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Cinnamoroll's Fluffy 15th Anniversary Food Truck is on Tour

Cinnamoroll, a series of Sanrio mascots that include the white puppy Cinnamon and his friends Chiffon, Milk, Cappuccino and more are expanding into the world of fluffy foods. The characters inspired their own travelling food truck, which of course, is also fluffy, and are taking it on tour to delight people throughout Japan to celebrate the characters' 15th anniversary. The truck first stopped in ...
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'your name.' Bracelet Making Demonstration at AnimeJapan 2017

At AnimeJapan last weekend, a lucky few were able to get a hands-on experience with "kumihimo," a traditional silk thread braiding art form. If you've seen Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film, Mitsuha and her family make these bracelets in a traditional way, and one of the bracelets has an important role in the film. Those interested had to apply for a lottery to participate, with only 16 peopl...
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Official Sailor Moon Fan Club is Accepting New Members

Applications are now open for the official Sailor Moon Fan Club's 2017-2018 year. Pretty Guardian members will receive a membership card featuring an original illustration by creator Naoko Takeuchi with a unique serial number and a Moon Stick pendant. Last year's members that renew their membership will also get a stationary set. Members gains access to club information, the twice-monthly radio s...
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More Details Announced for Shōnen Jump 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Shueisha announced more details for its upcoming "Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition" covering the magazine's launch and into the 1980s. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shueisha's male-targeted magazine known for serializing some of the industry's most popular manga series. The first part of the event will launch on July 18 and run until October 15 at the Tokyo Mori Arts Cen...
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Glay Guitarist Plays Kemono Friends Theme

Kemono Friends was this year's sleeper hit, inspiring both fan and official crossovers. One of the show's admirers is particularly famous: the band Glay's Hisashi. The guitarist took to the Nico Nico streaming service to show himself performing the anime's opening theme "Yōkoso Japari Park e". The video has since been viewed over 100,000 times. Niconico 【ようこそジャパリパークへ】演奏してみた Glay first formed in 19...
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My Hero Academia Trick Art at AnimeJapan 2017

Now you see All Might, now you don't ― NTV's booth at AnimeJapan 2017 on Saturday and Sunday had a piece of wire trick art for the second season of My Hero Academia. The second season is moving to NTV and YTV after airing on MBS and TBS for its first season. The booth also had a similar wire trick art on display for Detective Conan and Ace Attorney. The art was on display at last year's AnimeJapan ev...
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Puzzle & Dragons Mobile Game Adds Fairy Tail, Seven Deadly Sins Characters

The mobile game Puzzle & Dragons has collaborated with popular works from Shōnen Sunday magazine like Detective Conan, Inu Yasha, Flame of Recca, and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. The game's official website announced that it is again collaborating with a manga magazine, but this time it's Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine. The game is teaming up with the publisher to bring characters from Fairy Tail, Th...
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New Tama & Friends Anime's Project Anthropomorphizes Animal Characters

Fans of the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls franchise may appreciate a new work that will transform popular existing animal characters into human-like characters. Tama & Friends: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka? (Tama & Friends: Do You Know My Tama?), the Tama and Friends short anime that premiered in October, is getting an anthropomorphization project. Tama & Friends: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?'s boo...
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Traditional Crafts Exhibited at AnimeJapan 2017

Goods for Touken Ranbu, Yuri!!! on Ice, Lupin III, TsukiUta, Is the Order a Rabbit?? ― At AnimeJapan 2017 last weekend some of the official goods on sale included a collaboration with various traditional Japanese crafts. The merchandise on display at the convention couldn't be taken home, but attendees could place orders for the items. The items are still on sale through AnimeJapan's website through...
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Prolific Screenwriter Mari Okada Writes Autobiography

Traces her personal experiences' influence on her work ― Mari Okada is well-known for the many anime scripts she has written — anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow, A Lull in the Sea, and The Anthem of the Heart, among others. What is less well-known is how much of her own experiences she has put into her work. The ...
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Snuggle Steiff's Black Butler Ciel Teddy Bear for US$387

The Aniplex+ online store revealed a high-end teddy bear inspired by the Kuroshitsuji: Book of the Atlantic anime film character Ciel Phantomhive on Friday. German toymaker Steiff is producing the high-quality plush that costs 43,000 yen (about US$387). The teddy bear will wear Ciel's trademark eye patch and blue-and-black striped vest. Like all of the German company's plush toys, the Ciel bear w...
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Voice Actress Yuka Iguchi Gets Touchy in Million Arthur VR Demo Video

VRでセクハラしまくる井口裕香 pic.twitter.com/6s4ni7HDRH— れいん(@shou54081) March 19, 2017 [Via Hachima Kikō, Siliconera]
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Aichi Prefecture Finds Ninja in Short Supply

Ninja are falling back into the shadows, much to the concern of officials in Aichi Prefecture. The government was attempting to put together an "Ieyasu Tokugawa and Hattori Hanzō Ninja Team," but found applicants in short supply. Officials were surprised to say the least, last year they were flooded with applicants. This year the numbers dwindled to only 10, including two from overseas, since appl...
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Zelda Fan Controls His Home With Ocarina

Have you ever wished you could control the world with a musical instrument the way Link does in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Pioneering fan of The Legend of Zelda Allen Pan found a way to do just that. He rigged his home to respond to various ocarina songs from the original game. Pan posted a video on March 17 that demonstrates how he can control his home via ocarina. Fellow tech-savvy ga...
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Monster Hunter XX Video Previews Show By Rock! Collaboration

Capcom released details and a preview video for Monster Hunter XX 3DS video game's collaboration with the Show By Rock! anime on Thursday. The anime is just one of the game's many lined-up collaborations and is set to debut on April 21. The video shows Shingan Crimsonz member Crow's costume and his Red Tomahawk Guitar will be available. The Show By Rock mission will ask players to hunt down a Bari...
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New Manga Imagines Expert Pharmacist Reborn into Fantasy World

Wish fulfillment for pharmacy students ― Isekai stories, in which ordinary teenage boys are reborn into fantasy worlds — often closely resembling the settings of RPGs they've played plenty of — are all the rage these days, but the new manga Isekai Yakkyoku ("Fantasy World Pharmacy"), by Hijiri Kōya, puts an original spin on the formula. Based on a web novel series by the medical researcher ...
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English Textbook Features Puella Magi Madoka Magica in Bento Reading

As the days until the new school year begins in Japan on April 1 wind down, students are starting to peruse their new textbooks. People already discovered that The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya features in a new edition of a first-year high school English textbook. Twitter users have also begun posting photos of Puella Magi Madoka Magica characters in Lesson 2 of an unconfirmed English textbook. 高...
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Toyota C-HR's Akira, Fist of the North Star, Street Fighter II Videos Streamed

Toyota's C-HR crossover SUV is collaborating with 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 for a "Crossover the World" campaign. Toyota began streaming a 75-second promotional video for the collaboration on Friday. The video's story is set in Otomo's "Neo Tokyo 2017 Version," inspired by the settin...
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Interactive Web Manga Shows Off Power of Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Story of former high school bandmates reuniting a decade later ― Sony is partnering with the music manga Shiori Experience: Jimi na Watashi to Hen na Ojisan ("Plain Me and the Strange Man") by Yūkō Osada and Kazuya Machida to advertise its wireless noise-cancelling stereo headphones, the MDR-XB950N1. It's taking a unique approach to doing so: by incorporating voice acting, music, and sound effects to...
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Koichi Yamadera Voices 50 Characters in Higanjima X Net Anime's Finale

The official website for the Higanjima X anime shorts announced on Friday that Koichi Yamadera voices 50 characters in the 12th and final episode. Multimedia studio Tetra began streaming a promotional video for Yamadera's roles on Friday and a trailer for the 12th episode on March 18. The 12th episode premiered on Niconico and YouTube on Saturday. Each episode of the series is three minutes long, ...
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Yuzu Fairies Share the Joy of Citrus Liquor in Promotional Anime

Animation studio Fanworks has created a short web anime series to promote brewing company Ume no Yado's Yuzu citrus liquor. Yuzu7 is made in conjunction with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) to spread awareness of Japan's local products worldwide. The series stars seven fairies, meant to represent the liquor's use of seven yuzu fruit. The fairies spread happiness wherever th...
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Final Fantasy XIV, 7-Eleven Release More In-Game Items in Japan

The official Twitter account for the Final Fantasy XIV game announced a new collaboration with 7-Eleven convenience stores on Friday. Fans can purchase campaign drinks in 7-Eleven stores throughout Japan to collect points to obtain in-game items. The collaboration's A Course items include: Eastern Battle Staff (for lancers and dragoons; 7 points) 50 tickets for use with the Aethernet transportatio...
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Chain Chronicle 3's Attack on Titan Collaboration Introduction Video Streamed

The official website for the Chain Chronicle 3 smartphone game's collaboration with the Attack on Titan anime began streaming a collaboration introduction movie on Friday. The video previews the Attack on Titan characters' in-game abilities. The website also began streaming videos last Friday that feature Attack on Titan voice actors Yuuki Kaji (voice of Eren) and Yui Ishikawa (voice of Mikasa). I...
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Anyone Can Become Extra for Live-Action The Anthem of the Heart Film

The official Twitter account for the live-action adaptation of The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film revealed on Tuesday that the film is recruiting extras. The recruitment announcement was posted on February 20, but the the title of the film and main cast were not announced until March 15. Both men and women of all ages can become extras for the film. Ext...
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Hot Spring Idols Crowdfund Campaign Reaches Goal in 10 Days

Enbound, Inc.'s crowdfunding campaign for its Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls) multimedia idol project met its goal of five million yen (about US$45,000) in just 10 days. The project is focusing on musical events to raise tourism in Japan's hot spring areas with an ultimate goal to fund an anime and video game. The crowdfunding campaign added stretch goals that will fund production of a drama CD (s...
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Samus Joins Street Fighter V Game Via Cammy Mod

Need a little more Metroid in your Street Fighter V? A new mod will give you just that by turning Cammy into Zero Suit Samus. Following in line with previous mods that transformed the game's roster into Overwatch characters, Khaledantar666 is turning the blonde camo bombshell into Samus for their Patreon followers. The mod is exclusive for followers temporarily. Street Fighter V is the latest entr...
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The Laughing Salesman Can Diagnose Your Deepest Desires

Are you hungry, greedy, or obsessed with getting shares? ― Moguro, the Laughing Salesman of Fujiko Fujio's manga Warau Salesman, can plumb the depths of his clients' hearts to diagnose their innermost desires. He can then help them satisfy those desires... though given the outcomes, his clients are really worse off than before they ever met him. If that sounds like a good deal to you, you can now vis...
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Ghost in the Shell S.A.C.'s 1/8-Scale Tachikoma Smart Toys Synchronize via Cloud

Connected hardware developer Cerevo announced on Thursday that it will release a 1/8-scale "smart toy" of the Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime. The company began streaming a promotional video for the model on Thursday. The model recreates the spider-like Tachikoma robots with artificial intelligence that appear in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex television ...
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Sailor Moon's Kotono Mitsuishi Narrates Wonder Woman Trailer

What does Kotono Mitsuishi and Gal Gadot have in common? Both actresses also play the roles of two of the most iconic super heroines: Sailor Moon and Wonder Woman. Mitsuishi has voiced her magical girl counterpart for 25 years while Gadot is new to the scene. As a sort of informal baton passing, Mitsuishi narrates the Japanese trailer for Wonder Woman, slated to open in Japan on August 25. In the ...
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Pokémon Go's Water Festival Event Debuts Shiny Magikarp, Gyarados

The Pokémon Go development team announced a global Water Festival for the smartphone game on Wednesday. The event, which is increasing Water-type Pokémon spawns, launched at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. The announcement specifically mentioned Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their Evolutions as Pokémon that players are more likely to encounter in the wild. In addition, when players visit areas whe...
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Sword Art Online Collaborates With Kanda Myōjin Shrine

The Kanda Myōjin Shrine has attracted otaku visitors, in part due to its proximity to Akihabara, but also because its official mascot is Love Live's Nozomi Tōjō, who works at the shrine in the anime series. The shrine's choice to hire Nozomi brought an influx of Love Livers, and the mix of anime and traditional Japanese culture even caught the eye of One Piece creator Eiichirō Oda. This year the s...
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Director Oshii Interested in a Hollywood Patlabor Comedy Remake 'Like Ghostbusters'

We're a week out from the premiere of Hollywood's Ghost in the Shell movie, but Mamoru Oshii, the director of the original 1995 film, already has an idea of which work from his portfolio he'd like to see Hollywood tackle. In an interview with IGN, Oshii said that he'd like to see Hollywood take on Patlabor, the mecha police anime that he and a group of creative collaborators developed in the late ...
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Look Inside Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi's Extravagant Home

A Japanese net user recently posted screenshots of an official video of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga creator Kazuki Takahashi's large and luxurious home. His residence boasts a large Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise collection, science-fiction figure collection, theater room, extensive home video collection, and impressive workspace. The video may be from a DVD that bundled with the eighth issue of Shueisha's Jump Ryū bo...
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Pac-Man Rickshaw Gobbles Octopus Balls in Osaka This Weekend

Bandai Namco Entertainment's Asobi Motto project announced that its Pac-Man rickshaw will appear in Osaka as the project's fourth part. The Pac-Man rickshaw will be available to ride in the area around Osaka's Tsūtenkaku tower on Saturday and Sunday. The two-meter (about seven-foot) tall Pac-Man rickshaw will chase after takoyaki octopus balls, a famous food of Osaka. People wearing takoyaki hats ...
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Jan-Ken-Pon 4-Panel Manga Earns Guinness Record for Most Strips

Shōji Izumi's Jan-Ken-Pon four-panel manga received the Guinness World Record for "Most strips published for the same yonkoma manga series" at a ceremony on Monday. As of November 24, the manga had published 15,000 strips. Izumi launched the manga in the Asahi Shōgakusei Shimbun newspaper in September 1969. The story centers on the everyday lives of a level-headed older sister named Jan, a lively ...
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Gundam Statue's Final Days Shown in Time-Lapse Video

It's certainly the end of one specific fan chapter of the life-size Gundam statue. Videographer Darwinfish105 has taken time-lapsed videos of the statue since it rose and Shizuoka in 2010, and continued with its disassembly to transport it to Odaiba, itsdecoratations for Christmas, and shot it in High-Dynamic Range. In short, he's filmed the statue in its various forms for almost a decade. But the...
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Detective Conan's Ran & Shinichi Tie the Knot on Marriage Application

It's wedding bells for Detective Conan's Ran Mōri and Shinichi Kudō in a recently released marriage application image. The application's design is drawn by series creator Gosho Aoyama and bundled with the May issue of Shogakukan's CanCam magazine set for release on Thursday. The image depicts Ran in a wedding dress being embraced by Shinichi dressed as the Black Knight. The scenario comes from epi...
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Go Behind-the-Scenes of Ghost in the Shell's Amazing Props

The Ghost in the Shell franchise has inspired real-life technology like "facial hacking", Tachikoma that adapt its personality based on the user, camouflage, and more. The live-action Ghost in the Shell film also pushed technological innovation to bring some of its characters to life. The staff and New Zealand's Weta Workshop took up the challenge using 3D printing to create an endoskeleton. Myth ...
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Oscar Will Have You in Palm of Her Hand at Rose of Versailles Trick Art Exhibit

Also: kabe-don with Andre ― Yokohama's Artrick Museum takes a fun and lighthearted approach to art with its trick art: artwork that provides the illusion that it's bursting out of its two-dimensional limitations to engage with the visitor. It's long been a staple of funhouses or art exhibits that don't take themselves too seriously. This year, fans of classic anime will have a reason to check it out,...
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Lupin III's Curry Restaurant Collaboration Offers Fiat 500

The official website for the Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (CoCo Ichi) restaurant chain's collaboration with the Lupin the Third franchise updated on Tuesday. The website revealed a visual of Lupin using a uniform to sneak into CoCo Ichi for his own possibly nefarious purposes. The site also announced a project to give away a real version of the character's Fiat 500. People can use their CoCo Ichi re...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Teases 'Facial Hacking' Project in Video

The official Japanese website for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film began streaming a mysterious "Facial Hacking" teaser on Tuesday. The video previews a project that will use leading projection mapping technology and mark a first experiment for the film industry. In Masamune Shirow's original Ghost in the Shell manga and its anime adaptations, characters undergo cyberization to change their...
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Ads Show Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Hair in Everyday Situations

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on November 17, and as of Friday, it has been downloaded more than 33,330,000 times. The game's official website began streaming two "Fighting?" promotional videos on Friday. In the first video, a teacher interrogates high school students who think only about Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. The principal shows up and surprises them ...
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Photo Feature: Brave Witches, Idolish 7 Pop-Up Stores in Osaka

The Namco store in Osaka is just around the corner from the main street of the city's famed Den Den Town area (Osaka's equivalent of Akihabara). The store's first floor plays host to a rotating series of pop-up stores for anime and other franchises, usually having one or two at a time. The first floor also features an an area where fans can participate in multiple Ichiban Kuji lotteries. The upper...
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Prince of Tennis CD Art Mosaic Debuts in Shibuya Station

The official website for The Prince of Tennis anime announced on Monday that a giant mosaic Ryōma mosaic is being displayed at the Tokyu Toyoko Line Shibuya Station Super Board for one week ending on March 26. The mosaic's image is made of The Prince of Tennis CD jacket art. The art features music CD jacket art from a total of 395 titles chosen in a fan poll that included 800 songs. The mosaic and...
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Sword Art Online Film Strip Gets US$1,300 Auction Bid

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is enjoying box office success in Japan, having sold over one million tickets and earning over 1 billion yen (about US$8.8 million). The North American opening weekend this month pulled an additional US$1.35 million. Moviegoers in Japan also get the added bonus of a cut of film, and as is traditional, some are being sold at auction and reaching exorbitant prices. On...
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63-Year-Old Goth Loli Sachiko Squares Off Against Players in Mobile Game

63-year-old enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi, known for "last boss" level stage costumes, donned what she dubbed her most embarrassing outfit yet to promote the Gothic wa Mahō Otome (The Magical Maiden is Gothic) mobile shooting game. The next stage of the collaboration started on Friday with Kobayashi's in-game version taking on players. The collaboration is giving players who log in between March 1...
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Tsugumomo Anime Gets Racy 2-Sided Flyer at AnimeJapan

The official website for the television anime of Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo manga revealed on Friday that the series will release a possibly unprecedented fukurotoji flyer at AnimeJapan on March 25 and March 26. In a modern context, printed fukurotoji items typically consist of a double-leaved page sealed at the opening so that readers must break the seal to see the inside. The front of the flye...
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Teaches English to New High Schoolers

Starting this April, eccentric teenager and fellow student Haruhi Suzumiya will help teach English to new high school students in Japan. The new revised edition of World Trek English Communication I, which is available for first-year students for the upcoming school year starting on April 1, features a reading section based on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The reading, titled "Haruhi, an Amaz...
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Free! Birthday Merchandise Returns in 2017

In 2015, the Kyoto Animation Shop began its successful Free! birthday merchandise line. The original launch items included each of the series' male characters with a flower motif on wall scrolls, cushion covers, placards, a rubber strap set, and button pins. The company did it again the following year for the "Fresh! Fruit!" birthday line that depicted the characters with macron desserts. The pop...
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Detective Conan Appears on Cover of Sho-Comi Magazine

This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine features a familiar face on the cover. The titular character of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga appears on the cover in front of with the lead characters from Onimiya-sensei no Kiss ni wa Sakaraenai (My lover is sweet Demon) by Kayoru. The issue is also bundling clear files and a special collaboration booklet with artwork by the magaz...
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Yuuki Kaji Revisits His Bananya Role in New Commercials

Popular voice actor Yuuki Kaji got in touch with his feline side last year as the lead in Bananya. The anime is about exactly what it sounds like: cats that live in bananas. The short anime series about the fruity felines tied into what was an already established merchandise line. Kaji reunited with his kitty counterpart in the first ad to promote a talk show event with the voice actor that will b...
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Live-Action Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu TV Series, Film Get VR Videos

The live-action television adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu (My Big Brother Loves Me So Much It's a Problem) manga is getting virtual reality (VR) videos. The videos will allow viewers to experience heart-stopping kiss and hug scenes with the series' main characters from the point of view of Setoka. The VR videos will feature scenes from the television drama and stream a...
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Attack on Titan's Levi Gets Bearbrick Figure With 7-Eleven Cards

MediCom Toy is offering Attack on Titan's Levi as a Bearbrick figure bundling with nanaco cards. Nanaco cards are prepaid money cards available for use at 7-Eleven stores in Japan. This is the first time that Levi will be available as a Bearbrick figure. Three varieties of cards will be available featuring Mikasa and Eren, Eren and Levi, and Levi and Jean. Wit Studio, the anime studio that produc...
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Blue Giant Supreme Jazz Manga Ad Offers Cassette Tapes

Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant Supreme manga is marking the release of its first compiled book volume and the 100th anniversary of jazz music with a peel-off ad offering cassette tapes. Fans who pass by can take a tape from the ad in Tokyo's JR Shinjuku Station from March 16 to March 20. The tapes feature two songs. They are based on a parting gift that Blue Giant Supreme main character Dai Miyamo...
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Manga Creator Aoi Michiyuki Posts Manga About OCD Diagnosis

Apollo ni Sayonara manga creator Aoi Michiyuki posted a four-page manga on her Twitter page on Thursday. The manga focuses on the time when she failed as a first grader to understand why one plus one equals two and was told she has obsessive-compulsive disorder. The creator noted that the manga is sort of a gag comedy, but it brings up painful feelings at the same time. In the manga, Michiyuki rec...
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Photo Feature: Nippombashi Street Festa 2017

Osaka's biggest anime event isn't a convention, trade show, or dōjinshi event. Instead, Osaka is famous for the Nipponbashi Street Festa, a three-hour cosplay parade in the city's Den Den Town area (the equivalent of Akihabara in Tokyo) that takes place in mid-March. The main street in Den Den Town is blocked to traffic, and thousands of cosplayers pose on the streetside for fans. The whole event ...
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Renovated Train Station Offers Ultimate 'Kabe-Don' Photo Op

"Kabe-don", the act of "trapping" a person against a wall using one's arms, has more or less become a romance manga cliche. The dramatic staple has never completely faded, appearing in pizza commercials and anime photo ops. The city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka prefecture are having a little fun with concept while also encouraging tourists to disembark at its Ogura Station. The station was recently re...
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Dead or Alive 5LR's Gets Guilty Gear, BlazBlue Costumes

The official channel for the Dead or Alive 5 Last Round fighting game began streaming a trailer showing its collaboration costumes with Arc System Works on Tuesday. Koei Tecmo Games is selling 16 different Guilty Gear and BlazBlue costumes, individually or in a set. People who have Season Pass 6 (PlayStation 4) or New Costume Pass 6 (Xbox One) will receive the new costumes, plus the previously rel...
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Man-gatarō's Manga Art Features on Men's Underwear

Avant-garde gag manga creator Man-gatarō's art debuted on two types of men's underwear in the Shinchō Online Shop on Friday. The Yukari underwear features the character Yukari that appears in Man-gatarō's Tsumi to Batsu manga adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment novel. The character is based on Yukari Nakase, the head of Shinchōsha's publishing department. The Rainbow Babā (old...
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Hear Mamoru Miyano, Maaya Sakamoto Belt Out More Covers in Sing

Voice actors Mamoru Miyano and Maaya Sakamoto are two of the stars of the Japanese dub of Illumination Entertainment's Sing. The film, which combines American Idol and talking animals, opened in Japan on Friday. Sakamoto plays Rosita, a housewife sow who selflessly gave up her idol dreams to raise 25 piglets. A previous clipped showed that Sakamoto has no issues covering the film's soundtrack in i...
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Voice Actress Sumire Uesaka Becomes Beautiful Ukiyo-e Art Subject

Voice actress Sumire Uesaka is popular not only very her work as a voice actress but also for blend of good looks and personality. She has her own fanclub who enjoy special perks like picking strawberries with their idol. Her latest collaboration will hone in on the recent surge of geek-oriented ukiyo-e prints to create limited edition art. Uesaka will be the subject of her own ukiyo-e print run w...
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Pokémon Player Maxes Out Pokéwalker After 7 Years

After seven years of dedication, Twitter user @suica_pokeca managed to max out the step tracker on their Pokéwalker. The Pokémon player posted images on Tuesday to mark the accomplishment. 苦節7年、ついにポケウォーカーカンスト達成!! pic.twitter.com/0B87m0jrNF— スイカ (@suica_pokeca) March 14, 2017 There is no confirmation whether @suica_pokeca walked or shook their way to the achievement. However, their Pokéwalker recor...
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Charapedia, ANN Pick Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Anime Series

Japanese Charapedia and Anime News Network readers cast their votes for their most anticipated Spring 2017 anime series. The results aligned for the top choice, but after that tastes diverge. Can you guess which show has both sets of voters excited? The result may be obvious but the long awaited second season of Attack on Titan was the number one choice in both cases. The upcoming arc promises to ...
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Things Look Serious in Production I.G's Idolish 7 Music Video Clip

Last month, the official Twitter account for the Idolish 7 multimedia franchise announced that Production I.G is producing the anime music video for the single "Mission" by the group Re:Vale. The company revealed a 30-second clip of the music video on Thursday, and it looks like the video's plot is pretty serious. Explosions? Serious Internet usage? A really smug-looking guy wearing glasses? All o...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell's Cast Discusses Film at World Premiere

The world premiere of Paramount Pictures' live-action Ghost in the Shell film was held in Tokyo on Thursday. The staff and cast of the film also appeared at a live-streaming press conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. Scarlett Johansson, who stars as the Major, was the first cast member to speak at the press conference. She said: It's wonderful to be here. This film was a labor of love for all of...
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Creators Discuss Fūka Anime's Major Story Change

Spoilers, ahoy! ― Note: This article contains major spoilers for the Fūka manga and anime. In the tenth episode of the Fūka anime, which first aired in Japan on March 10, the main character narrowly escapes being hit by a truck. In the original story, however, the truck hits Fūka and she dies in the fourth manga volume. This change shocked many fans, and the anime's official website posted the staff'...
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63-Year-Old Singer Sachiko Goes Goth Loli in Game Ad

63-year-old enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi appeared in gothic lolita attire for an ad promoting Gothic wa Mahō Otome (The Magical Maiden is Gothic) mobile shooting game. Kobayashi, who earned the nickname "Last Boss" for her extravagant concert costumes, admitted that this style was out her wheelhouse. After the commercial finished shooting, Kobayashi said, "So far, none of my previous costumes eve...
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Japan Gets 2nd Robot-Operated Hotel in Time for 2020 Olympics

Plenty of new hotels are breaking ground in Tokyo in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games, but few can boast robot dinosaurs on their staff. Located 30 minutes outside of Tokyo's hub, a unique hotel in Urayasu, Chiba opened its doors this month. The 100-room Henn-na Hotel appears normal at first glance, but inside visitors will find two multilingual dinosaurs operating the front desk. They speak...
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Pokémon I Choose You! Film's Advance Tickets Offer Ash's Pikachu

The official Pokémon movie website revealed advance tickets details for this year's Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta! (Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!) film on Wednesday. The tickets will be available from April 15 to July 14 and include a code for Ash's Pikachu for the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Nintendo 3DS games. Six varieties of Ash's Pikachu will be available with Ash's trademark h...
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Summer Lesson VR Game's Hikari Gets Life-Size Figure for US$25,700

Bandai is bringing your virtual 3D girlfriend into the physical world with a new life-sized figure. Hikari Miyamoto, the star of Bandai Namco's Summer Lesson PlayStation VR game, is the subject of the company's second "human size" figure project. She measures 165 centimeters in height and is wearing her school uniform. Bandai estimates the figure will cost 2,916,000 yen (US$25,736). If the price ...
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Nitro+ Mascot Super Sonico Joins Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash

Marvelous' new Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash PlayStation 4 game pits busty girls against one another in an all-out super soaker battle that promises wet bikinis and wriggling "finishers." Nitro+ mascot Super Sonico is going to get in on the fun in upcoming downloadable content. The headphone wearing mascot will put on a white bikini to take down her foes. The collaboration is to mark the charac...
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Player Collects 900 Korok Seeds in Zelda: Breath of the Wild to Receive Smelly Gift

Overachieving gamers have already completed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in 84 minutes, 60 minutes, or even faster times. Painstaking players have also discovered fun surprises like a character that speaks to Link in baby talk when he fails to understand an explanation. Reddit user xFateAwaitsx posted another interesting discovery on Tuesday. Talking to Hetsu after collecting all 900 Ko...
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Re:ZERO, My Hero Academia Top Sugoi Japan Awards 2017 Results

The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper published the winners of its 2017 Sugoi Japan Awards on Thursday. The project promotes pop cultural works that fans feel are most deserving of foreign attention. Divided into four categories — anime, manga, light novels, and "entertainment novels" — the awards promote the works that have the "universality," "originality" and "potential" to be big international hits. T...
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Town from your name. Recreated in Stunning Detail in Minecraft

Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film has won awards and set box office records. The bodyswap teen drama has had no trouble finding and inspiring its audience. One example is Kokopy, a fan who decided to recreate character Mitsuha Miyamizu's hometown of Itomori in stunning detail within Minecraft. Gamers can download the map for two versions of the city, however the second version contains spoile...
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Detective Conan's 'Shadow Person Appears in Monster Hunter XX Game

Detective Conan's "Shadow Person" character is getting a lot of love lately, even starring in its own gravure photo shoot. The character, usually limited to sneaking around as a fill-in for an anime episode's yet unrevealed villain, will get a chance to be the hero in Monster Hunter XX. An upcoming DLC quest will unlock armor to transform the player into a Shadow Person. The quest will also unlock...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai Web Anime Pokes Fun at Gintama

Gintama is no stranger to topical parodies, going so far as to mock politicians, popular anime, live-action series and movies, and musicians. However, the series found out what it's like when the shoe is on the other foot when the net anime Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo premiered this month. The series is an adaptation of Ryō Nakama's manga, which also runs in Weekly Shōnen Jump. Pro...
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BanG Dream! Dōjin Event Only Recruits 9 Circles

Although Bushiroad president Takaaki Kidani touted his company's BanG Dream! multimedia project as the herald for a band boom, the franchise may not be doing as well as he had hoped. The "Minna de BanG Dreamer" dōjin event was accepting applications for up to 400 circles. However, the BanG Dream-only event only managed to recruit nine circles to participate. The event will be held at Tokyo's Ōta-k...
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Nintendo Streams Zelda: Breath of the Wild Making-Of Videos

While fans are having a heyday racing against the clock to beat The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo of America has decided to allow gamers to go behind the scenes to see the blood, sweat, and tears that made the adventure a reality. Nintendo began streaming the three-part series featuring the game's creators on Tuesday. The The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Wii U and Sw...
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Hideo Kojima Makes Cameos in Ultraman Orb, Rooster Teeth Web Series

Kojima Productions' founder and Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima has plenty of celebrity friends, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and film producer Avi Arad. He's also been spotted rubbing elbows with his peers in the gaming industry and developed working relationships with Norman Reedus, Guillermo del Toro, and Mads Mikkelsen; all of whom are appearing in his Death S...
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Voice Actress Nana Mizuki Dazzles in Giant Winged Costume at Concert

For the first time in seven years, voice actress Nana Mizuki held a nationwide winter concert tour in Japan this year. She held the final concert of the tour at Saitama Super Arean on Sunday. During her performance of "Hime Murasaki" (Princess Purple), Mizuki appeared in a giant onogadori (long-tailed chicken) costume. The costume's wingspan was 17.7 meters (about 58 feet). The costume was 4.7 met...
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Japan's Hot Spring Idols Get Animated Promotional Video

Last year Enbound, Inc. introduced the world to Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls), a multimedia idol project with support from Tokyo Otaku Mode and Daiichi Kanshin. The story goes that Sukunahiko, the god of hot springs, summoned nine Hot Spring Girls to fight the decline of interest in hot springs by forming an idol group "SPRiNGS". The girls serve as guardian deities and are voiced by seiyū and de...
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Prince of Tennis Valentine Count Will Get Its Own Program

The annual Prince of Tennis Valentine's Day character popularity contest buried Shueisha offices this year, a statement that is more literal than figurative. The publisher received over 100,000 chocolates, more than 10 times the amount of chocolate gifts that the editors in charge expected. People had to carry some of the chocolates to manga creator Takeshi Konomi's own warehouse space. With such ...
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Spirited Away's No-Face Bank Wants to Eat Your Money

Spirited Away's No-Face is known for chowing down on every edible item that passes his way. He offers gold in return to those who bring him food. The character will soon combine those two behaviors and gobble people's coins for safe-keeping. Benelic's Donguri Kyōwakoku (Acorn Republic) stores, which mainly sell items inspire by Studio Ghibli's films, are offering a "Spirited Away No-Face Munching...
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Kuroko's Basketball Player Kagami Photographed With NBA Champion Ron Harper

A fictional basketball player's dream came true last weekend when he got to take a picture with an "NBA legend." The official Twitter account for the Kuroko's Basketball anime posted a picture on Monday of retired professional basketball player Ron Harper with a towel featuring Taiga Kagami wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey. The photo was taken at the official NBA Fan Zone Tokyo event on Sunday. Kaga...
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Dismantled Life-Size Gundam Mimics 'Last Shooting' Pose During Final Days

Crews dismantled a legend this month. The life-size Gundam statue that stood outside DiverCity Tokyo since 2012 is no more. Bandai took down the 59-feet-tall mecha, but not before the crew gave it one last send off by recreating the famous "Last Shooting" pose, the last shot fired by the RX-78-2 Gundam at the end of Mobile Suit Gundam. The crew first removed the statue's left arm, followed by its ...
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Hear Escaflowne's Maaya Sakamoto Sing Katy Perry — in English

Voice actress/singer covers "Firework" as a sow in U.S. CG film Sing ― You know her from Escaflowne, Black Butler, Card Captor Sakura, the new Evangelion movies, and dozens of anime she voiced or sang in. But do you know Maaya Sakamoto's Katy Perry impression? That's right, the voice of Escaflowne's Hitomi takes on Katy Perry's "Firework" for Japan's dub of the American CG film Sing — and she does it...
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Straighten Up!, Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Top Poll of Anime Fans Want

Takuma Yokota's Sesuji wo Pin! to ~Shikakō Kyōgi Dance-bu e Yōkoso~ (Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High's Competitive Dance Club) and Sōichirō Yamamoto's Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san) manga topped the Anime! Anime! website's annual poll of manga that readers want to receive anime adaptations. The website conducted the poll from February 28 to March 7, and it included cat...
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Arby's Papercraft Ads Keep Up Geek References

The marketing team over at the Arby's official Twitter account has enjoyed positive feedback for its ongoing papercraft ads. The intricate designs usually make reference to popular video games and anime series like Mario, Crash Bandicoot, One Piece, and Final Fantasy. The company are keeping the trend going, referencing the timeskip in One Piece for Daylight Savings Time yesterday. Does daylight s...
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Powered Up Hunter x Hunter's Gon Goes Adventuring in Monster Hunter XX

Gon from Hunter x Hunter and his massive head of hair are heading to Monster Hunter XX for yet another collaboration. The game's planned series tie-ins already includes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Ace Attorney, Garo, Okami, character Strider Hiryu, Baki-Dou, Worst, Fire Emblem, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Universal Studios Japan, the Otomon Drop Monster Hunter Stories mobile game, Dengeki, Fam...
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Curry Restaurant Launches Lupin III Collaboration on April 1

Japan's Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (CoCo Ichi) chain of curry restaurants will launch a collaboration with the Lupin the Third franchise on April 1. The company recently launched a teaser website for the campaign, and restaurants throughout Japan feature the same message from the manga and anime's title character that appears on the website. Lupin's message reads, "I will help myself to CoCo Ichi'...
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Recall Issued for Pokémon Batteries That Overheat, Smoke

Some Pokémon fans who purchased portable batteries have been experiencing unexpected shocks (not caused by electric mice). The Pokémon Company and Nearby Direct Japan issued a voluntary recall on Thursday for Pikachu and Poké Ball mobile batteries that reportedly became abnormally hot and emitted smoke. Nearby Direct's Pokémon-themed RAVPower 10050mAh batteries were sold at Pokémon Centers, Pokémo...
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Have Magical Dreams in Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode Hotel Rooms

Fans who have imagined joining the ranks of the Precure magical girls can keep their dreams alive by napping alongside the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode characters at a resort this year. Shirakaba Resort's Ike no Taira Hotel, which stands near Lake Shirakaba in Nagano Prefecture, announced on Thursday that it is offering rooms inspired by the anime from March 4 to January 8. The new rooms mark the ...
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Stand Out in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable's Jōtarō Kūjō Hat

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is no stranger to clothing and accessory releases that recreate the franchise's iconic fashion. Premium Bandai unveiled its newest JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable wearable merchandise on Wednesday. This white-and-gold Jōtarō Kūjō hat features the character's trademark "J" and hand mark. The hat is made of white satin with gold embroidery, and it costs 5,4...
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L-Shaped Pillow Covers Let Fans Snuggle Up to Yuri!!! on Ice Characters

Kotobukiya es unveiled on Friday full images of its Yuri!!! on Ice Dream ☆ Cushion Covers that it teased last week. The anime's three main figure skaters feature on the covers. Yūri Katsuki Victor Nikiforov Yuri Plisetsky The L-shaped, double-sided covers are about 750 millimeters (about 30 inches) long and wide. People who purchase the covers will have to buy their own pillows to fit inside. The...
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Butler Glasses Shop Offers Fate/stay night Saber, Archer Specs

Ikebukuro, home of butler cafes and the female-oriented Otome Road district, has a shop dedicated to visually impaired fans of Japanese popular culture. The Shitsuji Megane eyemirror (Butler Glasses eyemirror) shop opened in Ikebukuro in 2012, and it is only a one-minute walk away from the head branch of the otaku goods retailer Animate. The inside of the shop is decorated like a Western-style hou...
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Kirby 25th Anniversary Lottery Prizes Feature Original Games' Pixelated Art

The original Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby's Dream Land) game for Game Boy debuted in 1992, and this year marks the franchise's 25th anniversary. To celebrate, Ichiban Kuji is offering the Hoshi no Kirby 25 Shūnen PuPuPu Collection prize lottery line. The company revealed the prizes on Friday that commemorate the original Kirby games. A Prize:Big Kirby plush B Prize:Warp Star Cushion C Prize:25th anniver...

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