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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon's Hestia Figure Poses Cutely

The energetic Boob-String Goddess and head of the Hestia Familia floats adorably as a brand new figure from Good Smile Company. Hestia, the female protagonist of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, is being presented as a display figure created by figure manufacturer Max Factory. Standing more than six inches, this figure comes with exchangeable parts for two different poses. While...
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Incredibly Hard Resident Evil Survival Game Announces Current Winners

The notoriously difficult Japanese theme park survival game has recently announced its current "survivors", and they are not many. The winners of Universal Studios Japan's "Resident Evil: The Escape" virtual reality game has only a handful of winners after 55 days of competition. Of the staggering 24,000 original participants in the game, only eight of them have survived the zombie onslaught until...
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Endless Waltz Altron Gundam, The Origin Gouf Get Figures

Premium Bandai opened pre-orders this week for Master Grade Endless Waltz XXXG-01S2 Altron Gundam and High Grade YMS-07A-0 Prototype Gouf from Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. Altron Gundam will ship in October and Gouf will ship in November. Hajime Katoki redesigned Chang Wufei's mecha for the three-part original video anime. The 1/100-scale figure recreates the Gundam's Dragon Fangs and its Twin...
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Doraemon Kids Grow Up Fast in Grand Theft Auto Fan Parody

Doraemon also more canine than usual ― The cast of Doraemon get themselves into all sorts of trouble in their many wacky adventures, but they haven't quite gotten this bad. This fan art was uploaded by EN Aaa onto Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service, and Pixiv. It's the result of combining the artist's favorite game, Grand Theft Auto V, and anime, Doraemon, with gleeful disregard of their drastica...
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Horror Manga Artist Suehiro Maruo Draws Kinniku Shōjo Tai Album Cover

Award-winning horror manga artist Suehiro Maruo has teamed up with Japanese rock band Kinniku Shōjo Tai for the cover illustration for the album "Omake no Ichinichi (Tatakai no Hibi)." The 13-track CD goes on sale on October 7 and includes the opening theme for Ushio & Tora, "Mazeru na Kiken." The cover artwork is an illustration Maruo originally drew for the Kinniku Shōjo Tai lead singer Kenji Ōt...
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Black Lady Takes Over Sailor Moon Crystal's 12th Blu-ray Cover

Chibi-Usa's evil alter-ego, Black Lady, is featured on the cover of the 12th Blu-ray volume of the Sailor Moon Crystal series. Set for release on September 9, it includes episodes 23 and 24 with commentary by voice actresses Hisako Kanemoto (Sailor Mercury), Rina Satou (Sailor Mars), Ami Koshimizu (Sailor Jupiter), and Shizuka Itou (Sailor Venus), as well as and director Munehisa Sakai. The speci...
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Madoka Magica Girls Cross Over with Phantom of the Kill RPG

From August 28 to September 21, Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be crossing over with the hit smartphone RPG Phantom of the Kill. Some Madoka Magica witches have trespassed into the realm of Phantom of the Kill, and it's up to the magical girls to follow them, link up with their sisters in arms, and wipe the witches out. The above commercial is also available with Homura and Kyubey speaking (below)...
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Metal Gear Solid V Commercials Feature Stealth Wedding

Also: Big Boss coffee ― With the release date of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain drawing near (September 1), fans are anxious to learn the Metal Gear Solid series' greatest remaining mystery: how Big Boss became a villain. A new Japanese commercial shows a family who's taken their appreciation of the landmark franchise very far. The bride explains that over 28 years (which, not coincidentally, ...
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Love Live, Idolm@ster Perform Together at Animelo 2015

Two of anime's largest idol franchises joined together for a special performances at Animelo Summer Live 2015 on Friday. The cast of Love Live! and The Idolm@ster performed fan-favorite songs Wonderful Rush, ~Kiramekira~, No brand girls, and Go My Way!! Animelo Summer Live 2015-THE GATE-初日、μ'sはアイドルマスターさんとコラボをさせていただきました! ありがとうございました!!! #lovelive #anisama pic.twitter.com/ri6APuKy2a— ラブライブ!公式 (@LoveL...
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PlayStation Cat Mascots Cross Over with Danganronpa, Shiren the Wanderer

Toro Inoue and Kuro, the white and black cat mascots for the PlayStation consoles in Japan, have wandered into some unusual territory — the dark world of Danganronpa and the fantasy take on feudal Japan of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. Nao Horiguchi, the cats' original character designer, also drew these illustrations of Toro and Koro imitating Danganronpa's Monomi and Monokuma... .....
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Woolly Yoshi Amiibo Gets Super-Size Version

The cuddly, wool Yoshi Amiibos introduced for the upcoming Yoshi's Woolly World Wii U game this fall is getting a big brother. Set for release on December 10, the giant knitted Yoshi is 4,000 yen (US$33) and yes, he's still a functional Amiibo. So far the giant Yoshi is only shown in green. The mini knitted versions also come in pink and blue. They're slated for release around the same time as Yo...
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Ash Heads to the Wrong Side of the Tracks in GTA V Mash-Up

Bless the internet and its love for putting together the strangest things. YouTube user MerFish has taken American opening animation for the original Pokemon anime series and recreated it entirely out of characters from Grand Theft Auto V. The video went up on Wedneseday, Merfish's birthday. The creator wrote: Today I turn 23 years old, and for 17 of those years I have devoted my life to Pokémon. ...
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Pearl Diver Mascot Controversy Continues to Rage

Japanese coastal city split over moe character ― We earlier reported on the Japanese coastal city of Shima in Mie Prefecture, which unveiled a new mascot character named Megu Aoshima in November. Shima has an ancient tradition of pearl diving carried out by women called ama who train themselves to dive about 60 feet underwater without breathing equipment, and Aoshima hopes to be one someday. She is a...
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NHK Documentary Series Peeks at Process of Drawing Manga

Hosted by Naoki Urasawa ― An upcoming Japanese documentary TV series will examine the process of drawing manga from an insider's perspective. Urasawa Naoki no Manben (which, roughly translated, means "Naoki Urasawa's Manga Exertions") is hosted by veteran manga artist Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Pluto, 20th Century Boys) and follows different artists each episode, watching them draw their manga from scra...
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Parents Give Transformer-Loving Son the Ultimate Cake

Two parents decided to work together to give their son a real Transformers cake. YouTube user "russellmonro" first created a platform using a 3D printer with sound clips of Optimus Prime. The boy's mother then created the cake, keeping in mind to hide the mechanics behind the transformation. Their son, wearing an Optimus Prime costume, can't help but grin when the surprise is revealed. His guests ...
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Monster Musume Event Hands Out Tenga Eggs

An upcoming fan event for the Monster Musume anime series at Asagaya Loft in Tokyo's Suginami ward will hand out some very adult toys for participants that are 18 or older. The event is screening the full version of episode six and as a tie-in to the story's events where Papi lays an egg, visitors will get their own Tenga Egg. The "Easy Beat" Tenga Egg is a disposable male masturbation aid that c...
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Date A Live's Kotori Itsuka Gets 1/8-Scale Figure

Preorders opened on Tuesday for Broccoli's Kotori Itsuka figure from Date A Live II. The 1/8-scale figure shows Kotori wielding her halberd in her Efreet Astral Dress. The figure costs 15,700 yen (US$131) and will ship in February. Gekijōban Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment (Date A Live the Movie: Mayuri Judgment) opened in theaters in Japan on Saturday.
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Device Puts Vocaloid 'Hologram' on Your Smartphone

Pony Canyon will debut a new holograph smartphone device featuring the Vocaloids Hatsune Miku and Kagamine Rin at the at Tokyo Science Museum's Hatsune Miku Magical Future 2015 exhibit next week. The Sumahoro device that utilizes two mirrors to create multi-layer holograms from a dedicated app. The player's first release will be "Karakuri Pierrot" music video performed by Hatsune Miku and "Lost O...
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AKB48's Haruna Kojima & Bear Mascots Gather for Ted 2 Event

America's popular vulgar talking teddy bear recently went international and posed alongside a pop idol and a team of his fuzzy peers. AKB48's Haruna Kojima recently appeared as a member of the "Ted Fan Club" at a Japan promotional event for the U.S. film, Ted 2 last week. Kojima expressed her enthusiasm for the film at the event as well as her shock at the film's content. "Ted says a lot of very m...
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Eva Pilots Freshen Up Your Room with New Fragrance Holders

Not only do mentally unstable children make great robot pilots, but they can also leave your room smelling rather nice. The Eva Store, a Japanese online shop for all things Neon Genesis Evangelion, is now selling Eva Fragrance Holders. Previously purchasable through Japanese 7-Eleven catalogs, these fragrance holders are now being made available online. Each of the three variations comes fashione...
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Cosplayers, Ice Sculptures Featured at Majestic Prince Pachislo Fan Event

A fan event to promote a new pachislo Majestic Prince game was held in Akihabara on Wednesday. The 2013 sci-fi anime series has left fans hanging for sequel ever since the financial firm Fields Corporation announced it was considering the prospect two years ago. While that idea has yet to come to fruition, Majestic Prince has since received a 3D CG mobile game and the new pachislo game. Visitors ...
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Q Transformers Celebrates Cooking Papa Anniversary, Interviews Main Character

The chibi Autobots' radio talk show recently guest-starred the protagonist of Cooking Papa to celebrate the manga's 30th anniversary. The eighth episode of season two of the anime web series Q Transformers: Kaettekita Convoy no Nazo featured a special guest on its air waves. Three of the Autobots spoke with Kazumi Araiwa, the main character to Cooking Papa to celebrate its launch in Kodansha's Wee...
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Australian Game Retailers Add Hideo Kojima's Name on MGS V Displays

The staff at Australian game retailer JB Hi-Fi stores are not-so-subtly sharing their opinion on Konami's decision to remove both "A Hideo Kojima Game" phrase and the "Kojima Productions" logo from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain game's website and packaging. The stores' displays include handmade poster boards and signs emblazoned with the missing credits. The images were shared on Kojima's T...
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Golden Darkness Dons Yukata for New Figure

Figure company FREEing is releasing To Love Ru: Darkness' Golden Darkness in a pink butterfly yukata for its newest figure. The 1/8-scale figure shows Golden Darkness in the midst of getting ready while handing her obi towards the viewer. Pre-orders opened on Tuesday. The figure costs 11,852 yen (US$100) and will ship in June. FREEing also released a yukata version of Momo Belia Deviluke. Fans ca...
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Super Pochako Gets a Tan for New Bikini Figure

Super Sonico's friend Pochako spent her summer at the beach. The new figure from Daiki Kougyou is a remake of one released last year, only this time Pochako is sporting a tan and black bikini. The 1/5.5-scale figure is up for pre-order until October 21 for 14,800 yen (US$125). Orders will ship in January 2016. Other figures of the Nitroplus mascot girl include "Beer Girl" version, Bunny version, ...
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Typhoon Takes Out Colossal Titan at Oita Train Station

The monsters of Hajime Isayama's manga are no match for nature's wrath. The Colossal Titan at Oita Station was thwarted by Typhoon Goni as the storm crashed into Japan over the last 24 hours. The storm, which besides upending the display, has also lead to 200,000 homes being evacuated, power outages, and cancelled flights. Numerous injuries were also reported. 大分駅の巨人 頭が無いやん 台風>巨人 pic.twitter.com/T...
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Solanin's Inio Asano Writes Song, Draws Illustration for Dempagumi Inc.

Girl band Dempagumi Inc. (Punch Line) and artist Inio Asano (Solanin, The Perfect Insider) teamed up for the band's new single "Ashita Chikyū ga Konagona ni Natte mo" (Even if the Earth Shatters Tomorrow). Asano both wrote the song's lyrics and drew the inside jacket illustration for the first press, limited edition CD, vinyl, and cassette. The single is set for release on September 16. Asano prev...
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Food Wars! Boys Get Hugging Pillow Covers

The Animate Shop is reaching out to Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma fans with hugging pillow covers. The shop is offering the usual covers of female characters like Erina and Ikumi but also added protagonist Sōma Yukihira, his self-declared rival Takumi Aldini, and the French cuisine chef Kojirō Shinomiya. Each pillow case costs 10,000 yen (US$83) and will ship in October. You can also find more Sho...
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New Toyota Char Auris Gets Commercial Version in October

Toyota's venture with the fictional Gundam company Zeonic brought the Char Exclusive Auris II concept car to the Chara Hobby event at Makuhari Messe. The company announced at its Zeonic Toyota booth on Saturday that the Chara Exclusive Aurus II will get a commercial version beginning in October. The company didn't announce a price. Toyota revealed both a Char and Zaku concept car at the Mori Arts ...
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Pokémon Set to Scare for Halloween Parade Campaign

Ghost-type Pokémon (along with some spooky-in-spirit types) are getting ready for trick-or-treating fun for a new Halloween-themed event. Japanese Pokémon Centers will soon celebrate the "Halloween Parade 2015" event at their locations. Customers will be able to pick up several Pokemon Halloween merchandise. Naturally, Pikachu plays his own part in the festivities, as many Pikachu plushes now com...
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Saki Figures Opt for Band-Aids Over Underwear (NSFW)

Hobby Japan will open mail orders for a new pantyless Saki figure courtesy of Amakuni. The Ako Atarashi figure debuted at the Character Hobby 2015 event last weekend in Tokyo. Ako's pose and lack of panties is based image included in the limited edition Blu-ray release of Saki - The Nationals. The band-aid, on the other hand, seems to be thought up by Amakuni. Below images are NOT safe for work. ...
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Singer HIMEKA Tweets About Hardships in Industry

Since returning to her home country of Canada after visa issues and being dropped by her label, French-Canadian singer HIMEKA has expressed sadness over the strife she had faced in the music industry. The singer recently posted a series of Tweets on her account counting up her grievances. They have since been deleted. "I just want to escape from all the fake-ness," she stated. "It's not that peop...
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Pokémon Continue Exploring in New Super Mystery Dungeon Ad

The newest iteration to the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series features the largest cast of creatures to date. The latest Japanese ads for the upcoming Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (Pokémon Chō Fushigi no Dungeon) features a group of children "becoming Pokemon" and setting off on a grand adventure. The game will boast every single Pokemon in the series. That means that over 720 Pokemon will be featur...
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JAPIC Offering 2 Month Stay in Tokyo for International Animators

The Japan Image Council (JAPIC) is accepting applications for its A-AIR Tokyo 2016 (Animation Artists in Residence Tokyo 2016) program. Three lucky artists from around the world will get to stay in Tokyo for 70 days between January 7 and March 17, 2016. Winners will have their travel expenses and rental accommodations paid while receiving a living allowance and expert assistance. Winners will also...
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Pripara Ending Edited After BPO Complaints

Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO) Japanese media watchdog group posted thinly veiled complaints about the late-night anime SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist, Pripara, and Chibi Maruko-chan lottery ticket ads earlier this month. The complaints lodged against Pripara mentioned girls appearing in swimsuits in the anime's ending seque...
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Is the order a rabbit's Cocoa and Chino Get Chibikyun Figures in New Lottery Prizes

Ichiban Kuji's newest lottery this month is focusing on the upcoming season of Is the order a rabbit?? The goods collection is titled "Is the order a rabbit? Kokoro Pyonpyon" (Heart Hopping) and launches on Saturday. Collectors will want to get their hands on the Cocoa and Chino Chibikyun figures. The prizes include: A Prize: Pillow B Prize: Cocoa Chibikyun figure C Prize: Chino Chibikyun figure ...
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DRAMAtical Murder's Kōjaku Gets Nendoroid

Good Smile Company's Orange Rouge line of male character goods is adding a Nendoroid of Kōjaku from Nitroplus' Dramatical Murder game and anime series. The character pairs well with his childhood friend and previously released Nendoroid, Aoba. Kōjaku comes with three expressions: standard, smiling, and embarrassed. He can either carry his sword sheathed or he can hold a drawn sword ready for atta...
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High-Quality Fate/stay night Saber Dress and Armor Costs US$4,000

Fate/stay night's Saber's costume elegantly combines grace with combat utility, but it's complicated enough to dissuade most cosplayers. For those determined to pull it off, however, the Japanese cosplay provider Cospa has prepared the definitive Saber cosplay set. The rubber band is looped around the buttons rather than fastened to them to make it difficult for the corset to lose its shape. The s...
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Gundam's Dom Now Available in Chocolate Tofu Form

According to Sagamiya Foods, a tofu producer, a "Tofu War" has been raging for years on many fronts — space, Earth, and extraterrestrial colonies. Now Zeon has unleashed three formidable ace pilots onto the front lines on Earth, the so-called "Three Black Stars": three different Dom suits — Gaia, Mash, and Ortega — who strike fear in the Federation's heart and are capable of taking ...
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Gun Down Zombies with Hyperdimension Neptunia Girls

Left 4 Dead 2 mod swaps out original cast ― Although the girls of Hyperdimension Neptunia will fight off zombies in the upcoming PlayStation Vita game Gekijigen Tag Blanc + Neptunia VS Zombie Gundan, a mod posted in January 2013 will let curious players get an idea for what that would feel like. [HTT✰] Nana Deviluke has replaced eight characters in the zombie FPS Left 4 Dead 2 with Neptunia character...
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Haikyu!! Characters to Get Nendoroids

Also: August 19 was Haikyu!! Day ― The production committee of Haikyu!!'s second season officially designated August 19 as "Haikyu!! Day." The date was most likely chosen because of goroawase, a Japanese system that matches numbers with similar sounds; ha-i-kyū sounds like "8-1-9." (This has led to August 19 also being designated as Haiku Day and Motorcycle [Baiku] Day.) In the video below, Kenma Cat...
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Ghibli's Princess Mononoke Film Shrunk into 3-Minute, 8-Bit Video

CineFix's 8-Bit Cinema feature is back with another Studio Ghibli film. On Tuesday, the group uploaded a version the beloved Princess Monoke. Much of the film's story is condensed into a quick three minutes and is transformed into 8-bit as Ashitaka attempts to remove his curse and finds himself entangled in the war between Iron Town and Lady Eboshi and Princess Mononoke. The film was previously ad...
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Ubisoft's Just Dance Gets Yo-kai Watch Edition

Ubisoft and Level-5 are teaming up for a special edition of the Just Dance rhythm game. The Wii U game that tasks players with performing dance moves to the beat of songs is adding Yo-kai Watch characters, like Jibanyan, Komasan, and Komajiro. Yo-kai Watch Dance JUST DANCE Special Version doesn't have a release date yet. The anime series features its own choreographed dances like the ending theme ...
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Odin's Sphere Leifþrasir Release Gets Accessory Set, Art Book in Japan

Before Odin's Sphere Leifþrasir (romanized Odin Sphere Leifthrasir) heads West next year, fans in Japan will get a special accessory set. The set will go on sale on January 14, the same day as the game's release for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. It includes a blue pouch, a potion charm, and a large screen cleaner cloth. The set retails for 3,480 yen (US$28). First editions of the game will also bundle a...
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Inventor Makes Functioning Castle in the Sky Flaptter

Inventor Kazuhiko Kakuta has worked on creating a functional RC model of the Flaptter from Castle in the Sky for the last four years. He began designing the model as part of his already well-established love for flying machines. He uploaded a prototype in January, but went back to tweaking it. A video showing off the latest version was uploaded on Tuesday. The new version adds a stabilizer and min...
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Go Back to School with Earthbound

Mother 2 (EarthBound) video game creator Shigesato Itoi helped curate a series of home and office goods based on the game. The goods include notebook covers, bookmarks, pencil cases, card cases, and bags. The notebook and planner covers specifically fit Hobonichi products. They depict locations like Saturn Valley and the game's cast. Mr. Saturn himself was also turned into a pattern for the cover...
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B-Project Unveils Ten Idols

Character designs by Yukihiro Utako ― B-Project, the latest male idol project, has unveiled character designs for ten idols: the duo Kitakore, the three-man unit Thrive, and the five-man group MooNs. The designs are the work of Yukihiro Utako, who has drawn the studs of Devils and Realist and Uta no Prince-sama. Further details about the project remain unavailable. A press conference will be held at ...
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Maki Figure Joins Love Live! Birthday Figure Line-Up

Dengekiya launched its Love Live! Birthday Figure Project in January with Kotori Minami and has since released Eli, Rin, Kayo, and Umi for fans and collectors alike. Pre-orders opened Friday for ANN readers' favorite μ's girl, Maki Nishikino. Like the other girls in the series, she's depicted wearing the costume from "KiRa-KiRa Sensation." The 1/8-scale figure comes with a clear file with the ima...
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DMM's Latest Game: Racecars as Girls

Also: trucks, buses, even lawnmowers ― The game website DMM has scored huge successes with anthropomorphized battleships (in Kantai Collection) and swords (in Tōken Ranbu). Its latest game zeroes in on another machine beloved by many men: sports cars. Racing Musume. ("Racing Girls") imagines girls as race cars and places you in the position of coach, monitoring their races and doing what it takes to ...
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Akira Animator Koji Morimoto Draws DJ KRUSH Album Cover

Japanese hip hop producer DJ Krush's newest album Butterfly Effect got some special artwork by animator and director Koji Morimoto. Morimoto might be best known as the assistant chief animator on Akira, but his other works range from Short Peace, Mind Game, and Spriggan to Kiki's Delivery Service, Magnetic Rose, and Eternal Family. Sample tracks from DJ Krush's album are streaming on SoundCloud. T...
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Monster Hunter Diary Felynes Come to Life in Commercials

The Monster Hunter Diary video game series (a spinoff of Monster Hunter) features a village of cat-like felynes who lead a peaceful, relaxing, small-town life in addition to hunting monsters. The games place an emphasis on simple pleasures like fishing, catching bugs, designing your room, and interacting with other characters. The newest version, Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Felyne Village DX,...
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Digital Watches Are the Champions with New Digimon Character Watches

These Digivices won't exactly help you save the Digital World, but at least they can tell time. The official Premium Bandai website is primed to sell a brand new set of digital timepieces known as the Digimon Adventure Premium Character Watches. Modeled after the Digivices used by the eight "Digidestined" protagonists of the very first season of Digimon, these watches come in eight different colo...
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Golgo 13 Snipes on The Rim of Your Cup

PUTITTO is adding Takao Saito's Golgo 13 to its series of drink companion figures. Unlike its friendlier incarnations like Pikachu and the Kantai Collection girls, professional assassin Duke Togo looks to be taking aim at the drinker. Other figures in the collection show him enjoying a cigar, hanging by his knees, or climbing in wearing scuba gear. A secret figure is also planned. Capsule machine...
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School-Live! Takes to Japanese Sea Park for Mystery Event

This cross between the sea and the dead is no Pirates of the Caribbean. The zombie apocalypse survival girls of School Live! are heading to Yokohama Hakkejima Sea Paradise in a special collaboration event. For the "School Live Heart-Throbbing Excursion" event, patrons delve into the world of the anime as they solve mysteries placed around the park and obtain special aid kits in order to "survive" ...
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Chihayafuru's Suzu Hirose Considered Most Disliked Female Celebrity

Fallout from insensitive comments in June still strong ― Suzu Hirose, who portrays Chihaya in the live-action version of Chihayafuru and Kaede in The Boy and the Beast, is considered the most loathed female celebrity by Japanese women in their 20s, according to a major advertising agency. The research hasn't been officially published yet, but according to an employee, "Compared to her popularity aft...
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Are Anime Sports Collaborations Effective?

Article looks at effects of three soccer collaborations ― The project Anime × Soccer!! (or Animation × Soccer) brings together three different Japanese soccer teams that have collaborated with anime in recent years: Mito Hollyhock, Tokyo Verdy, and F.C. Gifu. All three teams are in the 2nd Division of the J. League (Japan's professional soccer league), and all of them are struggling financially. Acco...
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Noragami Celebrated in Upcoming Shinjuku Festival

Supernatural anime Noragami is all the rage at an upcoming festival in Japan. The Geidankyo Building in Shinjuku will soon host the "Yato Festival", a Noragami-themed event tailored for fans of the show. While information is currently scarce, the festival is expected to feature a special mystery game, a dance event where patrons can groove to the special "Noragami Ondo", limited edition Noragami m...
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Upcoming Monster Musume Cast Speaks About Their Roles

What's it like to for the cast of a monster girl harem anime to voice their promiscuous roles? The Japanese voice cast of the Monster Musume anime gets down and dirty as they share their thoughts on their work on the show in the "Monster Musume Production Process" to air on Saturday. This special recaps the first seven episodes of the anime and offers a glimpse into its relatively-more suggestive ...
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Banpresto Adds Mew Plush to Its Pokémon Crane Game Prizes

Banpresto is branching out its line of "I♥" goods with a new Pokemon. The cat-like alien Mew is joining the series that originally included Pikachu and Eevee. So far the collection only includes a soft plush. It measures 26cm (10.25in) and will appear in Crane King machines starting on September 19.
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Terraformars Gets Episode 0 Manga Chapter on Shinjuku Station Walls

Terraformars fans visiting Shinjuku Station will soon be treated to a must-read chapter while they wait for their train. In order to celebrate the recent announcement the anime sequel to Terraformars, Shinjuku Station is holding a special "Raw Manuscript Exhibition" across its Tokyo Marunouchi Metro Line concourse. Original author Yū Sasuga and artist Kenichi Tachibana are displaying a brand-new m...
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Shokugeki no Soma Lottery Goods Include Erina Figure, Dishes

Erina, Alice, and Ikumi mouse pads also available ― The Minna no Kuji lottery prizes has everything you need to set a Food Wars! table or add another Erina figure to your collection. The following prizes will debut in early September: A Prize: Erina figure B Prize: A poster depicting Erina and Sōma in yukata C Prize: Bowls D Prize: Glass cups E Prize: Notebook and sticker set F Prize: Rubber straps ...
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Shining Resonance's Linna Mayfield Gets 1/8-Scale Figure

Shining Resonance protagonist and elven witch Linna Mayfield is getting a 1/8-scale figure in January from Kotobukiya. The figure, which shows the wind magic user in a pose similar to Kim Kardashian's Paper Magazine cover, depicts Linna balancing the pitch penguin Fromage on her backside. Both Fromage and Linna's hat are removable. Her Dragon Spine Tran Rod doesn't come with the figure. The figur...
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Welcome to the NHK's Kendi Oiwa Tours His Work Space

The French television program toco toco began streaming its interview with manga creator Kendi Oiwa (Welcome to the NHK, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag -Kakusei-, Tsurami Entangle) on Saturday. In video, Oiwa takes viewers on a ride on JR's Chūō line during rush hour and back to his work space. Oiwa published the manga adaptation of Tatsuhiko Takimoto's Welcome to the NHK! novel from 2004 to 2007....
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Obocchama-kun Creator Discusses Prime Minister Abe's WWII Anniversary Speech

Kobayashi Yoshinori Kobayashi, the creator of late 1980s manga Obocchama-kun recently guest-starred on Japanese political talk show Asamade Namaterebi on an episode titled "Debate! Summary of 70 Years of Postwar Japan and What's to Come", in which they looked back 70 years of peacetime in Japan since the country's August 1945 surrender in World War II. The show was hosted by Soichiro Tahara, a Ja...
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Japanese Animated Music Video Asks Meaning of Life, First in Planned Series

A new series seeks to ask existential questions through several platforms of media. Nowisee is a new monthly "cross contents project" blending stylized visuals and music to tell a story and posit topics of philosophical proportions. This recently released video, known as "Vibration", is the first of 24 planned videos and was uploaded to warm internet user reception, garnering almost 130,000 views ...
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High School Girls Pursue Their Dreams in 'Highdol' Idol Contest

These high school girls recently squared off in a contest to make their dream of stardom a reality. This past August 10 saw the high school summer idol contest known as "Highdol 2015~Summer Vacation~" take place at the Nippon TV Tower ("highdol" being an amalgamation of the terms "high school" and "idol"). The competition involves self-made idol teams representing their respective high schools as ...
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Kantai Collection's Ooyodo Gets Nendoroid

Kantai Collection's Ooyodo Light Cruiser is getting a Nendoroid courtesy of Good Smile Company. The glasses-wearing character of the warship comes with three different expressions, including glancing off the left, a determined smile, and a combat expression. The figure includes Ooyodo's ship parts, from her catapult to her seaplane hangar on her back. Shooting effects can be attached or you can r...
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Live-Action Black Butler's Hiro Mizushima Will Guest Star on Lena Dunham's Girls

31-year-old actor Hiro Mizushima (live-action Beck, Black Butler films) announced on Instagram that he will guest star in the fifth season of HBO and Lena Dunham's Girls next year. The role is Mizushima's first in a foreign production. I'll be guest-starring on GIRLS Season 5. I'm honored to have been a part of this project. See you in 2016. 海外ドラマ「GIRLS」の新シーズンにゲスト出演しま〜す #girlsseason5 #ガールズ5 #hbo #...
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U.S. MegaBots Team Launches Kickstarter For Kuratas Face-Off

The U.S.-based MegaBots company launched a US$500,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund its upcoming duel with Suidobashi Heavy Industry's million-dollar Kuratas robot. The duel prospect is garnering attention and support from top industry specialists to convert the slow, top heavy Mk. II into a strong fighting machine. If the project meets its goal, creators Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti are teamin...
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Majora's Mask Link Gets Nendoroid

Following this year's Nintendo 3DS port of Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask earlier this year, Link is returning again with a new figure. Pre-orders opened on Tuesday for Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Link: Majora's Mask 3D Ver. The figure retails for 4,167 yen (US$33) and will ship in January. The young hero comes with many of the same key items he acquires in the game, including the Kokiri Sword...
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Character Voting Opens for Banpresto's DBZ, One Piece Figure Coliseum

The Banpresto Figure Colosseum – Figure King Summit Showdown is held every year and allows aspiring sculptors to submit their own One Piece creations into a voting contest. A Dragon Ball Z counterpart, the Tenkaichi Budokai Dragon Ball competition, works similarly. The websites for each competition opened voting for users to choose three characters (voting is open to Japanese residents only). The...
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Danboard Battery Charger Heading Stateside

Pre-orders also open for "Nyanbo" set ― Japanese gadget maker Cheero is bringing the top-selling Danboard 10400 mA charger to the U.S. The charger uses a lithium-ion battery compatible with any USB device, including Android and iOS devices. The charger itself is pocket-sized and allows for easy carrying. The device is good for five full charges and can itself be charged up to 500 times using a wall ...
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Evangelion and Japanese Sword Exhibit Inspires Dolls

The official Evangelion Store opened pre-orders on Monday for an articulated Asuka Langely doll. Wearing a red kimono and wielding a a Japanese sword, Asuka is the first in a series based on the Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibit that toured Japan and Europe. Takara Tomy will ship the Asuka doll in January. Pre-orders will open for Mari Illustrious Makinami and Rei Ayanami at a later date. Th...
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Builder Spends 2 Years Making Lego Hyrule Castle

19-year-old Lego builder Joseph Zawada took two cars to BrickFair Virginia this month. It was the only way he could transport all 40 sections that make up his Hyrule Castle project. The design is based on the castle as it appears in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game for the Wii. Zawada spent two and a half years and plenty of money building the project. Alden Duquette, another participan...
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Tōken Ranbu Fans Flock to Es Fest

Line stretches clear out of Akihabara ― While Comiket drew massive crowds to the shores of Tokyo Bay, another large crowd of fans gathered uptown in Akihabara: guests to this summer's es fest, a female-oriented character goods market organized by Kotobukiya. This particular installment focuses on Tōken Ranbu, an online game that depicts famous Japanese swords as attractive men. Judging by the lines, ...
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Anime Fans Rank Which Characters Pull Off Summer Wear Best

Which popular anime characters look best in a swimsuit? Thousands of fans came together to answer that question. Otamart—a popular Japanese app that specializes in anime, manga and idol products—have recently announced the results of a survey asking fans which anime characters look best in traditional summer wear, specifically a swimsuit or a yukata. The survey categories have been divided based o...
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1/8-Scale Tōken Ranbu Figure of Kasen Kanesada in the Works

Di molto bene, the makers of a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure line of figures, announced on Monday that they are working on a 1/8-scale Kasen Kanesada figure from the popular Tōken Ranbu mobile game. Di molto bene already announced at Wonder Festival that a Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki figure from the same game is in production. Kanesada Kasen is a "liberal arts" Uchigatana crafted by the Kanesada family duri...
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Terra Formars Lottery Goods Include Cockroach Cushion, Voluptuous Pillow

Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's Terra Formars manga just got reupped for an anime sequel and is also getting a new series of lottery goods this month. The Minna no Kuji Terra Formars lottery campaign starts on August 22 and will include a cushion of of the Martian cockroach's face, an Adolf Reinhard figure, and a very well endowed Michelle pillow. All the prizes include: Prize A: Adolf Reinhard...
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Kanna Hashimoto Dances Like a Devil in New Lipstick Commercial

Kanna Hashimoto rouges up her lips for a brand new lipstick commercial. The popular idol singer was recently the subject of a behind-the-scenes video for two brand new commercials for Mentholatum Lip Baby lipstick types. The first half of the video shows the making of the "Lip Baby Crayon" commercial, in which Hashimoto is dressed as a devilish character known as "Demonic Kana Hashimoto". In the b...
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After 40 Years, Has Comiket Outlived Its Usefulness?

Comiket is an institution in Japanese pop culture fandom. Ever since it broke off from the Japanese Manga Convention in 1975, it has established itself as easily the biggest anime & manga convention in Japan, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees eager to shop for the latest dōjinshi and ogle the character goods and cosplayers. Dōjin circles flock to the convention to improve their name re...
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Belgian Politician Personally Asks AKB48 to Perform in Home Country

The girls of AKB48 have traveled to New York, Japan, and throughout Asia but have yet to grace fans in Europe with a concert. Belgian politician Jean-Francois Istasse would like to change that. The honorary senator was laid up in a hospital in 2012, where he discovered the music of AKB48. Istasse thought the music was similar to French pop of the '60s and '70s and found inspiration in the message ...
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Sailor Moon Gets Glowing Crystal Light Gashapon

Gashapon machines in Japan are getting a new series of Sailor Moon magical items this month. The super-deformed versions of Sailor Moon's original brooch, Disguise Pen, Moon Stick, and Silver Crystal all include a switch that adds a magical glow. Previous Sailor Moon gashapon include drinking figures, die-cast charms, transformation brooches, miniature figures, and more. Source: Comic Natalie
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Cosplayers Delight and Amuse at Comiket 88

That String, Umaru, Cloyster, Ladybeard, and more ― As Japan's largest anime/manga fan culture gathering, Comiket can always be relied on to provide some interesting, amusing, clever, and occasionally downright bizarre cosplay. This summer's Comiket, which is occurring this weekend, is no exception. First off, here's an unusual take on Hestia cosplay. The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dung...
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Livers, One Piece Fans Butt Heads Over Eiichiro Oda Comment

Love Live! superfans (Livers) and One Piece manga fans are butting heads after a comment made by Eiichiro Oda sent the former into an uproar. Weekly Shonen Jump's combined 37-38 issue included a feature focusing on One Piece and its 18th anniversary. Kanna Hashimoto of the group Rev. from DVL dressed up as Luffy and celebrities offered their comments on the series. Oda, however, had his own commen...
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World's First Voice Acting Museum Opens in Tokyo

See voice actors' scripts, merchandise, microphone ― Anime fans who are specifically interested in the voice acting side of the business, or fervent fans of particular voice actors, should add a new destination to their next trip to Tokyo: the Seiyuu Museum (seiyū means voice actor), located in Sasazuka, Tokyo, west of Harajuku. It is affiliated with the voice acting studio 81produce and commemorates...
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Grandma Races Back to Youth in New Mobile Game

It's a literal race against time as one grandmother dashes back to a younger age in a new mobile game. In what is simply known as "Girlfriend (alt.)", players take control of an elderly woman who runs backwards in time to reclaim her years and become young again. The game's title screen is an obvious parody of the Girl Friend (BETA) social game by Cyber Agent's blogging website Ameba. The dating g...
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Ai Shinozaki Holds Press Conference with Cat

Y! Mobile cat promotes new photo collection ― Ai Shinozaki, a popular gravure idol, and Naomi Watanabe, an actress and comedian, held a press conference on August 4 with Futenyan, the mascot of Y! Mobile, a Japanese telecommunications firm. Unlike Shinozaki and Watanabe, Futenyan is a cat, and he has starred in a series of popular commercials that play off of his gruff, blunt and lazy personality. Th...
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Haikyu!! Gets Official Volleyballs

... And mousepads, phone straps, bags ― At long last, fans of Haikyu!! will now be able to practice their moves using officially branded volleyballs. Mikasa, a Japanese sports goods maker, is offering them in four different varieties: Karasuno, Aoba Jōsai, Nekoma, and Date Industrial High Schools. Each ball costs 7,560 yen (or US$61). Mikasa is also offering these mousepads featuring the Karasuno te...
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'Oil King' Spotted Among Throngs at Comiket

True identity remains mysterious ― An unusual figure was spotted among the crowds at this weekend's Comiket: a suited, bearded man wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) surrounded by several bodyguards, all decked out in suits and sunglasses. He quickly drew attention and was nicknamed "the Oil King." Posing with a cosplayer The Oil King milled about the convention center buying comics like the other a...
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Hero Company Creator Selling Love Live! Dōjin at Comiket

Hero Company manga creator Kazuhiko Shimamoto announced on Twitter that he'll be selling a Love Live! dōjin at Comiket this weekend. The Shima Live! Go Brand Girls comic is released under the name Ura Simamoto and the cover shows a crying Eli Ayase holding an unconscious Honoka in her arms. The cover is actually the second that Shimamoto drew. 実は最初、こう言うのを描こうと…していましたが(笑)皆がシマライブとかタイトルを先読みするので、ちょっと斜め...
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'Fantastic Anime Machine' Used in Elaborate DoCoMo Ad

Back in the 90s there was an early educational game called The Incredible Machine that involved using tools to create Rube Goldberg machines to complete objectives. Or you could get into creative mode and imagine up whatever your heart desired. The staff at the gari-gari advertising company have done just that, investing over 80 hours and 400 takes to create an elaborate advertisement for the DoCo...
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23-Foot Long Miia Comiket Pillow Sells Out in 1 Hour

I scream, you scream, everyone at Comiket was screaming for their own monster girl. Specifically, the seven meter (23-foot) long hugging pillow of Miia the Lamia. Despite its steep 100,000 yen (about US$805) cost, the Tokuma Shoten/Monster Musume booth at Comiket sold out within the first hour of day one. The pillow case was part of the booth display and had to be wrapped around the top pillar to ...
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RWBY's Official Japanese Dub Trailer Released at Comiket 88

Additional voice actors also announced ― Warner Bros Japan began streaming the official Japanese dub trailer for Rooster Teeth's anime-style RWBY web series at Comiket on Friday. The web series, which follows four girls with unique weapons and powers who are training to hunt supernatural "Creatures of Grimm," was licensed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan for distribution and merchandising in ...
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Anime Insiders Share How Much Producing a Season Costs

Hint: It's too high compared to revenue ― Although it's a far cry from the supersized budgets of Hollywood, the anime industry is a labor-intensive and expensive field. Like other entertainment ventures, any anime production has to ensure that its budget matches its expected earnings. According to Masamune Sakaki, a CG creator in the anime industry, an average 13-episode anime season costs around 25...
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Zelda Gets Revenge in 'Hang 'Em Hyrule' Live-Action Short

YouTube filmmakers BeatdownBoogie and director Micah Moore have taken Nintendo's Legend of Zelda game franchise and reinterpreted as a gunslinging spaghetti western. The video stars Zelda as she enters a desolate town to confront Ganondorf after he hung her beau Link in a tree. BeatdownBoogie has previously created live-action shorts including Kung Fu Avengers and the eight-part Mario Warfare seri...
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J-Pop Group AAA Holds 'Virtual Concerts' with Ice Cream Vending Machine

The J-pop group AAA (One Piece, Inuyasha: The Final Act, World Trigger) is ready to make buying an ice cream cone more epic. The Ezaki Glico ice cream brand seventeen ice is normally sold as wrapped ice cream cones in vending machines, but Glico has designed a special vending machine with a massive touchscreen attached to a big dome. When customers select one of the 17 flavors, they will be treate...

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