ― When someone has true love for a fandom, it makes them want to do amazing things for it. Niconico Douga user Kurosuke may have just proven himself to be the biggest Studio Ghibli fan on the face of the planet. After two and a half full years of working on his personal project, Kurosuke has posted a video production log of his handmade pa...
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Augment Your Gundam Collection with M'Quve's Vase

Ornate pot crafted in Song style ― Are your shelves full of Gundams? Want a new way to indulge your appreciation for the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime series? If so, Bandai has an offer for you: M'Quve's vase. The vase may serve mainly as a device to flesh out M'Quve's aristocratic personality, but it also features in a significant scene in the series and is well-remembered by Gundam fans. Accord...
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Daily Cosplay - League of Legends' Annie

Character: Annie Series: League of Legends Cosplayer: Tehray Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "What's your camera setup of choice?" "My Canon 5D markIII, with its ‘L’ lenses, is such an amazing camera. The 5D really gives me so much flexibility without any stress. Even though I started with a 35mm Nikon film camera, I'm such a Canon supporter now. I also really like to ...
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Prince of Tennis Serves Up Some Justice

Prince of Tennis collaborates with Chiba Police Force to help boost . ― 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of Takeshi Konomi's The Prince of Tennis. While the original manga may have ended back in 2008, Ryoma Echizen still remains one of the most popular shonen protagonists in recent times. And while his tennis career may still be his passion, it seems as though Ryoma will be putting in a bit of his tim...
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Hatsune Miku Shares the New Miku Expo LA & NY Theme Song with the World

A new theme song for "Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in Los Angeles & New York" has been released, and it's pretty catchy. Titled "Share the World," the song is in English, and features music and lyrics by BIGHEAD. The LA stop will feature two live concerts at the Nokia Theatre on October 11 and 12, while the New York City stop will feature two concerts at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 17 and 18. Ne...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Creator Araki Takes Part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" is still making it way across Japan, and over the weekend, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki also took part in the campaign to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). For anyone interested in making a charitable donation, please check out the ALS Association website. [Via Shonen Jump Twitter]
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Daily Cosplay - The Legend of Korra's Toph Beifong

Character: Toph Beifong Series: The Legend of Korra Cosplayer: Kyuu Vixen Photographer: Colin Kelly We asked photographer Colin Kelly, "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "To be precise, I first started taking photos of cosplayers on April 20, 2013. I was thinking about going to Starfest but wasn't sure until I talked about it with a model I had previously shot. At the time, I had n...
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This Month's Ichiban Kuji Has Insufficient Direction

Sketches, signed DVDs, memo pads, and more ― Ichiban Kuji, the Japanese lottery that features anime-themed prizes, is offering prizes this month related to Insufficient Direction, a manga by Moyoco Anno, Hideaki Anno's wife. This week's prize is a calendar for the months of September to November. It features scenes from Rompers and Kantoku-kun's bizarre life. The prize expires on August 24. Next week...
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Fuji TV Finally Starts Promoting Odaiba New World in English

Fuji TV's Odaiba New World is hoping to lure in more English-speaking tourists this summer, with new English-language promo videos and web info. In contrast, previous year's promo videos were not narrated, and were only scantily subtitled. It seems they should've planned this a little sooner, though—the summer event is only open until August 31, so Tokyo-bound visitors interested in checking ...
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Encouragement of Climb Encourages Fans to Climb with Custom Hiking Outfits

Dress up like anime's cast ― If the 2013 anime Yama no Susume has piqued an interest in hoofing it up jagged mountain peaks, Ishii Sports Group is here for you. The Japanese sporting gear firm announced on August 20 that it is developing a line of hiking gear based on the looks sported by the girls of the anime. The exact details haven't been confirmed yet, and it will take some time — one item ...
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EVA Air Discontinues Hello Kitty Flights to Los Angeles

If you've been wanting to fly on the Hello Kitty jetliner, your trans-Pacific options will dry up as of October 27. EVA Air, which operates a small fleet of Hello Kitty airplanes, has announced that they will be discontinuing their LAX-Taipei Hello Kitty jet service. The route was introduced just last September, with a maiden voyage that even included X Japan rockstar Yoshiki. Hello Kitty fans wil...
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Yuruyuri's Namori Draws Fanart of Sailor Chibi Moon

Namori, the creator of the slice-of-life comedy manga Yuruyuri, is known for her cute character designs and innocent, wide-eyed depictions of young girls. She recently posted an illustration on her Pixiv account of Sailor Chibi Moon: Those interested in checking out more of her illustrations can check our her website or follow her on Twitter, where she also occasionally posts other fanart. [Via Ni...
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Hello Kitty Crossplays for Koei's Neo-Romance Game Event

Sanrio's queen of crossovers has some special keychains for Koei's Kiniro no Corda Seisō Gakuinsai 4 (La Corda d'Oro Seiso School Festival 4) event. Hello Kitty is donning a wig and boys' uniform to crossplay as Len Tsukimori and Ryotarou Tsuchiura from the La Corda d'Oro girls' romance games and anime series. The bow is a bit of a giveaway though. Attendees can get both for about US$7. Hello Kitt...
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Get Cozy Beneath The Covers With Uta-Pri Sheets

Body pillows are nice for those cold, lonely nights, but sometimes you just want to get a little closer to your favorite characters. With these Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% sheets, featuring Cecil and Camus, you can literally throw yourself on top of them, and cozy up for a good night's sleep. Each sheet is made from polyester suede and measures 2400 x 1500mm, or about 94.5 x 59 inches, ju...
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Tokyo's Kanto Area Crowns Its Hottest High School Boy

Pretty boys aren't just for anime and video games. Thousands of Kantō region boys vied for the chance to call themselves the hottest high school boy in the area, in a contest that feels like a manga set-up. The first and second place winners of the 2nd "Kantō High School Mr. Contest 2014" for the Uniform High School Festival 2014 event were chosen on Sunday. From 1,000 applicants, seven finalists ...
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Show Your Super Sonico Love With A 40-cm Figure

Super Sonico fans not content to just rest their weary wrists on her ample bosoms, or model her bikini, can add this statue to their figure collection. Measuring in at 41 cm (about 16 in), this bikini-wearing, food-eating Sonico figure from X Plus retails for 16,200 yen (about US$160). It's expected to ship on September 30. It may not be as big as the 1/2-scale figure by A-TOYS, but it's at least ...
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Male Gymnasts Don't Need Maneuver Gear to Fly High in Attack on Titan Routine

Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School's men's rhythmic gymnastics team put on an inspiring performance at this year's interscholastic athletic competition. The guys performed a pretty funny routine to a medley of music, including part of Linked Horizon's "Guren no Yumiya," the first opening to Attack on Titan. "Guren no Yumiya" has been immensely popular. It ranked #2 in karaoke anime songs since last ye...
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Decepticon Maserati Driver Heading to Court

Anime News Network got in touch with the driver of the modified Maserati this week for details on the ongoing saga that's landing him a date in Quincy District Court. The driver, who asked to remain anonymous, regularly changes the color of the US$99,698 car with plasti dip. The Decepticon plasti dip was just the latest in his monthly car make-overs this summer. He also told ANN that while he most...
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Space Brothers, AKB48 Founder, Others Take the "Ice Bucket Challenge"

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has been sweeping across the Internet, and it seems as though Japan is not immune to its viral, charitable charms. The challenge, which involves dumping a bucket of ice water over the participant's head, is meant to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more colloquially known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The participants then nominate others to join them i...
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Akihabara Fans Vote For Favorite Silver-Haired Heroine

Another street poll, another hair-color! The pedestrians of Akihabara have once again been asked to rank their favorite anime girls, this time with the focus on silver-haired heroines. Apparently, stereotypes for silver-haired characters are generally positive, with pollers using descriptors like "high-spec," "smarter," and "overwhelmingly pretty," although they were also described as "usually fla...
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JAPIC Offering 2 Month Stay in Tokyo for International Animators

The Japan Image Council (JAPIC) is accepting applications for its A-AIR Tokyo 2015 (Animation Artists in Residence Tokyo 2015) program. Three lucky artists from around the world will get to stay in Tokyo for 70 days between January 7 and March 17, 2015. Winners will have their travel expenses and rental accommodations paid while receiving a living allowance and expert assistance. Winners will also...
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Rock Out With Color-Coordinated Uta-Pri Nail Polish

Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% is all about the glamor and the stage presence, and now fans can support their favorite boy band with officially-branded nail polish. Considering all the color-coordinated merchandise that's already out there, like these costume pouches, ribbon charms, and more, it's kind of surprising that it's taken the licensors this long to come up with nail polish, but now...
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Fan-Ensemble Pays Tribute To Sailor Moon With Symphony Concert in New York

iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra, a chamber ensemble that puts together anime, cartoon, and video game-inspired medlies every month, is paying tribute to Sailor Moon with a concert it's calling "Sailor Moon Symphony: SeraSymphony Live!" The fan-created arrangement, courtesty of Artistic Director Bobbie Lee Crow III, will feature themes and background music from all five seasons of the original Sail...
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Character Breads Puts the "Pan" In Lupin III

Grab a piece of this new collaboration while you're on the run ― They say that man cannot live on bread alone. Still, that doesn't mean that man does not need bread at all, and considering the amount of running that Arsene Lupin III and his dream team of thievery put in on any given day, proper nutrition is a pretty important factor. To make sure that each member of Lupin's band of crooks gets someth...
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Weta Workshop Shows Off Its Godzilla Concept Art

Weta Workshop, the special-effects studio behind Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, released some concept art from its work on Gareth Edwards' Godzilla film. The studio's Christian Pearce and Andrew Baker both worked on 2D and 3D design elements of the titular monster. A hardback artbook was released to coincide with the live-action film. The 156-page Godzilla: The Art...
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Man With A Decepticon Maserati Pulled Over For Impersonating Police

A Massachusetts man may find himself appearing in front of Quincy District Court after his modified Maserati landed him in hot water with law enforcement. The unnamed owner of the vehicle modified the US$99,698 car to resemble Barricade from Michael Bay's 2007 Transformers film. While we doubt the car had the same transforming abilities to pose a threat to Shia Labeouf and the Massachusetts populo...
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Mini Nyanko-Sensei Steals Food From Tiny Spoons in Natsume's Book of Friends Accessories

Miniature figures of office ladies, magical girls, Sailor Scouts, and others perched carefully atop glasses and mugs have been popular for some time now, but Natsume's Book of Friends has found a way to make this trend even cuter. Starting August 21, select arcades across Japan will offer these adorable keychains featuring a tiny Nyanko-sensei peering over little spoons. Best of all, the Nyankos c...
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Pizza Hut Japan Launches Their Pizza Cat Campaign, With Lots of Cat Videos

Pizza Hut Japan has opened a website for Pizza Cat, a new campaign that features two things that are universally beloved—pizza and cats. Sadly, they bear no resemblance to the Samurai Pizza Cats, and it looks like they'd rather nap than fight bad guys, but they're at least pretty adorable. If you need to waste some time at work today, the Pizza Cat website is full of cat videos, including vid...
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"No More" Piracy Mascots Get Lottery Prizes

Celebrate an end to movie piracy with Ichiban Kuji ― The anime and movie industry are often prone to piracy. Whether it be for the sake of posting online or reselling, many films have been illegally recorded by individuals pretending to be loyal customers. It was for this sake that the anti-piracy mascots Camera Man and Patrol Lamp Man were created for the "No More Movie Theft" campaign. This month, ...
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Introducing Clearasil's New Mascot: Kagerou Project's Momo Kisaragi

Animated Momo appears in Tokyo promotional event ― Clearasil, a brand of skincare products owned by Reckitt Benckiser, unveiled a new Japanese mascot: Momo Kisaragi, the peppy idol of Kagerou Project. She appeared in animated form at an event in Tokyo on August 15 formally designating her Clearasil's new "image character." Momo claims to have been "very surprised" at her selection. "I also heard abou...
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Chubby Chocobo Plush Is As Round As He Is Adorable

The slim, sleek Chocobo that populate the Final Fantasy world may be much better for covering long distances and racing, but as far as cuddling goes, Fat Chocobo might take the cake. Luckily, for those who have been anxiously awaiting the chance to snuggle up next to a chubby bird, Square Enix's Fat Chocobo plush is officially up for pre-order from a variety of retailers. The plush measures 270 mm...
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Mandarake Shoplifter Finally Turns Himself In

The Mandarake shoplifting saga that has kept Japanese netizens on the hook since August 4 has finally drawn to a close. A man from Chiba Prefecture turned himself in on August 18, and is currently under arrest on suspicion of theft. The incident grabbed the attention of the public when Mandarake threatened to publish a photo of an alleged shoplifter on their website, as captured by security camera...
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Locodol Anime Hosts Uogokoro-kun Dance Contest

Grand prize winners to dance on stage with the cast of Locodol ― Ever wonder what it would be like to get your five seconds of fame? Got the skills to be a great pop idol, but just haven't found a way to make your debut? Well, the producers of Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita have come up with a fun and interactive way to begin your career as an idol with the "Everybody Dance, Everybody Sing,...
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35-Year Gundam Saga Projected Onto Life-Size Gundam Statue

Naked Inc. is screening a 3-D projection mapping show onto the life-size Gundam statue in Tokyo's Odaiba district. Called "Tokyo Gundam Project 2014: Gundam Projection Mapping G-Party35'RISE!'," it depicts the many different mobile suits that have starred in the various incarnations of the Mobile Suit Gundam series over the years in honor of its 35th anniversary. It will use imagery, light, and a ...
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Photo Feature: Comiket 86 Cosplay Gallery - Day 2

Pokemon, No Game, No Life, the Sailor Fuku Ojisan Hideaki Kobayashi himself, and... Hayao Miyazaki? ― Comic Market 86 continues, and once again, a large amount of people lugged themselves over to the Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake through the blazing heat and the threat of rain. Here's a look at day two of Comiket 86: An ad for the new light novel label by Shueisha. A look at the crowd near the entrance o...
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Comiket x Red Cross Blood Drive Expands To 41 Prefectures

The Red Cross has a long history of collaborating with anime companies for their blood drives. In the past, they've collaborated with Girls und Panzer, Naruto, Blood-C, and more, each time giving away special souvenir cards or posters. They also have a history of teaming up with the biannual Comiket, trading fans A1-sized posters in exchange for at least 400 mL of blood. This year, the Red Cross h...
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Hello Kitty Is Watching Over Us From Space

Move over, Space Brothers; there's a new anime ambassador in space, and it's none other than Sanrio's Hello Kitty. She's onboard the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite, a small trash can-sized craft developed by Japanese researchers as part of a $40 million project to encourage private enterprises to work with satellites. The project developers chose to work with Sanrio as their first private partner, thinking...
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Rooster Teeth's RWBY Heads To Japan

Rooster Teeth's anime-style RWBY is heading to Japan. The web series, which follows four girls with unique weapons and powers who are training to hunt supernatural "Creatures of Grimm," was licensed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan for distribution and merchandising in Japan. Said Rooster Teeth CEO Matt Hullman, "This is the first time any American-made anime has been marketed to Japan... ...
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Japanese Job Recruitment Website Uses Sailor Moon Song Parody for TV Spot

Sailor Moon is all about transformation, but sometimes being a magical girl just isn't in the cards. Women's job recruitment website Toraba-yu wants gals to know that there are other ways to change, too, and sometimes it just involves getting a new job. Their new ad features actress and model Tsubasa Honda, singing a parody version of Sailor Moon's "Moonlight Legend." At the end, she yells, "Tensh...
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Photo Feature: Comiket 86 Cosplay Gallery - Day 1

Vocaloid, The Idolm@ster, Hanayamata, more ― Comic Market 86 has begun! Once again, thousands of people go to the Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake to buy dojinshi, official goods, and also to cosplay. Here's a look at the first day of summer Comiket, 2014: Two different versions of Hatsune Miku. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Anzu Futaba, Shōko Hoshi, and Ranko Kanzaki from The Idolm@ster Cinde...
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Comiket 86 Merchandise Super Guide!

― Comiket 86 will invade Tokyo Big Sight August 15-17 with dojin circles and established merchandisers alike putting out exclusive goods. If you plan to be at the event, we've put together a merchandise list organized by series and with booth information so you can make sure to get those rare items. Check out the official English Comiket site here and register for a catalog. Aldnoah.Zero Aniplex Bo...
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New Nagisa Figure Takes a Ride on Iwatobi-Chan

Groove Garage's CharaRIDE, a character line that depicts anime characters riding other anime characters, paired Iwatobi Swim Club's stone-faced mascot with the always energetic Nagisa. The six centimeter tall figure depicts a happy Nagisa in his swimsuit riding on the back of Iwatobi-chan. The cute figure costs 2,000 yen (about US$20). Pre-orders opened on Tuesday and the figure is expected to sh...
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Felt Crafting Gets Bonus Cute Points With Natsume's Book of Friend's Nyanko-Sensei

If you've spent enough time loitering around Etsy or Pinterest, you might already know of the ludicrously adorable world of needle felting, and people's propensities for adorable needle-felted animal crafts. (A cursory search on Etsy also turns up felt Pokemon and Ghibli critters.) For those just plunging into the world of felt crafting, though, there are plenty of books and kits out there that ca...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun is Having a Soccer Showdown with Girls und Panzer

Sometimes sporting events are much more exciting when there are important things at stake. Such as, your favorite anime series. That's why it's so noteworthy that on August 17, J. League Division 2 teams Tokyo Verdy and Mito Hollyhock will be going head to head in a match that's getting a lot of otaku buzz. Both teams are collaborating with anime properties—Hollyhock with Girls und Panzer, an...
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Japanese Pork Gets Bishonen-Laden Online Manga

There are two lines of thought in for merchandising in Japan: stick a cute girl on it or stick a pretty boy on it. Japan's Silky Pork has settled on the latter to sell more pounds of meat. The company created a tie-in online manga titled Four Men of Pigs: The Silky Porco Story starring, as the name implies, four gorgeous men involved in pig farming. Rocket News translated the story synopsis: The ...
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Banpresto Shows Off Sword Art Online II Lottery Prize Figure Prototypes

Preliminary list for other prizes also revealed ― As Kirito knows, the secret to being able to properly play any good game is to understand how it works and study it. Luckily, for anybody who wanted to take part in it, this can even apply to taking part in the latest Ichiban Kuji lottery for Sword Art Online II. Though the lottery itself will not be launched until the early part of November, Banprest...
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Own a 20-Piece Sailor Moon Pin & Charm Collection

Also: ballpoint pens ― The 20th anniversary celebrations for the Sailor Moon franchise continue! Now Premium Bandai is offering a 20-piece set of Sailor Moon-themed pins and charms. The collection includes five accessories from the original two series (Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon R), ten from Sailor Moon S (five are Sailor Moon's, five are Chibiusa's), and five from Sailor Moon SuperS. Here are all t...
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Break Out Of Your Shell With Bandai's Launching Turtle Toys

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is raking it in at the box office, but they're not the only turtles worth checking out. If you've been keeping an eye on Bandai's capsule toy offerings, you may have seen... these. No, they're not frogs. They're actually photorealistic turtles that dream of "coming out of their shells" and realizing their dreams as flying heroes. They even have a theme song: The line-u...
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New Bakumatsu Rock Character Revealed During Akihabara Cafe Event

Exclusive Bakumatsu Rock goods to be presented to customers of Autumn Leaf. ― When fighting for justice and freedom in an alternate universe in which the government uses music to brainwash its citizens, your average rockstar superhero may get a little hungry. It is for the purpose of satisfying both your soul and your stomach that the Akihabara based cafe Autumn Leaf is teaming up with Bakumatsu Rock...
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Yokohama's Pikachu Invasion Is Teaching Us There's No Such Thing As Too Many Pikachus

Yokohama's Pikachu invasion is well underway, and frankly, we're absolutely crushed that we're not there. But maybe it's a good thing, because we'd never want to leave. Luckily, we found a halfway decent compromise—living vicariously through social media. @masaya_0511 これは可哀想(´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ω°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥')笑 ほんとにピカチュウ大量発生チュウでした! pic.twitter.com/5HSv6VBEMW— ほのか (@hooono84) August 13, 2014 ピカチュウ大量発生チュウって...
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Keep Your Clow Cards in the Official Cardcaptor Sakura Pouch

Add a little bit of magic to your fashion sense with these Cardcaptor Sakura accessories. ― One of the things that made Sakura Kinomoto perfect for the job of Cardcaptor was her unique sense of fashion. With different costumes designed by Tomoyo for every adventure, she always managed to get the job done in style. Now you can carry a piece of that adorable fashion with you everywhere you go. Thanks t...
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Hatsune Miku Teams Up With Tokidoki For Limited Edition Merch Coming This Fall

Italian lifestyle brand Tokidoki is teaming up with virtual popstar Hatsune Miku and her Vocaloid friends with a lineup of limited edition merchandise that will be released starting Fall 2014 and throughout 2015. Although no details have been announced yet, the company released a sneak peek of what fans could expect the designs to look like. Source: Tokidoki blog
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Japanese Mobile Carrier's Comiket Plans Include A Terrifying Yowapeda Midousuji Truck

In a continued promotional blitz for Au by KDDI's new Anime Pass subscription service, the company will be attending Comiket 86 armed with Yowamushi Pedal goodies and photo opportunities. Amongst them is a cell signal-boosting truck that features not only a special Yowamushi Pedal vehicle wrap, but also the intensely frightening face of Kyoto Fushimi's Midousuji Akira. On hand at the Anime Pass bo...
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Retailer Is Asked By Police To Not Post Photo of Accused Shoplifter

Anime retail giant Mandarake is trending in Japan right now, but it's not because of any hot sales or new merchandise. Last night was the fated deadline for the ultimatum issued by the store, asking an accused shoplifter return a 250,000 yen (about US$2,448) wind-up Tetsujin 28-go toy that was allegedly stolen on August 4, or else have his photo revealed online. As of closing time on August 12, no...
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Tekken 7 Producer Wants Your Feedback On A New Middle Eastern Character

Pop culture isn't exactly known for its cultural sensitivity or its realistic depiction of different ethnicities, but Tekken 7 chief producer and game director Katsuhiro Harada is hoping to change that. He recently made a Facebook post seeking input from fans regarding plans for a new proposed Middle Eastern character. From the post: There will be “some” new characters that will be featured in the...
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Full Line-Up Revealed for Haikyu!! Kewpie Doll

Production I.G. the studio behind the volleyball anime Haikyu!!, teased fans last month with a sneak peek at Haikyu!! Kewpie dolls. Since then, more details have been released, and it looks like fans can pretty much recreate a whole volleyball match... provided they're okay with mixing and matching from a few teams. Fans can pre-order the whole set of 12 for 8,808 yen (about US$86.19) after tax. H...
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New Shoes Channel Fashion Sense of Detective Conan, Magic Kaito

Look smart with Conan-styled pumps and Kaitou Kid-styled booties ― Super Groupies, a Japanese fashion site that caters to anime and video game fans, is offering new shoes that channel the fashion sensibilities of Gosho Aoyama's two manga series, Case Closed and Magic Kaito. These pumps evoke Detective Conan's blue suit and bowtie combo. Their three-inch heels make for comfortable walking while mainta...
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Honda Shows Off a Knights of Sidonia-Style Motorcycle

Knights of Sidonia may be a story of spaceships and mecha, but Honda has created what might be the next best thing: a motorcycle inspired by the style of the mecha in the manga/anime. The bike, part of Honda's NM4-02 series, was on display at last weekend's Wonder Festival 2014, a convention devoted to garage kits held in the massive Makuhari Messe convention hall near Tokyo. It's called the "NM4-...
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Animal Boyfriend In-Game Campaigns Make It Easier For Beginners to Raise the Perfect Date

Beginners just getting into Ambition Co., Ltd.'s smartphone game Animal Boyfriend may find it a little daunting. After all, it's a game that already has over 1 million users in Japan, and is inexplicably about raising cute animals that can become human and be the ultimate boyfriend. Players must not only raise them, but also teach them well, so they grow up to become refined humans/boyfriends. Luc...
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Hello Kitty Shows Her NY Pride with Yankees Bobblehead

Hello Kitty enjoys a lot of things, like fighting superheroes, sipping mocktails at the beach, and professional wrestling, but she also really loves a good game of baseball. In fact, all year long, fans of Major League Baseball have been able to purchase all sorts of Hello Kitty-themed merchandise, like tote bags, laptop cases, pouches, plushes, and more. Dodgers and Giants fans were even able to ...
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Initial D's AE86 Swings By Shinjuku with Tofu to Promote New Movie

A promotional campaign for the upcoming Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening) movie kicked off in Shinjuku on—what else?—August 6 (8/6 refers to Takumi's legendary Toyota AE86 Trueno), inviting fans to gawk at an AE86 decorated to look exactly like the character's from the series, complete with the Fujiwara Tofu Shop logo. It's current...
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Console Wars Get Real With New Transformers Figures

Toymaker Takara Tomy took the previous console rivalry of Sega Genesis (known as Mega Drive in Japan) and Sony's PlayStation One and literally transformed it. The seemingly run-of-the-mill replicas are actually Transformers. The PSOne turns into the Autobot's leader Optimus Prime while the Genesis turns into the Decepticon's Megatron. Both figures were on display at earlier this month at the Summ...
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A Writer Uncovered Yoshi's Long Lost Name And It's A Mouthful

Nintendo's Yoshi has a first name, and it's not Y-O-S-H-I. In fact, it doesn't even start with Y. It starts with a "T," although the jury's still out on what the T itself stands for. According to an official 1993 Nintendo character guide unearthed by Console Wars author Blake Harris, Yoshi's full name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas. Apparently, Mario isn't really human either—he belongs to a sp...
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Mabinogi MMORPG Brings Sword Art Online Event to N. America

Fans of Nexon's Mabinogi MMORPG won't need Nervegear to participate in their upcoming Sword Art Online event. Previously limited to just players in Korea, the crossover event will now be available to those across North America starting August 13. Events include "Dungeon Capture," (August 13 to September 9) which will require the cooperation of all the players to map out the dungeons of Mabinogi; "...
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Lady Gaga and Babymetal Idols Rock Out

The Japanese idol group Babymetal, the "hardcore" spin on Japanese idol culture, is opening for popular pop artist Lady Gaga at five different shows on her ArtRAVE tour across the United States. The three idols and Gaga rocked out together at the Phoenix, Arizona show on July 30 where Gaga watched Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-Metal), Moa Kikuchi (Moametal), and Yui Mizono (Yuimetal) during their set. She ...
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Heal Your Eyes With Hatsune Miku Eyedrops

Box is the gateway to your own personal Hatsune Miku concert. ― Hatsune Miku has done a lot of things for the eyes of her fans. She's given them a soothing and pure idol to look at, given them a taste of amazing 3D projection technology, and most of all, filled them with hope. But this time it looks like Miku is going to be taking a more direct approach to take care of their eyes. Introducing the lat...
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7-Eleven's Giant Evangelion Figures Sell Out in 2 Minutes

Looks like fans hoping to get their hands on the six-foot-tall Evangelion figures will have to leave it up to luck. 7-Eleven was selling a limited quantity of 25 giant Evangelion figures, in either 7-Eleven colors or standard, for 1,700,000 yen (about US$16,657). Undaunted by the price tag, fans bought them out in less than two minutes. Their mecha are expected to ship in about four months, in pi...
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Learn English With Assassination Classroom

Become a member of the "E as in English" Class ― Kunugigaoka Junior High School, and particularly Class 3-E's amazing artificial lifeform teacher Koro-sensei is known for his innovative and unique tactics of teaching his students. From making songs about math based off of anime opening themes, to moving at Mach 20 just to create "after image tutor copies," Koro-sensei will stop at nothing to make sur...