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Life-Size Moving Gundam in Yokohama Is Powered By Wind Energy

Bandai Namco Group aims to attain 35% reduction of carbon emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2050 ― Bandai Namco Group announced on Wednesday that the Gundam Factory Yokohama, the facility which houses a life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue, has been powered by Yokohama City's Hama Wing wind power plant since May. The facility currently generates zero carbon emissions from electricity. The Evolving ...
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Manga Plus Editor Says the Service Is Growing Fast, But Translation Costs Are High

Yūta Momiyama predicts even split in 10 years between Japanese, overseas manga readership as machine translation technology improves ― Shueisha editor Yūta Momiyama, who manages Weekly Shonen Jump's Shonen Jump+ and Manga Plus online services, highlighted the current state of the Manga Plus service in an interview with ITMedia earlier this month. He explained that the service currently has 5 million ...
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Wealthy Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Can Emulate Seto Kaiba With His Briefcase

25th anniversary "Ultimate Kaiba Set" includes Kaiba's card deck ― The Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series is commemorating its 25th anniversary by releasing an "Ultimate Kaiba Set." This deluxe package, which costs 33,000 yen (approximately US$301), comes with Seto Kaiba's iconic briefcase, plus his entire card deck with original edition artwork. This includes three copies of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and three...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Gets Remade as Children's Books

Simplified 3-part version of light novel's 1st volume shipped on Wednesday under Micro Magazine's new Kanade Bunko imprint ― A children's book version of Fuse's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel series was released in Japan on Wednesday. It is part of the debut lineup of Micro Magazine's Kanade Bunko imprint, which launched this month. The illustrations are drawn by Moryo based on c...
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Artists Draw Tribute Visuals For 4K Remaster of Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell Film

1995 film gets IMAX screenings in Japan, US from September 17 ― Artists AC-bu (Pop Team Epic), omao, Tsukimizu, and Bustaskill drew tribute visuals for the 4K remastered version of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 Ghost in the Shell film. Bandai Namco Arts is holding a giveaway campaign for film viewers in Japan. Those who follow the @VSTORAGE Twitter account and tweet their ticket stub for the film will enter a ...
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CLAMP Releases Limited Edition Magic Knight Rayearth-Inspired Kimono

Only three kimonos of each color will be made and sold ― As part of a collaborative project between the manga creator quartet CLAMP and the city of Kyoto, a set of Kyo Yuzen kimonos inspired by the Magic Knight Rayearth series are currently available for sale. Representing the primary colors of the series' protagonists Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji, the kimonos come in red, blue, and g...
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Netflix Previews Sailor Moon Eternal Films' Key Animation Drawings

Netflix began streaming both films worldwide on June 3 ― The Netflix Anime YouTube channel posted a "Step by Step" video previewing the Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal) anime films' key animation drawings. The short video can be watched using clips from the English, German, French, Spanish, Thai, and Portuguese dubs. Closed-caption subtitles are avai...
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Overlord's Ainz Tries Out a Skirt in Crossover Visual With Upcoming A Couple of Cuckoos Anime

Television anime of Miki Yoshikawa's manga will debut in 2022 ― The official website and Twitter account for the upcoming A Couple of Cuckoos television anime series unveiled a spooky crossover visual with the Overlord anime series on Wednesday. The visual depicts the respective protagonists wearing each other's clothes. Amusingly, this means that the skeleton lord Ainz is shown wearing an ill-fittin...
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Yuruyuri Manga Creator Namori Draws Fanart of VTubers, Anime Idols, and More

Yuruyuri's manga creator Namori blessed Twitter users with a deluge of fanart that they have recently drawn, ranging from Virtual YouTubers, to the idols from [email protected], Love Live!, and Ensemble Stars! ― Last week, Yuruyuri's manga creator Namori blessed Twitter users with a deluge of fanart that they have recently drawn, ranging from Virtual YouTubers, to the idols from [email protected], Love Live, and E...
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Satellite Arts Offers Custom Signed Shikishi by Kenichi Sonoda, Kia Asamiya (NSFW)

Shoppers can request a character illustration from a select list of series and have it specially delivered to them for a price usually between 40,000 (US$363) to 50,000 yen (US$454). ― The Satellite Arts delivery service offers custom signed shikishi by acclaimed retro anime artists, with a particular emphasis on the works of Kia Asamiya (Martian Successor Nadesico, Silent Möbius), Kenichi Sonoda (Gu...
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Animator Recreates Iconic Akira Scene in Stop-Motion

Kenta Shinohara's latest work is a step-up in ambition and complexity: recreating the bike slide from Akira. ― Stop-motion animator Kenta Shinohara (Rilakkuma and Kaoru) has gone viral before through making animations with video game and anime figurines. His latest work is a step-up in ambition and complexity: Recreating the iconic Akira motorcycle scene with stop-motion animation. フィギュアコマ撮り【バイクでダッシュ...
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Dua Lipa's 'Levitating' Song Gets Anime Music Video With Nostalgic 80s Style

English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa's song "Levitating" has received an official Japanese animated music video with a nostalgic 80s visual style. NOSTALOOK, an animation group who specializes in creating works reminiscent of retro Japanese anime, is credited for the animation. Yu Tsubaki is the video's creative director, and Kenta Orisaka is the art director and writer. Yuta Ueno is the producer. "...
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Evangelion Ichiban Kuji Prizes Include Long-Haired Rei Figure

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji lottery will be offering a figure of a long-haired Rei Ayanami from as she appears in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time as the E prize of its February 2022 lineup. The lineup features figures and merch that are inspired by the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. Here's a look at some of the prizes: A Prize: Eva Unit 01 PVC Figure B Prize: Eva Unit 13 PVC Figure C Prize:...
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Macross Director/Designer Shoji Kawamori Designs Reaper Skin for Call of Duty: Mobile

Anime-inspired "Ashura" skin launched in-game last Thursday ― Anime director and mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori designed a Reaper character skin for Season 7 of the Call of Duty: Mobile game. The anime-inspired "Ashura" skin was made available in-game last Thursday. “When I was thinking about the mecha design of the robot weapons in Call of Duty: Mobile, which has a military-style worldview, I in...
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Sailor Moon's DiC English Dub Cues Finally See the Light of Day

DiC Entertainment's English dub for Sailor Moon is nostalgic for many English-speaking fans who grew up with the series over 20 years ago. The series featured a different soundtrack from the Japanese version, composed by Bob Summers at the Don Perry Music company. An early soundtrack for the series, created during the production of the dub, has finally been unearthed after all these years. Online ...
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Otaku Coin Cryptocurrency Wants to Create an Isekai Anime with NFTs

Project is inspired by the "Loot" social network ― The Otaku Coin cryptocurrency venture announced an "AnimeLoot" project on Monday to create an isekai anime with NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). The project is inspired by the "Loot" social network, where participants obtain a unique list of randomly generated item names (referred to as "loot") through purchasing NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. Although ...
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Uma Musume Character Becomes Scarecrow for Local Festival

The displays for the 29th Scarecrow Festival will remain until September 20. ― Ebina City in Kanagawa Prefecture holds an annual scarecrow festival along a road adjacent to the rice paddy fields. This year, a character from the popular Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise became one of the 26 scarecrows on display. An photo of the Gold Ship scarecrow in question went viral on Twitter: おはようございます。今日は仕事休みで...
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The [email protected] Producer Writes Book Decoding the Franchise's Success

Yozo Sakagami's secret is making everything personal The [email protected] series producer Yozo Sakagami (known affectionately as "Gami P") will release a business book on October 28 decoding the franchise's success. Titled Shunjinkо̄ Shikо̄ (Main Character Thinking), the book promises to explain the essence of "how to move people." The cover depicts the popular [email protected] character Haruka Amami. The book...
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Company Charged For Selling Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Lookalike Products

The Nagoya District Public Prosecutor's Office issued a charge on Monday against Red Spyce, a wholesale vendor based in Yokohama, on suspicion of violating Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Act​ for selling Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba lookalike goods. The 56-year-old representative director Wu Xiaobin is included in the charge. The charge was for "creating confusion." Under the Unfair Compe...
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Creamy Mami Joins Tokyo Idol Festival Lineup

The retro anime idol takes the stage in October 1-3 event ― The eponymous heroine of the classic Magical Angel Creamy Mami anime series is joining the annual Tokyo Idol Festival for an online stage performance. The "Virtual TIF" lineup includes other virtual idols and entertainers. The 22/7 idol group, which inspired an anime in January 2020, is also a participant. The physical event will take place ...
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Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Author Teases 'Big Project'

Yuki Yaku said the project "will definitely surprise everyone." Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki light novel author Yuki Yaku teased on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he is currently working on a "big project" that "will definitely surprise everyone." He explained that the reason that the novel's 10th volume is still forthcoming is because of this project, remarking that his schedule became "qui...
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Fire Up Your Pet's Life With Promare Accessories

Promare returns to select U.S. theaters on September 16, 19 ― Want to bring a bit of spark to your pet's life? Geek-inspired pet accessory brand Pawsonify is partnering with Gkids and Studio TRIGGER on a line of pet accessories based on the Promare anime film. The line includes collars, leashes, and pet ID tags for dogs and cats, available for the U.S. and Canada. Prices range between US$21-26 for a ...
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Former act-age Manga Artist Designs Independent Virtual YouTuber Mayuri

Manga artist and illustrator Shiro Usazaki has been expanding into the world of Virtual YouTubers lately. ― Manga artist and illustrator Shiro Usazaki has been expanding into the world of Virtual YouTubers lately. She is credited for the design of the independent Virtual singer and YouTuber Mayuri, who debuted her Live2D-animated avatar last month. Usazaki has also been drawing end card illustrations...
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Voice Actor Miyu Irino Announces Marriage

Actor played Spirited Away's Haku, Kingdom Hearts' Sora, A Silent Voice's Shoya ― Voice actor Miyu Irino announced through his agency's official website on Friday that he has gotten married. He thanked everyone for their support, and vowed to continue seeking new heights as both a live-action and voice-over actor, along with his musical career. Irino was born in 1988, and gained notice at a young age...
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Isekai Bad Boys Meet in Mushoku Tensei Smartphone Game Collab with Konosuba

Kazuma and co. join the fray in collab event from September 15 ― The rascally Kazuma and the rest of Konosuba's motley crew are joining the world of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation for a limited-time event. The Mushoku Tensei ~Game ni Nattemo Honki Dasu~ (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - I'll Seriously Try Even If It's Made Into a Game) smartphone game will hold a Konosuba collaboration ...
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Piplup Gets Super-Sized Plush To Match Its Pride

The hefty plush weighs in at nine pounds. ― Pokedex entries across multiple Pokemon anime series describe Piplup as a prideful Pokemon that keeps its head held high despite being prone to falling. This may be why the Pokemon Center has decided to release a super-sized Piplup plush – to match the pokémon's super-sized sense of self – although it may have the adverse effect (on Piplup's pride, that is)...
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Suntory Promotes Recycling with Looping Animation

Nichijou manga creator Keiichi Arawi is among the contributing artists ― On June 5, beverage maker SUNTORY commemorated World Environment Day by sponsoring a looping animation with a recycling theme. The list of contributing animators includes Nichijou manga creator Keiichi Arawi. The animations can be watched on YouTube throughout all hours of the day: The full list of contributing animators is as f...
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Dragalia Lost Artist Draws the Genshin Impact Characters Based On Just a Few Hints

Illustrator Naoki Saito, who is best known as a main artist on the Dragalia Lost smartphone game, runs a YouTube channel where he shares art tips and participates in art challenges. One of the semi-regular challenges he participates in involves drawing characters from popular franchises based on just a simple description of their appearance and personality. His most recent attempt shows him drawin...
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Jujutsu Kaisen's Cursed Finger Is Now a Chocolate Snack

In the Jujutsu Kaisen anime and manga series, Ryōmen Sukuna's cursed finger drives the plot into motion. Now it's possible for fans to recreate Sukuna's finger as a delectable chocolate snack. Bandai is selling a silicon rubber tray specially for making chocolate or ice. The makers recommend that you use almonds for the nails to really amp up the realism. (The package does not include chocolate, a...
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Asahi Shimbun Apologizes for "Discriminatory" Reporting Against Anime, VTuber Hobbyists

Article about murder suspects removes reference in headline to the couple's hobbies ― Asahi Shimbun has offered an apology and correction to a September 1 article published on the web media outlet Aera Dot. The article, which profiled the suspects of the murder of a high school girl, was strongly criticized for highlighting the suspects' anime and Virtual YouTuber hobbies in the headline. On Thursday...
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Zettai Karen Children Creator Posts His Take on Rumiko Takahashi Manga Characters For the Overseas Fans

Takashi Shiina will draw Yashahime manga adaptation launching on September 25 ― Zettai Karen Children manga creator Takashi Shiina, who is drawing the upcoming manga adaptation of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Han'yō no Yasha Hime), posted an illustration he drew of the protagonists of the following Rumiko Takahashi manga: Inuyasha, Ranma ½, Urusei Yatsura, RIN-NE, and Maison Ikkoku. He noted on Tw...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Is Coming to PUBG Mobile

Collaboration will be available globally except in Japan and Mainland China ― The PUBG Mobile announced at an online presentation on Sunday that a Jujutsu Kaisen collaboration will be coming to the online multiplayer battle royale game. The official Twitter account posted a teaser video and stated that the collaboration will be available globally except in Japan and Mainland China. PUBG MOBILE x JUJU...
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Shueisha Producer Warns Against Leaks

According to Takamitsu Sueyoshi, leaks weaken the momentum around an official announcement, making it more difficult to create subsequent adaptations ― Shueisha producer and rights agent Takamitsu Sueyoshi wrote a Twitter thread on August 20 explaining the harm of leaks from a business perspective. He explained that leaks weaken the momentum around an official announcement, making it difficult for th...
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Corona Manga Grand Prix Award Winners Announced

The grand prize winner who took home 100,000 yen ― In the midst of the pandemic, COVID-19 information service CoV-Navi and advertising manga production service Manga Tari Co. teamed up for the Corona Manga Grand Prix awards. There was a total of nine winners, including the grand prize winner who took home 100,000 yen (US$900) and a standing offer to have their work distributed by CoV-Navi. The winner...
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Dine With Giyu and Shinobu At USJ's Demon Slayer-inspired Pop-Up Restaurant

As part of the upcoming collaboration between Universal Studios Japan and the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba series, a themed pop-up restaurant, Wisteria Restaurant, will be arriving at the SAIDO Restaurant in the New York area of the park. The restaurant's décor will include life-sized figures of Demon Slayer Corps Pillars Giyū Tomioka and Shinobu Kochō. The Giyu and Shinobu figures are made usin...
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Uma Musume's Mayano Top Gun To Promote Tom Cruise's Top Gun: Maverick

The Uma Musume Project's official Twitter account recently announced that the Uma Musume horse girl Mayano Top Gun has been appointed as a "promotional pilot" for Tom Cruise's 2021 action film Top Gun: Maverick, and that there will be further promotional activities leading up to the film's premiere. 【コラボ情報】2021年11月19日(金)公開の映画『トップガン マーヴェリック』の宣伝パイロットにマヤノトップガンが就任決定!これから映画公開に向けて、様々な宣伝を行っていく予定です!ぜひお楽しみ...
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CLAMP Draws Uma Musume Official Anthology Comic Cover

The manga creator quartet CLAMP drew the cover of the Uma Musume Pretty Derby Anthology Comic Star 2 manga collection, which will ship in Japan on September 29. The anthology features the work of the following 11 artists: Misao Ono Kamereon Oekaki Enpitsu Arayuru Arito Rarukan Sakeno Tonpuu Minari Endо̄ Naoooooo Hirame Shiseki Pon Dāku The first anthology volume shipped on May 19. The first 13-epi...
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Studio Ghibli Twitter Account Gives Shout Out to Chainsaw Man

The acclaimed studio remarked, "Chainsaw Man was very good." ― Studio Ghibli's official Twitter account gave a shout out to the popular Chainsaw Man manga last week. When an account claiming to belong to the younger sister of Tatsuki Fujimoto tweeted that they really enjoyed watching Earwig and the Witch, Ghibli quote-retweeted it with the message: "Thank you, Koharu-chan, and please give our regards...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Says He Has Around 3 Years Left Working in Anime

Gundam director suffers from spinal canal stenosis, making it difficult for him to move around freely ― In an interview with Weekly Playboy published on Sunday, Mobile Suit Gundam director Yoshiyuki Tomino revealed that he has been suffering from health complications and anticipates that he has only three years left working on anime at the studio. The 79-year-old director explained that he has spinal...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid's Kanna Shows Off Her Elegant Side In New Figure

Kanna from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid gets to show off her elegant side with her new figure, which sees her donning an exquisite purple kimono and holding up a luxurious golden fan. The figure is part of a series of products jointly produced by the doll-making company Yoshitoku and hobby brand F:NEX. It is 29 cm (around 11 inches) tall. The costume's prototype was made by Yosei Tsuda, a second-g...
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Appli-style Launches Magazine Dedicated To Virtual YouTubers

Appli-style recently announced the publication of VTuber Style, the first magazine specially dedicated to coverage of Virtual YouTubers (or VTubers). The cover of the VTuber Style's first issue will feature hololive's four fifth-generation VTubers: Momosuzu Nene, Omaru Polka, Yukihana Lamy, and Shishiro Botan, also collectively known as NePoRaBo. 【情報解禁!】VTuber専門情報誌「VTuberスタイル」8月31日創刊!記念すべきVol.1の表紙...
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Live-Action Cowboy Bebop's John Cho is Worried About the Inevitable Anime Comparisons

"...the amount of thought and worry and effort and number of days I've logged thinking about Spike is now equaling the fear I have about the reaction." ― Netflix's live-action Cowboy Bebop is set to drop on November 19 and star John Cho has some big space cowboy boots to fill. The 49-year-old Star Trek and Searching actor sat down with Vulture's E. Alex Jung to discuss his role as Spike Spiegel and r...
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anohana Stage Event Reveals the Characters' Fates 10 Years Later

The "ANOHANA 10 YEARS AFTER Fes." event on Saturday featured a stage reading that reveals what happened to the main characters 10 years after the end of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime. Original scriptwriter Mari Okada wrote the script, while director Tatsuyuki Nagai drew the storyboards and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka drew the illustrations. The event was streamed for two da...
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New Game! Manga Commemorates Conclusion With Exhibit

Manga concluded on Friday ― Shōtarō Tokunō's New Game! workplace manga officially concluded in the October issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Charat magazine on Friday. Fans can commemorate the occasion with an exhibit in Tokyo's Museum of Fantastic Art (MoFA) from September 23 to October 31. A virtual exhibit will also be held from October 2 to November 7. The museum will display black-and-white...
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U.S. Virtual YouTuber Agency VShojo Opens Worldwide Auditions

Deadline is September 30 ― U.S.-based Virtual YouTuber talent agency VShojo opened worldwide auditions for new performers last Saturday. Auditions will be open until September 30. To apply, fill out the submission form. The Japanese press release states that Japanese speakers are accepted alongside English speakers. Independent VTubers who have already debuted under a different identity are welcome t...
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Evangelion: 3.333 You Can (Not) Redo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Set Previews Bonus Storyboards

Updated release of 2012 film includes 21 minutes of director Mahiro Maeda's storyboards ― The Evangelion: 3.333 You Can (Not) Redo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray release of the Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo film is commemorating its release in Japan with a preview video of director Mahiro Maeda's storyboards. The new release contains an updated version of the 2012 film with higher-definition visu...
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Parrot Analytics: Global Anime Consumption Has Nearly Doubled Since 2017

According to Parrot Analytics, global anime consumption has nearly doubled since 2017 and the existing anime output is not keeping up with the demand. ― Alejandro Rojas, director of applied analytics at the market research firm Parrot Analytics, said in an interview with Variety that global consumption of anime has "nearly doubled since 2017." The data, as reported on by Variety, also indicates that ...
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Man in Tachikoma Vehicle Spotted on the Street

Ghost in the Shell takes one step closer to reality ― Japanese Twitter is going wild over the sight of a man riding a vehicle that looks like a Tachikoma from the Ghost in the Shell series. Twitter user @kgimne posted a video on Sunday and commented: "A guy riding a Tachikoma just went by... Not that I have any clue what that's saying..." おっさんが乗ったタチコマが通り過ぎてったんだけど…………何を言ってるのかわからねえと思うが…………… pic.twitter...
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Government Investigation Finds 37% of Businesses in Japan Are Guilty of Illegal Overtime Work

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare warns that overwork may increase as businesses attempt to recover from COVID economic downturn ― An investigation by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare conducted in the last fiscal year among 24,042 businesses in Japan found cases of illegal overtime work at 37% of businesses. Of the locations where overwork was confirmed, 33.5%, or 2,982 locations, were...
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Health Supplement Claiming to Fight COVID-19 Removes Endorsement By Sonny Chiba

Actor passed away on Thursday due to pneumonia caused by COVID-19 ― The "Dr's Hydrogen Celeb" hydrogen supplement product removed an endorsement video by Sonny Chiba following the actor's passing due to COVID-19. The president of Dr's Farma, the company which releases the supplement, has claimed that the product is "essential" as a countermeasure for COVID-19. According to a National Institutes of He...
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Demon Slayer's 'Gurenge' Song Composer Earned Over 250 Million Yen in Royalties

And it could have earned 5 times more if it weren't for COVID ― The composer of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's chart-topping opening theme song "Gurenge" appeared on Nihon TV's "Downtown DX" program on Thursday. According to an estimate revealed on the program, Kayoko Kusano has earned over 250 million yen (approximately US$2.2 million) from the song alone. Songs earn royalties through multiple for...
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Kaiju No. 8, Oshi no Ko Win Next Manga Awards Web, Print Categories

Naoya Matsumoto's seemingly unstoppable Kaiju No. 8 manga series took first place in the seventh "Next Manga Awards" (Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō) web manga category. The series has proven itself immensely popular, becoming the is the fastest Shonen Jump+ manga to surpass three million copies in circulation as of June 2021. Matsumoto launched the manga in July 2020 on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ websi...
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Director Takashi Watanabe: At Least One Studio Lockdown Due to COVID Outbreak

Watanabe stated that there was an "implicit gag order" but he had heard about the studio closure. ― How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom director Takashi Watanabe wrote on Twitter last Tuesday that at least one animation studio has gone on lockdown due to a COVID cluster. Watanabe stated that there was an "implicit gag order" but he had heard about the studio closure. Watanabe added that he thought...
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Evangelion Featured in BBC's University Challenge

A question about Lilith's representation in a mecha anime defeats Cambridge University students ― Anime occasionally figures on British TV quizzes and gameshows, with an especially memorable case in 2019 when a contestant on the series Countdown won a round with the word "hentai." On a recent edition of the venerable series University Challenge, broadcast on August 23, the students were faced with th...
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Shirtless Eren Gets an Official Figure

New figure captures Eren from Attack on Titan The Final Season as he puts on a jacket over his shirtless torso ― The iconic scene of Attack on Titan's Eren putting on a jacket over his naked upper body is finally getting an official figure. The 19-centimeter tall figure is part of Good Smile's Pop Up Parade line. It will be available for order through the Good Smile online store until September 16, a...
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Moving Furniture is a Cinch in the Future, According to This Anime Short

Art Corporation's promotional animated series about the future of moving house continues in 4th anime short ― House-moving business Art Corporation released its fourth animated short video on Friday, which continues the tale of a possible future where people move house with the aid of new technology. According to this sci-fi portrayal, the future is bright indeed, as house movers can equip themselves...
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Femboy Films Cancels DAICON III Fan Restoration As GAINAX Launches Own Restoration Effort

Gainax's effort to be led by one of the original founding studio members ― A month ago, fan restoration group Femboy Films, who had been working on restoring 8mm prints of the DAICON III film, announced on Twitter that they had to cancel the scheduled upload of their restoration of DAICON III OPENING ANIMATION, as GAINAX has reached out to them and "respectfully requested" them to not publish the wor...
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Macross Delta 2016 Concert Gets "Complete" Version, International Livestream

Complete footage of Walküre's 1st live tour to be livestreamed in 18 territories on August 28 ― The official website for the Macross series posted an English-language news update on Thursday announcing that the "SANKYO presents 'MacrossΔ' Tactical Sound Unit Walküre — 1st LIVE in Zepp — Walküre Attack!" live concert from 2016 will get a "complete" version to be livestreamed on the Live Viewing Japan ...
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Kemono Friends Production Company Launches LGBTQ Sensitivity Reader Service

8million highlighted the need for consultancy in an era where the English word "diversity" is also becoming commonplace in Japan ― Digital contents production company 8million (formerly Yaoyorozu) announced an LGBTQ sensitivity reader service last week. The "Debate+ LGBTQ" service will provide feedback from LGBTQ individuals and allies to clients before their product is released. The company produced...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Are Not Equal: Hulu Japan Reveals Which Girl Talks with Futaro the Most

And the winner is... ― It might be a close contest, but as it turns out, the quintuplets of the The Quintessential Quintuplets series are not equal in the race for screen time. According to stats from Hulu Japan, the character who spends the most time talking to Futaro throughout the first two seasons of the TV anime is Miku, who is present in 21.9% of Futaro's dialogue scenes. The full ranking was p...
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Inio Asano Draws "Post-Finale" Illustrations for Live-Action A Girl on the Shore Film

Film based on Inio Asano's manga opens on August 20 ― Manga artist Inio Asano drew two "post-finale" illustrations to promote the live-action A Girl on the Shore (Umibe no Onna no Ko) film, based on Asano's manga of the same name. The illustrations are set "a little bit after the final chapter of the original work." The illustrations depict the protagonists Koume and Isobe as high school students, ha...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Creator Designs Anime Commercial

Sumito Ōwara provides his own take on Sherlock Holmes for Lifull Home's real estate company ― Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! creator Sumito Ōwara designed the characters and backgrounds for two animated commercials for the Lifull Home's real estate company. The ads feature actress Tsubasa Honda having adventures alongside the Lifull Home's detective mascot character "Homes-kun," who is drawn by Ōwara....
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Hayao Miyazaki Praises Goro Miyazaki's Earwig and the Witch Film

"I thought Goro wouldn't measure up, but his fighting spirit exceeded my expectations, and I think the result was quite interesting," ― In the leadup to the August 27 theatrical opening of Earwig and the Witch, Toho posted a long interview with Hayao Miyazaki, who is credited for the movie's planning and development. Miyazaki commented on his son Goro Miyazaki's work as the film's director. He said t...
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hololiveERROR Horror Project Launches With Cheerful Lunchtime Scene

Project's tagline is "We'll be friends forever, won't we?" ― The hololiveERROR horror project launched its first video in the series on Sunday. The seemingly cheerful lunchtime scene features 3D models of the hololive Virtual YouTubers Natsuiro Matsuri and Shirakami Fubuki. A teaser video for the project launched earlier this month. The tagline for the project is "We'll be friends forever, won't we?"...
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Major League Soccer Player Makes One Piece Pose

Seattle's Nicolas Benezet imitates Luffy's Gear Second pose after scoring a goal ― Major League Soccer player Nicolas Benezet imitated Luffy's Gear Second pose after scoring a goal on Sunday night in his first match with Seattle Sounders FC. The team's official Twitter account showed off the moment, first as still images and then with comparison footage from the One Piece anime: Gear 2 x Goals 6 pic....
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hololive English Announces Next Generation Talent

hololive English -Council- to launch debut streams from August 22 ― Cover Corp announced the launch of a "new era of hololive English" on Tuesday with the "hololive English -Council-" group. Five new talents launched their Twitter accounts on Tuesday, and they will begin streaming activities on August 22. Their names are Tsukumo Sana, Ceres Fauna, Ouro Kronii, Nanashi Mumei, and Hakos Baelz. In antic...
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5 Anime You Must See According to Mamoru Hosoda

5 anime classics from 1979 that influenced Hosoda's films ― Acclaimed anime director Mamoru Hosoda shared five "must-see" anime on the "The Most Useful School in the World" TV program on Saturday. The list is as follows: Anne of Green Gables: for its portrayal of Anne's personality and objective camera shots (the latter was an influence on Wolf Children) Aim For The Best! (film): Also known as Aim fo...
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[email protected] Cinderella Girls Do the 'Hare Hare Yukai' Dance in Haruhi Collab

A recent in-game collaboration between The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage mobile game and the The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series sees Nana Abe, Riamu Yumemi, and Yukimi Sajo performing the anime's iconic dance sequence. ハレ晴レユカイアニメと同じじゃん pic.twitter.com/zA6GRL5FWx— [email protected]再開 (@duff2525) August 13, 2021 【涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱コラボキャンペーン①】『涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱×デレステコラボキャンペーン』を開催中です!■ドレスショップにコラ...
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Evangelion Japanese Voice Actors Share Message For Fans Across the World

Amazon Prime Video began streaming Evangelion: 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon A Time film worldwide on Friday ― To commemorate its worldwide streaming release of the Evangelion: 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||) film on Friday, Amazon Prime Video's Japanese Twitter account has released messages from the film's Japanese voice actors in both English and Japanese. #シンエヴァ 世界配信を記念してキャスト...
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[email protected] Voice Actor Asami Shimoda Celebrates Birth of Baby Boy

35-year-old voice actor Asami Shimoda announced on her blog on Monday that she has given birth to a healthy baby boy. Shimoda apologized if anyone is surprised since she didn't previously announce her pregnancy but beamed, "Having a child has been my dream for many years, and now that I have reached this moment, I am full of gratitude!" Shimoda shared how grateful she is to all of the people who h...
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Cinema Today: My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission Film's Audience is Overwhelmingly Female

Japanese entertainment news site reported that the film's audience is overwhelmingly female—76.5% ― My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes' Mission has done exceptionally well at the Japanese box office, debuting at #2 on its opening weekend and outpacing the previous film in the franchise by 200%. According to Cinema Today, the film's audience is primarily outside of its target demographic—that is...
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Chainsaw Man Anime Director Serves as Judge on "Animation x Music NFT Contest"

Contest is looking for original short looping animations, called "vibes" ― The social platform Oursong is hosting an "Animation x Music NFT (Non-Fungible Token) Contest" in order to "invite animators to experience NFT as a new creative format." Chainsaw Man anime director Ryū Nakayama is among the panelist of judges for the contest. The contest is looking for original short looping animations, called...
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Champion Athleticwear Launches Limited-Time Naruto Apparel Collection on August 13

American sportswear brand Champion Athleticwear will launch a limited-time Naruto apparel collection in the United States on August 13. The collection will be available in physical stores and online. IMG champ1.jpeg IMG champ2.jpeg IMG champ3.jpeg IMG champ4.jpeg IMG champ5.jpeg IMG champ6.jpeg IMG champ7.jpeg IMG champ8.jpeg IMG champ9.jpeg IMG champ10.jpeg The collaboration is inspired by the ep...
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Ed Sheeran's 'Bad Habits' Song Gets Anime Music Video in Japan

Manga artist Rui Ikeda draws the artwork ― Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran's new song "Bad Habits" has received an official Japanese animated music video. Manga artist and illustrator Rui Ikeda drew the artwork featured in the video. The story is set in Tokyo and depicts the relationship between a naïve young woman and a vampire who lives a wild life at night. Warner Music Japan began streaming the vide...
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Hideaki Anno Hints at Untold Evangelion Stories

Although he has no interest in continuing the story past Thrice Upon a Time, certain aspects of the Rebuild world are still unexplored ― With the recent Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time film, director Hideaki Anno has finally brought closure to the story of Evangelion. Although he says he has no interest in continuing the story from there, there are nevertheless aspects of Eva's world which he...
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Former NEWS Band Member Yuya Tegoshi Cosplays as Kaworu in Surprise World Cosplay Summit Appearance

Annual cosplay event took place in Nagoya last weekend ― The former NEWS band member Yuya Tegoshi made a surprise appearance as Evangelion's Kaworu at this year's World Cosplay Summit on Sunday. He wore Kaworu's plugsuit, as depicted in the Rebuild films, as he gave a performance of the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time theme song "One Last Kiss" by Hikaru Utada. He also performed his original ...
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Visual Novel Giants Collide in Clannad, Higurashi Crossover

Higurashi no Naku koro ni Mei smartphone game holds Clannad collaboration from August 13-27 ― Two of the biggest visual novel frachises of the mid-2000s are teaming up in mobile game form this Friday. The Higurashi no Naku koro ni Mei smartphone game in the Higurashi: When They Cry franchise will hold a crossover with Visual Art's/Key's Clannad visual novel from August 13 to 27. The game's Twitter ac...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Collaborates With 105 Sport Teams Simultaneously

Demon Slayer's most ambitious crossover yet is with Japan's professional baseball, soccer & basketball leagues Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been collaborating with seemingly the entire spectrum of Japanese brands, but the series might have outdone itself this time. Demon Slayer's latest collaboration is with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, the Japan Professional Football League...
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My Hero Academia's Bakugo, Deku, and Todoroki Go Undercover With Stealth Suit Nendoroids

Each nendoroid comes with three face plates of different expressions ― Good Smile Company will release nendoroids of My Hero Academia's Katsuki Bakugo, Izuku Midoriya, and Shoto Todoroki in their "stealth suit" costumes from the film My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes' Mission. Each nendoroid comes with three face plates of different expressions as well as effect parts for recreating the charac...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Twitter Account Celebrates 1 Million Followers

MAPPA draws commemorative visual ― MAPPA released a key visual on Tuesday to commemorate the Jujutsu Kaisen anime's latest milestone: Getting one million followers on the anime's official Twitter account. 本アカウントのフォロワー数が先日100万人を突破しました!今まで『#呪術廻戦』を応援頂きありがとうございます!これを祝して #MAPPA 描き下ろしとなる #虎杖悠仁/#伏黒恵/#釘崎野薔薇/#五条悟 が描かれた御礼ビジュアルを公開!引き続き『呪術廻戦』をよろしくお願いします!https://t.co/xObNF7q6TO pic.twitter.com/uQsuBNe1j3— 『呪術廻戦』ア...
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Olympic Athletes Reference Anime, Video Games: The Final Installment

Uzbekistan's rhythmic gymnastics team wore costumes inspired by Sailor Moon, while synchronized swimming champion revealed her surprising motivation for participating in Tokyo 2020 ― As the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics draws to a close, it's time for one last nod to the athletes who demonstrated their appreciation for Japanese anime and video games on the world stage. The Uzbekistan rhythmic gymnastics...
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Hideaki Anno Teases Shin Kamen Rider in Latest Bonbori Lantern

Manga creator and character designer Moyoco Anno also contributed a lantern. ― Every summer, director Hideaki Anno contributes a lantern to the annual Bonbori Matsuri (Paper Lantern Festival) held at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū Shrine in Kamakura, Japan. This year, Anno's bonbori lantern teases the upcoming Shin Kamen Rider live-action film with a logo and the film's release date of March 2023. Anno's...
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Digimon Tamers Writer Chiaki J. Konaka Responds to Overseas Backlash Over 20th Anniversary Stage Play

Konaka's blog post includes false claim about the COVID-19 virus. Digimon Tamers screenwriter Chiaki J. Konaka responded to overseas backlash over the anime's 20th anniversary live script-reading play in a blog post on Monday. The original story, which served as a sequel to Digimon Tamers set in the modern day, featured a number of politically charged words and themes, including "political correctn...
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Crunchyroll and Precure Befuddles Father in Rex Morgan, M.D. Comic Strip

Conversation was inspired by artist Terry Beatty's nine-year-old daughter. ― The long-running comic strip Rex Morgan, M.D. made references to Crunchyroll and Kirakira Precure a la Mode in its August 8 strip, which did not escape the notice of eagle-eyed Precure fans. the first panel was like getting punched in the face and the second panel was like getting chucked out a ten story window pic.twitter.c...
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Tokyo Olympics Ends With LiSA's Demon Slayer Opening Song — as Ska

"Sukiyaki," "Ode to Joy," milet, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra also serenade closing ceremony ― The Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally came to a close, one year behind, on Sunday with a ceremony that reflected the muted opening. However, the festivities found a way to incorporate LiSA's "Gurenge" opening theme song from Demon Slayer — well, as a ska song. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, not LiSA herself, playe...
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Tokyo Olympics Ends With LiSA's Demon Slayer Opening Song — as Ska

"Sukiyaki," "Ode to Joy," milet, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra also serenade closing ceremony ― The Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally came to a close, one year behind, on Sunday with a ceremony that reflected the muted opening. However, the festivities found a way to incorporate LiSA's "Gurenge" opening theme song from Demon Slayer — well, as a ska song. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, not LiSA herself, playe...
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One Piece Staff Thanks Olympic Athletes For Their Homages

USA's Payton Otterdahl, Greece's Miltiadis Tentoglou reference One Piece on world stage One Piece has been getting a good rep from athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: On Monday, long jump gold medalist Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece imitated Luffy's Gear Second pose, and on Thursday, USA shot putter Payton Otterdahl tried his hands at Franky's "Suuuuper" pose. Their tributes have resonated with fan...
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To Love-Ru's Kentaro Yabuki Draws Cover for Japan's Weekly Playboy Magazine

Weekly Playboy Premium: 2021 First-Half Gravure Masterpiece Selection issue shipped on Friday ― Manga artist Kentaro Yabuki (To Love-Ru -Trouble-, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Black Cat, Mayoi Neko Overrun!) drew the cover illustration for the "Shukkan Playboy Premium: 2021 Kamihanki Gravure Kessaku-sen" (Weekly Playboy Premium: 2021 First-Half Gravure Masterpiece Selection) magazine, which shipped...
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Manga Artists Keisuke Itagaki, Machiko Satonaka Draw Illustrations for Paralympics Program

Artists represent taekwondo & badminton, the newest sports added to Paralympics ― Manga artists Keisuke Itagaki (Baki) and Machiko Satonaka (Lady Ann) drew original illustrations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Official Programme book, which shipped in Japan on Friday. Itagaki drew an illustration with a taekwondo theme, while Satonaka represented badminton – the two newest sports t...
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One Piece Staff Thanks Olympic Athletes For Their Homages

USA's Payton Otterdahl, Greece's Miltiadis Tentoglou reference One Piece on world stage One Piece has been getting a good rep from athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: On Monday, long jump gold medalist Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece imitated Luffy's Gear Second pose, and on Thursday, USA shot putter Payton Otterdahl tried his hands at Franky's "Suuuuper" pose. Their tributes have resonated with fan...
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Fans Turn on BBC After Gundam Identified as 'Transformer'

Britain's public broadcaster cannot tell a Gundam from a Transformer ― It isn't known if Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, has heard about the Twitter scandal to engulf the BBC. However, a horde of fans have already voiced their outrage at the public broadcaster for not knowing their mecha. On Thursday August 6, the BBC Sport Twitter feed Tweeted a photograph of a speed c...
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Animator Dorm Project: "About 90% of Animators Quit Their Jobs Within 3 Years"

The reason: unlivable wages for newcomer in-between animators ― The Animator Dormitory Project runs a YouTube channel, which regularly shares information about labor issues in the anime industry. A recent video discussing the industry's low wage problem shares a grim statistic: about 90% of animators quit their jobs within three years. Also mentioned in the video: In-between animators working on a TV...
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A Match Made in Heaven: Pui Pui Molcar Gets 3-Way Crossover With Gundam Hathaway & Reconguista Films

Unifying element between the 3 properties is "vehicles" ― The Pui Pui Molcar stop-motion anime series is taking a leap from cars to giant robots by collaborating with the Gekijōban Gundam G no Reconguista III: Uchū kara no Isan (The Legacy of Space) and Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway films. The unifying element between the three properties is "vehicles." The three collaboration images was unveiled on Th...
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Digimon Tamers 20th Anniversary Stage Show Features 'Cancel Culture' Villain

Writer Chiaki J. Konaka expresses support for COVID-19 conspiracy theories in retrospective blog posts ― The "DigiFes 2021" event on Sunday featured a 20th anniversary stage show for Digimon Tamers, the third Digimon series. The show included a live script-reading play, with an original story serving as a sequel to Digimon Tamers set in the modern day. Notably, the story featured a number of politica...
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hololive Stops Accepting Presents Due to Misuse of SmartTags to Track Talents

Fan letters, message cards/boards will still be accepted ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced on its Japanese Twitter account on Monday that it will no longer accept presents addressed to the talents after the end of August. The tweet explained that there were privacy issues around objects such as SmartTag or AirTag tracking devices. SmartTags or AirTags are small electronic devices that send...
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Long Jump Gold Medalist Miltiadis Tentoglou Pays Tribute to One Piece

Athlete imitated Luffy's Gear Second pose before the long jump finals on Monday ― Long jump gold medalist Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece revealed his passion for One Piece by imitating Luffy's Gear Second pose during his entrance before the long jump finals on Monday. In better quality. pic.twitter.com/HtGSvyfUTh— OROJAPAN (@Orojapan1) August 2, 2021 In an interview with the Greek press, he explained ...

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