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Detective Conan Criminal Manga Reveals Secret of Cup Noodle's Mystery Meat

Fans of Nissin Foods' Cup Noodle instant ramen may know of the freeze-dried "mystery meat" cubes included in some varieties. The cubes are officially called "dice minchi" (diced mince), but Nissin Foods hasn't openly discussed what the mystery meat is actually made of. The company finally decided to reveal the secret of Cup Noodle's meat cubes in Mayuko Kanba's Detective Conan: Hannin no Hanzawa-s...
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Fans Can Watch Skating Duo Kihara & Suzaki Perform to Yuri!! on Ice at NHK Competition

Earlier this summer, figure skating pair Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki were spotted performing to the track "Yuri!!! on Ice" from the anime of the same name at Skate Detroit. While Yūri Katsuki uses the song as the background music for his Free Skate choreography, Kihara and Suzaki were said to be using it for their Short Program in upcoming competitions. The duo announced on their shared blog tha...
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All the Sailor Moon Merchandise, Finally in One Place

Fans of one of anime's most popular magical series of all time have enjoyed a sort of renaissance of the last five years. Sailor Moon became relevant again when, for its 20th anniversary, a new anime series was announced. This began an avalanche, with a new manga edition release, a total of three anime seasons, a two-part anime film project underway, new musical productions, and every kind of mer...
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Intermediate Results Are In for Fantasia Bunko's Best Beach Babe

Those of you lamenting the end of summer, fear not, light novel publisher Fantasia Bunko has one last bit of hot weather fanservice for its readers. The imprint of Fujimi Shobo opened a poll for fans on August 21 to pick their favorite swimsuit girl or woman from the publisher's array of light novels. The intermediate results show that Slayers' Lina Inverse has still got it after all these years. ...
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Final Fantasy Gets Its 1st Ever Roller Coaster at USJ

Universal Studio Japan debuts Final Fantasy XR Ride next year ― We've had Final Fantasy weddings. And Final Fantasy noodles. And Final Fantasy noodle hats. But you know what we haven't had? A Final Fantasy roller coaster. Until now. Universal Studios Japan announced that it will host the world's first Final Fantasy coaster as part of its Cool Japan campaign next year. The Final Fantasy XR Ride combin...
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DMM Games Cancels Controversial Shrine Moe Girl Project, Causes Speculation

DMM Games (Kan Colle, Tōken Ranbu) announced on September 11 that it is canceling development of its "pure Japanese-style simulation RPG" Yashiro ni Hoheto that anthropomorphizes real Shinto shrines in Japan as moe girls. The company said it no longer plans to release the game, and it has destroyed all information related to existing pre-registrations. The developer announced the game on March 15....
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Official Twitter Account Announces Plans to Celebrate Ga-Rei-Zero Anniversary in 2018

A new Twitter account launched on Monday for Ga-Rei-Zero, a supernatural action anime series that is approaching its 10th anniversary. The Twitter account was launched in direct response to the upcoming milestone. The account's inaugural tweet shows the series' main characters Yomi and Kagura embracing and laughing. あの衝撃の第1話から10年!TVアニメ「喰霊-零-」は2018年で放送10周年を迎えます!10周年に向けて喰霊-零-10周年記念公式ツイッタースタートいたしました!...
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Tottori City Honors Late Manga Creator Jiro Taniguchi with 11ft High Sand Sculpture

The manga world lost a bright star earlier this year when creator Jiro Taniguchi passed away at the age of 69. Known for his signature style of fine line art and shading without ink, Taniguchi attracted adult fans of his honest portrayal of every day people. His stories like Kodoku no Gourmet about a solitary salesman named Gorō Inagashira as he travels all over Japan is just one example of his po...
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Japanese Netizens Choose Their Grotesque Anime Must-Watch List

Do you feel that crisp chill in the air? That's autumn at the doorstep and with the changing of the season, all the spooks, terrors, and gory horror come out to romp. If you're a fan of the gruesome and bloody, Goo Ranking readers weighed in on the top choices of guro anime, even for the squeamish. The number one choice is unsurprisingly the fan-favorite Attack on Titan. If viewers can stomach gia...
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Kemono Friends' Fox Girls Try to Figure Out Udon in Animated Short

The popular Kemono Friends anime series has had no shortage of collaboration opportunities, namely with zoos across Japan, the Japan Racing Association, and the Animelo Live Summer concerts. The latter two got tie-in animated shorts starring the animal girls from the series. Nissin Cup Noodle is the latest to hire the colorful cast to promote its wares. In a one minute short released on Tuesday, K...
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Berserk Creator Reveals He Based Band of the Hawk on High School Friendship

Berserk manga creator Kentarou Miura spoke at the "Hakusensha Sokujitsu Debut Manga Shō" (Hakusensha Same-Day Debut Manga Awards) event on Sunday. Members of the editorial departments of Hakusensha's various manga magazines attended to review and critique manuscripts that aspiring manga creators brought to the event. The appearance marked Miura's first speech of this kind, and his topic was "guide...
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Event Report: "Anime Day" at Tokyo Meat Festival

Pigging out on steak while grooving to an anisong concert sounds like a very specific definition of paradise. I did not realize how much I craved this until I actually experienced it. Tokyo's NikuFes (“Meat Festival”) has been getting more anime-influenced over the years. In 2015, the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma actress Minami Takahashi had her own Food Wars! booth, where she cooked meat dishes f...
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Japanese Men & Women Rank Their Underwear Preferences, Habits

While the traditional women's white panties has gotten its fair share of reinterpretations recently, it would be remiss to say that its the overwhelming favorite of both wearers and fans of lingerie. The website Rakuten Infoseek Woman asked both men and women to weigh in on their underwear preferences. Many stated that they aren't opposed to receiving lingerie as a gift (60%) although they said it...
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Kemono Friends Collaborates With Zoo That Inspired Franchise

Keio Corporation, Tama Zoological Park, and Inokashira Park Zoo are partnering for Kemono Friends' newest zoo collaboration. The "Keio no Densha ni Notte Dōbutsu-tachi ni Ai ni Ikō! Tama & Inokashira Zoo x Kemono Friends Stamp Rally" (Let's Ride Keio Trains and Go Meet Animals! Tama & Inokashira Zoo x Kemono Friends Stamp Rally) event will be held from September 21 to October 22. The first 9,000 p...
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Ghost Pokemon Haunt Your Drinks as Cup Companions

The spookiest denizens of the Pokemon world are here to haunt your drinks for Halloween season. This is the pocket-sized monsters' second collection of PUTITTO capsule toys and they will go on sale at Pokemon Centers starting on September 30. A total of seven Ghost-type Pokemon were chosen for this release, including the popular Mimikyu. Haunter uses his "Lick" attack to get a taste of your juice...
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Creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto Tries Out Kaiji VR's Perilous Balancing Act

Manga creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto has continually put his characters in high-stakes situations, but the tables turned on September 14 when he was put in Kaiji's footsteps in the Kaiji VR ~Zetsubō no Tekkotsu Watari~ (Kaiji VR ~Steel Beam Crossing of Despair~) PlayStation VR game. Game developer Solid Sphere launched the title in Japan on August 28 for 1,800 yen (about US$16).. The scenario is based ...
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Onsen Musume Multimedia Project Debuts 2nd Anime Music Video

The idols of the Onsen Musume multimedia project held their "SPRiNGS 1st LIVE “NOW ON☆SENSATION!!" event on August 20. SPRiNGS is the nine-member idol group made up of the voice actresses attached to the project. Voice actresses Yūki Takada, Yurika Endō, Rika Nagae, Natsumi Hioka, Yūki Kuwahara, Karin Takahashi, Minami Shinoda, and Misaki Watada opened with "Future Imagination!" and closed with "J...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Director Criticizes Upcoming Live-Action Film

At a stage show on September 16th at Nikufes (Meat Festival) Tokyo 2017, Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima criticized the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film, saying that, “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors.” Mizushima made these comments at a roundtable discussion with anime producers Hiroshi Kanemaru (Popin Q) and Tomoki Misawa (Urawa no Usagi-chan). The to...
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Leotard Reinvented as 'Whole Body Panties'

Pillow panties seemed like the final frontier in underwear. After water bottle cozies and sleepwear for your sleeping accessories, I thought there was nowhere else to go. Obviously, I am not as creative as the masterminds at the Village Vanguard Online Store. Behold, full body panties! Or, more accurately, a leotard that is made to look like a pair of women's underwear. The item description notes...
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Bandai Recreates Sailor Moon's Silver Crystal as Face Powder Case

Bandai's cosmetics brand Creer Beaute unveiled Pretty Guardians Color Powder as the latest item in its well-established Miracle Romance line on Friday. The Silver Crystal that appears in the story of Sailor Moon inspired the color powder's design. The five-color face powder is inspired by the five main Sailor Guardians. The powder includes five types of moisturizing ingredients. Once applied, the...
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Emon Unveils Evil or Live Animated Series for October Premiere

Series about teenagers in rehab facility for net addiction stars Shinichiro Ueda, Kouki Uchiyama, Chika Anzai ― Emon Animation Company announced on Thursday that it is producing Evil or Live, an animated adaptation of a Tencent webcomic by Li Xiaonan that will premiere on Tokyo MX-1 on October 10. The show will have 12 episodes, with each episode being 25 minutes long. Emon describes the show: In thi...
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Maximum the Hormone Band's Manga Launches

The manga inspired by the Maximum the Hormone band launched in this year's fall issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Aniki magazine on Friday. Band member Maximum the Ryo-kun is writing the story, and Hideaki Fujii (Battle Spirits: Shōnen Toppa Bashin, LBX - Little Battlers eXperience, Shin Megamitensei DEVIL CHILDREN) is drawing the series. The story of the manga, titled Maximum the Ryo-kun no Hissats...
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Meowth Prepares for Trouble at Build-A-Bear Workshop

Following in the footsteps of a Squirtle, who debuted as a plush at the chain in June, the newest member of Build-A-Bear Workshop's Pokémon line is Meowth. Build-A-Bear Workshop began offering Meowth as a plush on Thursday. The Meowth set exclusive to the retailer's online shop includes Meowth, a Quick Ball hoodie, a Team Rocket hoodie, an online-only sound chip with six Meowth sounds, and an exc...
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Delicious in Dungeon Manga Animated PV Cooks Up Mushroom Men

Scrounging up tasty cuisine in the darkest depths of a dungeon is tough going for adventurers. Ryōko Kui's Delicious in Dungeon manga follows the knight Laios in a month-long race against the clock to confront the dragon that ate his sister, and that means cooking up what he can find in its lair. The manga's fifth volume was released on August 10. The staff decided to celebrate by creating a stop-...
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Kirby 25th Anniversary Poll Lets Fans Vote for Favorite Copy Ability

Nintendo opened voting on Thursday for a poll that asks fans what their favorite Copy Ability from the Kirby video game series is. The poll is marking both the franchise's 25th anniversary and the upcoming release of the Kirby: Battle Royale game. Fans can choose their favorite Copy Ability from a list of 57 options. The Copy Abilities available in the poll are (listed in the order they appear in ...
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Actor Tadanobu Asano Becomes Pikachu Fan in Pokkén Tournament DX Ad

Actors Tadanobu Asano (live-action Parasyte's Gotō, live-action Kiki's Delivery Service's Dr. Ishi) and Mana Ashida (live-action Bunny Drop's Rin, Pacific Rim's young Mako) star in a new television commercial for the Pokkén Tournament DX game that debuted on Thursday. Although initially unenthusiastic, Asano becomes "Pikachu Man" in the video and yells "Go, Pikachu!," "Thunderbolt, Pika—!," and ot...
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Make Your Own Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Film Trailer

The official website for the Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution film series began a special promotion for the first film on Thursday. Fans can access a trailer maker page on the website to create their own original anime trailers. First, people must choose four of 20 possible three-second videos to include in the trailer. Then, they can choose between Hiroya Ozaki's "Glory Days" theme son...
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Voice Actors Akira Ishida, Akira Kamiya to Attend Nerima Anime Carnival

Nerima Anime Carnival is an anime festival organized by various anime-related companies that takes place every fall in Tokyo's Nerima ward. This year's Nerima Anime Carnival will showcase the hit film In This Corner of the World, the anime Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, and Tatsunoko Production, a prolific anime studio celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. The free event will be held on Octob...
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Sanrio Collaboration, Art Exhibit Mark Rozen Maiden Manga's 15th Anniversary

Peach-Pit's Rozen Maiden manga is collaborating with some of Sanrio's most popular characters to celebrate the series' 15th anniversary. Kuromi, Pompompurin, Little Twin Stars, Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Cinnamoroll will appear as Rozen Maiden-style dolls on a clear file that will bundle with the October issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine on September 19. The Rozen Maiden 0 manga will also f...
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Super Mario Odyssey Game Gets Nintendo Switch Bundle at Launch

Nintendo revealed more details for the Super Mario Odyssey game for the Nintendo Switch during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. The company announced that the game will get a Nintendo Switch bundle with a themed carrying case and red Joy-Con controllers. The video embedded below also reveals the game's Shiveria and Bubblaine areas, more story details, Snapshot Mode, and the three ami...
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Poké Ball, Pikachu 2DS XL Variants Ship in November

Nintendo revealed new features for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. In addition to previewing the new features, Nintendo's latest video for the games reveals that the Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL will ship in North America on November 3. Two Pokémon-themed New Nintendo 2DS LL variants will ship in Japan on November 17...
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Man-gatarō Publishes One Piece Parody Manga to Promote New Series

This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is publishing the first chapter of Man-gatarō's (Gatarō Man) Chin Piece parody manga on Saturday. The chapter, titled "Romance Dawn -Bōken no Yoake," will be the only installment of a series that the magazine suggests is a promotion for an untitled series that Man-gatarō will launch next month. The Chin Piece manga is a parody of Eii...
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Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashi Wins Web Manga General Election

Pixiv and Nippon Shuppan Hanbai, Inc's "Web Manga General Election" announced its winners last week. 50 selected titles vied for the prize from 1,600 nominations. Ultimately, Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii took the top spot. The manga is on a roll this year, nominated in the Best General Manga category for the 41st annual Kodansha Manga Awards in April, ranked #9 on bookshop owner's recommend...
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Manga Book Aims to Explain Vladimir Putin

Although reportedly popular in his own country, President of Russia Vladimir Putin faces criticism from people in many countries, including Japan. To explain the world leader's complex personal history, East Press released the Manga de Wakaru Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Understanding Through Manga: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin) manga book on Monday. Toe Shinme drew the manga, and journalist Kenr...
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Kana Hanazawa Stars in Upcoming Anime Promo Video for Robot Novel

Voice actress Kana Hanazawa is starring as the heroine in an anime promotional video for Yūsuke Yamada's Boku wa Robot Goshi no Kimi ni Koi wo Suru (I fall in love with you through a robot) novel. Kawade Shobo Shinsha will release the novel as Yamada's first work in four years on October 21. A-1 Pictures (Your Lie in April, Sword Art Online) is producing the animation for the video. The 22-year-ol...
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Suzuki Swift Sport Gets Action-Packed Live-Action, Anime-Style Hybrid Ad

Recently, car companies have gone full speed ahead to attract nerds with disposable income. The biggest example is Toyota and its campaign for the C-HR crossover SUV that included multiple ads featuring Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga, Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star manga, CAPCOM's Street Fighter II game, and Takara Tomy's Tomica toy cars. The company has also gone on to create campaigns with ...
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A Lovelorn Heidi Stars in Cup Noodle's Latest 'Hungry Days' Anime Ad

Nissin Foods' Cup Noodle brand is using nostalgia to appeal to potential customers in its "Hungry Days" campaign. The ads first starred a grown-up Kiki from Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service. In the ad, the now high school age witch confesses her feelings to Tombo. The campaign returned to its themes of young love blended with classic characters in a new ad that premiered on Wednesday. The 3...
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Detective Conan x Kyoto Crossover Merchandise Features Traditional Crafts, Snacks

Detective Conan (Case Closed) is getting the traditional Kyoto treatment with a new line of collaboration merchandise that features Kyoto-style handicrafts and snacks. The merchandise is themed after the popular characters Conan Edogawa (Jimmy Kudo), Ai Haibara (Anita Hailey), Kaito Kid, and Tōru Amuro. The items include Kyoto-style Nishijin-ori (Nishijin-weaving) wallets and smartphone pouches, ...
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Gintama. is Most Anticipated Anime of Fall 2017

Vote in ANN's poll to chose your most anticipated Fall series! ― The Charapedia website announced the results last Thursday of its poll asking readers which anime they are most anticipating for the Fall 2017 season. New seasons and sequels of beloved television anime dominated the results. The newest installment of the mega-popular anime Gintama came out on top in the poll. The series is returning on...
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Universal Studios Japan Reveals Sailor Moon, Final Fantasy, Detective Conan, Monster Hunter Attractions for 2018

The Universal Studios Japan theme park announced on Wednesday that its Universal Cool Japan 2018 event will include attractions inspired by Sailor Moon, Final Fantasy, Detective Conan, and Monster Hunter. Next year's annual event will run from January 19 to June 24. The first wave of the event will feature Final Fantasy, Detective Conan, and Monster Hunter. The second wave, which will begin in spr...
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Events, Merch Gear Up for 2nd Season of Mr. Osomatsu Anime

The second season of the Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) anime, a spin-off series based on Fujio Akatsuka's original Osomatsu-kun manga, is premiering on October 2. Japanese anime goods store Animate is celebrating the series' return with two different collaboration events and a line of campaign-exclusive merchandise. Kadokawa is sponsoring the first Animate event, "KADOmatsu-san Fair 2nd," and it wi...
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Mary and the Witch's Flower Cafe Comes to Tokyo Skytree Town

Studio Ponoc's anime film Mary and the Witch's Flower is inspiring a "Garden Sand Cafe" in Tokyo Skytree Town. The cafe features an original menu and photo spots with images from the film, and it will be open from September 15 to November 5. The cafe was previously open in Omotesandō, Tokyo from August 4 to September 2, but it is getting an encore due to popular demand. The inside of the cafe wil...
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JoJo, Fist of the North Star Creators Discuss Their Manga, Influences

Hirohiko Araki, the creator of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Tetsuo Hara, the artist behind the Fist of the North Star manga, discussed their experiences drawing their respective series at the "Legend Talk Show" event held last week as part of the "Sōkan 50 Shūnen Kinen Shūkan Shōnen Jump-ten Vol. 1" exhibition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The ...
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GeGeGe no Kitaro Creator Shigeru Mizuki's Essay Discusses Depicting War in Manga

The younger daughter of manga artist and historian Shigeru Mizuki apparently discovered a previously unreleased essay by the late creator as she was tidying up at the Mizuki Productions Studio in Chofu,Tokyo in May. Mizuki, who is known for series such as GeGeGe no Kitaro, Hitler, and Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, passed away in November 2015 at the age of 93. The hand-written essay is one page...
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Rental Versions of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Reveal Asuna's Nipple

The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale film hit shop shelves as a rental DVD in Japan on Tuesday. Some fans hurried to pick up a copy to confirm whether the bath scene reveals Asuna's "assets." The film's director Tomohiko Ito and fellow staff members teased in July that the Japanese Blu-ray Disc release of the film may reveal Asuna's nipples during the scene. Fanboys in Japan are rejoicing because t...
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Catch 'Em All With New Line of Real-Life Poké Balls

Channel your inner Pokémon master with Bandai's second line of real-life Poké Balls, the "Pocket Monsters Ball Collection Special 02." The new collection includes the Fast Ball, Level Ball, Lure Ball, Heavy Ball, Moon Ball, Love Ball, Friend Ball, and GS Ball. Bandai released its first line of Poké Balls in April for the Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! film, which premiered in Japan on July 15. ...
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Rose of Versailles' Chocolate Snack Collaboration Lets Fans Kiss Oscar

Glico's Bitte chocolate cookie snacks are collaborating with Riyoko Ikeda's classic historical shōjo manga Rose of Versailles for a second collaboration. Six characters from the series will appear as baristas on special packaging of Bitte's Milk Chocolat and Ivory Chocolat varieties. Bitte snacks are branded as pairing well with coffee. The collaboration is titled "Versailles no Barista" (Barista ...
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Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film Director Deletes Twitter After Harassment

Although Death Note manga creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata had some positive words for Netflix's live-action Death Note film, it has received mixed reviews from fans and critics. In addition to whitewashing complaints, the film has faced criticism for plot changes and the Seattle setting. Some disappointed fans decided to express their frustrations to the film's director Adam Wingard on his...
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7 Versions of Re:ZERO's Rem Debut at 6 Convenience Stores

The Lawson chain of convenience stores will offer special collaboration merchandise featuring the popular Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- character Rem. However, the items will only be available at a total of six Lawson stores in Tokyo, Aichi, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka Prefectures and on the chain's online shop. The seven versions of Rem for the collaboration will be Lawson Uniform, Karaage...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist's Winry, Anime Voice Actresses Comment on New Film

Actress Tsubasa Honda (seen center in image below) and voice actresses Romi Park (seen right in image below) and Rie Kugimiya (seen left in image below) recently gave their thoughts on the upcoming live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film, which will open in Japan on December 1. Honda plays Winry Rockbell in the live-action film, while Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya voiced Edward and Alphonse Elric, respe...
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Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels Dons Saiyan Armor on Fence Painting

Defensive end fires a Kamehameha during a game ― It's not every day that someone in our world gets to become a Super Saiyan. However, being an NFL football player has its perks. Artist Spencer Young recently painted Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels as a Saiyan wearing a scouter. Daniels tweeted a picture of the art on Monday. My dude @spencernyoung made me into a Saiyan, right across the ...
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RWBY Web Series' Volume 4 Japanese Dub Trailer Streamed

Warner Bros. Japan's official anime YouTube channel began streaming a trailer and 15- and 30-second versions of a commercial for the fourth volume of Rooster Teeth's RWBY web series on Friday. The fourth volume will have a two-week theatrical screening at the Shinjuku Piccadilly, Cine Libre Ikebukuro, 109 Cinemas Kawasaki, 109 Cinemas Nagoya, Namba Park Cinema, and Movix Kyoto theaters beginning o...
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Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online Top 2017 Newtype Awards' Preliminary Results

Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine announced the preliminary results of the Newtype Anime Awards 2016-2017 last week. Readers of the magazine and other anime fans are voting for their favorite works among those released between October 2016 and September 2017. The voting deadline is Wednesday. Best Work (TV Broadcast) Attack on Titan Season 2 Fate/Apocrypha Bungo Stray Dogs 2 Mobile Suit Gundam: ...
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Avant-garde T-shirt Advertised as One 'Only Otaku Will Understand'

Test your otaku cred with this T-shirt marketed as something that "only otaku will understand." 「オタクにしか分からない四角」T戦友か否か一瞬で判断出来る普段使い出来るシャツ https://t.co/lfBUxdBjiw pic.twitter.com/rvtAXTvUDf— あばず[email protected]ぱんっあ12 な-11 (@abazured) September 9, 2017 "A square that only otaku will understand" T-shirt A shirt that can be used to judge in one second whether or not someone is a "comrade in arms" As some of you ma...
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Cute Godzilla Humidifier Shoots Atomic Breath, Roars

You can now furnish your home with a humidifier modeled after the king of the monsters. The "Humidifier King Godzilla," created by the Japanese toy maker Shine, uses an LED light to create the legendary kaiju's blue atomic breath and is loaded with music from the Godzilla films and Godzilla's roar. The humidifier is a chibi version of Godzilla from the 1992 film Godzilla vs. Mothra, which has a l...
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IDOLiSH 7 Group Trigger's New Anime Music Video Streamed

The full music video for the song "Daybreak Interlude" from the IDOLiSH 7 group Trigger launched on Sunday. BONES animated the video, and Tetsuya Komuro composed the music. Komuro has previously written theme songs for titles such as City Hunter and Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier. Vocalist and voice actress Aira Yuki wrote the lyrics. Yuki will be singing the ending theme for the upcoming Imōto Sae...
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Cosplay as Mobile Suit Gundam's Big Zam With Enormous Cushion, Slippers

Show the Earth Federation the power of the Principality of Zeon with a new, unusually large cushion and slipper set modeled after the massive MA-08 Big Zam mobile armor from Mobile Suit Gundam. The Premium Bandai website began offering the set for pre-order on Friday, and the pre-order will be available until 11:00 p.m. JST on September 25 or until a predetermined number of orders is reached. The...
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Voice Actors, Staff Attend JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Blu-ray Release Party

The staff of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure will hold a three-day talk show event featuring voice actors, theme song performers, and other staff from the anime to commemorate the release of new Blu-ray Disc box sets of the series. The event will run from September 16 to 18 at Tower Records in Shibuya, Tokyo. The event days will have themes for the "Phantom Blood," "Battle Tendency," and "Stardust Crusa...
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Zettai Karen Children Creator Draws Kemono Friends Response Manga

Zettai Karen Children (Psychic Squad) manga creator Takashi Shiina posted a two-page manga on Wednesday about the Kemono Friends anime. In the manga, Shiina gives his take on the viral hit. The story begins with Kaban apparently recovering from being involved in a plane crash. Doctor: How are you feeling? Kaban: My headache is almost completely gone. Doctor: That's an impressive recovery after tha...
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Hatsune Miku Learns to Sing in Chinese

Virtual idol Hatsune Miku, who celebrated her 10th anniversary on August 31, has added a new language to her repertoire. Crypton Future Media released a download pack on September 7 that lets the iconic twin-tailed idol sing in Chinese. The new software is titled Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese and can be purchased from the Crypton download store Sonicwire for 10,800 yen (about US$100). The Chinese pack ...
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Kemono Friends Prize Lottery Offers Hooded Blanket

Japan's Family Mart convenience stores are partnering with the Kemono Friends anime for a special prize lottery campaign. The campaign will run from September 13 to October 2. People who spend at least 500 yen (about US$5) on collaboration items at Family Mart stores can take pictures of their receipts to submit them online for a chance to win prizes. The A Prizes are 100 Lucky Beast blankets wit...
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Monster Strike Smartphone Game Collaborates With The Seven Deadly Sins

The official website for the Monster Strike smartphone game announced on Thursday that the game is collaborating with The Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War- anime. The anime's main character Meliodas will be available in the game in a "Dragon's Sin Meliodas" version. In addition, a Demon Meliodas with different abilities will also be available. Other in-game characters for the collaboration wil...
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Reborn! Anime Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Pop-Up Shops, Exclusive Merch

The anime adaptation of Akira Amano's Reborn! manga is celebrating its 10th anniversary with pop-up shops in Osaka and Tokyo and a wide array of limited-edition merchandise. The pop-up shop in Osaka will be open from September 16 to November 12 at Aeon Mall Dainichi's Namco store, and the Tokyo location will be open from December 2 to January 22 at Shinjuku ALTA. Both pop-up shops will feature a ...
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Masako Nozawa, Takayoshi Tanimoto to Attend 1st-Ever Dragon Ball-Themed 3K Run

Dragon Ball's first ever fan running event, "Dragon Ball Run," is coming to Tokyo and Aichi later this month. The foot races will have a course that is about three kilometers (about 1.86 miles) long. The events will feature special appearances by Masako Nozawa, the voice actress for Son Goku and the majority of his male relatives, and Takayoshi Tanimoto, who performed the theme song for Dragon Ba...
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Cosplay as Sailor Senshi, Sailor Starlights With Sailor Moon T-shirts

Bandai announced a new line of cosplay T-shirts on Tuesday that will let fans transform into the Sailor Starlights, who will star in the upcoming Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final- stage musical. In addition, the company will re-release a line of Sailor Moon Crystal cosplay T-shirts and sell a Sailor Starlights musical-themed tote bag. The Sailor Starlights T-shirts mimic the costume...
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Win Prizes at Home With Taito's New Online Crane Game Service

Do you love arcade games but hate leaving the house? The Japanese arcade company Taito announced on Tuesday that it is launching the Taito Online Crane service this fall. The service will let arcade enthusiasts play crane games online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Any prizes players win will ship directly to them for free. Players will be able to manipulate the crane game machines using a PC, ...
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The irregular at magic high school's Protagonist Recruits for Japan's Military

Recruiting young people for military service is a challenge in many countries, and Japan seems to be no exception. The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) is turning to anime to help with recruitment. The 2017 recruitment poster of the JSDF's Tokyo Provincial Cooperation Office features The irregular at magic high school's protagonist Tatsuya Shiba. The smaller black text along the right side of the ...
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1st Pokémon Research Lottery Prizes Feature Magnemite

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji prize lottery line revealed its first set of "Pokémon Research" prizes on September 1. The line's first batch of goods showcases Magnemite (known as "Coil" in Japan) and its evolution family, which includes Magneton and Magnezone. Here are the prizes: A PrizeMagnemite Plush B PrizeBig rubber key holders (five varieties) C PrizePlates (eight varieties) The Last One Prize w...
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Girls und Panzer Voice Actress Ikumi Nakagami Gives Birth to 2nd Son

Voice actress Ikumi Nakagami announced on her official blog on Monday evening that she gave birth to her second son at 9:14 a.m. on Monday. The boy weighed 2,578 grams (about 5.68 pounds). Nakagami said both she and her son are healthy, and if her recovery continues at the current rate, she may be able to return to work sooner than she thought. Nakagami thanked all her supporters for their help du...
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Watch Kyōko's Voice Actress Play Madoka Magica Pachinko

Voice actress and pachinko beginner Ai Nonaka, who played Kyōko Sakura in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime and film trilogy, tried her hand at the new Madoka Magica pachinko game. The video of Nonaka playing the pachinko machine, posted on Monday, begins with an interview about her role as Kyōko. The pachinko machines, complete with an ominously glowing Kyubey, launched in July. Nonaka announce...
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Oregairu's Komachi Tops Poll of Most Popular Younger Sisters in Anime

Japanese website Anime! Anime! recently held a poll to determine the most popular younger sister anime characters. The poll marked Younger Sister's Day, which is celebrated on September 6 in Japan. The poll also leads up to the premiere of the Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. (A Sister's All You Need; seen below) television anime, inspired by Yomi Hirasaka and Kantoku's light novels, which will premiere on Oct...
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D.Gray-man Fan Book Editors Apologize for 13 Published Errors

The D.Gray-man Kōshiki Fan Book Haiiro no Kiroku (D.Gray-man Official Fan Book: Gray Log), the series' second official fan book, shipped in Japan on August 4. However, the release did not go as smoothly as the editors and publisher probably wanted. The book has an unusually large amount of errors, which led Jump Square to post an apology on its official Twitter account. The editorial department of...
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Godzilla Gets 1st Ever Festival to Mark Anime Film's Premiere

Leading up to the premiere of the first Godzilla anime film, titled Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei, the Godzilla franchise will hold the "Gojira Fes" (Godzilla Fest) event at Cinecity Square in Kabukichō, Tokyo on November 3. The event will be the first ever to celebrate the franchise's creation and history. The festival will display images of eight Godzillas from the Heisei-period monster to its most re...
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1st Episode of 'Fastening Days' Anime Shorts' 3rd Part Streamed With Japanese, English Audio

Zipper maker YKK began streaming Episode 1 of the third part of its "Fastening Days" series of anime shorts on Wednesday. YKK is streaming the episode on YouTube with both Japanese and English audio, and the short is available in a total of seven languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. Tomotaka Shibayama (episode director for Space Brothers, unit director for ...
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One Piece's Chopper Gets Cuddly as High-End Steiff Teddy Bear

German plush toy company Steiff is collaborating with One Piece to release a special Tony Tony Chopper-inspired teddy bear. The release is limited to 1,500 bears. The Chopper bear features Steiff's trademark "button in ear," the character's name on the bear's foot with a winter-blooming cherry blossom flower, and the pink hat and blue nose of the Straw Hat Pirates' doctor. The bear costs 43,200 y...
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New Eureka Seven Film Gets VR Experience in Tokyo

The official website of the Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution film series announced on Thursday that the films are collaborating with Bandai Namco Entertainment's VR Zone Shinjuku game center. The collaboration marks the first time that the game center is collaborating with a theatrical work. The collaboration will feature a large number of special videos. The Center Core Area will have ...
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Relax Like Ho-kago Tea Time Members With K-ON! Loungewear

Otaku mail order website Super Groupies launched pre-orders for a new line of fluffy K-ON! loungewear on Tuesday. The website is accepting pre-orders until September 24, and the items will ship in early December. Five different varieties of loungewear are available, each modeled after one of the five main characters in the anime. Each set costs 10,800 yen (about US$100) without tax. The Yui Hiras...
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A Closer Look at the Unicorn Gundam in Odaiba

Odaiba is no stranger to Gundam. Until earlier this year, the seaside city was home to a life-sized replica of Amuro Ray's iconic Gundam suit. I regret not being able to see it with my own eyes, since it was removed shortly before I was stationed in Tokyo. But no matter — the original Gundam is now being replaced by a new, equally impressive model. It's still under construction, but the life-sized...
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Cardcaptor Sakura's School Uniform Inspires Backpack, Pass Case

Cardcaptor Sakura is teaming up with fashion brand Rydia to release a backpack inspired by Sakura's sailor school uniform. The collaboration is also releasing a pass multi case with a Sakura Card motif. Sakura's Tomoeda Elementary School uniform and the backpack feature characteristic red lines. The backpack costs 12,000 yen (about US$110), and its front has an embroidered Star Wand emblem. The p...
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Ensemble Stars! Stage Play Cast Members Make Theater Manners Video

The cast of the upcoming Ensemble Stars! stage play, titled Ensemble Stars Extra Stage: Judge of Knights, don't want fans to act up during the show. They decided to make a manners video to demonstrate to audience members exactly what behaviors are prohibited. The video explains that using cell phones, taking photographs, recording videos or audio, and speaking loudly are forbidden while watching p...
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One Piece Gets New Year's Food Box to Ring in 2018

One Piece is a pop culture juggernaut in Japan, and there seems to be no limit to the merchandise and products the franchise inspires. This year, Ichifuji Catering is offering a special One Piece osechi set for the New Year's 2018 holiday. Osechi are traditional Japanese foods served on New Year's Eve, and many of the included foods have special meanings or are thought to bring luck for the new y...
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Get Ready for Code Geass Films with Lelouch, Suzaku Cakes

Fans awaiting the upcoming trilogy of Code Geass anime films can now tide themselves over with three cakes featuring film visuals of Lelouch and Suzaku. The cakes can be reserved on the Premium Bandai website until 11:00 p.m. JST on September 21, and Bandai will deliver the cakes in late October. The first cake features a visual of Lelouch as Zero in the first film in the trilogy, Code Geass - Ha...
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Land of the Lustrous Job Listing Seeks Gem Security Helpers

The part-time job news service an Chō Baito (An Super Part-Time Job) has offered jobs cosplaying as Elizabeth, a Shinigami, or a zombie, as well as appearing as an "extra" in manga. The service's latest anime-related job listing is a collaboration with the upcoming anime of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga. The listing is seeking security staff and backstage helpers fo...
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Sanrio Unveils Fullmetal Alchemist Collaboration Merch Debuting This Fall

The Sanrio Expo, which showcases Sanrio's new merchandise, revealed the designs for its collaboration with Fullmetal Alchemist on Friday. Actor Shinji Uchiyama, who plays Gluttony in the upcoming live-action film inspired by Hiromu Arakawa's manga, appeared at the event. The collaboration is using five design variations. The variations are Sanrio-style cute and super-deformed designs; character-f...
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Gundam Designer's New Police Mascot Resembles Iron Leaguer Characters

Tokyo police revealed the new mascot character Stoppo-kun on Monday. Mobile Suit Gundam mechanical designer Kunio Okawara designed the character that will aid police efforts to eliminate special fraud. The character's name combines the English words "stop" and "police." Okawara said at the event that he wanted to design a character that people could have affection for but can fight fraud at the sa...
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A Bride's Story Creator Kaoru Mori Draws Central Asian Food Manga

Manga creator Kaoru Mori (A Bride's Story, Emma, Shirley) is drawing the "Minna de Tsukurō! Chūō Asia Cooking" (Let's Make It With Everyone! Central Asian Cooking) manga in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA). The first chapter of planned seven-installment series debuted on MOFA's website on Monday. Japan, personified as a young woman, introduces herself and the Centra...
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Voice Actors Sho Hayami, Subaru Kimura, More to Star in Rap Battle Project

12 different voice actors will be lending their talents to a rap battle project titled "Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-," which will be released in four installments beginning this October. The voice actors will be rapping in the personas of original characters designed by Idea Factory and Otomate, with a scenario written by Yuichiro Momose (My First Girlfriend is a Gal, Fate/Zero). The 12 voic...
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Vote on Your Favorite Naruto Theme Songs for Upcoming Compilation Album

A Naruto theme song compilation album titled "Naruto Final Best" will go on sale in Japan on December 13. The album will have 11 tracks, six of which are theme songs from Naruto Shippuden that haven't been released on compilation alblums before, while the remaining five will be determined by fan vote. Voting has opened for the remaining five tracks on the album's official website. Fans can choose ...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Anniversary Goods Include Watch, Shawl, Sword Brooch

Chiho Saitō's Revolutionary Girl Utena is getting a new line of merchandise from the otaku mail-order website Super Groupies for the anime's 20th anniversary. The merchandise line includes a Utena and Anthy bracelet watch, a Utena shawl, and a brooch modeled after the Sword of Dios. Reservations will be accepted until September 18, and the items will be delivered in early December. The Utena and ...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Manga Creator Says His Royalties May Come After All

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga creator Shūichi Asō recently revealed on Twitter that he has received no royalties or other payments related to his work being made into an anime and other merchandise. He soon deleted the Tweets, but they continued to circulate online along with his general comments about creators and royalties. Asō has since revealed the reason he deleted his original posts....
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Girl Band Perfume Transformed Into Literal Perfume for Manga Issue

Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits announced last month that this year's 40th issue would be all about girl band Perfume. That issue was released on Monday and one of the seven illustrations drawn by the magazine's serialized artists was shared on Comic Natalie the same day. The art is drawn by Niwa Tanba, the creator of Tokusatsu Gagaga and Tobe!! Luck Rock Girl. It shows all three bandmates w...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Manga Creator Says He Receives No Profit From Anime

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga creator Shūichi Asō revealed on Twitter last week that although he is the creator of a franchise that now includes anime, an upcoming live-action film, games, novels, and various merchandise, he has not profited from the story spreading into other media. In now deleted Tweets posted on Friday, Asō said that he is often asked if he earns a lot of profit from hi...
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Rebuild Evangelion's Unique Mechas Get Revoltech Figures

Two of the strangest Evangelion unit designs from Evangelion Rebuild films are getting highly posable Revoltech figures. Shinji and Kaworu's joint-piloted Evangelion No. 13 with four arms and dual-wielding the Spear of Longinus and the Spear of Cassius from Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo is one of the new figures. Two of the arms are removable, and it also comes with exchangeable hands, a rif...
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Nintendo Website Hints Mario is No Longer Plumbing for Coins

Super Mario Odyssey director Kenta Motokura confirmed in June that Mario is human despite his odd appearance compared to other humans in the upcoming game. Motokura also said he believed Mario was still working as a plumber. However, although the character travels via pipe, it seems Mario's time working in the field of plumbing has already come to a close. Internet users recently discovered that N...
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Onsen Musume Multimedia Project Previews Idol Unit Singles

The Onsen Musume multimedia project hit the ground running after an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year. The concept launched in hopes of revitalizing tourism to Japan's hot spring areas in the way Japan knows best: anthropomorphisizing them into cute girls and launching an idol group. The concept has thus far been a hit, so much so that a male version is in the works for ...
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Lightning Kick, Cannon Spike Your Foes in Chun-Li & Cammy Lingerie

Mail-order site SuperGroupies has two new sets of lingerie to kick ass in the streets and in the sheets. Street Fighter mainstay battlers Chun-Li and Cammy inspired two pairs of bras and panties, although admittedly the Chun-Li design is more suitable for bedroom dress-up than feasibly wearing underneath actual clothing. The Chun-Li lingerie consists of an satiny blue underwire bra with ribbon ac...

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