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Promare's Inferno Volcano Margherita Megamax Pizza Turns Real

Select HUB pubs sell pizzas, hot dogs, drinks for film's 3rd anniversary ― The Inferno Volcano Margherita Megamax Pizza depicted in Trigger and XFLAG's Promare anime film is coming to British-style pubs in Japan. The HUB chain will serve the iconic pizzas in select stores in Akihabara, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka from May 28 to June 30. Other menu items include an Inferno Volcano Hot Dog and d...
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SPY×FAMILY Café Includes Anya's Apology Omurice

Collab with Shibuya Modi's Chugai Grace Cafe will run from June 2 to 19 ― Like many a popular anime, SPY×FAMILY has inspired a collaboration café with some quirky dish choices. A sneak peak at the menu of Chugai Grace Cafe's upcoming SPY×FAMILY promotion reveals some clever story references, including omurice with the word "Sorry" on it—a reference to Anya's fumbling attempts at apology to Damian in ...
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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Ryota Ozawa to Attend Power Morphicon 2022 Event

Event will take place from August 26-28 at Pasadena Convention Center in California ― The staff of Power Morphicon announced on Monday that actor Ryota Ozawa (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) will travel from Japan to attend the event as a guest. The seventh iteration of the event will take place from August 26-28 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California. Ryota Ozawa portrayed Gokai Red (Captain Marve...
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The Executioner and Her Way of Life Finds the Perfect Ramen Partner

"My Way of Life" ramen store announces collab ramen The Executioner and Her Way of Life anime has found its perfect partner in crime: a ramen chain named "Ore no Ikiru Michi" (My Way of Life). The store will launch a collaboration food item, cheekily called "Execution Large Serving: Pure Concept (Noodles)" after the concepts depicted in the anime, from May 27 to June 4. Not only do the names of the...
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Mamoru Oshii Judges New International Animation Festival in Niigata in 2023

Festival takes place on March 17-22, 2023 ― Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Angel's Egg, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Blood: The Last Vampire, Vladlove) revealed in a press conference on Monday that he will be the judging committee chairman at the new Niigata International Animation Film Festival on March 17-22, 2023. Kadokawa advisor and former representative director and chief anime officer Shinich...
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Wit Studio Streams 10th Anniversary Video (Updated)

Studio holds 10th anniversary exhibit at Ikebukuro's Parco department store from May 27 to June 20 ― Update 2: Wit Studio has reuploaded the video. Animation production company Wit Studio streamed a 10th anniversary promotional video on Saturday highlighting the studio's creative works from Attack on Titan to SPY×FAMILY. The studio is also holding a 10th anniversary exhibit at Ikebukuro's Parco depar...
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Studio Chizu Films Get Orchestral Concert in August

Performers include Masakatsu Takagi, Hanako Oku, Ann Sally ― The works of Studio Chizu, the production company behind Mamoru Hosoda films like Mirai and BELLE, are inspiring their first orchestral concert in the Tokyo International Forum on August 14 to commemorate the first anniversary of BELLE's release. The concert will feature performances by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Masakatsu Takagi (Wolf C...
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'Shin Japan Heroes Universe' Project Unveils Amusement Attractions in Bandai Namco Stores

Crossover project assembles Hideaki Anno's Shin Godzilla, Evangelion, Ultraman, Kamen Rider films for events, merch ― The Shin Japan Heroes Universe collaboration project between the Shin Godzilla, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), Shin Ultraman, and Shin Kamen Rider films announced the "Shin Japan Heroes Amusement World" mini-theme park space, which will open ...

Anime Central 2022 to Require Masks in Certain Areas, Events

Masks required at guest/panelist events, dances, exhibit hall ― The staff for the Anime Central (ACen) event confirmed on Wednesday which areas and events would require masks at this year's event: All guest and panelist events Dances Exhibit Hall Artist Alley Gaming and Entertainment Hall Staff will be enforcing masks in these areas. The convention is still strongly recommending that its attendees we...

Anime Central 2022 Reverses Mask Policy, No Longer Requires COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test

Convention takes place this weekend ― The staff for the Anime Central (ACen) event announced that this year's convention will no longer require masks, COVID-19 vaccination, or negative COVID-19 tests. Staff claimed that its policies are "based on current CDC Guidelines and align with the requirements of the Donald E. Stephens Conventions Center and state and local health authorities regarding large i...
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One Piece Inspires Fitness Gym in Tokyo in 2023

A fitness gym inspired by the world of One Piece, called the "ONE PIECE FITNESS BragMen," will open in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in early 2023. The establishment is a reference to an adventure tale that appears in the manga's 13th compiled volume. The gym's training room will have One Piece theming, and the trainers will be dressed as naval officers. It will also implement a point system to encourage f...
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Man With a Mission Bassist Stable After Sustaining Injury During Concert

Bassist Kamikaze Boy sustained injury during Metropolitan Rock Festival concert on Sunday ― The Metropolitan Rock Festival concert's Twitter account announced on Sunday that the Man With a Mission band's bassist and background vocalist Kamikaze Boy sustained an injury during the Osaka leg of the concert and was rushed to the hospital, but is currently stable and fully conscious. Man with a Mission pr...
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Fantasia Fest to Screen Inu-Oh, The Girl from the Other Side, The Mole Song: Final, Anime Supremacy!, Kappei Films

This year's in-person festival will be held from July 14 to August 3 ― Montreal's 26th Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Wednesday it will screen the Canadian premiere the feature-length anime for Nagabe's The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún manga. The festival will also screen the Quebec premiere of Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Hei...
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Koji Yamamura's Ikuta no Kita Anime Film Competes at Annecy This Year

Naoko Yamada's "Garden of Remembrance" also screens as Work in Progress ― This year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced on Tuesday that Koji Yamamura's Ikuta no Kita anime film will screen in competition at this year's event in the Feature Films Contrechamp in Competition category. In addition, Naoko Yamada's "Garden of Remembrance" anime short will screen as part of the Work in ...
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Violet Evergarden's Flowers Adorn Kyoto's Garden Museum Hiei

The anime's characters will stand with their namesake flowers ― The Garden Museum Hiei in Kyoto announced a collaboration campaign on Thursday with Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime, which will run from May 3 to July 10. According to the outdoor leisure facility, the collaboration came about because the beautiful natural scenery in the garden matches the picturesque landscapes depicted in the...
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STU48 Idols' Concert Canceled After 13 Members Diagnosed With COVID-19

5th anniversary concert was slated for Tuesday ― The official website for AKB48 sister group STU48 announced on Sunday that the group is canceling its fifth anniversary concert on Tuesday in Hiroshima after 13 of the group's members were diagnosed with COVID-19. All the idols are receiving medical care according to health care professionals. The idols who contracted COVID-19 include: Mitsuki Imamura,...
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Sailor Moon 30th Anniversary Museum Unveils Naoko Takeuchi's Key Visual

Exhibit will run from July 1 to December 30 in Tokyo's Roppongi Museum ― A special program commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sailor Moon anime revealed on Thursday that the Sailor Moon franchise's 30th anniversary museum will run from July 1 to December 30 in Tokyo's Roppongi Museum. The museum also unveiled its key visual by manga creator Naoko Takeuchi. The museum will have have three phase...
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Wit Studio Announces 10th Anniversary Exhibit

Wit Studio, Cloverworks also announce SPY×FAMILY anime merch store ― Animation production company Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, SPY×FAMILY, Ranking of Kings) announced a 10th anniversary exhibit at Ikebukuro's Parco department store from May 27 to June 20. The exhibit unveiled a key visual, shown below: The exhibit's subtitle "Aim Higher" indicates the studio's fertile ambitions. In addition, the exhi...
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Crayon Shin-chan Celebrates 30 Years of Films With Tokyo Tower Event

The main deck of the Tokyo Tower will exhibit a life-sized panel of Hiroshi's iconic smelly socks. ― The Crayon Shin-chan series is celebrating 30 years of animated films with a new event at Tokyo Tower, which will run from April 28 to May 8. It will center around Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden, which is also the series' 30th film. The main deck of the Tokyo Tower will exhibit a life-...
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Art School Students Draw Blue Period Exhibit Key Visuals

Students recreate 1st six volume covers with charcoal, pencil, oil painting ― Tsubasa Yamaguchi's The Blue Period. manga is inspiring its own art exhibit. Fittingly for a manga that's set in an art school, the exhibit will show off the talents of 34 real-life art school students across Japan. The students have replicated the manga's first six volume covers with various art techniques, including charc...
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Ace Attorney 20th Anniversary Online Concert Streams on May 7

Stream will be available from May 7-15 on Zaiko ― Live Nation Japan and Promax Inc. announced on Monday that the "Ace Attorney 20th Anniversary Online Concert" will stream worldwide (excluding some areas) from May 7 to May 15 on Zaiko. The concert will take place at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo on May 7 and will feature a talk-session with Takayuki Kondo, KENN, and Eiji Takemoto. The tickets f...
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Anime Boston 2022 to Host Singer ASCA

This year's scheduled for May 27-29 ― The organizers of the Anime Boston convention announced on Thursday that the 2022 event will host singer ASCA as a musical guest. ASCA, also known as Asuka Okura, has performed theme songs for Sword Art Online: Alicization, Fate/Apocrypha, Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note, Record of Grancrest War, and The World Ends with You the Animation....
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Sailor Moon Holds 30th Anniversary Livestream on April 28

Guest lineup includes Kotono Mitsuishi, Shizuka Itou, Shoko Nakagawa, Hyadain ― Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga will stream a 30th anniversary YouTube livestream on April 28 to look back on the series' history. The guest lineup includes Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi, Minako Aino/Sailor Venus voice actress Shizuka Itou, singer Shoko Nakagawa, and musician Hyadain. The ser...
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San Diego Comic-Con Lost Over US$8 Million in 2020

SDCC canceled large in-person events from 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 ― The non-profit organization San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) lost over US$8 million in 2020, according to its Annual Registration Renewal Fee Report, filed with the Attorney General of California. That year was the first year SDCC had to cancel its in-person event due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The organization had...
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Angela Vocalist Cancels Appearance Due to Suspected Case of COVID-19, 2 hololive VTubers Test Positive for COVID-19

Houshou Marine, Ookami Mio tested positive for COVID-19 in last week ― The official website for the musical duo Angela announced on Friday that vocalist Atsuko canceled a guest performance on Sayaka Sasaki's "SAYAKAVER. LIVE triangle" concert on Sunday due to Atsuko having a "suspected" case of COVID-19. The website did not confirm if Atsuko had taken a COVID-19 test. The angela duo includes keyboard...
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Ranking of Kings Voice Actors Give Touching Sendoff To Their Characters

Anime will hold retrospective event on July 10 ― To commemorate the conclusion of the Ranking of Kings anime, the voice cast gave a touching sendoff to their characters at AnimeJapan. Minami Hinata (Bojji), Ayumu Murase (Kage), Yuuki Kaji (Daida), Rina Satou (Hiling), Takuya Eguchi (Domas), Daiki Yamashita (Hokuro), and Takahiro Sakurai (Despa) appeared on stage to look back on their time with the se...
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Fate/Extra Illustrator Arco Wada Gets Artbook, Exhibition

July exhibit will celebrate game's 12th anniversary ― Illustrator Arco Wada is getting an artbook and exhibition in July focusing on their work on the Fate/Extra game, which will celebrate its 12th anniversary on July 22. The exhibit will run from July 21 to August 9 in the Matsuya Ginza department store. The exhibit venue will sell an early print of the artbook, and Type-Moon Books will release it i...
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Manga Artist Masakazu Katsura's 40th Anniversary Exhibit Will Display Tiger & Bunny 2 Character Designs

Career exhibit will run in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City from April 27 to May 8 ― Manga artist Masakazu Katsura is commemorating the 40th anniversary since his debut with an exhibition in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City from April 27 to May 8. The exhibit will display art from his various manga and illustration works, and will also include his character designs for the ongoing Tiger & Bunny 2 anime. Katsura wa...
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Anime Expo Hosts Gundam Mechanical Designer Mika Akitaka

Convention takes place in-person on July 1-4 ― The staff of Anime Expo revealed on Tuesday that this year's convention will host Mobile Suit Gundam mechanical designer, illustrator, and game creator Mika Akitaka. Akitaka was the mechanical designer of several Gundam series, including Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (pictured right), Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: A War in the Pocket, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardus...
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Kyoto International Manga Museum to Exhibit The Heike Story, INU-OH Character Concept Art

Heike Story also gets artbook in June ― The Kyoto International Manga Museum will exhibit character concept art from SCIENCE SARU's The Heike Story and INU-OH anime from April 21 to June 27. The exhibit commemorates The Heike Story's TV broadcast and INU-OH's theater opening in Japan. Fumiko Takano (The Heike Story) and Taiyo Matsumoto (INU-OH)'s character concept drawings will be displayed in Galler...
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Violet Evergarden Gets Piano Concert On July 16-17

Performances will be based on "Though Seasons Change ~Violet Evergarden Piano Memories~" piano arrangement album ― The Violet Evergarden anime will hold a piano concert at Yamanashi Prefecture's Kawaguchiko Enkei Hall on July 16 and 17. The performances will be based on the "Though Seasons Change ~Violet Evergarden Piano Memories~" piano arrangement album which shipped in Japan on March 30. Ticket ap...
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Help Bojji & Kage Escape the Underworld In Ranking of Kings Escape Room

Game will run in North Shinjuku's Dramatic Hole from April 29 to May 29 ― The Ranking of Kings anime is getting a "dramatic" escape room, which will run in North Shinjuku's Dramatic Hole from April 29 to May 29. Participants will aid Bojji and Kage as they attempt to break free from the Underworld dungeon, which is rumored to be a place where nobody can escape from. Yodaka no Record, the game's organ...
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King Super Live 2022 Concert Delayed Until Further Notice

Concert featuring King Records artists was originally slated for June 25-26 ― The official website of King Super Live, the concert event consisting of artists from the King Records company, announced last Friday that the concert has been delayed until further notice due to "various circumstances." The concert was originally slated to take place at the MetLife Dome in Saitama on June 25 and 26. The co...
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Quintessential Quintuplets Voice Actors Compete For Cash at AnimeJapan Stage Event

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Ayana Taketatsu, and Ayane Sakura competed for a 10,000 yen gift certificate for Bic Camera ― AnimeJapan 2022 hosted a fun talk show featuring The Quintessential Quintuplets voice actors Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Fuutaro Uesugi), Ayana Taketatsu (Nino Nakano), and Ayane Sakura (Yotsuba Nakano) ahead of the film's opening in May. But this was no ordinary talk show. The three were compe...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Anime Celebrates 10th Anniversary With New Visual, Collaboration, Exhibition, and More

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime, and a number of details surrounding its 10th Anniversary Project have been revealed. First of all, a new key visual drawn by creator Hirohiko Araki to commemorate the occasion has been released: Since 2022 also coincidentally marks the 10th anniversary of the Tokyo Skytree tower, a collaboration event between the anime and...
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E3 Game Show Cancels 2022 Event

E3 returns in 2023 ― The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) revealed to IGN on Thursday that it has canceled this year's E3 event, and there will not be an in-person or digital component. The ESA revealed that E3 will return in 2023 with "a reinvigorated showcase" "live from Los Angeles." The ESA plans to "focus its resources" on the 2023 show. The ESA had announced the cancellation of the in-p...
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Demon Slayer Voice Actors Perform Live Commentary On Entertainment District Arc Highlights

AnimeJapan 2022 was one of their first opportunities to speak about their experiences and memories of the season ― With Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's latest season Entertainment District Arc wrapped up, AnimeJapan 2022 was one of the first opportunities for the voice cast to speak about their experiences and memories of the season with a surprise live commentary show. Featuring Natsuki Hanae (Tan...
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The Coolest Cosplay at AnimeJapan 2022

Cosplayers came out in force at AnimeJapan's first physical event in three years ― AnimeJapan 2022 was in full swing last weekend with talk shows, vendors, and cosplay. The cosplayers came out ready to show off what they've been working on or saving for the past three years. Here's a handful of the cosplay we saw at the show: Kirto (left) and Eugeo (right) from Sword Art Online. Cosplayers: Karuraru ...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT Cancels 2022 Event Due to Issues with Convention Center

Center is raising prices, does not require masks, has not communicated properly with convention staff ― The staff of New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNEXT announced on Wednesday that it is calling off all public-facing attractions of AnimeNEXT 2022, which includes the in-person convention. The staff is canceling the event because of issues with the Atlantic City Convention Center, which the con...
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Crunchyroll Expo Expands to Australia With Event in Melbourne

1st Crunchyroll Expo in Australia takes place on September 17-18 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will host Crunchyroll Expo Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 17-18. The event will be the first Crunchyroll Expo in Australia as well the first outside the United States. The event will include "special screenings and panels to cosplay competitions, live m...
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I Tried Summoning a Servant at Fate/Grand Order's AnimeJapan Booth

Even after three years without a physical event, FGO got a booth to itself at AnimeJapan ― Even after three years without a physical event, some things at AnimeJapan don't change. Fate/Grand Order had a massive booth just for itself at this year's event, and this time it was offering a unique experience to visitors: you could roll the gacha (just once!) to summon a Servant to take a photo with. Parti...
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Konomi Kohara Jokingly Demands Kaguya-Sama Creator Give Chika a Romance Subplot

“Make me fall in love too!” voice actress quips at AnimeJapan 2022 stage event ― The Kaguya-sama: Love is War franchise held an amusing stage show at AnimeJapan on Sunday to promote the upcoming third season. Voice actors Aoi Koga (Kaguya Shinomiya), Makoto Furukawa (Miyuki Shirogane), Konomi Kohara (Chika Fujiwara), Ryōta Suzuki (Yū Ishigami), and Miyu Tomita (Miko Iino) showed up to trade quips and...
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Sword Art Online Franchise Confirms Event On Game's In-Universe Launch Date

Anime celebrates 10th anniversary with art exhibit, rebroadcast of fan-voted episodes ― On November 6, 2022, the fictional Sword Art Online VRMMORPG launched within the series' universe. Fans of the franchise have joked that the staff should hold an event to celebrate the occasion. Their voices have been heard, because the anime's 10th anniversary event at AnimeJapan 2022 announced that the franchise...
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Playing Hide & Seek With Spy×Family's Anya at AnimeJapan

The adorable telepath was hiding in 5 different locations at Toho Animation's booth ― Toho Animation's booth at AnimeJapan this year dedicated a sizable area to Spy×Family, the hotly anticipated Spring 2022 anime. This area featured popouts of the characters and a large version of the key visual, but it also included a puzzle for observant fans: the adorable Anya was hiding in five different location...
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Universal Studios Japan Previews 1st Large-Scale Cool Japan Event In Two Years

Monster Hunter, Attack on Titan, Detective Conan, Hunter x Hunter, Sailor Moon attractions will run until August 28 ― Universal Studios Japan posted video previews of its latest Universal Cool Japan attractions earlier this month. The park is currently running Monster Hunter, Attack on Titan, Detective Conan, Hunter x Hunter, and Sailor Moon attractions until August 28. It is the park's first large-s...
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Ghibli Theme Park's Elevator Tower Is Now Free to Use

Theme park in Aichi Prefecture slated to open in fall 2022 ― The planned Ghibli Theme Park unveiled its "Elevator Tower" modeled on the Laputa: Castle in the Sky film on Wednesday. Studio Ghibli's Twitter account announced that the tower, which serves as one of the entrances to the park, is also free to use as of Wednesday. ジブリパークへの入り口のひとつとなる「エレベーター塔」がお披露目となりました。『天空の城ラピュタ』の世界のモデルとなった、19世紀末の空想科学世界をもとに...
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Strawberry Prince Events Continue Without Leader Nanamori

Nanamori went on hiatus following affair ― The official website for internet musical unit Strawberry Prince (Sutopuri, or STPR) announced on Wednesday that the "Strawberry Party in Nippon Budokan" and "Strawberry -Memory- Vol. Next!!!! in Tokyo Dome" events will take place as scheduled on May 2-3 and May 4-5, respectively, with the group's members excluding leader Nanamori (pictured right). Refunds a...
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Moving Life-Size Gundam Wins Media Arts Award

Awards honor statue in entertainment division ― The Japanese government's Ministry of Cultural Affairs announced on Sunday that the jury has selected the moving, life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue in the Gundam Factory Yokohama facility as a recommended work in the entertainment division of the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards. The facility with the statue will remain open until March 31, 2023. Thi...
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Pokémon Fossil Exhibit Opens In Tokyo's National Museum of Nature and Science

Exhibit encouraging children to study paleontology will run until June 19 ― The Pokémon fossil exhibit opened in the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo on Tuesday, and will run until June 19. The theme is "Extinct organisms and Pokémon," and it aims to encourage children to study paleontology. The Pokémon franchise's official Japanese Twitter account showed a video preview of the exhibit, h...
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Toshio Suzuki, Renzo Kinoshita, Sayoko Kinoshita Honored at 49th Annual Annie Awards

No anime win awards again this year ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners of its 49th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday. No anime won awards this year. The awards presented Studio Ghibli co-founder and executive director Toshio Suzuki with the prestigious Winsor McCay Award alongside Ruben A. Aquino and Lillian Schwartz. The ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors...
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Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure Orchestral Concert Opens in Los Angeles on May 21

Concert will be 1st show of U.S. tour ― Toei Animation and Overlook Events announced on Tuesday that the "Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure" live orchestral concert series will open at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on May 21. Tickets for the show went on sale on Friday. Overlook Events ("Saint Seiya Symphonic Adventure") is producing the concert, which will be the first show of a U.S. tour. Toei...
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Jump Festa '22 Convention's Video Archive Streams Globally This Month

Jump's YouTube channel streams with English subtitles March 7-21 ― Shueisha announced on Sunday that archived videos from its Jump Festa '22 convention will stream globally via video-on-demand from March 7 at 10:00 a.m. EST to March 21 at 10:59 a.m. EST on Jump's official YouTube channel. The streaming will have English subtitles. The following stage events from the convention will be available on de...
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NY Int'l Children's Film Festival Screens 'A Bite of Bone,' 'Polar Bear Bears Boredom' Anime Shorts

Festival takes place from March 4-March 19 at SVA Theatre, New York ― The staff of the New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) announced on Tuesday that it will screen Honami Yano's "Honekami" ("A Bite of Bone") short animation and Koji Yamamura's "Polar Bear Bears Boredom" short animation. This year's festival celebrates its 25th anniversary and will take place from March 4-March 19...
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Tamayura Franchise's Event Delayed Again Due to COVID-19

Tamayura Alumni Association event was already delayed from October 10 last year to April 24 ― The official Twitter account for the Tamayura franchise announced on Saturday that the Tamayura Alumni Association event, which was scheduled for April 24, has been delayed to an as-yet unspecified date due to the COVID-19 situation in Japan. The event was originally scheduled for October 10 last year, but i...
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Tokyo Game Show to Have Hybrid In-Person, Online Event in 2022

Event returns to Makuhari Messe on September 15-18 ― Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, Nikkei BP, and Dentsu announced on Tuesday that this year's Tokyo Game Show will be a hybrid online and in-person event. Tokyo Game Show 2022 will run at the Makuhari Messe from September 15 to 18. September 15 to 16 will be business days, while September 17 to 18 will be open to the public. The event'...
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EVO 2022 Tournament Will Not Include Super Smash Bros. Game

EVO 2022 announcement show will livestream on March 8 at 8:00 p.m. EST ― The official Twitter account of the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tournament announced on Sunday that Nintendo has decided its Super Smash Bros. fighting game will not be part of this year's tournament. The EVO 2022 announcement show will livestream on March 8 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The event itself will be held i...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh Anime Film Screens at Angoulême Festival

Yuasa to host Q&A session, lecture at festival ― The staff of the 49th Angoulême Festival announced on Wednesday that Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, will screen at the event on March 18 with a Q&A with Yuasa. The event will also host a "L'Art de Inu-Oh" exhibition featuring artwork from Ta...
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Sword Art Online VR Exhibit Opens Globally on February 21

"Sword Art Online: Ex-Chronicle Online Edition" VR exhibit will host performance by ReoNa on March 6 ― Sony announced on Wednesday that the English version of its "Sword Art Online: Ex-Chronicle Online Edition" virtual reality exhibit will open globally on February 21. The exhibit will be available until March 10 in Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Unite...

CDC Study on COVID-19: 'Evidence of Widespread Transmission Was Not Identified' at Anime NYC

Study used test results of 4,560 attendees, which found 2.6% tested positive for COVID-19 ― The New York Times reported on Thursday that according to a study released on the same day by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “evidence of widespread transmission [of COVID-19] during the [Anime NYC] event was not identified.” The study relied on test result data from 4,560 Anime NYC...
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Nico Nico Chō Kaigi Event to Return After 3 Years in April

Convention returns on April 29-30 ― Dwango's Nico Nico Chō Kaigi convention will return for an in-person event at Chiba's Makuhari Messe venue on April 29-30 for the first time in three years since the April 2019 event. The full event will take place from April 23-30 with an online only portion of the convention from April 23-28. Dwango canceled the convention in 2019 due to the spread of the new cor...
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NY Int'l Children's Film Festival to Screen Pompo: The Cinéphile, Poupelle of Chimney Town Anime Films

Festival to screen English dubs of both films in March ― The staff of the New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) announced on Tuesday that it will screen the anime film of Shogo Sugitani's Pompo: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san) manga and Studio 4°C's anime film of Akihiro Nishino's Poupelle of Chimney Town (Entotsu-chō no Poupelle) picture book during the festival. The festiv...
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Some of 16th Seiyū Award Winners Announced

Youko Asagami, Michihiro Ikemizu, Kyousei Tsukui, Evangelion honored ― The organizers of the 16th Annual Seiyū Awards announced the winners of the Merit Award, Synergy Award, and Kids/Family Award on Tuesday. Merit Award Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Youko Asagami (Harumi Ichiryūsai) Agency: Aksent Roles: Space Battleship Yamato (Yuki...
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Kaoru Mori's A Bride's Story Gets First Original Art Exhibition

The Dai-Otoyome-Gatari Exhibition contains over 100 impressively detailed illustrations in both color and black and white, all hand-drawn by Mori herself. ― Kaoru Mori's popular manga A Bride's Story (Otoyomegatari) is getting its first original exhibition at TOKOROZAWA SAKURA TOWN in Tokorozawa city of Saitama prefecture. The exhibition is hosted by Kadokawa and will run from February 23 to March 21...
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MyAnimeList to Hold Online Panel with Production I.G, Wit Studio

Wit Studio's George Wada, Production I.G's Takayuki Goto & Mikio Gunji participate in MAL Expo Lite 2022 event on February 25 ― Anime database website MyAnimeList will host a panel-style talk event with anime production studios Production I.G and Wit Studio as part of its MAL Expo Lite 2022 online event. The panelists will include The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These chief animation dire...
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Odd Taxi Gets Odd Collab With Portable Sauna Business

According to the collaboration website, the tie-up came to be because the anime features numerous scenes where the characters talk in a sauna ― The Odd Taxi anime launched an odd collaboration last month with the Sauna Camp portable sauna business. According to the collaboration website, the tie-up came to be because the Odd Taxi anime features numerous scenes where the characters talk in a sauna. Fi...
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Comic Market 100 Event to Be Held on August 13-14, Will Have Pre-Sold Tickets Only

Event again plans to require vaccinations or negative COVID-19 test ― The organizers of the Comic Market (Comiket) event announced on Monday that the Comic Market 100 event will take place on August 13-14 in person. The event staff stated it plans to have 80,000-90,000 participants each day at the event, and tickets will be necessary to attend. All tickets will be pre-sold, and no tickets will be sol...
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Life-Size Moving Gundam to Stay on Display Until March 2023

Gundam Factory Yokohama was originally slated to close in March 2022 ― Sunrise's Gundam.info website announced on Friday that the Gundam Factory Yokohama facility — which houses a moving, life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue — will remain open until March 31, 2023. This extends the time it will remain open by a year. However, the facility will close for maintenance from mid-May to mid-July to prepare for ...
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Ghibli Park Announces November 1 Grand Opening With Promotional Video

Theme park with 5-meter Totoro statue, building 4 times bigger than current museum ― Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi Governor Hideaki Ōmura announced on Thursday that the planned Ghibli Park will open on November 1. The Aichi Tourism Bureau presented a new website with a promotional video (in a short 15-second version and a full four-minute version) to accompany the announcement: The G...
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Slow Loop Fishing Anime Inpires Seafood Theme Café

Feast on the deep-fried horse mackerel​ and zukedon from the series ― The fishing-themed Slow Loop anime is inspiring a limited-time café with a seafood theme. The Cure Maid Café in Akihabara will host the café from January 21 to February 6. The main dishes are the deep-fried horse mackerel​ and zukedon depicted in the series. The dessert menu also has a prominent seafood theme, featuring clams and f...
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Singer KOTOKO Cancels Events After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Singer reschedules Chiba leg of live tour to February after testing positive on Friday ― The official website for singer KOTOKO announced on Friday that KOTOKO tested positive for COVID-19 on the same day. As a result, the Chiba performance of her "KOTOKO Acoustic Live Tour" on Saturday was canceled and rescheduled for February 25. KOTOKO has another performance on the tour in Ibaraki prefecture on J...
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Voice Actress Ai Furihata Self-Isolates Due to Possible COVID-19 Close Contact

Love Live! Sunshine!! actress did not appear at "Lisani! LIVE 2022" event on Saturday ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Friday that voice actress Ai Furihata is self-isolating after a staff member she was around this week tested positive for COVID-19. Furihata was designated a close contact of the staff member who tested positive. As a result, Furihata did not appear at the "Lisani! L...
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49th Annie Awards Cancels Physical Event, Moves to Virtual Event on March 12

Awards ceremony was scheduled to take place on February 26 at UCLA's Royce Hall ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced on Thursday that it is canceling the physical event for its 49th Annual Annie Awards and is instead hosting a virtual event that will livestream on March 12 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The ASIFA-Hollywood website will stream an archive of the complete recording ...
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Promoted: Promoted: “Anime Songs Party!'' Will Start on Sunday the 3rd of April

Anime Songs Party will connect anime fans around the world and invite fans to sing their favorite anime theme songs. The first guest will be JAM Project's Hironobu Kageyama. ― On this program, you will be connected with anime fans all over the world by singing anime songs together. The hosts of this show are Yohei Onishi, a singer of anime songs and Tokusatsu (special effects movies) and Singing Cosp...
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Zombie Land Saga 2021 Live Concert Digest Movie Posted

Avex Pictures posts video of October 16-17 performance to "expand content" overseas ― Avex Pictures posted a digest video of the "Zombie Land Saga LIVE ~FranChouChou Saga yo tomoni waite kure~" live concert from October 16-17, 2021. The performance, which was held at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall was the first for FranChouChou after the broadcast of the Zombie Land Saga Revenge ani...
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Sailor Moon Commemorates 30th Anniversary With Museum, Collabs

Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a score of new events and collaborations, including a limited-time museum that will be held in Japan later this year. The exhibit will trace the history of the series and display art from the manga, anime, musical, merchandising, and more. Further details will be announced at a later date. The Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon ...
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Manga Artist Draws Albert Einstein Mural For German Embassy In Japan

Shinnosuke Uchida depicts the famed physicist's visit to Japan 100 years ago ― Artist Shinnosuke Uchida, known for creating manga-style wall paintings, drew a mural for the Embassy of Germany in Japan depicting Nobel laureate Albert Einstein's historic visit to Japan 100 years ago. The painting was completed on Monday, with the embassy's social media livestreaming the artist as she performed the fini...
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Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament Canceled, Angoulême Event Postponed

YCS will host online event, Angoulême will take place in March ― Konami announced on Saturday that it has canceled the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) card game tournament scheduled to take place on February 26-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company will now host an online Remote Duel YCS event on the same dates and will automatically initiate refunds to those who have paid the entry fee for the to...
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Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 Streams Time of Eve, Patema Inverted Anime Films

Free online event also streams ReLIFE live-action film from February 14-27 ― The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) announced on Thursday that it will stream the Time of Eve and Patema Inverted anime films and the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga for free from February 14-27. All three films will stream in Japanese with Arabic, Burmese, Central Khmer, English, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Mala...
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perform at Coachella Event in April

Artist will perform at festival on April 16, April 23 ― Record label Nippon Columbia announced on Thursday that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16 and April 23. The festival will take place from April 15-17 and from April 22-24. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was originally slated to perform at the festival in April 2020. Vocaloid icon Hatsune Miku was also ...
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Macross 7 Basara Explosion 2022 Concert Streams Globally

Concert begins streaming on January 28 at 5:00 a.m. EST ― Macross' official website announced on Thursday that the "MACROSS 7 BASARA EXPLOSION 2022 from FIRE BOMBER Supported by SANKYO" concert for the franchise's 40th anniversary will livestream worldwide on January 28 at 5:00 a.m. EST (7:00 p.m. JST) in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, the ...
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Bonhams Announces 1st Online "World of Anime" Auction

Over 150 lots for sale between January 24 to February 2 ― Bonhams will hold its first major online auction for anime, called "The World of Anime," from January 24 to February 2. It will include over 150 lots, including from beloved titles like Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon. The sale will be led by a cel (pictured top-right) featuring the eponymous heroine of Kiki's Delivery Service, estimated a...
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Days Inn Penn State — Home to Inaugural Otakon, Setsucon Conventions — to be Demolished

― The StateCollege.com website reported on Monday that the Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania — which was home to the first Otakon and Setsucon conventions — will soon be demolished to make way for a student apartment building. The hotel and the attached The Brewsky's Bottle Shop are expected to stay open through February, and developer Core Spaces tentatively plans starti...
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The [email protected] Franchise Concerts For January Move to Online Streams

Million Live Budokan concert canceled, Cinderella Girls 10th anniversary concert will livestream with no audience ― The official website for The [email protected] franchise announced on Tuesday that the franchise's "THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE! ~Let's get Together!!!~" event is canceled, and the "THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY [email protected] WONDERLAND TOUR!!! Tropical Land" event will now only h...

E3 Game Show Cancels 2022 In-Person Event

2022 dates never announced for event usually held in LA weeks before Anime Expo ― The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on Thursday that it has canceled this year's in-person E3 event due to "health risks surrounding" the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In addition, entertainment news source IGN confirmed with the ESA on the same day that the trade association does not yet have p...
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King Records 90th Anniversary Exhibit Shows Off Visuals From Over 90 Anime

Revolutionary Girl Utena, Martian Successor Nadesico, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha more represented in physical, VR exhibit ― King Records is celebrating its 90th anniversary since its establishment with an art exhibition of anime titles the company has been involved in as an investor. The free exhibit, which will be available in both VR and in-person at the Ikebukuro and Osaka Nihonbashi Animate stor...
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New PV Shows Off RX-93ffν Gundam In Action

Life-size statue will open to the public in April. ― The official Gundam YouTube channel has released a short animated teaser to promote the unveiling of the life-sized RX-93ffν Gundam Statue in Fukuoka later this year. The teaser shows the new mobile suit firing off a shot from its long-range fin funnel mount, before dismounting to engage in close-quarters combat. The RX-93ffν Gundam is heavily base...
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Taiyou Con Convention Director Steps Down After Sexual Assault Accusation

Staff appoint Jai Son as new convention director for event taking place on January 7-9 ― The official Facebook page for Mesa, Arizona's Taiyou Con announced on December 18 that convention director Gackto has voluntarily stepped down from his post. The convention staff appointed Jai Son as the new convention director for Taiyou Con 2022. The change in leadership comes after Gackto was accused of sexua...
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No Overnight Camping, Early Morning Stampedes At This Year's Winter Comiket

In-person dōjinshi event returns after 2-year COVID absence with fixed entry numbers, general attendance fees ― Overnight camping and early morning stampedes were once a tradition for the biannual Comic Market (Comiket) dōjinshi event, but the combination of COVID-19 restrictions and the implementation of general attendance fees has resulted in a more modest turnout at this year's Winter Comiket. Ani...
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Bleach's Story Continues In 1st Art Exhibit

Exhibit will run on 9th floor of Tokyo's Shibuya Hikarie building from December 18 to January 16 ― The first ever exhibit for Tite Kubo's Bleach manga opened on the 9th floor of Tokyo's Shibuya Hikarie building on December 18 and will run until January 16. The exhibit represents a fresh look at the manga as it celebrates its 20th anniversary: It contains a reproduction of the new 76-page chapter of t...
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Life-Size RX-93ffν Gundam Statue in Fukuoka Rears Its Head

24.8-meter-tall statue will open to the public next April ― Bandai Namco Group unveiled the head of its new life-sized Gundam statue in Fukuoka's Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport at a ceremony on Wednesday. The head was installed on the in-progress statue in front of the media and people affiliated with the project. It was announced that the completed statue will be 24.8 meters tall, making it the talle...
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Bandai Namco Streams Digimon Con Online Event on February 26

Free stream will be in both English and Japanese ― Bandai Namco announced on Friday "Digimon Con," a new online event that will stream on the company's official YouTube channel worldwide for free on February 26, starting at 8:00 p.m. EST. The website lists the event as a "celebration of all things Digimon, presenting a wide range of content." The event will be streamed in both English and Japanese. P...
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Anime Tourism 88 List Adds Love Live, Evangelion, Higurashi Locations

Yearly survey of noteworthy anime pilgrimage sites was skipped last year due to COVID-19 ― The Anime Tourism Association revealed its 2022 list of noteworthy anime pilgrimage sites at a press conference on Wednesday. This year's additions include locations from Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club, Love Live! Superstar!!, When They Cry - Higurashi, and the Evangelion series. The full list of a...
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WonFes Winter Returns as In-Person Event After 2 Years on February 6

2 events earlier this year were held online ― The official website for the model kit and figure convention Wonder Festival 2021 [Winter] revealed on Monday that the event will return as an in-person event after two years, taking place at the Makuhari Messe halls 1-8 on February 6. The 2021 Winter event on February 7 earlier this year was an online event, with the in-person event canceled due to the n...
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Real-Life Café In A Place Further Than the Universe Closes Due to Owner's Health

Cafe de Staël in the Gunma Prefecture's Tatebayashi City was depicted in anime's early episodes ― The Cafe de Staël in the Gunma Prefecture's Tatebayashi City will close on Saturday. The café was the real-life inspiration for the café frequented by the protagonist in the opening episodes of the A Place Further Than the Universe anime. Although the establishment was loved by anime fans and locals alik...

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