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Kumamon Suits Up As an Evangelion For New Collaboration

Kumamon, the bear mascot from Kumamoto prefecture, has dressed up as Himura Kenshin several times before, but now he's transforming into Evangelion Unit-01. The strange crossover is thanks to the Evangelion Exhibit, which is making a stop at the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art starting February 28, 2015. The exhibit has been touring Japan since 2013 and includes model sheets, image boards by Yo...
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Holiday Greetings from the Anime World! (Part 1)

Get yourself in the holiday spirit by checking out these holiday greetings from artists and companies within the anime and manga industry, and anime and manga properties! Series are listed alphabetically, while artists are listed by their surname. Click on each image for larger versions; they'll open in a new window automatically. And, tune in tomorrow for parts 2 and 3! 101 Hitome no Alice (Wing...
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Fate/Extra's Extra-Fingered Cover Gets Recalled

Kadokawa issued a recall for the sixth volume of Fate/Extra, ensuring readers that, no, the extra finger on Saber's hand wasn't some cheeky reference to the title or the volume number. Any issues left on newsstands will be replaced, and those who have already purchased it can send in their covers for a replacement. Or, you could just keep it because it's hilarious. The manga adapts Type-Moon's Fat...
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Tottori Prefecture Uses Animated Short to Encourage Youngsters to Return to the Nest

Tourists may recognize Tottori Prefecture for its scenic coastline and unique rock formations, but anime fans may recognize the name for something else—the setting of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. Specifically, the town of Iwami, which has offered plenty of Free!-related tourism perks in the past. That's why it's particularly fitting that Tottori Prefecture is using a muscled swimmer in its latest...
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Levi is Subjected to Another Figure Flop

Ichiban Kuji's new Attack On Titan lineup seems to have a bit of a problem according to fans. ― Figure making is a very delicate art. There is a fine line between making something that fans are willing to agree looks exactly like their favorite characters and what looks like a dilapidated hunk of plastic. In between those two, you have a spectrum of indistinguishability where fans believe the figure ...
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Have Fun in School with Fantasy Weapon Pencil Toppers

Capsule toy company Kitan Club is making note-taking a lot more fun with these medieval weapon-inspired pencil caps, though we wouldn't be surprised if all productivity ground to a sudden halt. Each one costs 200 yen (about US$1.65), and can be found at various capsule toy machines across Japan. [Via Hachima Kikou]
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Giovanni's Island "e-Sakuga" Multi Touch Book Lets You Explore the Film's Key Frames

If you're still searching for a last minute gift this holiday season, Onebilling Inc.'s Giovanni's Island E-SAKUGA Animation Key Frames Collection might just fit the bill. Available from the Apple iBook store in both Japanese and English on December 24, it features key frames from Production I.G's Giovanni's Island, along with a proprietary "Sakugami" feature that allows readers to flip through th...
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Seoul Erects an 8-Meter, 3-Ton Tobot Kia Robot Statue

Visitors to the Sky Park outside Seoul's Lotte Mall Gimpo Airport shopping complex will find themselves staring at a giant 8-meter (26 ft.), 3-ton (6,000 lb) statue of Deltatron, erected to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Tobot, a South Korean transforming robot cartoon aimed at kids. Similar to Transformers, Tobots transform from vehicles, though each Tobot is the combined product of several c...
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Madoka Magica Girls Get Their Own Themed Purses

SuperGroupies, the purveyors of all manners of otaku-inspired fashion accessories, is releasing a collection of Madoka Magica handbags, each one inspired by the outfits of each girl. The larger Madoka, Sayaka, and Kyoko bags retail for 9,800 yen (about US$81) and are designed to hold A4-size notebooks, while the smaller Homura and Mami bags retail for 7,800 yen (about US$64.60). The company is als...
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Gamers Pay Respect to Departed Friend in FFXIV

Friends and fellow gamers across the internet came out to pay their respects on Sunday when 29-year-old Tai passed away from complications due to renal failure. Tai was active on Final Fantasy XIV's Gilgamesh server where he played his level 50 Bard, Codex Vahlda, and also made friends on the gaming site Backloggery.com. Players on Final Fantasy XIV paid their respects across servers on Sunday whe...
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Good Smile Racing Gets Ready For A New Season With Racing Miku 2015

Good Smile Racing, the subsidiary company of Good Smile Company that sponsors the Team UYKO Super GT 300 race team, unveiled the design for Racing Miku 2015, the Hatsune Miku design that will grace their vehicles and promo materials for the next year. The illustration was designed by Koyama Shigeto and illustrated by Taiki. Those wanting a 3D version in their hands will have to wait—the Racin...
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Somehow, Funasshi's Album Hit #4 in the Weekly Album Charts

Funasshi, the pear-shaped mascot of Tokyo suburb Funabashi, apparently scraped together enough songs to record an album. Titled Uki Uki Funassyi ♪ ~ Official Funassyi Album: Pear Juice Splash! ~, it also did remarkably well, placing fourth on weekly album sales charts and selling 12,000 copies its first week. The album marks the first time that a local mascot has placed in the top 5 since 1968. Wh...
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Yo-kai Watch Takes Over Kyushu Bullet Train

Kyushu's Kumamoto station also redecorates for occasion ― Japan Rail's Kyushu division is the latest company to fall under Yo-kai Watch's spell. On December 20, a new bullet train was unveiled with Yo-kai Watch characters painted on its exterior. It departed Kumamoto station bound for Hakata after an official ceremony attended by the Kumamoto station manager, Jibanyan (who was named station manager f...
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Fan Remakes Japanese PS1 Cult Classic LSD: Dream Emulator

Fans of Asmik Ace Entertainment's PlayStation video game LSD: Dream Emulator can now get their hands on a preliminary build of LSD Revamped, a fan-made remake of the video game. The game, made by a fan named Figglewatts, has been in development since October 2011. The project website is currently soliciting feedback on bugs, asset submissions, and donations for future Oculus Rift support. Those on...
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Malaysian Finalist Wins This Year's Gunpla Builder's World Cup

The victors of Bandai's annual Gunpla Builders World Cup have been crowned, with the title going to Malaysia's Andy Wong, whose "Invaders Found" model and diorama was modified from the Master Grade PMX-003 The O kit. Second place went to Japan's Miki Yoshihisa, with third going to Taiwan's Lin Zih-Ciao. In the Junior Course, Korean youngster An Ji Hoon took the honor with "The Innocence of Childho...
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More Items Revealed from Love Live ABC Project Fashion Collaboration

The complete collection of pieces for the "Love Live! ABC Project ~Apparel Brand Crossover~" from Earth Music&Ecology, Beams, and Honey Bunch has been posted, and it's looking like all of the girls' clothing items and accessories will be available for purchase. Honoka: Kotori: Hanayo: Eli: Nico: Umi: Nozomi: Rin: For a full price list, check out the ABC Project website.
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Official Japanese RWBY Fanbook Includes Art From Yoshitoshi Abe, Range Murata, Others

Warner Bros. Japan has posted their Comiket 87 offerings, and there's a good spread of merchandise, including hoodies from Shirobako, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders, Selector Spread Wixoss, Strike the Blood, and Terraformars; clear files from A Certain Magical Index, and more. For fans of Roosterteeth's RWBY, there's also an official Japanese fan book, which features illustrations fro...
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Yoga Instructor Offers Pokemon-Themed Sessions for Convention Attendees

Florida yoga instructor Lacy Amoeba has been helping anime convention-goers stay relaxed and fit for several years, offering "nerd yoga" in the back of Winter Park, FL's A Comic Shop. She's since taken her practices to anime conventions, offering morning Pokemon-themed yoga sessions to anyone needing a break from the weekend hustle-and-bustle. Just last weekend she attended Holiday Matsuri 2014, o...
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Fans Vote For Which Anime Heroes They'd Rather Not Be

While most surveys ask fans which anime and manga protagonists they'd like to be, MyNavi Student recently asked its readers, "Which anime would you not want to be the hero of?" Readers' justifications ranged from, "I don't want to be bullied everyday," to "the hero is probably in pain every day," to "I would be too traumatized." Here is the top 10: Doraemon Dragon Ball A Dog of Flanders Neon Genes...
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Daily Cosplay - Final Fantasy VII's Tifa Lockhart

Character: Tifa Lockhart Title: Final Fantasy VII Cosplayer: Rina Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Oakland & San Francisco, CA This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "What tips can you offer cosplayers to get the shots that they want?" "Don't be hesitant to let the photographer know your thoughts! Everyone gets different things out of anim...
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Haikyu Anime Sequel Celebrated With Art by Manga Creator, Director, Character Designer

Haruichi Furudate, Susumu Mitsunaka, Takahiro Kishida draw tributes to sequel & Christmas cards ― The Haikyu!! "super stage" event at Jump Festa 2015 confirmed on Saturday that production of an anime sequel has been green-lit. It also unveiled a new visual by character designer Takahiro Kishida. Manga creator Haruichi Furudate drew Christmas cards for distribution at Jump Festa: 刷り上って参りました、明日からのジャンフェ...
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Armin Leads the Survey Corps in the Attack on Stretching

Who knew that looking stiff and scared was a stretch routine? ― The brave souls in the Survey Corps who venture beyond the walls to take on Titans must undergo extensive training to be counted among the best. They must be both sound in mind and in body, and be in peak physical condition. Thinking over the physical exertion they must go through day after day, it's only natural to think that their typi...
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Percentage of Middle-Aged Hikikomori Unexpectedly High

Researcher estimates at least a million in Japan ― Asaichi, a Japanese news program on NHK, recently shed a light on Japan's reclusive hikikomori community — adults who withdraw into their homes for extended periods of time, only emerging to go shopping. Sometimes referred to as "SNEPs" (Solitary Non-Employed Persons), they are commonly thought of as young adults going through a difficult phase ...
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Piccolo Saves Christmas When He's Not Saving Namekians

Comic book fan, cosplay aficionado, and 15-year veteran deputy sheriff Michael Wilson (@knightmage) brought cheer to countless families on December 18 when he strolled into his local Ohio Toys R Us dressed as Dragon Ball's Piccolo and paid off everyone's layaways. He posted pictures on Facebook, adding, "There's going to be some happy people when they find out their layaway's was paid off thanks t...
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Durarara!! Cell Signal Service Truck Takes Visual Cues from Celty

Japanese mobile provider Au by KDDI is providing its customers with additional cell coverage this Comiket 87 with a Celty Sturluson-inspired Durarara!! signal-boosting mobile base station truck. The truck is outfitted with giant ears remniscent of Celty's helmet and a Durarara!! wrap. Cosplaying Au employees will also be wandering around Tokyo Big Sight with portable Wi-Fi hotspots for anyone who ...
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Daily Cosplay - Rurouni Kenshin Group

Character: Several (see below) Title: Rurouni Kenshin Cosplayer: Himura Kenshin - Okitasemi Cosplay Kamiya Kaoru - dokitude Sagara Sanosuke - Chris Hiko Seijuro - Peter Makimachi Misao - Misa Yukyuzan Anzi - Brian Shinomori Aoshi - JestersLabyrinth Cosplay" Takani Megumi - Akai-Chan Cosplay and Photography Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Anime Expo (Los Angeles Conventi...
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Toyota's Prius c Journeys Through Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter

While the Prius c (sold in Japan as the Aqua) has always been marketed towards city-dwellers, Toyota assures road trip aficionados that it's great for lengthy road trips and grand adventures, too. Especially the kinds of journeys you'd experience in Dragon Quest or Monster Hunter. The TV spot for the Aqua shows the vehicles driving through Austria to the tune of Dragon Question III's "Adventure." ...
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Pony Canyon's Comiket 87 Goods Include Pixellated Free! Keychains, More

Also goods for Kamisama Kiss, Sakura Trick, Beyond the Boundary, and others. ― We previewed Pony Canyon's waterproof Attack on Titan bath set a while back, but they've got some other fun goodies in store for this year's Winter Comiket as well, including keychains, clear files, meal sets, and other character goods. Free Eternal Summer Iwatobi Set - 3,000 yen (about US $25.54) Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, a...
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Rock Band KISS Collaborating With Sailor Moon Crystal's Momoiro Clover Z

The U.S. rock band KISS is no stranger to merchandise collaborations with Japan, but the masked glam rock band is marking its first time working with a Japanese musical artist with a new single next year. KISS and the Japanese pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z are set to release a new single together on January 28, 2015. The first announced track is “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,” composed by Paul St...
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Luffy Leads in One Piece Character Poll

Weekly Shonen Jump published the results for the yearly One Piece character poll on Monday. Monkey D. Luffy scored highest in the poll with 9,183 total votes. In fact, most of the Straw Hat crew rounded out the top 10 spots: Monkey D. Luffy: 9,183 votes Trafalgar Law: 8,794 votes Roronoa Zoro: 7,997 votes Sanji: 7,154 votes Sabo: 5,131 votes Portgas D. Ace: 5,124 votes Tony Tony Chopper: 3,336 Nam...
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Namco Brings Pac-Man to Suburban Chicago With A Barcade

It seems that officially-licensed, video game-themed eateries aren't just for Japan anymore. The American branch of Namco Entertainment has staked out a space in Chicago suburb Schaumburg, IL's Woodfield Mall for Level 257, a "unique dining, entertainment & social experience inspired by PAC-MAN™." The 40,000-square-foot space will have a 180-seat restaurant; cocktail lounges with firepits; a sport...
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Yotsuba&! Teams Up With Casio For A Danbo Camera

Yotsuba&!'s lovable cardboard robot Danbo has seen more variations than one can imagine, and now it's helping you capture memories in the form of a camera. The collaboration with Casio repackages the company's two-part EX-FR10 camera into a Danbo case, which allows the user to use the LCD touchscreen through a window in the back of the case, and take pictures through one of Danbo's eyes in the fro...
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Daily Cosplay - Macross Frontier's Sheryl Nome

Character: Sheryl Nome Title: Macross Frontier Cosplayer: Okitasemi Cosplay Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "Do you cosplay yourself? If so, what's been your favorite character to cosplay?" "Yes, I cosplay as myself every day. But seriously, I don't cosplay - I leave...
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Seal Your Love With An Oreimo Wedding Set

Whether Kirino Kousaka or Ruri Gokou is your best girl, you can formalize your devotion with a special wedding set, which includes special curtains, a custom seal, a fake marriage form, and a cake. The set is a collaborative effort between Oreimo and three companies, all interested in making sure your special day goes off without a hitch. Or, perhaps, with a hitch. The curtains are being sold by C...
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Tokyo Salon Sells Dangling UtaPri Nail Charms

Tokyo nail salon Akiba Style, which specializes in anime-themed acrylic nails, is holding a special three-day sales event from December 23 to 25 where they are selling Uta no Prince-sama clip-on nail charms with Swarovski crystals. Each charm costs 1,500 yen (about US$12.60) and clips onto the end of your fingernail for a removable and reusable touch of sparkle that seems cute, but might not be th...
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Romance Your Favorite Fairy Tale Characters in Upcoming Smartphone Game

Frog Prince, Puss in Boots, Beast included ― An upcoming smartphone game, Saiai Märchen: Lotte Forest-no Douwa ("Second Love Fairy Tales: The Tale of Lotte Forest"), allows the player to meet their favorite heroes from Western folklore and get to know them well — perhaps even romantically. They may not be human, but that won't stop the main character! The story follows a 16-year-old girl named M...
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Daily Cosplay - Dawn of the Arcana's Nakaba and Loki

Character: Nakaba, Loki Title: Dawn of the Arcana Cosplayer: Nakaba- Ariel; Loki - June, both from Kumacos Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Pacific Media Expo (Hilton Los Angeles Airport) This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "Anime Expo - with the new cosplay ph...
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Terrorize Your Figure Collection With A Fully Articulated Titan Model

In case your figure collection needs more naked people or angry titans, Kotobukiya is releasing a 160 mm (~6.3") figure of Attack on Titan's Eren titan. The figure has an MSRP of 4,968 yen (about US$42.25), and is expected to ship February 28, 2015.
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Love Live Girls Get More Collaboration Outfits, Accessories

While Earth Music&Ecology is helping to outfit the Printemps mini-group in Love Live, Beams and Honey Bunch are making sure the other gals get their moment in the spotlight as well, as part of the "Love Live! ABC Project ~Apparel Brand Crossover~." Beams is teaming up with BiBi (Eli, Maki, Nico) for special t-shirts (4,200 yen [about US$35.50]): Honey Bunch is teaming up with lily white (Umi, Rin,...
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Dress Up Your Human-Shaped Hug Pillow for Endless Cuddle Possibilites

Hug pillows (or dakimakura) have an established fanbase with limited edition character covers sold exclusively at Comiket and other anime and game events. The covers can be pretty pricey, and in the end, the pillow can't hug you back. Goods producer Bibi Lab are out to fix that. Introducing the "Cotton Wife" and "Cotton Husband" humanoid-shaped pillows, the next evolution is giant doll/hugging pil...
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Fans Weigh In On Which Character They'd Like to Date on Christmas

The Japanese anime, manga, and game goods app "otamart" held a questionnaire asking its users which anime character and celebrity they most want to go on a date with this Christmas. The survey was only held for 24 hours, but 1,752 total respondents (85.9% women, 14.1% men) weighed in on their preferred date. The winning anime characters were the gruff Yasutomo Arakita (women) of Yowamushi Pedal an...
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Prince of Tennis Special Hanten Coats Previewed

Those who were on the fence about whether or not to drop some coin on an official Prince of Tennis hanten coat can now at least see what they actually look like. 【JF2015商品】王子様を背中に羽織る!推しプリウェア!!はちまき付き!ショウワノートブースにて限定発売です! pic.twitter.com/xx8w4rnBWl— POMMOP (@showanote02) December 16, 2014 Somehow, they're even more amazing than the product drawings. Hanten are short winter coats that can be worn by b...
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Shippers Rejoice! 10,000 Anime Fans Pick Their Favorite Same-Sex Pairings

There's a whole side of anime fandom dedicated to pairing their favorite characters together in romantic relationships, be it a male harem lead with one of his five adoring female friends, or two volleyball players who can't stand each other (I'm talking about you, Haikyu). The pairing of two male characters is considered the realm of fujoshi, and series creators aren't ignorant of their female fa...
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Enjoy A Cardcaptor Sakura Tea Party with Lottery Goods

Cardcaptor Sakura's next line-up of Ichiban Kuji lottery goods is just too sweet—pun completely intended. Called "Keroberos and the Tea Party," it includes an actual teapot and tea cups, and a variety of adorable Kero goods. Prize A: Kero plush (25 cm) Prize B: Macaroon cushion (30 cm) Prize C: Teapot (12 cm) Prize D: Kero or Spinner Sun pouch (12 cm) Prize E: Decal set (2 varieties) (A5) Pri...
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Daily Cosplay - Monster Hunter's Male and Female Kirin Armor

Character: Kirin Armor, Male and Female Title: Monster Hunter Cosplayer: Peter; Tamayaki Cosplay Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) Shoot Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "What's your camera setup of choice?" "Canon EOS6D with either a 24-105mm F4.0 or a 70-200mm F2.8. I try not to use much in the way of lighting setups, b...
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Cell Companies Team Up With Kuroko's Basketball, KanColle to Offer Wi-Fi at Comiket 87

Customers of SoftBank and NTT DoCoMo visiting Comiket 87 will hopefully have plenty of bandwidth to Tweet all of their cosplay photos. Both companies are teaming up with anime properties to provide cell signal-boosting mobile base station vehicles, as well as other services. SoftBank's collaboration with Kuroko's Basketball includes not only a mobile base station vehicle with a special character w...
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Tokyo Ghoul Tops Fan Poll of Manga That Finished Serialization in 2014

Japanese news service Gadget Tsūshin asked readers to vote for the winner of "Complete Manga Prize 2014," and perhaps surprisingly, Naruto didn't take first place. That distinction belonged to Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul, which was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump between 2011 and 2014. Other notable titles include the long-running Asari-chan Ai no Marchen Shōjo, which has been serialized i...
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Love Live Collaborates with Earth Music&Ecology Fashion Label

Japanese fashion brand Earth Music&Ecology is collaborating with the girls of Love Live, specifically Printemps, the mini-group consisting of Honoka, Kotori, and Hanayo. Each girl was given her own special outfit, which will be available starting January 17, 2015 in select stores and online, with early sales at Comiket 87 at the Japan Label booth (#315). Fans can also buy necklaces in gold or silv...
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Misato's Car From the Evangelion Movies Gets A Die-Cast Model

Die-cast car collectors will soon be able to add Misato Katsuragi's Mazda Cosmo Sport 110 to their displays. Tomica, Takara Tomy's die-cast toy line, will be selling the cars starting January 17, 2015, with a retail price of 700 yen (about US$5.90). The white car is seen in the Rebuild of Evangelion movies and replaces Misato's classic ride from the series, her blue Renault Alpine A310. Cover imag...
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Fan Recreates the Parasyte Opening in the Style of the Manga

If you've ever wondered what the Parasyte opening theme would look like if it were drawn in the style of Hitoshi Iwaaki's original manga, Niconico user くろはら has you covered. According to the video description: Somewhere on Earth, someone thought... "If Parasyte's anime adaptation looked more like the original manga, maybe people would be less turned off by it....... " Niconico 【Hand-drawn】Parasyte...
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Daily Cosplay - Black Butler's Blue Lotus and Sin

Character: Undertaker, Grell Sutcliff Title: Black Butler Cosplayer: Undertaker: Blue Lotus; Grell Sutcliff: Sin Photographer: Muramatsuri Photos (Elmer Ma) This week we're featuring cosplay photographer Elmer Ma. We asked him: "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "Anime Expo 2013, Day 1" == Are you a cosplay photographer, or a cosplayer? Each week, we'll be featuring a different cos...
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Defend Cute Mushroom Girls from Bamboo Shoots in Upcoming Game

Japanese consumers have long been divided over their preferences for Meiji's two chocolate snack brands, Kinoko-no Yama ("Mushroom Mountain") and Takenoko-no Sato ("Bamboo Shoot Village"). Particularly fierce partisans in this debate have exaggerated the divide into a ferocious struggle, the "Mushroom-Bamboo Shoot War," complete with online videos and fan art. An upcoming game, Kinoko Collection ~...
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Fans Vote For Series With the Most Unfashionable Everyday Clothing

The world of anime and manga has plenty of noteworthy costumes, from battle armor to team jerseys and school uniforms galore. But sometimes when the characters are just hanging out with their friends in everyday clothing, or gracing the covers of CDs and promo posters, their wardrobe choices aren't so fashionable. Japanese portal site Goo asked its readers which anime series had the un-coolest eve...
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Tales of Series Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with Ichiban Kuji Lottery Prizes

The Tales of video game series will be getting a lineup of Ichiban Kuji lottery prizes come January 2015, timed to celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary and January 22, 2015 release of Tales of Zestiria. Prizes include an anniversary poster (A1): Kyun-Chara Tales of figures and anniversary cake figure stand (10.5cm): Cheria Barnes figure (18cm): Drama CD and mini poster (51.5cm): Face towel (...
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Miyavi Talks About Unbroken, His Character Watanabe

In a video posted on Vanity Fair, rock superstar-turned-actor Miyavi talks about his upcoming role in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken as Watanabe, a World War II P.O.W. guard. The film opens nationwide on December 25. Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the tip!
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Preliminary Results In for Guys-with-Glasses Poll

Yahoo! Japan Bookstore is conducting a character popularity poll focusing exclusively on male characters in Kōdansha manga who wear glasses. Although voting continues until December 18, preliminary results were announced on December 12. The three boys in the lead are: 1. KAZUYA MIYUKI (Ace of Diamond) 2. SARUHIKO FUSHIMI (K: Days of Blue) 3. ARATA WATAYA (Chihayafuru) Here are the other seventeen ...
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McCall's Has Magical Girl Patterns Now, Sort Of

McCall's, one of the big-name sewing pattern companies, has always had a fun variety of pop culture offerings, sold with vague names like "winter princess" (Simplicity has officially licensed Disney patterns) or "muscled superhero." Recently, they've also added some kind of magical girl pattern, that seems to take its queues from a mishmash of influences, from Sailor Moon, to Frozen, to maybe even...
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Daily Cosplay - Brave's Merida

Character: Merida Title: Brave Cosplayer: Nami Elric Photographer: Sachiko Pudding [Deviantart] This week we're featuring cosplayer and cosplay photographer Sachiko Pudding. We asked her: "Where's your favorite place you've ever shot photos, cosplay or otherwise?" "I have had the opportunity to shoot at the Ice Castles in Colorado a couple of times. It presents quite a challenge; with so much ice ...
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Kuroko's Basketball Characters Head to the Hot Springs

The boys of Kuroko's Basketball have been hanging out at Ooedo Onsen, and it looks like they're having a relaxing time. The onsen has been releasing new collaboration illustrations piece by piece, with more characters and information about the campaign to be released soon. The third season of the anime is set to air starting January 10, 2015. Ooedo Onsen is also currently collaborating with the mo...
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Aniplex Comiket 87 Goods Include Madoka Magica's Homura As A Maiko, Tsukimonogatari Merch

Also, merchandise from Fate/stay night, Nisekoi, Sword Art Online II, and Your Lie in April. ― Aniplex has revealed their lineup of Comiket 87 merchandise offerings and there's some good stuff in there, including a special multi-cloth (220cm x 128cm [about 86" x 50"]) featuring Homura from Madoka Magica dressed as a maiko, illustrated by Junichiro Taniguchi. The cloth will be available at the Aniplex...
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Contest Offers Giant Attack on Titan Postcards As Prizes

This New Year, Attack on Titan fans can send out customized postcards to anyone living in Japan using the CONNECTIT service. Each card costs 180 yen, and can be customized with personalized text or even photographs, depending on the template. IMG img-design1.jpg IMG img-design10.jpg IMG img-design11.jpg IMG img-design12.jpg IMG img-design13.jpg IMG img-design14.jpg IMG img-design15.jpg IMG img-des...
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Daily Cosplay - How To Train Your Dragon's Astrid

Character: Astrid Title: How To Train Your Dragon Cosplayer: Sachiko Pudding Photographer: Weneals This week we're featuring cosplayer and cosplay photographer Sachiko Pudding. We asked her: "How did you get started cosplaying?" "I actually got started when I was in middle school, right in the middle of my socially awkward stage of life. Because I had a hard time relating to my less nerdy classmat...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Kakyoin's Favorite Fruit Gets Tie-in Earrings

Rerorerorerorerorero ― Kakyoin's famous "rerorero" cherry scene from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders landed it at the top catchphrases of 2014 and a bunch of fan-made parody images. The Premium Bandai shop isn't oblivious to the scene's popularity, and is now offering earrings inspired by the scene. Honestly, fruit earrings aren't uncommon and these are pretty enough that they can be bo...
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10,000 Anime Fans Pick Which Character's Death Left the Biggest Impact

Spoilers, spoilers, and more spoilers so open at your own risk ― There's nothing more shocking than a surprise plot twist that kills off a fan-favorite character. Charapedia asked 10,000 fans which anime death had the biggest impact. It shouldn't surprise you that this list is full of spoilers for over 20 anime series, so keep that in mind before reading any further! It's interesting to note that men...
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Funasshi Mascot and Fuchiko Cup Companions Team Up

The infectious unofficial mascot Funasshi and the popular drink buddy "Fuchiko no Cup" have teamed up for a series of cup companions that can only be described as truly strange. On December 22, Kitan Club will release a series of Fuchiko x Funasshi drink buddies. They're still kinda cute, but most of the poses are strange to the point of being non-functional, at least so far as balancing properly ...
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No More Chocolates in Next Year's Prince of Tennis Valentine's Contest

Jump Square cites "increasing burdens" of managing chocolate ― Every Valentine's Day, eager Japanese fangirls send boxes of chocolates to Jump Square, the magazine that publishes The New Prince of Tennis, hoping to propel their favorite characters to the top of the annual Prince of Tennis popularity contest. The boxes pile up in Shueisha's headquarters, and this year they virtually overwhelmed the ba...
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Mangaka Amu Meguro Promotes The Fault In Our Stars With Illustrations

Shoujo mangaka Amu Meguro, best known for her series Honey, drew her take on Hazel, Gus, and Isaac, as portrayed in Josh Boone's The Fault In Our Stars. The movie, an adaptation of the book by John Green, premieres in Japan on February 20. Regarding the film, Meguro said, "It was soothing and sad and I cried, and it was really pure." [Via Comic Natalie]
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Yowapeda, Bahamut, Twin Angel, Minato Carnival Join Winter Comiket Blood Drive

The Red Cross and the biannual otaku mecca event are joining forces with a variety of properties this winter to pull in more blood donations. Those who show up to one of the donation sites or Comiket will get an exclusive poster featuring characters from Yowamushi Pedal, Rage of Bahamut, Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel, èstciel's Kaleido Eve, and Minato Carnival's Ane Shouji Naoko to Gin'iro no Shinigami ...
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Strawberry Flavored Fist of the North Star's Souther Gets A Collaborative Menu

Also to feature life sized Fist of the North Star installments. ― Long term Weekly Shonen Jump fans will know of one of the magazines most gritty looking entries, Fist of the North Star. Fans of the series itself might even know about its parody series, Strawberry Flavored Fist of the North Star, starring antagonist Souther. In honor of the reign of the Holy Emperor Souther, and to commemorate the re...
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Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson Sparkles as Princess Peach on Dancing With the Stars

Sadie Robertson from reality television show Duck Dynasty performed a cute routine on this season's Dancing with the Stars competition—inspired by Nintendo staple Super Mario. 17-year-old Robertson did her best Princess Peach opposite of professional Dancer Mark Ballas as Mario. Post by Dancing with the Stars. The dance partners were runner-ups in the competition this year. The routine first premi...
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Gintama Writer's Racehorse to Retire

Just A Way ranked #1 in the world ― Just A Way, the racehorse owned by Akatsuki Yamatoya, one of Gintama's screenwriters, is set to retire. After finishing in second place in the Japan Cup on November 30, he will run his last race, the Arima Kinen, on December 28, with his retirement ceremony scheduled for January 4. "His running [in the Japan Cup] was fit for a win" was the evaluation of Naosuke Sug...
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Fate/Extra's Red Saber Has One Too Many Fingers

The sixth and final volume of the Fate/Extra manga hit stands today, and there's something not quite right about the cover image. It appears to be an error that was never caught in time. It's not just the preview image; the finger made its way to the printer, as well; 赤王様、左手…指…!!!! pic.twitter.com/Bx2btfXdql— アプ子/花崎杏助@バサカニ! (@ap_liqueur) December 8, 2014 The added irony of being the sixth volume o...
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Lucky Star Girls Are Battle-Ready in KanColle Crossover

The January issue of Comptiq magazine is spreading the hype for next month's Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- television premiere with a special kind of crossover. Kagami Yoshimizu's cast of Lucky Star characters tried their hand at KanColle cosplay with pretty good results. Kagami Hiiragi as Kaga Tsukasa Hiiragi as Haguro Kai Ni, Miyuki Takara (bottom left) as Miyuki, Konata Izumi (bottom middle) as...
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Daily Cosplay - Ouran High School Host Club's Kyoya

Character: Kyoya Ootori Title: Ouran High School Host Club Cosplayer: Jack Ryder Gestner Photographer: Sachiko Pudding [Deviantart] This week we're featuring cosplayer and cosplay photographer Sachiko Pudding. We asked her: "When did you first get into cosplay photography?" "I first became interested in cosplay photography a couple of years ago. I originally only cosplayed, but I became friends wi...
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Naruto Characters Head to the Hot Springs For A New Collaboration

Hot on the heels of The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s #1 box office opening, the characters are getting in a little R and R at Minoh, Osaka's Ooedo Onsen Monogatari. The website has posted illustrations of the film characters dressed for a day at the hot springs, with more information about the promotion to be added soon. The collaboration lasts from December 19 to January 25, 2015, and includes the s...
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Out of 10,000 People Surveyed, 23% Are Self-Proclaimed Otaku

The Yano Research Institute surveyed over 10,000 men and women between the ages of 15-69 living in Japan in an attempt to better understand the growing geek market. When asked "Do you consider yourself an otaku, or have other people referred to you as an otaku?" 23% of the respondents responded "yes." Of those people, 67% reported that they were unmarried. The fastest growing markets included the ...
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Funasshi's a Big Fan of Parasyte

Beloved pear mascot takes stage with film's director, actor ― To promote their live-action film Parasyte, director Takashi Yamazaki and actor Shōta Sometani (who plays Shinichi) appeared at a promotional event in Tokyo on November 20. They were accompanied on stage by Migi, the parasite who infects Shinichi, and Funasshi, a bizarre big yellow pear who represents the Tokyo suburb of Funabashi. Funassh...
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Dragon Ball Z Characters Tout the Benefits of Being A Toho CineMileage Member

The characters of the 2015 film Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F are helping Toho Cinemas promote their CineMileage membership program, offering a limited-time promotion where new members can receive a special DBZ clear file. The perks don't end there—members who watch six movies will get their seventh ticket for, as Goku yells, "free(za!!!)" Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F film will premiere in bot...
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Up Your Cosplay Game By Shooting Fire From Your Hands

Ellusionist has released the ultimate cosplay accessory—the Pyro Fireshooter, which allows you to literally shoot fireballs from your hands thanks to a $174 gadget that is "definitely not a toy." The device uses a small battery-operated wristband that uses flash cotton and flash paper to give the illusion of flinging fireballs from your bare hands. It goes without saying that you should proba...
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Love Live Partners With Outdoor Products For Fashionable Backpacks

Love Live fans who have been wanting a subtler way to show off their adoration can now take the girls of μ's to school with them, thanks to a collaboration with accessory brand Outdoor Products. The two have teamed up to release two variations of a backpack that features the motifs of all nine girls. The bags measure roughly 300 mm x 420 mm x 140 mm (11.8" x 16.5" x 5.5"), and retail for 9,720 yen...
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Attack on Titan Bath Set Helps You Text While Bathing

Want to text and Tweet while you lounge around in a hot bath, but you're afraid of dropping your phone in the water? No matter. Pony Canyon's Comiket 87 offerings include, amongst other things, an Attack on Titan bath set. Each set retails for 3,000 yen (about US$25) and includes a special A3-sized poster of Eren, Jean, and Levi; a spa tote; and a waterproof smartphone pouch.
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Japanese Postal Service to Release Yo-kai Watch Postage Stamps

If your snail mail is lacking a little pizzazz these days, the Japanese postal service knows just how to help. It's releasing a special collectible Yo-Kai Watch stamp set, with five postcards, four sheets of envelope seals, and ten sheets of 52-yen stamps. It even includes a large illustration of Jibanyan dressed as a postal worker, which almost rivals the cuteness of Special Delivery Pikachu. The...
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Isayama Reveals Which Attack on Titan Characters Are the Most Popular, Plus Annual Character Poll

Winners to appear on Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine cover ― In the December issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, which carries Attack on Titan, series creator Hajime Isayama answered a few reader-submitted questions, including which corp member is the most popular. Q (submitted by Denden of Saitama Prefecture): Which boy and girl in the 104th Training Corps are most popular with the opposite gender? A: Reine...
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Tiger & Bunny Keychain Mascot Gets Turned Into A Dangling Tissue Case

Flu season is upon us, and we can all agree that being sick is pretty terrible. The tiny silver lining is that the next time you reach for a tissue to blow your achey nose, you could conceivably pull it out of an adorably limp tiger, modeled after a keychain given to Tiger & Bunny's Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger. The item and photobook is selling for 2,916 yen (about US$24), with a releas...
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Yu Yu Hakusho Gets A Large, Fluffy Puu

Yu Yu Hakusho fans in search of a spirit beast don't need any eggs or spirit energy. All that's required is some luck and a talent for crane games. This adorable 38 cm (~15") Puu plush will be stocked at various arcades around Japan beginning in mid-December. It's joined by a collection of can badges, which are less cuddly, but definitely a great throwback for anyone who misses the 90s. [Via Comic...
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Something Isn't Quite Right With This Levi Figure

Levi's normally aggravated expression becomes even more disgruntled. ― Reality can often turn out to be different from one's expectations. Those in the fan community are by no means exempt from that rule. But that doesn't mean that those who are disappointed have to stay quiet. A recent topic of discussion among Japanese Twitter users has been the looks of a certain figure of Attack on Titan's Levi. ...
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Belt Out Some Linked Horizon In An Attack on Titan-Themed Karaoke Room

Attack on Titan's "Guren no Yumiya" is perpetually at the top of the karaoke charts, and now you can channel your own inner Linked Horizon inside an Attack on Titan-themed karaoke room. Karaoke chain Big Echo teamed up with Attack on Titan to offer specially-decorated karaoke rooms in five of its locations, featuring tables with character artwork (including sexy armchair Levi), wall projections, a...
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Take a Video Tour of the Hello Kitty x Monogatari Series Cafe

While we'd all like to take a personal tour of every pop-up collaboration cafe in Japan, it's usually not possible. So instead, we have to live vicariously through Instagram photos and video tours. MAiDiGi TV recently uploaded their own visit to the Hello Kitty x Monogatari cafe, complete with a long look at some of the delectable treats you can expect to eat and drink while you're there. The cafe...
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Yamato Undies Remind You Where You Put Your Junk

The Yamato Crew store is selling a specially designed pair of men's boxer shorts. The one-size-fits-all underwear takes design cues from actual anime artwork. In a 1977 issue of OUT magazine, Susumu Kodai ("Derek Wildstar") was shown in nothing but his skivvies. The arrow mimics the design on his uniform, but in this case works as a not-so-subtle reminder of where he keeps his junk. Each pair cos...
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Lord Marksman and Vanadis Cafe Dish Is Not Subtle At All

Hungry diners in Tokyo only have a few days left to visit Shirobaco Cafe and get their hands on some... very grabby dishes. Lord Marksman and Vanadis is collaborating with the cafe for some very unsubtle dishes, including a "Save Lim" steamed buns and sausage dish that has an illustration to help demonstrate what the chef was going for. Others, like "Elen's Meat Pies" also carry a pretty heavy con...
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Kuroko's Basketball Season 3 Voted Most Anticipated Winter Anime

Charapedia asked 10,000 anime fans to weigh in on what anime premiere they're most looking forward to in January. The return of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko's Basketball edged ahead of Durarara!!×2 as the winner with 2,508 votes. Here's how the rest of the season fared among voters: Top 20 Most Anticipated Winter Anime Kuroko's Basketball Season 3 - 2,508 Durarara!!×2 - 2,427 Assassination Classroo...
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Relive All 267 Door Animations from Resident Evil

In anticipation for the January 20, 2015 release of Resident Evil HD Remaster, the Resident Evil Youtube channel uploaded a look back at all of the door animations — 267 in all. The doors blast past pretty quickly, but you can click around for a better look. Are there any doors that you still have fond or terrifying memories of from the game? Let us know in the forums!
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Noitamina Anime Block Holds 'Best Theme Song' Poll

Fuji TV's Noitamina anime block is holding a poll until December 31 to let fans choose the best theme songs from the block's 10 year history. Participants can choose up to 10 songs from the list. Noitamina launched the poll as part of its upcoming multi-album "Noitamina FAN BEST" collection. The four-disc set includes two music CDs with 30 full-length songs, a third music CD with TV cut song versi...
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Kids Take On Bully in Weekly Shonen Champion Commercial

Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine is full of inspiring action heroes. In the magazine's newest commercial, two boys find themselves subjected to a bully but decide to put a stop to it with their own Weekly Shonen Champion talismans in the hopes that it grants them powers like their favorite heroes. Update: Magazine title corrected. Thanks, Angel'sArcanum
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Snow Shoveling Robot Makes Winter Work Cuter

Yukitaro is Hokkaido's little snow shovel that could. The cute yellow robot likes nothing more than to eat up the dangerous winter conditions, giving the house-cleaning Roomba robot a run for its money. Yukitaro has a yellow body reminiscent of Pikachu and sensors, cameras, and a GPS that keep him from plowing over pedestrians. He might even build you an igloo. Yukitaro isn't a new addition to the...
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New Idol Unveiled for Korean Edition of iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

DeNA Seoul, the publishers of the Korean edition of the massively popular Japanese mobile card game THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls, unveiled a new character on December 3 exclusive to the Korean edition of the game: Im Yujin. Name: Im Yujin Age: 15 Height: 165 centimeters (about 5'5'') Weight: 48 kilograms (106 lbs) Bust, Waist and Hip: 86/58/84 (34/23/33) Birthday: August 2 Astrological Sign: L...

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