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Sakura Quest Town Turns to Fans to Help Revitalize Local Pond

PA Works' Sakura Quest follows Yoshino Koharu as she finds herself whisked away to the rural town of Manoyama to drum up tourism as its "queen" and protector from the dreaded Chupakabura. The village of Manoyama isn't real, but it does take inspiration from real life locations within Japan. Manoyama is a conglomeration of Inami, Fukumitsu, and Johana, three rural towns that were later merged to fo...
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Yokohama's Summer Nights Are Filled with Parading Pikachu

Event ditches Pokémon GO collaboration this year after previous congestion problems ― This year's annual Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama is ready to launch this summer with a few tweaks. Last year's event was huge, to say the least. A city official reported that 2.3 million people attended, compared to the previous year's 1.79 million. The estimated number of visitors is now said to be closer to 3...
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New Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Café Opens in Tokyo in April

A new Kerochan Cafe for Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card will run at Tokyo Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree Town from April 27 to July 8. The café's offerings will be full of Kero's favorite foods in dishes such as "Kero's Feast Plate," "Onsen Tamago Thick Modan-yaki-Style Tantanmen," and "Kero's Pancake Pudding a la Mode." The café will also feature a variety of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card decorations. ...
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Kanako Itou Previews Full Version of Steins;Gate 0 OP at AnimeJapan 2018

Kanako Itou performed the full version of the Steins;Gate 0 OP theme “Fatima” for the first time at a stage event on Sunday at AnimeJapan2018. A preview of the music video was also screened at the stage event; the single will be released on April 25. You can hear a part of the song in the second PV, which was also unveiled at the stage event. Kadokawa has since posted the video on their Youtube ch...
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Watch Out for Fakes: How to Spot a Saekano Utaha Kasumigaoka Bootleg Figure

Good Smile Company is fighting off bootleg figures again, this time with a handy guide on how to spot a knock-off Utaha Kasumigaoka figure from the anime series Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend. Good Smile Company created the guide after an influx of the bootleg figures began showing up on auction sites. Good Smile's official figure shows Utaha pulling up her nylons as she gets ready for ...
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The Queen of England's Tailors Make Ultimate Char Cosplay

Impeccable British tailors Dege & Skinner, the appointed tailors for The Queen of England and part of the Savile Row Bespoke Association used their eye for design and detail to create the ultimate Char costume. The recreated suit jacket and trousers was created from the same fabric used in British guard's uniforms, and are limited to only three suits. Each suit costs a whopping 864,000 yen (US$8,0...
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Sexual Expression Research Books' 'Harmful' Designations Draw Criticism

Local governments in Japan recently designated books that trace the history of sexual expression as "harmful publications." Some people believe that this labeling, which even extends to research books, is inappropriate and excessive. Shiga Prefecture designated the Zenkoku-han Ano Hi no Erohon Jihanki Tanbō-ki (Chronicle of Searching for Erotic Book Vending Machines That Day National Edition) book...
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Milktub Vocalist bamboo Ties the Knot at Eccentric Family Shrine

The lead vocalist of musical duo milktub, bamboo, announced on his blog that he and his bride held a wedding ceremony at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto on April 13. The happy couple were wed in traditional Japanese attire in a location that holds special meaning for bamboo. The Shimogamo Shrine is also the setting of the Eccentric Family anime series. milktub performed theme songs for both seasons of t...
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Sgt. Frog Gets Ribbit-ing 20th Anniversary Merchandise

Before Mine Yoshizaki designed a whole world of animal friends, he created the popular comedy anime series Sgt. Frog. The sci-fi series stars an alien frog Keroro who is sent to Earth as part of a preliminary invasion force. Things don't go nearly as smoothly as Keroro thought and he ends up living with the Hinata family. The manga series inspired two television anime series and five feature film...
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Design Festa Gallery: A Simple Yet Complicated Story

The Design Festa gallery is a permanent exhibition space in Harajuku that is dedicated to showing off the talents of young and upcoming artists in Japan. Although a wide variety of art is showcased at the Design Festa gallery, some artists work in the anime and manga industries or are strongly influenced by anime-style art. Today, let's focus on a pair of artists who use their illustrations to tel...
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Anime Classifieds: Get Voice Acting Experience on the Set of Layton Mystery Tanteisha

If you were inspired by shogi player Hifumi Katō's voice acting debut in Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katori no Nazotoki File, the staff are looking for more voice acting novices. A classified ad on the Town Work website is seeking out a voice actor to appear in the series in late May. The chosen actor will get hands-on guidance from the series' sound director Ryō Tanaka and get the opportunity to in...
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Anime Producer Yuichi Fukushima Endures Harassment Over DARLING in the FRANKXX Episode

Former A-1 Pictures and current CloverWorks animation producer Yuichi Fukushima's Twitter account is being inundated with angry and harassing messages since the airing of DARLING in the FRANKXX's 14th episode this week. The episode re-established the ongoing love triangle between Hiro, Zero Two, and Ichigo with many fans reacting negatively to Ichigo's actions within the episode. Fukushima wrote t...
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Latest DARLING in the FRANKXX Episode Inspires Angry Hashtag

Beware, here be spoilers for DARLING in the FRANKXX! ― A-1 Pictures and Trigger's DARLING in the FRANKXX anime series has plenty of subplots going on behind its dystopian setting and child soldier conditioning. One of these is a central love quadrangle between monster girl Zero Two, protagonist and all around good guy Hiro, the studious Ichigo, and eternally understanding Goro. Zero Two loves her dar...
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It's a Musical Match! Superfly's Shiho Ochi, Fujifabric's Daisuke Kanazawa Marry

It's perfect musical harmony! The official website for band Superfly announced that singer Shiho Ochi (34) married band Fujifabric's keyboardist Daisuke Kanazawa (38) on Tuesday. Ochi added her own comments on the website's post, characterizing her husband as "calm, caring, and very unique." The pair met about a year ago but Ochi said she feels that she will be able to have fun and laugh with Kana...
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Sword Art Online's Asuna is This Year's Anime June Bride

Are you familiar with the term "June Bride?" It's a long-standing tradition to get married in the month of June as it was at one time thought it was especially auspicious for the couple's future happiness. A lot of it had to do with when people bathed in medieval times. Despite the advent of household plumbing, the tradition stays and Asuna and Kirito are just the latest couple to tie the knot fo...
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Life-Size Gundam Unicorn's 1st Projection Mapping Set for April 21

The life-size statue of the Unicorn Gundam mobile suit from the Mobile Suit Gundam UC anime formally debuted on Tokyo's Odaiba island last year. The statue has the unique ability to transform from "Unicorn mode" to "Destroy mode," and luminesce from 50 different areas. The 1/1-scale statue is going to get even flashier starting on April 21 when Odaiba will hold the statue's first projection mappin...
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My Hero Academia Escape Room Event Returns to Tokyo in June

The My Hero Academia "Heroes Deadend Program" puzzle-solving event is returning to Tokyo at Osaki Bright Core Hall on June 2-3. The event toured Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya last year, but many fans missed out because advance tickets sold out. In the event, participants become students at U.A. High School to solve puzzles and ciphers. Participants utilize Quirks to take on Villain attacks and escape f...
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Fist of the North Star Body Wash Keeps Japan's Men Clean

Pharmaceutical company Rohto's De Ou brand of men's body wash is collaborating with Fist of the North Star to keep real-world manly men clean and fresh. Special packages of De Ou's "medicinal cleansing wash" and "refresh sheets" went on sale at pharmacies and drug stores in Japan on Sunday. The limited-edition body wash packages feature four different Fist of the North Star characters with quotes...
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Notorious Doodler Takuya Eguchi Narrates for Museum Exhibit

Voice actor Takuya Eguchi has a reputation for his "art," confusing official accounts with his Eevee fanart and even crossing over into his own anime series. The art has appeared as "bonus" material for his peers' CD releases. Someone over at Hokkaido's Museum of Modern Art must have decided to have a little fun with Eguchi's art-related popularity, because he's working at a voice guide for the mu...
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Laid-Back Camp Chills Out at Fuji-Q Highland

The Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is getting a dose of chill courtesy of the hit anime Laid-Back Camp. The series is inspiring its own attractions and even a staff talk event starting on April 28. The event is titled "Laid-Back Camp in Fuji-Q Highland Episode 229: Mt Fuji, the Shouting, and the Superb View." The theme park will set visitors out to locate five staff members as part of a stamp rall...
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Women Find Holy Matrimony in the Virtual World

The world of virtual reality is opening up all kinds of experiences. Fans can watch their favorite voice actors practice their lines, go on dates with anime characters, and test their mettle while balancing on beam many stories up. Players can also find love with a beautiful bride or handsome groom. The Sega VR Akihabara arcade is bringing "Wedding VR" to the facility for a limited time only. The ...
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Pop Team Epic Booth Heads to Nico Nico Chōkaigi Event

Popuko and Pipimi are heading to this year's Nico Nico Chōkaigi event where the "crappy" anime stars will host a booth and sell more questionable merchandise. It's predicted that the booth will not only sell pieces of the Takeshobo building but also King Record's building too. Organizers also revealed some of the other merch available, including stickers of Pipimi as a kiwi bird. Last year, the an...
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New Manga Book Tells Author's Personal Story of Schizophrenia

Bunkasha released Kikori Kimura's Tōgō Shicchō-shō Nikki (Schizophrenia Diary) manga book on Tuesday. Kimura began having symptoms of schizophrenia in high school. The book's "comic essays" tell her personal experiences. The book discusses the story of Kimura's situation when she began having symptoms, as well as her daily life with auditory and visual hallucinations, from her own perspective. Acc...
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Virtual YouTuber Trend Expands With Talent Agencies, TV Appearances

The trend of virtual YouTubers, who are typically 3D moe girl characters with hidden true identities, is taking off in Japan. As of March, more than 1,000 registered accounts were reported. It doesn't look like the craze will be slowing down any time soon, and various companies, including game developers, are trying to climb onto the bandwagon. Japanese Internet media company GREE, known for its s...
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Granblue Fantasy Game Launches Detective Conan Collaboration

Cygames revealed details and launched the Granblue Fantasy smartphone game's collaboration with the Detective Conan franchise on Sunday. The company also began streaming a teaser video and an "anime trailer ver." video for the promotion. The teaser video includes clips from Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan series, and hig...
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Shonen Jump's 50th Anniversary Music Fest Hosts KANA-BOON, Kishidan, BiSH, Little Glee Monster

As part of the ongoing celebration for Weekly Shonen Jump's 50th anniversary, Shueisha will hold the "Jump Music Festa" event at Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa on July 7-8. The event's official website revealed the first wave of performing artists on Tuesday. KANA-BOON (Naruto Shippūden, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations), Kishidan (Naruto Shippūden, One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island), BiS...
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Wandering Son's Takako Shimura Draws Kukikodan Musical Group

The official website for musical group Kukikodan revealed on Friday that manga creator Takako Shimura is providing an illustration of members for the jacket of their Boku no Kokoro ni Machi ga Dekite album. The album will ship in Japan on May 23. The illustration features Yukari Yamazaki (vocals), Yoshiyuki Togawa (bass, guitar), and Wataru Kubota (keyboard). Space Shower Music also began streamin...
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2nd Godzilla Anime Film Collaborates With Spa Resort in Fukushima

Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle), the second film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, is collaborating with Spa Resort Hawaiians in Iwaki, Fukushima. A collaboration event will run at the resort from May 3-6, during Japan's Golden Week holidays. The event will feature Japan's first Godzilla head model that will be more than four meters (about 13 feet) tall...
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Eromanga Sensei Anime's New Sagiri Figure Does Laundry

Chara-Ani's Toy's works brand recently unveiled a new figure of Eromanga Sensei's main character Sagiri Izumi. The "Ending Ver." figure shows Sagiri with a laundry basket as she appears in the anime's ending animation. The figure stands about 21 centimeters (about 8 inches) tall and costs 12,960 yen (about US$121). Sagiri appears in her typical loose T-shirt, and her laundry basket is removable. ...
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Akira Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Draws Illustration for Isle of Dogs Film

Manga creator and anime director Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) drew a special illustration for the Japanese release of Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs film. The main characters of the stop-motion animated film appear on the back of a dog in the image. The film's Japanese title, Inugashima, also features in the illustration. The film is set in Japan, and it heavily references Japanese cul...
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Yakuza 6's Live-Action Shorts Show Characters Years After Meeting Kiryu

Sega of America began streaming three live-action shorts for the Yakuza 6: The Song of Life PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. Each video focuses on one character whose life changed thanks to Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima. Substories from the Yakuza series inspired the shorts, with "The Bouncer" and "Prodigal Son" from Yakuza Kiwami and "Another Haruka" from Yakuza 5. The videos show the charact...
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Font Boys Reimagines Japanese Typefaces as Bishōnen

What's the next inanimate object or concept to join the personification craze in Japan? Fonts. Yes, various Japanese typographical fonts are transforming into attractive young men to appear in a new Font Danshi! (Font Boys) project. In the story, second-year high school student Antique AN returns to a town he previously lived in for the first time in several years. He transfers into Morisawa Acade...
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Curry Restaurant's New Gundam Collaboration Focuses on Char's Rise as 'Red Comet'

The Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (CoCoICHI) restaurant chain held a collaborative campaign with the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, offering exclusive merchandise last summer. Now, the chain is suiting up for a collaboration with "Tanjō Akai Suisei" (Rise of the Red Comet), the sixth episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime and the last in the anime's "Loum Arc." The campaign will run from ...
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Locke the Superman Tops List of Longest-Running Manga

The April issue of Nikkei Business Publications' Nikkei Entertainment! magazine, which shipped on March 2, published an article that listed the top 30 longest-running manga. The Nikkei Style website posted the list online on Tuesday. The listed manga have been running for a minimum of 20 years, and seinen manga published by Shogakukan dominate the list. Locke the Superman and Golgo 13, both series...
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Godzilla, Pacific Rim Uprising Mechas Roar Into Battle in Official Promotional Art

Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle), the second film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, and the Pacific Rim Uprising film are collaborating to promote both their spring releases in Japan. Illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin (mechanical art for Macross Frontier, Aquarion Evol) drew a collaboration visual for both films. The visual features Godzilla Earth from the upc...
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Japan's Oldest Pro Shogi Player's Seiyū Dream Comes True in Layton Anime

Japan's oldest pro shogi player Hifumi Katō is making his voice acting debut at the ripe age of 78. Katō, known affectionately as Hifumin by his fans, debuted in the shogi world at 14, holding the record for the youngest pro shogi debut until Sōta Fuji took the title in 2016. Katō has since retired from the professional shogi world and seems to have set is sites on being a part-time voice actor. K...
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My Hero Academia Blackboard Art Gives High School Seniors a Super Surprise

The students of Shinagawa Etoile Girls' High School in Tokyo were in for a surprise on Wednesday when they found one of the chalkboards was covered in an impressive chalk illustration. The girls found that Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia characters were depicting from end to end of the chalkboard to promote the premiere of the anime's third season. うちの学校の私のクラスの黒板にヒロアカの公式のプロデューサーさんと黒板アートの方が来られて、...
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Music Video Previews Ichigo Takano's New Song-Inspired Manga

Ichigo Takano (Orange, Yume Miru Taiyō) will launch a new manga titled Kimi ni Nare (Become You) in the June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine on April 25. A teaser website for the manga series opened on Wednesday, and it is streaming a music video that previews the manga. The manga was inspired by the band Kobukuro's new song of the same title. In the new music video, Takano works on a...
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Star Wars Gets Anime-Esque Make-Over in Monster Strike Game

The Monster Strike smartphone game regularly collaborates with other Japanese video games, like Final Fantasy and properties. Live-action Western movies aren't nearly as common, but this is no Jedi mind trick. The characters from the vast Star Wars universe are heading to Monster Strike in Japan starting on April 13. The campaign is part of the larger “Shall we Mons?” initiative . Players can find...
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Compile Heart Introduces 'Ileheart' Virtual Youtuber Character

New character will introduce Compile Heart games, conduct interviews ― Compile Heart launched a new virtual Youtuber character named Ileheart on Thursday. The character and her YouTube channel will introduce Compile Heart games and will also feature interviews. Hyperdimension Neptunia character designer Tsunako designed the character. In the video, Ileheart introduces herself and her costume, and rea...
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Shouta Aoi Time-Travels Into Pop Team Epic Manga... Sorta

It's been two weeks since voice actor Shouta Aoi saved Pop Team Epic and the internet with his time travel abilities. It didn't take long for the experienced singer to make his way into Bkub Okawa's original web comic. Well, sorta. The official Twitter account for Manga Life Win, the website that publishes the comic, shared an image of Aoi drawn in the same pose as his appearance in the anime's fi...
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My Hero Academia Characters Show Off Their Avengers Fandom in Crossover Videos

The official website for the My Hero Academia anime announced a cross-promotional collaboration with Avengers: Infinity War on Thursday. The East-meets-West team-up arrives in time for the April 27 release of the Avengers: Infinity War film and start of My Hero Academia anime's third season last Saturday. In addition to the joint trailer above, the collaboration includes six videos where the My He...
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Viewers Vote For Most Interesting Anime Based on Light Novels

Did your favorite make the cut? ― The website Goo Ranking held a poll to find out which light novel-based anime series are the most interesting. Voters had a large quantity of series to choose from as light novel anime becomes more and more common each season. Despite the plethora of choices, perhaps the most well known series to jump from the light novel pages still reigns supreme. Reki Kawahara's S...
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Laid-Back Camp's Real-Life Inspiration Sees Visitors Triple

Yamanashi prefecture's camp sites are booming thanks in part to the popularity of Laid-Back Camp. The area's designated pilgrimage camp sites from the series experienced three times as many visitors so far compared to last year. The characters in Laid-Back Camp have varying knowledge when it comes to camping. Rin is a experienced solo camper while Nadeshiko is an enthusiastic novice. Over the cour...
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Cowboy Bebop Characters Reunite for Animate Cafe Collab

It's been 20 year since Spike and the Swordfish II flew through the stars in Shinichiro Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop television anime, and with the exception of an appearance in Ready Player One, we haven't seen much of the Bebop crew since. The Goodsmile Animate Cafe is switching it up and giving Cowboy Bebop the credit it's due. Starting on May 15, the cafe's Akihabara and Osaka locations will host s...
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Coachella Will Resurrect X Japan Members Hide & Taiji as Holograms

The Coachella music festival in Indio, California is known for a number of things. The festival's location brings sweltering heat and music's hottest acts together for multi-weekend shows and packed crowds. It was also the site where Tupac rose from the dead to perform with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre along with deceased rapper Nate Dogg. Since that moment, hologram recreations of departed performers c...
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Pop Team Epic Girls, Actress Minami Hamabe Dance Their Way to Employment

I'm not sure I'd trust Popuko or Pipimi to work anywhere, but part-time job news service an is collaborating with the Pop Team Epic anime none the less. Popuko, Pipimi, and actress Minami Hamabe appear together in a commercial for the service that began airing in Japan on Tuesday. In the commercial, the anime girls perform the Eisai Haramasukoi dance while Hamabe appears in costumes for different ...
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Purported Photos from Live-Action Detective Pikachu Film Circulated

Photos are circulating online that appear to be shots from the set of Rob Letterman's Detective Pikachu live-action film starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith , Ken Watanabe, and Kathryn Newton. The photos show extras dressed in Pikachu and Snorlax outfits as well as green-screen suits. The pictures are allegedly from the film shoot held in London. During the shoot, large balloons were released in...
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Asuna Gets a New Swimsuit for Dengeki Anniversary Figure

The publishing imprint Dengeki Bunko is celebrating its 25th anniversary with unique merchandise of its characters, including Sword Art Online heartthrob Asuna. The heroine is getting a brand-new swimsuit figure to commemorate the anniversary. The figure is based on previous artwork drawn by Sword Art Online light novel illustrator abec for the Dengeki Bunko Festival in 2015. The image was recrea...
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Detective Conan Becomes Police Chief to Promote Anime Film

Conan Edogawa, protagonist of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga, is no stranger to fighting crime. However, he took on a new, more official role as he became police chief for a day in Shibuya, Tokyo on Sunday. The project was part of a "Secret Mission" campaign, which also involves Ran and Amuro, to promote the upcoming Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner) ani...
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Life-Size Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid's Kanna Figure is Off to School

The darling 'daughter' of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is off to school with her red randoseru bag and matching bright red shoes. FigureX, the same life-size figure maker that produced Re:Zero's Rem and OreImo's Kirino is bringing Kanna to life. The figure measures 125 cm tall (about 4ft) and costs 1,620,000 yen (US$15,000). Like previous life-size figures, Kanna is limited edition and FigureX wil...
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Voice Actress Atsuko Enomoto Discusses #MeToo Movement, Harassment in Industry

"I went through a time when I vehemently wanted to quit my job" ― Voice actress Atsuko Enomoto began discussing the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment, and power harassment on Twitter on Saturday. In the tweets, Enomoto commented on her own experiences as a young voice actress, as well as her feelings about harassment in the entertainment industry in Japan. Enomoto noted that the #MeToo movement is s...
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Voice Actors Taiki Hori, Chōcho Kiritani Announce Nuptials

Voice actors Taiki Hori and Chōcho Kiritani announced on their respective blogs that they tied the knot. Hori (Sengoku Paradise Kiwami) wrote on Saturday, "Although I'm very excited about something person, I'll announce here that I got married. My partner is fellow voice actor Chōcho Kiritani. Since we are both voice actors, we have worked hard, co-starred together, and so we ended up married. I w...
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5 cm/s Featured Train Station Will Play Heartwrenching Theme

if you're looking to stir up some bittersweet memories on your next train ride through Japan, one station will play the heartwrenching "One More Time, One More Chance" song from Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters per Second film until June 30. The film features the real-life JR East Oyama train station in Tochigi prefecture. The story's protagonist Takaki Toono tries to go visit his love interest Akar...
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Manga Creator Reiji Yamada Explains Why Mr. Osomatsu's 2nd Season Bombed in Japan

Manga creator Reiji Yamada (Zebraman, Zetsubō ni Kiku Kusuri) appeared on his "Yamada Reiji no Nico Rondan Jihyō" livestream program on Niconico Live on March 14. The second season of the Mr. Osomatsu television anime came up in his discussion of various current topics. Many Japanese viewers apparently feel that the second season of the anime failed in comparison to the first. A lot of buzz surrou...
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Ōgaki City's Original Anime Short Brings the Warring States to Modern Day

Promotional tourism anime have resurrected historical figures and shown off area landmarks. The city of Ōgaki in Gifu has a new promotional anime that does both by adapting the story Oan Monogatari, an account of the Battle of Sekigahara at Ōgaki castle by a woman named Oan and overlapping it with modern Ōgaki. The anime is titled Oan Monogatari: Sono Natsu, Watashi ga Shitta koto and follows Oamu...
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Newspaper: Miyazaki Still in Shock After Passing of Director Takahata

"I still am not used to this feeling" ― Since the passing of animation giant Isao Takahata last week, the Ghibli director's colleagues, friends, and fans have offered their heartfelt condolences and memories. One man who has arguably worked with Takahata the longest is fellow acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, but he hasn't yet released a statement regarding his friend's death. Those who have followe...
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MF Ghost Manga Hints Connection to Initial D's Takumi

The 25th chapter of Shuuichi Shigeno's MF Ghost manga, published in this year's 19th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine on Monday, revealed more information about what happened to Initial D protagonist Takumi Fujiwara after the manga's ending. The chapter explains that Takumi went to England, and rumors are flying that MF Ghost protagonist Kanata became a student of Takumi's. MF Ghost takes place ...
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Detective Conan Teas Celebrate 2 Years of Success With Collection Tin

Japanese tea shop Karel Čapek and Detective Conan's collaboration began offering the Conan Tea Collection tin of character-themed tea bags on Thursday. The tin celebrates the collaboration teas, which have sold the equivalent of more than 550,000 cups of tea over the past two years. The tin includes all four previously released varieties of Detective Conan tea. The set of 20 tea bags costs 3,780 ...
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Keep Coins in Natsume's Book of Friends Nyanko-Sensei Bank

If you don't already have enough Nyanko-sensei merch, a new character item can help you save for future Natsume's Book of Friends purchases. A maneki-neko ("beckoning cat") coin bank shaped like the plump and adorable Nyanko-sensei is available for pre-order now through Takara Tomy A.R.T.S' online shop. The bank celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first television anime adaptation of Yuki Mido...
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Agency Apologizes for Voice Actress Arisa Date's Actions at PriPara Male Idol Event

Voice talent company 81 Produce issued an apology on Wednesday with regard to its affiliated voice actress Arisa Date's alleged improper behavior at an event last month. The agency apologized to fans and related companies for Date's actions at an event for Idol Time PriPara's male idol unit WITH. There is no official confirmation of Date's actions at the event, but it appears her presence upset fa...
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Mr. Osomatsu's Siblings Morph Into Iconic Tezuka Characters

Another April Fool's joke becomes a reality ― The Mr. Osomatsu anime and Tezuka Productions teased the new "Tezuka Osamatsu-san" (Mr. Osamatsu Tezuka) collaborative work on April Fool's Day. The announcement caused a stir, but fans were unsure if the project was real. Staff confirmed on Friday that a real version of the project is celebrating the 90th birthday of the late "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka....
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Villains Crash the My Hero Academia Stage at AnimeJapan 2018

Check what the stars had to say about the new season! ― The voice actors of the My Hero Academia heroes appeared on stage at AnimeJapan 2018 to talk about the upcoming third season and movie, but they were soon joined by the actors who play the villains, who eagerly used the opportunity to turn the discussion into what role the villains will play. The show began with people in giant Deku, All Might, ...
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Chiba Collaborates With Fist of the North Star to Celebrate Clan Founder's 900th Birthday

The city of Chiba, Chiba Prefecture is collaborating with the Fist of the North Star franchise to mark the 900th birthday of Chiba clan founder Chiba Tsunetane. The project also celebrates the 35th anniversary of the franchise. The North Star was an important symbol for the Chiba clan. Through the Hokushin Shinkō religion, which deified the North Star as the bodhisattva Myōken, the star helped to ...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Anime's Posters Feature Character Quotes

To mark the April 3 debut of The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, posters with characters' famous sayings are on display at various train stations in Tokyo. The posters went up on Monday, and they will remain on display on platforms at all 29 train stations of JR East's Yamanote Line until Ap...
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Orange Manga Creator Draws Hey! Say! Jump Band for Facial Cleanser Ad

Orange manga creator Ichigo Takano provided special illustrations of the Hey! Say! Jump boy band for a collaboration with the cosmetics maker Kosé. Takano's illustrations of the band's members with original female characters appear in promotional images for the collaboration and in a commercial that began airing in Japan on Friday. \ #ラチェスカRTキャンペーン /RTで #HeySayJUMP の #高野苺 さん描き下ろしWeb限定動画を見よう公式ツイッター...
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Kingdom Hearts Singer Hikaru Utada Divorces Husband

Singer Hikaru Utada's record label Epic Records Japan confirmed on April 7 that Utada has divorced her husband, an Italian man eight years her junior that she met in London. Utada met the man while he was working as a bartender in a hotel and the two quickly married. Epic Records Japan did not confirm when the divorce took place or the reasons behind the separation. Utada has kept her personal lif...
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Chicken Enters a Deal with the Devil in Amazing Ramen Anime Ad

Nissin's Chicken Ramen makes an unholy union of chicken broth and egg but by god, it's delicious. ― Nissin's Chicken Ramen makes an unholy union of chicken broth and egg but by god, it's delicious. The company's adorable Hiyoko-chan mascot trades his cuteness for an all encompassing power of flavor in an advertisement that could only have been dreamed by Go Nagai himself. The official website offers ...
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Mary and The Witch's Flower Director Designs Airport's Stained Glass

Mary and The Witch's Flower director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (seen right in image below), who also directed When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty at Studio Ghibli, provided the original design for Komatsu Airport's new stained glass display. An unveiling ceremony for the display was held at the airport in Komatsu, Ishikawa on March 22. The city of Komatsu is the setting of the Kanjin...
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Sui Ishida Illustrates Jacket for Ziyoou-vachi's Tokyo Ghoul:re 'Half' Single

Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida provided an illustration of Ziyoou-vachi vocalist Avu for the cover of the rock band's "Half" single. Ishida's illustration appears on the jacket of the single CD's regular version, and it recreates Avu's image from the jacket on the limited edition. The single will ship in Japan on April 25. The regular edition costs 1,080 yen (about US$10), and the limited ed...
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Yama no Susume Girls Encourage Fans to Climb Mountains in Real World

The Japanese government added the national holiday Mountain Day in 2016. The August 11 holiday encourages people to explore their local mountains, which are abundant in Japan. Because the holiday is so new, some people in Japan remain unaware of the special day or its purpose. Japan's National Mountain Day Conference and Yama no Susume Third Season, the Encouragement of Climb anime's third season,...
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Glow-in-the-Dark Mandragora Manga Merch is Frightening

About 40 years ago the manga magazine Shonen Champion ran a series called Macaroni Houren-sou by manga creator Tsubame Kamogawa. The comedy manga inspired a video game in 1995 for the dead on arrival 3DO game system. The series otherwise never broke ground over in the States. The story stars Sōji Okina, a first year student at Piiman Gakuen (lit. Pepper Academy). He's a member of the Fine Arts an...
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Join Voice Actor Tasuku Hatanaka in the Virtual Reality Kitchen

The VR Party app is continuing its seiyū-centric experiences, this time with a focus on home cooking. Voice actor Tasuku Hatanaka, of Ushio & Tora, My Hero Academia, and King of Prism, will cook viewers up a dinner in the virtual world starting on May 23. The virtual reality experience shows Tasuku make himself a meal, even chopping up onions, cook it to completion, praise himself, and then conten...
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Animation Industry & Fans Offer Heartfelt Send-Off to Ghibli's Isao Takahata

"I'm really grateful to you. Mr. Takahata is the world's greatest animation director and forever my teacher." - director Yoshiaki Nishimura ― One of the anime's industry's brightest stars left us yesterday. Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, the director of the emotionally powerful films Grave of the Fireflies and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, died on Thursday due to lung cancer at the age of 82. H...
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Niantic Organizes Pokémon GO Earth Day Clean-Up Events Worldwide

Your favorite Pokémon hunting grounds could get a little cleaner this month, thanks to an upcoming Earth Day event. The Pokémon GO mobile game and Mission Blue are organizing worldwide clean-up events. Participating trainers also will get a reward for their efforts. If 1,500 attendees show up the game will unlock 2x catch Stardust for Grass-, Water-, and Ground-type Pokémon for 48 hours. The bonus...
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Take Snaps with the Laid-Back Camp Girls Using Limited Ed. Casio Camera

Are you a solo camper that wants to bring your favorite anime girls with you on your next trip? Casio is offering an option that'll let you take some snaps with Rin, Nadeshiko, Chiaki, Ena, and Aoi. The company will sell a special model of its EXILIM EX-ZS 29SR digital camera with special features from this year's Laid-Back Camp anime series. The camera comes with 50 built-in digital picture fram...
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Conan & Tōru Amuro Open an Ikemen Cafe for Latest Sho-Comi Collab

The next part of Detective Conan's collaboration with Shogakukan's Sho-Comi shōjo magazine is out and this time it's imagining the titular detective and Tōru Amuro from the Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner film. This year's ninth issue of the magazine features Conan on the cover and bundles a clear file with both characters as waiters at "Coffee Poirot" cafe. The magazine's previous issue inclu...
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Kikuko Inoue Holds BBQ at Please Teacher's Lake Locale, & You're Invited

The "eternally 17-year-old" voice actress Kikuko Inoue (Fairy Tail's Minerva, Ah! My Goddess' Belldandy) is celebrating 30 years in the voice acting business. Inoue, despite having a daughter aged past the 17-years-old mark, keeps up the playful gag with her fans year after year. In order to celebrate her continued place as the go-to voice actress for angelic characters, she's inviting her loyal f...
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Princess Mononoke's Ashitaka Tops Fan Poll of Anime's Best Archers

Perhaps due to the popularity of kyūdō, the Japanese martial art of archery, the world of anime is rife with top-notch archers. It seems like nearly every character who picks up a bow possesses abilities on par with Marvel's Hawkeye. In acknowledgement of anime's abundance of archers, the Goo Ranking website recently asked its readers who the best archer in the history of anime is. The poll was co...
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Sign a Contract to Become a Magical Boy at Magical Girl Ore Event

The official website for the television anime of Icchokusen Mōkon's Magical Girl Ore (Maho Shojo Ore or Magical Girl Boy) manga revealed on Tuesday that staff will distribute a real-world version of the anime's magical girl contract at the Animate store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on April 14. Staff will pass out contracts and leaflets from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In additio...
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CalorieMate Taps 1st Foreign Female Pro Shōgi Player for Anime Ad

Typhoon Noruda's Studio Colorido is animating the web ad ― Polish pro-shogi player Karolina Styczynska is the star of her very own web anime. Styczynska, who first learned about shōgi from the Naruto manga, is the subject of a new animated trailer for CalorieMate titled "Susume, Karolina." The ad brings Karolina together with Polish director and illustrator Mateusz Urbanowicz, who previously worked a...
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ANN Readers' Most Anticipated Spring 2018 Series Revealed

Last week we ran a poll to find out which of the 50+ spring anime series you can't wait to watch. Readers over at Charapedia and Nijimen picked Hozuki's Coolheadedness season three and Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii as their top choices, so let's see how Anime News Network's readers ranked the shows. Anime News Network Reader's Most Anticipated Spring 2018 Anime My Hero Academia Season 3 STEINS;GATE 0...
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Babymetal Heavy Metal Idol Group Gets Their Own Graphic Novel

The Japanese heavy metal idol trio Babymetal is making their foray into graphic novels with the upcoming release Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal ― The Japanese heavy metal idol trio Babymetal is making their foray into graphic novels with the upcoming release Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal by publisher Z2 Comics. GMB Chomichuk (Insane Jane, Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection Vol 1) is ...
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Saeki YouthK Plays Musical Chairs in Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line Song's Music Video

Toho Animation began streaming a music video on Monday for "Dancing," the second opening theme song for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line. Saeki YouthK (Yūsuke Saeki) performs the song and appears in the music video to play musical chairs with dancers. The music video was filmed in early March. In addition to Saeki and more than ten dancers, Saeki's friend Taiki Kudō (Da-iCE) appears as a guest dancer. I...
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Singer-Songwriter SKY-HI Makes Voice-Acting Debut in Koguma no Cake-ya-san Manga Ad

Dance and vocal group AAA member and singer-songwriter SKY-HI (Gundam Build Divers, Gurazeni theme songs; seen below) made his voice-acting debut in a commercial for Kamentotsu's Koguma no Cake-ya-san (Koguma's Cake Shop) manga. In the video, SKY-HI plays the bear cub cake shop manager, and voice actor Natsuki Hanae plays the shop employee who watches over him. Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday m...
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The Ultimate Gundam Poll Posts Its Intermediate Results

Japanese television station NHK is holding an all-encompassing poll for Sunrise's Gundam franchise until April 20. The poll is covering Best Character, Best Mobile Suit, Best Theme Song, and Best Overall Series. It even offers a helpful category function, so if voters can't recall name of their favorite mobile suit, but know what series it's from, they can locate it that way. The official site pos...
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Cup Noodle's Host Guys Promote 3 Tasty New Flavors

Cup Noodle's marketing department is constantly coming up with new, unique ways to promote its brand. The company recently wrapped its "Hungry Days" campaign that starred aged-up versions of classic anime characters before finishing with an apocalyptic love confession. The instant ramen company also had a rather elaborate collaboration with Final Fantasy XV. The company's newest campaign isn't nos...
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Servants Battle in the Frozen North in Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt Animated CM

After introducing eight new servants over the last few weeks, the Fate/Grand Order mobile game introduced the setting and scenario for the first chapter of its "Part Two," dubbed Cosmos in the Lostbelt in a new animated ad on Tuesday. A-1 Pictures animated the commercial. The video is an extended version of the ad shown at the Fate/Grand Order stage event at AnimeJapan 2018. The first chapter is t...
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Four More Servants Join the Fight in Fate/Grand Order

Last month, the Fate/Last Encore anime series started introducing new servants for the Fate/Grand Order mobile game during the series' commercial breaks. The new characters are debuting in the game's "Part Two," dubbed Cosmos in the Lostbelt slated to debut in April. Videos for the new Saber, Rider, Lancer, and Alter Ego debuted first, but now it's time to check out Berserker, Archer, Caster, and ...
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Yuichi Nakamura, Yuuki Kaji Tie for This Season's Most Popular Male Voice Actors

The spring 2018 season is just kicking off, but you might notice some reoccurring voices as you wade through the multitude of shows premiering this month. Who are the most popular male voice actors this season? At the top of list is Yuichi Nakamura, the voice of Karamatsu in Mr. Osomatsu and Tatsuya Shiba in The Irregular at Magic High School. Nakamura is appearing in eight series this season, sev...
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Voice Actors Christopher Bevins, Rachel Robinson Announce Engagement

It's no joke, voice actors Christopher Bevins (44) and Rachel Robinson (45) announced their mutual engagement on April 1. Bevins is an English dub ADR director and voice actor who previously starred as Joe in Prison School, Hanta Sero in My Hero Academia, Japan in Hetalia - Axis Powers, and Nino in ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Bevins popped the question at the same location he and Robinson ...
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Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2018 - Part III

It's that time of the year again: the cherry blossoms fall, and the April Fool's pranks fly (on Easter, no less). Japan's anime, manga and video game industries are fun-loving enough to participate in this tradition every year. Here are 2018's best anime-related April Fool's pranks. Akkun to Kanojo Akkun to Kanojo (Akkun and His Girlfriend) changed its name to Akkun to Moto Kanojo (Akkun and His E...
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Magical Girl Site Voice Actors Show Off Their Idol Skills in Opening Theme Performance

The idol and voice acting group i☆Ris first found fame through singing songs and providing voices for the PriPara franchise, and now they're back for a significantly darker tale about young girls in Magical Girl Site. Two members of i☆Ris are involved in Magical Girl Site: Himika Akaneya (who plays Tsuyuno Yatsumura) and Yū Serizawa (who plays Nijimi Anazawa). i☆Ris also sings the opening theme of...
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Voice Actor Wataru Hatano, Voice Actress Mai Hashimoto Get Married

Voice actor Wataru Hatano (Bungo Stray Dogs' Motojirō Kajii, Fairy Tail's Gajeel Redfox) announced on his blog on Monday that he and voice actress Mai Hashimoto (To LOVE-Ru's Rin Kujō, Busō Shinki's Maochao) are married. Hatano and Hashimoto have worked on several of the same anime, including Toward the Terra, Soul Eater Not!, and Hell Girl: Two Mirrors. In his blog post, Hatano wished for everyon...
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Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2018 - Part II

It's that time of the year again: the cherry blossoms fall, and the April Fool's pranks fly (on Easter, no less). Japan's anime, manga and video game industries are fun-loving enough to participate in this tradition every year. Here are 2018's best anime-related April Fool's pranks. Arc System Works Arc System Works posted a browser game titled "ARC Global Operation," a parody of Fate/Grand Order....
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VRChat Turns Japanese Men Into 3D Moe Girls Online

In the not-too-distant future, we may all be living in a society similar to the world of Ready Player One. Virtual and augmented reality technology is rapidly advancing and increasing in popularity. It's no surprise that anime such as Sword Art Online, .hack, and Summer Wars continue to show people occupying alternate virtual realities that may provide more fulfillment that the real world. In Japa...

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