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Golden Kamuy Manga Wins Japan Cartoonists Association Award

Taizan 5, Takao Saito, more also win awards ― The Japan Cartoonists Association (JCA) announced the winners of the 51st Japan Cartoonists Association Awards on Monday. Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga won the grand prize in the Comic division, and Koji Chiriakuta's Teinei na Kurashi wo Suru Gaki manga won the Cartoon division. Each grand prize includes a gold plaque, medal, and 500,000 yen (about US$...
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Man With a Mission Bassist Kamikaze Boy Goes on Hiatus

Band posts bassist's apology after tabloid site reports on alleged affair ― The official website for the Man With a Mission band announced on Thursday that the band's bassist and background vocalist Kamikaze Boy will go on hiatus from band activity, following a "media report." The Bunshun Online tabloid site had reported on Monday about Kamikaze Boy allegedly stepping into a hotel with a woman on Apr...
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Persona Series Character Designer Draws Support Image for Voice Actor Billy Kametz

Atlus West, Shigenori Soejima wished Kametz well in his ongoing treatment for cancer ― The Persona game series' original character designer Shigenori Soejima wished voice actor Billy Kametz well in his ongoing fight against stage IV colon cancer. The official Atlus West Twitter account shared an image of Kametz's character Takuto Maruki from Persona 5 Royal giving a thumbs up with the text "Get Well ...
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Voice Actress Kana Asumi Announces Birth of 1st Child

Voice of Hidamari Sketch's Yuno remarried in 2021 ― Voice actress Kana Asumi (Yuno from Hidamari Sketch, Komari Koshigaya from Non Non Biyori, Hinata Karaue from Encouragement of Climb) announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday that she has given birth to her first child. みなさまへ👶🏻 pic.twitter.com/n1yHYkmAkt— 阿澄佳奈 (@0812asumikana) May 17, 2022 The child is from her second marriage. Asumi announced he...
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Gackt Slowly Recovers From Sickness, Aims to Return This Year

Singer still suffers from immunodeficiency, autoimmune condition, other side effects ― Talent management agency Glab Entertainment announced on the official website for musician and singer Gackt (Gakuto Ōshiro) on Monday that Gackt is steadily recovering physically and is aiming to slowly return to some entertainment industry activity within the year. Glab Entertainment made the announcement with Gac...
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Man With a Mission Bassist Stable After Sustaining Injury During Concert

Bassist Kamikaze Boy sustained injury during Metropolitan Rock Festival concert on Sunday ― The Metropolitan Rock Festival concert's Twitter account announced on Sunday that the Man With a Mission band's bassist and background vocalist Kamikaze Boy sustained an injury during the Osaka leg of the concert and was rushed to the hospital, but is currently stable and fully conscious. Man with a Mission pr...
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Tenpai Mahjong Manga Author Tomoshi Kuga Passes Away

Kuga had been hospitalized for acute lymphocytic leukemia ― Manga author Tomoshi Kuga (real name Hiroyuki Ebata) passed away on May 8. He revealed on April 28 that he had been hospitalized for acute lymphocytic leukemia, a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. He was 65. Kuga served as editor for the Kindai Mahjong manga. Kuga and artist Shinmei Minegishi launched the ongoing Tenpai mahjong ma...
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Naoki Urasawa Wins Max und Moritz Lifetime Achievement Award

Monster creator wins German award ― Naoki Urasawa (Monster) won the 20th Erlangen International Comic Salon's Max und Moritz Lifetime Achievement Award. According to the Comic Salon event's website, the Max und Moritz award is the most significant distinction for comic art in German-speaking countries. The Comic Salon event will take place from June 16-19 in Erlangen, Germany. Prizes will be awarded ...
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Actor, Singer Yōsuke Itō Announces Marriage With Partner He Met Through Dating App

Actor and singer Yōsuke Itō, who is best known for playing Senichi "Sen-chan" Enari/Deka Green in the Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger tokusatsu series, announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he has gotten married. He wrote that his partner is someone outside of the entertainment industry whom he met through a dating app last year. 【ご報告】私事で恐縮ですが、先日結婚いたしました🤵‍♂️お相手は一般の方で、昨年マッチングアプリで知り合いました。「 マッ...
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Rica Matsumoto Says She Earned No Royalties From Iconic Japanese Pokémon Theme Song

She earned a flat fee of 100,000 yen from singing "Mezase Pokémon Master" ― Voice actress and singer Rica Matsumoto revealed on the Hakken! Girigiri no Giri variety show on Wednesday that she has earned no royalties from singing "Mezase Pokémon Master," the iconic first Japanese opening theme song of the Pokémon anime. Instead, she signed a contract that earned her a flat fee of 100,000 yen (approxim...
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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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KISS Singer Gene Simmons Is Open-Minded About "Fictosexual" Otaku

"It doesn't matter if you understand this relationship. It only matters if this Otaku man is happy." ― KISS bassist and co-lead singer Gene Simmons has an open-minded attitude about the man who famously "married" Hatsune Miku in 2018. Last week, he commented on an article about the man's relationship on Twitter: "It doesn't matter if you understand this relationship. It only matters if this Otaku man...
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Actor Hiroyuki Watanabe Passes Away at 66

Watanabe played Taiga in Kiba Ookami Garo, Gaoh in Kamen Rider Den-o ― Warning: this article contains statements about a possible suicide. If you or anyone you know is suicidal or having suicidal thoughts, please reach out to a suicide prevention organization in your country. In the United States, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255. In Japan, the TELL LifeLine ser...
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STU48 Idols' Concert Canceled After 13 Members Diagnosed With COVID-19

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

GoFundMe Campaign Launches for Voice Actor Billy Kametz Following Stage IV Colon Cancer Diagnosis

Campaign has so far raised US$84,280 of its US$100,000 goal ― Voice actor Billy Kametz revealed on Friday that a GoFundMe campaign has launched on his behalf following a diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer. The campaign has raised US$84,280 of its US$100,000 goal as of press time. The campaign stated the money raised will go toward travel, insurance costs, medical bills not covered by insurance, and e...
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Pop Team Epic Creator Bkub Okawa Gets Married

Author shares illustration to commemorate announcement Pop Team Epic manga creator Bkub Okawa announced on Twitter on Sunday that he got married on Saturday. He added that he and his wife started living together in 2020, and that she is "a woman who supports this slovenly Bkub." He posted an illustration on Twitter on Sunday to commemorate the announcement. 色々落ち着いたので超個人的なご報告を。昨日に結婚式をしました。お相手は一昨年くらい...
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Gainax Co-Founder, Evangelion Creator Hideaki Anno Receives Japan's Medal with Purple Ribbon

AKB48 founder Yasushi Akimoto also honored ― The Japanese government announced on Thursday that director Hideaki Anno is receiving the spring 2022 Medal with Purple Ribbon. The medal is awarded to "individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments." Yasushi Akimoto, the founder of the AKB48 idol group franchise and the creator of the One Missed C...

Voice Actor Billy Kametz Diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer

Voice of The Rising of the Shield Hero's Naofumi takes break from work ― Voice actor Billy Kametz revealed on Tuesday on YouTube that he has been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. About 10 weeks ago, Kametz felt pain in his left shoulder blade. After having difficulties going to the bathroom and keeping food down, he went to the doctor and got a CAT scan. Kametz has started chemotherapy and radia...
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Daman Mills Issues Statement About Fabricated Sexual Misconduct Allegations

"I am glad Duncan has shared that whole truth now. Despite the harm caused, it takes bravery to admit you've done something like this in such a public way, and I wish him no ill will. " ― Sonny Boy voice actor Daman Mills issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday regarding previous allegations of sexual misconduct. The Ohio man, referred to as "Duncan," previously accused Mills of sexual misconduct ...
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Singer, Voice Actress Shoko Nakagawa Fails Astronaut Application

2,266 out of 4,127 individuals passed the first level of screening ― Last month, voice actress and singer Shoko Nakagawa revealed that she applied to be an astronaut for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Unfortunately, she made a follow-up announcement on Friday saying that she failed to pass the first level of screening. Nevertheless, she remarked "Oh well!" and said that her dream of g...
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Rock Band La'cryma Christi's Guitarist KOJI Passes Away at 49

Band performed theme song for Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective anime ― The Twitter account for the five-member visual kei rock band La'cryma Christi announced on Friday that the band's guitarist KOJI passed away from esophageal cancer on April 15. He was 49. La'cryma Christi formed in 1991 and the band was known as one of the "four heavenly kings of visual kei" alongside Malice Mizer, Fanatic Cris...
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Voice Actress, Singer Nana Mizuki Tests Positive for COVID-19

Mizuki currently has no fever, symptoms are stable ― The agency StarCrew announced on Saturday that singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki has tested positive for COVID-19. The agency said Mizuki is recuperating under the guidance of health care professionals. Mizuki's Twitter account stated she currently does not have a fever and her symptoms are stable. Mizuki is a prolific singer and voice actress. ...
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Voice Actors Maaya Sakamoto, Kenichi Suzumura Give Birth to 1st Child

The agencies of voice actors Maaya Sakamoto and Kenichi Suzumura announced on Thursday that the couple have given birth to their first child. The actors issued the following joint statement: "Our first child was born the other day. Both mother and child are healthy. We will endeavor to grow alongside our child. I hope you can continue to support us." Sakamoto and Suzumura announced their marriage ...
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Angela Vocalist Cancels Appearance Due to Suspected Case of COVID-19, 2 hololive VTubers Test Positive for COVID-19

Houshou Marine, Ookami Mio tested positive for COVID-19 in last week ― The official website for the musical duo Angela announced on Friday that vocalist Atsuko canceled a guest performance on Sayaka Sasaki's "SAYAKAVER. LIVE triangle" concert on Sunday due to Atsuko having a "suspected" case of COVID-19. The website did not confirm if Atsuko had taken a COVID-19 test. The angela duo includes keyboard...
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Former Shonen Sunday Editor-in-Chief Takenori Ichihara Resigns from Shogakukan to Write Manga

Ichihara stepped down from EiC role in October after serving in position for 6 years ― Former editor-in-chief of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine Takenori Ichihara announced on Twitter on Friday that he has resigned from Shogakukan. Ichihara stated he will instead write manga (as an original author, instead of as an illustrator). Ichihara stepped down as the editor-in-chief of Weekly Shonen...

Voice Actress Minori Matsushima Passes Away

Kinnikuman, One Piece, Dororo, Little Lulu voice actress was 81 ― Aoni Production announced on Tuesday that voice actress Minori Matsushima passed away on April 8 of pancreatic cancer. She was 81. Matsushima starred as the titular character the Little Lulu television anime series and also starred as Dororo in the first Dororo television anime series. She also voiced Meat-kun in in various Kinnikuman ...
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Early Manga Creator Tokuo Yokota Passes Away at 85

Death occurred 1 day after fellow Tokiwaso resident Fujiko Fujio A's passing ― Early manga creator Tokuo Yokota passed away on April 8 due to senility. He was 85 years old. His funeral service is for close relatives. Yokota was born in Fukushima in 1936. Inspired by creator Noboru Baba, Yokota aimed to become a manga artist. Yokota debuted in 1955 with the manga Yamabiko Kenshi. He is known for Marga...
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Voice Actresses Nanami Yamashita, Yū Serizawa Diagnosed With COVID-19

Serizawa's i☆Ris idol group also cancels Saitama concert on April 16 ― Talent management agency 81 Produce revealed on Monday and Tuesday that voice actresses Nanami Yamashita and Yū Serizawa have both been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Yamashita reported being feverish and having pain in the throat last Friday, while Serizawa reported the same on Saturday. Yamashita tested p...

Himizu Director Sion Sono Posts Statement After Sexual Assault, Harassment Allegations Surface

Director apologizes, states he will reflect on his behavior but claims allegations are false ― Content Warning: The below article makes references to sexual assault and harassment. Director Sion Sono posted a statement dated April 5 on the official website for his Sion Production company, after the website for the Japanese entertainment and gossip magazine Shūkan Josei published an article on April 4...

Doraemon Co-Creator Fujiko Fujio A Passes Away at 88

Artist also known as Motoo Abiko later created Ninja Hattori-kun, Kaibutsu-kun, Pro Golfer Saru, Warau Salesman manga ― Manga creator and Doraemon co-creator Fujiko Fujio A (real name Motoo Abiko) passed away on Thursday morning at his residence in Kawasaki, Tokyo. He was 88. Police responded to a call that reported someone had collapsed at about 8:40 a.m. at the artist's residence, but Fujiko had al...
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Ikuhara Apologizes for Timing, Phrasing of New Name Announcement

"I apologize for making you feel uncomfortable, even if it was not my intention. I will be careful from now on." ― Revolutionary Girl Utena and Penguindrum director Kunihiko Ikuhara took to Twitter on April 2 to offer an apology and further explain the wording of his recent name change. Ikuhara said that he was unaware that the timing of his announcement on March 31 coincided with International Trans...
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Nagai Yoru no Kuni to Saigo no Butōkai Light Novel Author Ayaka Sakuraze Passes Away

Author of Kusuri no Mamono no Kaiko Riyū passed away on March 29 ― Publisher Overlap announced on Friday that light novel author Ayaka Sakuraze passed away on March 29. Overlap did not reveal a cause of death. Sakurakaze made their debut as a light novel author in August with Kusuri no Mamono no Kaiko Riyū (The Reason for Dismissing the Demon of Medicine), which featured illustrations by As and Borde...
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Live-Action Vampire, Giant Robo Scriptwriter Hiroo Matsuda Passes Away

Scriptwriter for Playgirl series was 88 ― Toei announced on Friday that scriptwriter Hiroo Matsuda passed away on March 24 of malignant lymphoma. He was 88. Matsuda wrote scripts for the 1968-69 live-action Vampire television anime series based on Osamu Tezuka's The Vampires manga. Matsuda also wrote scripts for the live-action Giant Robo television series from 1967-1968. He also wrote scripts for th...

Court Hands Suspended Sentence to Please Tell Me! Galko-chan Creator Kenya Suzuki

Suzuki was charged for importing child pornography from Germany ― The Okazaki branch of the Nagoya District Court sentenced manga creator Kenya Suzuki (Please Tell Me! Galko-chan) to one year and two months in prison, but the sentence is suspended for three years, taking into account social sanctions. (If Suzuki remains in good behavior for three years, he will not serve time in prison.) Police had c...
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Utena, Penguindrum Director Ikuhara Announces Name Change

Kunihiko Ikuhara stated his name is now "Bonsoir Ikuhara." ― In an announcement that is characteristically cryptic, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Penguindrum director Kunihiko Ikuhara stated his name is now "Bonsoir Ikuhara." In Ikuhara's post on Twitter and Instagram, the announcement was framed with language that is typically used for coming out, however Ikuhara didn't directly state that the name c...
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Konomi Kohara Jokingly Demands Kaguya-Sama Creator Give Chika a Romance Subplot

“Make me fall in love too!” voice actress quips at AnimeJapan 2022 stage event ― The Kaguya-sama: Love is War franchise held an amusing stage show at AnimeJapan on Sunday to promote the upcoming third season. Voice actors Aoi Koga (Kaguya Shinomiya), Makoto Furukawa (Miyuki Shirogane), Konomi Kohara (Chika Fujiwara), Ryōta Suzuki (Yū Ishigami), and Miyu Tomita (Miko Iino) showed up to trade quips and...
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Makoto Shinkai Comments On His Newest Film at AnimeJapan

Suzume no Tojimari film will open in fall ― Makoto Shinkai's newest film Suzume no Tojimari (lit. Suzume's Door-Locking) got an impressive display at this year's AnimeJapan convention. ComixWave Films' booth is showing off a life-sized recreation of the key visual, including a recreation of the door. The booth included a personal message from Shinkai, translated as follows: For these past two years, ...
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Former Voice Actress Yurika Announces She Could Lose Her Home

The singer formerly worked under the name Yurina Hase and voiced Yukiho Hagiwara in the Idolmaster series ― Singer-songwriter Yurika (formerly Yurina Hase) wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that she is facing losing her home and needed someone to care for her three cats. In a follow-up Tweet she stated that her attempts to appeal to the government are at a standstill, and is considering staying with a fami...
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RWBY Voice Actress Expresses Discomfort Over Tow Ubukata Involvement in New Anime Series

Ubukata was arrested, charges dropped after allegedly assaulting his wife ― RWBY voice actress Arryn Zech (Blake Belladonna) posted on Twitter that as a survivor of domestic abuse she is "uncomfortable & very conflicted" regarding the involvement of writer Tow Ubukata in the upcoming RWBY: Ice Queendom anime series. Zech wrote in her Twitter post that she "made her concerns [about Ubukata] known." Ub...
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Tokyo Revengers Manga Takes 1-Week Break After Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga will not appear in the magazine's next issue, due to some difficulties in the manga's production after a staff member for the manga tested positive COVID-19. The manga will return in the magazine's 19th issue. Wakui launched the manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in Marc...
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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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Voice Actress Yui Makino Welcomes 1st Child

Fellow actress Ikumi Nakagami announces she is pregnant with her 3rd child ― Voice actresses Yui Makino and Ikumi Nakagami made baby-related announcements on Monday. Makino delivered her first child, a girl, while Nakagami will give birth to her third child this summer. Both voice actresses thanked everyone for their support and vowed to do their best in both work and personal-related matters. Makino...
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#SetTheStage with Tetsuya Kawakami

Tetsuya Kawakami from A-1 Pictures talks about talks about the creative process while responding to viewer comments. Hear how his gaming experience is reflected in his work on 86 EIGHTY-SIX, and more. ― It's time to #SettheStage. For those of us who love pop culture, Sony is part of our daily lives. Whether it's playing acclaimed games on one of the PlayStation family of consoles, watching your favor...
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Godzilla Franchise Actor Akira Takarada Passes Away at 87

Takarada passed away on March 14 ― Actor Akira Takarada, known for his roles in multiple Godzilla franchise films, passed away on March 14. He was 87. Takarada had been suffering from worsening lower back pain for a while. He had also been in and out of the hospital in the past few years. On March 10, Takarada had appeared in a wheelchair at a stage greeting for the movie Yononaka ni Taete Sakura no ...
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Man Says His Allegations Against Daman Mills Were Fabricated

'Duncan' retracted his claims against the voice actor on Monday ― The Ohio man that previously accused Evangelion film and Sonny Boy voice actor Daman Mills of sexual misconduct told ANN on Thursday that the allegations were fabricated and untrue. He previously withdrew the allegations on Monday. The man, referred to as "Duncan" due to concerns over retaliation and privacy, contacted Anime News Netwo...
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Manga Creator Yohane Yamamoto Passes Away

Yamamoto was diagnosed with COVID-19 in January ― Writer and journalist Yoshiaki Sei reported that manga creator Yohane Yamamoto has passed away on March 14. He was 55. Yamamoto reported a fever of 39 degrees Celsius and an oxygen saturation level of 90% on March 12. He was also experiencing a chill and back muscle pain. He had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in January and...
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Demon Slayer Calligrapher Tsunanori Sakaguchi Passes Away

86-year-old calligrapher created over 57 different fonts ― The Minami Nihon Shimbun newspaper reported that calligrapher Tsunanori Sakaguchi passed away on Monday due to heart failure. He was 86 years old. Sakaguchi, who worked under the name Eisen Tsunanori, created 57 different types of calligraphy fonts spanning 400,000 different characters. His fonts were widely used in television, books, and gam...
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Strawberry Prince Leader Nanamori Goes on Hiatus

Nanamori confirmed his affair ― The official website for internet musical unit Strawberry Prince (Sutopuri, or STPR) announced on Friday that the group's leader Nanamori is going on an indefinite hiatus following a YouTuber's expose about his personal life, specifically regarding an affair. Nanamori confirmed on Twitter on Monday that he cheated on his partner, with whom he has a child, with another ...
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GhostWire: Tokyo Game's Creative Director Ikumi Nakamura Establishes New Game Studio

Unseen's 1st game is currently in development ― Ikumi Nakamura, former creative director of Tango Gameworks' Ghostwire: Tokyo game, announced her new independent game development studio Unseen on Thursday. She announced the new studio with a video introduction. Notable staff at the new studio also includes: Naoki Katakai as CDO & Environment Art Specialist (formerly at Tango Gameworks) Liam Wong as V...
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Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Sonny Boy, Oddtaxi, More Win Media Arts Awards

Aki Mochida's Golden Raspberry wins Manga Division Grand Prize ― The Japanese government's Ministry of Cultural Affairs announced the winners of the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards on Sunday. The Naoki Urasawa presents Manben neo -Yoshikazu Yasuhiko- program won the Entertainment Division's Grand Prize. The festival also awarded Polygon Pictures president and CEO Shuzo Shiota and professor and ...
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Man Who Used U.S. COVID Relief Loan To Buy Pokémon Card Sentenced To Prison

Georgia man pled guilty to using $57,789 of $85,000 loan to purchase Charizard card ― The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed on Monday that a Georgia man who fraudulently applied for a COVID-19 disaster relief loan has been sentenced to 36 months in a federal prison. The man pled guilty to using $57,789 of the $85,000 he received from an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to purchase a Pokém...
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Mamoru Hosoda Draws Protagonist of Pixar's Turning Red Film

BELLE creator praises Turning Red in video interview with director Domee Shi ― Anime director Mamoru Hosoda (BELLE, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) participated in a video interview with Domee Shi, director of the Pixar animated film Turning Red. To commemorate the occasion, he drew an illustration of the film's protagonist Mei with the eponymous heroine of BELLE. In the video interview...
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Game Creator Hideo Kojima, Manga Creator Fumi Yoshinaga Win Agency for Cultural Affairs' Media Arts Awards

Drive My Car film director Ryusuke Hamaguchi also honored ― The Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs announced the winners of the 72nd "Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Fine Arts Recommendation Awards" on Wednesday. Game designer Hideo Kojima won the Cabinet Minister Award in the media fine arts category, while Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga creator Fumi Yos...
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Singer, Voice Actress Shoko Nakagawa Applies To Be an Astronaut

Having dived to the ocean's depths, the entertainer sets her sights on outer space ― Voice actress and singer Shoko Nakagawa revealed on Twitter on Saturday that she has applied to be an astronaut for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). She posted a screenshot of her application receipt and wrote: "I have finished my application to be an astronaut! It's a ticket to my greatest dream: going...

Voice Actor Norihiro Inoue Passes Away at 63 Due to Esophageal Cancer

Voice of Code Geass' Schneizel, Master Keaton's titular character ― The agency Enkikaku reported on Monday that voice actor Norihiro Inoue passed away due to esophageal cancer on February 28. He was 63. His relatives held a private funeral. Inoue acted first in live-action television series, films, and stage productions before delving into voice acting in anime. He appeared in such works as the detec...

Voice Actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki Returns From Hiatus

Suzuki has been gradually returning to work schedule since end of 2021 ― The agency I'm Enterprise announced on Monday that voice actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki has fully returned from his work hiatus. The agency explained that after his health recovered, he has been gradually returning to work since the end of last year and is now ready to fully resume his work schedule. The agency apologized to fans and al...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU/SOTSU Director Keiichiro Kawaguchi Marries Event Show Host Mayu

The two had a "miraculous" meeting that did not involve work, hobbies, or mutual acquaintances ― Event show host and presenter Mayu announced on her Twitter account on Saturday that she and the anime director Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU/SOTSU, Sket Dance) have gotten married. 🌸 御報告 🌸この度、アニメーション監督・川口敬一郎さんと結婚しました事を御報告いたします。共通の知人が多く、よく誤解されるため改めてお伝えいたします。仕事・趣味・知人も まったく関係ない所で、奇跡的に出...
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Kensho Ono, Megumi Ogata Win 16th Annual Seiyū Awards

Fumihiko Tachiki, Yuichi Nakamura, Mikako Komatsu, Rie Takahashi, Uma Musume, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 more honored ― The organizers of the 16th Annual Seiyū Awards announced the winners on Saturday. The winners include: Best Lead Actor Award Award for best leading performances from an actor during the year Kensho Ono Best Lead Actress Award Award for best leading performances from an actress during the y...
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Anzu Haruno Goes on Hiatus Due to Poor Health

Haruno has roles in Blend-S, Hensuki, Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ― Talent agency Arts Vision announced on Friday that voice actress Anzu Haruno is taking a hiatus due to poor physical health. Haruno's doctor told her that she needed rest, so she has been hospitalized for treatment. Arts Vision will announce her return in the future. Haruno's roles include Mafuyu Hoshikawa in Blend-S, Koyuzu Sh...

Actor, Voice Actor Kirk Baily Passes Away at 59

Baily had roles in Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Fushigi Yugi ― Actor Kirk Baily passed away on February 28 after having been diagnosed with lung cancer six months ago. He was 59. Baily had multiple roles in anime including Knives in Trigun, Shin in Cowboy Bebop, Tetsuya in Fushigi Yugi and Garma Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam - The Movie Trilogy. Baily played Kevin "Ug" Lee in the live-action Nickelodeon series...
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Nexon Founder Jungju Kim Passes Away

Founder of game company that developed MapleStory, SINoALICE, Kemono Friends was 54 ― Nexon announced on Tuesday that its founder Jungju Kim (also known as Jay Kim) passed away in February. He was 54. NXC Corp, the holding firm of Nexon, stated to Yonhap News Agency, "The deceased had been receiving treatment for depression, and we are sad that it seemed to have worsened recently." Kim founded Nexon ...

Grand Jury Advances 8 Felony Charges Against Former Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Translator Stefan Koza, Trial Set for June

Koza was arrested in December 2020, charged with 10 felony counts initially ― Content Warning: The below article contains references to child pornography. A grand jury in Fairfax County, Virginia advanced eight felony charges against former Jujutsu Kaisen manga translator Stefan Koza (34) on December 20. Each of the counts is for possession of child pornography, and each count is for a separate video...
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Dragon Quest Creator Yuji Horii Receives GDC Lifetime Achievement Award

GDC Awards take place from March 21-25 ― This year's Game Developer's Choice Awards will award a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii for his dedication to the craft of video game development. The GDC Awards ceremony will take place in San Francisco from March 21-25. Horii was born in 1954 in Hyogo, Japan. He won a game programming contest from Enix in 1982. The first Dragon ...
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22/7 Idol Group Adds 8 New Members

New members will begin activity with March 10 concert ― The official website for the 22/7 idol project announced on Sunday that eight new members have joined the project. The new members include Nao Aikawa, Mao Asaoka, Oto Amaya, Mina Kiyoi, Satsuki Shiina, Runa Shijō, Ema Tsukishiro, and Rino Mochizuki. The group now has a total of 14 members. The new members will begin their activity in the idol gr...
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GoFundMe Campaign Launches for Macross Mechanical Designer Kazutaka Miyatake

Miyatake lost his wife and was hospitalized last May in a fire that partially destroyed his house ― A GoFundMe campaign launched on Saturday to raise funds for new accommodation and work supplies for Kazutaka Miyatake following a fire at his residence last year. The campaign — organized by visual artist Tenjin Hidetaka, Adrian Lozano, Gwyn Campbell, Peter Kim, and Renato Rivera for the 71-year-old me...
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Manga Creator Kazuyoshi Torii Passes Away at 75

Drew Toilet Hakase in Shonen Jump, taught aspiring manga creators at Aichi Shukutoku University ― Manga creator Kazuyoshi Torii pased away at a Nagoya hospital on February 9 due to pancreatic cancer. He was 75. His family held a private funeral. Torii was born in 1946 in the village of Katano, located in what it is now Okazaki City in Aichi Prefecture. He trained under Osomatsu-kun creator Fujio Akat...
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The Indian Anime Community: A Future I Didn't Expect to Be a Part Of

Living in India and being a longtime anime fan has given me front row seats to an amazing journey of growth, one that I feel very lucky to have been—and continue to be—a part of. ― Living in India and being a longtime anime fan has given me front row seats to an amazing journey of growth, one that I feel very lucky to have been—and continue to be—a part of. I hope that this article can convey the mag...
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Voice Actress Aimi to Go on Partial 2-Month Hiatus to Treat Chronic Ailment

Cast member in BanG Dream, [email protected] Million Live to limit work from March to April ― The agency Hibiki announced on Tuesday that voice actress and singer Aimi will go on hiatus from part of her work schedule from March 1 to April 30. The agency explained that Aimi has been dealing with an unspecified chronic ailment. Upon diagnosis and recommendations by medical professionals, she will devote those...
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Animator Manabu Ōhashi Passes Away at 73

Animator debuted at Toei Doga in 1964, directed Robot Carnival's "Cloud" short ― The Twitter account for veteran animator Manabu Ōhashi announced on Tuesday that he passed away on February 12. He was 73. Ōhashi (aka: Mao Lamdo) debuted as an animator for Toei Doga (the former name of Toei Animation) in 1964 at age 15 with the Shōnen Ninja Kaze no Fujimaru anime. He has drawn for numerous other anime ...

Voice Actress Saki Nitta Passes Away at 31

Voice actress had roles in Kill la Kill, D.Gray-man Hallow, Yowamushi Pedal ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actress Saki Nitta passed away on February 6 of meningioma (a tumor in the primary central nervous system). She was 31. Nitta's family held a funeral that was limited to relatives only per her family's wishes. Nitta was born in Hokkaido. Her hobbies were collecting pla...
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Hell's Paradise's Yūji Kaku Reveals COVID-19 Recovery, Break Next Week for Ayashimon Manga

Manga creator reveals he has fully recovered from COVID-19 ― Manga creator Yūji Kaku revealed on Twitter on Monday that he was recently diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Kaku said his recuperation period is already over, and he has completely recovered. He added however that while he was recovering, he was unable to continue working, and so there will be no chapter of his Ayashim...
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Voice Actor Toshiya Ueda Passes Away at 88

Prince Mackaroo, The Promised Neverland actor also played Owl in Winnie the Pooh ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Toshiya Ueda passed away on February 8. He was 88. Ueda's family held a funeral that was limited to relatives only per his family's wishes. Ueda was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido on February 24, 1933, and he listed in his special skills that he could speak Engli...
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Hiro Shimono Recovers from COVID-19, Returns to Work

Shimono's local health center deemed him fit to return to work ― Talent agency I'm Enterprise announced on Tuesday that voice actor Hiro Shimono has recovered from COVID-19, and has resumed work on Tuesday. His local health center deemed him fit to return to work in accordance with criteria that Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has set. The voice actor tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb...

Bandai Namco Details Restructuring of Sunrise, Other IP Production Operations

Combined 'Bandai Namco Filmworks' will still use, develop Sunrise brand ― Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. announced more details on Tuesday about the reorganization of its IP Production Unit. The umbrella company is combining its visual, music production business, and creation business into a new IP Production unit on April 1. As part of this project, Bandai Namco Holdings is combining anime studio Sunris...
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Kanye, Kim Kardashian Feuding Over Akira Manga

Ye stated Kardashian accused him of stealing after he took his manga from her home. ― Billionaires Kanye (now legally, "Ye") and Kim Kardashian are in the midst of an ugly divorce and many of the details are being aired publicly by both parties. Ye has shared his frustrations on Instagram specifically in regards to the couple's children, but in a (now deleted) Instagram post shared over the weekend, ...
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Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Recovers From COVID-19

Voice of Demon Slayer's Tanjirō tested positive for COVID-19 on January 27 ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Monday that voice actor Natsuki Hanae (Demon Slayer's Tanjirō) has recovered from COVID-19, and has resumed work on Monday. The voice actor tested positive for COVID-19 on January 27. Prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19 on January 27, Hanae had been self-isolating after bein...
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Ayane Sakura Changes Talent Agencies to Aoni Production

Voice actress was previously affiliated with I'm Enterprise ― Talent management agency Aoni Production announced on Tuesday that voice actress Ayane Sakura has joined the agency, departing her previous agency I'm Enterprise. Some of Sakura's best known character voices in anime include Ochaco Uraraka in My Hero Academia, Ran Mitake in BanG Dream!, Yotsuba Nakano in The Quintessential Quintuplets, Iro...
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Voice Actor Junya Enoki Tests Positive for COVID-19

Jujutsu Kaisen voice actor tested positive on Monday ― Talent agency Atomic Monkey announced on Tuesday that voice actor Junya Enoki has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the agency, Enoki began feeling discomfort in his throat on Monday morning, and also had a fever. He took a PCR test on Monday and the result came back positive on the same day. The company added that Enoki is focusing on r...

Former Tokyo Governor, Novelist Shintaro Ishihara Passes Away at 89

Season of the Sun author pushed for content restrictions that led to Tokyo Int'l Anime Fair boycott ― Novelist and former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara passed away on Tuesday. He was 89. Ishihara received the Akutagawa Prize for his debut novel Season of the Sun (Taiyō no Kisetsu) while he was still a student at Hitotsubashi University in 1956. The book led to the popular slang term "Taiyōzoku" (S...
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Voice Actor Junichi Suwabe Returns to Work After COVID-19 Recovery

Voice actor tested positive on January 22 ― Talent agency Haikyo announced on Tuesday that voice actor Junichi Suwabe has recovered from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and returned to work on Tuesday. Suwabe had come into possible close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 last month, and thus began to self-isolate. After then having an issue with his throat, he took a PCR test on Jan...
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WWE's Sasha Banks Wears Sailor Moon Outfit at Royal Rumble

"She really taught me how to believe in myself, my own powers, and the powers of the universe and the moon. So still to this day, she is my favorite and I can't believe how much she's played a role in my life." ― WWE wrestling star Sasha Banks showed off her Sailor Moon appreciation at the ring by appearing at the women's Royal Rumble on Saturday night in an outfit inspired by the anime. The wrestler...
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Ashita no Joe Creator Tetsuya Chiba Successfully Undergoes Heart Surgery

Manga creator had admitted himself to hospital last November after feeling unwell ― 82-year-old manga creator Tetsuya Chiba revealed in a blog post on Saturday that he had heart surgery to put a stint in his coronary artery on Thursday. The surgery ended successfully, and he was released from the hospital on Friday. Chiba had revealed in November that he admitted himself to a hospital in Tokyo after ...
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Voice Actors Ryōta Suzuki, Kazuki Ura, Rico Sasaki Diagnosed With COVID-19

Suzuki diagnosed on Wednesday, Ura & Sasaki on Thursday ― Talent management agency VIMS announced on Wednesday and Friday that voice actors Ryōta Suzuki and Kazuki Ura have both been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Suzuki had come down with a fever on Tuesday night. He took a PCR test the following day, and test result came back positive. He is currently self-isolating at his h...
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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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Valérian et Laureline Artist Jean-Claude Mézières Passes Away

Prolific sci-fi artist also worked as conceptual designer on The Fifth Element film ― The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Sunday that artist Jean-Claude Mézières passed away on Sunday. He was 83. Mézières was born in Paris in 1938. He met frequent collaborator Pierre Cristin during air raids on Paris in World War II. At age 15, Mézières took classes at the School of Applied Arts, where he met f...
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JAM Project's Hironobu Kageyama Tests Positive for COVID-19

Performer canceled Monday event after feeling ill, received positive test result on Tuesday ― Musician and performer Hironobu Kageyama revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Kageyama noted that he had hoped it would just be a normal cold, since he no longer had a fever, but he then received a positive test result. He added that he is only experienc...
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Manga Creator Tsunezō Murotani Passes Away

Best known for historical, comedy manga ― Manga service Manga Toshokan Z announced on Tuesday that manga creator Tsunezō Murotani passed away on November 22 last year. He was 87. Murotani was best known for his history manga, but also drew comedy and horror manga. Murotani debuted with the Nihon Rekishi Manpo (Strolling Through Japanese History) manga in The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's Mainichi Chūg...

Photographer Arrested in Japan for Allegedly Drugging, Assaulting 6 Cosplayers

Suspect allegedly spiked drinks of girl cosplayers ― Content warning: The below article contains descriptions of sexual assault and rape. Chiba City police arrested and charged a 49-year-old male on January 21 on suspicion of "quasi-rape" (the legal term in Japan for forced sexual attempts on individuals who are unconscious or unable to resist) and attempted "quasi-rape" of at least six female cospla...
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Voice Actor Sōma Saitō Diagnosed With COVID-19

Saitō recovers at home after testing positive on Sunday ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Sōma Saitō has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The agency stated Saitō developed a fever on Saturday night, and tested positive for the disease the next day. The agency added that Saitō is currently recovering at home after consulting with health care professionals. 81 Produce stated ...
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Singer KOTOKO Cancels Events After Testing Positive for COVID-19

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

Love Live! Sunshine!! actress did not appear at "Lisani! LIVE 2022" event on Saturday ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Friday that voice actress Ai Furihata is self-isolating after a staff member she was around this week tested positive for COVID-19. Furihata was designated a close contact of the staff member who tested positive. As a result, Furihata did not appear at the "Lisani! L...
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Akira Manga Creator Katsuhiro Otomo's Selfie Gets Photobombed by Voice Actor Subaru Kimura

Otomo has been taking selfies to promote the release of his "Complete Works Project" ― To promote the January 21 release of Katsuhiro Otomo's "Complete Works Project," billboard ads are on display in Shibuya and Shinjuku from January 17 to 23. Otomo himself has been visiting the locations of these billboards and taking selfies in front of them. The selfies got a little more buzz than he bargained for...
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Medical Crowdfunding Campaign Organized For Anime Industry Veteran Jan Scott Frazier

Frazier was the first foreigner to work in the production department of a Japanese animation studio ― Voice actress Amanda Winn Lee (Neon Genesis Evangelion's Rei, Persona 4's Yukiko) launched a crowdfunding campaign on Thursday on behalf of anime industry veteran Jan Scott Frazier. On the GoFundMe page, Winn Lee wrote that Frazier has been experiencing medical problems, noting that she was ejected f...
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Voice Actor Takuya Satō Diagnosed With COVID-19

Satō tested positive on Thursday ― Talent agency Ken Production announced on Thursday that voice actor Takuya Satō has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He had a medical examination on Wednesday after feeling sick, and he tested positive in a PCR test on Thursday. Satō is undergoing medical treatment under the health center's guidance. He reported that his physical condition...
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Hyouka Author Honobu Yonezawa's Kokurōjō Novel Wins Naoki Prize

Novelist had previously been nominated for prize twice ― Novelist Honobu Yonezawa (Hyouka) won the 166th Naoki Prize for literature for his Kokurōjō novel. Kokurōjō also won the 12th Yamada Fūtarō Prize in October 2021. The novel is based on the imprisonment of historical figure Kuroda Kanbei by Araki Murashige, a retainer of Oda Nobunaga, following a rebellion at Arioka Castle. The story revolves ar...
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Voice Actor Kent Itō Tests Positive for COVID-19

Wotakoi voice actor recuperates at home after developing cold-like symptoms on Monday ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Wednesday that voice actor Kent Itō was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday. Itō developed cold-like symptoms on Monday and took both an antigen test and a PCR test. He is currently recuperating at home. Itō is known for such roles as Hirotaka Nifuji in Wotakoi: Love is Hard fo...

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