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"Magic Mirror" in Shibuya Compliments Women Using Voice of Toshiki Masuda

The Japanese company Nissui has put up a "Magic Voice Mirror" in Shibuya as part of a campaign for a new line of soy milk cookies. Women can stand in front of the mirror and hear various compliments about their appearance from seiyu Toshiki Masuda. Directional speakers are used to make it sound like he is, "whispering sweetly into your ear." Toshiki Masuda is the voice of Mikado Sekimura in B-PRO...
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Madoka Magica Characters Transform into Flower Fairies in Lawson Collaboration

Madoka, Mami, Homura, Sakura, Sayaka, and Kyōko from SHAFT's Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be transforming into flower fairies in a collaboration with the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson beginning on April 25. Lawson will be selling a variety of original goods for the campaign, which is a tie-up event for the 3rd Madoka Magica film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion. ...
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Castlevania Show's Adi Shankar Says He'd 'Love to Do' an R-Rated Mega Man Film

Producer Adi Shankar is currently working on the upcoming Castlevania animated series for Netflix, but he's also been recently discussing other video game adaptations he'd like to make. Shankar said in an interview with gaming website WWG on April 10 he would "love to do" an R-rated live-action film based on Capcom's Mega Man franchise. The producer also said he would also like to tackle an animat...
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Man Forced to Breastfeed Alien Baby in New Manga

Provided with gender-switching device ― Alien abduction stories are a staple of pulp science fiction, complete with variations in which humans raise alien babies. Gender-switching stories are also perennially popular, especially in Japan. The manga Chichi no Jikan by Kuronosuke Shirata, published in book form by Tokuma Shoten on April 20, combines the two themes in a very bizarre way. Chichi no Jikan...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Gets Collaboration with Tenkaippin Ramen Chain, More

Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail is getting collaborations with Tenkaippin ramen, the restaurant Sweets Paradise, and the internet cafe Jijyuu Kuukan to celebrate the new anime film Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, which opens in theaters in Japan on May 6. At Tenkaippin ramen, fans will be able to eat "Special Collaboration Donburi" out of bowls with an illustration of a half-dragon Natsu on them. The ramen chai...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Characters Show Off Their Worldwide 'Image Girl' Dress

The Love Live! Sunshine!! "World Image Girl Election" poll held late last year paired each character with a corresponding country to make each a PR ambassador for different "regions" of the world. The highest combination of votes for each idol and region determined which member became the ambassador for each location. The Love Live franchise staff revealed the characters dressed in traditional or ...
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More Do You Like Your Mom? Light Novel Campaigns Ahead of Mother's Day

"Personalized" voice clips, an online RPG, and a mini-museum ― Dachima Inaka's light novel Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power has sold very well and has inspired several unique promotional campaigns. With the second volume hitting store shelves on April 20 and Mother's Day approaching on May 14, its publisher, Fujimi Shobo, is unleashing more treats for readers yearn...
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Saga Prefecture's 4 Anime Shorts Now Streaming With English Subtitles

Saga Prefecture's four anime shorts created to promote the area's tourism are now streaming with English subtitles. "Okaeri" ("Welcome Back") follows high school senior Sora who is aiming to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, Sora is injured and finds that the path to being a pro in Tokyo is now closed to him. He decides to find a new path in Saga Prefecture's Karatsu city. Kappei Yam...
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Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Manga's Life-Size Lala Figure Completed

Shueisha's Jump Square first announced that Lala Satalin Deviluke will get her own life-size figure last month to mark the manga's end. To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga writer Saki Hasemi has since stated that Darkness is "not the final chapter" of To Love-Ru but the figure's creation marched forward none the less. Now completed, Lala will only go home with 10 lucky buyers. She's priced at 2,8...
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Silent Möbius Creator Kia Asamiya Draws Visual for Maya Okamoto's Fictitious '90s Anime

Voice actress Maya Okamoto (Emma Sheen in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Orihime in Sakura Wars, Harumi in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor) recorded a CD for a classic '90s anime that never actually existed, and the key visual, drawn by Silent Möbius creator Kiya Asamiya, has just been released. The fictional anime is titled Raijin Hakkei -ZANAM- Femme Fatale Unmei no Onna, or "Thunder God Series 8 -ZAN...
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Robbery Suspect Description Evokes Detective Conan Villain

A recent theft in Fukuoka has police on the look out for a man with long hair and a black hat. The description has internet gumshoes wondering if they already know the culprit, none other than Detective Conan's Gin. The Black Organization officer is one of Conan's most ruthless opponents and the internet is abuzz that the character is the one behind the robbery. On Monday, the suspect and his two ...
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Manga Explores What It Would Be Like If Your Mom Was Your Age

Son, mother both 10 years old ― Chances are you probably know or have known kids who've acted wiser or more mature than their years, whether through being bossy or nurturing. But what if your mom was actually your age? How would that affect your childhood? That's the intriguing question Rei Neyuki asks in the webcomic Okaasan (10-sai) to Boku. ("My (10-Year-Old) Mom and Me."), now newly published in ...
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Boys Figure Skating Manga Anthology Sells Out at Launch

Sayo Yamamoto and MAPPA's hit anime series Yuri on Ice has made an impression outside of its female fanbase, resonating with professional figure skaters and the ice skating world as a whole. The popularity it's brought to the sport can be summed up as immense. An immediate example is the "Yuri!!! on Ice ~Figure Skate o 100-Bai Tanoshimu Shūchū Kōgi~" event with figure-skating choreographer Kenji M...
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Detective Conan Solves Monster-Killing Case in Monster Hunter XX

CAPCOM released details and a preview video for Monster Hunter XX 3DS video game's collaboration with the Detective Conan anime on Tuesday. The collaborative bonus quest is titled "Kodai-rin no Doku Kaichō Satsujin Jiken (Monster Hunter XX-hen)" (The murder case of venomous monsters in the ancient forest (Monster Hunter XX Chapter)). The upcoming DLC quest will unlock armor to transform the player...
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Katsuhiro Otomo Unveils Cutaway Painting Inspired by Bruegel's Tower of Babel

Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) is a big fan of Dutch Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This interest became clear on April 13, when he unveiled the project he's been working on lately, a recreation of Bruegel's painting The (Little) Tower of Babel with a portion cut away to reveal the interior, at an event at Tokyo's DNP Ginza Building. Bruegel's painting (one of two of th...
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SuperGroupies Unveils Cardcaptor Sakura Kimono Set

CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a themed kimono set complete with an obi clip, three different types of sandals, and three different iPhone cases. All of the items can be purchased on the otaku clothing site Super Groupies. Super Groupies will be accepting reservations until April 30. The kimono and obi clips will be delivered at the beginning of June, and the sandals and iPhone cases will b...
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Japanese AI App Features Robot That Can Communicate Like a "Real Girlfriend"

The Japanese smartphone application and artificial intelligence engine SELF, which features a highly-detailed female robot named Ai Furuse, has just added upgraded conversation functionality, promising, "communication close to that of a real girlfriend or partner." The application attempts to model natural human expressions using new animation techniques. The robot character, Ai, can react to diff...
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Fans Can Manifest Quirks, Fight Villains at My Hero Academia Event in July

A My Hero Academia interactive puzzle-solving event called "Heroes Dead End Program" will open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya beginning on July 29. Fans will be able to solve various puzzles and ciphers as students at the Hero Academy, manifest Quirks, and fight Villains. The event will run at the Hulic Hall in Asakusabashi, Tokyo, at 2 PM and 5PM on Saturday, July 29 and 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4:30 ...
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Nintendo's Lawsuit Against Real-Life Mario Kart Company Goes to Court

Nintendo's lawsuit against the Shinagawa-based company MariCar had its first oral proceedings at the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, April 18. Nintendo is seeking damages of 10,000,000 yen (about USD $92,000) against the company, which rents out go-carts and Mario costumes and gives customers a chance to experience real-life Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo. Nintendo is claiming that MariCar's ...
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Award-Winning Manga Artist Seika Nakayama Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Magazine Princess Gold is celebrating award-winning shōjo manga artist Seika Nakayama's 40 year career with a bundled manga booklet. The June issue includes a 132-page bonus booklet titled "Konnichiwa! Nakayama Seika desu!!" (Hello! I'm Seika Nakayama!!) that includes retrospective works from her career. The stories include "Hana no Miyako (Gildirekk) no Sweets na Ichinichi" (One Day of Sweets in ...
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New PV Teases Idolish 7 Game's 3rd Installment

New installment not only introduces ŹOOĻ, but its obsessive fan Ryō Tsukumo who is related to the group's formation ― The official YouTube channel for the Idolish 7 multimedia franchise began streaming a promotional video for the mobile game's third part that introduces the new idol group ŹOOĻ. The group is made up of four members: Haruka Isumi (Yūya Hirose), Tōma Inumaru (Subaru Kimura), Minami Nats...
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Some Fans Didn't Win Passes to Sumire Uesaka's Strawberry-Picking Event, So ...

…They tailed her tour buses in an unofficial The [email protected] Cinderella Girls itasha caravan. Voice actress Sumire Uesaka (Anastasia in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Nonna and Piyotan in Girls und Panzer, Serika in Chaos;Child, Kikko Hoshino in Concrete Revolutio) gave the members of her fan club, Kolkhoz no Tamanegibatake ("Kolkhoz Onion Field"), a chance to go strawberry-picking with her on Ap...
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China Chat Service's Elise Character Stamps Gets Animated Promo Video

The popular character Elise from the program "WeChat" is the star of a short animation from DMM Pictures. The Chinese program "WeChat" uses stamps similar to Japan's LINE service. The titular main character is a baking champ that lives in Sweet Town. The Elise stamp set was downloaded over 400 million times as of February 2017 and is overwhelmingly popular with Chinese women in their teens to 30s....
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Fukushima Gainax Produces 15-Minute Anime Short Set in Iwaki City

Short features personified warships Shiokaze, Sawakaze ― Anime studio Fukushima Gainax completed production on its "Jinryoku Senkan!? Shiokaze Sawakaze" anime short on Tuesday. The anime debuted at an event in Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture on March 20. The Onahama City Planning Citizens Conference commissioned the anime last year, and the anime is set in the Onahama district in Iwaki city. The a...
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Experience the JoJo Part 3 Finale at Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan revealed details about its JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders attraction slated for this summer. DIO and Jōtaro will appear as a 4D film where viewers can experience the characters' Stands first hand. "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The REAL 4-D: DIO's World" will show the final battle between Jōtaro and the vampire DIO starting on June 30. The show will run until Octo...
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Manga Artist Shirow Miwa Honors Tokugawa Ieyasu on Anniversary of His Death

April 17 is an important date in Japanese history as it marks the death of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, a figure often credited with uniting Japan turning a tumultuous time ravaged by civil war. It was also on this date that the shogun's sword Sohayanotsurugi was designated as an important cultural asset. To mark the date, illustrator Shirow Miwa (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, 7th Dragon) drew an illustrati...
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Sony's Sword Art Online Headphones Sell Out After Unexpectedly High Demand

Sony's Kirito and Asuna wireless headphones sold out almost immediately after unexpectedly high demand depleted its stock. The headphones were created as a collaboration item for Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and went on sale for a limited time starting on February 22. The company planned to sell both of types of the headphones until April 28, but announced on April 14 that the item w...
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Find Your Ideal Idol from King of Prism with Official Quiz

Fans of Pretty Rhythm's King of Prism franchise can now see which idol is best suited for them with an official quiz released to celebrate King of Prism's Twitter page reaching 50,000 followers. The quiz can be taken at this website. Fans can enter their date of birth, and then their "ideal" idol will be shown, with an image and message from the character (Japanese only). A Twitter account is req...
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Princes from The Royal Tutor, Yume 100 Give Romance Advice in 4-Week Collaboration

The currently airing television anime The Royal Tutor is getting a web collaboration with the smartphone game, Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100 nin no Ouji-sama (The Dream Kingdom and the 100 Sleeping Princes). Higasa Akai, the original creator and manga artist of the Royal Tutor manga, will be creating collaboration visuals especially for the event. The collaboration will span four weeks and feature t...
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Watch Two Pro Pianists Play Themes from Yuri!!! on Ice

Professional pianists Chiharu Sudo and Ryo Sonoda have uploaded their take on music from the popular ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice, which aired in Fall 2016. First is a four-hand duet version of the Yuri!!! on Ice theme. Chiharu Sudo also released a solo performance of Yuri's free-skating song, Piano Concerto In B-Minor: Allegro Appasionato. Yuri!!! on Ice was voted Animation of the Year at the...
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Idea Factory's Mr. Osomatsu Game Gets PS Vita Variant in Japan

The official Japanese PlayStation Blog announced on Tuesday that Osomatsu-san The Game Hachamecha Shūshoku Advice: Dead or Work (Mr. Osomatsu The Game Nonsense Employment Advice: Dead or Work) game is getting a PlayStation Vita variant in Japan. The "glacier white" PlayStation Vita will feature the six Matsuno brothers engraved on the handheld system. The release will include a Mr. Osomatsu theme...
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Square Enix & Platinum Games CEOs are Actual Bosses in NieR: Automata DLC

Square Enix North America began streaming videos showing off the game's upcoming DLC for NieR: Automata on Monday. One of the new features is three more coliseums, one of which hides perhaps undefeatable bosses. After continually goading an NPC, players can face none other than Yosuke Matsuda and Kenichi Sato, the respective CEOs of Square Enix and Platinum Games. The characters are "CEOs...the st...
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Studio Khara Recruiting Animators, Technical Staff for New Evangelion Film

Animation company Studio Khara is apparently looking for new talent to work on the final installment in the Rebuild of Evangelion film tetralogy. Studio Khara was founded by the director and original creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion Hideaki Anno in 2006 after he left Gainax. The company is headquarted in the Suginami ward in Tokyo and has worked on Bungo Stray Dogs, Erased, Gurren Lagann, Kill ...
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Kemono Friends Pop-Up Shop Sells Out of Everything but CDs After Only 2 Days

A pop-up shop selling Kemono Friends merchandise at the Marui Annex building in Shinjuku, Tokyo, was planned to run from April 14 to 27 but sold out of everything except copies of the CD, "Welcome to Japari Park," by the end of the second day. The CDs have also since sold out. Merchandise included a side-story comic, exclusive t-shirts, an official guide book with an attached Blu-ray disc, tote b...
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Ensemble Stars! Voice Actor Masami Itō Announces Marriage

Masami Itō, the voice of the character Izumi Seno in the popular idol smartphone game Ensemble Stars!, has recently announced his marriage to Suzu Maihara, a member of the theatrical troupe Shingidan Mumei Classics, which Itō manages. The couple posted several photos of their wedding ceremony on their respective blogs. Of the relationship, Maihara wrote, "To me, Masami is a comrade in arms...We ar...
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Attack on Titan Seizes ATM Booth in Nakano Broadway

You'll have to worry about more than your money ― With Attack on Titan making its triumphant return, it's time to get ready for another barrage of Titans in Japan. Visitors to Nakano Broadway, a shopping district in Tokyo popular for fans of anime and manga, will now get to confront Attack on Titan as they prepare for another day of shopping. The 7-Eleven ATM booth are outfitted with Eren and Levi in...
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Brave & Bold Live Drawing Event Brings Artists' Alley Experience to Japan

Includes American, Japanese, and other Asian comic artists ― Artists' alleys are a standard feature of Western comics conventions, giving fans a chance not only to appreciate and purchase comic art, but to request particular drawings and watch talented artists ply their craft right in front of them. Despite the popularity of dōjinshi conventions in Japan, though, there isn't much of a direct equivale...
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Bored College Student Accidentally Infects Self, Others with Touhou Project-inspired Ransomware

A bored Korea-based college student released a Ransomware game based on the popular dōjin shooter video game franchise Touhou Project on GitHub as a joke, and he woke the next morning to discover that the malware had spread. The malware, which he called Rensenware, locked users' files until they scored 0.2 billion or higher on Lunatic Mode in the 12th game in the Touhou Project series, Touhou Sei...
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Details Announced for World of Warships x High School Fleet Collaboration

Game developer Wargaming announced a new collaboration between its naval-themed MMO World of Warships and the television anime High School Fleet (Haifuri). The collaboration will include new premium ships to buy, such as the HSF Harekaze destroyer and the HSF Graf Spee cruiser, and lines recorded by Sora Amamiya and Shiina Natsukawa, who voiced the characters Akeno Misaki and Moeka China in the an...
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[email protected]: Cinderella Girls Voice Actress To Make Debut as Dōjinshi Artist

Voice actress Natsumi Takamori will be making her debut as a dōjinshi artist this May on a seiyu variety show titled,"Takamori Jūsensha" ("Takamori's Great Battle House"). Takamori roles include Miku Maekawa in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Nina in Berserk, Azusa Murasaka in Orange, Mei Misaki in Another, and many other characters. Takamori previously said that she'd like to work on a project ...
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Fate/Extra CCC AR Tapestries Will Go On Sale Again

Do you wish the characters from Fate/Extra CCC could speak to you, privately, in your bedroom? The anime merchandise company Plusone introduced and quickly sold out of Fate/Extra CCC AR tapestries at Comiket 85. The tapestries work cooperatively with a mobile app that allows a phone's camera function to make the tapestries "talk." The company sold one of Saber and one of Caster for 7,000 yen each...
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Good Smile Racing Team Wins First Race of Super GT Season

First victory since 2014 ― On April 8 and 9, the 2017 Super GT car racing season began with two races at the Okayama International Circuit. Good Smile Racing & Team Ukyo, the team sponsored by the figure maker Good Smile Company which features Hatsune Miku prominently on its vehicle, won the April 9 race, its first time doing so since 2014, when it was the champion in the GT300 race. Despite dropping...
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Temporary Case Closed Shop to Open in Tokyo

Get character goods like bags, badges and chocolates ― To capitalize on the long-running anime Case Closed's popularity in Japan, a temporary store called Detective Conan Plaza opens in different locations around the country. With the premiere of the latest Case Closed movie, Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter, on April 15, a new Detective Conan Plaza has opened in Tokyo Dome City, a multi-pur...
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Do You Like Your Mom? Light Novel is Back with Another Strange Promotional Campaign

This time, little sisters get involved too ― The light novel Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power by Dachima Inaka raised a few eyebrows online with its publication this January, since its premise is that a teenage boy is transported to an RPG-style fantasy world... with his mother, and she turns out to be an extremely powerful party member. Animate then gave it extra ...
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Voice Acting Auditions Announced for Upcoming Anime Kaito x Ansa

Auditions have been announced for voice actors for the upcoming television anime Kaito x Ansa, which premiers this July. Both amateurs and professionals are welcome. Entries for the first round of auditions will open on April 16 on the talent website Showroom, and the auditions will be held from April 22 to May 8. The top 5 candidates will be selected for a final round of auditions that will take...
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KanColle Passenger Plane in the Works

KanColle staff not April Fooling around after all ― On April 1, the Twitter account of Kantai Collection made three big announcements: a life-size model of Zuiun, a seaplane-turned-character in the game; a national orchestra concert tour of KanColle's soundtrack, covering seven cities; and a plan underway with a "certain great low-cost carrier" to produce a KanColle-themed passenger plane. Fans greet...
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Mr. Osomatsu Collaboration Comes to Tokyo Joypolis Theme Park

The Tokyo Joypolis theme park will be getting a Mr. Osomatsu collaboration to celebrate the second season of the Mr. Osomatsu anime, which was recently green-lit. The collaboration will run from May 8 to July 2. The main attraction is a Mr. Osomatsu show using images and theme songs from the anime. It will include a laser light show and use projection mapping. Several other attractions throughout...
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Comic Artists from Japan & Abroad Light Up Kumamoto with Characters' Smiles

Part of international manga festival ― A year after earthquakes severely damaged the area, including the iconic Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto Prefecture could use some cheering up. That's why it's the location for this weekend's international manga festival, where comic artwork from famous Japanese artists and talented amateurs from around the world is on display with the theme "smiling faces." 551 of th...
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Case Closed Creator Toots Sound! Euphonium's Horn

Chooses Nakagawa as his favorite ― While the long-running mystery manga Case Closed may not seem like a series in thrall to current manga and anime trends, it appears that its artist, Gosho Aoyama, keeps up with anime more than one might think. In the latest volume of the manga (#92!), Aoyama offers his thoughts on his new favorite show: The latest anime I've gotten into is Sound! Euphonium. Watching...
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Manga Artists of Detective Conan and Chihayafuru Team Up with Collaborative Illustration

In order to celebrate the release of the new Detective Conan film Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), which opens on April 15, manga artist and original creator of the series Gosho Aoyama teamed up with manga artist Yuki Suetsugu (Chihayafuru) to create a collaborative illustration. The upcoming Detective Conan film introduces a new character, Momij...
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor Seeks PR Support for Artwork

No experience or qualifications necessary ― Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor may have premiered on April 4, but the anime's staff is seeking help with its PR. For a change of pace, it's turning to anime fans for their input: for one day, one lucky fan will get to provide his or her advice on what kind of artwork to use to promote the show. The PR support will choose which characters to u...
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Kadokawa Introduces Incredibly Young New Child Voice Actress from SukaSuka

Kadokawa recently introduced what appears to be its youngest voice actress yet, 1st grader Hikari Okada, at a presentation for the anime adaptation of What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? (SukaSuka) at Anime Japan 2017. Okada voices the character Elk in the show, which premiered on April 12. Okada was the winner of the "Main Character Child Voice Actor Auditions...
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Content of New Detective Conan Themed Escape Game to be Decided by Fan Vote

The Japanese company Real Escape Game will be celebrating its 10th anniversary and the fifth anniversary of its collaborations with the Detective Conan (Case Closed) series by creating a new Detective Conan escape game based entirely on fan input. The company has opened polls on the Japanese version of its official website to let fans make their voices heard. An escape game is an interactive acti...
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New Kuroko's Basketball Movie Promo Playing Shibuya's Big Screen

Fans of Kuroko's Basketball can check out the long promotional video for the franchise's latest film on the big screen. The Shibachi Hit Vision screen outside the Shibuya station's Hachiko entrance is currently playing the promotional video on the hour starting at 8 a.m. until April 16. Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game), the anime film adaptation of Ta...
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Premium Bandai Re-Releases Kakyoin's Soul Puppet Pouch

Approximately one year ago, Premium Bandai released a pouch version of Kakyoin as doll as seen in the episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc when Jotaro, Joseph, and Kakyoin face Terence T. D'Arby. Bandai Premium is now offering the creepy voodoo doll-like puppet again to fans who want a part of Kakyoin's eternal soul. Made of polyester, the doll costs 2,376 yen (US$21) ...
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Black Butler Voice Actor Jun Fukuyama Joins KFC Miniseries Cast

The KFC-produced series Kentucky Moshimo Gekijō - Moshimo Ogura Yui (Kentucky What If Theater - What If Yui Ogura) is adding Black Butler and Assassination Classroom voice actor Jun Fukuyama. Fukuyama will appear in the program starting on June 1. The program's website previously teased that a male voice actor will take over for Yui Ogura in the eighth episode starting in late May. The first serie...
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Prince of Tennis Musical's Kenta Kamakari Marries Yuria Haga of Kamen Rider 555

Actor and voice actor Kenta Kamakari, best known for his role as Ryō Shishido in the Prince of Tennis musicals, has announced his marriage to model and actress Yuria Haga, who played Mari Sonoda in Kamen Rider 555. Of the relationship, Kamakari said, "Throughout difficult times and happy times, I have been supported by her kind personality. Haga wrote, "I was saved by his cheerful nature and many...
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Loungewear Sets Announced for One Piece's Luffy, Law, Sabo, and More

Lingerie company Peach John has just released details for a new One Piece loungewear collection to go along with the One Piece swimwear and lingerie sets announced last week. The first item is a Luffy unisex pajama set priced at 6,980 yen (US$63). The set includes a blue shirt, blue pants, and an orange sleep mask. The second item is a Law unisex pajama set priced at 6,980 yen (US$63). The set in...
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Adult Game Developer Offers VR Wedding with 2D Character at Actual Wedding Chapel

The adult game developer hibiki works will be helping one lucky otaku have the wedding of their dreams with a 2D anime waifu. The company announced a lottery event to win a VR wedding featuring characters from their upcoming game New Wife: Lovely x Cation, which will be released on April 28. Fans can enter by filling out and mailing in the postcards included with copies of the new game. The winne...
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Watch the Making Of Video for the Thunderbolt Fantasy x Tōken Ranbu April Fool's Joke

Earlier this month, the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet fantasy drama teamed up with Tōken Ranbu for a special April Fool's joke video. Like most April Fool's collaborations, the video is no longer available. However, the puppeteers at Taiwan-based Pili International Multimedia uploaded a behind-the-scenes video showing how the joke video was made. Take a look at some of the impressive set pieces and p...
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Juon/The Grudge Actress Nozomi Sasaki Marries Comedian Ken Watabe

44-year-old comedian Ken Watabe of the comedic duo "Unjash" announced on the television program Gyoretsuno dekiru Hōritsu Sōdanjo e on Sunday that he married 29-year-old actress and model Nozomi Sasaki. Sasaki starred in Juon: Owari no Hajimari (The Grudge: Beginning of the End) and Ju-on: The Final horror films in 2014 and 2015 and since appeared in Kanon and Shizumanu Taiyō . Of the relationsh...
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CEO of Niantic Calls Immersive VR, 'Problem for Society,' Advocates for More AR Development

John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, which made headlines with its wildly popular smartphone game Pokémon Go, recently gave his thoughts on Virtual Reality (VR) games at the Mixed Reality Summit in London. He expressed concerns about the nature of VR, saying, “My thing about VR is I'm afraid it can be too good, in the sense of being an experience that people want to spend a huge amount of time in...I m...
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Slime-Shaped PS4 Controller Ready Just in Time for Dragon Quest XI

Hori, the creator of a number of Slime-based accessories, will introduce a Slime shaped DualShock 4-compatible controller just in time for the release of Dragon Quest XI for the PlayStation 4. The design, while functional, seems impractical for gaming. The controls are located on the underside of the iconic monster which measures 145mm wide, 145mm in diameter, and 124mm high. Fortunately, it does ...
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Universal Studios Japan Hosts Dragon Ball, Gintama, One Piece, Jojos This Summer

Universal Studios Japan's Shonen Jump Summer rides broke records last year with attractions from popular works like Haikyu, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note, Boruto, and My Hero Academia. The theme park is gearing up for its next installment with a focus on Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Gintama, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure starting on June 30. The exact details of each attraction will be announce...
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Voice Actress/Idol Yui Ogura Stars in Kentucky Fried Chicken's Live-Action Miniseries

Series debuts on Thursday, with Ogura playing different character each episode ― Voice actress Yui Ogura is about to make her live-action drama debut on Thursday in a KFC-produced short series titled Kentucky Moshimo Gekijō - Moshimo Ogura Yui (Kentucky What If Theater - What If Yui Ogura). The series will be six episodes long, with a seventh episode serving as a recap. In each episode, Ogura will pl...
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Yamakan Promised to Unblock Fans on Twitter if They Donate to New Film

Anime director Yutaka Yamamoto, also known as Yamakan, recently announced a new perk for fans who participate in the crowdfunding for his upcoming anime film Hakubo (Twilight). Fans donating more than 500 yen would receive the utmost privilege of Yamakan unblocking them on Twitter. However, Yamakan was forced to remove the reward in less than a day, as the crowdfunding platform refused to allow i...
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Tokyo's Kanda Festival to Feature Is the Order a Rabbit? Characters, Merchandise

Xarts has announced that characters from the cute slice-of-life anime Is the Order a Rabbit? will be taking part in the Kanda Festival in Tokyo on May 13 and 14. A collaboration visual featuring the characters dressed as shrine maidens has also been released. The visual, shown below, will be available for purchase as a poster, and other goods will be announced as the event gets closer. Voice actre...
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Twitter-Inspired Manga Features Romance Stories Written in Under 140 Characters

A web comic featuring short romance stories written Twitter-style in under 140 characters had its first manga volume published. The comic, titled #Romance In 140 Characters, was written by up-and-coming manga artist Tina Yamashina and includes collaborations by the model Chiipopo (Chisako Yoshiki) and the Twitter personalities DJ Aoi, Saeri-san, and Matsuhiko Katsuse. The omnibus volume was relea...
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Blue Reflection Characters to Get Final Fantasy XV Costumes

Hinako to dress as Aranea, Kaori as Cindy ― The PlayStation 4 and PS Vita game Blue Reflection - Maboroshi ni Mau Shōjo no Ken ("The Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusion") is collaborating with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One RPG Final Fantasy XV. The results of the crossover might seem a little strange given Mel Kishida's cute character designs: the character Hinako and Kaori will get to wear the...
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Daisuke Hirakawa Celebrates 20 Years of Voice Acting with Drama CD

Voice actor will play 20 different roles with "Daisuke Squad" ― Daisuke Hirakawa will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut as a voice actor with a drama CD titled "20DH," to be released on May 27. Hirakawa voiced Makoto Ito in School Days, Noriaki Kakyoin in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, and Rei Ryugazaki in Free!, along with many others. He has also done the Japanese voi...
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Hideo Kojima Weighs In On Hollywood's Ghost In The Shell

"I can't help but feel that the production was trapped in the shell of the original, and as a result, it fails to come into its own." ― Video game auteur and creator of Metal Gear Solid Hideo Kojima recently shared his thoughts on Rupert Sanders' interpretation of Ghost in the Shell, which premiered in Tokyo on March 16 and was released in theaters in the United States on March 31. Kojima found the ...
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Mamoru Miyano to Dub Lead Role in MacGyver Remake

Hiroshi Tsuchida voices Jack Dalton ― Prolific and popular voice actor Mamoru Miyano has landed his first role in a Japanese dub of a foreign TV series: Angus MacGyver, the title character of MacGyver. He will be joined by Hiroshi Tsuchida (J.J. Sexton in Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Kazushi in Honey and Clover, Skull Man in The Skull Man) as Jack Dalton and Chiaki Nagatomi as Riley Davis. Miyano'...
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Fist of the North Star Gear Brings Manliness to Hiroshima's Baseball Team

T-shirt, face towel available ― It's spring, and in Japan that means pleasant weather, a floral wave of pink, the beginning of the school year, and perhaps most exciting of all, the start of baseball season. The Hiroshima Toyo Carp enter the season with extra anticipation, as they won the Central League last year for the first time in 25 years and attract a growing fanbase. Now Kenshiro and Raoh of ...
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Short Twitter Comic on Suicide Gets Expanded Print Edition

Describes artist's flirtation with suicide, explains thought process ― Japan's punishing work culture and historical ambivalence towards suicide have combined to create a high suicide rate for a developed nation. Perhaps that is part of the reason why an eight-page comic about the subject, sketchily drawn but vividly emotional, garnered over 300,000 retweets when it was posted on Twitter in October. ...
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Japan's First School Dedicated to Virtual Reality Opens

Starts to address high demand for VR/AR developers ― Virtual reality (VR), alternative reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) are three closely related emerging technologies suddenly facing high demand from enterprising technology companies. As such new technologies, though, there is a dearth of expertise to develop the software. On April 1, the Virtual Reality Professional Academy opened in Ochanomizu...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Invites You to Hop On Board the Happy Party Train

Also: new idol unit teased ― On April 5, the third Aqours single, "Happy Party Train," was released. What better way to celebrate the new song than with a real Happy Party Train? The train will run ten times a day on the Sunzu Line of the Izuhakone Railway, which connects Mishima with Shuzen Temple on the scenic Izu Peninsula. While the train launches on April 8, it had a kick-off event on April 5 wi...
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Relive 21 Years of Internet History with Giant Scrolling City Artwork

Internet represented as giant tower with websites as offices ― The Internet is a massive, sprawling, cacophonous place that might get a little seedy, offensive, and frustrating, but reflects modern culture like nothing else and is an unbeatable source of information of all kinds. (Hey, after all, where would ANN be without it?) To relive the past 21 years of the Internet's past, head to Yahoo! Japan'...
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Yui Horie's Idol Character Miss Monochrome to Release New Album

Android idol Miss Monochrome, an original character created and played by voice actress Yui Horie, will be releasing a second album this fall, after signing a contract with music company King Records. Miss Monochrome's first album, Poker Face, was released in 2014 and is available on iTunes for overseas fans. In a statement to the public, voice actress Yui Horie said, "There were times when I didn...
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Fate/Zero, Naruto Voice Actors to Star as Butlers in Namja Town Attraction

NAMCO will be unveiling a new permanent attraction, "SECRET SERVoICE," at the Namja Town theme park in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, on April 14. Park visitors will be guided around Namja Town by the voices of their very own butlers. The head butler Damian will be voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa, who played Lancer in Fate/Zero, Tamahome in Fushigi Yugi, and Sakamoto in Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto. Da...
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Japan's Reconstruction Minister Wears Evangelion Tie

Channels Asuka's temper in stormy press conference ― Japanese Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura made headlines on April 4, when a heated exchange broke out between him and a freelance journalist at a press conference. Imamura is in charge of rebuilding the region that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, and the journalist was very persistent in asking the minis...
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Famous Samurai Continue Legendary Duel in Modern-Day Kitakyushu in Anime Shorts

They fight with swords... or with soccer, or by drinking, or through Paper-Scissors-Rock... ― Kitakyushu (North Kyushu) has produced a ten-episode series of anime shorts to promote itself; they feature Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojirō, two famous samurai who dueled on Ganryū Island near Kitakyushu in 1612. Historically, Sasaki lost the fight and perished, but in the anime, "Kitakyushu Pride: Jūban ...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First Anime's Voice Actor Kaito Ishikawa Quizzes Fans in Video

Can you guess what Ishikawa ate for breakfast on Monday? ― Toei began streaming a quiz video on Tuesday for 7O3X Fastest Finger First, the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. The video features Kaito Ishikawa (who plays Chisato Mikuriya in the anime) asking a question of fans. In the video, he stated he ate cheese toa...
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Check Out Detective Conan's 2nd Sho-Comi Collab

This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine featured the titular character of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga on the cover along with bonus goodies inside to promote the franchise's 21st film, Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter. This year's ninth issue is continuing the collaboration. While Conan himself isn't the focus of the cover, he does appear with the characters fro...
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Juvenile Delinquent Manga Asks If Cooking Can Be Path to Top of School Gang

Tetsuya Kakihara stars in commercial ― Hiromasa Okujima has made a career out of drawing "Yankee" manga, or manga about tough guys and gangsters in school settings. He made his debut with Shout! in 2007, and his manga Akira No.2 was made into a live-action film in 2014. Apparently the standard violence-filled narrative is getting old for him, though, because his latest work, Itadaki! Nariagari Meshi ...
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Legendarily Obnoxious Famicom Game to Be Revived on Smartphones

Relive Takeshi's Challenge ― This summer, Taito will resurrect the 1986 Famicom game Takeshi no Chōsenjō (Takeshi's Challenge) for play on smartphones. The game was designed by prolific Japanese director Takeshi Kitano (Beat Takeshi), even though he is not a gamer professionally. The game was essentially intended to prank its players; according to Tetsuo Egawa, a Taito salesman, the developers incorp...
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Songs from Doraemon, Evangelion, Your Name. Ranked Most Popular Anime Karaoke Tracks

The Japanese karaoke company DAM just released a list of the top 50 anime songs for the 2016 fiscal year. Topping the list was Motohiro Hata's "Promise of Sunflower" (ひまわりの約束) from the movie Stand by Me Doraemon. Stand by Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon movie and the franchise's first CGI film, was released in 2014. In second place was Yoko Takahashi's "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" (残酷な天使のテーゼ), the open...
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New Cardcaptor Sakura Merchandise Includes Heart-Shaped Cushions, Towels, and More

CLAMP's classic series Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a new line of merchandise, including heart cushions, microfiber mini towels, desk mats, and clear writing boards. The items are being produced by the Japanese media company Broccoli and will be released in anime stores across Japan beginning on May 27. The heart cushions are 410 x 430 x 150mm and priced at 4,000 yen (USD $36) plus tax. Only one ...
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Sanrio Boys Multimedia Project Adds Badtz-Maru, Keroppi Fans

The mascot-loving ikemen of the Sanrio Boys multimedia project debuted in 2015 with its five original characters. Each of the high school boys had a corresponding mascot that he adores: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, and Pom Pom Purin. While these five mascots are some of Sanrio's most popular, the company has hundreds to its name. Enough to run a popularity poll every yea...
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Kadokawa Exec Brings Up Kemono Friends, Tanya the Evil at High School Entrance Ceremony

Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Kadokawa, brought up the anime Kemono Friends and Saga of Tanya the Evil in a recent speech at the entrance ceremony for N High School, an internet correspondence high school managed by Kadokawa's Dwango Academy. During the entrance ceremony, held on April 5, Kadokawa noticed the nervousness of the 67 incoming students and decided to t...
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Fan Mod Adds Nier Into Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round has no shortage of crossover collaborations for its characters. The game's different "seasons" of costumes span Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, King of Fighters, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail and AQUAPLUS and Gust franchises. One collaboration is missing though, and that's with Yoko Taro's NieR: Automata. The heroine of a far-flung future where mankind has abandoned Earth for the m...
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Game Depicting Shinto Shrines as Moe Anime Girls Draws Criticism

DMM Games, the company responsible for hit games Fleet Girls Collection: KanColle and Tōken Ranbu, has announced a new game featuring Shinto shrines anthropomorphized as moe anime girls. The game, titled "Yashiro Nihoeto," is planned for release this summer. The cast will feature Sora Amamiya (Tokyo Ghoul, Bungo Stray Dogs), Kikuko Inoue (Chobits, Magical Girl Raising Project), Marina Inoue (Atta...
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MegaBots, Kuratas Giant Robot Showdown Set for August

The robot battle for the ages has waited in the wings for almost two years since the U.S.-based MegaBots company challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industry's million-dollar Kuratas robot to a battle to the death. MegaBots since completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to outfit its robot and produced a documentary series chronicling the progress. The match was set to appear on television but when was...
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One Piece 'Whole Cake Island' Arc Gets Figures, Merchandise in Lottery Event

Eiichiro Oda's wildly popular One Piece is getting a new lottery event, "Aim at the Number 1 One Piece Lottery!! Whole Cake Island," beginning on May 13. The event will be held at select convenience stores and hobby shops across Japan in order to celebrate the upcoming "Whole Cake Island" arc, which will air starting with the 783rd episode on April 9. The Whole Cake Island-themed lottery prizes a...
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Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Go Go Ford Further in New Ads

The original Power Rangers discovered the merits of a truly transformative ride in Ford's latest series of Overdub commercials. The characters appear to sing praises of the 2017 Ford Escape in two ads. First, Scorpina and Goldar get testy about the different engines available in the Escape. In the second ad, the heroes appear in an interview with Harvey to talk about the advanced technology in the...
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Results Announced for Prince of Stride Idol Group April Fool's Election

Results were announced for an April Fool's Day election where fans voted for which Prince of Stride: Alternative characters they wanted to see as an idol group. The full story, including thanks from the characters, will appear in the June issue of Dengeki Girl's Style magazine on May 10. First place went to character Reiji Suwa. 「POS48」EOS'17選抜総選挙投票結果第1位は、諏訪怜治くん(Team西星学園)でした!たくさんのご参加、ありがとうございました!※...
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Re:Zero VR App Lets You Sleep in Rem's Lap

The anime digital goods brand Gugenka has announced a VR smartphone app featuring the character Rem from Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, titled "Life in an Alternate World With Rem in VR." There will be two different installments, with one allowing you to sleep in Rem's lap and the second letting you sleep beside her. Both installments will include a "figure appreciation" mode in which y...

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