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3rd Trigger Patreon-Funded Stream Shows Live Drawing of Kill la Kill's Satsuki

Guests were in-between animator Tetsuya Sakurai and producer Hiromi Wakabayashi ― Trigger held its third Patreon-funded live drawing stream on Wednesday. The animation studio first launched its Patreon page in July last year. In-between animator Tetsuya Sakurai and producer Hiromi Wakabayashi were guests on the stream. Patreon backers voted for Sakurai to draw Kill la Kill fan-favorite character Sats...
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How I Outwitted The Promised Neverland Kids in the Sky Circus Puzzle Game

I'm not as smart as Emma, Norman, and Ray. I'll probably never be as smart as them, no matter how old I get. That's why I didn't fancy my chances of finding them during hide-and-seek. From January 5 to February 11, the Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observation Deck in Tokyo held a collaboration with The Promised Neverland, which brought an exhibit, limited-time goods, and original drink menu items to the...
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Mushroom Rally Go-Karting Tours U.S. with Final Heat in Las Vegas

A Super Mario themed go-karting company is taking its shells and banana peels on a U.S. tour that ends with finalists battling for victory in Las Vegas. The Mushroom Rally website outlines the victory conditions: a total of 16 races are planned for the U.S. with the first set for March. Racers have a chance to win one of 20 spots in the Las Vegas final by either having the fastest lap in their cit...
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Cells at Work! Calendar Offered for Blood Donations

The characters of Cells at Work are hoping to entice Japanese citizens into donating blood in exchange for a calendar featuring Red Blood Cell. The campaign will start on February 25 at Japanese Red Cross Society blood donation sites. The calendar supply is limited to the first 15,000 volunteers on a first-come-first-served basis throughout the country. For anime fans hoping to bring their cells h...
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Hiroyuki Takei, Santa Inoue Draw Illustrations in Support For BlacKkKlansman Film

Manga artists Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King) and Santa Inoue (Tokyo Tribe) released illustrations in support of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman film, which will open in Japan on March 22. BlacKkKlansman is based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The plot follows a black detective exposing the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in the 1970s. The film was first released theatrically in the...
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Inori Minase Shows Off Her Voice Acting Chops at 11 Characters in 1 Ad

PreCure and Re:ZERO voice actress Inori Minase showed off her variety of voices in a 30-second add for SoyJoy energy bars. In the advertisement, Minase voices all 11 ingredients from the nutty almond to the flirty blueberry. Minase answered a few quick questions for Comic Natalie about her work on the ad. She said that the main character Soybean was the most difficult while Strawberry was easy. He...
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Voice Actresses Star in Live-Action Yuri Anthology Film

Voice actresses Ibuki Kido, Hiromi Igarashi, and Sawako Hata are signed on to appear in photographer Keisuke Hasegawa's debut film Kimi to, Tsuredzure. The omnibus film will tell three stories taking place in various time periods and focusing on the relationships between women. Kido will appear in the second story as an underclassman in college who poses for photos for her upperclassman. Igarashi ...
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The Disappearance of Funassyi: Weird Mascot Goes from 102 TV Appearances to 4 in 5 Years

The unofficial pear fairy mascot of of Funabashi City's star has quietly darkened after peaking in 2014. Funassyi is a regional mascot that garnered attention for its wacky personality and antics. CNN newscasters were practically rolling on the floor with laughter after interviewing the character in 2014. Its popularity landed it a manga series, tie-in merchandise, anime-related PR stunts, a chart...
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Manga Artists Complain About Proposed Japanese Law Forbidding Pirated Media Screenshot Downloads

Nodame Cantabile, Negima!, Kaze to Ki no Uta manga artists share complaints. ― A subcommittee of Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs recently agreed on a plan to expand the scope of Copyright law. Downloading anime images, illustrations, and photographs that are illegally posted to personal blogs and Twitter accounts would also be illegal, as would copying and pasting song lyrics. The laws would not...
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DeNA's Hacka Doll News App Predicts Most Likely Anime Adaptations for 2019

DeNA's Hacka Doll news app reported seven anime, manga, character figures, and games it thinks are most likely to inspire a television anime this year based on the app's trend feature as of January 28. Ranking at the top of the list is game director Yoko Taro's NieR: Automata PlayStation 4 game. Game producer Yosuke Saito said in 2018 that there was a "50%" chance of another installment in the Nie...
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Police Report: Dub Voice Actress' Door Damaged, Classified Criminal Mischief

The claim that voice actress Samantha Inoue-Harte's rental home door was damaged on February 18 was confirmed in a police report obtained by Anime News Network from the Williamson County Sheriff Department on Wednesday. According to the report, an unknown person damaged the residency's front door. Inoue-Harte claims that she received a phone call from a fake phone number that said she was SWATed, ...
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Bulma Voice Actress Monica Rial Shares Alleged Inappropriate Encounters With Vic Mignogna

Rial claims to have been attacked with threats since publicly accusing Mignogna ― Voice actress Monica Rial posted a message on her Twitter account on Tuesday describing her past encounters with voice actor Vic Mignogna, saying that Mignogna would "take a fist full of my hair, pull my head back, and either whisper so closely to my ear that his lips were touching or kiss my cheek/neck," every time he ...
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Hypnosis Mic Collaboration Cafe Issues Apology For Tampering with Goods

Rap battle voice actor project Hypnosis Mic has been holding a collaboration with the Tanita Cafe since January 31. The collaboration involved the cafe selling Hypnosis Mic-themed food menu items, as well as original goods. On February 14, the cafe's Nagaoka branch issued an apology for tampering with the goods sales. After conducting an investigation, it was discovered that staff members were pro...
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13-Year-Old Manga Artist Makes Debut in Bessatsu Margaret Magazine

A 13-year-old artist named Nana Hoshiki made her debut in the March 2019 Bessatsu Margaret Magazine, which went on sale on February 13. Hoshiki was the winner of Bessatsu Margaret's 609th "Manga School" competition, which is held every month for the purpose of debuting new artists. Her 16-page manuscript, titled The Tidings of Snow (Inshin no Yuki), was published in the magazine. The manga tells t...
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Ikebukuro's Prince Hotel Transforms Into Fate G/O Hotel Chaldea

A hotel in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City will open with a renovated floor inspired by Fate/Grand Order in April. "Hotel Chaldea" will take over the 25th floor of the Sunshine City Prince Hotel. The entire floor will be renamed as "IKEPRI 25" and serve as a "concept floor" where rooms will have different themes. The "Hotel Chaldea" theme is meant to invoke a sense of playfulness and make the world of t...
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IDOLiSH 7 Mobile Game's Next 'Part' Teased in Promo Video

― The official YouTube account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's popular IDOLiSH 7 idol mobile game began streaming a promotional video for the game's next part on Sunday. Part four's first three chapters will launch in the game on February 20 and will introduce new characters. The game's idol groups currently include Id0lish 7, Trigger, Re:vale, and ŹOOĻ. New music videos for each group are currentl...
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The Devil is a Part-Timer! Author Reveals Real-Life Locations He Visited For Research

Satoshi Wagahara also teases his next work. ― The Devil is a Part-Time light novel author Satoshi Wagahara revealed the real-life locations that he visited on research trips for his stories in the March 2019 issue of Dengeki Bunko magazine. The report is the first in what the magazine promises to be a regular feature focusing on the research light novel authors perform for their stories. Wagahara wro...
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Pokèmon GO Returns to Fukushima With Support Chansey in Tow

Niantic's Pokèmon GO mobile game will return to Japan's Fukushima prefecture for a limited-time event. A Pokemon Company representative announced at a signing ceremony on February 18 that Chansey will appear more frequently in the area as a support Pokemon to support tourism in the tsunami-affected area. Chansey was chosen because it's a Pokémon that brings happiness and connects with the kanji "f...
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Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 Gets Autobot Transformation

Ghosts have a new foe to fear. The Ghostbusters iconic car, the Ecto-1, is getting a formidable makeover as a paranormal investigating Autobot. The Transformers "Ectotron" toy is a GameStop exclusive coming to stores in July. The GameStop website is accepting pre-orders now to the tune of US$49.99. The product page describes the mash up as follows: Discover how these worlds collide in this Transfo...
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Voice Actor Takuya Eguchi's Weird Doodle Mascot Becomes Fashion Inspiration

Voice actor Takuya Eguchi is a highly sought after voice actor. He appears in multiple anime series each season (he's starring in six right now) while also filling in the gaps in with video game work, tech projects and commercials. He also fancies himself an artist, adding doodles to his friends' CD releases, movie posters, and weirding out the official Eevee Twitter account. His art has crossed o...
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This Life-Size Pokémon Plush is Probably Taller Than You

We've seen giant Snorlax, a hefty Pikachu, and a rideable Lapras. When it comes to practically life-size Pokémon, most of the options stick within the original 151 monsters. The Pokémon Center store's latest is branching out to the Johto region to create a very tall replica of the area's Furret. According to its PokéDex entry, Furret measures 5'11" long. This 1/1-scale replica is a very long boy a...
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly Film Strip Sells For US$2,600 on Yahoo! Auctions

In the fifth week (February 9 to 15) of Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly screenings in Japan, cinemas gave out film strips to viewers. The strips were chosen from random points throughout the entire film. Naturally, some scenes in the film stood out more than others, resulting in them being highly sought after when some film goers sold their strips on Yahoo! Auctions later. Sakura...
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50 Japanese Voice Actors Share Acting Tips in Interview Compilation Book

A new book titled The Way of the Voice Actor: 50 Voice Actors Share Their Knowledge and Hints (Seiyūdō: Meiyū 50-nin ga tsutaetai shigoto no kokoroe to ikiru hinto) went on sale in Japan on February 8. The book compiles interviews with 50 veteran Japanese voice actors, including Kenichi Suzumura (Masato Hijirikawa from Uta no Prince-sama, Sōgo Okita from Gintama) and Hiroyuki Yoshino (Yasutomo Ara...
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My Hero Academia Sweeps Crunchyroll's Anime Awards

Biggest prize goes Devilman crybaby with Anime of the Year ― Megalobox and Devilman Crybaby may have had the most nominations but it was My Hero Academia that went home with the prizes. Bones' superhero action series won the most categories with a total of five wins. The series protagonist Deku won Best Boy and antagonist All for One took Best Villain. Voice actor Christopher Sabat was recognized for...
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Love So Life Manga Artist Crowdfunds Animal Rights Manga

Love So Life manga artist Kaede Kochi opened up a campaign on crowdfunding website Green Funding for a manga volume to be published in May called The Truth of Fluffy Pets (Mofu mofu no Honto), which will focus on the real lives of animals in human homes. Kochi is planning to use the money raised by the crowdfunding campaign to gift the book to various elementary schools and libraries in order to h...
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You Are Already Drunk on This Fist of the North Star Potato Shochu

On March 1, Mitsutake Brewery will debut its latest collaboration drink: sweet potato shōchū featuring Fist of the North Star characters. The brewery is offering bottles featuring Kenshiro and Raoh. Kenshiro's is titled after his catchphrase "You are already dead," while Raoh's is titled "I have no regrets in this life." In addition, the brewery is offering a mini bottle set of a variety of alcoho...
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Princess Kaguya, Other Classic Japanese Tales Reimagined as Boys-Love

A new book series is reimagining literary classics for a modern audience... as boys-love stories. The first volume of BL Selection Classic Literature launched last October with its own rendition of The Tale of Princess Kaguya and The Tale of Ise. A second volume shipped in January with a reimagined version of The Kojiki. The first volume is "translated" by Emma Yukifune, which in this case means s...
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Jouji Nakata's Seiyū Red and White Contest Adds 2nd Round of Performers

Jouji Nakata's inaugural Seiyū Red and White Singing Contest has added its second line-up of performers. Joining the Red (Women's) Team is Noriko Hidaka, the voice of Gunbuster's Noriko, Ranma 1/2's Akane, Touch's Minami Asakura, Inuyasha's Kikyō, and Wake Up, Girls' Junko Tange. Hidaka will compete with the previously announced voice actresses Kikuko Inoue, her daughter Honoka Inoue, Cardcaptor S...
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Live-Action Yu-Gi-Oh x Monster Strike Ad Shows a Rude Yugi

Smartphone game Monster Strike is collaborating with Yu-Gi-Oh! from February 15 to March 2 with prizes and social media campaigns. That's not all, however. The commercials for the collaboration, which feature the shenanigans of a live-action Yugi, have been causing quite a stir lately because of how ridiculously over-the-top and rude Yugi appears to be in real life. The commercials were written an...
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Hiriluk's Cherry Blossoms Replicated at Live-Action One Piece Job Ad Press Conference

Last year, the job search engine Indeed paired up with One Piece for a commercial. The ad starred the Straw Hat Pirates as they sing a little sea shanty about Indeed's site while staring out at the stormy sea. Arguably the most memorable thing about it was that it cast an actual reindeer as Chopper. After the launch of that initial ad, the Indeed web site listed a job for "Chopper's assistant", wh...
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Dorohedoro's Q Hayashida Draws Bloodborne Comic Cover

The Japanese release of the Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep comic got a new cover by Dorohedoro manga creator Q Hayashida. Ales Kot and Piotr Kowalski's comic based on From Software's action role-playing game was released in North America on October 23 and the Japanese language version hits store shelves on February 18. Hayashida launched the science-fiction manga Dorohedoro in Shogakukan's Monthly...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novels, Manga Win Bookwalker 2018 Award

Overlord and Goblin Slayer win runner-up awards. ― Kadokawa Shoten's e-book publisher BookWalker announced the results of its yearly book awards on February 8. The results of the award are determined by a combination of user votes, sales ranking, and general reputation among the literary community. This year's grand prize winner is Fuse's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime novels and the corresp...
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Mangaka, Scriptwriter, DJ Daisuke Nishijima Launches Idol Project

Manga artist, scriptwriter, and DJ Daisuke Nishijima launched an idol project titled "Mayowigo." The project's "Future Tech Super Idol Audition" are set to start. Nishijima plans to produce 12 music CDs and a full-color manga titled Mayowigo: Hoshi no Kioku no Monogatari (lit. Lost Child: The Story of the Star's Memory). The selected idols will appear at talk events, concerts, and in the manga its...
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Cosplayer Enako Channels Hestia for Young Gangan Cover

This year's fifth issue of Young Gangan magazine's cover girl is popular cosplayer Enako dressed as none other than Danmachi goddess Hestia. The collaborative gravure photos were taken to promote the theatrical release of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion on February 15. Enako appears in the magazine as Hestia and other "other world" style characters including a...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion Cast Shares Comments on Film

Film opened in Japan on February 15. ― Eight members of the cast of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion shared their comments on the film on February 8 ahead of the opening day on February 15. The film tells an original animated story based on Fujino Ōmori's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who plays Bell, sai...
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Kemono Friends 2 Director Ryuichi Kimura Shares Frustration with Twitter Feedback

Kemono Friends 2 director Ryuichi Kimura recently shared on Twitter his frustrations with certain fans who have been pestering him online lately. In a tweet published on Tuesday, he wrote: "Hey, it's fine to criticize and complain, but you don't have to come into a person's mentions directly in order to do that. Do those people think that getting into a person's face and telling them how much they...
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Share the Valentine's Day Love — Anime Style 2018

Valentine's Day has come again, and women throughout Japan are giving chocolate to men in their lives. However, recent trends are allowing for more Japanese people to enjoy chocolate confections today. Sometimes friends give each other chocolate on this day of love in Japan, and favored teachers may even receive sweet gifts. As always, the world of Japanese pop culture is also sending Valentine's ...
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Dub Voice Actor Vic Mignogna Issues Statement: 'Taking Time to Recommit to God, Seeking Help'

Voice actor Vic Mignogna issued a new statement on February 13 in the midst of new allegations by fellow voice actors Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial and Funimation Entertainment severing its relationship with him. In the statement, Mignogna apologizes for anything he has "said or done out of ignorance" and states he was unaware of any animosity that existed between himself and his colleagues and apo...
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Legendary Mangaka Go Nagai Draws Cover for Mazinger Z, Transformers Cross-over

Publisher Village Books will release a cross-over manga to end all cross-over manga on March 28. The Mazinger Z vs. Transformers manga takes a unique approach manga; it includes six chapters, each one drawn by a different artist. The book's cover is drawn by none other than Go Nagai, the creator Mazinger Z, Devilman, and Cutie Honey. Transformers franchise alumni Hiroto Ishikawa wrote the manga's ...
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Japan's Ministry of Health Turns to Survey Corps During Latest Flu Outbreak

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare is bringing back the Survey Corps to help combat the influenza outbreak in Japan. Last year, the ministry introduced posters to teach proper coughing etiquette to help prevent the spread of illnesses. The ministry reinstated the posters this month. The poster depicts Survey Corps members Eren, Mikasa, and Armin using proper coughing etiquette: using a...
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Honey Bee Nyanko-sensei Lottery is Oh-So-Sweet

FamilyMart convenience stores in Japan will launch a new lottery campaign featuring the sweetest Nyanko-sensei yet. The "Natsume's Book of Friends: Honey Bee Nyanko-sensei's Sweet Moments" lottery will launch on March 8 with 16 total prizes. Prize A: Honey Bee Nyanko-sensei plush Prize B: Honey Bee Nyanko-sensei plush Prize C: Honeycomb shaped nesting boxes Prize D: Hand cream (three varieties) Pr...
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Voice Actress Hiroko Konishi Shares Her #MeToo Story

Voice actress Hiroko Konishi, who is best known for voicing Sae Sawanoguchi in Magic User's Club!, Sena Wakabayashi in You're Under Arrest, and Akane Kimidori in Dr. Slump, wrote an article on the Japanese online news website Ironna, sharing her thoughts on the #MeToo movement in Japan, as well as her own experiences with harassment from her superiors. The article is titled: "My Tell-All Story abo...
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Voice Actress Nanako Mori Announces Marriage

Former Takarasienne recently voiced Bloom Into You's Miyako Kodama ― Voice actress Nanako Mori announced on her Twitter account on Wednesday that she has gotten married to a "normal company worker" (outside the voice-acting industry) a few days ago. She said that she will continue to work, and will strive to make her work more interesting and fun. Mori started out as a Takarasienne (an actress in the...
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World's 1st Immersive "Poo Museum" Opens in Yokohama in March

A world filled with poo awaits you at Yokohama's Unko Museum (Poo Museum). The "hands-on" museum will open on March 15 and introduce a playful world filled with colorful crap (literally). The museum will have four different areas to best explore all your bowels have to offer. The "Poo Plaza" will feature a giant volcanic poo that regularly shoots out small poos from its top. The "Un-stagenic Area"...
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Yuri Fair 2019 Set for 5-City Tour Across Japan

This year's Yuri Fair is expanding from its low-key exhibit last year into a five-city tour throughout Japan. The Village Vanguard hosted event will start in Tokyo's Japanese Restaurant Sacra in Shibuya on March 16 where visitors can browse the yur-themed works for one week. The exhibition will then move to the seventh floor of the Namba Parks office space in Osaka, the Sendai Forus shopping mall ...
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Code Geass Ads Explain the Whole Story in 1-Minute Bites

Code Geass is an infamously convoluted series, so much so that even three recap movies couldn't really cover the sheer extent of all the twists and surprises. Even after watching all of those movies, you might be left thinking, "I still don't get it!" Fear not, however. Bandai Namco Arts has released a handful of one-minute videos that distill the plot of Code Geass to its purest essence. Note tha...
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Precure Voice Actress Kanako Miyamoto Marries

Actress voiced Makoto Kenzaki/Cure Sword in Dokidoki! Precure ― Singer and voice actress Kanako Miyamoto wrote on her blog on Tuesday to announce her marriage on Monday. She stated that her partner was eight years older than her and a "normal" person (outside the voice-acting industry). She added that her partner had always supported her, and she started wanting to be together with him as they spent ...
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Twitter User Compares Latest Yōkai Ningen Bem Designs to Previous Installments

The character designs for this year's planned reboot of Yōkai Ningen Bem is attracting attention on social media. Twitter user hscsatoshi posted side-by-side comparisons of the characters' evolution over the last 50 years on Thursday and the post was retweeted over 31,000 times. なにがあった!? ​​​​#妖怪人間ベム pic.twitter.com/onHnaMFtJf— hgcg (@hscsatoshi) February 7, 2019 The pictures show Belo's changes fr...
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Kaguya-sama Delays 'War' for Valentine's Day Event

The Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime series is setting aside its characters' differences to put on a Valentine's Day event on Thursday. The Kaguya-sama: Love is War event "Valentine's Delivery Meeting in Arche Omiya" will host voice actress Aoi Koga for a mini talk show and she will hand out original valentine goods for free. The event itself is free to attend but front row tickets will be given to ...
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Crowdfund Hopes to Turn NEET Manga Character Into Virtual Idol

A crowdfund campaign launched on Sunday in hopes of transforming manga character Neeko from Aldehyde's Neko wa Tsurai yo series into a 3D "NEET" YouTube idol and produce an original song. The "NEET idolization" project hopes to raise 3 million yen (US$27,000) to produce a 3D idol version of Neeko and her song. The campaign is offering rewards for certain donation tiers including can badges, sticke...
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Learn the Precure Miracle Universe Anime Film's Dance Before Going to the Theater

Latest Precure film opens on March 16 ― The official YouTube channel for the Precure franchise began streaming a video on Sunday to help fans prepare for Eiga Precure Miracle Universe, the newest movie in the Precure franchise. In the video, Cure Star from Star ☆ Twinkle Precure teaches fans how to do the dance that the characters in the film will perform during the film's ending theme song "WINkuru!...
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Tokyo Ghoul, One Piece Dub Actress Brina Palencia Welcomes Baby

Voice actress Brina Palencia and her husband Paul Wingo welcomed their son Arthur Irwin to the world on February 1. Baby Arthur weighed in at 7lbs 13oz and has already made friends with the family cat Sherbert. View this post on Instagram It's always a little better with friends. #TheArtFiles A post shared by Paul Wingo (@paulwingo) on Feb 9, 2019 at 12:00pm PST Palencia wrote on Instagram on Febr...
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NBC Universal Entertainment Japan Opens Anime Cafe in Akihabara

Cafe features A Certain Magical Index, Yuyushiki, Is the Order a Rabbit? ― NBC Universal Entertainment Japan opened an anime-themed cafe in Akihabara on February 8. It is located on the second floor of the Pasela Resorts Akiba Multi Entertainment building. The cafe opened with a collaboration menu featuring items from three NBC Universal Entertainment Japan properties: A Certain Magical Index, Yuyush...
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Battle Angel Alita Creator Draws Live-Action Film Visual

Battle Angel Alita creator Yukito Kishiro revisited Iron City and the world of his manga in a new visual drawn for Robert Rodriguez's live-action film. Kishiro's drawing is based on the designs from the new film with Rose Salazar in the starring role as Alita. The character is shown holding the Damascus Blade with the floating city of Zalem in the background. The image will be featured on the cove...
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Sport Boogiepop's Aesthetic with Unisex Parker and Hat

Boogiepop is a character shrouded in mystery. Who are they? Where did they come from? What is their purpose? It won't give you the answers to those burning questions, but now you can make Boogiepop manifest into your own life by wearing a parker and hat styled in their image. The parker comes in large size and is unisex, allowing anyone to look as if they're wearing an oversized cloak like Boogiep...
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Penguin Meets Penguin in Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan and Shinagawa Aquarium Collaboration

You can never have too many cute penguins in your life. The adorable Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan anime will be collaborating with the Shinagawa Aquarium from February 15 to 28 to bring even more cuteness into the lives of aquarium-goers. During the collaboration period, there will be stands and almost life-sized plush doll of the titular Chitose-chan for visitors to take photos with. There will also ...
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Live-Action Battle Angel Alita Doll Features Rolling Eyeballs, Over 30 Movable Parts

A 1/6 scale figure of Alita based on James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's Hollywood film retelling of Battle Angel Alita will go on sale in January 2020. The figure will replicate Alita's large, anime-esque eyes and will contain over 30 movable parts. Even her eyeballs can be moved, allowing figure owners to manipulate her expressions and replicate a number of poses from the film. Additionally, th...
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Live-Action One Piece Job Search Ad Focuses on Unemployed Zoro

Last year, the job search engine Indeed paired up with One Piece for a commercial that premiered. The ad starred the Straw Hat Pirates as they sing a little sea shanty about Indeed's site while staring out at the stormy sea. Arguably the most memorable thing about it was that it cast an actual reindeer as Chopper. Indeed released a follow-up to the video on Tuesday, this time focusing on the sword...
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Rosario + Vampire Dub VA Jamie Marchi Alleges Mignogna Grabbed, Pulled Her Hair

In allegations that closely resemble those levied by cosplayer Jessie Pridemore, voice actress Jamie Marchi publicly accused fellow voice actor Vic Mignogna of running his fingers through her hair, seizing her hair at the base of her scalp, and pulling her towards him followed by whispering a sexual comment in her ear. Marchi posted the allegations on Twitter on Friday. The Rosario + Vampire and P...
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Tokyo Manga Bookstore Comic Takaoka to Close After a Century of Service

Although it didn't start out as a manga specialty store, Comic Takaoka became one of the most iconic manga stores in Tokyo in the 1970s. But now, after a long and storied history serving manga fans of all stripes, Comic Takaoka is set to close at the end of March this year. Comic Takaoka originally opened in the late 1800s under the name "Takaoka Shoten" (Takaoka Bookstore). It is located in Jimbo...
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Lucky Star Voice Actor Kaori Fukuhara Voices Cyber Security Firewall Character

Fukuhara will also appear at a cyber security information conference on March 2. ― A cyber security awareness initiative has cast voice actor Kaori Fukuhara (Tsukasa from Lucky Star, Maria from The Testament of Sister New Devil) as a personified Firewall in a video that explains cyber security in simple terms. In the video, Firewall introduces viewers to the concepts of anti-virus, Web Application Fi...
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Macross Director/Designer Shoji Kawamori's Works Get Exhibition in May

Exhibit celebrates Kawamori's 40-year career ― Animation studio Satelight announced on Friday that designs and production materials from the works of anime director and mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori will be displayed at an exhibit named "Shoji Kawamori Expo" at the Gallery AaMo in Tokyo from late May to late June. The exhibit celebrates Kawamori's 40 years in the industry, and will display work ...
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Peek Inside Platinum Games Offices with Video Tour

Platinum Games released a short video touring its Osaka offices on Thursday. The video shows not only the work area and meeting places for the studio employees, but also an extensive library filled with books, games, and figures. The office is located within Osaka's famous Umeda Sky Building, which doubles as a tourist spot and an office building. The Umeda Sky Building was named one of the top 20...
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Capcom Reveals More Details about Monster Hunter: World x The Witcher 3 Collaboration

Free update of Monster Hunter World launched on Thursday. ― Capcom posted details about the Monster Hunter: World and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt collaboration on its website after the free update officially launched on Thursday. The collaboration is divided into two parts, the first of which involves a story campaign with Geralt as a playable character, and the second of which involves a limited-time m...
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Witness the Future of Moving House in Anime Short Produced by Signal.MD

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to move house in the future with robots and hover carriers? Art Corporation, a house-moving business in Japan, released an anime short dedicated to showing off this bright possible future. Art Corporation posted the video on its YouTube channel on Thursday. The animated short tells the heartwarming story of a girl named Izumi moving house with the help ...
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Phantom Thief Jeanne Inspires Luxurious Dresses, Accessories

The 20th anniversary of Arina Tanemura's Phantom Thief Jeanne manga is underway with high quality prop recreations, costumes, and fashion accessories. The dress (one piece) specialty shop Favorite is offering a cosplay replica of the phantom thief's signature look along with four other dresses inspired by the series. The full line-up includes Phantom Thief Jeanne's costume, Maron's school uniform,...
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Sound! Euphonium Voice Actors Tour Anime's Real-Life Locations

Sound! Euphonium voice actors Tomoyo Kurosawa (Kumiko), Ayaka Asai (Hazuki), Moe Toyota (Sapphire), and Chika Anzai (Reina) have been taking a tour lately around Uji in the Kyoto prefecture, which is the real-life location of the Sound! Euphonium series. The actors have been visiting locations shown in the anime and admiring the impact the anime series has had on the local community. Kyoto Animati...
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BanG Dream! New Boy Band Project is Recruiting More Members

Multimedia franchise's first male boy band group Argonavis's first key visual has also been revealed. ― Bushiroad announced last year that it would add some male idols to its BanG Dream! multimedia franchise. The first all-male group to be announced so far is "Argonavis," which consists of voice actors Shūta Morishima (keyboard), Seiji Maeda (bass), Daisuke Hyuga (guitar), Shōhei Hashimoto (drums), a...
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Ojamajo Doremi 20th Anniversary Website Opens, New Merch Revealed

The year of Ojamajo Doremi is coming. The magical girl series is celebrating 20 years with a new anniversary website that promises new announcements throughout the year. The series is already confirmed to the take the stage at this year's AnimeJapan. The anime was also the subject of a retrospective column on the Pash Plus website (Japanese). The 20th anniversary is kicking off with a new pop-up s...
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Manga Readers Pick the Ideal Romantic Couples, Husbands, Wives

This will be the last Valentine's Day of the Heisei era and fans are reflecting on what makes for a perfect manga romance and an ideal partner. The BookLive site polled its users to find out which manga couples and characters stole readers' hearts. Some of the answers will probably surprise you. The Ideal Manga Couple (Top 10) Misae Nohara & Hiroshi Nohara (Crayon Shinchan) Fune Isono & Namihei Is...
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Pikachu Catches All Your Dust on a Robo Vacuum

Pikachu is ready to catch all the dust bunnies hiding in the nooks of your desk. The "Pikachu Runrun Cleaner" is a vacuum similar to a Roomba but smaller. It's circular and colored like a Pokéball and meant to clean the surface of your work desk. On top, Pikachu "steers" the vacuum towards in any crumbly messes while also making small talk. Well, as much small talk as you can expect from a Pokemon...
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Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Comments on Game's Female Fanbase

Says: 'We never tried to cater to the female audience.' ― In an interview published by Otaquest on Thursday, Yakuza game series director Toshihiro Nagoshi discussed the target audience of the game. He said that the series was always aimed specifically at adult Japanese males, and that this focus has not changed even after the series has become popular internationally. Nagoshi specifically mentioned t...
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Monogatari Series' Countdown is for 10th Anniversary Event

The official website for the franchise based on NisiOisin's Monogatari Series light novels revealed its earlier countdown was for a 10th anniversary event. The supernatural anime series will be honored at the Makuhari Messe event hall in Chiba on May 11. The one-night celebration will include attendance by the series' main cast and promises performances and music for the audience to enjoy. Tickets...
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Bridal Company Looks to Add Some 'Chu' to the Big Day

Pokemon weddings could make a big splash this year. The bridal company Escrit will host a bridal fair on February 27 offering all things matrimonial and Pikachu. The company will show decor, cakes, a menu, a welcoming board, and table designs inspired by Pikachu. Space at the event is limited so interested couples will need to pre-register at the official site. If you haven't proposed yet to your ...
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Megazone 23 OVA's Original Paper Scroll Credits Shown on Twitter

Somehow, one particular user on Twitter has gotten their hands on the original ending credits scroll from Megazone 23 OVA. The 1985 credits are in a bit of rough shape from what looks like sun exposure but are still legible. 「メガゾーン23 パート1」のエンディングスタッフロールです。紙は色褪せてしまいましたが、作品は今も光を放っています。紙と鉛筆の匂い。小さくなった色鉛筆をセロテープで新品に引っ付けて使ってた(笑)手は忘れない。何度も何度も描き直した感覚を。#メガゾーン23 #アートランド pic.twitter.com/5xcD3UEAOD— きりんさん (@ki...
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Sapporo Snow Festival's Sword Art Online Sculpture Unveiled

The official Sword Art Online twitter account revealed an image on Monday of the sculpture that will be displayed at this year's Sapporo Snow Festival. The sculpture depicts the young versions of Kirito, Eugeo, and Alice from Sword Art Online: Alicization. The tweet states that the statue took approximately a month to sculpt. 【SAO × snow festival 2019】熟練の職人さんにより約1ヶ月かけて制作された幼少期の仲睦まじいキリト、ユージオ、アリスの雪像...
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Explore the World of Innocent Manga Creator Shinichi Sakamoto in Latest toco toco Episode

Manga creator Shinichi Sakamoto is the mind behind Innocent and its sequel series Innocent Rouge, the historical manga set during the French Revolution. He wasn't always a manga fan though. In the latest episode of the French web program toco toco, Sakamoto recounts his first exposure to the medium as a kid when he happened upon an issue of Weekly Shonen Jump and read a chapter of Fist of the Nort...
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Bungo Stray Dogs 'Open' Temp Branch in Shibuya, Namba Department Stores

Mob Psycho 100's Reigen is going to have some supernatural competition in Shibuya. The alleged psychic's "Talk About Spirits Agency" exhibition is opening at Gallery X by Parco this month, but the detectives of Bungo Stray Dogs have their own plans for the Marui department stores. Both locations in Shibuya and Namba will get their own branches of the "Armed Detective Agency" ahead of the anime's t...
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Eva Store's Character Popularity Poll Yields Surprising Results

Store allowed patrons to vote on Eva pilots based on individual film appearances ― The Evangelion Store celebrated its 13th anniversary on December 15 with a poll that didn't just break down Hideaki Anno's film series by character but also by individual film. The options were limited to Evangelion Unit pilots only (sorry Pen Pen) and voters were also entered into a lottery to win a set of 13 can badg...
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'Hello, One Piece' Exhibition VR Video Hints at New Character Appearances

The "Hello, One Piece" exhibition is offering a virtual tour of creator Eiichiro Oda's desk. The official Twitter account for the manga series posted a video on Tuesday showing the experience and also offering a hint of a new character. 尾田さんから動画オンザデスクが届いたよ!これ、Hello,ONE PIECE展でやってるVR動画みたいだ!…そして机の上のこれは、もしや…? pic.twitter.com/FyatR1tNSH— ONE PIECE スタッフ【公式】 (@Eiichiro_Staff) February 5, 2019 The video ...
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Princess Jellyfish Creator Akiko Higashimura Participates in 'Moe Character' Drawing Battle

Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Girls manga creator Akiko Higashimura made a surprise appearance on the Japanese Youtube channel Dondake Challenge Do! (Do Incredible Challenges), where she was told to compete against two other guests to draw the most "moe" rendition of Japanese folktale characters. The first challenge was Princess Kaguya from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Because Kaguya was...
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Vic Mignogna No Longer a Member of RWBY Cast

Multiple convention appearances cancelled, Mignogna issued an apology at Bak-Anime ― Production company Rooster Teeth reached out to Anime News Network on Monday to issue a statement regarding voice actor Vic Mignogna's role in the animated series RWBY. Effective today, Vic Mignogna is no longer a part of the cast of RWBY and Rooster Teeth is ending all associations with Mignogna. This will not affec...
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Fan Builds Life-Size Papercraft Freja from Macross Delta

Don't forget Minmay! ― A talented Macross fan has recreated two idols from the franchise. Raymond Taylor first built Lynn Minmay and just completed his version of Freyja Wion from Macross Delta. Both paper idols are roughly the same height by Freyja is heavier thanks to her voluminous skirt. my life size papercraft Frejya from Macross Delta is now done! here she is next to Minmay, both r 100% life si...
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Shanghai Zoo Names Baby Servals After Kemono Friends Catchphrase 'Tanoshii'

The Shanghai Zoo posted an update on Chinese social media platform Weibo on January 4 stating that their baby servals, which were born five months ago, have been named "Tata," "Nono," and "Xixi" (pronounced "shishi"). Although the post makes no mention of Kemono Friends, both Chinese and Japanese anime fans have been pointing out that the three names, when put together, sound like "Tanoshii," the ...
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Unopened 1999 1st Edition Limited Printing Pokémon TCG Booster Box on Auction

Huggins & Scott Auctions has another rare Pokémon trading card booster set up for auction until February 13. The auction house previously sold a first edition, unopened box of Pokémon Trading Card game booster packs to the tune of US$66,920. The latest auction is also a first edition unopened booster pack box, this one from 1999. The box has only had one owner since it was first issued. Inside are...
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DOLL, The Embalmer Manga Creator Draws The Favorite Film Art

Manga creator Mitsukazu Mihara drew an art piece inspired by the Oscar-nominated film The Favourite. Yorgos Lanthimos' period film starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz will open in Japan on February 15 after previously opening in the U.S. on December 21. The Favourite is a historical drama and comedy that takes place in early 18th century England. Queen Anne rules the country but h...
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Final Fantasy XV's Noctis Comes to FFXIV in April (Updated)

Final Fantasy XV's Noctis comes to Eorzea for a new collaboration with the Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG. A trailer first revealed during the Final Fantasy XIV Paris Fan Fest event livestream on Sunday shows Noctis and his hotrod taking on the hordes of enemies across the world. The latest collaboration is dubbed "Nocturne for Heroes" and is slated to launch in mid-April. To participate, users must hav...
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God of War Art Director Draws Realistic Super Smash Bros. Characters

Raf Grassetti, art director of 2019's Game of the Year God of War, has been posting his own renditions of the characters on the Super Smash Bros. roster on his Instagram lately. So far, he has drawn Kirby, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, King K. Rool, Yoshi, Ridley, Pikachu, Megaman, Mewtwo, Sonic, Bowser, Fox, Link, and Samus. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Raf Grassetti (@rafagrassetti) o...
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Chairman Kosaku Shima Protagonist is Reborn as Medieval Knight in Manga Spinoff

The titular protagonist of Kenshi Hirokane's Chairman Kosaku Shima manga has come a long way ever since he began climbing the corporate ladder in 1983. With every change in job title the main character receives, the manga title also changes. The manga began under the name Kachō Shima Kōsaku (Section Chief Kōsaku Shima). Sequels include Division Chief Kosaku Shima, Managing Director Kosaku Shima, E...
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Online Quiz Tells You Which Pretty Boy Would Be Your Ideal Partner

The five options are voiced by Yuichiro Umehara, Yuuki Kaji, Kenichi Suzumura, Tomokazu Sugita, Kensho Ono. ― I can't say I've ever thought about which pretty boy voiced by a famous Japanese voice actor would be my ideal partner. But I'm glad that there's now an online quiz that will tell you the answers. From February 28 to March 25, Kanebo Cosmetics is hosting an online quiz that will diagnose your...
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Lupin III Part 5 Anime's 'Real Infiltration Game' Lets You Pull Off Jewel Heist

Players join Lupin to break into art museum, steal precious gemstone ― The Tokyo Mystery Circus theme park announced on Thursday that it is launching a collaboration "real infiltration game" event with the Lupin the Third Part 5 anime titled "Noir Bijutsukan Sennyū Sakusen" (Infiltration Plan for the Noir Art Museum). The event will launch on April 17. In the game, up to three players take on the rol...
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Japan's Professional Baseball Teams Get Gunpla models

All 12 of Japan's professional baseball teams will be getting their own Gunpla model as part of a collaboration to commemorate Mobile Suit Gundam's 40th anniversary. The collaboration was announced at a "Gundam 40th Anniversary Collaboration Product Announcement Meeting" held at the Gundam Base Tokyo on Wednesday. The 12 teams that make up the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization are the Hiro...
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Mamoru Oshii Names 5 Films Essential to Ghost in the Shell Film's Creation

Oshii cites This Island Earth, Bride of White Castle, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Day for Night, and Blade Runner. ― Acclaimed anime and live-action director Mamoru Oshii will appear on the Movie Plus program Kono eiga ga mitai ("I want to see this film") in February. Oshii will share stories about his formative experiences through watching and creating films. In anticipation of the episode's first broadc...
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Attack on Titan Voice Actor Yuuki Kaji Says He Wants to Be a Pretty Cure Too

Voice actor Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan's Eren, The Seven Deadly Sins' Meliodas) said at a press conference for the Precure Miracle Universe anime film on Wednesday that, if given the opportunity, he would like to become a Precure himself. Kaji was cast in the film as Yango, close advisor of the president of Planet Miracle and a member of the space guard. This role marks Kaji's first appearance in...
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'World of Yoshiyuki Tomino' Exhibition Tours Japan Starting From June

The "World of Yoshiyuki Tomino" exhibit will open in the Fukuoka Art Museum from June 22 to September 1. From there, the exhibit will be brought to the Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art from October 12 to December 22, the Iwami Art Museum from January 10, 2020 to March 23, the Aomori Museum of Art from April to June 2020, a yet-to-be-announced venue in the Toyama Prefecture from July to September 20...
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City Hunter Creator Answers Age-Long Question: 'Why Doesn't Ryō Just Dodge Kaori's Hammer?'

In anticipation of the City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes film's upcoming release in Japan, the March issue of Monthly Comic Zenon will publish 30 fan questions answered by the original City Hunter manga creator Tsukasa Hojo, one for each year since the manga's original publication. Hojo's Twitter account released the answer to one of the questions ahead of time: "Why doesn't Ryō just dodge Kaori'...

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