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Add Character to Your Undergarments with Yowamushi Pedal Boxer Briefs

While there are days you want to shout your fandom from every rooftop in the city, some days, you just want to be a little more secretive about it. With Gate's Yowamushi Pedal boxer briefs, you can cheer on Sakamichi Onoda or Yasutomo Arakita all day long in the privacy of your pants. Fans of Yuusuke Makishima or Jinpachi Toudou can also pick up some boxer shorts with SD versions of the characters...
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Sailor Moon Lockets, Dolls, Aprons, and Blu-rays, Oh My!

Bandai's latest barrage of Sailor Moon merch includes "beauty gummies" Sailor Moon keeps rolling down the endless merchandise train. This time we musical lockets, more Pullip dolls, aprons, gummy candy, and the latest specs on the second Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-ray. Let's dig in! Bandai is re-releasing another classic Sailor Moon toy for fans both new and old. The "Starry Sky Music Box" (Hoshizora ...
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Kuroko's Basketball Characters Promote Real-Life Winter Cup

The characters in Kuroko's Basketball spend a lot of time working towards the Winter Cup, a national high school basketball tournament held every winter in Tokyo. Only the top eight teams from the Interhigh can participate, making it prestigious, as well as extraordinarily competitive. Now the boys are lending their experience and expertise to the real JX-ENEOS Winter Cup 2014, also known as the 4...
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Captain Kirk Knows His Sailor Guardians

It all started when Supernatural actors Misha Collins and Osric Chau posted images of themselves about to participate in Kayak Touring's Endure 4 Kindness 2014 fundraiser. Chau dressed up as Sailor Jupiter for the event on Sunday at Fraser River in British Columbia. .@Osricchau and I are getting in the kayak now. Donate if you dare.... https://t.co/fHxs6HOPP7 pic.twitter.com/sKbs8APQnq— Misha Coll...
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Keep Warm in a Prince of Tennis Hanten Coat

Want to stay warm, all while showing off the cool stylings of the Prince of Tennis heroes? Fans attending this year's Jump Festa 2015, which will actually be held December 20-21, 2014, will have the chance to buy one of three Prince of Tennis hanten, each with a slightly ridiculous illustration of Keigo Atobe, Kuranosuke Shiraishi, or Seiichi Yukimura hanging out with predatory creatures. Hanten a...
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Super Smash Bros. Announcer Tries His Very Best At the Pokemon Theme Song

Nintendo fans may not be familiar with the name Xander Mobus, but they probably know his voice when they hear it. He's the announcer for Super Smash Bros. For Nintendeo 3DS and WiiU, as well as a few other voice roles, but his talents apparently don't just end there. A fan asked him to please sing the Pokemon theme song, and he obliged. While the song is prefaced with a cheery, "This is gonna suck...
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Bandai Makes Zaku II Inspired Cakes For Christmas

What better way to spend the holiday than with an army of Zaku Cakes? ― In the Mobile Suit Gundam world, the MS-06F Zaku II is one of the most mass produced Mobile Suits around. Its iconic cyclops-like look has become part of Gundam culture altogether. While their ranks contain countless casualties, their never ending numbers are the stuff of nightmares. Still, who knew that they could become somethi...
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Death Note Mangaka Takeshi Obata Sketches Ryuk and L

Takeshi Obata, the talented artist behind series like Death Note, Bakuman, and the All You Need is Kill manga adaptation, was in New York last weekend for New York Comic Con 2014, as well as an appearance at Kinokuniya. Viz Media recently uploaded video footage of Obata sketching Ryuk and L on two autograph boards, and the process is fascinating. Take a look.
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Japanese Bakery Starts Selling the Best Part of Melon Bread - Just the Top

Just as the best part of a muffin is the crown, the best part of melon bread (or melonpan) is totally the crunchy cookie skin, the texture of which gives melon bread its name. Yamazaki Baking knows this too, which is why they recently introduced a product that's just the melonpan skin. And, as an extra selling point, it also has half the calories of a regular melonpan. メロンパンの皮だけ売っていた!夢のような商品だ、つい買っ...
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The Simpsons Halloween Episode Pays Tribute to Popular Anime

The Simpsons had some fun last night in their "Treehouse of Horror XXV" Halloween episode, imagining a world where multiple incarnations of the Simpsons family has been created by an evil marketing entity. Amongst them was a tribute to some popular anime titles, including Attack on Titan, Naruto, Pokemon, Bleach, One Piece, and Spirited Away. The episode went on to pay homage to Adventure Time, Ar...
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Mikoto's Coconut Cider Now Available for Mail Order

Tachikawa's A Certain Magical Index vending machines have been a hit with fans, especially those selling Mikoto's Coconut Cider. Now, you don't even have to actually go to Tachikawa to try some for yourself, as they are now available for mail order from Dengeki-ya The coconut cider is being sold in cases of 24, with each case retailing for 2,880 yen (about US$26.95). The items are expected to ship...
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Asian Art Museum in Seattle Hosts Japanese Artist Mr.'s First Solo US Exhibit

Japanese artist Mr., a Saitama-based pop artist who works with otaku and "kawaii" subculture, is holding his first solo U.S. art show, hosted by Seattle's Asian Art Museum. The exhibit will be at the Tateuchi Galleries from November 22, 2014 to April 5, 2015, with tickets available online or at the door. Mr. is a former protege of Takashi Murakami, who is renowned for the practice and analysis of ...
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New Free! Cupcake Mini-Figures Are Deliciously Adorable

Taito Toys' fourth lineup of Free! lottery prizes is just as cute and sweet as the first few, which included the boys sitting on candies, macarons, and chocolate bars. This time, the theme is "Sugar Cake," which involves the boys napping atop tiny cupcakes. Prizes include figures, posters, illustration sets, cloths, pins, and special voice clips. For larger images, check out the Taito Toys blog. [...
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This Week's Doraemon Takes On Politics

Latest gadget: "Portable Diet" ― Once upon a time, American kids would learn about the nuances of the legislative process through the animated musical series Schoolhouse Rock. Japanese kids learned about the subject this week through the perennially popular anime Doraemon. When Nobita's aunt cancels a trip due to the consumption tax increase, Nobita rages against the Diet (Japan's parliament). Luckil...
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Nike's New Basketball Manga Sneaker Collab Is A Total Slam Dunk

With the global popularity of Takehiko Inoue's basketball manga Slam Dunk, it seems natural that one day, he and his characters would find themselves working with Nike on a new pair of Jordans. Prominently featuring protagonist Hanamichi Sakuragi, the two sneakers pay homage to the sports hero with limited-edition designs and manga-paneled shoeboxes. The Air Jordan VI sneakers feature Sakuragi's j...
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Horror Mangaka Junji Ito Collaborates with Pokemon For Spooky Illustrations

Pokemon is making a push to make this year's Halloween eerier than usual, creating a special KowaPoke (kowai Pokemon, or "scary Pokemon") webpage dedicated to the more ghoulish ghost-type Pokemon. The property has also teamed up with Junji Ito, the creator of horror manga like Gyo, Tomie, and Uzumaki, for a series of scary illustrations which feature a more sinister take on the normally cuddly cre...
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Subtle Hoodie Lets You Stealth Cosplay Madoka Magica's Homura

As much as you might want to, you usually can't walk around town or go to work dressed up as your favorite magical girls, even if you work in a pretty lax environment. But with Nijigen Cospa's latest Homura hoodie, now you can channel her battle uniform with just a quick zip. Retailing for 12,960 yen (about US$121) after tax, the jacket is unisex and unzips at the hood so you can wear it flat. It ...
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Behind-the-Scenes Santa Company Kickstarter Aims to Showcase the Animation Production Process

Director hopes that this will help inspire those who wish to enter the field of animation in the future. ― Kickstarter has become an outlet for quite a number of contributions in the anime and Japanese pop culture industries. From video games to full on anime movies, what were once mere dreams have been made reality thanks to fans around the world. One example of such successful crowd-funding is KENJ...
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Luffy, Naruto, Conan, Kirito, Eren Join Forces to Fight Piracy

The "Manga Anime Guardians" project (MAG), a joint effort between Japan's Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA), and the Delaware-based Tokyo Otaku Mode, launched its "Join Us, Friends" campaign in an effort to fight anime and manga piracy. The special illustration project is an effort to expand MAG's reach. As more individuals join and share the page, artist Takashi Yoshiike will add a...
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Hatsune Miku Lottery Prizes Include Bizarre Vocaloid Be@rbricks

The Happy Kuji autumn character goods lottery started earlier this month and it includes a variety of Hatune Miku prizes. Most of items are the typical stuff: an exclusive figure, keychains, phone charms, and knapsacks. One special prize is collaboration with Medicom's Be@rbrick figures, a decision whose success is going to depend on the viewer's opinion of "cute." There are a total of six Vocaloi...
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Kamen Rider Gaim DVD Release Edits Out Batman Gotham City Reference

Whether for copyright reasons or otherwise, Toei is pretty sure that Kamen Rider Gaim's Zawame City is definitely, positively not Gotham City. Not even a little bit. In the volume 9 DVD release, which contains episode 33 of the series, a map of Zawame City that closely resembles Gotham City has been replaced with an entirely new map. Here's the original shot from the series: And flipped to its sid...
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67-Year-Old Man Makes 2-Meter Gundam Hyaku Shiki For His Grandkids

If you happen to pass through Kakogawa, Hyōgo Prefecture the next time you're in Japan, you may find yourself staring at a 2-meter tall Gundam Hyaku Shiki, decorated in glossy paint and towering over the average human. The over-sized model is the project of Kenichi Okada, a 67-year-old former Japanese National Railways technician who originally purchased a model Gunpla kit to build with his two gr...
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Parasyte's Migi Gets Its Sound Effects From A Beatboxing Teenage Girl

Talented voice actress Aya Hirano may lend her voice to Parasyte -the maxim-'s lovable alien parasite Migi, but the creature's sound effects as he squiggles and squirms around? That's the handiwork of 17-year-old Rinka, a beatboxer who's been making a name for herself with her technique and sick human-made beats. In addition to endorsement deals and commercial appearances, Rinka is also the winner...
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10,000 Anime Fans Also Pick Most Handsome Male Voice Actors

After fans weighed in on the most attractive voice actresses, Charapedia also asked 10,000 fans which voice actors they thought were the most handsome. Interestingly, the top three voice actors have one thing in common: they're all 30 or older! Top 10 Most Attractive Voice Actors Rank Actor RolesVotes 1 Mamoru Miyano Light Yagami, Masaomi Kida, Setsuna F. Seiei2075 2Tatsuhisa SuzukiMakoto Tachiban...
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Five Manga Characters Join Japan's National Baseball Team for PR Campaign

The Baseball Federation of Japan recently recruited five manga characters to the "Samurai Japan" national team roster—Takao Taniguchi from Captain, Tatsuya Uesugi from Touch, Gorō Shigeno from Major, Ren Mihashi from Big Windup, and Eijun Sawamura from Ace of Diamond. These honorary team members will be part of a PR campaign that includes posters, bookmarks, and baseball cards. Fans can snag ...
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Attack on Titan's Official 1/1-Scale 3D Maneuver Gear Can Be Yours — For US$1,000

10-kg/22-pound plastic/aluminium replica comes with blades next January ― Movic has finally opened pre-orders for the much-anticipated official, 1/1-scale 3D maneuver gear replica from Attack on Titan. Order now, and it can be yours in late January— for 99,800 yen plus tax. That's a total of 107,784 yen or about US$1,000. What that stack of bills gets you is a 10-kilogram (22-pound) recreation of th...
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Anime Figures Holding Card Captor Sakura's Wand Makes For An Amazing Meme

MOVIC's Eternal Masterpiece line is adding miniature versions of its die-cast metal Card Captor Sakura wands to its line of goods. The anime property already got a full-size die-cast wand (also by MOVIC), new figures and dolls, lottery prizes, bags, corresponding charms, and reprinted cards. What do you do with a 15 cm (roughly 6 inch) wand? The manager of Shibuya Parco's anime store decided that ...
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Attack on Titan Voice Actress Responds to Creator Calling Armin a Girl

The confusion continues as members of the anime and manga industry join in the discussion. ― The November issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine has caused the internet to fall into mass chaos. During a special Q&A editorial with Attack on Titan's creator Hajime Isayama was asked, "Out of all the women in the 104th, who is Mikasa closest to?" to which he responded, "Armin." Since then, his answer has beco...
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Hello Kitty Goes High End With A $260 Steiff Plush

High-end German plush company Steiff is honoring Hello Kitty's 40th birthday by giving the personified cat her own stuffed collectible... and her own mini-teddy bear. Retailing for $260, Hello Kitty is made with soft mohair and embroidered accents, while her teddy pear pal is made of a soft, velvety boa. Kitty is 9 inches tall and has a movable head. The plush comes packaged inside a Steiff Paperb...
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10,000 Anime Fans Pick The Most Attractive Female Voice Actresses

Charapedia asked 10,000 fans which voice actresses they thought were the prettiest. Popular voice actress and anisong singer Kana Hanazawa topped the vote, followed by relative newcomer and star of Akame ga Kill, Sora Amamiya. The site also asked participants who the most handsome male voice actor is, so check back for those results soon! Top 10 Most Attractive Voice Actresses Rank Actress RolesVo...
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Fujiko F Fujio Museum Welcomes Its 1.5 Millionth Visitor

Doraemon's creator continues to inspire and move many fans across the world. ― Fujiko Fujio's masterpiece Doraemon has touched many lives. Despite being a children's manga, the substance of it is exceedingly deep sometimes, and its simplicity contains wisdom beyond the years of its target audience. Doraemon has become an international sensation and one of the most influential manga series of all time...
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Life-Size Patlabor Ingram Sets Up Shop Outside A Tokyo Shopping Mall

Videographer darwinfish recently posted a time-lapse video of a life-size Patlabor AV-98 Ingram robot being set up outside Tokyo's Lalaport Toyosu shopping mall. The life-size model is one of two created at the cost of several tens of millions of yen (several hundred thousand US dollars) for the live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- project. The Ingram has been making its way around Japan thi...
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Hong Kong Protesters See Parallels with Attack on Titan

"Maybe we're Eren and Mikasa" ― Since September 26, a vast encampment of protesters, predominantly students, have demonstrated in the streets of Central, Hong Kong's financial district. Given the People's Republic of China's record of impatience with protests, the protesters have adopted a siege mentality, even going so far as to erect bamboo barriers to protect themselves and carrying umbrellas to s...
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Stock Your Kitchen With 35th Anniversary Gundam Lottery Prizes

Banpresto is helping Mobile Suit Gundam celebrate its 35th anniversary with a whole slate of fun Ichiban Kuji lottery goods. In addition to some neat figures, it looks like some lucky winners might be able to update their kitchenwares, too. A prize: 22.5 cm (8.8") Gundam figure with special pedestal B prize: 20 cm (7.87") Char Aznable figure with stand C prize: 30 cm (11.8") Haro handwarmer D priz...
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Get Ready for New Year's Now by Pre-Ordering a Sumptuous Pokeball Feast

It may feel a little too early to start planning for the end of the year, but not if you want to reserve a traditional Japanese New Year osechi feast, packaged in a Pokeball juubako. Packaged meal company Kenkosansai's two-tiered Pokeball is packed with delectable bites, many of which are traditional foods with symbolic meanings. Layer 1: chicken vegetable rolls salmon sashimi rose pineapple stars...
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JoJo's Kakyoin Makes His Paris Fashion Debut

Avant garde Japanese designer Junya Watanabe and Japanese high-fashion brand Comme des Garçons surprised audiences in Paris when one particular male model came out sporting a familiar hairstyle. The clothes were inspired by traditional British cuts and textiles but the wig looks strikingly similar to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's own Kakyoin. Intentional or not, this is hardly the first time Hirohiko...
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Attack on Titan Tribute Game Pits Players Against One Another

Chinese doujin developer Feng Lee started working on his Attack on Titan tribute game over a year ago. The multi-faceted game is starting to look pretty nice, too. The game uses super-deformed 3D characters from the franchise to hook, swing, and of course, attack Titans. Players can team up with friends to take on player-controlled Titans in a territory capture mode, time battle one another on obs...
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KanColle Crossplayer Is the Best-Dressed at this Half-Marathon

If you've been to any recreational running events in your lifetime, you know that they're a great place to show off your personal style, whether it's tutus, turkey hats, crazy tights, or Santa outfits. For those who love KanColle, it can also be a good place to channel your inner Shimakaze. This year's Maizuru Kanko Half Marathon faced some bad weather, but it certainly didn't deter one man from t...
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SKE48's Jurina Matsui Cosplayed As Evangelion's Mari For A Handshake Event

SKE48 and AKB48 idol Jurina Matsui recently attended a handshake event in Nagoya dressed as Mari Makinami from Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. According to Matsui's post on SKE48's official blog, she was encouraged by SKE48 co-members Yuka Nakanishi and Airi Furukawa. Added Matsui, "I hope to do it again in the future." [Via Minna no Eva-Fan]
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Free's Makoto Serves Coffee In Latest Lawson Campaign

Appears on blanket, cushion ― Good news for any fans of Makoto Tachibana who happen to be caffeine junkies: Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club's gentle giant is the focus of a new campaign by the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson. It promotes Lawson's coffee, MACHI café, and uses Ponta, Lawson's points system. Lawson customers get one Ponta point for each cup of MACHI café they buy. Ten points will get ...
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Make A Fashion Statement with LED Cat Ear Headphones

Say what you want about vinyl versus CDs, mp4s versus mp3s, or Beats by Dre versus the headphones your smartphone came with, sometimes you just want to look awesome while you listen to your music. And now, if you have $150 to throw down on some headphones (for comparison, the aforementioned Beats by Dre headphones are priced from $170-$600), you can get light-up headphones with cat ear external sp...
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Attack on Titan English VAs Add A Little Extra Bonus to Levi and Petra's Relationship

Attack on Titan voice actors Caitlin Glass and Matthew Mercer added an extra dimension to Petra and Levi earlier in the month at KrakenCon by improvising a scene in which Petra confesses her feelings to the captain. The panel came at a particularly poignant time, as fans following the series on TV just caught up to an emotional scene involving Petra. (Please be advised that while the improvised sc...
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Rare Catbus-esque Worm Takes Its Name After Ghibli's Totoro

Researchers from Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre surprised the scientific community last year when they published their findings regarding a rare velvet worm found only in Vietnam's Cát Tiên National Park. They named him Eoperipatus totoro. While the little critter's front end does bear some resemblance to the Ghibli film's title character, the scientists s...
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Animate Fall Campaigns Include Brothers Conflict Halloween Coasters, Free Character Cards

Every season, retailer Animate runs dozens of concurrent merchandising campaigns, offering fans extra goodies for spending money on their favorite properties. This fall, Animate is once again collaborating with Brothers Conflict, with special Halloween-themed coasters featuring the various boys decked out in their spookiest outfits. For every 1,000 yen (about US$9.28) spent on Brothers Conflict me...
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Cuddle Up With New Attack on Titan Plushes

The characters of Attack on Titan spend much of their time screaming, running, and fighting, but in plush form, they're just as cuddly as all the rest. Japanese character goods creator Gift has added two new characters to their Attack on Titan plush lineup, making the total now four. The first two, Eren and Levi, will be available in November, while Armin and Jean will be available in December. Ea...
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Treat Yourself With An Evangelion Kaworu Face Mask

If you're the kind of person who's been keeping up with beauty and skincare trends as of late, you probably noticed that face masks are all the rage. Soaked with minerals and vitamins and all sorts of magic-in-a-bottle promises, these sheets are supposed to deliver results ranging from intense hydration to anti-aging and everything in between. And of course, what better way to pamper your skin tha...
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Video of Wooser and Locodol Mascot Playing Karuta is Mesmerizing

Every year since 2010, Japan has held a nationwide yuru-kyara mascot contest, taking the adorable (and sometimes strange) mascots of cities, townships, prefectures, and landmarks and pitting them against each other in the annual Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix. And every year, millions of votes are cast for the several hundred mascots that are entered. Last year, Funabashi City's hyperactive Funasshi took t...
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Three Tiger & Bunny Coworkers Reunite for Live-Action Film

Screenwriter, voice actress, and character designer find new roles ― At a preview screening on October 6 for the upcoming Japanese live-action film Oh Brother, Oh Sister! (known as Onodera-no Otouto, Onodera-no Ane in Japanese), three members of the Tiger & Bunny crew reunited: screenwriter Masafumi Nishida, voice actress Minako Kotobuki (Karina/Blue Rose), and original character designer Masakazu Ka...
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Daily Cosplay - Steampunk Tinkerbell

Character: Tinkerbell (Steampunk) Title: Peter Pan (inspired by) Cosplayer: Melis Taze Photographer: Dante Kilic (Dantegrafi) (500px) We asked Dante: "What tips can you offer cosplayers to get the shots that they want?" "Some Cosplayer forget about the cosplay what is.Some cosplayers only make costumes not have fun Cosplay is fun.If you do cosplay , you need to be this chacter.You dont smile if yo...
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Ride Around Tokushima in a Fate/stay night Taxi

Tokushima taxi company Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo is offering paying customers the chance to ride in one of seven Fate/stay night itasha cars until the end of the year. The campaign cost around 350,000 yen (about US$3,251) to outfit the cabs with car wraps, but the company hopes it will help increase sales. Tokushima, the capital of Tokushima prefecture, is the home of ufotable, the production house be...
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Attack on Titan Creator Isayama Totally Called Armin a Girl

Humor is a little hard to gauge in print, so the Attack on Titan fan community has been aflutter after a deadpan comment made by manga creator Hajime Isayama. In the latest issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, which runs Attack on Titan and frequently showcases Q&A sessions with Isayama, a fan asks, "Out of all the women in the 104th, who is Mikasa closest to?" Isayama's response: "Armin." While som...
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Ume Aoki Draws Rebellion Homura for Madoka Magazine Cover

Volume 16 of Manga Time Kirara Magica, a bimonthly magazine devoted to Madoka Magica, features a special cover drawn by Madoka Magica original character designer (and Hidamari Sketch creator) Ume Aoki. The illustration depicts Homura near the end of the Rebellion film. As the image is a spoiler for the end of the movie, please click the above to see an uncropped version. The magazine also includes...
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Old Japanese Military Ruins Draw Castle in the Sky Cosplayers

Cosplayers have been gravitating towards an old, long-abandoned military fortress on the Tomogashima islands, a group of four uninhabited islands in the southern part of Osaka Bay. Some have been using it as a backdrop for Laputa: Castle in the Sky photoshoots, inspired by its lush vegetation and quiet corridors. The Meiji Era fortress didn't serve as direct inspiration for any of the scenes in La...
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Daily Cosplay - Assassin's Creed 2's Ezio

Character: Ezio Title: Assassin's Creed 2 Cosplayer: Gülce Öztürk Photographer: Dante Kilic (Dantegrafi) (500px) We asked Dante: "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 have alotof dreamshoot not one , i want shoot Angewomon with Angemon or with Ladydevimon i want shoot TMNT , shortly i want shoot a...
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Nogizaka46's Sayuri Matsumura Apologizes for Kissing Married Man

"I didn't know he had a family" ― Sayuri Matsumura, a member of the massive idol group Nogizaka46, appeared on the radio show Recomen! on October 8 to apologize for dating a married man. "Even I can't believe what a stupid thing I did," she confessed. "I'm really sorry." She also claimed that she "didn't know much" about the man and didn't realize that they were committing adultery. The couple met wh...
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Realtor Holds 4-Panel Manga Contest About Apartments

Japanese realtor Leopalace 21 is holding a four-panel manga contest. The contest is open to professionals and amateurs alike and each entry should focus on one of the company's four selling points: fully-furnished apartments, customizable rooms, security, and soundproofing. The entry with the best story, art, and focus on the selling points will win 50,000 yen (about US$464). The runner-up will ge...
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Tetsuya Nomura's Hatsune Miku Gets A Variant Play Arts -Kai- Figure

Hatsune Miku, as designed by Square Enix game creator and designer Tetsuya Nomura, is getting a Variant Plays Arts -Kai- figure. Photos of the figure were posted online by Play Arts -Kai- director Hidemi Matsuzuka, not too long after Square Enix debuted Nomura's new Hatsune Miku video in New York. One of the autograph cards available at NYCC Nomura said that when the offer for a Hatsune Miku colla...
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Naruto's Birthday is Tomorrow, Along With Dozens of Other Characters

There's something about October 10 and the appeal of seeing 10/10 that makes it a particularly popular character birthday. Like CLAMP's reuse of April 1, plenty of characters were "born" on October 10 and the day has only gotten more popular since the spread of moe and the day's unofficial recognition as "Moe Day" (10 October (十日十月), stacked, resembles the character for moe: 萌). One character's bi...
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Journalist Claims That the Popularity of Cosplay is a Sign Of the U.S.' Impending Financial Doom

Cosplayers are harbingers of a new, terrible recession. Or so says James Pethokoukis, freelance journalist and DeWitt Wallace Fellow at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. In a piece for The Week entitled "Why the rise of cosplay is a bad sign for the U.S. economy," Pethokoukis draws a parallel between Japan's stagnant job market and its cosplay scene to argue that the incre...
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File Storage Gets Meaty with Life-Size Lotteria Burger USB Sticks

If you missed out on KFC's ridiculous fried chicken computer accessories, phone cases, and napping helmets, don't worry—burger chain Lotteria is countering with equally ludicrous food merchandise, guaranteed to give you the uncomfortable meat sweats. Two lucky winners can receive one of two 4 gig USB memory sticks... featuring either a life-size cheeseburger tower, or a shrimp burger tree. Th...
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Ichiban Kuji Celebrates 30 Years of Dragon Ball

Remember all of your favorite moments from the past 30 years of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT ― This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first publication of Akira Toriyama's masterpiece Dragonball in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump. As one of the most influential anime and manga series of all time, one can expect plenty of celebration to occur during this year. In order to convey h...
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Daily Cosplay - Dragon Age's Morrigan

Character: Morrigan Title: Dragon Age Cosplayer: Irmak Odar Photographer: Dante Kilic (Dantegrafi) (500px) We asked Dante: "Do you cosplay yourself? If so, what's been your favorite character to cosplay?" "I made cosplay in 2010/2011 but i dont do cosplay now , ionly make swords from wood for myself now , You can check my most loved cosplay Jinbei from One Piece" == Are you a cosplay photographer,...
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Japanese Students Assemble 15-Foot Cardboard Gundams

High school students from Osaka's Higashiyodo Technical High School assembled three 4.5 meter (about 14.8 feet) tall Gundam out of cardboard. The giant robots are leaving their school campus for an exhibition in downtown Osaka on October 10-11. The idea was dreamt up in 2011 by freshman electric engineering teacher Yukiko Kamamoto when she was planning how best to spend the 20,000 yen (US$184) bud...
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Newest Yotsuba&! Danbo Toy Features A Teddy Bear Pilot

The fourth of Sentinel's Maschinen Danbo figures was recently revealed, and it's somehow even better than the previous three. Designed by artist, sculptor, and Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K ZBV3000) creator Kow Yokoyama, this mechanized Danbo comes not only with a host of tiny weapons, but also space-ready Yotsuba and Juralumin mini-figures—the latter of which serves as the pilot, and fits neatly i...
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Fulfill Your Desire for 'Kabe Don' With A 'Marriage Cafe' Mannequin

Morinaga Milk (no relation to yuri artist Milk Morinaga) is pushing the launch of its Cafe Marriage brand pudding melts at Harajuku's Suites Paradise SoLaDo. Morinaga Milk is promising a treat that will melt women's hearts, but to do so, the company decided to hire a special staff member to heat them up first. The nameless, and 100% artificial waiter doll will be on hand at SoLaDo to fulfill every...
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Cast Your Vote For Your Favorite Gundam to Appear in Gundam Build Fighters Try

After today's earlier announcement that the Gundam.info portal site will stream Gundam Build Fighters Try with English subtitles in the U.S., the anime series' official website launched a poll to get viewers' favorite Gundam into the series. The official mecha list breaks down all different Gundam to choose from when casting your vote. The site will accept votes until November 12. If previous popu...
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Bookstores Construct Elaborate Natsume's Book of Friends Displays

Contest turns bookstores into gathering place for spirits and friends. ― In a nationwide contest put on by Hakusensha Publishing Co. and Comic Natalie's Power Push, several bookstores competed to create the best store front or counter display based on Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends. This week, the first place winner from among 97 different entries was selected. Though all of the contesta...
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Goku, Gohan Voice Actress Plays 8 Characters in Eagle Talon Anime Extra

Masako Nozawa, an incredibly prolific voice actress who has given life not only to Dragon Ball's Son Goku, but also to his two sons and father, as well as GeGeGe no Kitaro's title character, is showcasing just how versatile she can be. She is playing the role of eight characters in an upcoming Eagle Talon anime extra, which will be bundled with the Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume EX (Secret Society E...
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Daily Cosplay - League of Legends' Tresh

Character:Tresh Title: League of Legends Cosplayer: Cihan Yalli Photographer: Dante Kilic (Dantegrafi) (500px) We asked Dante: "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "Idont have favorite place i chose place for character and nearest the cosplayer :)" == Are you a cosplay photographer, or a cosplayer? Each week, we'll be featuring a different cosplay photograph...
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New Card Captor Sakura Stained Glass Charm Features Kero

If rewatching the new stream of Card Captor Sakura lately has you reveling in card-capturing nostalgia, Premium Bandai is selling an elegant stained glass charm with Kero and other Card Captor Sakura motifs. Kero dangles from a chain in the central and largest part of the charm, which also features multicolored stained glass panels. The charm also includes small representations of a Clow Card and ...
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Hilarious Kamen Rider Gummy Commercials Prove They Are the Juiciest Snack

Kamen Rider Drive is already set to take Kamen Rider Gaim's position as the juiciest tokusatsu television hero. The racecar-themed character is getting his own grape-flavored gummy candies and the kids are pretty excited about it. Kamen Rider Gaim got an orange-flavored incarnation during his series run, which makes sense since his powers are based around fruit. Thanks Urobuchi! Kamen Rider Drive ...
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Fate/Stay Night and Type-Moon Websites Feature Illustrated Countdowns

Those eagerly counting down the days until the official "first" episode of Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works... you're not alone. Visitors to the official Japanese or Type-moon websites are being greeted by the [Fate/stay night COUNTDOWN Project], which features artwork and messages from the production staff of both ufotable and Type-Moon. Today's images feature a drawing by character designer...
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Funimation's "Waggin' Ball Z" Cats vs Dogs Poll Reveals the Fur-ocious Victor

After almost two weeks of tense battling, Funimation's Waggin' Ball Z: Battle of Pets poll has concluded, and a four-legged winner has been decided: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
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Motorcycles Look More and More Like Gundams Every Day

Earlier in the year, Honda revealed plans for its NM4 Vultus at the 30th Osaka Motorcycle Show. With a sleek exterior and harsh angles, it looks like it could've been pulled from a sci-fi movie. And in fact, Honda says that the design is influenced by "futuristic machines seen in the anime and manga television and film styles." From the front, it even bears resemblance to armor. But Honda's not th...
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Daily Cosplay - Defense of the Ancients' Crystal Maiden

Character:Crystal Maiden Title: Defense of the Ancients (DotA) Cosplayer: Pelin Yuksel​ Photographer: Dante Kilic (Dantegrafi) (500px) We asked Dante: "What's your camera setup of choice?" "I used so much camera and lens combination but i use now Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 , Canon EF 50mm F1.4.I use Yongnuo YN560III Speedlight and Gary Fong Lightsphere." == Are you a cosplay photographer, or a cosplayer?...
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Fans Vote On What Doraemon Gadgets Would Be Most Useful for Work

How would you take a shortcut with these tools from the future? ― Ever since Doraemon came from the future and entered Nobita's life, he's been changing it in countless ways, thanks in part to his various tools from the future. While Nobita's favorite reason to use one of the tools is to stand up to Gian, they've also been utilized for many other purposes, and have not only made Nobita's life more in...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Gets Feminine Hygiene Products

Sweepstakes for product also lets fans win Sailor Moon toothbrushes, lingerie pouches ― The newest collaboration with the Sailor Moon Crystal anime has been revealed. The product being endorsed? Menstrual pads. Each package of Elis menstrual pads will be decorated with images of the five solar system Sailor soldiers, and the planet marks of the characters will also be on the wrapping around the pads....
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Animate Girl's Shop Introduces Love Live Merchandise Targeted Towards Women

Animate is launching a new lineup of Love Live merchandise marketed specifically towards women. A first look reveals bag charms representing each of the members of μ's (1,000 yen [about US$9.19]), hair scrunchies (800 yen [about US$7.35]), and pouches modeled after the girls' outfits in the "Snow Halation" PV (2,500 yen [about US$22.98]). The items will be available for pre-sale at this year's Ani...
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Daily Cosplay - Blue Exorcist's Amaimon

Character:Amaimon Title: Blue Exorcist Cosplayer: Miray Songün Photographer: Dante Kilic (Dantegrafi) (500px) We asked Dante: "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "I am photographer since Jan 2012 but i shoot cosplay since Feb 2013" == Are you a cosplay photographer, or a cosplayer? Each week, we'll be featuring a different cosplay photographer, or cosplayer, and asking them not only...
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Spanish Short Film Adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's Mighty Boy Available Online

From now until November 4, viewers around the world can watch the live-action Spanish adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's Mighty Boy, subtitled in both Japanese and English. Directed by Javier Yáñez, the short film seeked crowdfunding in 2012, and is now streaming as part of the fifth Iberoamerican Short Film Festival ABC. The script, written by Miguel Morán, was approved by Naoki Urasawa, and has the s...
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Yowamushi Pedal's Teshima Junta Gets A Real-Life Bicycle Sponsor

For up-and-coming athletes, corporate sponsorships represent a hefty paycheck, more publicity, and a sign that you've finally made it to the big leagues. Luckily for Yowamushi Pedal's Teshima Junta, that milestone has been reached. He (or rather, Yowamushi Pedal) is teaming up with bicycle maker Cannondale, his personal ride of choice, to help promote the company's SuperSix EVO 3 Ultegra racing bi...
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Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Dress Up As Tanuki For Cute Keychains

You too can have tanuki appearing in every panel of your life! ― As any fan of the series Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun knows Nozaki's former editor Maeno can be rather frustrating. From his carefree self-centered attitude to his casual disregard for his authors' work, he always seems to exist in a world of his own. Still, while he has a tendency to force its appearance in just about every panel of his c...
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Silver Parasyte Jewelry is Perfect for Halloween

Strange Freak Design is releasing a series of rings, pendants, and earrings inspired by Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte horror manga and upcoming anime and live-action adaptations just in time for Halloween. The creepy pieces include a Migi earring, pendant, ring, and Double Claw ring. The brand will roll out a second round of Parasyte jewelry in December if you want to keep the nightmare going through...
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Daily Cosplay - Predator Rescue team

Character:Rescue Team Title: Predator Cosplayer: Dutch: Beninator Blaine: Ryan Denton Hawkins: Art Andrews Pancho: Scott Kaufman Billy: Scott Gilmore Photographer: Benn & Liz Robbins (Robbins Studios) We asked the photographers, "What tips can you offer those getting into cosplay photography to get the shots they want?" "Benn - Basically what I said about cosplayers getting the shots they want. Pr...
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Nostalgic Earphones Feature Classic Gameboy

Relive gaming's early days with these retro earphones ― Like a fine wine, nostalgic memories are something that just tends to get better as time goes by. If you belong to the generation that spent many days of their childhood playing with the first generation of Nintendo's iconic handheld console, the Game Boy, then this item is sure to bring all of those happy experiences flooding back to you. Even ...
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Japan Prepares for Invasion of Baymax Standies

Fluffy, chubby robot meant to promote upcoming Disney film ― A veritable army of Baymax standies are all set to assault Japanese cinemas. At 6½ feet tall and numbering 300, these robots might pose a menace... if they weren't so poofy and cute, that is. The standies are promotions for Big Hero 6, an upcoming Disney animated film loosely adapted from the Marvel comics series. The film is set in "San Fr...
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As CW's Vortexx Block Disappears, So Does Saturday Morning Cartoons

If your morning felt a little empty, it may be because for the first time in 50-some years, there were no Saturday morning cartoons on broadcast TV. While that news may not directly impact many viewers, it does deliver a gut-punch to our childhood memories. Over the years, Saturday morning cartoons have slowly been disappearing off the airwaves, leaving only one last block of animation programming...
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Daily Cosplay - Batman's Harley Quinn

Character: Harley Quinn Title: Batman Cosplayer: Vivid Vivka Photographer: Benn & Liz Robbins (Robbins Studios) We asked the photographers, "What tips can you offer cosplayers to get the shots that they want?" "Benn - Practice, practice, practice. Practice your pose. Practice your facial expressions. Practice your body movement. Know what you want ahead of time and how you want the photo to go. Ma...
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Fate/Stay Night's Rin and Archer Want Fans to Donate Blood

While fans are gearing up to watch the premiere of the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works TV anime, which starts October 4, they may consider donating some blood, as well. The anime is teaming up with the fall Machi Asobi anime event in Tokushima, Japan, and offering two chances to score collectible Fate/stay night paper items. Those who donate blood between October 11-13 at one of two station...
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Patch Up Your Cuts and Scrapes with Colorful Free! Bandages

Getting a papercut is no fun at all, but with enough cute boys, marine animals, and lots of butterflies and hearts, it can be just a little more tolerable. Sol International will soon be releasing five sets of Free! band-aids, each featuring a different character. Each set comes with 10 band-aids packaged inside a collectible character tin. The sets will retail for 700 yen (about US$6.37) before t...
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Titans Swap Out Humans for Fast Food in Attack on Titan Art Exhibit Promo

There's nothing a titan likes better than chomping down on a fresh, juicy human, but even they'd rather spare onlookers the horror of watching. So instead, they're turning to fast food. In an ad campaign for the upcoming "Attack on Titan Exhibition" at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, titans are shown eschewing their typical food source for a big bite of fried chicken, pizza, burgers, and hot dog, ...
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Final Fantasy XV Meme Gets Official Assets, Fan Makes Incredible Chrome Browser Extension

Ever since the Final Fantasy XV trailer debuted at the Tokyo Game Show, fans have been having a ball making their own road trip images, Photoshopping the characters in front of store fronts, drive-through monitors, and more. While Square Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto hasn't been too thrilled at the meme, director Hajime Tabata thinks it's hilarious, prompting Square Enix to release high-res art a...
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Daily Cosplay - Ghost in the Shell's Motoko Kusanagi

Character: Motoko Kusanagi Title: Ghost in the Shell Cosplayer: Precious Cosplay Photographer: Benn & Liz Robbins (Robbins Studios) We asked the photographers, "Everyone has a "dream shoot." If you could go anywhere in the world, with any character ever imagined, what would your dream shoot be?" "Benn - Oh wow. I think I will let my wife answer this one because my answer would be something, someth...
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Japanese Manga Readers Recount Series That Made Them Cry

The My Navi Woman website asked 362 readers about manga, specifically if they ever cried while reading a series and what series made them cry. Most of the readers (81.8%) never cried while reading manga because they have hearts of steel, but 66 respondents admitted to shedding a few tears. The number once choice was One Piece (18.2%), with one participant saying she cried when Luffy and his friend...
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Attack on Titan Characters Don Cat Ears for Namjatown Collaboration

Namco's indoor theme park, Namjatown, is collaborating with Attack on Titan and getting them into the Halloween spirit with adorable cat ears. The special campaign will include a variety of game prizes and limited-edition merchandise, but for the time being, only the above teaser image is available. The theme park has also redrawn their cat mascots as Attack on Titan soldiers, and visitors can be ...
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Start Planning For Next Year's Halloween With This Official Majin Buu Costume

This official costume recreates one of the most loved and feared of Dragon Ball Z characters ― With Halloween just around the corner, enthusiasts are already pouring their hearts and souls into putting together their costume for the year. In case you still need some ideas however, or are already looking for something to pull in plenty of candy next year, here's a costume that is sure to get you plent...