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Street Fighter II's Car-Smashing Bonus Stage Gets VR Remake

Fans got a change to experience unique Street Fighter II nostalgia last weekend. The Capcom Pro Tour North American Finals competition offered a "Street Fighter II Bonus Stage Virtual Reality" experience for people who attended. The event's exclusive VR app used the HTC Vive and its Vive Tracker peripherals to recreate the famous bonus stage (seen above) from the Street Fighter II fighting game. I...
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Hatsune Miku AMG Wins 3rd GT300 Season Title for Good Smile Racing

Good Smile Racing and Team Ukyo pulled ahead to earn their third GT300 season title on November 12. Drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka returned for the team to race a Mercedes-AMG GT3, which featured a Hatsune Miku design as always. Although the Hatsune Miku AMG placed third in the final race of the season, the team earned a total of 97 points for the series to earn the championship. T...
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Tentacool is Latest Pokémon to Get its Own Song, Music Video

First it was Slowpoke, who got its own reggae number in 2015. Then it was the Magikarp, whose lovable uselessness inspired a love song last July. The song proved so popular it even got its own dance video fans could follow along with, and then an English version. Next was Mimikyu, the new favorite from Pokémon Sun and Pōkemon Moon, whose dark cuteness inspired its own rap song. Now, it's Tentacool...
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Let Gundam Give You a Good Night's Rest with Reversible Zaku Eye Mask

With the final episode of the Loum Arc of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin looming on the horizon, Bandai's shopping site "Bankore!" is offering fans a chance to catch some good zzzz's and show their love for the Red Comet with a new Zaku reversible eye mask. One side of the mask features a MS-06S design, and the other features a MS05-S design, both red for Char's custom version. Although the di...
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Full Lineup Revealed for 2017 Kōhaku Song Contest

The NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen ("Red and White Song Contest") is a long-running New Year's Eve tradition on Japanese TV, pitting two teams of female singers (the red team) and male singers (the white team) against each other. The read team won the event last year, but the white team still has an overall lead with 36 wins against the read team's 31. NHK revealed the full lineup for the teams on Thursday...
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TV Program Discusses Sports Manga's Impact on Athletes

A new season of the Bokura wa Manga de Tsuyokunatta (We Became Strong With Manga) television program premiered on NHK BS1 on Friday, and new episodes will air every Friday at 11:00 p.m. The program had previously aired irregularly under various titles. The theme of the episode that aired on Friday was "comeback." Kazuyuki Kyoya, a former soccer player who switched to wheelchair basketball followin...
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January Exhibition Celebrates 30 Years of 3x3 Eyes Manga

Yuzo Takada's 3x3 Eyes manga is 30 years old (yeesh) and is getting an art exhibition to celebrate starting in January at at Tokyo Seibu Ikebukuro's main office. The 3x3 eyes manga first launched in 1987 and is a supernatural adventure and romance series. The story follows a young man named Yakumo Fuuji who becomes the immortal slave of the last of a race of 3 Eyed immortals. The immortal, Pai, ab...
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Handsome Wine Guys Help Choose the Best Wine on NHK Program

NHK's program AsaIchi aired a segment "Gokujō ni Tanoshimu! 1,000-yen Wine" (Enjoy the Best! 1,000 yen Wine) that included tips about how to choose the best wine for your money by turning grape varieties into handsome male characters. The concept is just the next in a trend of anthropomorphic characters. The program compared Cabernet Sauvignon to a macho, astringent handsome guy. Merlot is toleran...
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Scale Maker, Voice Actress of Evangelion's Shinji Have Twitter Fight Over Shin Godzilla Remark

― The first television broadcast of Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's 2016 Shin Godzilla film already made waves with fans on Twitter on Sunday. Plenty of companies and individuals joined in the social media buzz over the airing. In what turned into an amusing exchange, health meter maker Tanita chose to engage voice actress Megumi Ogata. The official Twitter account of Tanita remarked on Sunday tha...
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Pre-Registration Opens for Marvelous' Guns-As-Guys Mobile Game

Mobile giant LINE and Marvelous opened registration for Senjūshi: The Thousand Noble Musketeers mobile game and it has already accumulated 50,000 fans signed up to play. The game is notable as the latest is in the anthropomorphization craze, launching off the popularity of DMM's Touken Ranbu game featuring sword guys and instead focusing on tanegashima (matchlock rifles and pistols). The official ...
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Stock Investment Service Taps Horror Manga for Collaboration

The stock investment service "Oretachi Kabu no Shoshinsha!" (We Are Stock Beginners!) is participating in a rather extreme collaboration with the horror manga Hazureta Minna no Atama no Neji. The manga has nothing to do with stock investment. Instead, it's about a girl named Misaki who realizes everyone living in her city is a bit nuts. There's also a demon named Beherin that only she can see. Slo...
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Yuri!!! on Ice's Poodle Makkachin Gets Life-Size Plush

In Yuri!!! on Ice, Victor has a standard poodle named Makkachin, and Yūri had a toy poodle with a similar appearance whom he named after Victor. Vicchan sadly dies a short time before the events in the anime. Although they never meet in the anime, Yūri and Victor's beloved pet dogs finally get a chance to meet in the real world. Avex Pictures' merchandise brand as'mono is releasing plush recreati...
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Fellow Voice Actors Respond to Hiromu Tsuru's Passing

Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on Thursday due to aortic dissection. Tsuru was a prolific and respected member of the voice-acting community in Japan. Especially since she was only 57, her death has been a shock to the industry. Many fellow voice actors and other anime staff members responded to her death on Twitter. Hiroki Yasumoto (Food Wars! The Second Plate's Subaru Mimasaka, Fairy Tai...
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Romi Park Plays 13 Characters in New Moomins Film's Japanese Dub

Voice actress Romi Park is known for voicing characters such as Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric, Naruto's Temari, and Turn A Gundam's Loran Cehack. Now she is taking on a new role, or rather roles. Park is voicing 13 characters in the Japanese dub of the Finnish stop-motion animation film Moomins and the Winter Wonderland. Park is voicing Moominmamma, Little My, and 11 other characters. She app...
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Kaiji's Underground Racket Looking for Part-Timers to Suit Up

The part-time job news service an Chō Baito (An Super Part-Time Job) has offered jobs security staff and backstage helpers for a Land of the Lustrous screening, cosplaying as Gintama's Elizabeth, a Shinigami, or a zombie, as well as appearing as an "extra" in manga. The service's latest anime-related job listing is a collaboration with next month's Kaiji variety program. The program's staff are lo...
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Sanrio Reveals More Fullmetal Alchemist Goods for Limited-Time Shop's Launch

The limited-time shop featuring Fullmetal Alchemist goods with Sanrio's designs opened in First Avenue Tokyo Station's Tokyo Character Street Ichiban Plaza on Thursday. The collaboration's staff provided a more detailed look at some of the merchandise to mark the opening of the shop. The collaboration had already revealed part of the items in September and previewed more designs last month. The n...
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Man Who Dumped 585 AKB48 CDs Ordered to Pay 400,000 Yen

A prosecutor in Fukuoka issued a summary indictment on Tuesday for the 32-year-old man charged last month with illegally dumping 585 AKB48 CDs on a mountain. According to the summary order, the man must pay a 400,000-yen (about US$3,500) fine. The man was charged for illegally dumping the CDs at a mountain in the city of Dazaifu in June. Reportedly, a different man in Chiba originally bought the C...
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King's Game Card Game Challenges You To Be the Last One Standing

The characters from King's Game: The Animation are ready to die again, but this time the King is you. King's Game the Animation -Death Card Game Edition- recreates the survival horror anime but this time the players must perform the commands or else drop out of the running to win. The game is made up of 48 number cards, 48 character cards representing the two classes in the anime series, and 12 c...
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One Woman Dreams of the Love She Left in Chichibu in New Promotional Anime

The Seibu Railway line and Chichibu prefecture are teaming up to promote the area's unique features with an original anime project. The anime will feature some of Chichibu's biggest tourist attractions, like the the railway's Seibuto Traveling Restaurant "52 Seats of Happiness", the tourist town Nagatoro, Chichibu Jinja temple, and Hitsujiyama Park where romance comes into full bloom when the hill...
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American Voice Actors for Anime Star in Crossing The G.O.D.S. Illustrated Audio Drama Series

American voice actors who have voiced roles in English dubs of anime are starring in a new illustrated audio drama titled Crossing The G.O.D.S.. Voice actor Anthony Salerno posted a teaser trailer for the web series on YouTube in October. The video introduces the concept and cast. The cast includes: Dan Green (Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Yugi Muto, Sonic X's Knuckles) as Cross Lisa Ortiz (The Slayers' Lina Invers...
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Fans Express Shock Over Possible 1st Ever Male Precure in Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode Anime (Updated)

Update: A previous version of this article assumed that a male Precure had shown up in the anime definitively, but the character's Precure status is only fan speculation. Thanks to all the readers who pointed this out. We apologize for reporting as fact what is actually only fan speculation at this point. ANN's corrected article is below. The Precure franchise may have debuted the first ever male ...
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Glass Mask Pairs With Cocoa for Two Silly Commercials

Glass Mask, Suzue Miuchi's long-running shōjo manga about an up-and-coming theatre star, is no stranger to having a laugh at its own account. The series has already been reimagined as a flash-animated series and film twice over. This cast's silly antics continued in commercials for cellphone screen protectors. Two new ads, this time for Van Houten hot cocoa, are taking the drama from the original ...
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Mr. Osomatsu Goes Ultra for Tokusatsu Hero Collaboration

The tokusatsu hero Ultraman has done a number of interesting collaborations, including a Toyota concept car and the series' monsters selling household appliances. The hero is now enlisting backup, for better or worse, of Mr. Osomatsu's six siblings. The anime series' character designer Naoyuki Asano drew the collaboration illustration seen below. The two series share a similar time period, having...
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Solve Mysteries with Detective Conan at Universal Studios Japan

Also: ride through the worlds of Final Fantasy ― Universal Studios Japan revealed more details on its upcoming Universal Cool Japan 2018 series of attractions, including "Detective Conan World." Starting on January 19, theme park visitors can participate in Detective Conan themed real escape game and eat Detective Conan themed food. The real escape game is a new attraction with a new story that is di...
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Kit Kat Boys Make a Tasty Treat for Your Eyes

Creative artist Cioccolato-kun recreating Japan's many KitKat varieties as gorgeous guys. Cioccolato-kun was recently inspired by Nestle's sake-flavored treats and the sushi confections that debuted earlier this year. The artist has an entire Facebook album dedicated to the candy guy artwork. Original sake KitKat Masuizumi sake version The tasty sushi boys Of course, you can never go wrong with th...
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Fans Analyze Shin Godzilla Film's Easter Eggs, Peculiarities

Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's 2016 Shin Godzilla film aired for the first time on television in Japan on Sunday. The broadcast earned an average household rating of 15.2% in the Kantō region, which includes Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. Such a popular airing apparently got Japanese fans in the mood to analyze all sorts of details in the film. Some of the below Easter eggs are spoilers for...
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Kemono Friends, Attack on Titan, More Nominated for Gadget Tsūshin Net Buzzword Awards

The annual Ryūkōgo Taishō buzzword contest recognizes all the terms related to Japan's biggest trends and news stories each year. This year the only anime, manga, and video game related terms were Kemono Friends, the ultra-popular but later controversy-embroiled anime series, and DMM's Touken Ranbu video game that has stretched its reach beyond gaming roots into the history and anime communities. ...
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Rescue Your Captured Comrade in Doraemon Real Escape Game

Next year's Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island) film is already inspiring a real escape game. "Nobita's Escape from Treasure Island" will launch in 24 cities in Japan starting on March 3. The game will task groups of four to rescue a captured Doraemon. Ticket sales opened for SCRAP members on November 11 and will close on November 17. Tickets will the...
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More Fine Artists Want to Paint Their Way Into Your Heart in Palette Parade

During the summer, we were introduced the initial cast of Silicon Studio's Palette Parade, an otome mobile game starring the world's brightest artists as agreeable, handsome men. Initially the game only revealed the happy-go-lucky Vincent van Gogh, Gustave Courbet, Leonardo da Vinci, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The game as since expanded, revealing it will separate characters by art classifications...
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One Piece's Nami's Bodacious Proportions Recreated for New Doll

Time-skip Nami is known for a lot things: she's the navigator of the Straw Hat crew, she loves the oranges of her hometown, and her bust to waist to hip ratio is insane. Danny Choo's Smart Doll line wasn't intimidated by the character's fantastical figure and have brought Nami to life with near perfect design consistency. The doll includes a bikini top and pair of denim jeans. Nami retails for 73...
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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Attends Sphere's Final Tour Until 2019

The voice actress group Sphere held their final concert until 2019 on Sunday. Mobile Suit Gundam principal creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was in attendance to mark the occasion. The official Twitter account for the Gundam Reconguista in G anime revealed on Saturday that Tomino had attended that day's performance. The account noted that the performance was "more or less" Tomino's first idol concert and a...
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Sengoku Night Blood's Vampire, Werewolf Generals Rock Out

This season's Sengoku Night Blood anime series reimagines the warlords of Japan's history as vampires and werewolves, but did you also know they double as crooning supernatural idols? Six of the main characters, from Oda Nobunaga to Kenshin Uesugi are rocking their way viewer's hearts with individual character CD tracks. Take a listen from each character's recently released music videos below. Hid...
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Town Prepares for Returning Crowds of 100,000+ Due to Girls & Panzer

The Ibaraki Shimbun newspaper reported on Sunday that the town of Ōarai, Ibaraki is again preparing for crowds of 100,000 or more visitors leading up to the annual Ōarai Anglerfish Festival, which will be held on Sunday. Considering that the town has a population of 17,000, that will be no small feat. The town, which calls itself "The Oceanfront Town," has Girls und Panzer to thank for the boom in...
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Sword Art Online's Asuna Gets Yūki Color Variant Lottery Figure

Bandai Presto's Ichiban Kūji lottery is offering up two new Asuna figures and bunch of other Sword Art Online goodies. The lottery, which starts on December 2, includes wall scrolls, an Asuna figure in her standard and Yūki color ways, towels, color illustrations, and rubber straps. Take a look and drool below. A Prize B & C Prize D Prize E Prize All illustrations are drawn by original character ...
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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Saying Anime Contributes to Crime

House of Councillors member Ichita Yamamoto, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, posted an apology on his official blog on Wednesday for saying that anime contributes to crime. Yamamoto first made the apology during his live streaming program on Wednesday. Yamamoto had said on the episode of the Shin Hōdo 2001 political discussion talk show that aired on November 5 that video games ...
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Naruto Fan's Theme Song Choices for Compilation CD Revealed

The votes are in for the upcoming Naruto and Naruto Shippuden theme song compilation CD. Fans submitted their votes in the hopes of getting their favorite song on the 11-track album. From the possible choices, staff chose the top five fan-voted tracks to go with six others. Did your favorite make the cut? "Blood Circulator" (19th OP, Shippuden) by Asian Kung-Fu Generation "Kara no Kokoro" (20th OP...
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Bewear & Pikachu Storm into Ikebukuro for 1000th Pokémon Episode Celebration

It's one thing to see a cuddly Pikachu, but imagine running into a Bewear in your local shopping mall. Would you be happy or terrified to see one of these cute yet vicious creatures walking toward you? Pokémon fans in Tokyo were able to experience this unique oddity for themselves, when a Pokémon Sun & Moon stage event was held in Ikebukuro on November 11th to celebrate the broadcast of the 1000th...
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Japan's Ministry of Defense Discusses Gundam Realization Projects After 10 Years

The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan created a buzz in 2012 after it "seriously considered" a "Gundam Development Project." Before that, the now-defunct Technical Research and Development Institute in Japan's Ministry of Defense included a ground equipment exhibit titled "Towards the Realization of Gundam (Advanced Personal Equipment System)" in a symposium in 2007. With rumors about the Japan Se...
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This New Web Manga Will Pump...You Up!

It's all about muscular appreciation in the new manga Pump Up by Hirofumi Nakamura. Main character Yōji Tsumaki is a fan of steel-like muscles ever since he was a kid. When he was in elementary school, his peers called him "toothpick" because of how slender he was. On his way home from school, his friend Yoshiko is involved in an accident and becomes stuck underneath a truck. Yōji is unable to do ...
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Boys-Love Manga Creator Yuiji Aniya Marks 10th Anniversary by Drawing Her Couples' Futures

Boys-love manga creator Yuiji Aniya is revisiting the couples from her previous series in a new 10th anniversary commemorative fan book. Yuiji Aniya BL Works Baiser contains 64 pages revealing the fates of her characters. It also includes color illustrations and interviews. Aniya's previous works include A Convenient Man, Men of Tattoos, DROPS, and Perfect Training. Digital Manga Publishing releas...
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Uesugi Clan's Sword Exhibit Collaborates With Tōken Ranbu Game

Sano Art Museum in Mishima, Shizuoka is holding the "Uesugi-ka no Meitō to Sanjū-go Koshi" (officially titled "Treasured Swords of the Uesugi Clan" in English) exhibit of famous and historical swords from January 7 to February 18. The event is collaborating with the Tōken Ranbu Online game, and the city of Mishima revealed more details of the collaboration on Monday. The event will display life-si...
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Pajamas, Vest Let Fans Become The [email protected] SideM Idols

The retail chain Animate's cosplay shop ACOS is offering two news clothing items inspired by The [email protected] SideM anime. Kigurumi pajamas recreate the frog costume of Beit idol unit member Pierre. A long red vest is the official real-world version of High×Joker idol unit member Shiki Iseya's trademark vest. The frog prince outfit includes a frog face, crown, and royal mantle. The pajamas fit peopl...
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Full Moon, More Manga Artists Draw Pharmaceutical Character for 100th Birthday

100 years ago The Mentholatum Company, Inc., founded in 1889, introduced its mascot character "Little Nurse" or "Nurse-chan," as she's known in Japan. The cute, curly-haired girl has captured hearts overseas since the once American manufacturer was bought out by Japan's Rohto Pharmaceutical Company in 1988. Several prominent manga artists came out in support of Little Nurse's 100th birthday by dra...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Character Designer Draws Tokyo Anime Awards Fes Visual

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018 won't kick off until March but the event already released its promotional image drawn by animator Tadashi Hiramatsu. Hiramatsu is the character designer behind the immensely popular Yuri!!! on Ice as well as Parasyte -the maxim- and also worked with Gainax on FLCL and the Evangelion television anime. The Tokyo Anime Award Festival will be held this year in Ikebu...
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Golden Kamuy, Aoashi Show Support for Japan's Soccer Teams

Japan's soccer league can count popular manga characters among its many fans. Both Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy and and Yūgo Kobayashi's Aoashi are endorsing professional soccer. Golden Kamuy protagonists Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto and Asirpa are showing their support for the Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo soccer (football) club. Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo are facing Sagan Tosu on their home turf at the...
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Cosplayers Clean-Up Ikebukuro during Animate Girls Fest

While Halloween partiers were trashing Shibuya, cosplayers at the Animate Girls Festival signed up to beauty Ikebukuro. On November 4, cosplayers walked the area's streets for the third clean-up event. The group included Rainbow Rocket team members, Jack Skellington, Love Live idols, and more marching in organized rows and picking up garbage in the shopping district. Participants were rewarded for...
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Fan Creates Tiny 18-Karat Gold Hatsune Miku in Video

Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku has inspired countless figures in her day. However, fan and Niconico Douga user raku posted a video on Saturday of what may be the first tiny metal figurines of the popular virtual idol. 【K18】18金でミクさん作ってみた【初音ミク】 The video begins by showing the process of creating a 3D model for the figurines to use to make a prototype and mold. The process can be used to create gold, sil...
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Takuya Satō's Pecs Celebrate 'Good Boobs Day' to Promote Concert

Deciding Japan does not have enough contrived "holidays," entertainment talent agency Vithmic apparently decided that November 8 is "Good Boobs Day." The company derived the name from the concept that the numerals of November 8 can be pronounced similar to "good boobs" in Japanese. Celebrations for the special day trended on Twitter this week, and voice actor Takuya Satō (Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru's ...
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Fans Rank Best Transformation Scenes in Anime

Japan's d Anime Store (Docomo Anime Store) streaming service recently conducted a poll asking readers about their favorite transformation scenes in anime. In addition to revealing specialized lists of "everyone's recommended transformation scenes," the service revealed on Friday users' favorite transformation scenes divided between women and men. The poll may have only included anime available thr...
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Yuri Plisetsky Gets Celebratory 100% Juice Birthday Drink

He might be the Yuri! on Ice wild child, but Yuri Plisetsky is still too young to drink alcohol in his homeland, Japan, or the U.S. Since March 1 is his birthday, Premium Bandai has prepared a special non-alcoholic drink to mark the occasion. Staff acquired grapes from the renowned Katsunuma Winery in Yamanashi prefecture. The juice comes with two glasses that when put together create Yurio's sho...
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Idol Concert Support System Lets Fans, Performers Interact During Shows

Saitama University is developing a two-way idol support system for use at concerts. The developers hope the system can eventually be used at performances with tens of thousands of fans to help close the figurative distance between idols and audience members and increase the sense of unity. Yoshinori Kobayashi, an associate professor of information science and technology at Saitama University, deve...
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Kemono Friends Pavilion Theme Song Gets Music Video

The new Kemono Friends single "Fure! Fure! Best Friends" now has a music video to go with it and the singers are fully embracing their furry side. The single is set for release on December 13 and serves as the theme song for the Kemono Friends Pavilion smartphone game. Idol groups Doubutsu Biscuits and the PENGUINS Performance Project (PPP) perform the song and appear in the video. Just like the s...
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Celebrate Azusa's Birthday With Life-Size K-ON! Figure for 2.2 Million Yen

November 11 is the birthday of K-ON! character Azusa Nakano, nicknamed "Azu-nyan." To celebrate the Ho-kago Tea Time guitarist's big day, the TBS and MBS channels' official anime online store Animaru revealed that Azu-nyan is getting her own life-size figure. The figure will come with an "Azu-nyan play button," which will let fans hear recordings of voice actress Ayana Taketatsu as Azusa. The fig...
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Jeopardy! Players Flex Their Manga Knowledge in Latest Episode

Two of the contestants on last night's episode of the Jeopardy! showed off their smarts for manga titles both new and old. The game show had a whole category dedicated to Japanese comics with clues ranging from Sailor Moon to Attack on Titan. The clues will probably seem obvious to otaku, but see if you can beat Seth and Lisa to buzzer as they chime in with every answer. Anime fans: Put down the l...
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Yahoo! Auctions Adds Rule Targeting Ticket Scalpers

Ticket scalpers are now going to have a harder time selling their items online in Japan. Yahoo! Japan's popular auction website Yahoo! Auctions announced a new rule on Wednesday that prohibits the listing of tickets purchased for the purpose of reselling them. Yahoo! Auctions added "tickets that [Yahoo! Auctions] deems were purchased for the purpose of resale" to its list of prohibited items, and ...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond Boys Strip Down for Merch

The male cast of Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond are losing their shirts for limited-edition goods at the Shinjuku Marui Annex store on December 2. The eye candy illustrations will be used for can-badge pins and acrylic keychains sold as sets for 1,500 yen (US$13). The Libra Brand line already includes a key case, smartphone case, and super-deformed character keychains. The second television ...
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Kemono Friends, Touken Ranbu Nominated for Top Buzzword of 2017

The annual Ryūkōgo Taishō buzzword contest announced this year's 30 nominated terms on Thursday. This year the only two words from the otaku-verse made the cut. The ultra-popular but later controversy-embroiled Kemono Friends and DMM's far-reaching Touken Ranbu video game and anime series were selected. This is the second year Touken Ranbu has appeared on the list. In 2015, the term tōken jōshi ap...
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Newlywed Oh My Goddess! Creator Faces Lawsuit From Reported Former Fiancé

Manga artist Kousuke Fujishima (Oh My Goddess!, You're Under Arrest; seen right) is facing litigation from a reported former fiancé after his marriage to cosplayer Nekomu Otogi (seen below left). The former fiancé filed a lawsuit against Fujishima for causing her mental anguish related to their separation. Otogi announced her marriage to Fujishima and her pregnancy on her Twitter on June 29, 2016,...
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7-Eleven Creates Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower Merch Based on Fan Poll

The 7-Eleven convenience store conducted a poll from October 13 to November 5 asking people to choose their favorite scenario involving Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower anime film character Sakura Matō. The store will produce a special illustration of fans' top choice and make it into merchandise. The chain announced the results of the poll on Monday: Sakura leans on Shirō after ge...
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Celebrating 1,000 Episodes of the Pokémon Anime

The 1,000th episode of the Pokémon anime aired on November 9 at 6:55 p.m. Japan Standard Time. For the anime itself, it was just business as usual—episode 1,000 continued Lillie's storyline straight after she recalled a personal trauma. Needless to say, you would have been lost if you were jumping into the Pokémon Sun & Moon anime without watching some of the episodes prior. (Although it would be ...
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Pay US$1,800 for Kemono Friends' Mewhan Concert Ticket With Photo

Theme song singer not included in photo opportunity ― Japanese singer-songwriter Mewhan, who performed Kemono Friends' ending theme song "Boku no Friend" (My Friend), is holding her first solo concert "Yodare Mamire" on November 26. Tickets at several price levels are available for the concert, but some fans are raising their eyebrows at the bonuses that come with the priciest tickets. The highest "p...
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Watch Tastemade Recreate Yuri's Katsudon Pirozhkis

Feast your eyes on Katsudon Pirozhki, the food of choice Yuri Plisetsky decides to gift Yūri Katsuki in Yuri on Ice. The gift marked a turning point in Yuri and Yurio's relationship, and it also looks dang tasty. Several publications have given step-by-steps if you want to make it yourself, including website Tastemade. The rather elaborate recipe is enough to make pirozhkis for two and calls for a...
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K-ON's Aki Toyosaki Picks 3 Manga That Fire Her Up

Newlywed voice actress Aki Toyosaki recently participated to launch NHK's Manga Love: Watashi no Manga Best 3 interview series. NHK posted the project's debut interview with Toyosaki on its Domō, Manga Desu. website on Wednesday. The interview series will include interviews with all four voice actors who play season-themed characters for NHK's weather information feature. Toyosaki plays Haru-chan,...
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Manga Creators Rejoice as Popular Software Launches for iPad

Japanese software developer Celsys' popular Clip Studio Paint EX software, previously only available for PC, launched for iPad on Tuesday. Many of Japan's leading manga creators are celebrating the illustration and manga creation program's new release. The official Clip Studio YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video for the release in seven languages. The video demonstrates the iPad ap...
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Centaur's Life Himeko Is All Hooves & Hair for New Hug Pillow

The lead character from A Centaur's Life is the latest monster girl to get a full-size hugging pillow cover. The official Twitter account for Curtain Damashii, a company that specializes in making popular anime character curtains, announced it is also making a new pillow cover of Centaur's Life protagonist Himeko. The company stated that plans for the pillow case started back in August and featur...
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Daisuke Namikawa Voices 5 Make-Up Boys for Cosmetics Campaign

The Clear Last make-up brand is collaborating with manga artists to create five handsome mascot boys to promote its products. Manga artists Nana Kanō (Jisatsuya Honpo), Neko Toro, Hikaru Yajima (Kanojo no Iru Kareshi), Umeka Kusakabe, and Utakata drew the characters and voice actor Daisuke Namikawa is providing his talents to bring all five to life. RTキャンペーン参加者全員に #浪川大輔 さん×人気マンガ家がコラボした #ふわキュン 動画が当...
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Attack on Titan Cast Gets Wild for Science Museum Collab

Eren thought his titan transformation was rough but he's in for a whole new world as a...wasp? Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is launching a new exhibit based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga and anime series. The "Move: Living Creatures Exhibit -Fly Into the World of Moving Illustrations-" includes five clear file illustrations of Eren, Armin, Levi, and Mikasa...
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'Third Season' of Tokyo One Piece Tower's Log Gallery Opens December 1

VR attraction and Sanji photo-hunting activity planned ― The third 'season' of the special "Log Gallery" exhibition in the Tokyo One Piece Tower attraction will open on December 1. This season is bound to make visitors cry with a focus on "tears," meaning the sniffling farewells, hardships, joy, and conflicts from the One Piece series. The previous seasons focused on "comrades" and "battles." In addi...
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3 More Gundam Mobile Suits Go Green as Road Bikes

Char Aznable is converting more Gundam units into environmentally-friendly road bikes. The carbon frame and aluminum frame "Zeonic-made Char Exclusive Road Bikes" just shipped via Premium Bandai, so of course it's time to introduce three more variants: Unicorn Gundam, Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee, and Byaku Shiki. All three are available in both carbon and aluminum frame versions. The carbon frame v...
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Let Attack on Titan's Levi Chastise You Everyday with New Calendar

The sharp-tongued Survey Corps captain is the subject a new calendar project by Tokyo Otaku Mode. The "I've Always Been Talkative" flip calendar has 18 double-sided pages full of illustrations of Levi and his words of harsh wisdom from the original manga by Hajime Isayama. The calendar is currently a limited production with only 39 left as of press time. It costs 1,580 yen (US$14) and is expected...
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Love Live! Girls Battle for Supremacy in 5th Anniversary General Election

All the school idols you can shake a stick at will be pitted against one another for a chance to be the Love Live! School Idol Festival campaign girl. An election to pick the best idol from the original μ's, Love Live Sunshine's Aqours, and the recently introduced Nijigasaki Academy's Idol Appreciation Club. One girl from each group will be picked to represent the fifth anniversary campaign and fe...
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Japanese Politician: Games, Anime Contribute to Violent Crimes

House of Councillors member Ichita Yamamoto, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, appeared on the most recent episode of the Shin Hōdo 2001 political discussion talk show on Sunday. The participants on the program discussed the recent case of Takahiro Shiraishi, a 27-year-old suspected serial killer whom police arrested in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday after finding parts of n...
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Free! Fans Oppose Cherry Blossom Tree Planting in Tottori

Iwami, Tottori and eastern areas of the city of Tottori serve as the setting for the Free! television anime and films. The region is a frequent tourist attraction for fans going on anime pilgrimages. Those fans are so invested in preserving the area as it appears in the anime that they have become a voice of opposition for the city of Tottori's proposed cherry blossom tree planting project. Since ...
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March comes in like a lion Creator Draws IT's Pennywise

When Chica Umino isn't drawing poignant, heart-wrenching tales of post-adolescent love, apparently she's doodling killer clowns in sewers. The creator of March comes in like a lion and Honey and Clover drew Pennywise the Clown and little Georgie from Hollywood film adaptation of Stephen King's IT. She drew a series of promotional artwork for the film's Japanese opening, commenting, "I was so scare...
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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Gets Commemorative TCG Cards, Plush

While Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is expanding its theatrical screenings, fans of the Pikachu can pick up commemorative goods to celebrate Ash's return to the Kanto region. Starting on November 8, collectors can get their hands on a pack of three random Ash's Pikachu promo cards for each US$25 spent on Pokémon TCG products. There are a total of six promotional cards in all. Participating ret...
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Kumamoto Prefecture's Kumamon Visits Weekly Shonen Jump Offices

Ever since Kumamoto Prefecture suffered a damaging earthquake last year, its popular mascot Kumamon has been at the forefront to help raise money and awareness for the area. At the end of September, popular manga artists drew Kumamon for a special illustration collection to raise funds. One Piece creator and Kumamoto native Eiichiro Oda has also been proactive, designing boxes for the area's manda...
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Detective Conan Will Travel Through History in Educational Manga

Manga's most famous detective will try out time travel in a new manga series aimed at teaching readers young and old alike about history. The series is planned to run for 12 volumes with three being published at a time starting on November 29. Follow-up volumes are scheduled for December, February, and March. In the story, Conan Edogawa and members of his Boys Detective Club find devices that lets...
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Saudi Arabian Fan's Winning Character Design to Appear in SNK Game

A fighting game fan in Saudi Arabia's wish just came true. A contest organized by Manga Productions awarded participant BMashael the top prize: their design will appear in an unnamed SNK fighting game. BMashael designed the character "Najd," a cool and collected Saudi Arabian girl that controls a demon-possessed abaya (a cloak-like robe garment). Organizers originally advertised that the winner's ...
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Virtual Reality Comes to Kyoto's Animate Cafe

One Animate Cafe will offer new virtual experiences for its customers. The "VR Theater" service will launch at the Animate Cafe Kyoto location on November 3 and will give visitors the opportunity to use maneuver gear in the world of Attack on Titan, watch a Hatsune Miku concert, or get voice acting pointers from Daisuke Namikawa. The service's extensive line-up includes the Death Note escape game ...
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Become a Sorcerer's Apprentice With The Ancient Magus' Bride Clothing

Apparel brand earth music & ecology's Japan Label is collaborating with The Ancient Magus' Bride anime to offer a real-world version of Chise's outfit. The company will begin accepting orders for the collaboration items on Thursday. The original manga's creator Kore Yamazaki provided a special illustration of Chise for the campaign. The theme of the collaboration items is "Natural British Garden."...
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One Piece's Jinbe Calls the Sea in New Figure

The "Knight of the Sea" owns up to his title in a new figure from MegaHouse's Portrait of Pirates (P.O.P) line. The 1/8-scale figure shows the whale shark fishman and Sun Pirates captain in a battle pose, seeming to beckon his foe to make a move. Underneath his foot, water crashes upward as if he just stomped down in a puddle. His cape billows behind him like it is caught in a rough breeze. The e...
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Transform Your Voice Into an Anime Girl With Free iOS App

An iOS app released on Tuesday will turn user's voices into popular anime characters. R.C. Voice is a real-time voice conversion app that takes the speaker's voice and can turn it into voice actresses' Satomi Satou or Kotori Koiwai. For a price, users can download Satomi Satou as the character Tohoku Zunko, the character developed to support the quake-stricken Tohoku region. She became a Vocaloid ...
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J-World Tokyo's Kuroko's Basketball 3D Attraction Gets Vorpal Swords Update

Kuroko's Basketball is getting a new 3D attraction at Namco's J-World Tokyo indoor theme park this month. The Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game anime film's "Special Room" attraction is updating and reopening with a Vorpal Swords version on November 23. In the attraction, people will be able to participate as manager in a training session with the Vorpal Swords team. The experience lets partici...
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Record Company Nippon Columbia Teams Up with San-X for New Project

The record label Nippon Columbia is teaming up character creation company San-X for a new music-themed character project. "Otogi no Uta ~Chronicle~" opened its official website on Wednesday. The project is set in the world where fairy tales and music have combined into one. The characters are based on popular fairy tales like Momotarō, Issunbōshi (The One-Inch Boy), and Town Musicians of Bremen. T...
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Boys-Love Theory Book Features Dialogues With Manga Creators

Ohzora Publishing released Akiko Mizoguchi's BL Shinkaron [Taiwa-Hen] Boys' Love ga Umareru Basho (Theorizing BL as a Transformative Genre ("Dialogue" Edition): Visiting the Sites Where Boys' Love Is Born) book on Tuesday. The book analyzes the evolution of boys-love and its relationship to society. The book includes Mizoguchi's dialogues with manga creators Kou Yoneda (No Touching At All, Even So...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist's Poster is Missing a Certain... Fullmetal Alchemist

A new version of a visual for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga recently debuted online. Fans of the franchise may notice that a certain key character is missing: Protagonist Edward Elric, also known as the Fullmetal Alchemist, is absent from the new poster visual. Ryōsuke Yamada (Hey! Say! JUMP member and live-action Assassination Classroom's Nagisa) plays Ed in t...
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Henjo Manga Offers Industry's 1st Automated Autograph Session

The official Twitter account for Yoshiru Konogi's Henjo ~Hen na Joshi Kōsei Amaguri Senko~ (Weird Girl: Strange Female High School Student Senko Amaguri) is holding the "manga industry's first" automated digital autograph session. Although the online event isn't offering true signatures, it gives fans who are normally unable to attend autograph sessions a chance for a personalized experience. Also...
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Ikebukuro's Princess Cafe Goes Manly With Space Adventure Cobra Collaboration

When someone hears of a place called "Princess Cafe," a manly anime such as Space Adventure Cobra is not likely to be the first work to come to mind as a candidate for a collaboration. Nevertheless, it is happening, as Twitter user @cado033 recently discovered. The Twitter user said on Thursday that they were planning to go with a friend to a cafe in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo on Friday. Ikeb...
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Type-Moon Finally Beats KanColle, Idol[email protected] in Comiket Circle Tallies

This year's Winter Comiket 93 is seeing an upheaval in the established dōjin circle trends. Kantai Collection has fallen out of the top spot its kept in its grasp for the last three years. Taking its spot is, surprisingly, not its rival Touhou Project. In fact, it's not the third or fourth place franchises, [email protected] or Touken Ranbu. Shooting to the top is last Comiket's fifth place holder, the N...
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Squeeze Your Favorite McDonald's Dessert with Lottery Hug Pillow Prizes

In America, McDonald's desserts are limited to the classic baked apple pie in a cardboard sleeve or, if you're feeling adventurous, the same thing in cherry. In Japan, the fast food conglomerate is willing to test out other options, kind of like how Starbucks rolls out more elaborate Frappuccinos each season for its customers in Japan. It's just the way the cookie crumbles for the rest of us, resi...
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Fans Get 'Fluffy Experience' at Transforming Bishōnen Cat Project's Event Display

Stray cat overpopulation is a big problem in Japan, largely because many if not most cats are not neutered. That may be one reason why Japanese culture does not shy away from showing, and in some cases even celebrating (see: Pom Poko), testicles on animals. In the latest example, Hakusensha and Takara Tomy's Neko Danshi Nyankee High School multimedia project is showcasing feline testicles in a muc...
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Kemono Friends' TATSUKI, Doremi VAs, Kikoku Inoue Have Comiket Booths

Kemono Friends director TATSUKI and voice actresses Chiemi Chiba, Nami Miyahara, Kikuko Inoue, and Atsuko Tanaka are all participating at the upcoming Winter Comiket 93 according to the recently published catalog. Tatsuki, who gained a huge fan following after directing the first season of Kemono Friends, is known to quickly amass huge crowds at his convention appearances. He'll appear at Comiket ...
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The irregular at magic high school: Lost Zero Collaborates With Eromanga Sensei

The staff of Square Enix's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Lost Zero (The irregular at magic high school: Lost Zero) iOS and Android smartphone role-playing game announced at a livestreamed event in Tokyo on Friday that the game is collaborating with Eromanga Sensei. The collaboration launched on Wednesday. Reward cards for the in-game battle event "Kaikō Eromanga Sensei" (Chance Meeting Eromanga Sensei)...
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Chat With Pikachu via Google Home, Amazon Alexa

The Pokémon Company announced on Wednesday that it will release the Pikachu Talk app for Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Amazon Alexa smart speakers in Japan this year. The app is slated to launch outside Japan in 2018. Users will be able to have a conversation with Pikachu through their smart speakers. However, The Pokémon Company may have to launch a Pikachu language translator before fans ca...
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90% of Crunchyroll Users Identify as Gamers

Do you stream anime on Crunchyroll? If so, do you regularly play video games? If you answered "yes" to the second question, you are among the vast majority of the site's users. Crunchyroll recently conducted a user survey to see how many of its anime-fan members are also gamers. More than 10,000 users responded in one week about which consoles they own, their favorite genres, and their spending an...
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Fate/Extella's Archer Figure Goes for a Dip

The nameless Archer from Fate/Extella is taking a break from the Holy Grail War to go for a quick swim. The 1/8-scale figure is shown wearing his swimsuit costume that was released as DLC in Marvelous' multi-platform video game. The figure is currently available for pre-order for 9,800 yen (US$86). Orders are expected to ship in February. XSEED Games and Marvelous released Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbra...

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