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SPY×FAMILY Voice Actors Draw 4th Episode's Visual

Check out Takuya Eguchi, Saori Hayami, and Atsumi Tanezaki's elegant drawings ― The voice actors of the SPY×FAMILY anime have been flexing their artistic skills by creatively reinterpreting episode 4's main visual, shown below: The anime's official Twitter account posted the drawings by Takuya Eguchi (Loid Forger), Saori Hayami (Yor Forger), Atsumi Tanezaki (Anya Forger) on Saturday, shortly after th...
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Crayon Shin-Chan Deodorant Ad Claims To Cure Hiroshi's Smelly Feet

Perhaps the highest endorsement possible for a hygiene product ― A new Crayon Shin-chan animated ad is selling Nivea-Kao's 8x4 Men Deodorant Body Wash with perhaps the highest endorsement possible for a hygiene product: it can even cure Hiroshi's smelly feet. Shin-chan's father is legendary for his smelly feet, and has even used it as a weapon on occasion, but it is apparently no match against proper...
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Fate/Stay Night's Gilgamesh Wishes Lil Nas X 'Happy Birthday'

The rapper appears to have won over the King of Heroes after his 2021 Met Gala appearance ― In a completely unpredictable cross over, Sony Music Japan decided to wish Grammy-award nominated singer Lil Nas X a happy birthday...via Fate/Stay Night character Gilgamesh. The account tweeted a picture of the King of Heroes holding a mic with the message "After the performance, We are DEAD RIGHT NOW😍 Happy ...
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r/place's Final Canvas Teems With Anime, Game References

Reddit's collaborative pixel art project features One Piece, Berserk, Cowboy Bebop, Kirby, more ― The r/place subreddit unveiled its completed 2022 canvas—a collaborative pixel art project between Reddit's various subcommunities, all competing for representation. The completed image features numerous anime and video game references, including One Piece, Berserk, Cowboy Bebop, and Kirby. How many refe...
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Cygames Supports Cat Longevity Research

"It is said that there are nearly 10 million cats in Japan today, and for many cat owners, cats are irreplaceable companions that enrich their lives and bring them joy." ― Cygames announced on Twitter on Monday that it has made a donation to the AIM Medical Research Institute (abbreviated as IAM), a group dedicated to the research of the AIM protein. The protein is said to have the potential to expan...
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Today on Wikipedia: Did You Know That a Common Way to Travel to Another World Is to Be Hit by a Truck?

Wikipedia's main page links to "Isekai", "Truck-kun" pages for April Fool's ― It's April Fool's Day, and Wikipedia is joining in on the fun by listing goofy facts on its main page. Today's "Did You Know" section (screenshotted here) contains a cheeky reference to the isekai fantasy genre: "Did you know that a common way to travel to another world is to be hit by a truck?" The links take you to the Is...
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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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Tiger & Bunny's Masakazu Katsura Designs Hero for Snickers Commercial

Jujutsu Kaisen ending sequence director Masatsugu Nagasoe created the advertisement ― Tiger & Bunny and Garo: Crimson Moon character designer Masakazu Katsura designed the heroic character for a new Snickers commercial. The "BE A HERO SNICKERS" candy bar ad stars champion kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa as he takes on a tokusatsu hero-style persona. The ad is the first in the new campaign that focuses on ...
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Chilean Lawmaker Performs Attack on Titan Salute After Casting Her 1st Vote

Newcomer Chilean lawmaker Consuelo Veloso cast her first vote in the Chamber of Deputies last week, and to mark the occasion, she performed the iconic hand-to-chest salute from the Attack on Titan anime and manga series. Chile's public broadcaster news channel 24 horas captured the moment on film, and political journalist Poirot Escovedo clipped it in a tweet on Saturday. Curiosidades: La diputada...
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President-Elect of Chile Receives a Squirtle as Administration's Starter Pokémon

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Japan Kiyoshi Odawara gifted the Pokémon to President-Elect Boric ― The new President of Chile received a Squirtle as his administration's starter Pokémon. President-Elect Gabriel Boric Font has welcomed guests as he gets settled into his new role ahead of his inauguration tomorrow, including the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kiyoshi Odawara....
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Can the Oddtaxi Cast Draw Their Characters in 30 Seconds?

Anime's official TikTok account will add new videos until film premieres on April 1 ― Ahead of its upcoming film, staff have opened an Oddtaxi TikTok account and are challenging the voice actors to draw their characters from memory in 30 seconds. The account will add new videos until the film premieres in Japan on April 1. So far, the participants include Daimon brother voice actors and entertainers ...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Gets 2nd ANA Jet Liner With the Pillars

Regular flights commence from March 26 ― All Nippon Airways (ANA)'s collaboration with the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime is continuing with the launch of a second jet liner, which will commence regular flights starting from March 26. The "Kimetsu no Yaiba Jet Two" (written exclusively in Japanese with kanji and hiragana characters as a nod to the anime's historical setting) features an illustr...
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"Rengoku" Donates 100,000 Yen to Saitama's Fujimi City Hall

The patron wrote on the outside of the envelope, "Please use for the good of the people." ― An unknown do-gooder donated 100,000 yen (about US$860) to Fujimi City Hall under the moniker "Kyōjurō Rengoku." City staff announced on February 9 that the cash was dropped off in an envelope in the municipal building's comment box. The patron wrote on the outside of the envelope, "Please use for the good of ...
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Niigata Government Blames 'Girl Running With Toast' Anime Trope For Decline in Rice Consumption

The solution: make the girl run with rice in her mouth instead ― The Niigata prefectural government is trying to promote the region's rice products with an attention-grabbing accusation: it's anime's fault that rice consumption has declined in Japan. Remember that trope where the girl is late to school so she runs with toast in her mouth? The government released a video last week explaining the reaso...
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Medical University's "Cringe" Mario Kart COVID-19 PSA Goes Viral

Twitter users can't seem to decide whether it's "funny" or "cringe" ― The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a video on Twitter on January 13 promoting COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. The video slipped under the internet's radar for two weeks, until it suddenly went viral earlier this week. The reason: it uses edited Mario Kart 8 game footage to spread its message, and Twitter u...
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Seattle Seahawks Running Back Celebrates Touchdown With Attack on Titan Salute

Travis Homer joins the growing crowd of athletes who reference anime on the field ― The Seattle Seahawks' Travis Homer scored a 73 yard fake punt touchdown in one of Sunday's NFL highlights. After pulling off the impressive feat, Homer got to his feet and celebrated with the iconic hand-to-chest salute from the Attack on Titan anime and manga series. The moment is captured at around the 0:26 mark of ...
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Condom Battler Goro Web Anime Returns With a Somber Style

Promo anime for Okamoto Condoms shows the protagonist struggling with the realities of adulthood ― Last year, the Okamoto Condoms brand released the Condom Battler Goro web anime series to promote safe sex in an amusing way. The series had a 90s anime vibe, featuring a main character who looks an awful lot like Ash Ketchum and plot devices straight out of Dragon Ball. But the series has come a long w...
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Hot Anime Guy Apple Posters Had "Too Much Impact" For Some Stores

Agricultural association says the posters created an even bigger stir than expected ― Sometimes, turning inanimate objects into attractive anime characters can create too much of an impact. The ZEN-NOH (short for "National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative Associations") Iwate Prefecture branch commissioned several anime-style posters to sell locally produced apples, and they certainly do make ...
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Light Yagami Encourages Hondurans to Vote In Presidential Election

Political ad depicting Death Note protagonist urged people to vote in Sunday election ― A Spanish language political ad has been using the Death Note anime to encourage people to vote in Sunday's Honduras presidential election. The Observatorio Democrático Juventud Honduras (Democratic Youth Observatory Honduras) NGO posted the ad on its Facebook page on November 13, showing Death Note protagonist Li...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Jet Liner Takes to the Skies in January

All Nippon Airways starts offering Demon Slayer items for domestic in-flight service from December 1 ― A jet liner with a Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba design will take to the skies at the tail end of January 2022. Tanjirо̄, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke will adorn the sides of the plane, called the "Kimetsu no Yaiba Jet One" (written exclusively in Japanese with kanji and hiragana characters as a no...
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Violet Evergarden Staff Shows How You Can Braid Your Hair Like Violet

The Violet Evergarden Twitter account shared a neat tidbit from the production staff last week: In order to properly draw Violet's hair in the Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll side story anime, the staff at Kyoto Animation prepared a detailed diagram and instructions on how she braids her hair. 🌸放送中🌸「#ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン 外伝」#金曜ロードショー✉放送記念リアルタイム【設定】ご紹介「外伝」では髪の表現が多く登場します。よりリアルな表現を...
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Pokémon Presides Over Upcoming Sumo Wrestling Tournaments

Pokémon mascots, banners, outfits to appear at bouts in November, January ― Last Wednesday, the Japan Sumo Association announced it has signed a sponsorship deal with The Pokémon Company in order to promote the traditional sport for the younger generation. Not only will Pokémon appear at the Wanpaku Sumo National Tournament, Japan's largest sumo tournament for elementary school-aged children, the pop...
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Erotic Manga Artist Puts a Unique Spin on Isekai Reincarnation (NSFW)

Reincarnated as a... what? ― Erotic manga artist Touou has a unique take on the isekai reincarnation genre. On Wednesday, he posted a viral tweet with his drawing and his provocative title for it: "That Time I Reincarnated Into Another World As a Lv. 1 Swordwoman's P*ssy," or "Isekai P*ssy" for short. こんな異世界転生モノってアリ!?「異世界転生したらLV.1女剣士のオマ〇コだった件」略して…「異世界オマ〇コ」!! pic.twitter.com/WaNa1GMkzZ— トウオウ♂……女性誌で新連載...
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Pop Team Epic Creator Launches YouTube Channel, Introduces Cats

Okawa turned 35 and adopted three cats, all named for Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. ― Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa announced on October 3 that he launched his own YouTube channel to commemorate his 35th birthday. His first video introduces his three cats, Ter-chan, Comma-chan, and Pū-chan. All three cats are named for films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. 今日は沢山のお祝いありがとうございました告知が前後しちゃいましたが35という本格お...
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Firefighter Anime Inspires Teen to Save Burning Building

An 18-year-old Japanese boy was honored by the Kagoshima City Central Fire Department on September 29 after he reported and helped limit the spread of a housefire. The teen, Ōga Kawazu, credited his calm composure and quick thinking to anime. Kawazu received an award of recognition and stated at the presentation ceremony that he had "watched an anime series featuring firefighters" and was able to ...
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UFC Fighter Roxanne Modafferi Raises Attack On Titan Salute During Weigh-ins

During the official weigh-ins for last Saturday's UFC 266 event, women's flyweight fighter Roxanne Modafferi struck a pose that should be instantly recognizable to any Attack On Titan fan: the now-famous salute used by the Scout Regiment of the Attack On Titan series. On weight and ready to fight! 心を捧げよう! #ufc pic.twitter.com/Lapp2RYS3j— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) September 24, 2021 Nickname...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Gets Goofy Live-Action Ad for au

The au website is promoting the collaboration with applications and games that can be accessed via smartphone. ― The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series teamed up with Japanese mobile phone company au with an amusing live-action ad, debuting on Thursday. The ad features performances by Ryunosuke Kamiki (your name.'s Taki Tachibana), Honoka Matsumoto (Ride Your Wave's Yōko Hinageshi), and Taishi Nak...
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Life-Size Moving Gundam in Yokohama Is Powered By Wind Energy

Bandai Namco Group aims to attain 35% reduction of carbon emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2050 ― Bandai Namco Group announced on Wednesday that the Gundam Factory Yokohama, the facility which houses a life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue, has been powered by Yokohama City's Hama Wing wind power plant since May. The facility currently generates zero carbon emissions from electricity. The Evolving ...
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Uma Musume Character Becomes Scarecrow for Local Festival

The displays for the 29th Scarecrow Festival will remain until September 20. ― Ebina City in Kanagawa Prefecture holds an annual scarecrow festival along a road adjacent to the rice paddy fields. This year, a character from the popular Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise became one of the 26 scarecrows on display. An photo of the Gold Ship scarecrow in question went viral on Twitter: おはようございます。今日は仕事休みで...
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Suntory Promotes Recycling with Looping Animation

Nichijou manga creator Keiichi Arawi is among the contributing artists ― On June 5, beverage maker SUNTORY commemorated World Environment Day by sponsoring a looping animation with a recycling theme. The list of contributing animators includes Nichijou manga creator Keiichi Arawi. The animations can be watched on YouTube throughout all hours of the day: The full list of contributing animators is as f...
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Man in Tachikoma Vehicle Spotted on the Street

Ghost in the Shell takes one step closer to reality ― Japanese Twitter is going wild over the sight of a man riding a vehicle that looks like a Tachikoma from the Ghost in the Shell series. Twitter user @kgimne posted a video on Sunday and commented: "A guy riding a Tachikoma just went by... Not that I have any clue what that's saying..." おっさんが乗ったタチコマが通り過ぎてったんだけど…………何を言ってるのかわからねえと思うが…………… pic.twitter...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Creator Designs Anime Commercial

Sumito Ōwara provides his own take on Sherlock Holmes for Lifull Home's real estate company ― Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! creator Sumito Ōwara designed the characters and backgrounds for two animated commercials for the Lifull Home's real estate company. The ads feature actress Tsubasa Honda having adventures alongside the Lifull Home's detective mascot character "Homes-kun," who is drawn by Ōwara....
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Major League Soccer Player Makes One Piece Pose

Seattle's Nicolas Benezet imitates Luffy's Gear Second pose after scoring a goal ― Major League Soccer player Nicolas Benezet imitated Luffy's Gear Second pose after scoring a goal on Sunday night in his first match with Seattle Sounders FC. The team's official Twitter account showed off the moment, first as still images and then with comparison footage from the One Piece anime: Gear 2 x Goals 6 pic....
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Olympic Athletes Reference Anime, Video Games: The Final Installment

Uzbekistan's rhythmic gymnastics team wore costumes inspired by Sailor Moon, while synchronized swimming champion revealed her surprising motivation for participating in Tokyo 2020 ― As the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics draws to a close, it's time for one last nod to the athletes who demonstrated their appreciation for Japanese anime and video games on the world stage. The Uzbekistan rhythmic gymnastics...
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Crunchyroll and Precure Befuddles Father in Rex Morgan, M.D. Comic Strip

Conversation was inspired by artist Terry Beatty's nine-year-old daughter. ― The long-running comic strip Rex Morgan, M.D. made references to Crunchyroll and Kirakira Precure a la Mode in its August 8 strip, which did not escape the notice of eagle-eyed Precure fans. the first panel was like getting punched in the face and the second panel was like getting chucked out a ten story window pic.twitter.c...
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Long Jump Gold Medalist Miltiadis Tentoglou Pays Tribute to One Piece

Athlete imitated Luffy's Gear Second pose before the long jump finals on Monday ― Long jump gold medalist Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece revealed his passion for One Piece by imitating Luffy's Gear Second pose during his entrance before the long jump finals on Monday. In better quality. pic.twitter.com/HtGSvyfUTh— OROJAPAN (@Orojapan1) August 2, 2021 In an interview with the Greek press, he explained ...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Inspires Mural in New York City

"That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has inspired a hand-painted mural in New York City. ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has teamed up with outdoor advertising company Colossal Media to set up a hand-painted 50' x 24' mural of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime season 2 key visual in New York City. It is located near Madison Square Garden at W 31st Street & 7th Avenue, and will b...
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Olympic Archers Show Off Their Anime Fandom

A silver medalist quotes Fate/Grand Order while a bronze medalist quotes Is the Order a Rabbit? ― Is there something about archery that attracts anime fans? After scoring a bronze model as part of Japan's men's archery team on Monday, 36-year-old Takaharu Furukawa told the press: "My heart feels like it's bouncing (pyonpyon)." The phrase is a reference to lines from the Is the Order a Rabbit? anime's...
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Bandai Namco to Install Gundam Manholes Throughout Japan

1st installation is Yoshiyuki Tomino's hometown of Odawara City from August 1 ― The Bandai Namco Group will install Gundam manholes throughout Japan. The first installation will be in Mobile Suit Gundam director Yoshiyuki Tomino's hometown of Odawara City in the Kanagawa Prefecture on August 1. Two designs will be used: one of the Gundam at the Odawara Castle and the other of Char's Z'Gok at the Odaw...
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Dr. Stone Manga Takes 1-Issue Break So Authors Can Do Research

― This year's combined 33rd and 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga is taking a break in the next issue so the authors can do research. The manga will return in the magazine's combined 36th and 37th issue on August 10. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga in Weekly Shonen ...
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Adult Swim France Posts Rick and Morty, Totoro Claymation Short

Adult Swim France posted a claymation short on its Twitter account featuring Rick and Morty and My Neighbor Totoro characters. It depicts Morty and Summer riding the Catbus, as well as a Totoro with Rick's hair style. Totoro Rick and Morty. pic.twitter.com/ZpgkT7Gon4— Adult Swim France (@AdultSwimFrance) June 27, 2021 Studio DEEN produced a Rick and Morty animated short that aired on Toonami and s...
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Love is Fried Chicken: Kaguya-sama & KFC Twitter Accounts Exchange Memes

Is there something going on between Chika and Colonel Sanders? ― On June 11, KFC's Spanish Twitter account went viral when it posted an image of Colonel Sanders with Chika from the Kaguya-sama: Love is War romantic comedy anime. pic.twitter.com/6lVQyFSwWH— KFC (@KFC_ES) June 11, 2021 Two weeks later, Kaguya-sama's official Twitter account made a nod to the meme by posting an image of a Chika acrylic ...
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Intern Annika - Fin ?

Is this the end? ― We certainly hope you enjoyed Intern Annika! Unfortunately this will not be a weekly comic strip, but Annika will be making appearances around the site in the near future, and there will be more Annika comics from time to time. Please let us know in the forum what you though of the strip, and if there's anything you would like to see from Annika in the future.
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Intern Annika - A Magical Visit

Remember the love and passion you have for anime...
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Intern Annika - Meet Azure!

Magical Princess what now?
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Intern Annika - Is she dying?

Annika gets down to work, but something isn't quite right!
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Intern Annika - Let's get started!

It's time to put Annika to work.
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Intern Annika - Meet Annika

Nina's been feeling a little burned out, so she gets a new intern! ― Intern Annika is a special 6-part spinoff of Anime News Nina, and will run Monday - Wednesday - Friday this week and next. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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Evangelion Film Staff Went Skydiving as Research for Epic Battle

Staff wanted to create a "documentary" feel to the camerawork ― Studio Khara's work Twitter account, which documents the day-to-day happenings and production stories at the studio, revealed a behind-the-scenes story about the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time film on Friday. In order to create the scene in the film where the characters fight while free-falling through the sky, the staff went sk...
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Uma Musume Fans Pull Through, Raise US$329,000 for Retired Horse

Nice Nature will live out the rest of his days comfortably ― A retired racehorse will get to live a little more comfortably, thanks in part to Uma Musume Pretty Derby fans. Nice Nature celebrated his 33rd birthday last month and was bestowed with the honor as the oldest living male Japan Racing Association horse. In order to celebrate, the Retired Horse Association non-profit launched a donation camp...
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Kroger Grocery Store Recruits Weebs

Two days ago, Twitter user notsamwaterman tweeted about a rather peculiar discovery at a Kroger's grocery store: a hiring advertisement with some familiar-looking faces. notsamwaterman has since deleted her tweet, but fortunately another photo of the ad in all its glory can be found in the replies, courtesy of user imwinter22: pic.twitter.com/XBM5hz6ayY— WINTUS🌟 (@imwinter22) May 16, 2021 As you c...
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Studio Ghibli Twitter Posts Monsters Inc., My Neighbor Totoro Crossover Art

Studio Ghibli's official Twitter account posted a crossover image between My Neighbor Totoro and the Pixar film Monsters Inc. on Thursday. The artwork recreates the iconic scene of Totoro standing in the rain with Mei and Satsuki, although the girls are replaced with Mike and Sulley. pic.twitter.com/iSjVuRcuQ0— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) May 13, 2021 The Twitter account previously showed p...
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Life-Saving Technique to Deliver Oxygen-Carrying Liquid Through Anus Gets Named After Evangelion

Tokyo Medical and Dental University researchers discover "EVA method" to deliver oxygen to mammals ― A team of Tokyo Medical and Dental University researchers published a study on Friday showing that oxygen-carrying liquid, delivered through the anus, can be used as respiratory treatment on mice and pigs. The technique, which the study's author Takanori Takebe called the "EVA method," refers to "ente...
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Dick Fight Island Is Currently #1 Bestseller Romance Manga on Amazon

BL manga by Reibun Ike reached #1 Yaoi & LGBTQ+ Manga, #2 Action & Adventure Manga on Thursday ― The 1st volume of the English version of Reibun Ike's Dick Fight Island is currently ranked as the #1 Romance Manga and #1 Yaoi & LGBTQ+ Manga according to Amazon's Best Sellers Rank. According to publisher SuBLime Manga, it was also the #2 Action & Adventure Manga on Thursday. (It is currently ranked #5....
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Space Walker Recruits Macross Creator Shoji Kawamori to Draw Spacecraft for Coloring Competition

Space Walker, a company which aims to facilitate affordable space travel, has recruited the efforts of Macross creator Shoji Kawamori to draw images of a futuristic spacecraft as part of a coloring competition campaign. The Space Walker Twitter account released three images drawn by Kawamori on Wednesday, or Children's Day in Japan. /🚀 皆さま、沢山の投票とリツイート等を頂きありがとうございました❗️🌏\【結果発表】🎉🔔1位 B案🌟 2位 C案✨3位 A案 ✨...
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AoT vs. MHA

Attack on Titan or My Hero Academia ?
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Saga Prefecture Installs Zombie Land Saga Manholes

Tokyo's Taito Ward installed Sarazanmai manhole earlier this month ― The Zombie Land Saga anime has made extensive efforts to help promote tourism in the Saga Prefecture; even Saga's own governor has gotten on board with cosplay and reenacting scenes from the anime. With the debut of the anime's second season, the series is entrenching itself even further into the Saga Prefecture by inspiring manhole...
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Google Japan Adds 14 AR Models of Gundam, Evangelion, Ultraman, Bandai Namco, Sanrio Characters

Models include RX-105 Xi Gundam, Eva Unit-01, Ultraman, Pac-Man, Hello Kitty ― Google Japan announced on Tuesday that it has added 14 augmented reality (AR) models of characters from various Japanese franchises to its Google search service. The characters will appear when users search for the character name on their smartphones and tap the "View 3D" option. Google Japan began streaming a trailer: Use...
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Funimation's Instagram Teaches How to Make Naruto-style Ramen

Last month, Funimation's Instagram account started a video series for the anime-loving foodies out there. The "Naruto Ramen Chowdown" videos focus on creating a different variation on ramen every week, inspired by the main characters of the Naruto anime and manga series. Freelance chef Jonathan Kung, who is based on Detroit, hosts the videos. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Funimation...
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Megan Thee Stallion Posts Her Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manicure

American rapper, singer and songwriter Megan Thee Stallion is a noted anime fan, having cosplayed as Todoroki for Paper magazine in the past. More recently, she has put her love for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba on display by posting a photo of her latest manicure on Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Megan Thee Stallion (@theestallion) The artwork includes the green-and-blac...
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Angels Baseball Pitcher Shohei Ohtani Uses Jujutsu Kaisen ED For His Walk-In Song

When you hear "Lost in Paradise" you know it's 'Sho Time!' ― Los Angeles Angels baseball player Shohei Ohtani appeared as a designated hitter at his first Major League Baseball match of the season on Friday. His walk-in song caused a stir by revealing his fondness for anime by playing the opening beats of the Jujutsu Kaisen ED "Lost in Paradise feat. AKLO" by Ali. A fan video from the match captures ...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppet Series Teams Up With Fate/Grand Order for April Fool's Video

Lǐn Xuě Yā summon Saber to duel Shāng Bù Huàn who is currently under the enemy's control. ― Good Smile Company is posted a video on April 1 showcasing the characters of Fate/Grand Order as highly detailed puppets in the series Thunderbolt Fantasy. The five-minute video (which should just be a real thing, pretty please) shows Lǐn Xuě Yā summon Saber from a scroll. Saber is forced to fight against Shān...
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Chilean Lawmaker Famous For "Naruto Run" in Congress Tops Presidential Election Poll

Pam Jiles leads opinion poll with 18%. ― Chilean journalist-turned-lawmaker Pamela Jiles topped the Latin American Strategic Center for Geopolitics (CELAG)'s March 2021 opinion poll as a presidential candidate. The populist politician made international headlines in July last year when she performed a "Naruto run" through congress to celebrate the passage of a COVID-19 emergency aid measure in the lo...
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Tokyo's Taito Ward Installs Sarazanmai Mailbox

2019 anime is set in Taito Ward's Asakusa, Kappabashi districts ― The Sarazanmai anime is set in the Asakusa and Kappabashi districts, which are popular tourist hubs in Tokyo's Taito Ward. The Asakusa area in particular is known internationally for the famous Sensoji Temple and the Kaminarimon Gate. In order to decentralize the attraction of visitors to the area in the post-COVID era, the Taito Ward ...
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Jujutsu Kaisen's Baseball Episode Extends to the Real World with Yomiuri Giants Collaboration

Yūji's voice actor Junya Enoki will be an announcer at the next Yomiuri Giants match on March 19 ― The Yomiuri Giants professional baseball team announced that it was collaborating with the Jujutsu Kaisen anime at the same time the 21st episode "Jujutsu Koshien" aired on Friday. The key visual shows characters Yūji Itadori, Nobara Kugisaki, Satoru Gojō, Aoi Tōdō, Noritoshi Kamo, and Momo Nishimiya dr...
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Quench Your Burning Thirst With These Promare-inspired Tea Blends and Cocktails

A tea salon in Ginza is bringing the heat with its latest lineup of tea blends and tea cocktails inspired by the fiery personalities of Promare. ― The Gin-Iro-Neko ("Silver Cat") Tea Salon in Ginza, Tokyo is bringing the heat with its latest lineup of tea blends and tea cocktails inspired by the fiery personalities of the Promare anime film. The lineup consists of three different types of tea blends,...
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Great British Bake Off Finalist Makes Lovely Laputa Cake

Steven Carter-Bailey, who was a finalist of series 8 of The Great British Bake Off and the winner of The Great New Year's Bake Off 2019, recently expressed his appreciation for Studio Ghibli's Laputa: Castle in the Sky in the most characteristic way possible: by making a lovely cake. Laputa, Castle in the Sky is my all time favourite @instaghibli movie! When asked to make cake, I jumped at the cha...
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Daily Beast Crossword Puzzle Features Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Clue

The Daily Beast describes its crossword puzzles as a place "where power, pop culture, and politics intersect—quite literally." As it turns out, anime is among the potential topics. The "Melbourne Again" puzzle from February 18 features a clue referencing a certain popular anime series. The 3-down clue reads: "____" Slayer (manga series written by Tanjiro Kamado). Sorry to spoil the solution here, ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Girls Pitch in For Cybersecurity Awareness Posters

The Love Live! Sunshine!! girls are appearing on posters for the National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The official website released the main poster visual, seen below: The Love Live! official YouTube channel released an educational skit where Hanamaru's friends tell her not to trust everything she reads on the internet. The ...
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Toho Releases Godzilla Valentine's Day Cards for Your Disaster Romance

Godzilla promises to crash into your heart, call you the next day. ― For those of you who want to convey your love to a special someone in a more giant way than usual, Toho International, Inc. has released Godzilla-themed Valentine's Day cards. The cute messages on these cards include "I have a mecha crush on you!" from Mechagodzilla, "I'm three heads over heels for you!" from Ghidorah, and "Crashing...
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Evangelion Cat Version OP Sounds A Little Different...

Singer Yoko Takahashi even sang the Battle Cats version of the son ― The popular tower defense mobile game The Battle Cats has released its own cat-filled take on the iconic Neon Genesis Evangelion opening theme. Singer Yoko Takahashi even sang the Battle Cats version of the song, although the only lyric in it is "Nya" (Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meows). The quirky video was made to commemorat...
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Virtua Fighter's Polygon Pants Get Loving Fan Recreation

The popular Instagram account Polygon Forge has recreated the iconic low-polygon pants depicted in the original Virtua Fighter arcade game. The video shows a man walking around with the pants, and they look surprisingly easy to get around in. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Polygon Forge (@polygon_forge) Other beloved video game series that Polygon Forge has created high-quality recre...
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End of Evangelion Scene Lovingly Recreated As a "House" in Terraria

The Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion film produced a veritable wealth of iconic scenes and imagery that fans and writers alike have continued to single out, analyze, debate over, and pay homage to over the decades since its release. In a recent example of this, Steam users TheaVanherst and Alexmiles have created an impressive homage to Eva-02's fierce battle against the JSSDF in the ...
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Touch's Infamous Love Triangle Sells McDonald's Burgers

Minami is torn between the Chicken Tatsuta or Setouchi Lemon Tartare Chicken Tatsuta ― Mitsuru Adachi's Touch features one of the classic love triangles in manga history, with heroine Minami Asakura torn between the brothers Tatsuya and Kazuya. Instead of choosing a lover, however, this time she has to make a choice between McDonald's burgers: Chicken Tatsuta or Setouchi Lemon Tartare Chicken Tatsuta...
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Tsumugi Voice Actress Minako Kotobuki Visits K-ON! Movie Locales in London

In March last year, K-ON! voice actress Minako Kotobuki traveled to the United Kingdom for her previously announced study trip. Around that time, she started a YouTube channel where she talks about her observations about English culture. One of her recent videos shows her visiting some of the locations in K-ON! (movie), in which she played the role of Tsumugi. The areas are relatively secluded, an...
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US-Japan Face Mask Design Contest Calls for Submissions

Submissions are open until January 22 ― The New York branches of the Japan Foundation and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership are calling for submissions for the “U.S.-Japan Face Mask Design Contest 2020.” The winning designs will be produced and donated to medical institutions and U.S.-Japan related nonprofit organizations. The winners will also receive gift cards to Kinokuniya and Bl...
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Laid-Back Camp Girls Return to Antarctica for A Place Further Than the Universe Collab

The two series initially 'swapped places' in April Fools 2019 collab ― With the new season of Laid-Back Camp on air and A Place Further Than the Universe anime getting a rebroadcast in Japan, now's as good a time as any to bring back a collab between the two properties. The main characters in each show swap places in their respective key visuals, meaning that the Laid-Back Camp girls are shown hangin...
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'Hatsune Miku Airport' Raised as Possible New Name for Small Sapporo Airport

A small airport in Sapporo City called "Okadama Airport" could be renamed to "Hatsune Miku Airport" in the future, according to a report by Traffic News. The name is one of several proposed for the airport; if it were picked it would be a nod to Crypton Future Media, a Sapporo-based company which developed Hatsune Miku. Other proposed names include "Sapporo Airport" and "Sapporo Clock Tower Airpor...
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ufotable Offers Free Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Board Game for Download

The brand-new illustrations were produced by anime production studio ufotable. ― The official anime website for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has released a downloadable PDF of a Sugoroku game board with the anime's theme. The brand-new illustrations were produced by anime production studio ufotable. 【スペシャルすごろく 配布】皆さまに感謝の気持ちを込めて、「柱合会議・蝶屋敷編」の大正コソコソ噂話に登場した、ufotable描き下ろし『「#鬼滅の刃」スペシャルすごろく』をご用意しました!年始年末に...
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Life-Size Moving Gundam Gets 2 Guinness World Records

18-meter-high Gundam breaks 'Largest mobile humanoid robot', 'largest mobile Gundam' records ― The Gundam.Info website announced on Monday that the 18-meter-high (59-foot-tall) life-size, moving Gundam statue has set two new Guinness World Records: Largest mobile humanoid robot and Largest mobile Gundam. The records were officially acknowledged on December 3. On December 17, the Gundam Factory Yokoha...
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AnimeLab Combines Anime and Pizza for PlayStation 5 Giveaway Campaign

Campaign is open to Australians who purchase Domino's pizza set until December 19 ― Earlier this month, Australia and New Zealand anime streaming service AnimeLab teamed up with pizza chain Domino's for a PlayStation 5 giveaway. The special pizza meal sets are bundled with a 60-day AnimeLab subscription plus an entry to the draw for the giveaway. The campaign commemorates the release of Attack on Tit...
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Spend a Lazy Afternoon Alongside Pikachu With Official 15-minute ASMR Video

Ah, to be a Pokemon trainer... ― We may never have a Pikachu partner of our own in real life, but the latest ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) video released by the official Pokemon YouTube Channel might just be the closest thing to that experience. Just as the video description pointed out, it is recommended to watch this with headphones for maximum enjoyment. Titled "Pikachu by the Patio"...
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One-Punch Man Artist Posts More Art By His Talented Daughter

One-Punch Man and Eyeshield 21 manga artist Yūsuke Murata has some incredibly talented kids walking in his footsteps. On Twitter, he recently posted a drawing by his daughter, who is in her fifth grade of elementary school. He commented: "My daughter, who is in her fifth grade of elementary school, has been drawing a lot of colored illustrations on a tablet. I have to draw desperately, or else I w...
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Tanjiro's Sword from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Gets Forged in Real Life

Funimation-sponsored video on That Works YouTube channel depicts process, history of katana forging ― The blacksmith YouTube channel That Works has posted a new video showing how to make Tanjiro's Nichirin Blade in real life. The video is sponsored by Funimation and depicts not only the process of creating the sword but the history and cultural background of forging Japanese katana. The creation of t...
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Hokkaido's Soccer Players Bare Their Chests For Golden Kamuy Collab

Whether due to the significance of the tattoos in the series, for comedy, or simply to contrast the characters' hot-blooded determination against the frigid Hokkaido winter, Golden Kamuy has been all too willing to showcase the bare physiques of its male cast whatever chance it gets, and it seems like the soccer players of Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo have been swept up in its spirit. As part of a c...
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John Oliver's Last Week Tonight Sneaks in My Hero Academia Reference

The latest episode of John Oliver's late-night comedy talk show Last Week Tonight was about breaking down the results of the U.S. election, but it found the opportunity to sneak in a My Hero Academia reference. At one point during the segment, a graphic appears showing a middle-aged dad chanting outside his teenage son's bedroom door. The door shows a poster of the My Hero Academia the Movie -Hero...
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Japan's Lighthouses Are Transforming...Into Pretty Boys

Unfortunately neither Willem Defoe nor Robert Pattinson are anywhere in sight. ― There is nothing that can't be repurposed into an attractive male anime character. Historical weapons from Japanese history? Touken Ranbu. Firearms? A Thousand Musketeers. Bridges? Hashidashi. Armpit odors? The Wackey 7. And let's not forget Pocky, hiragana, elementary particles, wine...the list goes on. What the world w...
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Prime Minister Suga Quotes Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba in National Diet

Suga said, 'I will respond with Total Concentration Breathing,' in reply to opposition party ― Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga quoted the popular Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series at a House of Representatives Budget Committee in the National Diet on Monday, according to an Asahi Shimbun report. Suga said, "I will respond with Total Concentration Breathing," in reply to a question from the ...
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Meet the Contestants' Ghoulish Gourds! — Part 2

The second half of the amazing entries are live now! Which is your favorite? ― The entry window is closed and we've got a whole pile of pumpkins of mull over before we decide the BIG winner. Anime News Network staff and guest judge Ciarán Strange will look over the entries to find which gourd is the perfect pick for our Cryptmaster's Prize worth over US$1,000 in anime! Didn't get first place? Don't ...
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Meet the Contestants' Ghoulish Gourds! — Part 1

The entry window is closed and we've got a whole pile of pumpkins to mull over before we decide the BIG winner. So let's see those pumpkins! ― The entry window is closed and we've got a whole pile of pumpkins to mull over before we decide the BIG winner. Anime News Network staff and guest judge Ciarán Strange will look over the entries to find which gourd is the perfect pick for our Cryptmaster's Pr...
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Princess Syalis Enquires The Secrets To Quality Sleep in Sleepy Princess X FRANCE BED Collaboration

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle's Princess Syalis embodies a struggle that is a great deal more universal than the anime's fantasy trappings might suggest, as evidenced by our Preview Guide of the show, where most of ANN's reviewers resonated deeply with the princess's quest to catch some quality Zs. As such, this November, Princess Syalis extends a helping hand towards those similarly insomni...
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PUMPKIN CARVING PRIZE UPDATE!

We received so many fantastic prizes, we've added a "consolation" category! Not confident in your carving skills? Two contestants will be chosen at random to win a whole stack of manga! ― Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back in BIG WAY! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with not only a GARGANTUAN stash of anime goodies, but also the coveted ti...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Makes Cover of Teen Girl Magazine

Magazine suggests diet based on 'Full Concentration Breathing', among other colorful references to the anime ― Due to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's mainstream popularity in Japan, you're bound to see it everywhere, even in corners you wouldn't typically expect. The teen girl magazine Seventeen featured Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba in its November issue. The magazine gives fashion tips based on t...
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Contest Extended Until MIDNIGHT Nov 1!

Your guys' entries are the pick of the patch, so we're adding an additional 48 hours to get your pumpkins in! ― Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back in BIG WAY! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with not only a GARGANTUAN stash of anime goodies, but also the coveted title of Pumpkin Carving Champion. In the past, we've seen entries that range ...
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Just 4 Days Left to Enter the Pumpkin Carving Contest!

The competition is heating up but there's still time to enter for a chance to win over US$1,000 in anime DVDs and swag! Click to find out how! ― Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back in BIG WAY! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with not only a GARGANTUAN stash of anime goodies, but also the coveted title of Pumpkin Carving Champion. In the pas...
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13-Year-Old Girl Gets Her Dream Date with Godzilla

13-year-old Seira Watanabe is a huge fan of Godzilla. She has watched all of his films, collected his merch, and can replicate his iconic cry. She thinks he's a hunk and keeps a notebook where she draws her ideal romantic situations with the kaijuu. On an episode of the Japanese variety show Knight Scoop, the young maiden got to go on her dream date with Godzilla. The off-beat romance played out o...

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