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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Fleet Battle Recreated with 60,000 Umaibo Sticks

Legend of the Galactic Heroes features iconic space battles with thousands upon thousands of battleships duking it out for intergalactic dominance. Shochiku posted a video last month recreating the epic battle shown in the first two episodes of the Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These anime in the real world... but with umaibo sticks. Umaibo are cylindrical corn sticks that come in a vari...
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Footballer Yuto Nagatomo Stars in Captain Tsubasa Special Anime

Anime airs on November 3, also features interview with Captain Tsubasa creator Yoichi Takahashi ― Japanese football player Yuto Nagatomo will guest star as himself in a special Captain Tsubasa anime that will air during the upcoming yearly FNS27-Jikan Terebi Nihon no Sport wa Tsuyoi! (FNS 27 Hours TV: Japanese Sports are Strong) program. The anime's story will show Nagatomo collaborating with the cas...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hair Ties Have Stylish Designs

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is getting some stylish glass hair ties based on clothing and accessory designs from the series. Each hair tie has a diameter of 35mm and will cost 715 yen (US$6). There are 15 designs in total, and the lineup is as follows: Tanjirō Kamado Nezuko Kamado Zenitsu Agatsuma Inosuke Hashibara Sabito Giyū Tomioka Shinobu Kocho Kyōjurō Rengoku Tengen Uzui Mitsuri Kanroji Mu...
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More Haikyu!! Boys Meet Their V.League Match

Last week, the volleyball-themed anime Haikyu!! revealed that it is collaborating with Japan's top-level volleyball league V.League. V.League's Twitter account has been releasing visuals of the Karasuno boys matching off against their V.League counterpart. So far, Ennoshita, Nishinoya, Asahi, and Tanaka's counterparts have been revealed, and six more match-ups have been revealed as of Wednesday, c...
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Age Gap Relationships, Former Gay Lovers Turn Rivals in Kyoto Aquarium's Updated Penguin Relationship Chart

Last year, Kyoto Aquarium made headlines with its penguin relationship chart detailing the turbulent love lives for the aquarium's 59 penguins. On Saturday, the aquarium posted an updated chart, revealing just how much the relationships have changed in the one year interim. One of the major highlights is that Kuruma and Nijou, who used to be in a gay relationship last year, are now rivals in love ...
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Watch Demon Slayer's Natsuki Hanae Yell Out Tanjiro's Moves While Playing Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Popular voice actor Natsuki Hanae is a skilled Monster Hunter World veteran with a Hunter Rank of 126. He has a YouTube channel where he posts videos of himself playing Monster Hunter World and other games. One of his latest video shows himself and his friends playing as sword users in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne in an attempt to emulate Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Demon Slaying Corps. Dur...
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Gundam Ride Horses In Ridiculous Gundam Seed x JRA Visual

The Gundam franchise has had numerous collaborations with the Japan Racing Association over the years, but this latest Gundam Seed collaboration may have produced its funniest visual yet. The official key visual shows Kira and Athrun posing while their corresponding mobile suits are floating in the air while on horseback. (Admittedly, the Gundam 00 x JRA visual also exists and is great.) Don't ove...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game Now Has Over 10,000 Unique Cards

The Yu-Gi-Oh! official card game has produced over 10,000 unique cards as of October 2019. To celebrate the occasion, the franchise has launched a special website, Twitter campaign, and events in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo. The card game is also celebrating its 20th anniversary in Japan. Cards from the game will be displayed at Osaka's Grand Front from October 21 to 24; at Nagoya's Oasis 21 from Nov...
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Bushiroad Founder Apologizes for Uttering Vulgarities in Livestream

Takaaki Kidani uttered the word 'penis' while addressing backlash against BanG Dream! character ― Bushiroad founder Takaaki Kidani posted an apology on Twitter on Sunday for uttering an "inappropriate" remark during an Assault Lily Bouquet anime talk show livestream. Kidani had uttered the Japanese word "chinchin," meaning "penis," during the stream. This moment was captured by viewers and spread on ...
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GKIDS: [We] Nor Studio Ghibli Were Contacted by Polygon on Streaming Plans Article

If you've paid attention to the news this week, you may have noticed a particular discrepency in two articles regarding plans for streaming Studio Ghibli's film catalog. An article published on Anime News Network on Wednesday sourced from an article on Polygon that stated that Studio Ghibli's films would not be coming to streaming services any time soon. The Polygon article by Matt Patches was pub...
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Fans Pick Which Anime Character They Want for a Boss

Psycho-Pass, Gintama, JoJo's characters rank ― A new poll on Anime! Anime! asked its readers to choose which anime character they would most like to have as a boss. The site put the poll up in honor of "Boss Day" on October 16. The participants were predominately women (75%) and mostly teens and young adults. The top choice is a pick I think most of us can agree with, the determined and capable Akane...
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Voters Crown My New Boss is Goofy as #1 in Web Manga General Election

The results are in for pixiv and Nippon Shuppan Hanbai, Inc's "Web Manga General Election." Users submitted more than 2,500 different web manga series and judges whittled down the selection to 50 series. Readers were able to vote for their favorites until August 27. The site saw a huge outpouring of voters with over 750,000 votes cast in total. After tallying up the results, My New Boss is Goofy (...
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NHK Releases Interim Results for Rumiko Takahashi Mega-Poll

NHK's upcoming program counting down the fan-favorite series by popular manga creator Rumiko Takahashi is set to premiere on November 16 but we've already got some of the interim results. NHK BS Premium revealed the midway results for two categories on a program on the 38-year history of Rumiko Takahashi anime series on October 17. The revealed results were limited just to the "character" and "son...
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Gag Artist Man-gatarō Draws Popular Voice Actors for JRA Collaboration

Manga creator Man-gatarō's (Gatarō Man) has been busy creating parodies for live-action series like Terrace House and "wrapping up" his Hoshi no Ōji-sama manga on the Shonen Jump+ website. It turns out that Man-gatarō's Terrace House and Japan Racing Association collaboration goes beyond a visual illustration and has enlisted the assistance of popular voice actors, all drawn in Man-gatarō's signat...
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GKids: Studio Ghibli Has No Plans to Release Films on Streaming Services

Anime fans may never get to stream their favorite Ghibli films, at least until there's a major philosophy shift at the studio. Film distributor GKids told Polygon that there are currently no plans to release the anime studio's catalog on streaming services, be it Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+. The same goes for pay-per-view streaming services like Amazon Prime or Apple Movies. "Studio Ghibli does not ...
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Busty Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Blood Donation Drive Poster Sparks Online Debate

A collaboration poster between Red Cross Japan and Take's Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!) manga has drawn criticism on social media. Lawyer and feminist advocate Keiko Ōta posted a tweet regarding the poster on Monday, which has accumulated over 2,000 retweets as of the publication of this article. 日本赤十字社 が「宇崎ちゃんは遊びたい」×献血コラボキャンペーンということでこういうポスターを貼ってるようですが、本当に無神経だと思います。なんであえて...
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Man in China Apologizes for Praising Pokémon's Team Rocket Due to Possible Allusion to Hong Kong Support

A Chinese man was required by his workplace to issue an apology for sharing his love for Pokémon's Team Rocket. The man works for China's Guangzhou Central Sports, a company that manages sporting events in the country. The man posted about his admiration of the comedic villains on the WeChat social media app and wrote: I love Team Rocket! No matter how many people say they're bad guys, I've loved ...
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Crunchyroll Joins Forces With WEBTOON for New Animated Content

Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has paired up with digital publisher WEBTOON to bring new, original animated content to the streaming service. The new animated projects will be based on WEBTOON's own property catalog. WEBTOON's catalog includes many manga-inspired series. The platform's popular web comics include Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe, True Beauty by Yaongyi (voted #4 in this year...
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Crunchyroll Announces Most Viewed Anime for Summer 2019

Crunchyroll's streaming user base spans the globe with at least 50 million registered users (and more unregistered) tuning in to service's simulcasts and back catalog for their anime fix. The service announced which series from its catalog were viewed the most over the summer. The top 20 hottest anime this month worldwide are listed below in alphabetical order. The list shows that action propertie...
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Rumiko Takahashi Draws Poster for 47th Angoulême International Comics Festival

Takahashi won 46th Angoulême Grand Prix 2019 prize ― Manga creator Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, Inuyasha, RIN-NE) drew the poster for the 47th Angoulême International Comics Festival, the festival's Twitter account revealed on Saturday. The Twitter account unveiled the image, which shows the award-winning artist as a child reading manga. Classic characters such as Princes...
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Sailor Moon Café Menu Finally Puts Haruka & Michiru's Love Out in the Open

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are an iconic queer couple in anime fandom. Their romantic relationship is plain to see in the anime series from their introduction in Sailor Moon S to their battle against Galaxia in Sailor Moon Stars. They flirt openly and are inseparable in their private lives and in their battles against evil. Despite this, neither character ever outright says they "love" the o...
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The Haikyu!! Boys Find Their Japanese Volleyball League Counterparts

The volleyball-themed anime Haikyu!! is collaborating with Japan's top-level volleyball league V.League. V.League's Twitter account has been releasing visuals of the Karasuno boys matching off against their V.League counterpart. The first tweet pits Chikara Ennoshita, de facto leader of Karasuno's team, against Yu Kuriki from the VC Nagano Tridents. 【ハイキュー!!×V.LEAGUE】アニメ『ハイキュー!!』烏野高校排球部のキャラクターとVリー...
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Weathering With You Exhibit is a Tribute to the Film's Entire Production Team

Makoto Shinkai is regarded as something of an auteur in the anime film space, and while he definitely involves himself heavily in every part of the production of his films, from the scripts to the storyboards to the visuals, gone are his Voices of a Distant Star days where he animated everything by himself. His latest works are only made possible through the efforts of a large team, and this is so...
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Manga Artist Daijiro Morohoshi, Photographer Kenji Satō Hold Joint Exhibit in Shibuya Tower Records

Shibuya Tower Records is holding an exhibit for the award-winning manga artist Daijiro Morohoshi and photographer Kenji Satō from September 14 to October 14. Morohoshi is well known for creating manga based on folklore like Saiyū Yōenden (The Monkey King and other Chinese Legends) and the Yōkai Hunter series. In 2018, his manga compilation Morohoshi Daijirō Gekijō (Daijiro Morohoshi Theater) won t...
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Voice Actress Sora Tokui to Direct Short Movie Based on Award-Winning Short Story

Tokidoki, Nemurenai Yoru ni by Yōichirō to get short film in early 2020 ― Voice actress, singer, and manga artist Sora Tokui will be debuting as a director on a short movie based on the Sora Tokui Prize winner Tokidoki, Nemurenai Yoru ni (Sometimes, On Those Sleepless Nights) by Yōichirō. The visual adaptation is scheduled for an early 2020 release. The theme of the story is "A female teen who cannot...
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4th One Piece Campaign to Revitalize Kumamoto Prefecture Distributes 'Hi no Kuni' Leaflets

One Piece started a campaign in 2016 to revitalize the Kumamoto Prefecture after it was badly damaged by earthquakes. The latest move is to establish statues of the Straw Hat Pirates throughout the prefecture distribute leaflets showing their locations, along with information regarding the disaster-affected regions. This phase of the project is called the "Hi no Kuni Restoration Arc." ('Hi no Kuni...
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Doraemon Ukiyo-e Print Reimagines Hiroshige's Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi bridge and Atake

Collab Japan opened preorders for a new Doraemon ukiyo-e print on Monday. The design is based on Hiroshige's Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi bridge and Atake print from the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo series. Doraemon, Nobita and other characters are stand-ins for the men and women caught in the rain in the original. The 1857 masterpiece was even replicated by Vincent van Gogh. Only 300 prints ...
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Galaxy Express 999 Teams Up With Shinkalion Anime Film

Galaxy Express 999 is teaming up with the Shinkalion film to sell novelty goods. The key visual for the collaboration (shown right) is drawn in a retro anime art style, reminiscent of Galaxy Express 999. A popup store selling badges and key holders will operate in the Ikebukuro Parco department store in Tokyo and in Osaka's Nanba Marui store from October 11 to 30. The stores will also sell other S...
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Realistic Attack on Titan Ring Has a Colossal Price Tag

An official ring depicting the formidable face of Attack on Titan's Colossal Titan has a price point to match. The ring is being sold on jewelry designer Shoya Taniguchi's official website for 250,000 yen (US$2,305) excluding tax. The ring faithfully recreates the Colossal Titan's head while the inside reveals his true identity. Taniguchi will only create 20 of the rings. Each is made from 925 Ste...
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Make Promare Pizza with Trigger's Shigeto Koyama, Hiromi Wakabayashi

The ABC Cooking Studio in Shinjuku will teach Promare fans how to make "Inferno Volcano Margherita Mega Max Pizza," just like the one Galo and his friends ordered at a pizzeria in the hit anime film. The lessons are scheduled to start on November 7 and run until January. Participants will receive a copy of the recipe on a card featuring illustrations by the film's character designer Shigeto Koyama...
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Sgt. Frog's Pretty Boy Squad Gets Official Doujinshi

The five iconic members of iconic Sgt. Frog's Team Keroro are getting turned into pretty boys for Animate Girls Festival on November 9 and 10. The designs are being used to create goods that will be sold at entertainment brand SMIRAL's booth at the festival. One of the goods on offer includes an official 20-page doujinshi featuring the pretty boys. It also includes Sgt. Frog creator Mine Yoshizuki...
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Ensemble Stars! Voice Actor Kei Hosogai, Actress Hitomi Satō Get Married

Ensemble Stars! voice actor Kei Hosogai announced on Twitter that he and actress Hitomi Satō officially registered their marriage on Thursday. The couple first announced in August that they were in a relationship with plans to get married. Hosogai tweeted: "Sorry for talking about personal things, but I'd like to announce that Kei Hosogai and Hitomi Satō have entered the family registry together. ...
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Monster Hunter Cats Pitch in For Osaka Police's Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign

Monster Hunter's iconic felynes are lending their aid to the Osaka police's cybersecurity awareness campaign. The slogan for the campaign is "STOP! Don't reuse the same password!" The cats appear on a poster (shown right) highlighting four points for cybersecurity: Don't use the same password or ID for multiple sites Make your password more complicated by including numbers and Roman alphabet chara...
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Finally, Your iPhone Can Become a Pokédex

Premium Bandai is releasing iPhone covers designed to look like a first generation Pokédex. The item is available for order through the Premium Bandai website starting from Wednesday, and will cost 3,980 yen (US$37) not including postage and handling costs. It is expected to ship in March 2020. The cover is 170mm x 105mm, and is compatible with the iPhone X. It is not compatible with the iPhone XR...
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Detective Conan, Touch, Ushio & Tora Manga Creators Crash Local Tsutaya Store

It all began when Blazing Transfer Student manga artist Kazuhiko Shimamoto spotted someone drawing grafitti on the ceiling in a Tsutaya store in Sapporo. He tweeted about it, saying, "I've got to go over there and tell him off!" However, the person he caught on camera seemed to be drawing some familiar faces... うちの書店の壁に…何か落書きしている人がいるんだけど…コレは注意しなくちゃ!!#あだち充 #青山剛昌 pic.twitter.com/06UlsWYmNT— 漫画家島本和彦 ...
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Sunrise Produces Anime for Hino Motors' 'FlatFormer' Technology

Love Live!'s Takahiko Kyogoku directs, Cencoroll's Atsuya Uki designs characters ― Automobile company Hino Motors revealed on Wednesday that Sunrise is producing a promotional anime titled "Ano Hi no Kokoro o Toraete" (Seize Your Heart From That Day) to promote Hino Motors' "FlatFormer" technology. The anime will debut on YouTube on October 23. The story is set in a town that preserves nature and its...
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1st Issue of Hoshi no Kirby Fan Magazine Includes Cute Figures

Shogakukan released the first issue of its Hoshi no Kirby Fan magazine on October 4. The first issue included commemorative figures of the pink hero and his friend Waddle Dee. Both figures can rock from side to side while sitting on a shelf or at your desk. The issue also includes a miniature version of the card game Kirby no Copy Toru!, a special edition of Ibuki Takeuchi's Hoshi no Kirby Manpuku...
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Gundam vs Hello Kitty Project to Hold Fan Event in 2020

Toru Furuya, Gundam, Hello Kitty to attend event in Sanrio Puroland ― The Gundam vs Hello Kitty project is holding a spring fan event in Tokyo's Sanrio Puroland on March 22, 2020. Ray Amuro's voice actor Toru Furuya is scheduled to attend, along with a Gundam, Hello Kitty, and others. The event will contain talk shows regarding the state of battle between Gundam and Hello Kitty. The two sides will ho...
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Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae's Wife Bakes Quality Demon Slayer Cookies

Tanjirō voice actor Natsuki Hanae is very proud of his wife's baking skills. On his Twitter account, he sometimes posts photos of the sweets his wife makes, like cookies on a cake made in his likeness. Recently, she appears to have been making Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba-themed sweets, which Hanae is only too happy to share. For example, on Tanjirō's birthday on July 14, Hanae posted an image o...
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Trigger Pulls the Trigger, 1st 60 Seconds of TRIGGER Music Video Released

Bandai Namco Entertainment's popular IDOLiSH7 idol mobile game and multimedia franchise has four new animated music videos in the works. One of the music videos is for the in-game idol group TRIGGER for the trio's new single "Crescent rise." The animation studio behind the music video is none other than Trigger, the studio behind Kill la Kill and Promare. The video marks the first Idolish 7 collab...
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Pony Canyon Will Produce PR Anime Short for Machida, Tokyo

Pony Canyon is teaming up with voice actor Jun Fukuyama and hip hop artist KEN THE 390 to create a promotional anime for Machida, Tokyo. The anime is titled "Start" and will premiere on November 2 followed by a talk event with Fukuyama and KEN. Fukuyama and KEN THE 360 will perform together on the anime's ending theme song. The Machida area has become a popular suburban area, especially for paren...
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Super Robot Wars X-Ω Smartphone Game Adds Pop Team Epic Characters

Smartphone game launched in October 2015 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed last week that characters from the Pop Team Epic anime will appear in the Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game for a limited-time event. The 13th episode of the Pop Team Epic anime featured prolific animator Masami Obari in an homage to his works and animation tropes, such as heavily shadowed closeups of faces and mecha he...
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Gag Manga Artist Man-gatarō Creates Horse-Themed Spin on Terrace House Reality Show

Manga creator Man-gatarō's (Gatarō Man) produced an interactive manga and website for the Japan Racing Association, which went live on Monday. The manga is called "Terrace Horse," and is a horse-themed spin on the reality show Terrace House, which follows the lives of three men and three women who live in the same house and get to know each each other. The manga is five chapters long and comes wit...
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Sailor Moon 'Girls Night Out' Café Opens in 6 Cities From October

The Sailor Moon "Girls Night Out"-themed café will open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Saitama starting from October 3. The collab follows the popularity and success of the Sailor Moon cafés in 2017. The cafés will sell themed food and drinks, as well as limited-time goods with art direction by apparel designer Etoile et Griotte and illustrator Jenny Kaori. The Tokyo and Osaka café...
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AniCast Lab Releases English-subtitled Video Introducing Tool For Creating VR Anime

Entertainment company Avex and virtual reality development company XVI Inc. announced last year that they are creating a tool titled AniCast Lab., which will allow users to create VR anime, such as virtual YouTubers, using XVI's AniCast software and share it. AniCast Lab posted an introduction video to the tool last Wednesday with closed-caption English, Japanese, and Chinese subtitles. The video ...
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The BEASTARS Animals Take an Excursion at Saitama's Tobu Zoo

Collaboration event will run from November 2 to December 29 ― It's pretty normal for animals to be at the zoo, but the anthropomorphic animals in BEASTARS are at Saitama's Tobu Zoo as students on an excursion. Tobu Zoo released a key visual on its website and announced a collaboration for November 2 until December 29. The collaboration was planned as a celebration of Weekly Shōnen Champion's 50th ann...
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Fate/Stay Night Teams Up With Axe to Release Body Spray

Men's cosmetic brand Axe Lab is releasing Fate/Stay Night-themed body spray in anticipation of the third Heaven's Feel movie's release in spring 2020. The campaign's duration is from October 7 to December 31. The body sprays come in three varieties: aqua, citrus, and savon. These sprays are inspired by the characters Illya, Rin, and Sakura respectively. Axe's popular body spray "Essence" also insp...
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Twittering Birds Never Fly Gets Collab Shops with Tower Records

Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly boys-love manga is getting a collaboration with music chain store Tower Records. From October 19 to November 14, pop-up stores will open in the Sapporo, Shinjuku, Kawasaki, Urawa, Nagoya, Umeda, Tokyo, Ikebukuro, and Machida Tower Records branches. Koneda released a visual for the collab showing protagonists Yashiro and Doumeki holding instruments, shown rig...
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Mimikyu Haunts Ichiban Kuji With Night Camp-Themed Goods

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji lottery is offering some spooky Mimikyu goods in the lead up to Halloween. The Ghost- and Fairy-type Pokémon inspired a circus-themed line of prize lottery merchandise last year. This year's theme is "Pokémon Mimikkyu's Night Camp." The prizes are: A Prize: Mimikyu Light B Prize: Mimikyu Plush C Prize: Hooded Towel D Prize: Design Plates (two varieties) E Prize: Hand Towel...
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Chinese Cup Noodle Ad Shows Alternate Story for Sword Art Online: Alicization

Cup Noodles' Chinese brand Hé Wèi Dào posted an ad on Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo showing Kirito and Alice from Sword Art Online: Alicization enjoying cup noodles together. The ad features exclusive footage and new recorded lines by the voice actors in Japanese with Chinese subtitles. The ad opens with the events of episodes 16 ad 17: Kirito and Eugo fight against Alice, only for Kiri...
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Hi-Score Girl II Voice Actors Try Out PC Engine Mini

Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl is all about hanging out in arcades in the 90s and trying out the best cabinets of the era. The series' second season is heading to Netflix after it premieres on October 25 but its voice actors Kōhei Amasaki (Haruo) and Hiroki Yasumoto (Guile-san) tried out some of the classics on the soon-to-be-released PC Engine Mini console. The game system is the latest retro a...
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Fragtime OAV's Misuzu and Haruka Promote Movie Ticket App

The theatrical release of the Fragtime yuri OAV is set for November 22 and Misuzu and Haruka want to remind fans that they can pre-order tickets via the Kinepass app. The characters appear in an ad where they promise to exchange movie tickets using the app. Pony Canyon began streaming the ad on Thursday and it will screen in select theaters nationwide. The "time-stopping yuri" story centers on hig...
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Find Your Future with Attack on Titan Divination

The characters of Attack on Titan have endured all kinds of work, whether its taking down hungry celebrities or battling unwanted body hair. Women's magazine ViVi has paired itself with the fan-favorite series in hopes of discovering the future. The magazine's resident fortuneteller Glorious Seiko took 36 characters from Attack on Titan to create "Attack on Titan Divination." The special site asks...
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Creator Rensuke Oshikiri Says He's Working on a 'New' Hi Score Girl Project

New manga to have 'completely different feel from the first generation.' ― Hi Score Girl manga creator Rensuke Oshikiri revealed at a talk show last Sunday that he is working on a "new work" for Hi Score Girl, although he chose not to reveal anything further out of concern that it would make it harder for him to draw. He mentioned that he had originally planned to start work on it this year, but he h...
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Ribon Magazine Includes Memorial for ChocoMimi Manga Creator Konami Sonoda

The November issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine includes a memorial section for manga creator Konami Sonoda who passed away due to breast cancer in August. The "Memories Notebook" section includes illustrations and recollections from other creators that knew Sonoda. The section's first chapter includes a story by Kirameki no Lion Boy creator Yoko Maki. Sonoda was born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1977. ...
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Pro Wrestlers Show How You Can Pull Off Those Kemonomichi Moves

Did you watch Kemono Michi: Rise Up and wonder how you to could pull off a German suplex? The anime's live-action counterpart is aiming to teach viewers Genzo's moves each week with the help of pros from DDT Pro Wrestling. The first episode stars masked wrestler Super Sasadango Machine (Yoshihiro Sakai) performing a German suplex as seen in the anime's first episode. He's joined by female pro wres...
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Okko's Inn's Michiya Katō Directs Yabaton Tonkatsu Shop Anime Short

Visual effects director Michiya Katō ('Obake no Dokuro', Kizumonogatari films) helmed a new anime short for Nagoya area tonkatsu shop Yabaton. The short, 'Ōsu no Bu-chan,' will premiere on October 6 on an outdoor screen near the main Yabaton shop. Voice actor Fukushi Ochiai, who voices Bu-chan, will attend the premiere. The short follows the shy and kind-hearted Bu-chan and his unusual family as t...
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Zombie Land Saga Idols Head to India in Curry Meshi Anime Music Video

Nissin's Curry Meshi debuted its 30-second ad starring the undead idols of Zombie Land Saga. The Franchouchou idols dive into the instant meal and are transported to magical version of India. The news ong "Kagayaite (Curry Meshi ver.)" written by Zombie Land Saga opening theme composer Yusuke Kato and lyricist Shin Furuya sets the scene. The anime's director Munehisa Sakai is also returned for the...
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Dunlop Tire's 3rd 'Road to You' Anime Short Features Cover Song By 15-Year-Old Virtual Singer Kafu

Dunlop Tires posted its third fully-animated commercial for its Winter Maxx 02 stud-less tires on Wednesday. The music video ad is titled "ROAD TO YOU -Kioku ni Mau Konayuki" (Road to You: The Snow that Dances in Memories) and tells a tragic teen love story about two childhood friends who fall in love only to part ways when the girl leaves on exchange. 15-year-old virtual singer Kafu performs a co...
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Konami Brings Yu-Gi-Oh Tribute Art Show to NYCC

Konami is bringing the Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show to New York for New York Comic Con. Over 60 art pieces will be on display, including six never-before-seen designs. Gallery Henoch, just a few blocks from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will host the display from October 3-6 and admission is free. The series' voice actors as well as the artists will be at the event and available for autogra...
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Cosplayer Enako's Elizabeth Cosplay is Sinful

This year's 44th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine includes a new photo shoot by popular cosplayer Enako. The versatile cosplayer appears as two fan-favorite ladies from The Seven Deadly Sins manga and anime series, Elizabeth and Diane. The magazine couples Enako with art of Melodias and King for a gravure photo shoot. Enako was the cover girl for this year's fifth issue of Young Gangan m...
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Tokyo's Kirby Café is Here to Stay

The pink puffball Kirby opened his own cafe in Tokyo last year and his restaurant has been so successful that it plans to stick around permanently. The Kirby Café will stay at its location in the Tokyo Solamachi complex. A countdown campaign with photo spots for customers will start on October 7. Staff announced the news on October 1. The café's associated store will stay open, too. The first Kirb...
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Voice Actress Hitomi Harada Reveals She Had Serious Health Condition Last Year

Voice actress Hitomi Harada revealed on Twitter that she was receiving treatment for a chronic health condition last year, costing her "millions" of yen per month. She hastened to assure her followers in a followup tweet that thanks to the treatment, she is feeling better now and loves her job. The context behind Harada's comment was an anecdote she was recounting about the NHK. Harada tweeted tha...
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Panic! at the Disco Vocalist Brendon Urie Bops to Demon Slayer OP on Twitch Stream

Panic! at the Disco vocalist Brendon Urie was spotted bopping along to the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba opening theme "Gurenge" on a Twitch stream on September 29. Urie regularly plays popular music during the outros of his video game streams. The "Gurenge" clip has gone viral on social media, as Urie's enthusiasm for the song is clearly evident in how he sings along with it. Brendon Urie listen...
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Ponkotsu Quest Revisits Vinland Saga for New Webisode

Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga and VAP's web anime Ponkotsu Quest are together again in a short webisode. This time Kakufinn (the right character) and Imuladd (the left character) discuss some interesting developments in the Vinland Saga anime's first season. Imuladd says that his favorite scenes are the epic battles from episodes 4 and 7. Kakufinn interjects to nitpick changes between the anime a...
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Zombie Land Saga Idols Will Sing Their Hearts Out for Curry

The undead idols of Zombie Land Saga are moving up from fried chicken restaurants to Nissin's Curry Meshi instant curry rice. The Franchouchou idols appear in a new visual drawn by series character designer Kasumi Fukagawa and will star in a new commercial on October 3. The commercial will include a new song by Franchouchou, "Kagayaite (Curry Meshi ver.)" written by Zombie Land Saga opening theme ...
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Snickers Launches Attack on Celebrity Campaign with Giant-Sized Stars

Snickers candy bars are the new mood booster, at least according to its long-running campaign of grumpy people lashing out until they satisfy their hunger with some chocolate, caramel, and peanuts. The girls of the The [email protected] franchise found themselves in a horrifying state until they ate a Snickers. Hunger's latest victim is Dewi Sukarno (nee Naoko Nemoto), businesswoman and wife to the late ...
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AI Will Use Machine Learning to Draw 'New' Osamu Tezuka Manga

Kioxia's project will debut results in February ― Toshiba's Kioxia (formerly Toshiba Memory Corporation) announced on Tuesday that it will combine high-speed and high-capacity memory with AI technology that will show "new manga" from Osamu Tezuka. Kioxia will showcase the results in February 2020. The project will use machine learning, using Tezuka's previous manga as data to generate new manga. The ...
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Chihayafuru Tops BookLive! Poll For Most Anticipated Fall 2019 Anime

Japanese e-book vendor BookLive! released poll results from 1,250 readers regarding the most anticipated fall 2019 anime or live-action titles based on novel or manga titles. (So, no Fate/Grand Order on this list.) The top 10 titles as chosen by BookLive! users are as follows: Chihayafuru 3 My Hero Academia Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods ...
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Final Fantasy XIV Animated Ad Director Talks About the Creation Process

The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG streamed three animated television commercials titled "Choose Your Life" for the game in June. Yūhei Sakuragi (The Relative Worlds, Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo) and Kitaro Kousaka (Okko's Inn) directed the commercial, which features Kana Ueda as the narrator. Animators include Yasuhiro Aoki, Kouichiro Kawano, Airi Taguchi, Takeshi S...
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Music Streaming Site Mora Ranks Top 10 Downloaded Summer 2019 Anime Themes

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? OP theme 'Onegai Muscle' tops list ― Music download website Mora published its list of top 10 downloaded Summer 2019 anime theme songs on Wednesday. The numbers were gathered from July 1 to September 24. The list is as follows: How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? opening theme "Onegai Muscle" by Ai Fairouz & Kaito Ishikawa Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba opening...
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Cooking Masters Unite: Food Wars!, Chūka Ichiban! Announce Food Collab Menu

Two great shonen cooking-themed anime are set to collide next month. Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma will collaborate with Shin Chūka Ichiban! with a joint menu at the Cookpad Studio in Osaka from October 7 to 31. Cookpad Studio is producing the Shin Chūka Ichiban!-themed dishes, while Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma culinary supervisor Yuki Morisaki is supervising the Food Wars!-themed collab dishes. T...
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89-Year Old Gamer Grandma Says Her Biggest Advice Is Get Into Games While You're Young

89-year old Hamako Mori has been streaming her video game exploits on YouTube under the name "Gamer Grandma" since 2014. She's been a gamer for far longer, since the days of the Casette Vision and NES in the 1980s. Although she may be regarded as an oddity because of her age, the average age of gamers is steadily rising. In an interview with Game Spark, she shared some advice for fellow aging game...
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Samurai Commanders Become Idol Producers in Three-Way 'Battle Royale' Idol Project

The "Idol Bu Show" project launched on Tuesday and announced its first event for October 26. The concept behind the project is a "battle royale" between three idol units, each one led by a Sengoku-era commander who has been reincarnated as a producer. The winner of the battle royale will be determined by sales numbers and voting at each live performance. The group that wins will hold a grand live ...
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TOKIO Frontman, Guitarist Shigeru Joshima Announces Marriage

Also: Talent agency Johnny & Associates announces new executives ― Shigeru Joshima, the frontman and guitarist for the rock band TOKIO, announced to his fanclub on Saturday that he has married. The news of the 48-year-old performer's marriage was first published in Shūkan Bunshun Digital and Nikkan Sports reported that Joshima and his 24-year-old girlfriend and gravure model Risa Kikuchi were married...
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Tokimeki Tonight Creator Draws 40-Year-Old Ranze for Skincare Ads

Manga creator Koi Ikeno revisited her heroine from the classic supernatural romance Tokimeki Tonight for a series of skincare ads. Ranze, now age 40 but looking as young as ever, is the model for the ∴M4 skincare line. Ikeno's art also appears on select products including a mirror, stationary set, and tote bag. The items are available exclusively to customers that subscribe to three skincare produ...
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MegaBots Throws in The Towel on Mecha Battles, Plans for Bankruptcy

The dream of a giant robot battle league has reached an end. The U.S.-based MegaBots put its giant Eagle Prime mecha up on eBay to sell to the highest bidder in the hopes of paying off some of the company's loan before filing for bankruptcy. The once formidable robot is pulling in over US$100,000, a steal compared to the US$2.5 million raised to build the behemoth. MegaBots creators Matt Oehrlein ...
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Wake Up, Girls! Director Yamakan Returns to Crowdfund 'Magical Girls' Dark Fantasy Anime

Yutaka Yamamoto referenced Kyoto Animation arson as the motivation behind the project ― Controversial director Yutaka Yamamoto (otherwise known as 'Yamakan') has returned from his self-imposed hiatus from the anime industry in an attempt to crowdfund a new anime project. Yamamoto launched a Campfire crowdfund page for a pilot film for tentatively titled "Mahō Shōjotachi" (lit. Magical Girls) anime pr...
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Laid-Back Camp Gets Recap Music Video Featuring 'Isn't It Fun?' Song

The campers of Afro's Laid-Back Camp anime appear in an "activity video" chronicling their adventures from the first season. The recap video is set to the new song "Isn't It Fun?" by singer Asaka. Asaka sang the series' opening theme song "SHINY DAYS" last year. The series' composer and drummer Akiyuki Tateyama both composed and arranged the new song. The series' staff are prepping for the next bi...
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Promised Neverland Artist, Blood: The Last Vampire Character Designer Hold Illustration Fair

Book publisher PIE will hold an illustration fair with The Promised Neverland artist Posuka Demizu and Blood: The Last Vampire character designer Katsuya Terada. The artwork is on display until November 14 at the Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi store in Tokyo. The fair is also bringing awareness to the Eslite Spectrum location which aims to unite Taiwanese and Japanese culture. The fair includes origin...
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It's a Chicken vs Sea Chicken Battle in Animated Food Commercial

Toshio Furukawa is bringing his Piccolo energy in his most formidable role yet: Tuna. This isn't a wacky name for a hot-blooded shonen protagonist, Furukawa literally voices a tuna in an animated ad for Hagoromo Foods and Primaham. His opponent is the formidable Akira Kamiya, voice of City Hunter's Ryo Saeba and Kinnikuman himself, as Chicken. The commercial was produced by both food retailers to ...
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Kira and L Face Off in Death Note 'Werewolf' Card Game

It's detectives versus killers (or Kiras) in a new card game based on the hit series Death Note. The card game is based on the Werewolf party game format and released online by the Chocolate Games shop on Thursday. Players are divided into Kira and L teams based on their hand. The L players want to arrest the Kira players while the Kira players try to eliminate L. The players can find themselves w...
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Overlord Voice Actress Yumi Hara Announces Marriage

Voice actress Yumi Hara announced on her blog on Thursday that she recently married. Her husband is an office worker not involved in the entertainment industry. Hara wrote on her blog that due to her small social circle, her parents and friends were often worried whether the 35-year-old would find the right person. Hara wrote "I'm happy to say I that I got married without issue." She described the...
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Former NGT48 Idol Maho Yamaguchi's Talent Agency Takes Alleged Assailants to Court for Damages

Defendants deny assault, claim to have had 'friendly' connection with Yamaguchi ― Two men who were arrested on suspicion of assault against former NGT48 idol Maho Yamaguchi went on trial last Friday. Yamaguchi's talent agency AKS is seeking 30 million yen in damages from the suspects. AKS claims that the actions caused by the defendants have disrupted planned tours and public appearances, which have ...
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LiSA's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Theme Song Certified Platinum

Singer LiSA's opening theme song "Gurenge" for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime was certified platinum by the Japan Record Association on September 22. "Gurenge" (Red Lotus) has exceeded 300,000 downloads, the first track by a female artist to do so this year. The song's music video is also trending with over five million views. Fans are still watching the video 60,000 to 70,000 times ever...
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You Can Spend the Night in Einzbern Castle for 390 Euros

In the world of Fate there lies a heavily guarded castle in the mountains of Germany: Einzbern Castle. Within its walls are mysteries of a magical nature and the scheming head of the Einzbern family. The castle's design is based on a real location, Château de Brissac, the former home of nobles of the French aristocracy. Fate fans looking for an authentic night in Illya's home can actually rent a r...
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Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Game Gets Custom PS4 Bundle

Hideo Kojima's baby-powered Death Stranding game will get its own custom PlayStation 4 console on November 8. The Death Stranding Pro bundle includes a 1TB PS4 Pro system and a custom Dualshock 4 wireless controller inspired by the game, and Death Stranding on Blu-ray Disc. The game will ship on November 8. The Collector's Edition of the game will include special cases, a BB Pod, a Ludens keychain...
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Production Employee Claims Studio 4°C Owes for Unpaid Overtime

Trade union found company wasn't providing law-mandated employment terms notices; health services ― Earlier this year, an unnamed production assistant joined a Black Company trade union in an attempt to be paid for the uncompensated overtime accrued at Madhouse animation studio. The production assistant alleged they were owed three million yen (US$26,800) worth of unpaid overtime and passed out due t...
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Tokyo Ghoul Actor Masataka Kubota Marries Nodame Cantabile Actress Asami Mizukawa

Live-action Tokyo Ghoul actor Masataka Kubota tied the knot with Nodame Cantabile live-action actress Asami Mizukawa on September 22. Their talent agencies made the announcement on their behalf. The 31-year-old Kubota met 36-year-old Mizukawa on the set of 2017 drama Bokutachi ga Yarimashita. After co-starring in the series together, the pair's mutual respect for one another grew, leading to marri...
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New Re:Zero Mystery Event Heads to Ikebukuro Next Month

A mystery-solving event centering on the time-scrambling Re:Zero anime and light novel series will take over Ikebukuro from October 19 to December 15. The event is titled "Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Mystery Game: Mayoi no Machi no Makafushigi" event, but details are currently underwraps. Staff will announce more about the event on Twitter and the official website soon. The upcoming R...
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Meet Drops of God Manga Creators at Wine Event in L.A.

Shin and Yuko Kibayashi will have a special announcement next month ― Manga's connoisseurs of fine wine will head to California's own wine country and bustling Los Angeles for two special events. Drops of God creators Shin and Yuko Kibayashi are teaming up with vintner Peter Chiang for the Drops of God Wine Salon events next month. The sibling writers will meet fans and wine aficionados alike in Beve...
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Kyoto Manga Contest Winners' Submissions Published in 1 Volume

The winners of the "Bokura no Kyoto" (Our Kyoto) manga contest had their work published in a collected volume on September 21. The grand prize winner was Yuki Matsumoto's Kakureya Ichizō (Hideout Family). The "Award of Excellence" went to Miki Yuasa's Kyō no Neko no Okami-san: Hare no Hi to Shimatsu no Bunka (The Kyoto Landlady's Cat: Hare's Day and Culture of the Island). Additionally, special ju...
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Reveal Your Mecha Pilot Future with Gundam 00 Tarot Cards

A collection of tarot cards based on the characters of Sunrise's Gundam 00 series will go on sale on November 21. The set includes all 22 Major Arcana cards to ensure your Celtic Cross spread reveals everything you need to know about your future as a mecha pilot. The cards feature super-deformed artwork of the series' characters and additional cards to help learn how to read the tarot cards' messa...
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Voice Actress Asami Seto Enlists in Fujisawa Police Force for 1 Day

On September 21, voice actress and singer Asami Seto (Mai Sakurajima in Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl) donned a police uniform for a day and took on the duties of head traffic safety officer in the seaside city of Fujisawa in Kanagawa prefecture. During her one-day stint as an officer, Seto passed out materials and talked with passerbys about bicycle safety, traffic awareness, and accid...
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Vinland Saga Creator: Episode 11's TV Version is Cut, Full Version is on Amazon Prime

Vinland Saga manga creator Makoto Yukimura made sure viewers knew that the series' 11th episode had some changes when it aired on NHK on Saturday night. Yukimura wrote on Twitter on Sunday that the NHK version was "smaller in scale" and due to "various circumstance" the episode had numerous cuts "everywhere." Yukimura apologized to viewers and stated that the full version of the episode is availab...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Animation Director Reports That He Has Now Been Paid

Last week, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind animation director Kohei Ashiya wrote a thread on Twitter claiming that he has not been paid for his work on the series despite the final episode airing over two months ago. On Monday, he reported that although the matter has not been fully resolved yet, he has now been paid for his work. Ashiya's explanation of the situation as it currently stands ...

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