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World's Largest Dragon Quest Slime Figure to Loom Over Yokohama

The original slime is back to reclaim its viscous throne. The iconic Dragon Quest Slime monster will grow to eight meters high and eight meters wide in Queen's Square Yokohama. The shopping mall will be home to the world's largest slime from December 20-24. This slime will be significantly less messy than its video game version. Organizers are building the monster out of giant sized blocks to give...
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Fortnite Phenomenon Spreads to Coro Coro Comic

Get ready to floss with the best of 'em because Epic Games' multi-platform video game Fortnite is heading to the children's manga magazine Coro Coro Comic. The ultra-popular battle royale game will debut as a four-frame comic in the February issue of Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic on December 29. Manga artist Naoto Katsumi (Kiwamero! Pokémon B·W, Double Deca) will draw the "scathing gag" manga. Coro Cor...
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Asagaya Anime Street to Close After Failing to Draw Crowds

Asagaya Anime Street, a government-funded anime-themed shopping district, will close at the end of February 2019. The official website posted an announcement that the district is closing down due to the end of its five-year lease. Asagaya Anime Street first opened in 2014 as an attempt to bring anime consumers closer to Tokyo's anime production studios, many of which are located within proximity o...
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Kemono Friends 2 Producer Claims Anime Studio Targeted for Harassment

Kemono Friends 2 animation producer Shinnosuke Numata posted a tweet on Friday revealing that the anime production studio Tomason has been receiving various forms of harassment ever since it was revealed that they were working on the project. どなたかわかりませんが…勝手に僕の名前と会社の代表メールアドレスを使い、様々なサービスに登録をしている方がいます。昨日、今日で会社宛に200件のメールと数十件の電話問い合わせがありました。小さい会社なので、CG部の人間も電話対応しなければならず、本業が滞ってしまいます。— 沼田心之介(ぬまぴー) (@shinno...
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Mario Voice Charles Martinet Gets Guinness Record for Most Performances as Same Video Game Character

Prolific voice actor Charles Martinet announced on Twitter on Friday that he was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for "most video game voice over performances as the same character." Martinet has voiced Nintendo's iconic hero Mario in at least 100 games. With Craig receiving my record certificate @GWR for most video game voiceover performances as the same character – 100...
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Crunchyroll Launches 'Stay Crunchy' Campaign Video with Japanese Animators

Crunchyroll revealed the details behind its a new project on Monday. The streaming company's mascot Hime is animated for the first time as part of a collaboration with ad agency Omelet to promote Crunchyroll's "Stay Crunchy" campaign. The campaign includes a live-action and animated hybrid ad directed by Caviar Content's Taichi Kimura with animation by Rapparu (Kanamewo, Crystal Cloud), Mai Yoneya...
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Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro Console Announced for Western Release, Sells Out Quickly Online

― Ever since Square Enix revealed the Kingdom Hearts III-themed PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Japan at E3, Western fans have been clamoring for a version to release in their territories. Well, Square Enix has delivered with an announcement on Friday, but you had to have acted fast, unfortunately. The bundle is available at GameStop stores in the United States for US$399.99 and at EBGames stores in Ca...
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Kinokuniya Bookstore Holds 'Dragon Ball Super Fair' in Anticipation of Broly Film

Dragon Ball Super: Broly opened in Japanese theaters on Friday ― Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya has been getting into the Dragon Ball Super: Broly hype lately. The company's Shinjuku branch is holding a "Dragon Ball Super Fair" from December 1 to 20, which involves a mini-exhibit of the manga art and a shop with exclusive goods. The fair celebrates the Japanese release of the Dragon Ball Super: ...
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Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Game Adds Real-World Soccer Players

― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. launched the worldwide version of its Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team smartphone game back in December 2017. As the release is marking its one-year anniversary, the developer added virtual versions of real-world soccer players Roberto Carlos, Morientes, and Guti. The athletes debuted in the simulation game on Friday. The World Football Legends: Los Galácticos event will...
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Mai Shows Off Her Disappearing Act in Large-Scale Seishun Buta Yarō Ad

― In Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō series, the heroine Mai is invisible to the gazes of everyone except the protagonist Sakuta. It appears that her "Puberty Syndrome" is in effect even in real life if a recent large-scale advertisement at the JR Akihabara Station is anything to go by. From December 10 to 16, a large poster inside Akihabara Station features characters from the Seishun Buta Yar...
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Watch Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime's Cast Perform Opening Theme

― These days, anime voice actors are multi-talented, and they often perform the theme songs for their shows. However, anime intros and outros are animated, so fans don't usually get to see the actors actually perform the songs. Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! anime fans are in luck, though, because the show's voice actor singing group Wataten☆5 just debuted a music video for the opening theme song "K...
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Puffy AmiYumi Duo Guest Star on Chibi Maruko-chan Christmas Special

Duo performs "Koi no Vacance" song by The Peanuts in December 23 special ― The official website for the Chibi Maruko-chan franchise revealed on Sunday that pop duo Puffy (PuffyAmiYumi) will appear and perform in the "Chibi Maruko-chan - Mou Sugu Christmas! Chōnai no Do-jiman Special" (Chibi Maruko-chan - It's Almost Christmas! The Neighborhood Boasting Special) Christmas special. Ami Onuki and Yumi Y...
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Bloom Into You, Riddle Story of Devil Creators Talk Yuri in Latest Newtype Issue

― Bloom Into You manga creator Nio Nakatani and Riddle Story of Devil creators Yun Kouga and Sunao Minakata participated in a round-table conversation in the Newtype January 2019 issue, which went on sale on Monday. The creators discussed the connection they have with each other's works before the conversation turned to yuri tropes and their personal definitions of yuri. It was mentioned in the inte...
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Funimation President: 'We Tried to Renew Deal with Crunchyroll'

Gen Fukunaga also explains why he believes Funimation's deal with Hulu "makes sense" ― Last month, Crunchyroll and Funimation ended their cross-platform licensing partnership. The deal had enabled the two companies to share their catalog titles on each other's streaming platforms, as well as license titles jointly. In an interview with Newsweek posted on Thursday, Funimation president Gen Fukunaga sa...
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Trigger Animator Sushio Draws Billboard Ad for Dental Clinic

― Trigger animator and illustrator Sushio posted several photos on Twitter on Thursday showing an illustration he drew for a billboard advertisement. The ad is for a dental clinic named "Momoi Dental Clinic," which is located in Tokyo's Suginami ward. じゃじゃーん!通ってる歯医者の看板のイラスト描いたのだ! pic.twitter.com/cfJxGzfTOo— スシオグミカンパニー🌻 (@sushio_) December 13, 2018 The advertisement displays Sushio's iconic style for...
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Zombie Land Saga's Undead Idols Appear in Rolling Stone Japan Magazine

― The girls of Franchouchou are making their debut on a cover of Rolling Stone!... Sort of. Zombie Land Saga's Sakura, Saki, and Lily feature on a bonus poster, designed to look like a magazine cover, that will bundle with Rolling Stone Japan vol.5. The poster accompanies a feature on the Zombie Land Saga anime, which Rolling Stone Japan refers to as "this seasons anime dark horse." The feature will...
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NisiOisin Novel Characters Appear in Crossover Monogatari Novel

― Characters from various NisiOisin novels will appear in a new crossover book that Kodansha Box will publish. The short novel collection, titled Mazemonogatari (Mix Story), will be the first time that characters from other NisiOisin stories appear in the Monogatari series. NisiOisin is best known for writing the Monogatari and Zaregoto series, both of which have been adapted into anime. He is also ...
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YouTuber Builds Official Life-Sized Bumblebee Transformer

― YouTuber James Bruton — who describes himself on his channel as a "former toy designer, YouTube maker and general robotics, electrical and mechanical engineer" — has built a life-sized Bumblebee Transformer in anticipation for the upcoming live-action Bumblebee film, which is scheduled for release in the United States on December 21. Bruton says that Paramount Pictures asked him to build the model...
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'Disaster' Chosen as 2018 Kanji of the Year

2nd most-popular kanji was "peace" ― The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation announced on Wednesday in a ceremony that the kanji character 災 (sai), meaning disaster or misfortune, is the 2018 Kanji of the Year. 昨日、晴天の中、2018年「#今年の漢字」の発表を無事に終えることができました。ご応募いただいた皆様に心より御礼申し上げます。揮毫された「災」の大書は、12月21日(金)まで清水寺で展示し、12月22日(土)からは、京都・祇園の #漢字ミュージアム で展示します。https://t.co/cx00rBkbOE pic.twitter.com/sStjo5zKOa— 2018...
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Your Wish Has Been Granted: adidas' Final DBZ Shoes Collaboration Features Shenron

adidas announced on Tuesday that it is concluding its Dragon Ball Z shoes collection with two designs based on the title dragon himself, Shenron. The shoes will be available for purchase on December 22. The first pair is decked out in the Shenron green, with a gold panel on the heel to represent the dragon's underbelly. The second, an adidas Originals store exclusive, keeps the same basic design b...
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CLAMP, Katsuhiro Otomo, Shoji Kawamori, Range Murata Draw Flying Dog 10th Anniversary Shirts

Victor Entertainment's anime music label Flying Dog is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the "Flying Dog 10-Shūnen Kinen Live -Inu Fes!-" event on February 2. The event will be held at the main arena of Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo. Popular manga and anime creators CLAMP, Katsuhiro Otomo, Shoji Kawamori, Range Murata are contributing to the celebration by providing special T-shirt de...
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Stuntmen Recreate Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Real Life

Also: cops play gamers after being called for launch-day noise ― Fans around the world are reveling in all that the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game has to offer. Even before the launch, the title's impressive pre-order sales proved that Ultimate would be a special installment in the franchise. The game launched last Friday, and fans are still riding the hype train since The Gam...
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TV Job Documentary Features Voice Actor Hiroshi Kamiya

NHK's Professional Shigoto no Ryūgi (Professional: Work Style) documentary television program highlights the working lives of people in various professions in Japan. The official website for Tokyo News Tsūshinsha's Weekly TV Guide magazine revealed on Wednesday that voice actor Hiroshi Kamiya will be the focus of the episode that will debut on January 14. According to TV Guide, there were only abo...
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Funimation President Talks Netflix's Evangelion Acquisition: 'We'd Do Better at Brand-Managing'

― Funimation Entertainment president Gen Fukunaga recently spoke to news website Polygon about Netflix's acquisition of the streaming rights to the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime. In short, he doesn't think Netflix will do right by the series. "I'm 100-percent sure that we'd have done a much better job brand-managing it and turning it back into what it was," he told Polygon. Fukunaga's pri...
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Studio BONES, Rie Matsumoto Animate Bump of Chicken Music Video for Lotte Snacks

Yuki Hayashi designs characters for 70th anniversary ad ― Japan-based confectionery company Lotte opened a special site on Wednesday to celebrate the 70th anniversary since its founding in 1948. The centerpiece of the commemorative website is a new animated ad from Studio BONES, featuring the song "Shinesekai" (New World) by the band Bump of Chicken. The short reunites the director and character desi...
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Couple Prepare For Their Big Day in Wedding Park's Anime Ad

Wedding information site Wedding Park, which gives word-of-mouth recommendations for venues, has released an animated advertisement online. Called "Let's Go Looking For a Wedding Venue!," the ad shows the Wedding Park mascot character Wepa appearing in front of a couple in the middle of their proposal. The heart-shaped mascot then takes the couple into a smartphone that shows them information abou...
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3, 2, 1... Tell Time! With Cowboy Bebop's Spike-Inspired Watch

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cowboy Bebop, so there's no better time to celebrate the bounty-hunter space-western action drama series. Now, fans have the opportunity to own a watch inspired by the anime's protagonist Spike Spiegel. The face of the watch includes the text "I'm only watching a dream that I never a [sic] wakened from," which is one of Spike's famous quotes from the show. T...
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Highschool of the Dead Manga Artist Says 'It's Not Easy' to Draw Continuation

Manga's author passed away in 2017 ― In an interview with Japanese pop culture website Comic Natalie, Highschool of the Dead and Triage X manga artist Shoji Sato said that it is "not easy" to draw a continuation for Highschool of the Dead, which went on hiatus in 2011 (although a new chapter did debut in 2013). Sato only drew the artwork and did not write the story. Series writer Daisuke Sato passed ...
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Reki Kawahara Apologizes to Voice Actors for Latest Sword Art Online Episode

Author also offered an explanation for why the series uses sexual assault as a plot device. ― Sword Art Online author Reki Kawahara took to Twitter to apologize to the anime's voice actors after the latest episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization aired on Saturday night. The episode is widely considered the most graphic and violent of the series to date. The episode streamed on Crunchyroll opens with...
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Attack on Titan's Levi Official Laundry Detergent Goes On Sale

― Attack on Titan fan favorite character Levi is an established clean freak. It took some years, but now he finally has his own laundry detergent that officially hit Matsumoto Kiyoshi stores on Monday. The "Attack Anti-bacterial EX Super Clear Gel" is based on designs voted on by Twitter users in July. Users decided how the bottle and cap would look. The detergent itself is based on the Attack produ...
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Muv-Luv Dev Team Solicits Spinoff Stories From International Fans

Muv-Luv creator Kouki Yoshimune and aNCHOR President Asahi Iwanaga revealed in an interview with games website Twinfinite on Friday that they are soliciting spinoff stories for the Muv-Luv visual novel franchise from international fans. The dev team has asked that any interested fans should send their stories to Twinfinite editor Giuseppe Nelva, who will forward them to the dev team for review. In...
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Katy Perry, Kingdom Hearts' Sora Announced For Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Game

Square Enix previews video of music icon's sprite, original song ― Square Enix announced on Sunday that music icon Katy Perry will be a character for Square Enix's Final Fantasy Brave Exvius smartphone game, along with Kingdom Hearts protagonist Sora. Katy Perry will appear as "multiple characters" in the game for a limited time, starting on December 12. Square Enix North America's YouTube channel po...
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Netflix May Be Using Fanart for Sword Art Online Banner

― Netflix may have been using fanart for one of its Sword Art Online banners in its recommendations to users. One user posted a screencap of their Netflix recommendations, which includes a Sword Art Online banner with an illustration drawn by pixiv artist Keeta. (けーた.) Is... is Netflix using fanart for their Sword Art Online banner? Not sure if this is the source: https://t.co/EMXIWb8Tge pic.twitter...
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Dogo Onsen Bath House Gets Original Anime Based on Tezuka's Phoenix Manga

April anime stars Takeshi Tsuruno, Suzuko Mimori, will be part of campaign to promote facility's restoration ― The Dogo Onsen hot spring bath house in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture announced a collaboration campaign with Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix manga on Sunday. The campaign is named "Dogo Reborn Project," and will promote the restoration and repair of the facility, with plans to begin the campaign on Ja...
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Voice Actor Hiro Shimono to Perform First-Time Lead Role in Live-Action Film Chronos Jaunter

Voice actor Hiro Shimono, who is best known for his roles as Keima Katsuragi in The World God Only Knows, Connie Springer in Attack on Titan, and Kokichi Ōma in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, will perform the lead role in his first live-action film Chronos Jaunter, which is slated to open in theaters in spring 2019. The film is based on a novel by award-winning science fiction writer Shinji Kaji...
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British Police Develop 'Psycho-Pass' AI to Predict Crimes Before They Happen

In a move straight out of the script of the dystopian sci-fi anime series Psycho-Pass, police in the UK have been developing an artificial intelligence that will predict how likely a person is to commit or be the victim of a violent crime. New Scientist reported on November 26 that the police intend to flag individuals with the system and intervene before crimes happen by offering preemptive couns...
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Space Adventure Cobra Rises from the Grave for 40th Anniversary Event

Cobra Exhibition: From the Graveyard with Love starts on December 26 ― It's a blast from the past as Buichi Terasawa's sci-fi adventure series Space Adventure Cobra is set to take over the Hakaba no Garou gallery in Nakano this month. The "Cobra Exhibition: From the Graveyard with Love" event will commemorate the series' 40th anniversary and will kick off on December 26. The gallery store will have e...
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Academy Award-Nominated Animator Koji Yamamura Talks Style, Indie Animation in French Program

Animator Koji Yamamura's work is well known among indie animation aficionados and critics. He drew international acclaim for his 10-minute piece Mt. Head (Atamayama) which took home the short film award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for an Oscar. The Animation Show of Shows, an annual screening of the year's best selection of animated shorts, has featured...
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One Piece Voted Most Representative Manga of Heisei Era

ready ― One Piece has been voted the most representative manga of the Heisei Era, according to users of the Japanese e-book vendor Book Live! The Heisei era is the current period according to the traditional Japanese calendar, which is based on the reign period of the emperor. The Heisei period started on 8 January 1989, the day after the death of the Showa Emperor Hirohito, and is likely to end on 3...
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New York Times Lists A Place Further Than the Universe in Top 10 International Shows of 2018

The New York Times posted an article titled "The Best TV Shows of 2018" on their online news website on Monday. Authors James Poniewozik, Mike Hale, and Margaret Lyons listed their top picks under three categories: Best Show, Best International, and Best New Show. The TV anime series A Place Further Than the Universe was listed eighth under the Best International category. Television critic Mike H...
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Shueisha Will Not Count Valentine's Day Chocolates from Prince of Tennis Fans in 2019

It has been an annual tradition for Prince of Tennis fans to send Valentine's Day chocolates addressed to their favorite characters to Shueisha's monthly Jump Square magazine, which publishes the ongoing New Prince of Tennis manga. The chocolates are counted as votes towards the annual Prince of Tennis character popularity poll, which has resulted in thousands of chocolates circulating Shueisha on...
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Studio Troyca Will Animate IDOLiSH 7 Group Re:vale's Music Video

Bandai Namco Entertainment's popular IDOLiSH 7 idol mobile game and multimedia franchise will soon premiere four new animated music videos for its idol groups IDOLiSH 7, Trigger, Re:vale, and ŹOOĻ. Studio ufotable is handling the ŹOOĻ video and the game's staff announced on Wednesday that Troyca will animate Re:vale's music video. Troyca is the animation studio behind the IDOLiSH7 anime series. Th...
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Danganronpa Attraction in Namja Town Lets You Hold Your Own Class Trial

To celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Danganronpa mystery game series, the Namja Town theme park in Ikebukuro has opened a limited-time Danganronpa attraction where visitors can participate in their own class trial. Called "The Real Class Trial," the attraction is a logic-based detective game based on the characters and setting of Danganronpa V3. The attraction works like this: everyone in a ...
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Nakayoshi Includes Memorial Card for Manga Creator Yu Asagiri

The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine released on Saturday included a memorial card for the recently passed manga creator You Asagiri (Yu Asagiri). Asagiri died on October 27 after battling severe pneumonia. She was 62 years old. Asagiri serialized many works within Nakayoshi's pages during her 42 years as a manga creator. The magazine's memorial card features artwork from her Na...
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Death Note Artist Takeshi Obata Holds 1st Exhibition

Manga artist Takeshi Obata will hold his first ever exhibition to commemorate 30 years in the industry. The Death Note artist's work will go on display at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda gallery in Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo next summer. The exhibition will run from July 13, 2019 to August 12, 2019. Obata made his manga debut in 1989 with the work CYBORG Jii-chan G (Cyborg G-chan) in Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen...
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Pet Food Dispenser Plays Steins;Gate's 'Tutturu' Catchphrase

An automatic pet food dispenser which plays the "Tutturu" catchphrase from the Steins;Gate anime and video game series has become viral on Twitter after a Twitter user posted a video of their cat eating from it. 中国で買った自動餌やり機、なぜかまゆしぃのトゥットゥルーが流れる、、、 pic.twitter.com/Hs0P1KxBHg— にふうち (@benkyou_youday) December 3, 2018 The twitter user @benkyou_youday claimed that they bought the dispenser in China. It...
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Weekly Shonen Jump Offers New Year Cards From Its Artists

Also: ufotable, voice actors plan cards for fans ― In Japan, friends, family, and work associates often exchange nengajo, or New Year's greeting cards. The cultural tradition is has changed a bit over the years with many celebrities and artists also sharing their own artwork on social media as a gift to their fans. There are less physical cards sent out than the past, but on average each Japanese cit...
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Tekken Player Wins World Championship, Hasn't Told Parents He Went Overseas

Sneaking out of your room at night is maybe a 5/10 on the delinquent scale but what about sneaking out of the country? Tekken player Hyun ho Jung (a.k.a Rangchu) did just that when he competed in the Tekken World Tour tournament finals in Amsterdam last weekend. The Panda player apparently left home in South Korea to make the trip to the finals without telling his parents. It's all good though, si...
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Love Live! Arcade Game Bug Causes Major 'Wardrobe Malfunction' (NSFW)

Game is temporarily suspended while developers work out the kinks ― A bug in the Love Live! School Idol Festival: After School Activity Next Stage arcade game renders the characters nude. Players have also complained of server issues and about characters sometimes appearing headless. Although the bugs did not appear to affect every game machine, the problems have been widespread enough to become vira...
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English Power Rangers Comic Includes 1st Chikyu Sentai Fiveman-Based Story

Boom! Studios' Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers comic went where the North American tokusatsu series has never gone before. The comic book publisher's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year Two Deluxe Edition comic book includes a story starring a sentai team based on Chikyu Sentai Fiveman. The live-action tokusatsu show premiered in Japan in 1990, but unlike other entries in the Ranger franchise, it was ...
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My Hero Academia Creator Kōhei Horikoshi 'Dekus' the Hall with Boughs of Holly

The latest volume of the My Hero Academia manga was released in Japan on December 4 and creator Kōhei Horikoshi celebrated the release by getting into the holiday spirit. Horikoshi posted a drawing showing his superheroes recast as quintessential Christmas objects with Deku filling the role as the tree and Fumikage Tokoyami cooked up for the feast. 僕のヒーローアカデミア21巻!本日12/4発売でした!表紙が燃えてます!よろしくおねがいします! ...
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Twitter Japan Crowns Hypnosis Mic Most Popular Voice Actor Account

It even beat Shouta Aoi...! ― The most popular voice actor account on Twitter Japan represents a group of fictional rappers. Of course, those 12 characters are voiced by real people, and there's no doubt that the rap battle project "Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-" is exploding in popularity with multiple manga tie-ins, a planned mobile game, and successful live events. The official Twitter accoun...
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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Will Feature Hayao Miyazaki Exhibit

Temporary exhibit will be the first major exhibition of Miyazaki's works in the United States. ― The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is slated to open next year, will open with a temporary exhibit featuring the works of acclaimed anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Kerry Brougher, the Museum's director, said that this will be "the first major exhibi...
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Senran Kagura Producer: 'We've Stopped Putting in Sexual Content with No Narrative Reason'

Takaki mentions increased international scrutiny due to Tokyo 2020 Olympics ― Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki was featured in an interview with pop culture website Akiba-Souken on Saturday. He shared his thoughts on the sexual depictions in the currently airing Senran Kagura Shinovi Master TV anime series, which he has been writing scripts for. Takaki said that across all the Senran Ka...
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Pop Team Epic Is Yahoo!'s Most Searched Anime of 2018

Voice actress Yumiko Kobayashi, video game Monster Hunter World also take top spots ― Bkub Okawa's Pop Team Epic managed to confound, entertain, and surprise viewers each week, earning its spot as Yahoo! Japan's most searched anime series of 2018. Popuko and Pipimi's anti-comedy was announced as one of the top three searched series along with Darling in the Franxx and The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival o...
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Voice Actor Mamoru Miyano Becomes Presenter on Morning TV Program

Voice actor Mamoru Miyano, who is best known for his roles as Rintaro Okabe (Steins;Gate), Light Yagami (Death Note), and Tamaki Suou (Ouran High School Host Club), became the "monthly entertainment presenter" in the morning Japanese television show Mezamashi Terebi (lit. "Wake Up TV"). The program airs on Monday to Fridays at 4:55 am. Miyano's first appearance in the program was on December 4, an...
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Dragon Ball Space Pod 'Crash Lands' in Tokyo

Both Japan and the U.S. are preparing for Dragon Ball's return to theaters this winter. Goku soared over Manhattan during Macy's 92nd Thanksgiving Day Parade and publisher Shuiesha is ranking some of the Super Saiyan's best battles according to fan votes. One invader appears to have crash landed in the Toyosu district of Koto, Tokyo ahead of the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film opening in Japan on De...
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Original Eva English Cast Petition to Re-Dub Series for Netflix

Netflix announced some of its biggest anime news last week when the streaming service revealed that it will begin streaming Hideaki Anno and Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime, as well as the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion films. Neon Genesis Evangelion is considered a landmark anime production and the television series ha...
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Hayao Miyazaki Looks Back on His Memories of Creating My Neighbor Totoro

Kim Morrissy goes to Tokorozawa to walk "where the gods dwell." ― Studio Ghibli published a book entitled Totoro no Umareta Tokoro (lit. "The Place where Totoro was Born") in May. The book includes an interview with esteemed anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, where he looks back on his memories of creating My Neighbor Totoro. In the interview, Miyazaki states that he first came up with the idea for the ...
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The Promised Neverland Orphans Search for Freedom at Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

The highly anticipated The Promised Neverland anime series is gearing up for its January premiere with a collaboration at the Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observation Deck in Tokyo. Emma, Norman, Ray, and the other orphans will make their appearance beginning on January 5 until February 11. The observation deck will host a photo spot that recreates the post-apocalyptic world of The Promised Neverland, a...
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Gadget Tsūshin's 2018 Buzzwords Honor Detective Conan, Pop Team Epic, Cells at Work

The year is coming to a close and Gadget Tsūshin's Anime Ryūkōgo Taishō, a yearly list of the most popular anime-related buzzwords, announced which characters and phrases were on the tips of otaku's tongues all year. Gadget Tsūshin announced the top three in June, but the most popular terms have shifted in the last six months. In first place is Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner character Tōru Am...
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Director: Kemono Friends 2 Respects 1st Season, Still Has Sci-Fi Elements

In an interview with pop culture website Akiba Souken, Kemono Friends 2 director Ryuichi Kimura confirmed that the series will continue to have sci-fi elements. He said, "I've been trying to include everything that I thought was interesting about the first series: the relaxing feeling you get from watching it after a long day at work, the science fiction elements, the simple story with a compellin...
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Actor Yūdai Natsume Resumes Entertainment Work as Freelancer

Actor Yūdai Natsume posted on his Twitter account last Saturday to announce that he has resumed work in the entertainment industry as a freelancer beginning this month. The post is Natsume's first Twitter post since June, when he posted an apology for past "inappropriate posts" on Twitter and took a hiatus from the entertainment industry. In his new message, Natsume wrote that he has reflected on ...
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Studio Shaft Animates High-Flying Ikebukuro PR Anime

The city of Toshima began streaming the first commercial for the upcoming Ikebukuro promotional anime on Monday. The 30-second ad shows a girl with glasses wandering the bustling district before she's taken on magical flight by a boy who resembles the district's Ikefukurō-zō (owl statues). The anime's story takes place in the year 2020, near the Hareza Tower building plaza. This is an area under d...
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Precure Anime Series Welcomes Its First Magical Boy

Episode 42 of Hugtto! Precure, which premiered on Sunday, became the first episode in Precure's 15-year history to feature a magical boy. Titled "Ēru no Kōkan! Kore ga Watashi no Ōen da!!" (lit. 'Yell's Switch-Off! This is My Support!!'), the episode shows Henri Wakamiya, a male figure skater and model, becoming a Precure and defeating a classmate-turned-monster. After transforming for the first t...
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Attack on Titan 'Final' Exhibition Scheduled for Summer 2019

Hajime Isayama's incredibly popular Attack on Titan is winding down to its conclusion. Isayama recently appeared on MBS documentary program Jōnetsu Tairiku to discuss just that and was shown struggling to bring his story to a close. There isn't a confirmed end date for the manga, even though Isayama is hard at work on the last arc's drafts. An upcoming exhibition announced on Monday may give a hin...
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Magical Girl Site Manga Artist Will Compete in Japan's Ninja Warrior

Manga artist Kentarō Satō revealed another plot twist on Twitter on November 23: he's totally ripped. The Magical Girl Site creator posted a picture of himself shirtless with his face obscured to announce his upcoming appearance on the Japanese competition show Sasuke, or as it's known in the U.S., Ninja Warrior. だいぶ仕上がってきた pic.twitter.com/4emBBOAlLa— 佐藤健太郎 (@kentarosato1201) November 24, 2018 Sat...
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New Fruits Basket Visual Appears in New York's Times Square

The teaser visual for the 2019 Fruits Basket anime was displayed on an electronic billboard at New York's Times Square on Saturday. The Fruits Basket official anime Twitter account posted a picture of the visual at Times Square along with the message (in English): "Fruits Basket's teaser visual in Times Square! Have you seen it? Well if not, here's the picture! The whole world is looking forward t...
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Shonen Jump's Tokyo Theme Park to Close on February 17 After 6 Years

'Grand Finale' campaign held from December 21 until last day ― J-World Tokyo, the first theme park dedicated to the characters from Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, will close on February 17, 2019. To mark the occasion, the indoor park will hold a "J-World Tokyo Grand Finale" campaign from December 21 until the last day. Every day during the "Grand Finale" campaign, the park will give away sti...
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Crunchyroll's 3rd Annual Anime Awards Set for February 16

Crunchyroll's third Anime Awards show is on for 2019. The anime streaming website opened the official page for the third iteration of its awards program and simultaneously announced that staff will reveal this year's judges and categories on December 17, followed by open voting on January 11. The winners will be announced on February 16 and fans can livestream the award ceremony the same day. The ...
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Real-life Academy City Tachikawa Celebrates Return of A Certain Magical Index Anime

In the A Certain Magical Index light novels and anime series, Academy City is a city with over a million students developing their esper powers. It's also said to take up an entire third of the metropolitan area of Tokyo. Tachikawa, the real-life inspiration of Academy City, isn't quite as sprawling or as hi-tech as its fictional counterpart. But it is a nice city in the west side of Tokyo, and on...
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'Bowsette', 'Kizuna Ai', 'Fate/Grand Order', 'Hellshake Yano' Nominated for Japanese Internet Buzzword of 2018

100 nominations for the Japanese Internet buzzword of 2018 (Netto Ryūkōgo 100) have been announced. The words are chosen based on the page views from Internet pop culture and slang dictionaries Nico Nico Pedia and Pickup Encyclopedia. From those 100 words, a grand prize winner will be selected based on which word had the highest access counter of all. This year's list of nominations include a numb...
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Kazuhiro Fujita Exhibit Displays Extensive Artwork From Ushio & Tora, Karakuri Circus, More Manga

An exhibit dedicated to esteemed manga artist Kazuhiro Fujita ran at the Seibu Ikebukuro Department Store from November 12 to 20. The exhibit displayed a timeline of Fujita's 30-year-long career as a manga artist, as well as extensive artwork from four of his major works: Ushio & Tora, Karakuri Circus, Sou-Bou-Tei Kowasu Beshi, and Moonlight Act. Visitors were allowed to photograph every single pi...
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License-less Voice Actress Ayana Taketatsu Named as 'Driving Instructor'

Voice actress Ayana Taketatsu, who is well known for her roles as Kirino from Oreimo, Azusa from K-ON!, and Leafa from Sword Art Online, has been dubbed the "driving instructor" in a promotional campaign by the LAWSON's convenience store. Ironically, however, she does not have a driver's license herself. Taketatsu revealed this fact in an interview posted on the Lawson's driving school website. Wh...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Enters the Twilight in Mobile Game Collab

A magical girl is joining the ranks of the smartphone/PC (browser) tie-in game The Girl in Twilight. The characters of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card as well as costumes were added to the game on November 26 as part of the "Sakura to Akanesasu Yume no Daibōken" in-game event. Sakura, Syaoran, Tomoyo, and Kero-chan make appearances in the game and both Sakura and Syaoran are voiced. The Girl in the ...
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Shouta Aoi x Little Twin Stars Mook Offers Readers a Pastel Mani-Pedi

The adorable Sanrio mascots Little Twin Stars are keeping their third member and musical talent Shouta Aoi with them for a bit longer. Aoi, known for his musical chops in the idol anime DYNAMIC CHORD, King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO, MARGINAL #4 the Animation, Utano☆Princesama Legend Star, Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION, and Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50 is teamed up with Little Twin Stars for coll...
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Planet With Creator Satoshi Mizukami Answers Fan Questions

Manga artist Satoshi Mizukami participated in the “Planet With Conclusion Celebration Event” at the Shinjuku LOFT/PLUS ONE on November 3. He was joined by Sayaka Harada, the voice actor of Nozomi Takamagahara; Shiori Izawa, the voice actor of Ginko Kuroi; Shonengahosha editor Takehiro Sumi; and surprise guest Atsushi Abe, the voice actor of Soya Kuroi. Note: Spoilers for episodes 1-12 below. The g...
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Saiyuki Creator Draws New Illustration for Character Genjo Sanzo's Birthday

Saiyuki manga creator Kazuya Minekura drew a brand-new illustration of Genjo Sanzo for the character's birthday on Thursday. Minekura, who has battled health problems since at least 2010, offered her thanks to fans for their support. She wrote in her tweet that she is doing her best to get healthy and asked readers to continue to watch over her and the characters as they go "all the way to the Wes...
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Jouji Nakata Brings the Charm to Old Man and Cat Manga Promo

Oji-sama to Neko (Old Man and Cat) manga by Umi Sakurai has charm by the bucketful. The story follows the day-to-day life of an elderly man who adopts a fat kitty that no one else wanted. The manga garnered recognition at this year's Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards as a runner-up for best web manga. The manga is serialized on pixiv and the second compiled volume was released on November 22. Voice actor...
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Escape Your Hunter Exam at Scrap's Hunter × Hunter Real Escape Game

Each year, hopeful Hunters in Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter × Hunter manga face the ominous Hunter Exam. Passing the exam is the only way applicants can join the Hunter Association but even the exam's location is mysterious. Just showing up to take the test is its own mission. Once the exam location is discovered, applicants are quickly whittled down until one 1 in 10,000 remain. Let's hope the odds ...
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Kyoto Manga Contest Offers Cash Prize, 1-Year of Tea Ceremony Lessons

A manga contest is hoping to entice aspiring artists with both a cash prize and some of the best cultural perks that Kyoto has to offer. The "Bokura no Kyoto" (Our Kyoto) manga contest is sponsored by the Kyoto-based publishing company Tankosha, a publisher that specializes in books about the art of tea making, tea ceremony, and traditional Japanese arts and entertainment topics. The publisher is ...
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Animators, Researchers Develop Automated Technique for Coloring Anime

Japanese animation production companies Imagica Group and OLM Digital have joined forces with the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) to develop a technique for automatic coloring within anime production. Imagica Group is a production company that specializes in video production duties, including filming, dubbing, editing, restoration, and streaming. One of their subsidiary groups is ...
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Hajime Isayama Reveals His Struggles to Draw the End of Attack on Titan

The MBS documentary program Jōnetsu Tairiku aired an episode on Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama on November 18. The program showed Isayama drawing the rough layout draft for the final panel of the manga series and revealed his struggles dealing with writer's block and the pressure of creating such a popular manga. According to the program, Attack on Titan is now entering its final arc...
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Kaito Kid 'Steals' Detective Conan 2019 Film Visual

Detective Conan's long-time adversary Kaito Kid is at it again, this time making off with the key visual for the Detective Conan 2019 film. The film's production committee announced that the thief stole the new visual, said to be drawn by series creator Gosho Aoyama, before it was revealed Instead, staff released an "emergency visual" until the proper poster art is recovered. The child-like drawin...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Director: Sunrise Works Production Assistant 60 Hours in 4 Days

Director and storyboard artist Mitsuo Fukuda appears to have reached the end of his patience with animation production company Sunrise. Fukuda took to Twitter on Wednesday to vent his frustrations over the current work schedule of a female production assistant with the company, one that includes very long days and next to no sleep. According to Fukuda's tweet, she has worked 59 hours in four days ...
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It's Idol vs Idol for Shinkalion Guest Voice Role

It's been a few months since Shinkalion wrapped its giant Neon Genesis Evangelion episode. The kids' mecha anime would have to get creative to top it. What better way to get fan girls in a fervor than to announce that idol group Boys and Men would appear in an upcoming episode. Well sort of, there's a catch to this collaboration. Boys and Men has 10 official members and the staff of Shinkalion dec...
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Laid-Back Camp Event Combines the Outdoors and Sake

There are a multitude of ways to enjoy camping. Sometimes it's better alone, sometimes it's better with friends, and sometimes it's better with alcohol. Laid-Back Camp character Minami Toba falls in the latter category. The substitute teacher makes her debut in the series by getting totally sloshed at her camp site. After several events centering on music and dojinshi, the staff are putting togeth...
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Tsuredure Children Creator's Latest Manga Hits Its Mark Online

Toshiya Wakabayashi, the creator of the recently ended romantic comedy manga Tsuredure Children is publishing a web manga that's winning scores of fans online. Kanako's Life as an Assassin follows the titular Kanako, a former office lady that becomes an assassin by accident. Wakabayashi is publishing the manga on Twitter and via their pixivFANBOX account. The debut chapter was published on October...
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Conan O'Brien Takes on Detective Conan, Bidets, Harajuku Style

Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien went to Japan this summer to put an end to a "feud" with the city of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture to claim the royalties O'Brien claims he's owed. Hokuei is known colloquially as "Conan Town" because it is the birthplace of Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama and features Conan Street, Conan Bridge, the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory museum, and 12 bronze statu...
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Early Disney Animated Oswald Film Discovered in Japan

Before Mickey Mouse steered the ship in Steamboat Willie, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit at the behest of Charles Mintz for Universal Studios. The character would star in 27 one-reel animated pictures starting with his first appearance in Trolley Troubles in 1927. The character didn't say with Walt Disney, however, as Charles Mintz took the rights for Oswal...
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Eevee Tamagotchi Falls Victim to Merch Scalpers

There was a lot of excitement when Tamagotchi announced it was finally collaborating with Pokémon for the first official virtual pet. The company unveiled its Eevee Tamagotchi gadget in two styles for 2,300 yen (US$20) and a planned release set for January 26, 2019. Hopeful buyers are out of luck though; Eevee is already sold out and scalpers are setting a price four times that of retail. Pre-orde...
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Zombie Land Saga's Real House Draws 1,000 Visitors in Single Day

The undead idols of MAPPA's Zombie Land Saga eat, sleep, and practice for performances in a large, dilapidated house in Saga prefecture along with their eccentric manager Kōtarō Tatsumi and his dog Romero. The house is really big by even Western standards with at least three floors, a gated garden, a playground, and an enviable view of the sea. The anime has won over fans for its humor and heart w...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Competitive Champion Barred From Tournaments For Cheating

A Yu-Gi-Oh! competitive champion was discovered to have cheated during a Hatti Grand Championship tournament, the largest Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament in Japan. The tournament's blog posted the results of their investigation on Tuesday, stating that a player named "Hitsuji" was found to have: manipulated the order of the cards in his deck not shuffled his deck properly throughout the match drawn cards wit...
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Families Gather at Kinshi Park For Pokémon Go, Pokémon: Let's Go Event

Players of all ages headed to the park to try out the latest Pokémon game, trade with fellow gamers, and catch a shiny Pikachu! ― A Pokémon GO and Pokémon: Let's Go event was held at Kinshi Park in Tokyo on November 16-17, coinciding with the release of the Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! Nintendo Switch games. The free event gave visitors an opportunity to try out the new g...
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Dragon Ball Launches Search Engine 'Yahoo Planet Vegeta'

In order to promote the upcoming film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Dragon Ball has launched its own search engine and news website powered by Yahoo! Japan. The site is called "Yahoo Planet Vegeta" and will be available until February 6, 2019. Information that is available on this website includes: recommended battle spots on Earth, the latest scouter levels, and other news relevant to Saiyans. There ...
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Leiji Matsumoto, DLE Make Flash Anime Short of Snow Woman Folklore

Celebrates Matsue City as home of ghost story writer Koizumi Yakumo ― Acclaimed manga and anime creator Leiji Matsumoto designed and supervised a Flash anime short of the classic Japanese folklore character Yuki-onna (Snow Woman). The artist FROGMAN (Eagle Talon) directed the short at his studio DLE, which began streaming the short on its YouTube channel on Monday: The short marks the fifth anniversa...

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