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Josh Nizzi's Godzilla Conceptual Art Shows Off Monsters

Godzilla is getting the glory lately from both sides of the pond. Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi are helming TOHO's upcoming monster flick and the giant lizard is also heading tourism for Tokyo's Shinjuku area. Over in the United States, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla film is being acknowledged critically and raked in enough dough to get it a sequel in 2018. Creating the revamped Godzilla for Hollywood...
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Anisong Singers, Hatsune Miku Rank in Olympic Opening Act Poll

The Olympic Games' opening ceremony has welcomed in competitors since the Greeks ran naked in 776 BC. While the athletes now wear uniforms, we've also replaced ritualistic animal sacrifices with elaborate stage shows and musical performances put on by the host country. Japan's enthusiasm for the 2020 Olympics is gearing up and citizens are casting their votes for which musical act should represent...
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Male Manga Readers Weigh in On Their Favorite Shojo Series

Popular boys-manga magazines like Shonen Jump have a much wider readership than their target demographic. Sports manga garners plenty of female readers with series like Haikyu!!, Yowamushi Pedal, and Kuroko's Basketball being recent examples. It should come as no surprise then that this phenomena also works in reverse. Male readers opened up about which shojo series are their favorites. The top ch...
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May The Fourth Takes Over Japan With Events, Merch, and More

Star Wars exhibition, real gold coins, and an Yahoo! takeover ― May the Fourth—a day dedicated to the Star Wars fandom— isn't restricted by borders. Sci-fi fans in Japan also showed their love for Han Solo and the gang at an exhibition in Tokyo while other companies took advantage of the holiday to appeal to franchise fans. The event also 'hijacked' the Yahoo! Japan app, displaying search results in ...
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New Monthly Pikachu Plush is Rain-Ready

As if he ever wasn't, Pikachu of Pokémon fame remains one of the most popular mascots in history. It's no wonder that many collectible trinkets are being released in his image. The third edition of the Monthly Pikachu Plush series is well-prepared for wet weather fashioned in a new Yellow Raincoat outfit—his pointy ears surprisingly snug within his hood—and holding an adorable little umbrella. Pri...
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Singer Kanon Wakeshima Draws Show By Rock's Cyan

Singer Kanon Wakeshima lists both drawing and painting and skills, ones she put to good use in a recent illustration of Show By Rock's cat-eared protagonist Shian "Cyan" Hijirikawa. Wakeshima is apparently a fan of the show, tweeting rubber character keychains she picked up. Wakeshima performed the theme songs for Vampire Knight, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Strike the Blood, Selector Infected W...
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'Best of Anime II' Commercial is Full of 90s Nostalgia

During the 1990s, Central Park Media's U.S. Manga Corps teamed up with media subscription service Columbia House to offer "grown-up" animation to fans with a credit card. The medium was, according to this throwback commercial, "taking the world by storm!" The mail service offered a selection of CPM's catalog on VHS and the commercial sometimes ran during Toonami's Midnight Run block and the Sci-Fi...
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Tomoyo Voice Actress & Friends Wish Clamp's Nanase Ohkawa a Happy Birthday

Voice actress Junko Iwao got some friends together, including jazz musician Ryū Kawamura to perform a classical rendition of "Happy Birthday" for CLAMP writer Nanase Ohkawa on Saturday. Ohkawa turned 48 years old. Iwao voiced Tomoyo Daidouji, Sakura's costume designing friend, in the Cardcaptor Sakura television anime adaptation. Ohkawa shared her own pictures of her quiet birthday dinner at home....
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Take a Peek Inside the Durarara!! Exhibition in Ikebukuro

The Durarara!!×2 Shō television series recently wrapped up while Durarara!!×2 Ten is gearing for its premiere in July. So what's a fan to do but head to the "Durarara!! STREEEEET!! Territory of Exhibition" event in Ikebukuro to check out the sights. The event is running from May 2-6 in Ikebukuro, May 15-17 and May 22-24 in Osaka. The exhibit includes interactive props, scenes, and artwork from the...
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High School Girls Continue Musical Experimentation in Dōjin Anime

This installment: shopping for vocal effects unit ― The Japanese musician Hikari Matsuda has used dōjin anime shorts to express her feelings about effects units. In the first installment, "High School Girls Shop for an Effects Unit", she introduced the characters Metako, an aspiring guitarist, and her friend Muffyu, who helps her shop for an effects unit to improve her guitar's sound quality. Since t...
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Two Robots to Join Together in Holy Matrimony

Frois and Roborin to marry in Tokyo restaurant ― Considering how advanced robotics science is getting in Japan, it would seem inevitable that eventually two robots would take the next step... and get married. Well, that's what two of Japan's iconic robots will do on June 27. The groom is Frois, a robot designed by Maywa Denki using mostly cheap household items — for instance, his head is a bucke...
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Yaoi Publisher Set to Release Katana-danshi Samurai Pose Book

Popular boys-love manga publisher Libre Publishing is looking to set rekijo hearts aflame with its Katana-danshi pose book. Literally translated to the familiar sounding "Sword Boys," the book features two men in various states of traditional dress (and undress) battling one another with katana. The book includes 120 images of the models in kimono, hakama, and obi belts. The posing was supervised ...
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Hello Kitty Temporarily Joins Dempagumi Inc. to Promote Healthy Skin

Hello Kitty is temporarily joining the denpa group Dempagumi Inc. for the summer. It is also rebranding itself "Dempagumi Inc. with Pocket Muhi & Hello Kitty." Pocket Muhi is a line of itch relief lotions. With bug season just around the corner, the group will remind their fans to mind their skin by touting an oversized lotion stick and singing the song "Munasawagi no Himitsu?!" ("The Secret of Pr...
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Food Wars! Star Minami Takahashi Heads to Japan's Meat Festival

Komazawa Olympic Park in Setagawa hosts a truly unique festival every year where hoardes of carnivores can get a taste of their favorite food group. This year's NikuFest is running for two weeks, starting last week and continuing through May 6. Voice actress Minami Takahashi, who stars as the timid chef Megumi Tadokoro in Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, headed out to the festival to get her own loo...
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Shin-chan Appointed Japan's "Exchange Amigo" with Mexico

Also: new Shin-chan movie screened in Mexican school ― The latest Shin chan movie, Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki ("My Moving Story ~The Great Cactus Attack"), takes place in Mexico. The Nohara family moves from their longtime hometown of Kasukabe, a suburb of Tokyo, and moves to the fictional Mexican city of Madakueruyobaka. Shin-chan himself was seen off in a ...
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Patlabor Film Series' Command Vehicle is Up for Auction

A command vehicle for The Next Generation -Patlabor- movie series is up for auction for any fan willing to drop 9,500,000 yen (about US$79,021). The auction opened on Friday and will accept bidders until May 7. So far, no one has offered up a bid. According to the auction specifics, the vehicle as only 1,110 km on it, has a manual transmission, and is made from a 1963 Ferret armoured car. It's als...
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Yusuke Makishima Tops Yowamushi Pedal Character Poll

This year's 23rd issue of Shonen Champion magazine is revealing the results of its Yowamushi Pedal character poll on Tuesday. Reigning above the rest is Sohoku's Spider, the aqua-haired master climber Yusuke Makishima. Surprisingly, the usually popular Yasutomo Arakita took fourth place, despite regularly ranking as the top choice for Christmas dates, Valentine's chocolates, and the character fans...
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10 Nakayoshi Manga Titles Get Reprints Thanks to Fan Votes

Kodansha's Nakayoshi girls' manga magazine began prepping for its 60th anniversary this year with the "Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary Masterpiece General Election" where readers could choose their favorite "masterpiece" series from the magazine's line-up. The poll was more than a popularity exercise; many of the top choices are going to get reprints. Kodansha originally planned to only reprint the mo...
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Rapping Frieza Invites You to Sanrio Puroland Dance Event

Anison Disco, a musical performance group that covers anime songs in cosplay, will perform on August 1 at the Fairyland Theater in Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tama New Town, Tokyo. The concert will combine a DJ format with a musical format and includes performers dressed as Dragon Ball Z's Frieza and Space Adventure Cobra's Cobra. The Sanrio characters Hello Kitty, Bonbon Ribbon and Hangyodon wi...
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Microsoft's Age-Guessing Site Confirms Hirohiko Araki's Vampire Status

Fans of Hirohiko Araki's work have noticed a trend about the soon-to-be 55-year-old manga creator: the man does not age. Every time Araki releases a new publicity photos, users on the Internet are quick to compare it to the others he's released since 1980. Microsoft's new How Old Do I Look? website just adds more evidence that Araki is actually an immortal vampire, likely turned around the age of ...
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Polygamous Idol Unit Kiyoshi Ryūjin 25 Has Vacancy After 1 "Wife" Leaves

Applications needed for Ryūjin Kiyoshi's seventh wife ― From left to right: Natsuki, Ami, Sakino, Ryūjin, Momoka, Misaki, and Kanon Kiyoshi Natsuki Kiyoshi, a member of the J-pop group Kiyoshi Ryūjin 25, has suspended all activity with the group starting April 23. The group brands itself a "polygamy idol unit," since it consists of one man (the eponymous Ryūjin Kiyoshi) and (until now) six women: Sa...
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Jump Square Holds To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Heroine Poll

Let us know your choices in the ANN poll! ― The June issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine announced that it's holding a popularity poll for the heroines of To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness. Fans of the series can vote in multiple categories including: Which character would you want to be your girlfriend (or wife) ? Which character would you want to be in your family (but not as a wife/girlfriend) ? ...
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Man Who Landed Drone on Prime Minister's Roof Moonlights as a Manga Artist

Webcomics focus on extermination campaign against elderly ― Yasuo Yamamoto was arrested recently for landing a drone filled with slightly radioactive sand on the roof of the office of Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe in Tokyo. He claims to have done it as a protest against Abe's nuclear policies. It turns out that Yamamoto, although unemployed, is a manga artist, and has posted manga on Nico Nico S...
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Ghibli's Spirited Away Film Shrunk into 5-Minute, 8-Bit Video

CineFix's 8-Bit Cinema feature has turned plenty of popular films into video game-style videos like Titanic, The Fast and the Furious, and The Walking Dead. On Tuesday, the group uploaded a version of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's award-winning film Spirited Away, with a MIDI-version of Joe Hisaishi's score to boot. Much of the film's story is condensed into a quick five minutes and is transf...
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Psychiatry Gag Manga Uses Classic Paintings as Basis for Dating Sim

Mona Lisa, Venus are potential girlfriends ― While dating sims generally focus on high school life, the scope for their casts ranges widely, from monsters to birds to ancient crones. Even though the classic wide-eyed, sweet-talking human teenage girl is still the standard, some of the characters in Yū Yūki's manga Comical Psychosomatic Medicine think they've thought of a better idea. Tokimeki E-ga Re...
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Sazae-san Cartoon Family's Assets Estimated at US$1.2 Million

The charming family life of Sazae Fuguta, her husband Masuo, their son Tarao, and the other family members is the focus of the world's longest-running animated series. Sazae-san illustrates happiness from simple pleasures and features basic plot lines, but a look at the lifestyle of the Fuguta family shows that salaryman Masuo, or Sazae's parents, have some serious cash. Sankei Shimbun's Tsuikatsu...
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Sega, PlayAsia Raise Funds for Victims of Nepal Quake

Item sales to go to Red Cross emergency relief ― To raise funds for emergency relief after the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25, Sega Games will donate all of the profits from sales of the Cosmo Atomizer in the online RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 to the Japan Red Cross. Appropriately enough, the Cosmo Atomizer heals your party, restoring it fully to its original condition....
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Fan Chart Compares Sound! Euphonium Character Designs Across 3 Mediums

Adapting characters from paper to screen is always tricky business. Kyoto Animation's current adaptation of Ayano Takeda's Hibike! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu e Yōkoso novels is one instance where characters' hair color, cut, and overall design were tweaked or outright changed for the television series. Unlike standard novels, the Sound! Euphonium light novels do contain some images by ill...
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Larger-Than-Life Totoro Wins Italian Cosplay Contest

The 6th annual Far East Cosplay Contest was held last weekend as part of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. A total of 78 anime and game fans gathered for a chance to compete and win one of two trips to Japan. Contestants wore costumes from Disney's Frozen, a duo dressed as the K-Pop group VIXX, and a cosplayer dressed as AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda. The winner Marco Schenato tower...
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches' 'Kuchizuke Diamond' Opening Track's Full MV Streamed

The A-Sketch music label began streaming the full music video for Weaver's "Kuchizuke Diamond," track. The song serves as the opening theme song for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. Weaver is a piano band consisting of Shōta Okuno (Bass & Chorus), Yūji Sugimoto (Piano & Vocal), and Tohru Kawabe (Drum & Chorus). The group debuted live in 2007 and launched their first single in 2009. The "Kuchizuke...
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Abe's LDP Political Party Releases Manga to Promote Proposed Constitutional Changes

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Diet's majority Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is proposing a series of changes to Japan's Constitution, changes they hope will succeed by 2018. This is considered a major move, as the document has not been altered since it was drafted by the U.S. government at the end of World War II. It saw Japan's military force reduced to primarily self-defense. LDP leader Haj...
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New Cardcaptor Sakura Figures Are Ready to Do Damage on Your Wallet

The Cardcaptor Sakura goods keep coming, this time with three new figures; two of Sakura herself and one of Li Syaoran. Kotobukiya's ARTFX J 1/7-scale Cardcaptor Sakura comes beautifully detailed in the same outfit she wears in the series' first opening sequence. It costs 11,880 yen (about US$100) and measures about 185mm (7.25in) high. Sakura's magical mascot Kero is also along for the ride. The ...
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Judean Spirit Masks Bear Striking Resemblance to JoJo Artifact

The Stone Mask found in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a fearsome object. Practically sentient, it will latch on the face of its victims and turn them into vampires. The series long-time antagonist Dio Brando becomes all too interested in the object and sets into motion Hirohiko Araki's long-running manga series. The ancient stone mask isn't too many steps outside of reality. A series of masks disco...
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Arina Tanemura's 2nd Cross Ange Doujinshi Stars Gender-Bent Cast

Hot off the sale of her first Cross Ange doujinshi at last year's Comiket, manga artist Arina Tanemura is already planning her next installment titled Dramatic! The book will star her favorite pairing of Ange and Hilda but with one caveat — the entire cast is now men. Tanemura's preview on Twitter even promises a little bit of kabedon. とらのあなさんでスパコミ新刊の予約始まってました〜! クロスアンジュ男版、アンヒル健全ギャグ。 http://t.co/fl...
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Noriko Meguro's Game of Thrones Book Covers Are Gorgeous

George R. R. Martin's fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire and its HBO television series Game of Thrones adaptation have captured audiences the world over. Eddard “Ned” Stark's "Brace yourselves, winter is coming" phrase is a well-tread meme and the series' "Red Wedding" episode shocked audiences. The book series is also being published in Japan with its own variant covers by artist Noriko M...
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Kotetsu & Barnaby Don Tuxes for 'The Sound of Tiger & Bunny Orchestral Concert

Concert will also debut new, short animations ― Yoshihiro Ike's soundtrack for the Tiger & Bunny action comedy series is coming to life in a full-scale orchestral concert in Japan. "The Sound of Tiger & Bunny" concerts will be held at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center on September 19 and September 20 for a total of three showings. Yoshihiro Ike will personally conduct the shows with performanc...
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Toei, Frontier Works' Mahō × Shōnen × Days Project Gets 2nd Drama CD

Toei Animation and Frontier Works' Mahō × Shōnen × Days!!!!! project is getting a second drama CD on August 26. The new drama CD will introduce a pair of twins as new characters. The first drama CD was announced in March and is slated for release on June 24. The premise combines slapstick comedy and the magical girl genre with a genderbent twist. The project stars five "Magic Sabers," a team of bo...
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Voice Actor Toshiyuki Toyonaga Celebrates 31st Birthday by Quitting Twitter

Voice actor Toshiyuki Toyonaga abruptly announced on Tuesday that he will no longer update his Twitter account. In the post he stated that he was quitting for "no particular reason" but will try to write a blog instead. The announcement coincided with Toyonaga's 31st birthday. 突然ですが、31歳の豊永、ツイッターを辞めます! 理由は特に無いのですが、元々お試しという感じで始めたので、今後はブログを書き書きしようかと思います♪ 以後、ツイッターでの豊永情報はマネージャー(@hemp_m )に任せようかと思いますので、そ...
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Initial D Staff Hit the Race Track to Record Authentic Sound Effects

A new video released by Kodansha on Tuesday reveals the crew for the new trilogy of Initial D films went the extra mile for the cars' sound effects. The crew headed out to the Tsukuba Circuit in Shimotsuma, Ibaraki to record engine revving, tires screeching, and other sounds for Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei-. Real versions of the cars seen in the film were brought out on to the trac...
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Okonomiyaki Chain Lets Customers Eat Their Own Gudetama Dishes

Can't get it to Japan? You can also make your own! ― Sanrio's strangely adorable mascot Gudetama has amassed a large following in Japan, with a plethora of character goods, animated shorts, prepackaged conbini snacks, and even a pop-up cafe. Now hungry diners can lap up his chronically dejected face on top of freshly prepared okonomiyaki at Dohtonbori, a Japanese chain restaurant that specializes in ...
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President Obama's Welcome for Japan's Prime Minister Abe Includes Thank You for Anime, Manga

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting the White House today as part of ongoing trade discussions between the United States and countries within the Pacific Rim. While Abe's visit is mostly business, a certain amount of fanfare is also planned. President Obama introduced Abe, noting his visit was an opportunity for young people to express gratitude for Japanese cultural imports, including a...
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AKB48 Hopeful Maria Imamura Makes Draft Shortlist — And She's Only 11-Years-Old

This year marks the second AKB48 Group Draft Kaigi event, where aspiring idols audition for one of Japan's largest idol groups in hopes of making one of its sub-teams (Team A, Team K, Team B, Team 4, Team 8, etc.). One such hopeful is 11-year-old Maria Imamura who is progressing towards the finals. If she succeeds, she would be the youngest member of the team ever. She sings publicly for the first...
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Risa Yoshiki Is Still Mad, Wants Slackers to Get to Work

Gravure idol Risa Yoshiki's mini-series I Want Risa Yoshiki to Get Angry At Me (Yoshiki Risa ni Okoraretai) was popular enough to get re-upped for sequels. If you didn't catch the video last year, TV Tokyo enlisted Yoshiki to star in a series of short, late-night videos where she yells insults at the audience. Before the episode closes out, she ends on a sweet note and lets the victim (i.e. the vi...
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Pokémon Centers Planning a New Eevee-Centric Line of Goods

No Pokémon has more evolutionary diversity than little, brown Eevee. The Normal-type Pokémon was first introduced in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue with the power to evolve into Vaporeon (water), Jolteon (electric), or Flareon (fire). As new generations of games came out, so did new "Eeveelutions" until options expanded to to eight total versions. The newest, Sylveon (fairy), was introduced in Pokém...
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24-Hours After Love Live! The School Idol Movie's Trailer Debuts, Fans Track Down NYC Locations

Love Live! The School Idol Movie's stage is set and fans got a taste of some of the places they'll see in the film's trailer on Friday. Glimpses of an airport, a subway, and a cityscape gave hints of where μ's are going. In less than 24 hours, fans put the clues together and located the real places seen in the trailer. It looks like the idols are heading to New York City. On the corner of E 38th S...
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Nissan's Ultimate BBQ Vehicle Offers Otaku a Taste of the Great Outdoors

Nissan Japan introduced its "Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle" concept car in February. If it was rolled out on April 1, the whole premise would be laughed off as a joke. An electric car that's primary function is cooking outside? It offers sonar mosquito repellent? A selfie-camera drone and a window that turns into a display? The concept isn't a joke though, and was created in part for the Green Fundin...
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Take a Picture with Your Fav Haikyu!! Character Using Casio's Latest Camera

The Haikyu!! volleyball manga and Casio are teaming up for a specially themed Casio EXILIM EX-ZS30SR digital camera, which is due out in early July. The camera features a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor and a 6x 26-156 mm equivalent optical zoom lens, packed in a specially engraved body that bears the silhouette of the Kurasuno team. Better yet, the camera also comes with Casio's "Dynamic Photo Function...
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New Hoodie, Umbrella Evoke Madoka Magica's Homura

The Japanese fashion site Super Groupies is releasing a hoodie for indoor use that channels Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Homura. While the outfit doesn't closely resemble Homura's, it incorporates her usual colors and includes an embroidered design on the left sleeve that represents Homura's Soul Gem and the diamond pattern is similar to Homura's magical girl costume's tights. Super Groupies is als...
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Japanese Science Museum to Hold Pokémon Exhibit

Learn about scientific principles through Pokémon ― This summer, the Miraikan science museum in Odaiba, Tokyo, in cooperation with the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, will hold a Pokémon-themed exhibit to introduce children to the fundamentals of science. Just as the world of Pokémon has researchers and laboratories dedicated to the study of Pokémon, the museum will set up a Pokémon Lab to let kids imagin...
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Character Designer Mel Kishida's Helmet is Finally Done

New frontiers in "dreamy coolness" achieved ― Several weeks ago, we reported that erratic character designer Mel Kishida (Hanasaku Iroha, the Atelier video game series) has been working on a motorcycle helmet in his signature cute style in cooperation with the J-pop group Conquistador del Arcoíris and the motorcycle website GooBike. Unfortunately, Kishida was busy at the time with other projects, inc...
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Ichiban Kuji Revisits Attack on Titan's Female Titan Arc

Win chibi figurines, sticky notes, a tissue case and more ― Ichiban Kuji, a Japanese lottery that often gives out anime, manga, and video game-related merchandise, will hold an Attack on Titan edition in late May. The prizes will focus on the story's Female Titan arc. Prize A is this 17.5 centimeter-high (6.9 inch) figure of Eren on horseback. Prize B is this similar figure of Levi on horseback. The ...
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Sailor Moon Crystal's 8th Blu-ray Volume's Chibi-Usa Cover Art Revealed

Coming to stores on May 13 is the eighth Blu-ray volume of the Sailor Moon Crystal series. It includes episodes 15 and 16 with commentary by Sailor Mercury's voice actress Hisako Kanemoto, Sailor Mars' voice actress Rina Satou, and director Munehisa Sakai. The special edition bundles a 24-page booklet, the Mercury Star Power Transformation Pen charm, and a special box. The Blu-ray cover shows Chib...
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Back-On's "Dear Me" Track Discusses Teeda's Struggle with Childhood Bullying

The four-member band Back-On has lent their musical chops to anime like Eyeshield 21, Air Gear, Gundam Build Fighters and Fairy Tail, but their latest track "Dear Me" focuses on one member's personal struggles. MC Teeda (third from the left) wrote the track about his experiences growing up with pediatric atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin condition similar to eczema that can appear dry and scaly. ...
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Place Your Order at LAWSON for Is the order a rabbit? Goods

Bookmarks and alarm clock revealed so far ― On May 19, LAWSON convenience stores will hold a campaign promoting Is the Order a Rabbit?, which has been green-lit for a second season. If customers buy three snacks targeted by the campaign, they will receive one of five bookmarks featuring the Is the Order a Rabbit? cast. Furthermore, if customers apply with a postcard with a receipt attached for three...
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Levi Takes Top Spot for Best Anime Character Boss Poll

Levi's reign as the most popular Attack on Titan character is only the tip of what anime fans think of him. Besides his turn as a fashion magazine cover star, he's gotten several figures, his own manga spin-off, and routinely tops romantic-themed character polls. According to the results of Charapedia's "Which Character Would You Work For?" poll, he'd also make a great boss. Participants must have...
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Unit-01 Projection Mapping Show Previewed in Video Clip

Organizers tested out the projection mapping show starring a life-size Unit-01 bust on Friday. The theme park Evangelion: World at Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi Prefecture is premiering the show on Saturday. The show will be projected with lasers onto the theme park's giant Unit-01 model using six projectors mounted on the ceiling and floor. The story is original and can only be seen here. The stor...
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Tokyo Exhibition Examines the Cultural Impact of Naruto, Utena, Resident Evil, Higurashi

The National Art Center in Tokyo will hold the "Manga * Anime * Games from Japan" exhibition studying the cultural impact of anime, manga, and games like Naruto, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Higurashi: When They Cry, Resident Evil and more starting on June 24. The exhibition is focusing strictly on the post-Tezuka era after 1989, when the legendary manga creator passed away. The event is focusing on ...
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Kakashi's Full Face Finally Revealed For All the World to See

The Naruto art exhibition in Tokyo opened to the public on Saturday, and visitors — who received the free Official Guestbook Shinden Fū no Sho book for attending — were finally able to uncover one of the best-kept secrets from Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga: what Copy Ninja Kakashi's face looks like under his mask. ANN attended the exhibition on the first day, and received a copy of the book. So...
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Complete Your Kiki Cosplay with Official, Ghibli-Endorsed Broom

Ghibli's high-flying witch Kiki is rarely seen without her big red bow, her black cat Jiji, and of course her #1 mode of transportation: an old-fashioned straw broom. Almost 30 years after the film opened in Japan in 1989, Ghibli's Donguri Kyowakoku store is offering a replica of Kiki's broom. The straw broom won't let you fly, but it could be the final finishing touch for your cosplay and at 3,02...
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Renge's Twin-Tails Can't Be Beat in Non Non Biyori Character Poll

Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine's June issue is posting the results of its Non Non Biyori character poll on Monday. After tallying up all the readers' submissions, Renge Miyauchi and her lavender twin-tails were heads above the rest. The magazine's full results are: Renge Miyauchi - 721 votes Komari Koshigaya - 617 votes Hotaru Ichijō - 466 votes Konomi Fujimiya - 426 votes Natsumi Ko...
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Calbee Contest Offers Life-Size Nana Mizuki Wall Sticker

Voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki has participated in six campaigns with Calbee snack manufacturers, including her own curry flavored potato chips. One collaboration included a a concert ticket lottery that led to one superfan dumping almost 500 pounds of Calbee brand potato chips. Calbee's latest contest featuring Mizuki isn't offering concert tickets; it's a life-size wall sticker of the sin...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Admits Story Problems in Gundam Reconguista

"I'd only get 15 points out of 100" ― Yoshiyuki Tomino's latest anime, Gundam Reconguista in G, has largely met with a hostile reception from fans, including being called "really bad" and hard to follow by former Studio Gainax president Toshio Okada and performing poorly in anime rankings compiled on Nico Nico Douga. In an interview published in the June edition of the manga magazine Gundam Ace, Tomi...
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Attack on Titan Posters Will Help You in Natural Disasters

Promotional campaign for disaster protection app ― While Japan may not suffer the ravages of Titan attack, it still has plenty of natural disasters, including floods, tsunami, earthquakes, and fires. To help promote safety in the event of these calamities, Japan's National Association to Assist in Disaster Protection is creating a series of Attack on Titan posters to improve awareness among Japanese ...
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Naruto Commemorative Exhibit Resurrects Series Highlights

New images now available ― The Naruto manga ended last November after running in Weekly Shonen Jump for 15 years. To celebrate the series' long run and look forward to future installments of the franchise, the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo will hold an exhibit on Naruto called Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto Exhibit - Commemorating the End of Serialization. The exhibit's centerpiece is...
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Shawn Wasabi's Digital Mash-Up Samples Pikachu, Final Fantasy, Perfume

Shawn Wasabi mashed up a list of his favorite songs and sound effects to create the original track "Marble Soda." Wasabi uses a Midi Fighter by DJ Techtools to assign 153 different sounds used during the song. Among them are "Fushizen Na Girl" by Perfume, "PONPONPON" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, "Prelude" from Final Fantasy VII, and Pikachu's iconic "Pika!" Wasabi has more tracks on his YouTube channel u...
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Buy a PlayStation Theme for a Chance to Play Games with Sony's Shuhei Yoshida

Sony will send you to E3 to play either with, or against Yoshida ― Sony's PlayStation Heroes ongoing charity campaign is raising money for Make-A-Wish, the USO, and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The company is donating 90 percent of purchases from PS Heroes PlayStation themes with the added bonus that each purchase can be registered for a chance to play games with Sony president Shuhei Yoshid...
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Japan's Iconic School Swimsuits Get a Make-Over

Say goodbye to all that exposed skin ― Japanese school swimsuits, like school uniforms, are familiar to anime fans the world over thanks to their uniformity and winning fans for their sex appeal. But students who actually have to wear them have more mixed reviews, and Footmark, Japan's leading swimsuit designer, is introducing redesigned swimsuits to accommodate complaints. Footmark met in November ...
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Fan Goes Above and Beyond to Create 50m Tall Dancing AR Colossal Titan

He just needed 10-meter wide marker and a remote-control drone ― The niconico streaming service and dedicated fan KamoC really out did themselves this time. Charged with coming up with a way to recreate the formidable Colossal Titan using AR technology, KamoC went to great lengths to make the impossible task possible. He first had to make a marker that would be large enough and readable for AR techno...
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Sumo Wrestlers Welcome Spring With a Frolic Under the Cherry Blossoms

The Japan Sumo Association headed out to Hitachiōmiya in Ibaraki prefecture to welcome spring, race down the hills in cardboard boxes, and chase one another around. The images were tweeted by the association's official account with comments about how moe the wrestlers antics were. The international pros include Brazilian sumo wrestler Kaisei Ichirō, Egyptian wrestler Ōsunaarashi Kintarō, Georgian ...
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Tōken Ranbu's Kogitsunemaru Gets a Figure, Too

Much of the recent influx of Tōken Ranbu merch has focused squarely on Munechika Mikazuki, the tachi voiced by Kousuke Toriumi. This includes contacts, jewelry, and a Nendoroid by Good Smile Company. Kashū Kiyomitsu also has a Nendoriod coming out soon. Figure maker Max Factory has another Tōken Ranbu figure set for release based on the foxy Kogitsunemaru (Takashi Kondo). A tweet revealing the pro...
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Veteran Voice Actor Kenichi Suzumura's Latest Single Previewed in New MV

Long-time voice actor Kenichi Suzumura is busy this season. He's lending his singing chops to Masato Hijirikawa in Utano☆Princesama Revolutions, voicing the vampire Crowley Eusford in Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, the otaku husband Hajime in I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying: 2nd Thread, and Generation of Miracles' center Atsushi Murasakibara in Kuroko's Basketball. He also has his ...
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Climb Inside the Cockpit of Japan's Other Giant Gundam

The 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall) Gundam statue on Tokyo's Odaiba island gets all the glory. But did you know there's a version of the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam standing in Okayama? While only measuring roughly half the height of its anime counterpart at seven-meters tall (23 feet), the Zeta Gundam offers an experience fans can't get over on Odaiba. You can climb inside the cockpit! Aspiring pilots just ...
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Toddler Evangelion Rody Rompers Now Come in More Colors

The slightly sinister line of children's clothing crossing Evangelion and Rody from Premium Bandai just got updated with more colors. The original included Unit 01 and Unit 00 with matching bibs. The new onesies are based on Asuka's Unit 02, Mari's Unit 05, Kaworu's Unit 06, and the Yuru-Shito mascot. Each outfit is selling for 4,212 yen (about U$35.80), and is expected to ship in July. [Via Minn...
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Columbia Sound Treasure Collection Reprints Classic Anime Soundtracks

Teppei, Umi no Triton, Lupin tai Holmes get updated CD releases ― Music label Columbia is launching a series of CD releases compiling background music from classic anime. The Columbia Sound Treasure Series has three upcoming soundtrack releases, starting first with Nippon Animation's 1970s anime Teppei (Ore wa Teppei), based on the manga by Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe). The soundtrack will be releas...
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Hestia's String Crosses Over into Hayate the Combat Butler

Kenjirou Hata is getting in on the #例の紐 (That String) trend based on Hestia's outfit from Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? The title page for this week's chapter of Hayate the Combat Butler in Weekly Shonen Sunday featured Hinagiku Katsura in the trending outfit. 畑センセーなにやってんすかwww pic.twitter.com/e3LKpZCZde— 謎の七面鳥㌠【アドセンスクリックお願い】 (@7mencho) April 21, 2015 Hestia and her notorious co...
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Katawa Shoujo English Eroge Gets Japanese Physical Version

Katawa Shoujo, the English-language eroge developed by a staff of volunteers from 4chan's /a/ board, is getting a Japanese-language physical version. The project originally started based on a doujin by RAITA with an omake page with a focus on girls with varying medical conditions. The image was posted in 2007 and the group of volunteers labored on the project until the final chapter was released i...
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Yoshino Nanjou Uses Polar Bear Animal Therapy to Battle Stress in Cough Drop Commercial

Cough drops are one of many over-the-counter remedies to make battling the common cold more tolerable. Halls went out on a limb in its latest advertisement, combining animal therapy, polar bears, and voice actress Yoshino Nanjou. The commercial recounts how therapy animals like dogs and cats (and apparently polar bears) are used to deal with stress. It then introduces voice actress Yoshino Nanjou ...
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Beyond the Boundary Film's Theme Song's Full Music Video Streamed

The full theme song for the Gekijō-ban Kyōkai no Kanata -I'll Be Here- Mirai-hen film sequel to Kyoto Animation's Beyond the Boundary supernatural anime series began streaming on Tuesday. Minori Chihara, who voices Mitsuki Nase, returns to sing "Aitakatta Sora" (I Wanted to Meet the Sky). The television anime premiered in Japan in 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime into several countries as ...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Character Song Album's Mars & Venus Duet Previewed

The official Sailor Moon Crystal Instagram account uploaded a preview for the Sailor Mars and Sailor Venuss' duet "Star on Stars" track from the upcoming "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection" album on Monday. Voice actors Rina Satou and Shizuka Itou perform the song with lyrics and arrangement by Akiko Kosaka. 「美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal」キャラクター音楽集CrystalColl...
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Anime Fans Rank the 'Must See' Anime Pilgrimage Sites

The real-world locales seen in popular anime series inspire fans to trek through Japan to reach their favorite "Holy Land." The Washinomiya Shrine in Lucky Star might be best known for hundreds of thousands of visitors it gets on New Year and through out the year. Recent sites of otaku adoration include Chichibu, the setting for the romantic drama anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, and Oarai, wh...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Character Song Album's Mercury & Jupiter Duet Previewed

The official Sailor Moon Crystal Instagram account uploaded a preview for the Sailor Mercury and Sailor Jupiter's duet "Mayonaka secret talk" (Midnight secret talk) track from the upcoming "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection" album on Monday. Voice actors Hisako Kanemoto and Ami Koshimizu perform the song with lyrics by Akiko Watanabe and arrangement...
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VoCE Magazine Includes Levi Make-Up Tutorial, Colossal Titan Mask

The June issue of the "beauty entertainment" magazine VoCE is focusing on Attack on Titan, specifically fan-favorite character Levi and the intimidating Colossal Titan. The issue will be released on April 23 and include a Levi make-up tutorial and a face mask that turns its wearer into a Titan. The magazine's cover also features Levi, making it yet another appearance of the brooding captain on the...
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Official Initial D Cars Will Compete in All Japan Rally Championship Round

Takumi Fujiwara will ride again, this time wrapped around the front of Toyota's newest 86. Two Initial D cars will compete in the 2015 All Japan Rally Championship Round 2 in Ehime prefecture as part of the promotional campaign for the Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- film. A panda-colored "Fujiwara Tofu Shop 86" for Cusco and a red and black Morpho Initial D Sammy K186 will compete. The...
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Kakashi's Face May be Revealed in Naruto Exhibition Guestbook

The Naruto art exhibition opening on April 25 in Tokyo may reveal one more remaining secret in the series: Kakashi's face. The Copy Ninja Kakashi is almost always depicted wearing a mask that covers up to his nose. Even when he does remove it, manga creator Masashi Kishimoto obscures his face, so fans have never seen Kakashi's full face. That may change during the exhibition. The Official Guestboo...
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Space Battleship Yamato's Wave Motion Gun Cameos in Avengers Assemble

Tim Eldred is a storyboard artist and animation director for popular American cartoons like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble. He also manages the Cosmo DNA website and Facebook page for Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato fans. In the latest episode of Avengers Assemble titled "Avengers Disassembled," Eldred was able...
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Ghibli's Suzuki: We Wanted to Adapt the Parasyte Manga

Retired Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed in a TokyoFM podcast with Genki Kawamura on April 13 that both he and Hayao Miyazaki were at one time interested in adapting Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte manga at Ghibli. However, at the time the rights to an adaptation were held by U.S. film production company New Line Cinema. Don Murphy's Angry Films first announced a live-action/CGI Hollywood adaptati...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Character Song Album's 4 Generals Track Previewed

The official Sailor Moon Crystal Instagram account uploaded a preview for the Four General's "I'M GOING DOWN" track from the upcoming "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Character Music Collection: Crystal Collection" album on Friday. Voice actors Daisuke Kishio, Kousuke Toriumi, Masaya Matsukaze, and Eiji Takemoto perform the song as their characters Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoisite, and Kunzite. 「美少女...
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Check Out These Intricately Detailed Ghibli Models

Even though modelling is stereotypically associated with miniature character figures, robots, guns and trains in the anime fan community, almost anything can be rendered into a miniature form and put together painstakingly with the help of specialized tools, a lot of patience and fine fingerwork. Sankei's line of Ghibli 'Miniatuart' exemplifies this. This model of Aburaya, the bathhouse from Spiri...
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Let Freeza Handle Your Passive Aggression with Dragon Ball Z Sticky Notes

Latest Ichiban Kuji promotion ― To celebrate the premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', Ichiban Kuji is holding a Dragon Ball Z-themed lottery. The prizes are 15 different sticky notes, most of which feature Freeza, the iconic supervillain who makes a comeback in the film, although Krilin, Vegita, Dende and Goku also make appearances. The notes come with stickers featuring various Dragon Ball Z...
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Migi Meatballs Stare Back at You as You Eat

Creepy dish to be served up at Tokyo meat festival ― Taking cues from the parasitic Migi from the recent anime Parasyte -the maxim- anime series, these one-eyed meatballs are being served up in Tokyo later in the month. Not to worry, though, they're not alien parasites; they're 100% Japanese beef. Cooked in a rich demi-glace, they actually look pretty yummy. Takashi Yamazaki, director of the Parasyt...
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Perform a Kamehameha and More in the Science of Dragon Ball Z Exhibit

The popular Science of Dragon Ball Z (Dragon Ball de Kagaku) exhibit is returning to Japan for Fuji TV's Spring Fest 2015 LIFE !S LIVE festival. The exhibit first debuted in Nagoya last year, but fan demand brought it back, this time to Tokyo. The fantasy and futuristic elements are made into reality through a series of fun exhibits but admittedly, there's not a ton of science going on. Examples ...
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Kamen Rider Solid Gold Statues Come in Expensive and Very Expensive

Kamen Rider #1, the Kamen Rider that started it all 40 years ago, is being immortalized in solid gold. The figure comes in a large version measuring 200mm (about 8 inches) and weighing 100g (about 1/4 a lb). The smaller one is half the height at 100mm (about 4 inches) and weighs 35g (about 1 1/4 ounces). Tokuriki Honten, a company specializing in gold for almost 300 years is casting the figures. ...
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Japan's Maglev Train Breaks World Record at 366 mph

Taking the train is a regular sight in anime. Characters wait at the station with their classmates before boarding to go to school every morning. In at least one episode, the crew of friends get together for a long, scenic ride to the beach. Getting overwhelmed during a train line switch at the busy Tokyo station is a character's introductory plot point. Anime characters and Japan denizen's commut...
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Mitsukoshi Department Store Employs Meet-and-Greet Robot Aiko

The Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo has hired a new, temporary greeter for its store. Clad in a traditional kimono, Aiko Chihara smiles and bows to customers on the ground floor as they enter the high-end store. What separates Aiko from the rest of the staff is that she isn't alive. Aiko is a convincing android made by Toshiba on display from April 20-21 as part of a larger Toshiba event. He...
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Gintama Zone in Shonen Jump Theme Park Let's You Hit Hijikata Where it Hurts

Zone also has special menu items, fortunes, and photo areas ― On April 24, a zone dedicated to Gintama will open at J-World, a theme park in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City shopping complex devoted to Shonen Jump properties. It will recreate the quasi-historic Edo of the source manga. Among its highlights will be a target practice area where participants can shoot Okita's bazooka at his vice commander, Hij...
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Life-Size Patlabor Promotes Traffic Safety Outside Himeji Castle

A recent stop for the life-size Patlabor AV-98 Ingram is the beautiful Himeji Castle in Hyōgo Prefecture. The Ingram has made it's rounds from the Tokyo Marathon, baseball games to shopping malls. On Wednesday two Ingrams made a stop outside the castle at the request of local authorities to promote a traffic safety campaign. イングラム×姫路城 #パトレイバー 後ろから望遠で撮ったほうがいい感じかも pic.twitter.com/LuxqhIIEWe— ちゃぷモン (...

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