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Voice Actress Mikako Komatsu Announces Her Pregnancy

Komatsu married fellow voice actor Tomoaki Maeno in 2020 ― Voice actress Mikako Komatsu announced on her Instagram account on Wednesday that she is pregnant. She stated that she has entered the stable period of her pregnancy, and that her condition may affect her schedule going forward. She said that she will try to keep working as much as her health allows. Komatsu announced her marriage to fellow v...
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Pokémon Go 3D Billboard Ad Shows Off the Felines

Watch Meowth, Skitty, Espurr, Purrloin, Glameow & Litten come alive on screen Pokémon Go celebrated International Cat Day (August 8) last week by debuting the purrfect 3D billboard ad at the Cross Shinjuku Vision. The ad, which features feline Pokémon such as Meowth, Skitty, Espurr, Purrloin, Glameow, and Litten, will be on display until September 5. In addition, these Pokémon will be easier to enc...
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Who Would Win in a Box Office Fight: Goku or Idris Elba?

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Beast debut in North American theaters on Friday ― This weekend is teeing up a showdown between two of the greatest fighters of our time: the Saiyan warrior Goku and actor Idris Elba. Deadline reported that the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film is predicted to outperform Beast in their opening weekend at the U.S. box office. Both films will debut in North American thea...
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Time Is Ticking On Limited-Edition One Piece Watches

Swiss watch brand Tendence returns for its 3rd merch collab ― The Swiss watch brand Tendence has returned for its third collaboration with the One Piece franchise, this time in commemoration of One Piece Film Red. Each watch costs 49,500 yen (US$369) will also come with an original notebook as a purchase bonus. The wristwatches come in two types: Luffy and Shanks. The Luffy model features an original...
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Anti-War Novelist, Tokyo University Professor Discuss Conflicting Morals In Gundam

Does Mobile Suit Gundam inadvertently portray war as "cool" despite its overt anti-war message? ― Japan has a rich history of anti-war film and literature. In light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, novelist Tо̄ma Aisaka and Tokyo University professor Shigeki Uno discussed what it means to be anti-war in Japan today. Part of this discussion involved the role of entertainment media such as Mobile Suit ...
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Zion Williamson: Around 80% of NBA Players Are Into Anime

Williamson himself is a zealous anime fan—particularly of Naruto ― NBA player Zion Williamson told GQ that he estimates "around 80% of players in the league are into anime; they just won't admit it." Williamson himself is a zealous anime fan—particularly of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto series. He is part of a collaboration with Viz Media and the Jordan Brand to promote Naruto-themed sneakers and appare...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Wants To Go Traveling the World After G-Reco Films

Unfortunately, the 80-year-old director said that his current health is not up to the task ― The fifth and final film in the five planned compilation films for the Gundam Reconguista in G anime opened in Japan on August 5. Director Yoshiyuki Tomino attended a stage greeting event for the film on Saturday, where he spoke of his personal desires after wrapping up work on the film. The 80-year-old veter...
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Dragon Ball Joins Fortnite With New Characters, Items, Features

Goku, Vegeta, Bulma, and Beerus join the fight Fortnite's highly anticipated crossover event with the Dragon Ball franchise launched globally on Tuesday, featuring themed character costumes, items, quests, and other gameplay features. The list of features is as follows: Dragon Ball Item Shop: Goku, Vegeta, Bulma, and Beerus are available as paid costumes. A Dragon Ball item collection includes Back...
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One Piece Voice Actress Mayumi Tanaka Wants Luffy to Be Her Final Role

Oricon reported that veteran voice actress Mayumi Tanaka appeared in the 7RULES variety show last Tuesday, where she spoke about her voice acting aspirations. Tanaka, who has been voicing One Piece protagonist Monkey D. Luffy for around half of the 44 years she has been active as a voice actor, revealed that she wants Luffy to be her last swan song. "I've voiced many young boy characters in my tim...
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Hunter x Hunter's Yoshihiro Togashi Tweets Worrying Health Update

On Friday, he tweeted: "My symptoms are not improving, and my treatment and recovery have been taking up a large amount of my time." ― In May, Hunter x Hunter manga creator Yoshihiro Togashi opened a Twitter account to post his daily progress on the manga, but his recent tweets have been worrying. Not only has he posted a stretch of blank pages for the past week, he has also been directly addressing ...
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Tokyo Revengers Boys Inspire Boxer Briefs

Both men and ladies sizes are available! ― The characters of Tokyo Revengers are inspiring a collection of boxer briefs, available now for pre-order in Japan via Premium Bandai. The designs are based on Takemichi, Mikey, Draken, Mitsuya, Baji, Chifuyu, Kazutora, the Tokyo Manji Gang, and the Valhalla Gang. It's worth noting that these boxer briefs aren't exclusively for men—there are also ladies size...
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New Humble Bundle Set Includes Non-Fiction Books On Anime, Manga, Japanese Culture

Bundle includes Steve Alpert's Sharing a House With the Never-Ending Man, Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays, Fred Patten's Watching Anime, Reading Manga, more ― Stone Bridge Press is offering a Humble Bumble digital book set worth US$254. The theme is "Japanese Art and Culture", and a number of titles focus on anime and manga, including Steve Alpert's Sharing a House With the Never-Ending Man...
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Lychee Light Club Creator Usamaru Furuya's 6th Grader Son Is An Absurdly Talented Artist

It must run in the family! ― Manga creator Usamaru Furuya appears to have passed on his artistic talent to his sixth grader son. On Tuesday, he posted a tweet showing off his son's in-progress manga, and commented: "My sixth grader son drew this manga. During summer vacation, he upped his pace and inked 40 pages. At his age, his art improves as he draws, so he's been going back to his earlier pages a...
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French Dub Voice Actress on Classroom of the Elite Let Go Due to Fandub Connections

Anna Lauzeray-Gishi says she will no longer play Kikyō Kushida due to her involvement in a Chainsaw Man fandub ― Voice actress Anna Lauzeray-Gishi, who played Kikyō Kushida in Crunchyroll's French-language dub of Classroom of the Elite, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that she has been let go from the role. She explained that the reason provided by Crunchyroll was because of her involvement in a Chains...
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Takara Tomy Enlists Vocational School For Official Student Films

HAL students make promotional videos for Zoids, Diaclone, Transformers, more ― Toy maker giant Takara Tomy has teamed up with the vocational school HAL to give its students the chance to work on short films for popular brands like Zoids, Diaclone, and Transformers. The project involves fourth-year students working in the CG, animation, and music courses. The student films are embedded below: Concept:...
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Sony Music Entertainment's English-Speaking VTuber PRISM Project Opens Auditions To All Genders

Sony Music Entertainment's Virtual YouTuber PRISM Project has focused on female-presenting characters in its first four generations, but the agency is set to expand its range of talent. Auditions for performers of all genders opened on Sunday. Successful applicants must be able to conduct their streaming content primarily in English, although Japanese and other language skills are welcome. Interes...
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Re:Zero Merch Accessories Contain Clever Character References

Emilia's bracelet incorporates her hairpiece, while Rem and Ram's use the ribbon on their headdresses ― Gemstone and silver jewelry shop Stone Market opened preorders for a lineup of Re:Zero-themed bracelets on Monday, and they're appealing products for fashion-conscious fans: subtle enough not to clash with your outfit, but packed with character references for those with a discerning eye: firstly wi...
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Crowdfunded Super Cub Exhibit Opens in Yamanashi Prefectural Library

Campaign reached its 500,000 yen goal within 24 hours ― The Anime Tourism Association has successfully reached its crowdfunding goal for a Super Cub exhibit and live voice readings, held at the Yamanashi Prefectural Library in the Yamanashi Prefecture where the anime's story is set. The exhibit opened on Wednesday and will run until August 17, displaying reproduced production materials and key animat...
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Quintessential Quintuplets Manga Creator Streams Himself Playing the Console Game

The question: which girl's ending will he get? The Quintessential Quintuplets manga creator Negi Haruba might be occupied with a new manga, Go, Go, Loser Ranger!, but he still finds the time to engage with fans of his previous series by streaming himself playing the Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome ~Kimi to Sugoshita Itsutsu no Omoide~ (The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie: Five Memories of My Time wit...
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Kenichi Sonoda Draws Spy×Family For Comiket Doujinshi Publication

The Gunsmith Cats, Riding Bean creator has previously created doujinshi for Kemono Friends, Girls und Panzer ― Kenichi Sonoda (Gunsmith Cats, Riding Bean) is an old-school manga veteran, but he's by no means oblivious to the changing times. He regularly participates in Comiket under the circle name of "Ganso Sonoda-ya" (Progenitor Sonoda's Shop), and for the upcoming event this weekend he drew Spy×Fa...
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Princess Mononoke Demon Ring is Both Creepy and Awesome

This new ring makes it look like your finger has been taken over just like Ashitaka's arm. ― In Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke, demons are worm-like things that infect the animals of the forest, making them go berserk. This new ring makes it look like your finger has been taken over just like Ashitaka's arm. This ring can be purchased at Donguri Republic for 1,980 yen (approximately US$14.63) and...
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Guilty Gear -Strive-'s Bridget Affirms Her Trans Identity In New Arcade Mode Footage

Bridget joined the game as a DLC character on Monday ― Arc System Works' Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game launched its "Season 2" DLC on Monday, featuring its sixth playable DLC character Bridget. Bridget is a popular recurring character in the series, a crossdressing nun who wields a mean yo-yo. She first debuted in Guilty Gear X2 as a boy presenting as female due to a negative superstition in her...
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McDonald's Japan Offers Doraemon Desserts

Ramune milkshakes, chocolate banana pies available until early September ― Ever wonder what Doraemon would taste like if he was liquified and turned into a milkshake? No? Just me then? Well, the answer is apparently Ramune. Now through early September, McDonald's Japan is selling two Doraemon-themed desserts. The first is a blue-colored, ramune-flavored milkshake. The other is a chocolate banana pie....
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Blade Runner: Black Lotus Anime's Sequel Comic Book Mini-Series Posts Trailer

Nancy Collins, Emid Balam launch 4-issue mini-series on Wednesday ― Titan Comics unveiled a trailer on Monday for the first issue of the comic book sequel to the Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime series. The comic will release on Wednesday, after originally being slated for June 1. Junggeun Yoon, Creees Lee, Concept Art, and Mico Suayan designed different cover art for the first issue of the mini-serie...
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Madoka Magic's Soul Gems Make for Atmospheric Lamps

Other Madoka Magica items include a pair of footstools and a pair of rugs that sport the witches' cute-yet-creepy art style ― With the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime celebrating its 10th anniversary and a new movie on the horizon, here comes a pair of table lamps shaped like Madoka and Homura's soul gems from Useless Use Laboratory. Much larger than the transformation items we see in the series, the...
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This 4-Foot-Tall Berserk Statue Can Be Yours for $1500

This is no ordinary figure; it's both giant and super expensive. ― This past weekend, Japanese figure maker Prime 1 Studio announced it would be releasing a new figure of Guts from the ever-popular manga Berserk. However, this is no ordinary figure; it's both giant and super expensive. The “Guts Berserker Armor Unleashed Edition” figure features Guts clad in the Berserker Armor standing on a pile of ...
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Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Shares a Wholesome Moment With His Daughter

The popular voice actor sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" with one of his toddler daughters ― Voice actor Natsuki Hanae, who is best known for playing Tanjiro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, became the doting father of twin daughters in September 2020. Last Thursday, he shared a particularly adorable moment with one of his daughters: a recording of the two of them singing the Japanese lyrics o...
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Upset Fans Get Type-Moon Creators to Change Their Comiket Plans

The group originally planned to sell one of three new books exclusively at the physical event, without mail order options ― Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi may be the founders of Type-Moon and creators of the Fate/stay night franchise, but they still have their own little doujinshi-making group called the “BAMBOO BROOM.” On Sunday, they planned to have a table at Comiket and sell three books compris...
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'86' Kids Take Time Off War For Summer Pop-Up Store

Dakimakura covers show off the contrast between their uniforms & beachwear ― The characters of the 86 anime series are fighting in a seemingly perpetual war, but even child soldiers deserve a break sometimes. The Marui department stores in Shinjuku and Hakata will hold a summer-themed pop-up store this month and next, featuring the members of the Spearhead Squadron in slightly different attires from ...
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Voice Actors Pay Tribute to Late Veteran Kenji Utsumi in Documentary Film

Voice actor best known for Raoh in Fist of the North Star passed away in 2013 ― Kenji Utsumi, the voice actor best known for Raoh in Fist of the North Star, passed away in 2013. A documentary film tracing his life and work, titled Sono Koe no Anata e (To You Who Owns That Voice), will open in Japan on September 30. So far, a dozen voice actors have announced their involvement in the film. The newest ...
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Only 60 People Will Get These Hand-Made Sailor Moon Glass Pens

Each of these glass pens is based on the Crisis Moon Compact as seen in the Sailor Moon Eternal films. ― As part of Sailor Moon's 30th Anniversary comes the “Sailor Moon Eternal Premium Frame Stamp Set.” The set contains both stamps and postcards of the Sailor Guardians along with folders and a collector's box to keep them in. But for those willing to pay the big bucks, there's a special version of t...
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Cute Stuffed Pui Pui Molcars—Now With Tiny Hats!

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji lottery will be offering a new collection of stuffed Molcars (now wearing driver training signs as hats) in November! ― Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji lottery will be offering a new collection of stuffed Molcars (now wearing driver training signs as hats) as the A prize in their Pui Pui Molcar Driving School drawing this November. Not only are they really cute, they look almost ide...
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Book Teaches You How to Do Your Nails Twisted-Wonderland-Style

Wonder Nail Book contains 140 nail patterns based on the characters seen in the game and the dorms they belong to. ― Disney and Aniplex's Twisted-Wonderland is a mobile game featuring groups of pretty boys—each inspired by classic Disney villains like Scar and Maleficent—all going to school together. Whether or not that premise excites you, it's hard not to admit that the game goes all out on its vis...
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Infographic: How Elden Ring Took Over YouTube

Even Grand Theft Auto V at number two only had 54% of Elden Ring's total views. ― Earlier this week YouTube Gaming posted an infographic showing just how popular Elden Ring was on the streaming site over the first two months of its release. Elden Ring had by far the largest number of views compared to the other games listed. Even Grand Theft Auto V at number two only had 54% of Elden Ring's total vie...
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AI: The Somnium Files Creator Has Some Profound Thoughts on Gender Identity

"Gender identity is not defined by the physical laws. Of course it is not defined by you either. Only the will of each human being can define it with complete freedom." ― Zero Escape and AI: The Somnium Files writer and director Kotaro Uchikoshi took to Twitter recently with a bit of trivia about the gender identity of one of the minor characters in his latest game, AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana In...
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Giant 3D Dog Invades Billboards in Shibuya

It's seriously cute, you guys. ― Last year, Shinjuku made waves with its giant 3D cat billboard (which is sometimes replaced with Final Fantasy VII's Red XIII). Not to be outdone, rival Tokyo area Shibuya now has their own 3D mascot in the form of a similarly giant dog. The dog is, of course, an Akita and bears a striking resemblance to Hachiko, the dog who famously waited for his owner to come home...
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Harigane Service Manga Gets Anime Short Promoting Para-Athletics

The episode in question follows the Japanese national sitting volleyball team and their match against the strong Iranian team. ― Volleyball manga Harigane Service makes the jump to anime in the 15th episode of the " Ani×Para: Who's Your Hero?" TV series. Ani×Para is an anime series that was launched in order to bring attention to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and para-athletics in general and has now be...
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Locals Hold Obon Festival in the Shadow of Life-Size VOTOMS Robot

The nearly 12-and-a-half-foot statue was erected back in March 2020, by the Inagi City Tourism Bureau. ― This past weekend, residents of Inagi City in western Tokyo, held an Obon festival dance in a park containing a life-size Armored Trooper VOTOMS “Scopedog” mecha statue—giving a surreal meeting of the traditional and the sci-fi. こういう振り付け。(別にマネしなくていいけどw pic.twitter.com/hum4vfdDXS— まちゃみ@神主 (@macha7...
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Wings of Honneamise Document File Gives a Peek into Gainax in the 80s

Rare documentary will be included with film's 4K remaster ― 1980s Gainax classic The Wings of Honneamise is getting a 4K remaster. While it will be getting both a limited theatrical and Blu-ray release in Japan, the latter, the “4K Remaster Memorial Box” contains something special: a documentary released in 1987 on VHS and never again. The 30-minute “The Wings of Honneamise Document File” contains be...
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Standees of All 195 Made in Abyss Ilblu Villagers Can Be Yours... for $1500

From the cute to the eldritch (to the decidedly phallic) Made in Abyss' Ilblu Village is full of all kinds of crazy-looking Hollow characters. ― From the cute to the eldritch (to the decidedly phallic) Made in Abyss' Ilblu Village is full of all kinds of crazy-looking Hollow characters. Takeshobo Shop is now selling acrylic standees for all 195 of them—but only in their limited-time shop in Osaka's N...
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all at once Grooves Out With Live Studio Performances of "RIVALS", "Kokoroe" Cover

In this entry of Anime Songs Party, musical duo all at once brought some groovy and funky beats to the Nippon Cultural Broadcasting studio by performing "RIVALS" (Shoot! Goal to the Future ending theme) as well as a cover of Road of Major's "Kokoroe" (Major opening theme) alongside hosts Yohei Onishi and singing cosplayer Hikari. The duo also gushed about their love for the characters in the Major...
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NFL Star Jamaal Williams' PSA to Fans: "Bring Me Anime Stuff"

Williams shared that fans that know his love of anime understand him as person, not just a NFL player. ― Detroit Lions' running back Jamaal Williams wants his fans to bring him "anime stuff." In a "PSA" video posted yesterday on the Detroit Lions official Twitter account, Williams expressed special appreciation for fans who gift him anime merchandise, saying that they are his "first priority." 🗣PSA f...
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Card Captor Sakura's Dream Staff Makes for An Elegant Earring

As part of their 25th Anniversary project, Card Captor Sakura has teamed up with mayla classic to create a collection of earrings based on Sakura's Dream Staff as seen in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card. Each of the four pairs of earrings comes with a different motif based on a different one of Sakura's outfits. (Check out the trailer in the tweet below to see them in all their glory.) 【TRAILER MOVI...
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Fate/Grand Order Announces Big Gameplay Changes for Its 7th Anniversary

Players can expect overall improvement to Quick cards ― From announcements of long-awaited new servants and upcoming merch to talk shows with the creators and voice actors, there was a lot of new information to come out of Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 this past weekend. But perhaps most interesting to long-time players are the changes to the Japanese version's battle system—and how they will affect the...
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Fate/Grand Order's Most Maxed Out Common Servants

Which common servants are your favorites? ― In the Japanese version of the Fate/Grand Order mobile game, all servants, regardless of rarity, can reach the max level of 120—though not without spending a large number of limited resources. Because of this, most players choose to level up the rarer (and stronger) 4 or 5-star servants they own. However, there are also players who care more about playing w...
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Evangelion Creator Hideaki Anno Recommends Akane-banashi Manga

Anno is the second major anime and manga figure to promote the series; volume one got Eiichiro Oda's seal of approval. ― The second volume of Weekly Shōnen Jump's Akane-banashi, a manga about a young woman attempting to become a professional Rakugo storyteller, will be released later this week. Wrapped around each book is a strip of paper promoting it with the recommendation of Hideaki Anno—the accla...
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The Mystery of Nier: Automata's Secret Church was a Wild Ride

Hidden content, ARG, mod, or something else? Gamers went on a wild goose chase to discover the truth. ― On July 25, at 12:44 AM PDT, Reddit user “sadfutago” posted a video of him entering a never-before-seen door in the Copied City area of 2017's Nier: Automata. The gaming side of the web promptly exploded in what became a week-long hunt to discover the secret of what lay beyond the door—or if it was...
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Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll Become Robot Vacuums

Ever wanted to make Hello Kitty clean your house? ― Ever wanted to make Hello Kitty clean your house? Well, robot vacuum company AiMY is teaming up with Sanrio to bring out a pair of robot vacuums in the likeness of Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll. Each vacuum is 265x270x80 millimeters (about 11x11x4 inches), weighs 1.5 kilograms (about 3 pounds), and can hold 180 milliliters (about 0.75 cups) of dirt. T...
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China Airlines Jet to be Covered in Pokémon

This jet, named the “Pikachu Jet CI” will operate mainly in the Asia region, including flights between Tokyo and Taipei. ― The Pokémon Company has recently announced that China Airlines will be the newest airline to have a Pokémon-themed jet in the air. This jet, named the “Pikachu Jet CI” will operate mainly in the Asia region, including flights between Tokyo and Taipei. The livery itself will featu...
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T.M. Revolution Shows Off His Midriff in New Commercial

The 51-year-old cosplays as popular Touhou character Reimu Hakurei—and sports his impressive midriff in the process. ― Takanori Nishikawa, also known as the singer T.M. Revolution, takes center stage in the new commercial for the smartphone game, Touhou Arcadia Record. In the commercial the 51-year-old cosplays as popular Touhou character Reimu Hakurei—and sports his impressive midriff in the process...
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Gundam Evolution Players Vote for Their Favorite Gundam Anime

After upcoming game Gundam Evolution's recent network test, players in both North America and Japan were invited to take a survey about the experience. One of the questions on the survey asked players what their favorite Gundam anime were—with players being able to choose up to 10 different series a piece. The Gundam Evolution official Twitter account posted the results of this question earlier th...
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Pui Pui Molcar Gives Fans a Squeaky Toy to Enhance the Theater-Going Experience

For the start of Pui Pui Molcar's second season, the show will be once again getting a theatrical release in Japan. Moviegoers will be able to watch one of the first two episodes of the new season along with all twelve episodes of the first. But more than that, everyone in the theater will receive a “Pui Pui Ball”—i.e., a Molcar-shaped squeaky toy—so that they can all make “Pui Pui” noises alongsi...
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Manga Up! Censors Everything from Cleavage to... Knees!?

Less than a week ago, Square Enix launched their own manga distribution website and app, “Manga Up!” with classics like Full Metal Alchemist, popular hits like Goblin Slayer, and new exclusives like Daemons of the Shadow Realm, things looked promising—until readers started noticing the censorship in the form of giant black bars. The Censorship in Square Enix's MangaUp app is so absurd and hilario...
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Metal Gear Creator Stumbles Upon Lycoris Recoil and Loves It

Kojima initially thought the anime was the critically-acclaimed film Licorice Pizza ― Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima posted on Twitter recently the story of how he accidently discovered Lycoris Recoil and became an instant fan. アマプラはあまり慣れておらず、「コーダ あいのうた」を探すのに戸惑った。探索中に「リコリス・ピザ?」風の名のアニメ「リコリス・リコイル」を偶然見つけた。暗殺ライセンスを持つ少女アサシンが喫茶店へ出向?!ありえへん設定と導入!日本アニメらしい?と、気づくと3話まで観た。4話は何処だ! pic.twitter.com/0M46gDJpfV— 小島秀夫...
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This 1/1 Scale Made in Abyss Figure Will Only Set You Back $3600

Are you such a big Made in Abyss fan that you would sell your first born to have a life-size figure of Nanachi in your room? ― Are you such a big Made in Abyss fan that you would sell your first born to have a life-size figure of Nanachi in your room? Then have I got news for you. From July 22 through October 31, F:NEX is taking pre-orders for their “Nanachi 1/1 Scale Life-Size Figure” (which will be...
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Gundam Fans Notice New Call of Duty Game Logo Looks a Bit Familiar

Project Aurora logo bears a striking resemblance to Amuro Ray's personal emblem ― Upcoming Call of Duty battle-royal mobile game, currently going by the codename “Call of Duty: Project Aurora,” has a new logo—and it's one that may look more than a bit familiar if you're a Gundam fan. Posted by Project Aurora news and rumor Twitter feed @PlayWZMobile and subsequently shared on Reddit, fans were quick...
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Hololive's Minato Aqua Diagnosed with COVID-19

Aqua did not come into contact with any other Hololive VTubers while contagious. ― Hololive announced Wednesday that VTuber Minato Aqua has tested positive for COVID-19. She is currently receiving treatment as prescribed by her doctor. Luckily, she did not come into contact with any other Hololive VTubers while contagious. Minato Aqua is a second-generation hololive VTuber talent who debuted in Augus...
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I'd Buy this Persona 25th Anniversary Merch for a Dollar

The 100-yen shop Seria sells a selection of collectibles ― Atlus' Persona series of games is 25 years old this year. To celebrate, they've teamed up with 100-yen shop Seria (the Japanese equivalent of a dollar store) to bring out a sizeable collection of merch that won't break the bank. From key chains and folders to stickers and bags, these items feature the various protagonists and/or their school...
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Mount Princess Mononoke's Animal Friends' Heads on Your Fridge

As part of Princess Mononoke's 25th anniversary, Donguri Republic is selling a collection of magnets based on the characters from the film—that just so happen to look like head mounts on the wall of a hunting cabin. These include Moro, Moro's pup, the Forest Spirit, Nago, Yakul, and even San herself. Each sells individually for 1320 yen (approx. $9.68 USD) or in a set for 7,920 yen (approx. $58.1...
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The Rose of Versailles Celebrates 50 Years With Massive Art Exhibition

The Rose of Versailles will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new exhibition in Tokyo from September 17 to November 20, 2022, at the Tokyo City View (with a follow-up showing in Osaka from November 30 to December 12 at the Hankyu Umeda Gallery). The exhibition will be divided into five areas. The first area will feature an introduction to the characters and basic story of The Rose of Vers...
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Jujutsu Kaisen To Arrive at Universal Studios Japan with Special 4D Episode

In the entirely original 20 minute animation Yuji, Megumi, and Nobara have secretly infiltrate a new branch of the Jujutsu High School opening in Osaka ― Universal Studios Japan announced Monday that it would be incorporating the Jujutsu Kaisen anime into not one, but two attractions at the theme park this year. The first is "Jujutsu Kaisen the Real 4-D." This 4D cinema experience (with all the usual...
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Elden Ring's Ranni the Witch Gets Her Very Own Figure

The nearly 12in tall figure is expected to go on sale worldwide next year. ― A figure of Ranni the Witch from the worldwide videogame hit Elden Ring has been announced by the fashion brand TORCH TORCH at this past weekend's Wonder Festival 2022 Summer. The prototype looks striking even in its uncolored state: sitting in her chair with her four arms folded in their customary position, it looks like sh...
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Brand The Glory of The Principality of Zeon Onto Your Sandwich

With the "Mobile Suit Gundam Hot Sandwich Cooker", Gundam fans can now display their allegiance to the glorious Principality of Zeon by...branding its emblem onto their sandwiches and toast. ― With the "Mobile Suit Gundam Hot Sandwich Cooker", Gundam fans can now display their allegiance to the glorious Principality of Zeon by...branding its emblem onto their sandwiches and toast. Made in Japan in Ts...
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One Piece 25th Anniversary Short Video Tracks the Epic Journey Across 3,463 Used-Up Pen Nibs

One Piece's YouTube account posted the video on Friday to commemorate the manga's 25th anniversary. ― Eiichiro Oda has gone through 3,463 pen nibs drawing the epic saga of One Piece so far. A new promotional video commemorating the manga's 25th anniversary puts a trail of pen nibs together with manga pages in order to retrace the emotional journey. One Piece's YouTube account posted the video on Frid...
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Initial D Taxi Strolls the Streets of Shibukawa City

Mercifully, unlike the anime, these taxis will be prioritizing safe driving ― As part of its tourism initiatives, Shibukawa City in Gunma Prefecture has sponsored taxis styled after prominent cars from the Initial D anime and manga series. Three cars in total will be ferrying passengers around the city until the end of March next year. Mercifully, unlike the anime, these taxis will be prioritizing sa...
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Attack on Titan Outfits Storm Dead By Daylight Game

Game adds 8 survivor costumes, 2 killer costumes, 5 charms ― The Dead By Daylight survival horror multiplayer game added an Attack on Titan outfit collection on Tuesday, allowing survivors to either dress up as familiar cast members or killers to wreak havoc as Titans. The game added eight survivor costumes, two killer costumes, and five charms. The trailer previews the costumes: The following costum...
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Weekly Shonen Jump, Weekly Shonen Sunday Link Up For Connecting Covers

Magazines will publish landmark interview with Eiichiro Oda (One Piece), Gosho Aoyama (Detective Conan) next week ― Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday revealed the covers for their 34th and 35th issues respectively, which will publish a landmark joint interview with manga legends Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) and Gosho Aoyama (Detective Conan). When placed side by...
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hololive's 1st English-speaking Male VTuber Group Debuts On July 22-23

Regis Altar, Magni Dezmond, Axel Syrios, Noir Vesper debut under HOLOSTARS English -TEMPUS- ― Cover Corp announced the launch of its first English-speaking male Virtual YouTuber group, titled "HOLOSTARS English -TEMPUS-". The new talents Regis Altare, Magni Dezmond, Axel Syrios, and Noir Vesper commenced Twitter activities on Monday, and will make their streaming debuts on July 22-23. They are part o...
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CloverWorks To Produce Animated Music Video For Dialogue+ Voice Actor Unit

Eromanga Sensei's Ryohei Takeshita directs, Fairy Ranmaru's Shōko Nagasawa designs characters ― The DIALOGUE+ voice actor singing unit announced on its Twitter account on Saturday that CloverWorks will produce an animated music video for the group's new song "1000-man Kai Hug Nanda" (10 Million Hugs). Ryohei Takeshita (Eromanga Sensei) will direct the video, and Shōko Nagasawa (Fairy Ranmaru) will de...
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Life-Sized Spheal Rolls Into Pokémon Centers

The adorable round Spheal is bigger and beefier than Pokémon players would think at first glance. This truth is especially evident now that the Pokémon Center Online is selling life-sized Spheal plushes for gamers to chill with. The plush measures 80×98×100 centimeters, which means that it's around three feet tall. It also weighs 7.44 kilograms, which puts it over 16 pounds. It costs 49,500 yen (U...
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Commercial Replica of Fullmetal Alchemist's Alphonse's Helmet Weighs 11kg

...and costs US$1,206 Fullmetal Alchemist deuteragonist Alphonse Elric is iconic for appearing as a walking suit of heavy armor. The Castem metalwork maker has created a commercial replica of the helmet, which weighs a whopping 11 kilograms. The smiths first created a 3D model of Al's head, which they then recreated by heating stainless steel at 1,700 degrees Celsius and pouring it into a mold. In ...
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Uncle From Another World Gets Triple Collab With Chain Chronicle Smartphone Game, Sonic the Hedgehog

The Uncle's love affair with Sega continues in the real world ― In today's amusing collab news, Uncle From Another World announced a simultaneous crossover with Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and the Chain Chronicle smartphone RPG. The official Twitter accounts for Uncle From Another World and Chain Chronicle posted promotional images on Sunday: /#異世界おじさん × #チェンクロ × #ソニックトリプルコラボ決定!!🎊\コラボ情報ティザーサイ...
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Veteran Voice Actor Kikuko Inoue Writes 1st Memoir Essay About Being Forever 17

Book ships one day before Inoue's 58th birthday ― Veteran voice actress Kikuko Inoue (Fairy Tail's Minerva, Ah! My Goddess' Belldandy) will publish her first essay on September 24, one day before her 58th birthday. Its title: Inoue Kikuko 17-sai Desu "Oi oi!" ("Hi, I'm Kikuko Inoue, and I am 17 years old. 'Oi oi!'") The essay will recount stories from Inoue's childhood, her approach to voice acting, ...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Trains Return to Los Angeles

Trains will run between Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica for limited time ― The official English Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Twitter account announced on Thursday that trains featuring the anime's characters will run between Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) and Santa Monica "for a limited time only." The tweet did not specify the end date. For a limited time only, take a ride on the special Demon Sla...
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Nintendo Japan Gives Same-Sex Partners Same Employee Benefits As Heterosexual Married Couples

Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan ― DenFamiNicoGamer reported on Wednesday that Nintendo Japan updated its Corporate Social Responsibility page to introduce a "Partnership System" addressing the rights of people in same-sex relationships at the company. According to this policy, employees with same-sex partnerships and common-law marriages will enjoy the same benefits as those who ...
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Dropkick on My Devil! YouTube Account Sees Huge Surge in Views

Staff altered approach to uploads after an unauthorized clip garnered over five million views ― The official Twitter account for the Dropkick on My Devil! anime series shared the staff's own dismay on Tuesday about an unauthorized clip upload on YouTube. The clip, which shows a cameo of Hatsune Miku with a leek with the simple title "Her Voice" has been viewed over 5 million times. The Dropkick on My...
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Resident Evil Netflix Series Name Drops Deca-Dence Anime, Nyaa Torrent Site

Characters describe Deca-Dence as "super-hard-to-get anime" on Nyaa ― Netflix's live-action Resident Evil series makes surprising references to things that may be familiar to some anime fans. In a short scene in episode 2, two characters name drop the Deca-Dence anime and the Nyaa torrent site. The dialogue for the relevant scene is as follows: JADE WESKER: What's going on? NERD GIRL: Simon's got the...
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Dragon Ball Z Phone, Electronics Accessory Line Comes to CASETiFY

Collaboration shop launches on July 28 ― Hot off the heels of its Sailor Moon collab, the Hong Kong-based CASETiFY phone accessory company will launch a Dragon Ball Z line on July 28. The lineup includes smartphone cases, AirPods, AirPod Pros, MacBook cases, MagSafe wallets, MagSafe wireless chargers, Apple Watch bands, and AirTags, with prices ranging from US$35-85. The smartphone cases offer protec...
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Masaaki Endoh Showcases His Powerful Voice With Live Studio Performances of Sakugan, GaoGaiGar Opening Themes

In the interview segment of the show, Endoh details the different creative demands behind the creation of original songs and anime theme songs. He also shares a memorable anecdote from his visit to Paris. ― JAM Project's Masaaki Endoh lives up to his motto of "Always Full Voice" in this week's Anime Songs Party, bringing us heart-thumping live studio performances of "Koukotsu Labyrinth" (SAKUGAN open...
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Ninjala Collab With Tokyo Revengers Launches On July 20

10 costumes will be available in limited-time event ― GungHo Online Entertainment's (GOE) Ninjala Switch game will hold a collaboration with the Tokyo Revengers anime and manga series from July 20 to August 24. A total of ten Tokyo Revengers-themed outfits and costumes will be available for a limited time, including Toman boss Manjiro “Mikey” Sano's outfit and two Ken “Draken” Ryuguji styles. The gam...
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Billy BanBan's Susumu Sugawara Soulfully Performs "Kokoro Arigatou" and "Usubeni" Live In Studio

Susumu Sugawara, one half of the folk group Billy BanBan, recently dropped by at the Nippon Cultural Broadcasting studio and performed a soulful rendition of "Kokoro Arigatou" (Doraemon: Nobita's Little "Star Wars" 2021 insert song) as well as a cover of Sae Kobayakawa's "Usubeni" (from The [email protected] Cinderella Girls) alongside hosts Yohei Onishi and singing cosplayer Hikari. The 74-year-old sing...
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One Piece, Detective Conan Creators Will Sit Down For Landmark Joint Interview

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump publishes 1st part on July 25, Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday publishes 2nd part on July 27 ― Manga legends Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) and Gosho Aoyama (Detective Conan) have sat down together for a landmark joint interview. Despite drawing for rival publications, the interview will be published in two installments across their respective serializing magazines. Shueisha...
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Now Voice This Voice-Over Competition Cancels Casting Call For Isekai Island NFT Anime Project

Competition cancelled involvement in the wake of public backlash ― The Now Voice This voice-over competition announced on Tuesday that it is canceling its involvement with the Isekai Island anime series, in the wake of public backlash around the project's undisclosed NFT connections. The organizer stated that the competition will move on to a different project, and that it will henceforth announce th...
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Kotobukiya Unveils Full Transformers Megatron Bishoujo Statue

Bishoujo line also includes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee ― Kotobukiya opened pre-orders for the Megatron statue in its "Transformers Bishoujo" line on Monday. The full 1/7 scale statue depicts the iconic villain as a cool and intimidating beauty in a military uniform, and is expected to ship in February 2023. The Optimus Prime statue opened pre-orders on June 30. Kotobukiya has earlier confirmed that a B...
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hololive EN Virtual YouTuber Tsukumo Sana Graduates On July 31

Sana debuted with hololive English -Council- group last August ― Cover Corp announced on Tuesday that Tsukumo Sana, a member of the hololive English -Council- group, will graduate (i.e. retire) from the agency on July 31. According to the English press release: "We had discussed several times with Tsukumo Sana regarding the direction of her activities, however, as time went on, it became difficult fo...
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And Yet The Town Moves Manga Artist Says No Anime On the Horizon

Despite the recent revival of older manga titles, editor flatly denied the possibility And Yet The Town Moves (Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru) manga creator Masakazu Ishiguro made a tongue-in-cheek announcement on Twitter on Sunday: the manga will not be getting an anime anytime soon. He recounted: "The other day, I had tea with the editor for Soremachi and asked them, 'So if Lucifer and the Biscuit ...
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Prince of Tennis Musical Tops 2,000 Performances

Stage musical series launched in 2003; 4th season began in September 2020 ― The Prince of Tennis stage musical series celebrated its 2,000th performance on Saturday, after almost 20 years on stage. The cast celebrated the occasion with a special curtain call. Actor Hikaru Imamaki (Ryōma Echizen) commented: "Last year, we cracked the 3 million visitor milestone, and now we've achieved 2,000 performanc...
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Castlevania Animator Directs Dragon Ball Fan Film With Eye-Popping Animation

Naseer Pasha says the film took four years to make ― A Dragon Ball fan film with eye-popping animation has already racked up three million views since its debut last Wednesday. Castlevania animator Naseer Pasha directed, animated, and storyboarded the 11-minute video at the Canada-based independent creative team Studio Stray Dog. The full credits list is as follows: Animation, Storyboards, Direction:...
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Hideo Kojma's Kojima Production Company Condemns 'Fake News'

Company issued statement following French politician Damien Rieu misidentifying former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's alleged assassin as popular video game creator Hideo Kojima ― The Twitter account for Hideo Kojima's Kojima Production video game company issued a statement on Saturday condemning "fake news." The tweet follows far-right French politician Damien Rieu's Tweet on Friday that falsely identi...
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French Politician Damien Rieu Apologizes For Falsely Identifying Hideo Kojima as Shinzo Abe's Killer

"I naively took a joke for information. I didn't think someone would make a joke about someone being murdered, but it was my fault for not fact-checking before sharing. My apologies to #HideoKojima and to #MetalGear." ― Far-right French politician Damien Rieu apologized on Friday for misidentifying former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's alleged assassin as popular video game creator Hideo Kojima. Rieu wr...
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Resident Evil's Lady Dimitrescu Statue Cuts An Imposing Figure—Even at 1/4 Scale

Even at one-quarter the size, the popular giant-sized antagonist cuts an imposing figure, standing at nearly three feet tall. ― PureArts is releasing a 1/4 scale statue of Resident Evil Village's Lady Dimitrescu. Even at one-quarter the size, the popular giant-sized antagonist cuts an imposing figure, standing at nearly three feet tall. The statue comes with two interchangeable hand poses: claws exte...
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French Politician Misidentifies PM Shinzo Abe's Alleged Assassin as Game Creator Hideo Kojima

In the Tweet, far-right politician Rieu claimed the far-left was behind the assassination that took place during a campaign speech in Nara on Friday and included three photos of Hideo Kojima. ― Far-right French politician Damien Rieu misidentified former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's alleged assassin as popular video game creator Hideo Kojima in a now deleted Tweet on Friday. In the Tweet, Rieu claimed...
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2channel Founder Hiroyuki Nishimura Stars In New Isekai Web Manga

A new manga that debuted on the Tonari no Young Jump manga website on Friday stars 2channel website founder Hiroyuki Nishimura in an unexpected role—the hero of an isekai fantasy. The Isekai Hiroyuki manga, which is written by Tasuku Totsuka and illustrated by Kengoro Nishide (Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers!), is described on Tonari no Young Jump as follows: Humanity has been driving awa...
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Industry Mourns the Loss of Yu-Gi-Oh Manga Creator Kazuki Takahashi

Fans and industry members are responding to the recent death of Yu-Gi-Oh manga creator Kazuki Takahashi. The 60-year-old artist was found deceased by the Japan Coast Guard off the coast of Nago city in Okinawa on July 6 reportedly wearing snorkeling gear. The Coast Guard told NHK that Takahashi was visiting the area alone. The news quickly spread across social media and news outlets, including The...
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Kiki's Delivery Service Celebrates Return to North American Cinemas With Merch

Film screens in select theaters on July 31, August 1, August 3 ― Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service film will screen in select theaters in North America on July 31, August 1, and August 3, as part of GKIDS and Fathom Events' Ghibli Fest 2022 event. To celebrate the occasion, as well as the 33 years since the film's original release, Bandai Namco Toys & Collectibles America is offering officially...
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Blood: The Last Vampire's Katsuya Terada Marries Idol Tama Himeno

Himeno announced thanked everyone for their support and vowed that the two of them will live their fullest lives while working hard at their respective crafts. ― Idol Tama Himeno announced on her Twitter account on Thursday that she and manga artist Katsuya Terada have gotten married. She thanked everyone for their support and vowed that the two of them will live their fullest lives while working har...

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