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Sega's Readyyy! Idol Game Streams SP!CA, La-Veritta Music Videos

Sega revealed its idol training smartphone game Readyyy! earlier this year starring 18 idols ready to take the world's stage. The 18 idols are divvied up into five idol units: SP!CA, RayGlanZ, Just4U, La-Veritta, and Maten Rocket. Since the game's announcement, Sega has released short music videos for RayGlanZ and SP!CA as well as the game's opening sequence animated by Production I.G. thus far an...
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Fish-Faced Idols Keep Things Fresh in Dorukan Manga

Just when you think you've seen idols of every stripe: former yakuza, zombies, a mattress, and horse girls, a new manga appears to defy your expectations. The manga app Manga Zero is publishing a new series by Kazushige Watari starring a group of literally bubbly idols. The girls human from the neck down, but everything up top is fishy. Dorukan stars a music producer named Saita Ushio. Every femal...
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Volks Plans Rose of Versailles Super Dollfies

Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles manga and its heroine Lady Oscar have captured hearts since it debuted almost 50 years ago. The characters appear in campaigns for coffee, chocolate, and yogurt and were recently the inspiration for a new line of shirts from UNIQLO. This winter the characters are appearing in another campaign, this time as the stars of the Dolls Party 40 event at Tokyo Big Sig...
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Mr. Tonegawa Anime's Real Escape Game Offers Dish Inspired by 'Roasting Prostration' Scene

Kaiji spinoff anime Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues is getting a Real Escape Game, titled "Escape From the Big Demonic Year-End Party," at the puzzle-solving theme park Tokyo Mystery Circus from October 18 to January 27. In addition to the main game, Tokyo Mystery Circus' yelo Cafe is offering a special "Roasting Prostration Sausage Criminal Beer Set" for 1,000 yen (about US$9). There is a c...
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Pokémon TCG Partners With Art Exhibition to Recreate Munch's The Scream Painting

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is collaborating with the "Munch: A Retrospecitve" exhibition, which will run at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from October 27 to January 20. Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is getting the Pokémon treatment and transforming into promo cards. The promo cards feature the creatures Pikachu, Eevee, Mimikyu, Psyduck, and Rowlet in the position of the screamer in ...
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Willing Vampire Victims Get to See Castlevania Season 2 Premiere Early

Belmont family descendants and Alucard fans will want to head down to the L.A. Film School in Hollywood today. The location is holding a blood drive and any willing volunteers who donate or sign-up to donate will be able to see the first episode of Castlevania's second season early. The blood drive is going until 5 p.m. today but watch out, you'll need to fight your way past some life-size charact...
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Capture the Female Titan in New Attack on Titan VR Game

Or: prove yourself to Captain Tsubasa on the virtual soccer field ― Sony and arcade game company Taito are teaming up for two new virtual reality experiences. One promises to let you score in the big game with Captain Tsubasa while the other will have you running for your life from the Female Titan. The Ginza Sony Park arcade in Tokyo and the Space Invaders Room in Osaka will test out the two new att...
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Japanese Band Bump of Chicken Belts Out the Weather for 1 Week

The band Bump of Chicken are delivering the weather forecast in Tokyo this week on 38 JFN radio stations. The four band members will be on bright and early at 6 a.m. to deliver the "Chronos Ohayō! Bump Weather Forecast." The group will discuss the day's weather, their new single "Hanashi ga Shitai yo" (I Want to Talk), seasonal foods they want to eat, what books they're reading, and other topics. ...
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Hypnosis Mic Voice Actor Rap Project's 2nd Live Event Rocks the House

The voice actor rap battle project Hypnosis Mic has come a long way from performing in the mall just one year ago. The smaller venue and performance hiccups were streamlined, CDs and merchandise debuted, and now the crew is even getting its own smartphone game. The rapping group's popularity has skyrocketed and has amassed 300,000 followers on Twitter. Members of the project's four groups decided ...
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Cells at Work! Lottery Offers Cuddly Platelets

In any other scenario, referring to platelets as "cuddly" would be nonsense but this is Cells at Work! where everything that makes you tick takes on a human form. This includes your blood platelets reimagined as hardworking tots making sure any internal repairs are clotted where and when as needed. The eChance lottery merchandiser is hoping to entice players hoping to take their own platelet home....
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Numazu Police Arrest Love Live! Sunshine Itasha Driver

Fictional idol Yō Watanabe can't catch a break. First, her manhole cover in Numazu is defaced and now one of her biggest fans had a fateful run-in with the local police. The 23-year-old driver of a decked out Yō itasha allegedly hit a woman with the car and fled the scene on October 13. Numazu police arrested the man, originally from Tsukuba, Ibaraki, on suspicion of causing an injury with a car d...
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Pokémon Sun & Moon Teases On Point Utena Homage

Kunihiko Ikuhara's Revolutionary Girl Utena is 20 years old this year and has since celebrated with rosy booze, merchandise, an exhibition, a Blu-ray release, and a brand-new musical. Two decades later, the series is still influential. Viewers were able to see the fruition of Ikuhara's legacy in last season's Revue Starlight and can tune in to the upcoming episode of Pokémon Sun & Moon for a huge ...
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Fullmetal Alchemist's Al Continues Hunt for Philosopher's Stone as High-End Statue

High-end figure maker First 4 Figures revealed its first Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood statue on Friday. The Alphonse Elric resin statue is slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2019. The figure comes in Definitive, Exclusive, and Regular editions, plus Combo editions for both the Definitive and Exclusive versions. Any statue is available in gray and silver variants, and the Combo Edition...
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Crunchyroll Adds Content Warning to Goblin Slayer 1st Ep

The first episode of White Fox's adaptation of Kumo Kagyu's light novel series Goblin Slayer debuted on Crunchyroll on October 6 to wide-eyed reactions. The dark fantasy series opens with a 15-year-old girl going out on her first guild mission into the lair of a group of goblins, monsters that terrorize the human population. The guild, made up of women, are hoping to rescue a group of girls kidnap...
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Billionaire Elon Musk Dreams of Giant Mecha

SpaceX founder, former Tesla chairman, and otherwise controversial entrepreneur Elon Musk has set his sights on bringing mecha from the world of anime to reality. Musk tweeted on Sunday that it was time to create a mecha. The tweet followed one earlier that day where Musk shared his love of Makoto Shinkai's your name. and Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion. The billionaire must have had anime ...
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Shogakukan Promotes Sunday Webry Service With Comedian Dance Videos

The PR team members for Shogakukan's Sunday Webry (Sunday Web Every) manga website have some pep in their steps. The team went to town on a song-and-dance video to promote the site. Not only did the project's main 30-second television commercial debut on Friday, but various related videos also began streaming at the same time. There is a general 15-second version, plus three more 15-second version...
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Goodnight Punpun Creator Inio Asano Holds 1st Art Exhibition in December

Newly-wed manga creator Inio Asano will get his first ever art exhibition celebrating 20 years worth of work since his debut. The "20th Anniversary Commemoration Exhibition: The World of Inio Asano ~Ctrl+T2~" will kick off on December 21 at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The exhibition is Asano's first of this magnitude and will feature everything from the artist's manuscripts to art from his ...
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Dengeki Bunko's 25th Anniversary Drum Sets Feature 4 Popular Light Novel Series

Canopus Drums is collaborating with ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint to offer special built-to-order drum sets. The limited-edition sets will feature designs from Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, Here comes the three angels, and Ro-Kyu-Bu! The front head on the bass drum in the sets will feature illustrations for each light novel. The shells of all of the drums will also have spe...
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Ichiban Kuji Goes Super Saiyan With New Dragon Ball Prize Lottery

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji prize lottery will begin offering a "Battle of World with Dragon Ball Legends" line on October 17. The video below previews the lottery's top prizes, which are detailed figures. The prize lottery will be available at 7-Eleven and Ito-Yokado stores in Japan. Each prize ticket will cost 650 yen (about US$6). IMG db2.jpg IMG db3.jpg IMG db4.jpg IMG db5.jpg IMG db6.jpg IMG db7...
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film's 4D Screenings Offer 'Enforcer Certificate'

The official website for Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise, revealed the bonus items for attendees to the film's 4D screenings. Theatergoers will receive an "Enforcer Certificate from Tōru Amuro" with a special illustration from Detective Conan manga creator Gosho Aoyama. The QR code on the certificate will let fa...
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Yamaha Launches Manga Campaign to Showcase Japan's Motorcycles, Saunas

Yamaha Motor Company recently launched a manga-themed promotion that features a fictional manga magazine titled "Totonotta Magazine." The first wave of the promotion features three manga inspired by motorcycles, saunas, and sauna food. The first wave of manga are "Sado -Genshi no Kaze no Maki" by Katsuki Tanaka (Gyakkō no Koro, Baka Drill), "Sauna Mettler" by Masashi Asaki and Tadashi Agi (Psychom...
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Super Glue Brand's Youth Promo Campaign Adds Baseball Anime Short

For its latest installment in the "Kuttsuke Seishun" (Stick to Youth) campaign, Toagosei's Aron Alpha brand of instant adhesives, sold as Krazy Glue in the U.S., unveiled a baseball anime short at the end of September. The short is titled "Secchaku Nine" (Gluing Nine), and it tells the type of story familiar to many sports anime fans. Full Version 30-Second Version 6-Second Version The premise of ...
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Bloom Into You Anime Gets Collaboration Café in November

The official website for the television anime of Nio Nakatani's Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) yuri manga is partnering with Cure Maid Cafe for a new collaboration café next month. The event will run in the café in Akihabara, Tokyo from November 2-11. The café will feature food, drinks, and desserts inspired by the anime's main characters. Guests will receive special bonus items with their o...
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Berserk, Paprika Composer's Ban on Light Sticks Backfires on Twitter

Light sticks have become ubiquitous at pop music concerts in Japan, but composer Susumu Hirasawa (Berserk, Paprika, Millennium Actress) has apparently had enough. He tweeted on Sunday, "Glow sticks are prohibited at my concerts. If you want to wave something cylindrical over your head no matter what, make it an inkan. An inkan." Inkan are seals commonly used in Japan in lieu of signatures to sign ...
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Mega Man's Next Big Foe Is Osaka Cybercrime

Before Mega Man heads to the big screen, he'll need to put a stop to all those pesky fraudsters looking to make a quick buck with internet users' credit card information. The Osaka Prefectural Police Department's cybercrime prevention division and Osaka Prefecture's council for preventing credit card crime are distributing new collaboration materials to educate the public about online crime. The c...
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Pass the Polpo Test, Become an Honorary JoJo Passione Gangster

Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga has appeared as testing material more than once. The plot of Stardust Crusaders was the premise of a geography test for Kokushikan University and the Joestar family also teaches English in an official book series. One test that appears in the manga has no academic knowledge requirements at all, instead it's all about endurance. That's the predicament...
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Here's How to Spend 3 Million Yen to Create the Ultimate Rem Ita-Room

Re:Zero's Rem is a fan-favorite character, sometimes overshadowing the series' main heroine Emilia. She's the subject of a VR app and tons of limited edition merchandise spanning a full-size figure to ukiyo-e artwork and one man has made it his destiny to own it all. 26-year-old Twitter user @Onika_Rem0202 in Shizuoka absolutely loves Rem. He outfitted his Mazdaspeed Axela sedan (Mazda3 in the U.S...
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Detective Conan Creator Will Take Your Black Organization Questions Now

Detective Conan manga creator Gosho Aoyama has slowly revealed more and more information about the nefarious Black Organization, the group thought responsible for Conan's predicament. The manga's 95th volume will begin to unmask the group's mastermind when it's released on October 18. In light of these upcoming revelations, Aoyama has decided to be a good sport and open the floor to his readers to...
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Free AI Service Will Help You Find Your Perfect BL Manga Match

Like the customers in Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san, fujoshi are always looking for recommendations for the latest, hottest boys-love manga title. The genre is huge and there are a lot of titles to choose between, so going in blind can be both disappointing and expensive. Once you've worked your way through the popular titles, how does a voracious BL reader decide what to pick up next? The boys-...
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Eevee's Invasion Continues Into Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Game

Everywhere turn, there's Eevee. The furry brown Pokemon invaded Pikachu's own invasion of Yokohama this year, took over LAWSON's popular chicken nugget snacks, and inspired new trainer designs all ahead of the release of the Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch game. The power of Eevee can't be contained within just one Nintendo game franchise. The monster has to spread the word in the neighb...
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Nintendo's New Patent Could Bring Game Boy Emulation to Touch Screen Devices

There's been plenty of popular throwback consoles hitting the market lately, including the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition. There was speculation that a patent filed last October might mean an official Mini Game Boy is heading our way, but Nintendo has remained mum over the past year. Instead the company filed a patent in the United States on March 16 and the Patent Office published t...
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Jaden Smith is Ballin' Like Goku in New Hip-Hop Track

Kanye West might be all about Akira but music artist and actor Jaden Smith's favorite is Dragon Ball's Goku. Just this week, Smith released a new song named after Akira Toriyama's hero. The track includes the line "I'm ballin', I feel like I'm Goku" and the promotional image for the single shows Smith standing in Tokyo's otaku hub Akihabara. If you listen closely, the song also samples a scream ef...
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Yamaha Will Release New Record Players After 27 Years

Yamaha is following Sony by reviving its record players. This month, Yamaha will release two new analog record player models for the first time in 27 years. The decision is likely a reflection of the growing vinyl market in America, estimated to be worth 30 billion yen (US$275.5 million). Yamaha will begin selling its TT-S 303 and MusicCast VINYL 500 models for 58,000 yen (US$449.95) and 90,000 ye...
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Sword Art Online's Asuna Created As Virtual Avatar Spokesperson

Sword Art Online's main heroine has a new job as a virtual avatar that fans can interact with on Twitter. Staff input everything they know about Asuna into a program with voice clips by voice actress Haruka Tomatsu. The program comes up with new responses based on continued input from users, so in a way, Asuna also learns through virtual interaction. Staff used Motion Graphics by Live2D to create ...
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Momoko Sakura's Coji-Coji Manga Celebrates Straightener Band's 20th Anniversary

Momoko Sakura's Coji-Coji manga is collaborating with the Japanese rock band Straightener (Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion theme song) to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary. Collaboration merchandise will go on sale at nine pop-up shops on October 13. The project came about because the band members are fans of Coji-Coji. The collaboration illustration features the band members as Coji-Coj...
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Phantom Thief Jeanne's Arina Tanemura Designs Characters for Alice Closet Game

Manga artist and character designer Arina Tanemura is bringing her dreamy artwork to DMM Games' latest project Alice Closet. The game is slated to debut on Android and iOS devices and as a PC browser next year. The game puts players in charge of dressing up a mysterious "Flower Doll" named Alice in the world of Wonderland. The player is transported to picture book-like Wonderland from the modern w...
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In This Corner of the World Staff Reunite for Promotional Short Anime

Promotional anime short for Otafuku Sauce is 1st of 3 planned shorts ― Food and seasoning company Otafuku Sauce began streaming an anime short on Wednesday titled "Watashi no Na wa Ōtafukuko ~Chiisana Shiawase o, Chikyū no Shiawase ni~. (Borderless Happiness)" The short portrays the main character Ōtafukuko, a 1,028-year-old woman, making and sharing Issenyōsho in a scene set in Hiroshima after the S...
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon Games' Halloween Competition Offers Shiny Mimikyu

The Pokémon franchise often gets into the spooky spirit of October with Halloween celebrations. This year is no different, and the website for the Pokémon Global Link service revealed the "Ultra Spooky Cup" competition on Monday. Only the creepiest and eeriest Pokémon will be permitted in the contest (full list on the official website). The competition will be full of Ghost types and scary monster...
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1980s NES Game Idol Hakkenden Gets Fan Revival

Someone went deep-diving into the NES cartridges and pulled out a long forgotten game, blew the dust off, and decided to give it a mini-renaissance. How else would we get an English fan-translation for the otherwise little known Idol Hakkenden? Idol Hakkenden is a text-based adventure game released solely in Japan in 1989. Video game developer Natsume created the game for the Nintendo Entertainmen...
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Fate/stay night's Junichi Suwabe Gives Expert Beauty Advice via Smart Mirror

Yesterday, the Smart Mirror “novera” added Jun Fukuyama as a voice actor for its growing cast of characters. Fukuyama voices Yutaka Sudō, an "emotionally honest" pastry chef that Smart Mirror users can interact with while also receiving make-up advice. He joined Yuuki Kaji, who voices the "fastidious and standoffish spacial designer" Yuki Takano. Today the product creators announced that Junichi S...
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Enjoy a Meal with Nagoya's Buffest Bros for 1 Night Only

For one night only, Nagoya's most muscular men will wine and dine customers at the ENCORE by hacocoro venue in Higashi ward. The venue is predominately used for weddings but on October 20 it'll be staffed by the performance group "All Out" to create a one-of-a-kind muscle man cafe. The cafe is also getting in the Halloween spirit and its burly guys will be in pirate costumes to entertain guests wi...
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Saekano Illustrator Kurehito Misaki Is Booked Until 2022

The official Twitter account for Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend) light novel illustrator Kurehito Misaki revealed on Sunday that he is mostly booked for projects until 2022. The tweet said that his available reservations are completely full for the rest of 2018 and 2019. Misaki's schedule is also tight in 2020 and after. Therefore, people who want to reque...
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Gohan vs. Cell: Dragon Ball Z Characters Face Off as adidas' 2nd Collaboration Shoes

Do you like the 11-episode showdown between Gohan and Cell in the Dragon Ball Z anime? Do you need something to put on your feet before venturing out into the world? If so, shoe brand adidas Originals may have the perfect solution. The company unveiled its second set of Dragon Ball Z-inspired shoes on Monday. The Gohan shoes are inspired by the half-Saiyan, half-human character's signature purple ...
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Blue Exorcist's Jun Fukuyama Whips Up Beauty Advice via Smart Mirror

Last week, the Smart Mirror “novera” introduced Yuuki Kaji as the voice actor behind the product's Yuki Takano character. Kaji will voices the "fastidious and standoffish spacial designer" that Smart Mirror users can interact with while also receiving make-up advice. The Smart Mirror device resembles a regular mirror but is equipped with an electronic display, a voice controlled interface, and oth...
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Godzilla, Gundam Anime's Golden Goliaths Gleam in Collaboration Visual

Godzilla: The Planet Eater (Godzilla: Hoshi wo Kū Mono), the third and final film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, is collaborating with Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT), the new anime project for the Gundam franchise. Both anime will open in theaters in Japan in November, and a collaboration visual for their joint campaign debuted on Monday. Illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin drew...
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NYCC's Inaugural Anime Fest Draws Mixed Reception From Fans, Vendors

Attendees and vendors alike registered mixed reviews of this weekend's inaugural Anime Fest @ NYCC, a collaboration between ReedPOP and Anime Expo that never quite delivered on its big dreams. ― ReedPOP and Anime Expo's The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced the inaugural Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo event in July to mixed reactions. Some con-goers saw the event, which...
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Bungō Stray Dogs Boys Study Up at Kochi Literary Museum

The boys of Bungo Stray Dogs take inspiration from real authors like Edogawa Rampo and Osamu Dazai. The characters are studying up on their historical counterparts with a collaboration at the Kochi Literary Museum. The first event "The Brilliant Bookshelf of Edogawa Rampo" is focusing on the mystery author's literary achievements with artwork of the Bungō Stray Dogs character hanging out with Edga...
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Shonen Jump Stars Appear on Energy Jelly Packs

Morinaga's Weider in Jelly energy drinks are partnering with Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The stars of popular manga such as Haikyu!!, Gintama, Prince of Tennis, Naruto, and Bleach will appear on special packages of the energy jelly. The campaign is running from October 1-31, and 1,000 fans will win Weider in Jelly packs with special designs. Fans can choose one of 100 "power scenes" sh...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge, Eromanga Sensei Artists Design Virtual YouTubers

Japanese company Donuts has partnered with popular artists to create three new virtual YouTubers (VTubers). Himetsuru Sayuki, Kujō Kasumi, and Tsukimiya Shizuku debuted in late September with character designs by Tiv (Masamune-kun's Revenge, Heaven's Memo Pad manga), Hiro Kanzaki (Eromanga Sensei, Oreimo light novel illustrations), and Tyabaneko (Kanpani☆Girls), respectively. 音声も上げちゃいます! pic.twitt...
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Jingai-san no Yome Anime Inspires Kanenogi Plush

Kanenogi, a mysterious lifeform and "husband" to Tomari in Jingai-san no Yome, is getting a plush through the manga's publisher Ichijinsha. Kanenogi is the star of artist Akiwo Yasaka and author Yu Aikawa's original manga. The four-panel series centers on high school student Tomari after he becomes "wife" of the fluffy creature. The release of the plush celebrates the anime adaptation's premiere. ...
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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Anime Gets Exhibition in October

Gonzo marked its 25th anniversary with an exhibition this past summer. The event featured many of the studio's most popular titles such as Samurai 7, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Last Exile, and Romeo × Juliet. Now, one of those titles is getting an exhibition of its own. The Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo television anime will get an exhibition at ACG_Labo in Harajuku, Tokyo from...
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The War of the Worlds Novel Inspires Digital Manga Series

A new adaptation of H. G. Wells' classic science fiction novel The War of the Worlds (Uchū Sensō or "Space Wars" in Japanese) debuted in the 13th issue of Enterbrain's Comic Beam 100 digital magazine on Friday. Iharasai is providing the story, and Hitotsu Yokoshima is drawing the manga. The novel's story, set in the United Kingdom in 1901, centers on a photographer. In the first chapter, the photo...
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Pokémon Fans Can Snuggle New Mimikyu Plush While Using PCs

In the realm of Pokémon, Pikachu, Eevee, Meowth, Mew, and the Substitute move have already inspired PC cushions, pillows that can support the user's body and arms while using a computer. In its continual quest to earn just as much love as Pikachu, Mimikyu is now getting its own PC cushion. The Premium Bandai website is offering this new cuddly version of the creepy monster. The PC cushion is actua...
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KanColle's Real-World Fish Festival Falls Victim to Scalpers

Pacific saury is a traditional fall dish in Japan, and some places even have festivals where visitors can eat free fish. The Kantai Collection (KanColle) game has mimicked real-world festivities with an in-game "Chinjufu Sanma Matsuri" (Naval District Saury Festival) event held every fall since 2015. Staff decided to go full-circle with a real-life saury festival in 2016, and the event is returnin...
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Made in Abyss Anime-Inspired Costumes Appear in The Tower of Aion Game

The Made in Abyss anime is teaming up with NC Japan's The Tower of Aion PC game, and a collaborative event will begin on October 10. During the collaboration period, Made in Abyss items and event dungeons will appear in the game. Completely new costumes inspired by Riko, Reg, Nanachi, and other characters will be available. In addition, the game's Twitter account is running a giveaway campaign fro...
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Square Enix's Gangan Online Manga Site Marks 10th Anniversary

Square Enix's manga website Gangan Online launched on October 1, 2008. The site is still going strong and announced various 10th anniversary projects on Monday. An array of creators such as Barakamon's Satsuki Yoshino, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun's Izumi Tsubaki, and Mahōjin Guru Guru 2's Hiroyuki Eto provided celebratory messages and illustrations that are available to view now on the website. The ...
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Sanrio Collaborates With Pretty All Friends Project for Super-Deformed Merch

The Pretty arcade game series' Pretty All Friends project is collaborating with Sanrio, and campaign illustrations debuted last week. The illustrations feature super-deformed versions of Aira, Rizumu, Mion, Mia, Naru, Laala, and Yui, as well as mascot characters such as Rabi-chi and Punicorn. Tin badges, rubber straps, pouches, hand towels, and other merchandise featuring the illustrations will go...
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Tokyo Ward Mayor Apologizes to Manga Creator After Incident at Children's Event

Manga creator Saho Yamamoto (Okazaki ni Sasagu, Mujihi na 8bit) visited the ward office of Tokyo's Setagaya ward on Monday to participate in an international manga workshop related to a sister-city program with Australia. When Yamamoto arrived for the event, however, it did not go as well as she had anticipated. She tweeted later that day, "I had a job with the Setagaya ward office, but it was so ...
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Attack on Titan Voice Actor Yuuki Kaji Will Give You Beauty Advice via Smart Mirror

Ever wished your mirror could actually tell you how you look and what to do to look better? How about taking it one step further - do you want to look in the mirror and have Yuuki Kaji give you beauty advice? This will become reality as soon as next year, when the Smart Mirror “novera” hits the market. A Smart Mirror resembles a regular mirror but is equipped with an electronic display, a voice co...
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Players Choose Their Perfect Persona Partner in Official Poll

Atlus' Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game will bring together 28 characters from Persona game franchise when the game releases next month. With so many protagonists and villains in one place, the obvious question is which character will be in your party? The game's official website held a Twitter poll in September to get to the bottom of this popularity mystery. The winner, by a hu...
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Friends, Fans Bid Farewell to Pokémon, JoJo's Voice Actor Unshō Ishizuka

Aoni Production announced the unfortunate passing of voice actor Unshō Ishizuka due to esophageal cancer in August. Ishizuka was the voice behind many beloved anime characters including Pokemon's Professor Oak, Cowboy Bebop's Jet Black, Dragon Ball Super's Mr. Satan, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Joseph Joestar. Ishizuka's private funeral and wake were held in August followed by a larger farewell...
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Voice Actors: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a 'Success Story'

Miho Okasaki. Yumiri Hanamori, Makoto Furukawa, M.A.O, Takuya Eguchi discuss isekai series first two episodes ― The main voice actors of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime spoke about their roles in the anime at the advance screening of episodes 1 and 2. The show was attended by Miho Okasaki (shown right, who plays Rimuru), Yumiri Hanamori (Shizu), Makoto Furukawa (Benimaru), M.A.O (Shion), and ...
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Space Adventure Cobra Creator Calls Out Pop Team Epic for Using Design Without Permission

The Pop Team Epic manga and anime are known for spoofing other franchises. However, crossover copyright issues sometimes land creator Bkub Okawa in hot water, especially on Twitter. Okawa had to post a new apology on Wednesday after borrowing content from Buichi Terasawa's Space Adventure Cobra manga and anime series. Okawa's birthday was Wednesday, and he made a celebratory tweet. Terasawa retwee...
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Yu Yu Hakusho Gets Special Edition of Shonen Jump on Thursday

Special edition contains manga's last chapter, fan-voted top 10 chapters ― Shueisha announced on Wednesday that it will offer a special edition of its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Thursday titled "Yu Yu Hakusho Jump." The special edition will contain the top 10 chapters of Yoshihiro Togashi's Yu Yu Hakusho manga voted in by fans, as well as the manga's final chapter "Sore kara..." The special editi...
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SSSS.Gridman Anime Takes Over Akihabara to Mark Premiere

For a limited time beginning on October 6, the SSSS.Gridman anime will "hijack" the PC monitors of some of the shops in Tokyo's Akihabara Electric Town area. Some participating shops will also offer "original novelties." Hyper Agent Gridman himself will patrol Akihabara Electric Town on October 6, the day the anime premieres. Participating shops include the head locations of the Tsukumo and Dospar...
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Megadeth's Marty Friedman Brings Hard Rock to Captain Tsubasa

Marty Friedman has been busy in Japan since he ended his tenure as the lead guitarist of heavy metal band Megadeth. He's taken up residence in the country for the last decade where he continues to rock out on television programs and pen music articles in Japanese newspapers and magazines. He also regularly collaborates with Japanese artists and pop groups, like Momoiro Clover Z, and provides guita...
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Ghibli Studio's World of Color is Focus of New Museum Exhibit

The Ghibli Museum is planning a new exhibit to focus on how directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata bring their films to life through use of color. The "Eiga o Nuru Shigoto" exhibition will launch on November 17 and include examples of painted animation cels and anecdotes from Ghibli's staff, including Ponyo and Spirited Away color designer Michiyo Yasuda. The exhibit will also exemplify how th...
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Tokyo's Permanent Pokémon Cafe Attracts 100,000 Diners in 6 Months

After a few pop-ups over the years, The Pokémon Company opened the first permanent Pokémon Cafe at The Pokémon Center Tokyo DX & Pokémon Cafe in the Takashimaya Department Store Nihonbashi. The endeavor was a major success as nearly 100,000 hungry trainers have shuffled in for a bite to eat since the location opened on March 14. The cafe seats 140 eaters at a time and visitors will be hard-pressed...
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Radiant, Twin Star Exorcists Creators Hold Joint Talk Event in Kyoto

Japanese manga creator Yoshiaki Sukeno (Twin Star Exorcists) and French bande dessinée creator Tony Valente (Radiant) will appear together at the "Tony Valente x Sukeno Yoshiaki Talk Show Shōnen, Manga ni Deau" (Boys Meet in Manga) event at Kyoto International Manga Museum on November 17. Institut français du Japon - Kansai is holding the talk event as part of the "Dokusho no Aki Bande Dessinée no...
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Dunlop Tire's 2nd Road to You Anime Short Stirs Feelings of Parental Love

On Monday, Dunlop Tires announced it had a second fully-animated commercial in the works for its Winter Maxx 02 stud-less tires. The ad is titled "ROAD TO YOU ~Hoshifuruoka no Yakusoku~" (Road to You: Promise of the Starry Hill) and follows a college student named Yui spending her 20th birthday with her mom at an observatory in Hokkaido where her late father used to view the stars. The topic prove...
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NANA's Ai Yazawa Draws Historical Men's Fashion for New Book

Manga artist Ai Yazawa has taken on a variety of small illustration projects since putting her popular manga NANA on hold in 2009 while being treated for an unspecified serious illness. She contributed artwork for singer JUJU's single Iiwake last year, drew a mini-manga featuring characters from her series Tenshi Nanka ja Nai and Gokinjō Monogatari in 2016, contributed new images to the 2015 NANA ...
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Past Precures Join Forces to Appear in Hugtto! Precure Anime

More magical girls than you can shake a wand at. ― Staff of the Hugtto! Precure television anime revealed that characters from past Precure franchise anime will appear in the current series this month. The characters will appear in episode 36, which will premiere on October 14, and in episode 37, which will premiere on October 21. The Precures from Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode and Maho Girls Precure!...
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X Japan Streams Cancelled Concert Amid Typhoon Warnings

Natural disasters have plagued Japan this year and the country is currently in the midst of yet another typhoon. Typhoon Trami made landfall over the weekend, knocking out power for 750,000 in Japan and killing at least two citizens. The typhoon follows the destructive Typhoon Jebi by only a matter of weeks. Japan's entertainment industry took precautions as Trami approached by cancelling anime pr...
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Twitter User's Beloved Girls und Panzer Itasha Stolen

Perhaps one of the biggest investments a fan can make into an anime franchise is decking out their car in custom wraps of their favorite characters. Known as itasha (literally, "painful car"), these vehicles can be spotted both in Japan as personal vehicles or taxis and across the Pacific cruising the streets of Miami. Since itasha are so uniquely eye-catching, they would seem like a low-risk for ...
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Yūichi Nakamura, Nao Tōyama Lead the VA Pack for Fall 2018 Anime Season

This year's fall anime season is just getting started, so whether you're tuning in to a select few series or plan to cram as many into your brain as you can, you're going to hear some familiar voices across the board. The fall season is packed with talent, but just like its predecessors there are a few stars appearing over and over again. The folks at Animate Times took a look at this season's lin...
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My Hero Academia Exhibit Takes You Through the Anime Locations

My Hero Academia is holding a week-long exhibit at Ikebukuro Sunshine City covering all three seasons of the anime so far, plus the movie. Unlike most anime exhibits, the focus this time isn't on the production materials. Instead, it recreates many of the iconic locations of the anime, allowing visitors to relieve some of their favorite moments of the series as if they're part of the scene. It sho...
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Giant Kero Crashes Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition in Roppongi Hills

The upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura exhibition isn't all flower petals and frilly skirts. Kero-chan is finally getting his due as a giant photo prop. The super-sized Kero can be found in the exhibition's "Flower Room" where participants can stick their own flower seals on the wall. In the exhibition's Maze Original Art Zone, unique illustrations are on display depicting characters from the manga and an...
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Dunlop Tires Ready to Roll Out Next 'Road to You' Anime Short

The Dunlop tire company is one of many to turn to animation to tell engaging stories and plug their product to consumers. Last year the company produced the "Road to You ~Kimi e to Tsuzuku Michi~" (Road to You: The Road That Goes On to You) anime short starring Hiroshi Kamiya and Miyuki Sawashiro. The anime short's story was set in a certain snowy land and centers on the intermingling feelings of ...
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AnimeJapan 2019 Launches 'Most Wanted Anime Adaptation' Poll, Reveals Theme

One of the industry's largest conventions is still six months away but the staff are already prepping for the biggest AnimeJapan event yet. Next year will mark AnimeJapan's sixth annual convention and staff are taking inspiration from the number six itself. The convention will focus on "rock" (roku) at Tokyo Big Sight from March 23-26. An entire area of the convention hall will be dedicated to art...
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Giant Akira Mural Calendar Sold for 1 Day Only

Event commemorates story's setting year approaching ― Pedestrians in the Shibuya district of Tokyo probably noticed changes around the PARCO department store. The store is under renovations until 2019 and its construction barricades have featured a number of artistic face-lifts from Katsuhiro Otomo's classic manga Akira. Manga art first appeared in winter 2017 and grew into massive gallery of sorts a...
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Cleveland Browns' Tight Ends Bring DBZ Fusion Dance to the End Zone

The Cleveland Browns tight ends Darren Fells and David Njoku brought their Super Saiyan game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Fells, catching a throw from quarterback Baker Mayfield, takes it to the end zone for a touchdown. He celebrates with teammate Njoku by recreating the Dragon Ball Z fusion dance. Looks like we've got at least two more fans out in the professional athletic arena. Fells...
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Cells at Work! Continues to Education with Free Assets for Teachers, Medical Staff

David Production's adaptation of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work manga brought the everyday microscopic world inside our bodies to life each week. The series never shied away from the less savory details and often depicted them in amusing or over-the-top ways to really hammer the information home. Its depiction of cancer garnered praise from a real oncology researcher and opened discussion on how to...
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4-Panel Manga Creator Offers T-Shirts Perfect for Dōjin Sellers

The official Twitter account for the Itsumo no Maskneco four-panel manga revealed T-shirts for dōjinshi sellers earlier this month. The tweet says, "I made T-shirts that are absolutely necessary at dōjin events." The shirts are available through Uniqlo's original T-shirt-making service UTme!, and the regular white versions each cost 2,290 yen (about US$20). They can prevent confusion at events by ...
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Ribon Magazine's Book About Bundled Bonuses Gets Café

Digital book store honto is collaborating with the Ribon no Furoku Kawaii no Himitsu (Ribon Furoku: The Secret of Kawaii) book for a café event. The café will run at DNP Plaza in Tokyo from October 3-22. Lattes with an image of the Ribon-chan mascot character for Shueisha's Ribon shōjo manga magazine drawn by Ai Yazawa (NANA, Paradise Kiss) will be available. People who order the special drink wil...
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Before 'Bowsette' There Was 'Bowser Peach' Concept Art for Super Mario Odyssey

If you don't know who Bowsette is yet, you probaby don't own a computer. But for those out of the loop, the "Bowsette" (or "Princess Bowser" in Japanese) meme started when one Twitter user imagined what would happen if Bowser used Toadette's Super Crown from the upcoming the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe game. The result is a sort of hybrid character that embodies parts of Peach while ultimately ...
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Video Previews Attack on Titan Anime Bonus High School Drama CD

Attack on Titan Chimi Chara Theater: Fly! New Levi Squad gag shorts also get promo video ― The first DVD and Blu-ray Disc volume of the third season of the Attack on Titan anime will ship in Japan on October 17. The release's bundled bonuses will include a drama CD based on the Shingeki no School Caste alternate-universe manga, the newest installment of the Shingeki no Kyojin Chimi Chara Gekijo short...
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Dwango Unveils Anime-Drawing Assistant AI With Sibling Mascot Characters

Dwango revealed on Tuesday that part of the production of the FLCL Progressive film and CalorieMate's "Susume, Karolina" commercial use an animation production assistance technique from the company's machine-learning technique division Dwango Media Village. The company is calling the technique an "assistant" that can help users streamline the "animation processes of anime production." Dwango also ...
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Anime Studio Bones Marks 20th Anniversary With Exhibition in Tokyo

Anime studio Bones will mark its 20th anniversary on October 28, and it revealed the details of its celebratory exhibition on Wednesday. The first part of the exhibition will be held at Tokyo Anime Center in DNP Plaza from October 26 to November 12, and the second part will be held from November 14-25. "Bones 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition" will display materials related to the studio's 21 anime ...
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Weekly Cosplay - Alissa Sallah's Marina Cosplay is Off the Hook

Weekly Cosplay is a new series of weekly profiles focusing on diverse groups that make up the fandom community. These profiles will highlight cosplayers of all skill and experience levels and introduce a place to discuss inspiration and challenges from costume creation to embodying the characters we all know and love. Weekly Cosplay is open to all fandom characters, whether its anime, manga, video...
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Jiisama ga Iku Manga Tells Story of Old Man Living in Another World

AlphaPolis released the first compiled book volume of Ayano Urasuke's Jiisama ga Iku (English subtitle: "An Oldman in Counterworld.") manga on Thursday. The series adapts Hotaruishi's novels of the same name about an old man transported to another world. The story centers on 73-year-old Seitarō Asao, who runs a tea plantation. Due to a god's mistake, he gets transported to another world in the pla...
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Dancing with the Anime Stars: Which OP/ED Sequence Ranks Highest?

Nothing can help guarantee an anime series becomes a seasonal hit more than a well-choreographed dance sequence, if we ignore decent characterization, well animated action sequences, or dramatic betrayals. Some series go into full Broadway musical mode like Dance with Devils and others focus on dancing as an actual sport, like Welcome to the Ballroom. Anime doesn't have to center around dancing to...
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Manga Creator Moyoco Anno Offers Coloring Page Set

Witch Hat Atelier's Kamome Shirahama just released coloring pages with original art last week, and now another manga creator is preparing to do the same. Moyoco Anno (The Diary of Ochibi-san, Sugar Sugar Rune, Insufficient Direction) will release coloring pages of her illustrations this winter. The set, titled "Coloriage de Moyoco," will include 12 coloring pages, a case, and a reproduction of one...
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Complete Your Survey Corps With Attack on Titan's Krista Figure

FOTS Japan is producing a scale figure of the Attack on Titan anime character Krista Lenz. Up-to-date fans of the anime know that Krista also has another name and serves a more important role than was apparent when she first appeared in the show. With that in mind, it may be the perfect time to add Krista to your Attack on Titan figure collection. The Krista figure wears her trademark gentle expre...
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Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers Anime Gets 30th Anniversary Event

The Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers anime is getting a dedicated shop event at the main Animate store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from October 27 to November 11. The event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the anime's broadcast debut in 1988. The anime's design materials and illustrations will be on display. Merchandise available for purchase will include tin badges with illustrations by Akane, clea...
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Ayana Taketatsu, Miyu Irino Star in Anime Video About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Chugai Pharmaceutical began streaming an anime short about rheumatoid arthritis this week. The video, titled "Megane no Mahō" (The Magic of Glasses), aims to educate viewers and spread awareness of rheumatoid arthritis. The story begins when a girl named Nozomi finds a pair of glasses laying amongst family photos in her house. She asks her mother Nanami about the glasses. Nanami begins by describi...
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Voice Actors Battle for Supremacy at Special Event

Team LPFM and team SHINC faced off in three games of posing, aiming, and anime memorization. ― Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online held a “Squad Jam Party” fan event on September 16 at the Tokyo International Forum. This event consisted of two stage shows (a midday session and an evening session) featuring the main voice cast plus some musical performances. In each stage show, the voice act...

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