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SHAFT Opens 'Madogatari' Exhibit to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

The SHAFT animation studio is launching a special exhibition to celebrate the studio's 40th anniversary. Starting on November 27, the "Madogatari" exhibit will open in Tokyo and run for about a week before moving to Osaka on December 22 and then Sapporo on February 2. The exhibit is hosting an scroll-through gallery on the website combining sketches from the Madoka Magica and Monogatari series. Th...
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Music Video Previews Rin Hoshizora Voice Actress Riho Iida's Debut Album

Voice actress and singer Riho Iida is previewing her upcoming debut album "rippi-rippi" in a new music video. The full-length video features the album's track "Hajimaritai Canon." The 11-track CD goes on sale on July 29 in three editions. Limited Edition A includes the CD and a Blu-ray with the above music video and a making-of feature, a photo book, and a concert ticket application. Limited Editi...
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Kinoko Collection Mushroom Girl Game Closes Shop

Server taken down on July 1 ― After a mere few months, the cute mushroom girls of Kinoko Collection have hung up their caps. According to an announcement posted on the game staff's official Twitter feed, Kinoko Collection's server was taken down on July 1 due to "financial difficulties" at Cmix, the game's developer. The staff deeply apologized for letting down those who had been awaiting improvement...
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Japanese Women Rank Their Favorite Romantic Gestures

Japanese women have chimed in on just what makes their hearts go doki-doki. According to a rather unorthodox survey, a group of 600 Japanese women were asked the question "Hypothetically, which romantic gesture would you have your lover do?". The survey was conducted by Dio Chemicals, Ltd, who also discovered that women would much rather have a man at their side to guide any intrusive insects out ...
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Eva Collabs with Game Developer for Matchmaking Real-Escape Event

Defend Neo Tokyo-3 from an Angel attack ― Evacon—a Japanese convention for die-hard Neon Genesis Evangelion fans—is teaming up with Japanese game developer RealD Game for a rather interesting get-together event. Known as "Escape from Neo-Tokyo 3," this upcoming event will be held in Shiodome in Tokyo. In this scenario, Neo-Tokyo 3 is under attack by an Angel, and it's up to Shinji and Rei to defend i...
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Motoko Kusanagi Gets Fishy in Mentaiko Campaign

Say hello to Mentaiko Kusanagi in her new promotional collaboration. Sci-fi anime classic Ghost in the Shell is teaming up with seafood production company Umeya to sell some fish. Their mentaiko (marinated pollock or cod roe), is used in many Japanese dishes, and is currently being sold in special Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture packaging. The special packaging features protagon...
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Underground Idol 'Masked Girls' Group Gets Web Manga

A brand new Japanese web comic places these Japanese pop singers in a grand battle royale. The underground idol group known as Masked Girls are being illustrated on Kadokawa Web in Masked Girls: Steam Guns Girl. Much like the idol group donning masks for their performances, Steam Guns Girl depicts a group of poor girls that live in the isolated city of Steam Guns that wear masks when participating...
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Final Fantasy VII: The Series Proof of Concept Video Recreates Game Scenes in Live-Action

Live-action fan series have gotten more attention lately with the Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope pilot and The Zelda Project. Director Roth Rind, PermaGrin Films, and the Rind-Raja Picture Company are joining in with their own live-action Final Fantasy VII project. The team released a proof of concept video for Final Fantasy VII: The Series to show how Roth and crew always imagined the original Play...
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Mosoko Miyatsuki Teaches Surprised Faces in 5th Wacom & Manga University Instructional Video

The American branch of Wacom, a company that makes digital drawing tablets, has released its fifth video with mangaka Mosoko Miyatsuki (Ani ga Rival!) and publisher Manga University. In this video, Miyatsuki teaches viewers how to draw characters' surprised expressions using an Intuos Manga Pen & Touch Small tablet and the Celsys software Clip Studio Paint Pro program. Miyatsuki (also known as Sao...
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Sailor Moon Musical Cast Celebrates Usagi's Birthday Across Tokyo

This past Tuesday celebrated the birth of everyone's favorite pretty soldier in a sailor suit (and later, her future daughter). The ditzy, bun-headed protagonist of Sailor Moon—Usagi Tsukino—has her birthday on June 30, with her daughter from the future Chibi-Usa sharing the date as well. In commemoration, the main cast of the current Sailor Moon musical celebrated with a special trip across Tokyo...
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Mario 64 Fan Recreates Game with Unreal Engine

YouTuber aryoksini has used the Unreal Engine 4 and assets from the Unreal marketplace to recreate parts of the fan-favorite Mario 64 platformer. The video, which has reached almost 2.5 million views, shows environments from the game in various art styles from realistic to whimsical. The famous plumber wanders in snowy mountains, dank basements, and even a realistic living room. The trade-off of s...
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26 Countries Prepare for World Cosplay Summit 2015 in Nagoya

Cosplay enthusiasts are preparing to descend on Nagoya City in Aichi prefecture for the 13th annual World Cosplay Summit. A total of 26 countries are competing for the title. Last year's event brought in 227,000 people to watch the competition that ultimately crowned Russia's Nek and Nichi as champions. The festival's opening ceremonies will take place at Laguna Ten Bosch in Gamagori City on July ...
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Top Manga/Anime Artists Illustrate Educational Book Series

Kadokawa Shoten, Japanese publisher of various manga and Newtype magazine, is now releasing a brand new series crafted to educate as well as entertain. The new Kadokawa Manga Learning Series has already released its first 15 volumes as of June 30. These volumes are collectively known as "Japanese History," and cover the beginning of Japan, the introduction of Buddhism to the country, the Samurai e...
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Stop-Motion Commercial Shows Off Highly-Posable Goku Figuarts

Tamashii Nations and Bandai have a series of highly-posable Dragon Ball character figures lined up to tie-in with this year's Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film and Dragon Ball Super TV anime. Bandai is adding Super Saiyan Son Goku Super Warrior Awakening version, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku, Golden Frieza, and Ultimate Son Gohan to the Figuarts line, Super Saiyan Trunks to the Figuar...
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Art Director Shichiro Kobayashi Discusses Work & Life Philosophy in French TV Program

The French television program toco toco began streaming its interview with award-winning anime art director Shichiro Kobayashi on Wednesday. Kobayashi started his career in anime art directing in 1966, and he founded the anime art studio Kobayashi Productions in 1968. Kobayashi's extensive anime series credit list includes art direction for Berserk, Nodame Cantabile, Blood+, Revolutionary Girl Ute...
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Dance with Pokémon in Free Rhythm Game

Your favorite Pokémon are ready to bust a move in the free Odoru? Pokémon Ongakutai (Dance? Pokémon Band) app for iOS and Android devices. The app is available for a limited time to celebrate the release of Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages and the tie-in Pikachu film short Pikachu to Pokémon Ongakutai. Both will be released in theaters on July 18. The characters in the app will dance...
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Popular Light Novel List Speculates Which Could Get Anime Next

It's incredibly common these days for light novels to be adapted into anime. It happened with 2007's Baccano! and 2010's Durarara (going into the currently-ongoing Durarara!!x2). Even this summer, light novels like Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai and Rokka no Yuusha are getting anime of their own. With all of these light novels adaptations in the works, its natural to wo...
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Doraemon Stands In For Real Cat in Thai Rain Ritual

A drought-stricken village in Thailand has turned to a traditional rain ritual in hopes of alleviating the heat. The ritual usually calls for a cat to be placed in a wooden cage and taken to sacred sites and a monastery in town. The practitioners were concerned that using a real cat would cause complaints of animal abuse and instead opted for a stuffed cat toy. When the search for a realistic stan...
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Nintendo's Miyamoto, Tezuka Visit Jim Henson Studios

Mr. Miyamoto and Mr. Tezuka visit Henson Studios in Los Angeles during E3 to check out where the Nintendo puppets were created.Posted by Nintendo on Thursday, June 18, 2015 Nintendo video game designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto and fellow game director and producer Takashi Tezuka (Zelda, Mario series) took a day trip to Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood. The group came to see the master puppetma...
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Assassination Classroom, The Wind Rises, Splatoon Top Japan's 2015 1st Half Most Googled

With the first half of 2015 having gone by on June 23, there's bound to be plenty of search-worthy topics that have piled up over the past few months. Google announced a comprehensive list of its top 10 most searched words since January 1 on Monday. Two anime and a video game have made the list. Assassination Classroom ranked #2 overall. The comedy-action anime follows a class trying to kill their...
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Pom Pom Purin Tops Sanrio Popularity Poll, Show by Rock Bands Still Make Top 10

The curtain has closed on the 2015 Sanrio Popularity Poll, in which fans vote over which of the many mascots they love the most, and the most popular characters have been decided. Each of the bands from the mobile rhythm game-turned-anime Show by Rock that made the top 10 in the preliminary results remained on the list, though they have been knocked down a couple of notches. Rising to the rank of ...
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Never-Before-Seen Miyazaki Sketches from World Masterpiece Theater Will Go on Display

The 40th anniversary exhibition of Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater will display never-before-seen sketches by acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. The exhibit opens at the The Sekai Meisaku Gekijōten on July 30 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo and will run until August 18. The omnibus of works covered classics like Anne of Green Gables, Dog of Flanders, Rascal the Raccoon, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, ...
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MTV Posts Casting Call for True Life: I Want To Look Anime

MTV has posted a casting call to find individuals who appear between the ages of 16 to 26 for an episode of its True Life series. The episode "I Want To Look Anime" is seeking people who have altered their style or appearance — even using permanent methods — to achieve their "anime inspired beauty quest." The True Life series is a documentary-style program that focuses on individuals in particular...
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Yo-kai Watch Displaces Long-Time Favorite Anpanman in Children's Poll

The late Takashi Yanase's Anpanman has long been the favorite character of Japanese children. The franchise's lead character is a bean-jam filled superhero whose co-stars were based on jam, butter, cheese, curry, and other foods. Every year Bandai asks parents about their children's favorite characters and for 13 years the winner was Anpanman. This year the tasty hero is displaced in favor of Leve...
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Japanese Rock Band MAN WITH A MISSION Perform Mad Max: Fury Road Ending Theme

Track also features Zebrahead ― The Japanese rock band MAN WITH A MISSION (Log Horizon, The Seven Deadly Sins, Crows Explode) and American band Zebrahead provided the ending theme for the Japanese release of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road film. The track "Out of Control" caught the attention of Miller, who took a liking to the band's music. "I thought it was great when I first heard the song. It ...
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Sailor Pluto Featured in Sailor Moon Crystal's 10th Blu-ray Volume Cover Art

Sailor Pluto is gracing the cover of the 10th Blu-ray volume of the Sailor Moon Crystal series. Set for release on July 8, it includes episodes 19 and 20 with commentary by Sailor Venus' voice actress Shizuka Itou, Sailor Chibi Moon's voice actress Misato Fukuen, and director Munehisa Sakai. The special edition bundles a 24-page booklet and the Jupiter Star Power Transformation Pen charm. The limi...
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Madoka and Co. Joins Kaden Shōjo Game as Appliances

Bancho Works' Kaden Shōjo (lit. Home Appliance Girl) has re-imagined label makers, refrigerators, espresso machines, hair dyers and more as girls. The game is now reversing its usual tactic by adding well-known magical girls as appliance girls. The mobile game is collaborating with Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion to add Madoka Kaname, Homura Akemi, Mami Tomoe, Sayaka Miki, Ky...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Meet Yo-kai Watch Robot at Japanese Premiere

Arnold Schwarzenegger is due to meet an unusual guest at the Japanese premiere of his upcoming film, Terminator Genisys: Robonyan. The character is a robotic version of Jibanyan, the mascot character of Yo-kai Watch. Robonyan comes from the future with the familiar signature line "I'LL BE BACK," it's Yo-kai Watch's nod to Schwarzenegger's Terminator T-800. President and CEO of Yo-kai Watch game de...
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Olympic Jūdō Champion Gets Titan Make-Over for Spa World Resort Campaign

Played by Olympic jūdō champion ― Spa World, a massive indoor spa complex in Osaka, has a new commercial starring Olympic silver medalist Shin'ichi Shinohara as a Titan breaching the walls. An accompanying poster mimics the Attack on Titan live-action film poster. In addition, Spa World will put up a six-meter high (about 19.7 feet) balloon of a Titan, wall scrolls of Shinohara in his Titan guise, an...
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Natsuki Hanae, Showtarō Morikubo Star in Cooking Show

Show promotes upcoming bishōnen game ― The second season of Tokyo Otome Restaurant, a cooking show starring Natsuki Hanae and Showtaro Morikubo, has been confirmed. Hanae (Ken in Tokyo Ghoul, Kōsei in Your Lie in April) and Morikubo (Reiji in Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000%, Shikamaru in Naruto) prepare dishes like fried rice with salted pork, soybean pulp Salisbury steak, and Japanese radish st...
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Arina Tanemura Draws Convention Report Manga for Tales of Fan Magazine

The August 2015 issue of Viva ☆ Tales of Magazine, which is devoted to the Tales of video game series, carries manga by several artists who are fans of the franchise. Among them is Arina Tanemura (Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Full Moon o Sagashite). The manga are convention reports for the Tales of Festival 2015, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Tales of series. Tanemu...
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Love Live's Nico's House to be Demolished

Building failed earthquake safety test ― The Shōhei Bridge Building, which is used as the home of Love Live! School idol project character Nico Yazawa, is slated for demolition by the end of the year. It has failed earthquake safety tests, raising concerns of collapse in the event of a major earthquake, and the road it's on is an emergency thoroughfare. As a result, the Tokyo Kōyūkai (Association) de...
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Wakayama's Beloved Cat Stationmaster Tama Passes Away

A special member of Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture passed away Monday. Its stationmaster, Tama, was a little hairier than most of her peers. Born on April 29, 1999, she got her start monitoring a kiosk in front of Kishi Station when it was owned by Nankai Electric Railway. In 2006, Wakayama Electric Railway Co. took over the line and planned to demolish Tama's kiosk. Instead of dis...
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Q'ulle Idol Manako Dances to Terminator Remix Track

Come with Manako if you want to dance. From the Japanese rock dance girls' unit known as Q'ulle, member Manako recently posted a video of her dancing underground to a remixed version of the Terminator main theme, originally composed by Brad Fiedel. Manako performed the dance as a collaborative promotion for the upcoming film Terminator: Genisys, being released on July 1 in the U.S. and July 10 in...
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World's Largest Evangelion Unit-01 Statue Gets Unlikely Home

Not to be outdone by Odaiba's fully-sized Gundam, Shinji's Eva Unit-01 is getting its own 1:1-scale replica in the series' setting of Hakone. The site itself is rather inconspicuous but still above ground. You won't have to worry about getting lost in a complicated, underground complex to see it. The six-meter (about 20 feet) tall Unit-01 will instead be installed at EXPASA Ashigara, a highway res...
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Satelight's Thomas Romain Offers Art Book at Anime Expo

Japanese anime studio Satelight's Thomas Romain is bringing a special art book with him to Anime Expo next weekend. Lost in Anime -10 Years in Japan- Thomas Romain Design Works compiles the character and mechanical designer's comments and art from Oban Star-Racers the Aria franchise, Aquarion Evol, Air Gear, Bodacious Space Pirates, Symphogear, AKB0048, Space Dandy and more. Romain and LeSean Tho...
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Hideo Kojima Meets Mad Max Creator George Miller

Admits Miller's great influence on his own work ― Hideo Kojima, developer of the Metal Gear video game series, was able to meet with George Miller, creator of the Mad Max film series, while the latter visited Japan on a promotional tour for Mad Max: Fury Road. Kojima has a great deal of respect for Miller, referring to him as a "god," and acknowledged taking much inspiration from the Mad Max movies, ...
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Attack on Titan Takes Over Japan's Joypolis Theme Park

Even teenage soldiers fighting for humanity's freedom from Titans need to have some fun every once in a while. Japanese theme park Joypolis is holding a special event for Attack on Titan from June 27 all the way until September 30. Appropriately named "Attack on Titan in Joypolis", this event will effectively turn much of the park into one Colossal AoT attraction. One of the bigger attractions wi...
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Retro Gaming Machine Gets More Compatible with Controller Adapter Set

Better hope this thing isn't region-locked! The "Retro Freak" Japanese gaming system by Cybergadget is seeing a release in October, with sites like Amazon Japan already accepting preorders. Revealed back in May, this Swiss army knife of a system is compatible with controllers and cartridges of over 11 older consoles including the Game Boy (along with Color and Advanced cartridges), SNES and Super ...
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Gravure Idol Ai Shinozaki Will Cure Male Baldness If You 'Give Her a Chance'

Also counsels balding visitor to skin clinic in web videos ― Ai Shinozaki, a gravure idol and singer, shows off her voice in a new commercial for AGA Skin Clinic, a chain of Japanese clinics that treat male-pattern hair loss (AGA, or androgenic alopecia). She sings part of Something Else's 1998 song "Last Chance." She also stars in a series of web videos, "What If Ai Shinozaki was a Counselor at AGA ...
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U.S. Department of Defense's DARPA Research Eerily Similar to Terraformars

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) alluded on Monday that its got its eyes set on Mars, even if the goal is very far away. DARPA has official funding to back research projects previously limited to the world of science-fiction. This includes biotech helmed by DARPA's Biological Technologies Office, which is currently looking into synthetic biology an...
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New Book Features Three Kingdoms Artwork from 151 Illustrators

Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Hiromu Arakawa, Yoshitaka Amano included ― To commemorate the third anniversary of the popular mobile card game Daisenran!! Sangokushi Battle ("Great Warfare!! Records of the Three Kingdoms Battle"), gloops is publishing an artbook featuring 360 illustrations of the chronicle's characters by 151 manga artists and illustrators. The artwork was chosen from over a thousand pieces. No...
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Manga Chronicles Rise of Legendary Pro-Gamer Daigo Umehara

This downright-fierce gamer's life is hitting the shelves. The second volume of Umehara: Fighting Gamers! is set to be released on Friday. Drawn by Kengorō Nishide and published by Kadokawa, this manga depicts the early teenage years of Daigo Umehara, a Japanese gamer and a marvel in the fighting game community. A promotional video was posted on Wednesday. In the video, Umehara states that he's "w...
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Dance with Devils Cast, Staff Pray for Anime's Success

"Devil" Sōma Saitō reportedly uncomfortable at shrine ― The cast and crew of the upcoming anime Dance with Devils — including Ai Yoshimura (the director), Tomoko Konparu (series composition), Nozomi Isowa (the producer), Sōma Saitō (Rem), and Wataru Hatano (Lind) — visited the Tokyo Daijin Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo to pray for their anime's success. Isowa explained that, as the anime revolves around ...
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K: Return of Kings Gets 100 Days of Visuals Campaign

K: Return of Kings, the second season of the K television anime launched a special campaign website will a new visual every day until the series premieres in October. The site will offer a new download each day for a total of 100 visuals. "Thoughtlessly crowding up people's homes and "taking care" of their families...that's rather arrogant, isn't it?" "For we are Adolf K. Weismann's...no, Yashiro ...
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Adult Pokémon Fans Get Their Own Magazine

Older fans of the world-renowned video game franchise Pokémon should go get a Life! Of course, that's referring to a copy the new upcoming Japanese magazine Pokemon Life, going on sale on July 30. Pokémon Life is the September issue of the irregular magazine series Shogakukan Special. The series normally publishes the magazine Pokémon Fan. The magazine will share anything and everything Pokémon, i...
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Clamp & Others Celebrate Asuka Magazine's 30th Anniversary with Art Giveaway

The August issue of the Japanese shojo manga Monthly Asuka will celebrate its 30th anniversary. In commemoration, CLAMP—along with several other authors and celebrities—are sending in congratulatory autographed works as prizes for readers. The special issue was released on June 23. Thirty readers will have the chance to win one of these unique pieces by filling out an entry application on the Asuk...
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Sailor Moon Musical Cast Promote Their Final Run

The curtain is set to close on these Sailor Guardians and their battle against evil. The most recent live-action musical adaptation of the classic magical girl franchise Sailor Moon, known as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon ~Un Nouveau Voyage~, will run from September 18-27 at the Tokyo AiiA 2.5 Theater and from October 2-4 at the Sankei Hall Breeze Theater in Osaka. This musical will see many of its ...
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Pokémon Master's Mother Isn't Very Impressed

Japan's Pokémon national championships wrapped at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center in Kanagawa Prefecture with winners in the Junior, Senior, and Master categories. Winning is a big a deal for game fans and guarantees a spot in the Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Boston in August. 優勝しました!今年日本で一番ポケモン強いのは俺だ!!!努力が報われて本当に嬉しいよ〜 pic.twitter.com/57K6Mpe7eo— ビエラ (@SHADEviera) June 14, 201...
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Mosoko Miyatsuki Teaches Angry Faces in 4th Wacom & Manga University Instructional Video

The American branch of Wacom, a company that makes digital drawing tablets, has released its fourth video with mangaka Mosoko Miyatsuki (Ani ga Rival!) and publisher Manga University. In this video, Miyatsuki teaches viewers how to draw characters' angry expressions using an Intuos Manga Pen & Touch Small tablet and the Celsys software Clip Studio Paint Pro program. Miyatsuki (also known as Saori ...
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Kenichi Sonoda Offers Art for Otaku no Video Blu-ray Campaign

Backers successfully funded North American anime distributor AnimEigo's Otaku no Video Kickstarter campaign earlier this month. With less than two days left in the campaign, staff announced that the OVA's character designer Kenichi Sonoda is offering four color cover illustrations for the video packaging, a four-page dōjinshi featuring project backers, and signed sketches. The Immortal Otaku tier ...
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'Rev. from DVL' Idol Kanna Hashimoto Headlines Sailor Suit and Machine Gun Remake

The remake to a famous film in Japan will feature a popular star in a unlikely role. In 2016, the Japanese classic satire movie Sailor Suit and Machine Gun will see a revival starring Japanese idol Kanna Hashimoto as the machine gun-toting delinquent Izumi Hoshi. Hashimoto has been described as the "exceedingly angelic" center of Rev. from DVL, an idol group based out of Fukuoka Prefecture. Her s...
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Fans and Pros Respond to Evangelion Seiyū's Tweet About Series' Timeline

Looks like Shinji has more to answer for than not getting in the damn robot. Neon Genesis Evangelion voice actress Megumi Ogata—known for portraying the emotionally-damaged protagonist Shinji Ikari—tweeted about her recent visit to Hakone, which served as the main setting of the giant robot anime. 今、知ったよ。 僕が第3新東京市に行って、最初の使徒に出会って、ミサトさんの車に乗って、ひっくり返って、口の中がシャリシャリして、久しぶりに父さんに会って、血だらけの綾波に会って、エヴァに初めて乗ったの...
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Gakkō Gurashi! Voice Actresses Sing OP Theme in Music Video Preview

Ari Ozawa, Inori Minase, M.A.O, and Rie Takahashi sing and dance together in Gakkō Gurashi's the school-themed opening song, "Friend Shitai." The singers also star in the series as Kurumi Ebisuzawa, Yuki Takeya, Yūri Wakasa, and Miki Naoki. The story revolves around four girls who decide to stay over at school and find themselves the final survivors in a zombie attack, and continue to live at the ...
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Madoka Magica Ichiban Kuji Lottery Focuses on Series' Witches

Ichiban Kuji, a Japanese lottery that often gives out anime, manga, and video game-related merchandise, will hold an Madoka Magica edition in late September. The "Magiccraft" lottery looks to focus on the series' Witches and has combined the villains' motifs for new character outfits in a series of "visualize boards" (similar to posters). Madoka's outfit takes cues from Kyubey, Homura's from the N...
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Million Dollar Rideable Kuratas Robot Appears at Tokyo Toy Show

Robots already made waves at the Tokyo Toy Show last weekend with the automated Bumblebee Transformer. Apparently it wasn't the only robot Takara Tomy had up its sleeve. In another corner, the game corporation had one of the highly-sought rideable Kuratas robots. The four-ton machines by Suidobashi Heavy Industry have occasionally appeared for sale on Amazon for around 140 million yen (US$1.3 mil...
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Kyoto Animation's Shop Prepares for Sosuke's Birthday Party With New Merchandise

Kyoto Animation's official shop is planning a birthday party for Free! Eternal Summer's Sosuke. Rin's serious-minded childhood friend is celebrating on September 14 and KyoAni plans to ship off some exclusive merchandise for him. The items include a wall scroll (1,620 yen/US$13), cushion cover (3,240 yen/US$27), a hanging sign (2,160 yen/US$18), and a rubber strap set (1,080 yen/US$9). The rubber...
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Exhibition Time-Lapse Videos Show How to Construct a Gundam

The Ngee Ann City shopping center is hosting the "Gundam Docks at Singapore" exhibition until June 28. The giant exhibition boasts the largest collection of Gundam outside of Japan's man-made Odaiba island. The Gundam Docks features over 200 models, including a six meter tall RX-78-2 Gundam and Char's Zaku. In a series of time-lapse videos, crew put together both super-sized figures in a matter of...
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Automated Bumblebee Transformer Wows Tokyo Toy Show Crowd

Toy giant Takara Tomy brought out one of the largest functioning Transformers during its presentation at the Tokyo Toy Show last weekend. The Bumblebee car entered the stage while controlled with a steering wheel device. After a few hiccups, it then transformed into a 1.3 meter (4 feet) tall robot with a smirking grin. Bumblebee appears to have semi-articulated hands and can toddle and roll in rob...
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Mario Creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Designer Takashi Tezuka Show-off Early Game Sketches

The Wii U's Super Mario Maker game promises to put level creating in the hands of the players for a limitless amount of new Mario adventures. Before unveiling the new game at E3, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and the franchise's long-time designer Takashi Tezuka showed their own process for making Nintendo's iconic plumber. An early sketch shows Mario with a determined expression riding in a nimb...
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Max Factory Unveils Life-Size Momo Belia Deviluke Figure in Bridal Lingerie

Hobby collectible producer Max Factory unveiled a life-size figure of To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness' Momo Belia Deviluke at the Tora no Ana 20th Anniversary Appreciation Fair at Makuhari Messe in Chiba over the weekend. The figure depicts Momo in bridal lingerie like the cover of the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness: Venus artbook. とら祭り「To LOVEる」ブースの等身大モモが造形凄すぎる。このスケールでも細かいところ凝ってますね、透け具合とか装飾の模様まで。 pi...
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Weird Al Yankovic Posts His In-Series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Reference on Instagram

Either parody musical artist Weird Al Yankovic is a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, or someone sent him a clip referencing his popular parody "Eat It," a cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." In the final episode, Jotaro quizzes his grandfather Joseph asking him, "Who sang the the parody of 'Beat It,' named 'Eat It?' Joseph responds with "Al Yankovic." His grandson acknowledges his correct answer...
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Get Some Uta no Prince-sama Headphones to Go With Your Parka

Broccoli is now taking orders for Uta no Prince-sama headphones, which are available in 11 different varieties to match the 11 main male characters. The earpads also fold into the headband, and the headband's length is adjustable. The headphones are color-coded to match the Uta no Prince-sama parkas, so you can feel just like one of the singers as you listen to one of ST☆RISH's songs. The headphon...
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Two Tōken Ranbu Events Planned in Japan for Summer

Also: loincloths, maybe ― Kotobukiya, a Japanese character goods maker, has announced that this year's installment in its female fan-oriented es fest event series will focus on Tōken Ranbu, a popular online game that visualizes swords as attractive men. Goods will go on display at Kotobukiya's Akihabara branch in Tokyo from August 8-14 and go on sale on August 15-16. The festival will move on to Osak...
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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Heads to the Kitchen for a Third Time

Salisbury steak on the menu ― Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who plays the lead character, Yukihira Sōma, in Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, fancies himself quite the chef. This week he taped the third installment in his cooking web series, "Shokugeki no Soma ~Oshokujidokoro Matsuoka~" ("Restaurant Matsuoka"). In this week's episode, Matsuoka once again pairs squid tentacles with peanut butter, although this tim...
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Pokémon's Misty Already Has Merchandise in the Works

It looks like Ken Sugimori's promise of more Pokemon gym leader figures is coming true. The official website for the recently revealed shirtless Brock figure added an announcement image on Friday for new Misty (Kasumi) merchandise. The image reads: The stage of adventure shifts to Cerulean City— The second Gym Leader, Misty, the "Tomboy Mermaid," will be turned into merchandise! Her poses from the...
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Melocure to Release New CD 11 Years After Their Demise

Old hits combined with rearrangements ― The J-pop vocal unit Melocure will release a new CD, Melodic Super Hard Cure, on July 29, 11 years after their breakup. The CD will combine Melocure hits with rearranged versions by Mito of the band Clammbon, Suemitsu & the Suemith, Tatsuya Nishiwaki, and Keita Kawaguchi as well as Megumi Hinata's solo hits. Melocure consisted of Megumi Hinata and Ritsuko Okaz...
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Eat Your Favorite Characters' Faces at Yowamushi Pedal Cafe

Also: drinks, lotteries, cookies, and more goodies ― In anticipation of the upcoming Yowamushi Pedal movie, Parco, a shopping center in Nagoya, will open a Yowamushi Pedal-themed cafe featuring menu items that resemble the anime's characters. Sakamichi is excited to be devoured in cheese pizza form. His hair is represented by a wafer. (1,280 yen/$10.30) Makishima and Tōdō's Last Climb is represented ...
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Street Survey Shows Childhood Friends Are Winning Love in the End

It's happened plenty of times in anime. Kōsei was oblivious to his old friend Tsubaki's feelings when Kaori came along (see Your Lie in April). Tomoyo was willing to let Sakura fall in love with Syaoran despite how Tomoyo felt for her for years (Card Captor Sakura). In anime and manga, childhood friends seem to get the short end of the stick as love rivals. Real life, however, paints a rather dif...
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Gudetama Switches Teams for Haikyu's Nekoma High

Gudetama has ditched Haikyu's Kurasuno High for its long-standing rival Nekoma High and Aobajōsai. 【ハイキュー!!×ぐでたまコラボ】スクープです!なんと、ハイキュー!!とぐでたまのコラボは、日向と影山だけではありません!音駒の研磨・黒尾、そして青城の及川・岩泉とのコラボバージョンの画像が解禁です〜! #hq_anime pic.twitter.com/OGACi51nN4— TVアニメ「ハイキュー!!」 (@animehaikyu_com) June 18, 2015 Gudetama—the apathetic little egg yolk— is now appearing in a series of images with cat versions of team captain ...
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Twitter Users Note Sharp's Gun-like Cordless Vacuum is Ripe for Meme Status

Anime, manga, game memes aplenty generated ― Sharp's new cordless vacuum cleaner helps users suck up dirt and debris in high, hard-to-reach places, and it's portable and easy to carry. It also looks quite a bit like a gun. Sharp itself did not fail to notice this, posting on its official Twitter account "if everyone says it just looks like a gunblade, or a sniper [rifle], we wouldn't say a peep." Thi...
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ANN Readers: Durarara!!×2 Ten Also Leads in Most Anticipated Summer 2015 Anime Poll

Despite mixed feelings after the conclusion of Durarara!!×2 Shō, Japanese and ANN readers both are excited for the summer premiere of Durarara!!×2 Ten. The series ranked #1 in our own poll with 13.5% of the overall vote. The largest difference was in the #2 spot, with nostalgic ANN readers picking Dragon Ball Super. The adaptation of Akira Toriyama's battle manga only ranked #9 in the Japanese pol...
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Attack on Titan Fights Drug Abuse in Tokyo

Say no to drugs in International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking video ― Attack on Titan takes on humanity's latest threat in Tokyo: drug abuse. To support the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking event near Tokyo's Shibuya station on June 27, an educational Attack on Titan video will run on monitors aboard Yamanote and other major train lines. The blurb reads, "A...
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Mamoru Oshii Open to Returning to Ghost in the Shell Franchise

Discusses series' legacy with other Ghost in the Shell figures ― At an event at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku, Tokyo, on June 19 to promote Ghost in the Shell: New Movie, Mamoru Oshii, Kenji Kamiyama, Kazuchika Kise, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, and Tow Ubukata looked back on 26 years of the Ghost in the Shell franchise. From left to right: Major Motoko Kusanagi, Kamiyama, Oshii, Kise, Ubukata, Ishikawa, and Batou Os...
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FFVII Remake Director: 'Please Look Forward' to HD Cross-Dressing Cloud

A specific plot point in Square's Final Fantasy VII game spawned countless fan art and cosplay. In the game, Cloud and Aeris resolve to save Tifa after she takes it upon herself to impress local crime lord Don Corneo. Cloud must acquire the the very best wig, dress, and other accessories to ensure that he's chosen to spend an evening with Corneo instead of Tifa. The event is one of the comedic sid...
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Harp Twins Perform Sailor Moon, Saint Seiya Themes

Harpist sisters Camille and Kennerly have an entire YouTube channel dedicated to covering popular tunes and themes from Metallica to Game of Thrones on their electric and acoustic harps. Their Harp Fantasy CD includes tracks from The Hobbit, Star Trek, Final Fantasy X and more. The duo recently released a cover of Sailor Moon's well-known theme "Moonlight Densetsu" (Moonlight Legend) on Monday. Yo...
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Miyavi Arranges Main Theme for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Piece featured in official Japanese trailer ― For the upcoming fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Japanese rock star Miyavi recorded an electric guitar version of the series' iconic tune for the film's Japanese trailer. (The piece begins at about 0:40.) Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation premieres in North America on July 31 and in Japan on August...
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Gō Nagai Flustered by Gravure Idol Ai Shinozaki in Mazinger Cosplay

Two promote latest Mazinger toy ― At the International Tokyo Toy Show currently ongoing at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, Gō Nagai presented the latest toy based on his popular Mazinger Z anime series, the DX Soul of Chōgōkin Great Mazinger. Onstage with him was Ai Shinozaki, a gravure idol and singer, dressed in modified Great Mazinger cosplay. She drew the crowd's attention to her chest, wh...
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Jun Fukuyama's Sports Variety Show Gets Promotional Video

Veteran voice actor Jun Fukuyama's (Makoto in Kuroko's Basketball, Lelouch in Code Geass) upcoming Fukuyamuscle voice actor sports show is heading to the gym next month. In a recent promotional video Fukuyama and his collagues try out basketball, rock climbing, and cycling. Hirofumi Nojima (Kōtarō in Yowamushi Pedal , Shun in Kuroko's Basketball) is joining Fukuyama as his co-host. The first episo...
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Mosoko Miyatsuki Teaches More Expressions in 3rd Wacom & Manga University Instructional Video

The American branch of Wacom, a company that makes digital drawing tablets, has released its third video with mangaka Mosoko Miyatsuki (Ani ga Rival!) and publisher Manga University. In this video, Miyatsuki teaches viewers how to draw characters' varying moods using an Intuos Manga Pen & Touch Small tablet and the Celsys software Clip Studio Paint Pro program. Miyatsuki (also known as Saori Takar...
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Castle in the Sky Flappter Model Great for Play and Display

The Premium Bandai site is taking preorders of a model vehicle from one of Studio Ghibli's classic films. Pre-orders are now being accepted for the Flappter, the motorized flying vessel used in the 1986 movie Castle in the Sky. This detailed piece boasts a wingspan of 421mm (16.5 in) and a rustic brass finish to truly emulate its depiction in the movie. It also comes with a removable display stand...
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Pikachu Invasion Returns to Yokohama in August

The cutest parade of Pokemon is returning to Yokohama in August. The "Odoru? Pikachū Tairyō Hassei-chū!" (Dance? Pikachu All Over the Place) event will bring a plethora of Pikachu from August 8-16 to venues around Yokohama's Minato Mirai district. There will be at least 1,000 Pikachu marching and dancing. Organizers state the flood of Pokemon will make the area like a Pikachu theme park. The offic...
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Ultraman Transforms Into Salamander in Artist's Statue

The titanic kaiju-bashing hero Ultraman has unlocked a new form! ...Well, not really. But he has been given a new look! やっとこれ撮影したw pic.twitter.com/LPAflWnL94— 井上裕起 (@inoue_yuki) June 13, 2015 Tweet: "Finally took this photo!" Ultraman has been re-imagined as a tiny salamander statue courtesy of artist and Ultraman fan Yuki Inoue. It was recently featured as part of an art exhibition in Takashimaya...
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Upgraded Sailor Moon Crystal Star Powder Compact Gets Anime Commercial

Ads for the newly updated version of Sailor Moon's Crystal Star compact with Shining Moon Powder make-up debuted on Wednesday. Like the previous ad for the Moon Stick eyeliner, the video uses clips from Sailor Moon Classic and Sailor Moon R. Originally released in 2013, the powder compact was one of the first items created in the Miracle Romance make-up line as part of the magical girl series' 20...
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Sony President Shuhei Yoshida Takes a Ride in a Starfighter

Sony made major announcements at E3 this week, including a long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake that had fans like Shokotan geeking out. Electronic Arts also announced more details on its Star Wars Battlefront PlayStation 4 game and put Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida in the cockpit of a Starfighter. The video is meant as a tease for how immersive the game is for players. The EA S...
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Pokémon Character Designer Sugimori Shares Original Gym Leader Sketches

Ken Sugimori, the original character designer behind the successful Pokémon video game franchise, posted his original design sketches for the series' first generation Gym Leaders. The sketches show shirtless Brock (Takeshi), Misty (Kasumi) in her swimsuit, Lt. Surge (Matis), and Erika. 初代ゲームボーイの開発はドット直描きだった事も多くデザインの紙資料が少ないのです pic.twitter.com/nUMeurPLia— 杉森 建/KEN SUGIMORI (@SUPER_32X) June 16, 2015...
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Good Smile Company to Present 500 Nendoroid Exhibition at AX 2015

Good Smile Company, the Japanese hobby manufacturer behind Nendoroids and the Figma figure series, will put a vast display of their products at this year's Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Like its name implies, the Nendoroid 500 Exhibition will feature 500 of the interchangeable figures. Good Smile Company launched its Nendoroid line almost a decade ago in 2006 and has since released over 500 figures f...
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Goose House's Anime Covers Will Brighten Up Your Day

The seven-piece J-pop music group Goose House loves to have a little fun when they're not attaching fantastic songs to heart-wrenching anime. The group's YouTube channel uploads in several bursts of acoustic versions of their various songs. Among them are delightful covers of many different anime songs. "Sousei no Aquarion" by AKINO (Aquarion) "Guren no Yumiya" by Linked Horizon (Attack on Titan) ...
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Brock Makes a Play for Nurse Joy with Shirtless Figure

Ever one to try and impress the ladies, Pokemon Gym leader Brock (known as Takeshi in Japan) shows off his chiseled features in this new shirtless figure of the character. Game Caption: "Pewter City Pokemon Gym Leader Brock- Strong, Hard, a Man of Rock" The figure stands 120mm (about 4.75in) tall and is sculpted to recreate his pose from the classic Pokemon Red and Blue games. It is currently bein...
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Gurren Lagann Singer Shokotan Geeks Out Over FFVII Remake

A popular J-pop singer known for her obsession with otaku culture has chimed in with her own commentary on a recently-announced video game. FF7リメイクまじかあああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああああ— 中川翔子@おせんべい (@shoko55mmts) June 16, 2015 "FF7 REMAKE? ARE YOU SERIOUS?????" In a series of recent tweets, Shoko Nakagawa—known by her stage name, Shokotan—has expressed her enormous excitement for the ...
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AKB48 Members Take on the Bright Lights of New York City

While idol hopefuls were waiting in anticipation at the AKB48 Group Draft Kaigi 2015 event, several members of the AKB48 were in New York City for the annual Japan Day event in New York City's Central Park on May 10. In addition to their scheduled performance that day, AKB48 also got to hit the town and try American hamburgers, ride The Beast Speedboat ride out to the Statue of Liberty, peruse gif...
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Proplica Line to Arm Sailor Moon Fans with Spiral Heart Moon Rod

Sailor Neptune's mirror also announced ― The Sailor Moon Proplica family is about to see a new addition. The upcoming installment of Bandai's Proplica product line, made to recreate the many tools of Sailor Moon's vast array of weapons in stunningly realistic detail, will be the Spiral Heart Moon Rod. The replica comes complete with lights and sounds made to Sailor Moon's Moon Spiral Heart Attack and...
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No. 5 Seed Tennis Pro Kei Nishikori Unwinds with Dragon Quest

Even a professional sports player answers the call of the controller from time to time. After making it all the way to the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open, Japanese professional tennis player Kei Nishikori will probably use some of his downtime to catch up on some sorely-missed Dragon Quest. According to a recent interview, the 25-year-old spends much of his holiday away from the tennis scen...
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3D Motoko Kusanagi Sets Foundation for Ghost in the Shell Realize Project

The effort to bring to life the advanced technology featured in the popular sci-fi franchise Ghost in the Shell is now making waves. The Ghost in the Shell Realize Project, announced back in 2014, has created a website that presents a 3D model of the main protagonist, Motoko Kusanagi, that can be viewed in various poses from every angle controlled by one's mouse. The model was developed using pho...
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Haikyu's Tobio Gets Punny Transformation into Flying Fish

Karasuno High School's top volleyball setter Tobio Kageyama is getting some weird merchandise thanks to a rather clever pun. Starting in July, Tobio will be reimagined as a "tobiuo" or a "flying fish." Judging by the character's expression, he isn't too pleased about the transformation. The planned goods include clear files, cell phone straps, cushions, and button pins. Prices range from 378 yen (...
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Mosoko Miyatsuki Teaches How to Draw Sad Faces in 2nd Wacom & Manga University Instructional Video

The American branch of Wacom, a company that makes digital drawing tablets, has released its second video with mangaka Mosoko Miyatsuki (Ani ga Rival!) and publisher Manga University. In this video, Miyatsuki teaches viewers how to draw a character with a sad expression using an Intuos Manga Pen & Touch Small tablet and the Celsys software Clip Studio Paint Pro program. Miyatsuki (also known as Sa...

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