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Uniqlo Announces SPY×FAMILY T-Shirts

Uniqlo Japan announced a new lineup of four SPY×FAMILY T-shirts, which will go on sale in the online and physical stores from June 3. Each shirt costs 1,500 yen (approximately US$11). Particularly noteworthy is the shirt which depicts Anya tucked away in a shirt pocket. This shirt is also inspired by the series' Stella star motif, which indicate whether a student is "Elegant" or "Not Elegant." Hop...
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You Can Build This Gunpla In the Bath (Theoretically)

New Bikkura Tamago collab bundles Gunpla inside bath bomb ― Picture this: you settle down for a relaxing soak with some bath bomb, but when it melts, out comes... a Gunpla? Bikkura Tamago (Surprise Egg) is a popular toy brand in Japan, famous for bundling capsule toys inside bath bombs. The brand is teaming up with Gunpla for an Entry Grade 1/144 scale Strike Gundam (Deactive Mode) and a mini GOOhN o...
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Gum Gum Fruit Becomes Edible Melon Cakes

The outer appearance is that of a melon, but it's a sponge cake on the inside One Piece's Gum Gum Fruit has received a life-sized version and convenience store snacks before, but now the sweets mail order service Cake.jp is selling the Gum Gum Fruit in Japan as a real-life edible melon cake. The "melon cake" is a specialty item of Cake.jp where the outer appearance is that of a melon, but when you ...
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NBA Player Zion Williamson Unveils Personalized Illustration By Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto

Williamson will participate in the Jordan Brand's collaboration with the Naruto series ― As part of Naruto's previously teased collaboration with the Jordan Brand and NBA player Zion Williamson, manga creator Masashi Kishimoto has drawn at least one new original illustration. Williamson posted a photo of himself holding Kishimoto's illustration of his likeness on Tuesday. Honored to share a one-of-a-...
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Jordan Brand, NBA Player Zion Williamson Tease Naruto X Jordan Collab

The Jordan Brand's official Twitter account teased a collaboration between the sports apparel brand and the Naruto series last Friday, posting a picture of Naruto performing a slam dunk with his rasengan. The Shinobi Way.Stay tuned. 👀@Naruto_Anime_EN @Zionwilliamson pic.twitter.com/gDOqE4EHTw— Jordan (@Jumpman23) April 22, 2022 Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans also announced his involve...
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Square Enix Unveils US$11,570 Final Fantasy VI Statue

Even Final Fantasy director Hironobu Sakaguchi commented: "Whoa, that's a bit much." ― Square Enix announced a lavish 1/6 scale figure of Terra from Final Fantasy VI on Sunday. As beautifully crafted as this statue of Terra in her Magitek is, the bigger subject of conversation has been its hefty price tag: 1,485,000 yen, or approximately US$11,570. SQEX MASTERLINE FFVIは販売価格1,485,000円(税込)、2023年7月28日発売...
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Natsume's Book of Friends' Nyanko-Sensei Inspires Adorable Paw Brush

Natsume's Book of Friends' Nyanko-sensei is no stranger to adorable merch. His latest is a paw-shaped "Kumanofude" brush, used here for applying makeup. The Kumanofude is a brand of brush that originated in Hiroshima's Kumano City. Historically renowned as makers of calligraphy and art brushes, the Kumanofude's distinctively soft texture also makes for ideal makeup brushes. Utensil maker Kiddy Lan...
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Naruto Shippuden's Ichiraku Ramen Inspires Automatic Rice Cooker

The famed Ichiraku Ramen from Naruto Shippuden can do more than whip up a good ramen. Toynk Toys is selling a Naruto Shippūden-inspired automatic rice cooker from manufacturer Just Funky, featuring Naruto chowing down on ramen. The 24-ounce rice cooker has a simple one-touch operation. The BPA-free, nonstick cooking bowl can also be removed for easy cleaning. It costs US$45, with free shipping in ...
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Ace Attorney 20th Anniversary Vinyl Collection Opens Pre-orders

Laced Records offers set of 121 remastered tracks across the six mainline titles ― "Hold it! There can be no 'Objection!' to the Ace Attorney 20th anniversary vinyl box set," Laced Records cheekily announced on Tuesday. The set of 121 remastered tracks across the six mainline titles is available for pre-order on Laced Records' website. Illustrator ultimatemaverickx drew the original new sleeve illust...
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What Do the Cromartie High School Students Smell Like? New Perfume Product Reveals All

The perfume is described as having an "energetic" feel ― Eiji Nonaka's Cromartie High School (Sakigake!! Cromartie Kōkō) manga is inspiring new fragrance product, which will finally answer for anyone curious what the students smell like. The perfume is described as having an "energetic" feel inspired by protagonist Takashi Kamiyama and his rambunctious band of friends, for what it's worth. The series...
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Final Fantasy UNIQLO Shirts Celebrate Franchise's 35th Anniversary

Lineup of 16 shirts hits US stores on May 16 ― The Final Fantasy game series is commemorating its 35th anniversary with a lineup of 16 shirts—one for each flagship title—coming to UNIQLO stores in the United States on May 16. The shirts, priced at US$19.90 each, will be available both online and in physical stores around the country. The shirts feature character designs and visuals from the games, in...
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Takara Tomy's Tomica Heroes Toy Cars Get Tomica Heroes Jobraver Web Anime Starting on April 22

Shotaro Uzawa, Yūki Shin, Shun Horie star in anime about robots that combine with job-related automobiles ― Takara Tomy's Tomica toy car brand announced on Friday that its Tomica Heroes toy car line featuring automobiles related to work activities will get a web anime series titled Tomica Heroes Jobraver: Tokusō Gattai Robo (Customized Combining Robots) that will premiere on YouTube on April 22. Taka...
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Lupin III Will Steal Away Your Tired Eyes

Collab campaign with Lion Corporation's Smile eyedrops features original story, quiz Lupin III is getting an original new story for its collaboration campaign with Lion Corporation's Smile eyedrops, which launched on Friday. The story revolves around the very modern issue of eye fatigue caused by staring at screens. In order to discern the truth behind the condition, Lupin sneaks into Lion Corporat...
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ARTFX J Tengen Uzui from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

― The user of Sound Breathing, Tengen Uzui, will be released by Kotobukiya as a 1/8 scale figure! From the anime, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the Sound Hashira, Tengen Uzui, comes to life in a dynamic pose, slicing down his enemies. The ends of his hair and clothes on his back flutter in the wind, with the wrinkles of his uniform reflecting his body's movements, creating a more impactful appear...
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Jujutsu Kaisen x Pui Pui Molcar April Fool's Joke Is Now a Real Thing

What started out as an April Fool's joke is a joke no more, as the Jujutsu Kaisen official Twitter account announced on Sunday that the collaboration with the fluffy stop-motion series Pui Pui Molcar is now official. なんとエイプリルフールにお届けした『PUI PUI #モルカ―』との正式コラボが決定!!『#呪術廻戦』と『PUI PUI モルカ―』の各キャラクターが描かれたビジュアルが登場!こちらを使用したグッズも展開するのでお楽しみに!!詳しくはこちら▼https://t.co/zeCuiuL3SV pic.twitter.com/bFaNH8zMvA— 『呪術廻戦』アニメ公...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Gets Lotte, Dolce & Gabbana Collabs

Fashion line will reveal more on April 15 ― Japan confectionary Lotte is collaborating with the Jujutsu Kaisen anime to release the "Jujutsu Kaisen Gum (Grape)." The packaging for the chewing gum will feature illustrations of Yuji Itadori and other characters from the series, and the wrapping paper for each individual gum can be folded into a special origami. The gum packaging comes in a total of 18 ...
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You Can Still Vote For 2023's Snow Miku & Rabbit Yukine Design

Get your vote in before tomorrow! ― Last week, Good Smile Company revealed all six finalist designs for 2023's Snow Miku and her companion Rabbit Yukine, and invited the public to vote for their favorite to be chosen as the official design. Voting will close on April 11, so if any of the designs below catches your liking, be sure to cast your votes here soon. Voting for the 2023 Snow Miku & Rabbit Yu...
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Levi Gets Pumped on Caffeine

Attack on Titan character fights the Beast Titan in modern day Shibuya ― A new commercial for the energy drink ZONe is starring Levi Ackermann from the Attack on Titan series, possibly capitalizing on the connection between the drink and the electric moments of Levi being "in the zone" and pulling off inhuman feats of Titan-slaying. The commercial, "To the Invincible Zone, Levi" depicts Levi confront...
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FILA Sonic-inspired Sneakers Sell Out Fast

The recreation of the superfast hedgehog's sneakers were listed as US$110. ― Sportswear brand FILA announced on Twitter last Thursday that it has collaborated with Paramount Pictures to release the Ray Tracer Evo x Sonic 2, a slip-on sneaker inspired by Sonic's footwear from the film Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The sneakers sold out in 24 hours and the product page on FILA's website is currently down. FILA...
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Bandai Hobby Site Stops Posting Model Shipping Schedules Due to Scalping Concerns

― The Bandai Hobby Site announced last Friday that it will stop posting the shipping and arrival schedules of its model kit products on the site in an effort to curtail scalping or resale efforts of individuals. The site explained that while it posts the arrival dates of kits for retail stores on the site, the date is not a guarantee, and may represent a different shipping status with every retailer...
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Laid-Back Camp Series Inspires Camping Car

The Laid-Back Camp series has inspired its own special camping car. The car, which features an original illustration of Rin and Nadeshiko, will be unveiled on April 2 and 3 at the "Hanami (Sakura tree viewing) x Schoolyard 2022" event. The venue will be the former Minobu Municipal lower junior high school that the series' Motosu High School is based on. The event will sell merchandise using the sa...
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Made in Abyss Creator Gets Acrylic Stands Of Himself

Takeshobo Shop will sell Made in Abyss goods at 50th anniversary pop-up store ― The Takeshobo Shop is holding a 50th anniversary pop-up shop in the Yurakucho Marui department store from March 17 to April 3, and among the myriad array of goods on offer is an acrylic stand and T-shirt depicting Made in Abyss creator Akihito Tsukushi, the man himself. This fact went viral on Twitter when Tsukushi commen...
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Life-Sized Gawr Gura Figure To Be Sold at Charity Auction

hololive's popular shark VTuber will also get a 1/7 scale figure ― hololive's official English Twitter account posted an image of the life-sized Gawr Gura figure, which was first unveiled at the hololive Super Expo 2022 event in Chiba's Makuhari Messe convention center last weekend. The figure of the popular shark VTuber will be sold at a charity auction, with more details to come at a later date. [🔱...
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Tamashii Nations Tokyo Store Moves Into Gundam Café Tokyo's Former Site

New store to be renamed as Tamashii Nations Store Tokyo ― Bandai Spirits' Tamashii Nations figure brand announced on Thursday that its physical Tamashii Nations Tokyo store will move locations on June 23. The retail store will move from its previous location at the Hulic & New Akihabara building in Tokyo's Akihabara district to the former site of the now-closed Gundam Tokyo Cafe Brand Core, right nex...
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Kyoto Animation Closes Physical Store Permanently

Studio had closed store after deadly arson in 2019, continued closure due to COVID-19 ― Kyoto Animation announced on Monday that the studio has decided to permanently close its Kyoani & Do Shop! physical merchandise store in Uji, Kyoto. The company commented on the closure: It was a tough decision for us to close the space where many fans and friends had given us sincere, warm thoughts and sympathy. ...
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Local Hokkaido Brand Brews More Golden Kamuy White Day Sweets

The popular Shiroi Koibito cookies first teamed up with the historical adventure series in 2018 ― The Hokkaido-based confectionary maker Ishiya first teamed up with the Golden Kamuy anime in 2018 for original package art for its "Shiroi Koibito" (White Lover) cookies. Now, four years later, the collaboration has returned with new art for the product's tin boxes, this time featuring Lieutenant Tsurumi...
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My Dress-Up Darling Anime Gets Official Hina Dolls

Doll maker that served as model for series' depiction will produce dolls inspired by anime's characters ― The My Dress-Up Darling anime Twitter account announced on Thursday that the series will receive official hina dolls inspired by the characters of Wakana Gojō, Marin Kitagawa, Sajuna Inui, Shinju Inui, and Kaoru Gojō. Aniplex posted a teaser video, confirming that the dolls will be produced by Su...
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Doujin Vendor Hen Da Ne: Yaoi Paddle Kickstarter Was Not Authorized

Kickstarter currently unavailable due to intellectual property dispute ― The doujin vendor Hen Da Ne is involved in a copyright dispute with the Yaoi Paddle fan Kickstarter, accusing it of "blatantly stealing our design." The company stated in a tweet on Saturday: "We weren't asked permission, and we do not give it." The Kickstarter campaign, which aims to bring back the spanking accessory as a novel...
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Uzui Tengen Styles on the Latest Demon Slayer Ichiban Kuji Lottery

Latest lineup offers two different figures and a plush of the stylish Sound Pillar. ― The flamboyant star of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc, Uzui Tengen, is the centerpiece of Banpresto's latest Ichiban Kuji prize lottery, with its latest lineup offering two different figures and a plush of the stylish Sound Pillar. Here is the lottery lineup in its entirety: A Prize: U...
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Yaoi Paddle Kickstarter Aims to Revitalize Anime Fandom History

The spanking accessory was once famous among western anime conventions in the mid-2000s ― A fan Kickstarter launched on Friday promising to bring back "Yaoi Paddles," a spanking accessory once famous among western anime conventions in the mid-2000s. Artist Henry AL aims to bring them back as a novelty item for anyone who wants to own a bit of anime fandom history. According to the campaign descriptio...
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Bandai Namco Holdings Reports Increasing Gunpla Sales Throughout the Pandemic

Group-wide toy sales increased 12.5% to 76.1 billion yen ― Bandai Namco Holdings reported at its Q3 results briefing that sales for Gundam plastic models (otherwise known as Gunpla) have been strengthening throughout the last financial year, despite difficulties in the supply system thanks to COVID-19. Domestic toy sales from April to December 2021 increased 9.7% from the previous year, totaling 33.9...
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Attack on Titan X Secretlab Gaming Chair Giveaway Winners

Attack on Titan X Secretlab Gaming Chair Giveaway ― Secretlab and Funimation have launched the official Attack on Titan gaming chair, which comes with a pack of Cleaning Levi wipes! As a special treat for ANN readers, Secretlab is giving away one set of these products each to two lucky winners. One winner will be selected at random from all entrants (open to everyone) and the second winner will be s...
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Hunter x Hunter's Gungi Board Game Gets 1st Official Real-Life Set

The fictional Gungi board game in Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter x Hunter manga series is getting its first official real-life set for anyone to play. Although the game's rules were not explained in detail in the original manga, Universal Music Japan recreated the pieces and rules. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king by maneuvering pieces on a 9x9 board. Besides the advanced rul...
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Attack on Titan X Secretlab Gaming Chair Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win the Attack on Titan variant of SecretLab's TITAN Evo 2022 gaming chair! ― Secretlab and Funimation have launched the official Attack on Titan gaming chair, which comes with a pack of Cleaning Levi wipes! As a special treat for ANN readers, Secretlab is giving away one set of these products each to two lucky winners. One winner will be selected at random from all entrants...
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Refunds Offered for Cotoh Tsumi Pokémon T-Shirts

Artist's work has recently come under scrutiny after they admitted to tracing parts of photos and other media as "references, homages, and recreations" without permission. ― The Pokemon Company Japan announced on Thursday that refunds and returns will be accepted for a T-shirt design featuring art by Cotoh Tsumi. The artist has recently come under scrutiny after they admitted to tracing parts of phot...
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Kodansha Claims Permission Was Not Given For ANARC Fashion Brand's Use of Akira Bike

Illustrator Cotoh Tsumi admitted to tracing various photos, media ― Last August, illustrator Cotoh Tsumi drew the visual for a t-shirt produced by the ANARC fashion brand. The illustration depicts a girl with a motorcycle. However, after recent allegations regarding the artist tracing other people's work, the motorcycle's similarity to AKIRA's iconic red bike has come under question. Responding to a ...
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Tengen Uzui's Swords From Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Anime Get Life-Sized Replicas

Each sword is 1.1 meters long ― Tenten Uzui's swords, featured prominently in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime, will get life-sized replica toys from Tamashii Nations' "Proplica" (a portmanteau of "prop" and "replica") line of character items aimed at adult collectors. The two swords are 1.1 meters long. Put them together an...
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Attack on Titan X Secretlab Gaming Chair Giveaway

Secretlab and Funimation have launched the official Attack on Titan gaming chair, which comes with a pack of Cleaning Levi wipes! As a special treat for ANN readers, Secretlab is giving away one set of these products each to two lucky winners. One winner will be selected at random from all entrants (open to everyone) and the second winner will be selected at random from subscriber entrants (open ...
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Premium Sake With Yoshitaka Amano Art Releases In the United States

Artwork is based on Vault Comics' Bleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire Tale comic book series ― A premium set of sake for comic book fans is now shipping in the United States. The Bleed Them Dry Limited Edition Collector Sets feature exclusive new artwork by Final Fantasy's Yoshitaka Amano. The artwork is based on Vault Comics' Bleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire Tale comic book series. The artwork was first ...
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Tokyo Eyewear Store Offers Vash's Sunglasses from Trigun

Duo Ring, the mail order division of Tokyo eyewear store Shitsuji Megane eyemirror (Butler Glasses eyemirror), has collaborated with the Trigun anime to offer a reproduction of the distinctive sunglasses worn by protagonist Vash the Stampede. The sunglasses are produced under the personal supervision of Trigun's creator Yasuhiro Nightow, and carry the characteristic elements of Vash's sunglasses, ...
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Hobbyist Painter Gives JoJo Bizarre Adventure Jolyne Figure a Makeover

The YouTuber MAman, who runs a figure painting channel, showed off a particularly drastic alteration she made to a figure of Jolyne from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. She repainted the colors from scratch to make the figure more closely resemble the art from Hirohiko Araki's original manga, resulting in an eye-popping end product. Before︎➤After💚空条徐倫フィギュア二次元化しました。やれやれだわ。 pic.twitter.com/gb...
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Flip Flappers Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama Designs Pokémon Cards

Oshiyama has drawn 11 Pokémon cards in total since the start of 2021 Flip Flappers director Kiyotaka Oshiyama announced on his Twitter account on Friday that he has designed a Pokémon card featuring a Vmax Blaziken. 「ポケモンカード」バシャーモVMAXのイラストを描かせてもらいました。【VMAXクライマックス】 pic.twitter.com/QX0FtuMjzt— 押山清高/Kiyotaka Oshiyama (@binobinobi) January 21, 2022 The illustration is used for the Secret Rare print of ...
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Viz Launches Official U.S. Shonen Jump Store

Store debuts with One Piece, Bleach collections; will change every season ― After teasing an "exciting" announcement on Tuesday, Viz launched its official U.S. Shonen Jump store on Wednesday. The store debuted with various clothing and accessory items under the "One Piece," "Shonen Jump," and "Bleach" brands. The One Piece and Bleach items feature black-and-white artwork from their respective manga s...
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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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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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Initial D Races For New Toyota GR86 Car Ads

Toyota USA's marketing campaign for the 2022 Toyota is leaning heavily into that nostalgia by creating a series of collaboration ads with Initial D. Initial D's iconic Toyota AE86 is a cultural mainstay in Japan. Toyota USA's marketing campaign for the 2022 Toyota is leaning heavily into that nostalgia by creating a series of collaboration ads with Initial D, which highlight the AE86's legacy and p...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Online Puzzle Game - Escape from the Cursed Spirit of the Abandoned School Gets English Release

English version of game will be available in U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Singapore ― SCRAP announced on Tuesday that it has launched an English version of the cross-platform online puzzle game based on Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga titled Jujutsu Kaisen Online Puzzle Game - Escape from the Cursed Spirit of the Abandoned School. The English version of the game is available in the United State...
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FILA Reveals 7 Special-Edition Dragon Ball Super Shoe Designs

The designs include FILA's Original Fitness, F-13, and FILA Renno styles and are based on Goku, Goku Black, Vegeta, Golden Frieza, Trunks, Beerus, and Super Shenron's iconic colors. ― Athletic brand FILA revealed its complete line-up of limited-edition Dragon Ball Super footwear just in time for the holidays. The collection of seven different character-inspired styles first debuted at New York Comic ...
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Re:ZERO's Creepy Villain Inspires Life-Sized Bust Figure

Step aside, Rem and Ram, it's Petelgeuse's turn for love Re:ZERO's Rem and Ram have received life-sized official figures in the past, but now it's time for them to step aside and let a new character shine. Fans have been eagerly awaiting a life-sized figure of Re:ZERO's main heroine for years for years. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on this new bust of the pretty and adorable Emi... wait, P...
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Heritage's 2nd "Art of Anime and Everything Cool" Auction Starts This Friday

Dec. 10-13 auction features more than 700 anime lots ― Heritage will hold its second Art of Anime and Everything Cool auction from December 10 to 13. The auction will feature more than 700 anime lots, including items from Akira, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Studio Ghibli films. As with the previous auction, lots from iconic examples of American animation and comics will be listed under the “Everyt...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Inspire Life-Sized Acrylic Stands

Each girl is depicted reading a book, making them ideal companions for book-loving otaku The Quintessential Quintuplets girls are getting their own life-sized acrylic stands. Each girl is depicted reading a book, making them ideal companions for book-loving otaku. Each stand is 170 centimeters tall and costs 181,500 yen (approximately US$1,600). Each purchase will come with an acrylic holder novelt...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Inosuke Will Cover Your Ass

With the character inspiring a pair of shorts, Inosuke can now literally cover your behind. Hey, that's what friends are for, right? Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Inosuke is a reliable ally to Tanjirо̄ in a jam, and he can do the same for you with this latest piece of merch. With the character inspiring a pair of shorts, Inosuke can now literally cover your behind. Hey, that's what friends are f...
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Roxy Figure in Mushoku Tensei Episode 20 Gets Real-Life Official Version

Kotobukiya teases detachable clothing mechanism in product description ― In episode 20 of the Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation anime, a hand-crafted figure of Roxy gets shown and commented upon extensively. It turns out that this originally amateur creation by Mushoku Tensei protagonist Rudeus is getting a real-life official version from Japanese figure maker Kotobukiya. The figure, as shown in ...
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ANN Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Trying to find the perfect gift for the otaku in your life? Why not check out Anime News Network's curated list of anime, manga, video games, and collectibles? Everything from the most popular series to classics is right here! ― Sponsored: Above you'll find suggestions for all the best gifts you can give for this holiday season. But what if you want to add some special anime flair to your other fine...
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Life-sized Gundam Head Made From Recycled Gunpla Kits Unveiled

Approximately a ton of used runners was collected throughout month-long recycling campaign ― Bandai Namco Group displayed a life-sized Gundam head made entirely from recycled Gunpla kits at the closing event of its "Gundam Recycle Strategy" campaign last weekend. The two-meter tall display was created with approximately 3,000 runners (the frame of the plastic model). Starting from October 20, "EcoPla...

Attack on Titan Franchise Halts Sales of Eldian Armbands

Anime's production committee states in apology that armband "evokes images of discrimination" ― The official website for the Attack on Titan The Final Season anime announced on Monday that the anime's production committee has decided not to offer the Eldian armband as commercial merchandise for the anime, after acknowledging that the armband evokes images of discrimination. The site initially announc...
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Gundam Base Gets Pop-Up Installation at San Diego Comic-Con

Comic-Con Special Edition to take place at San Diego Convention Center on November 26-28 ― The Gundam Base specialty store for gunpla and other Gundam merchandise first opened in Tokyo in 2017, and now it's finally set to land in the USA for its first-ever pop-up installation outside of Asia. The Gundam Base San Diego Pop-Up store will debut at San Diego's Comic-Con International event on November 26...
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Survey: Cryptocurrency and NFTs

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Evangelion Spear of Cassius Wedding Rings Will Bring Hope To Your Union

Last year, U-TREASURE released engagement and wedding rings inspired by the Spear of Longinus from Evangelion. In retrospect, the symbolism there might not have been ideal for a marriage, given that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time describes the Spear of Longinus as representing despair. But no fear! Its counterpart, the Spear of Cassius, represents hope. If you want to create a real happy ...
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Demon Slayer's Mugen Train Inspires Sushi Train Toy

Set comes with Tanjirо̄ figure, custom sushi plates ― The Mugen Train featured in the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has already received a realistic plarail toy from Takara Tomy. Now the famed toy maker is going off the rails, so to speak, to turn the Mugen Train into a sushi train. The toy is equipped with cars that can carry standard-sized sushi plates. It also...
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Fan Pitches Motorized Howl's Moving Castle Set to LEGO

Legs, mouth, tongue, bodyside panels, chimney are capable of simultaneous movement ― A Howl's Moving Castle fan has recreated the film's eponymous moving castle and is pitching his work to LEGO IDEAS to potentially create an official LEGO set. The custom is equipped with a motorized system, making it capable not only of forward movement but also of moving its mouth, tongue, bodyside panels, and chimn...
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Crunchyroll Launches 2nd Jujutsu Kaisen Streetwear Collection

Collaboration with the curse-laden anime arrives just in time for Halloween ― Crunchyroll has launched its second Jujutsu Kaisen streetwear line under its Crunchyroll Loves streetwear brand just ahead of Halloween. It's a natural fit for an anime dealing with curses, featuring stylish vibes. The collaboration with the curse-laden anime includes the following items: Five long sleeves including a class...
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New Laputa: Castle in the Sky Figure Reimagines Dola as an 18-Year-Old (Updated)

The iconic veteran female sky pirate gets a makeover ― Studio Ghibli's Laputa: Castle in the Sky is commemorating its 35th anniversary with a new figure of Dola, the sky pirate boss. Although she is an older woman in the movie, this new figure reimagines her as an 18-year-old. In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, the movie shows a picture of Dola's younger self hanging in her cabin (when she is rummagi...
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Doze Off Under The Warm Embrace of This Life-Sized Garchomp Cushion

Garchomp cushion is 1.9 meters long and costs 57,200 yen each ― The much-anticipated Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl will be released for the Nintendo Switch in less than a month, and to celebrate the occasion, Bandai has announced the release of a massive 1.9-meter-long (approximately 6.2 foot) Garchomp cushion. But instead of recreating Garchomp's cool and intimidating stance, t...
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Bandai Gives Away Recycled Plastic 'EcoPla' Gunpla Kits For Recycling Day

Gundam Recycle Strategy campaign aims to educate public about recycling starting from October 20 ― Bandai Namco Group is launching a "Gundam Recycle Strategy" campaign starting from Recycling Day on October 20. "EcoPla" plastic model kits made out of recycled materials will be distributed at the Gundam Base Tokyo and other select stores around Japan alongside informational booklets in order to educat...
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Team Liquid Esports Organization Launches 2nd Naruto Shippuden Apparel Line

Collection will launch in United States, Canada, Europe from October 29 ― When the popular esports organization Team Liquid launched its first Naruto Shippuden apparel collection in February, most of it sold out in under 10 minutes. The team is now launching its second apparel line on October 29, this time with a focus on the Akatsuki. The lineup features 20 pieces of fully custom streetwear and acce...
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Muv-Luv Alternative, Yatterman Series Sell NFTs

Digital cards will feature key animation frames from the ongoing Muv-Luv Alternative anime. ― The Muv-Luv and Yatterman franchises are jumping headfirst into the recent trend of selling art as NFTs. The Muv-Luv Verse English website announced on Friday that it is partnering with the Sakura Gate tech company to launch a Keyframe Card service on October 23. The first of the digital cards on offer will ...
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Ace Attorney Celebrates 20 Years of Courtroom Spectacle With New Website, Illustrations, and Merch

Illustrator Yusuke Nakamura (The Tatami Galaxy, Night is Short, Walk On Girl) contributed artwork for the anniversary ― The Ace Attorney video game franchise hit the ripe old age of 20 last Tuesday, and to celebrate the occasion, Capcom has launched a commemorative 20th Anniversary website, complete with new illustrations by Yusuke Nakamura (character designer for The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short...
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Fist of the North Star NFT Sold Out Within The First Day of Its Release

MyAnimeList has recently collaborated with e-book publisher Media Do for a series of NFT products based on the Fist of the North Star manga. ― MyAnimeList has recently collaborated with e-book publisher Media Do to release "Fist of the North Star Manga Fragments: Dying Like A Man", a series of NFT products based on the Fist of the North Star manga. Part One of the series, "Nanto Rokusei Ken", opened ...
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Tezuka Productions to Auction Original Astro Boy Mosaic as NFT

The Astro Boy image in the mosaic is made up of over 6,000 fragments cut from roughly 4,000 sheets of black and white manuscripts from Tezuka's Astro Boy manga. ― Tezuka Productions has announced plans to auction several artworks based on Tezuka's original works as NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). The project is titled "From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu", and the first NFT work to be auctioned is a digit...
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Shueisha Fails Appeal For Tanjirō, Nezuko, Zenitsu Pattern Trademarks

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba publisher successfully trademarked for Tomioka, Shinobu, Rengoku patterns ― Huffington Post Japan reported on Friday that Shueisha failed its appeal to trademark the clothing patterns for the following Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba characters: Tanjirō Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, and Zenitsu Agatsuma. The trademark was denied on May 26; Shueisha submitted an appeal on July 6...
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ufotable Launches Global Online Shop With Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Lineup

Shipping is limited to United States, Canada and Australia as studio plans to gradually expand serviceable regions ― Anime studio ufotable launched a global version of its online shop on Saturday, aiming to deliver merchandise directly to fans overseas. The ufotableWEBSHOP-Global shop offers production material drawings and merchandise with original illustrations for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaib...
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Fire Force Figure Giveaway!

As a special treat for ANN Readers in the US, Kotobukiya is giving away a Fire Force ARTFX J Figure Set to 1 LUCKY WINNER! ― As a special treat for ANN Readers in the US, Kotobukiya is giving away this Fire Force ARTFX J Figure Set to 1 LUCKY WINNER! Here are the following figures you can get: ARTFX J Shinra Kusakabe ARTFX J Tamaki Kotatsu ARTFX J Arthur Boyle ARTFX J Shinmon Benimaru Follow Kotobuk...
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Stay Stylish With Jujutsu Kaisen Hair Spray

"Cape For Active Series" hair spray will hold Jujutsu Kaisen merchandise giveaways ― The Jujutsu Kaisen anime series is having its "most powerful" collaboration with Kao Corporation's "Cape For Active Series" line of hair spray, which boasts of having the "strongest" hair-holding power. To promote the product, Cape is holding a giveaway campaign with an original line of Jujutsu Kaisen merchandise sta...

Mandarake's 'Banned Publications' Store Closes Temporarily Due to Police

Adult store opened on August 28, faced criticism from nearby fashion shop for teenagers ― Police undertook a search of Mandarake's "Banned Publications" adult store at the Nakano Broadway complex in Tokyo on September 15, prompting the store's temporary closure. The store's official website noted that it will reopen at a later date with a "powered up" lineup of products. The store opened on August 28...
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Wealthy Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Can Emulate Seto Kaiba With His Briefcase

25th anniversary "Ultimate Kaiba Set" includes Kaiba's card deck ― The Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series is commemorating its 25th anniversary by releasing an "Ultimate Kaiba Set." This deluxe package, which costs 33,000 yen (approximately US$301), comes with Seto Kaiba's iconic briefcase, plus his entire card deck with original edition artwork. This includes three copies of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and three...
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CLAMP Releases Limited Edition Magic Knight Rayearth-Inspired Kimono

Only three kimonos of each color will be made and sold ― As part of a collaborative project between the manga creator quartet CLAMP and the city of Kyoto, a set of Kyo Yuzen kimonos inspired by the Magic Knight Rayearth series are currently available for sale. Representing the primary colors of the series' protagonists Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji, the kimonos come in red, blue, and g...
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Satellite Arts Offers Custom Signed Shikishi by Kenichi Sonoda, Kia Asamiya (NSFW)

Shoppers can request a character illustration from a select list of series and have it specially delivered to them for a price usually between 40,000 (US$363) to 50,000 yen (US$454). ― The Satellite Arts delivery service offers custom signed shikishi by acclaimed retro anime artists, with a particular emphasis on the works of Kia Asamiya (Martian Successor Nadesico, Silent Möbius), Kenichi Sonoda (Gu...
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Evangelion Ichiban Kuji Prizes Include Long-Haired Rei Figure

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji lottery will be offering a figure of a long-haired Rei Ayanami from as she appears in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time as the E prize of its February 2022 lineup. The lineup features figures and merch that are inspired by the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. Here's a look at some of the prizes: A Prize: Eva Unit 01 PVC Figure B Prize: Eva Unit 13 PVC Figure C Prize:...
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Company Charged For Selling Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Lookalike Products

The Nagoya District Public Prosecutor's Office issued a charge on Monday against Red Spyce, a wholesale vendor based in Yokohama, on suspicion of violating Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Act​ for selling Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba lookalike goods. The 56-year-old representative director Wu Xiaobin is included in the charge. The charge was for "creating confusion." Under the Unfair Compe...
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Fire Up Your Pet's Life With Promare Accessories

Promare returns to select U.S. theaters on September 16, 19 ― Want to bring a bit of spark to your pet's life? Geek-inspired pet accessory brand Pawsonify is partnering with Gkids and Studio TRIGGER on a line of pet accessories based on the Promare anime film. The line includes collars, leashes, and pet ID tags for dogs and cats, available for the U.S. and Canada. Prices range between US$21-26 for a ...
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Piplup Gets Super-Sized Plush To Match Its Pride

The hefty plush weighs in at nine pounds. ― Pokedex entries across multiple Pokemon anime series describe Piplup as a prideful Pokemon that keeps its head held high despite being prone to falling. This may be why the Pokemon Center has decided to release a super-sized Piplup plush – to match the pokémon's super-sized sense of self – although it may have the adverse effect (on Piplup's pride, that is)...
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Jujutsu Kaisen's Cursed Finger Is Now a Chocolate Snack

In the Jujutsu Kaisen anime and manga series, Ryōmen Sukuna's cursed finger drives the plot into motion. Now it's possible for fans to recreate Sukuna's finger as a delectable chocolate snack. Bandai is selling a silicon rubber tray specially for making chocolate or ice. The makers recommend that you use almonds for the nails to really amp up the realism. (The package does not include chocolate, a...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid's Kanna Shows Off Her Elegant Side In New Figure

Kanna from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid gets to show off her elegant side with her new figure, which sees her donning an exquisite purple kimono and holding up a luxurious golden fan. The figure is part of a series of products jointly produced by the doll-making company Yoshitoku and hobby brand F:NEX. It is 29 cm (around 11 inches) tall. The costume's prototype was made by Yosei Tsuda, a second-g...
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Rean Schwarzer Figure from Kotobukiya

Take a close look at Kotobukiya's highly anticipated Rean Schwarzer Figure, the second in their The Legend of Heroes series of figures. ― Legend of Heroes fans, do you simp Rean Schwarzer? Good news! Kotobukiya is preparing to release the first Rean Schwarzer and it is glorious! Pre-orders for this gorgeous figure, Kotobukiya's second in The Legend of Heroes series are now live! Order yours now at S...

LCD 3D Printing in the Animation Industry

The Halot-One LCD 3D printer from Creality is the perfect 3D printer for animation fans, professionals and businesses. Use it to create your own personal figures as well as prototypes figures. ― In recent years, as the 3D printing industry grows, the cost of LCD 3D printers and photosensitive resins has gradually decreased, making it one of the ideal choices for making animation molds. In addition, 3...
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Shirtless Eren Gets an Official Figure

New figure captures Eren from Attack on Titan The Final Season as he puts on a jacket over his shirtless torso ― The iconic scene of Attack on Titan's Eren putting on a jacket over his naked upper body is finally getting an official figure. The 19-centimeter tall figure is part of Good Smile's Pop Up Parade line. It will be available for order through the Good Smile online store until September 16, a...
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Survey: When do you watch Simulcasts

The day they release? A few days later? At the end of the season?
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Champion Athleticwear Launches Limited-Time Naruto Apparel Collection on August 13

American sportswear brand Champion Athleticwear will launch a limited-time Naruto apparel collection in the United States on August 13. The collection will be available in physical stores and online. IMG champ1.jpeg IMG champ2.jpeg IMG champ3.jpeg IMG champ4.jpeg IMG champ5.jpeg IMG champ6.jpeg IMG champ7.jpeg IMG champ8.jpeg IMG champ9.jpeg IMG champ10.jpeg The collaboration is inspired by the ep...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Collaborates With 105 Sport Teams Simultaneously

Demon Slayer's most ambitious crossover yet is with Japan's professional baseball, soccer & basketball leagues Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been collaborating with seemingly the entire spectrum of Japanese brands, but the series might have outdone itself this time. Demon Slayer's latest collaboration is with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, the Japan Professional Football League...
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My Hero Academia's Bakugo, Deku, and Todoroki Go Undercover With Stealth Suit Nendoroids

Each nendoroid comes with three face plates of different expressions ― Good Smile Company will release nendoroids of My Hero Academia's Katsuki Bakugo, Izuku Midoriya, and Shoto Todoroki in their "stealth suit" costumes from the film My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes' Mission. Each nendoroid comes with three face plates of different expressions as well as effect parts for recreating the charac...
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Academy Museum Publishes Catalog of Hayao Miyazaki's Works

Catalog featuring never-before-seen production materials available on September 7 through Museum store ― The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced on Tuesday that it is publishing a catalog of anime director Hayao Miyazaki's works. The catalog will be available on September 7 through the Academy Museum Store. DelMonico Books is co-publishing the book, and D.A.P. Artbook is distributing the book...
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Evangelion Crayfish Plastic Models Are Coming Overseas

Another to add to the annals of wacky Evangelion merchandise ― Another to add to the annals of wacky Evangelion merchandise: Plastic models of... crayfish. If these interpretations of Eva Units 01 and 02 pique your interest, international fans can pre-order them through AmiAmi's English website. The Jiyuu Kenkyuu Series No.241 & No.242 Evangelion Part Red Swamp Crayfish Unit-01/Unit-02 Design Plastic...
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Funimation Launches Figure of My Hero Academia's Invisible Girl

World's first official figure of Toru Hagakure debuted on Funimation Shop in June ― Funimation announced at its Summer 2021 Season Preview Event in June that it will sell a figure of My Hero Academia's Toru Hagakure – the girl with invisibility powers. According to Funimation, it is the world's first official figure of the character. Her appearance is... what you would expect. Funimation previewed th...
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Raise a Generation of Sentai Heroes With Kamen Rider Tamagotchi

This year marks both the 50th anniversary of the long-running Kamen Rider tokusatsu franchise and the 25th anniversary of Bandai's popular Tamagotchi handheld digital pets. ― This year marks both the 50th anniversary of the long-running Kamen Rider tokusatsu franchise and the 25th anniversary of Bandai's popular Tamagotchi handheld digital pets. To commemorate the occasion, the Kamen Rider franchise ...

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