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Super Mario & Crew Head to U.S. as Happy Meal Toys

Japan's Super Mario Happy Meal toys landed stateside this week. Collectors can find them at participating McDonald's fast food restaurants until May 22. The toy line includes jumping Mario, Luigi in a pipe, Princess Peach, Bowser, a red Koopa shell, a 1-Up Mushroom, Yoshi, and Invincible Mario. Europe previously got its own version of the Happy Meal toys, albeit with some differences. That run in...
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DBZ VR Toy Lets Fans Do a Kamehameha, Test Power Levels

Anime goods company MegaHouse announced a Dragonball Z VR headset called "BotsNew Characters VR DRAGONBALL Z" that will let fans do a Kamehameha attack and measure opponents' power levels. The headset will be released at the end of June and will be retailing for 12,000 yen (US$110). It is designed to be used with a smartphone between 4 and 6 inches in size. Also included are finger controllers th...
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This Summer's New Swimming Anime Will Get Female Fans Thirsty

Kyoto Animation's Free! anime series and films have been nothing short of a phenomenon, ushering in a more blatant focus on female audiences' interest in sports anime. Sports anime has always been popular with women viewers, but Free! reignited series made with that audience in mind instead of as an after thought. As soon as everyone finally settled on which Iwatobi Swim Club member was their boyf...
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See Early Motion Capture Techniques in Lost Behind-The-Scenes Video from Silent Hill 2

A video showing the early motion capture techniques used to make Konami's ground-breaking horror video game Silent Hill 2 was recently rediscovered by actor Guy Chihi, who voiced and did the motion capture for the game's protagonist, James Sunderland. Chihi posted the video on his official YouTube page, saying in the comments, "It was lost in storage for more than 15 years. I only found it because...
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Former Nogizaka46 Idol Nanami Hashimoto Seen with Record Label Executive

The Japanese singer and model Nanami Hashimoto (24), who retired from the popular idol group Nogizaka46 in October 2016, has been seen meeting clandestinely with Shunsuke Muramatsu (53), a company director and executive vice president at large record company Sony Music Entertainment. Until the end of the Japanese fiscal year in March 2017, Muramatsu was working as the president of Sony Music Labe...
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Luffy Unleashes 'Gear Fourth' Technique in New Portrait of Pirates Figure

Luffy looks ready to unleash his Gomu Gomu no Kong Gun in MegaHouse's new Portrait of Pirates (P.O.P.) figure. The "Portrait of Pirates One Piece 'SA-MAXIMUM' Monkey D. Luffy Gear '4' 'Bound Man'" figure captures the truly impressive size and proportions shown in the anime series. His girthy abdomen, Busoshoku Haki covered limbs, and intimidating steam curling around his body are all accurately r...
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MegaHouse Teases Color Version of Yuri on Ice's Victor Figure

A recent teaser image of Yuri on Ice's Victor for MegaHouse's GEM line has fans preparing to open up their wallets. The company released an image of Victor's hand from the colored figure prototype that's in development. The kicker? You can see the full colored prototype in Tuesday's issue of Monthly Hobby Japan. 【速報】開発中G.E.M.「ユーリ!!! on ICE ヴィクトル・二キフォロフ」彩色原型が4月25日発売「月刊ホビージャパン」最速掲載決定!続報は当アカで、お楽しみに ...
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Onsen Musume Project Gets Manga, Fan Clubs, Local Event

Enbound, Inc.'s Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls) idol project is coming off a successful crowdfunding campaign where it earned 7,110,540 yen (US$64,009), enough to fund production of a drama CD (seven million yen/US$63,000) with the main cast. The project is now moving into its next steps: launching a manga, establishing two separate fan clubs, and planning its first live event. The manga version o...
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NieR: Automata Boss Recreated in Giant Bouquet

The NieR: Automata boss Opera crossed over into the land of living in an impressive bouquet arrangement. The monster was on display at NieR Concert in Osaka on Sunday. The gift is signed from "Ze:" and "Kunihiro". NieR: Automata has sold more than 500,000 physical and digital copies in Japan and Asia. Square Enix announced on April 4 that the the game's physical and digital versions have exceeded ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Mini-Unit CYaRon's 2nd Single Gets Preview Video

The Love Live! Sunshine!! sub-idol group CYaRon! is adopting a pirate theme for their new single "Kinmirai Happy End" ("A Happy Ending in the Near Future") which also includes the track "Kaigantōri de Matteruyo" ("I'll Be Waiting on the Coastline"). Lantis is hosting a preview of the single that is slated for release on May 10. "Kinmirai Happy End" is CYaRon's second single. It includes both track...
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Voice Actors Give Well Wishes to Yoshimasa Hosoya

Fellow voice actors are sending well wishes to Yoshimasa Hosoya, who has gone on hiatus to treat his throat after a doctor's diagnosis. Hiroki Yasumoto (Yasutora "Chad" Sado in Bleach, Agil/Andrew Gilbert Mills in Sword Art Online), who was working with Hosoya on the radio program Tensai Gunshi, wrote that he is waiting for Hosoya's recovery, as the team doesn't feel complete without him. The off...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Discusses New G-Reco Movies, Anime & Film Industries

Shares thoughts on your name., Kemono Friends, Godzilla, more ― The original creator of Mobile Suit Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, gave some details about the upcoming movie adaptation of Gundam Reconguista in G (G-Reco). Tomino had recently hinted about a new G-Reco project at the Romics anime and manga event in Rome, Italy. Tomino said,The way that things are actually progressing is a secret, but this ...
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Kemono Friends Collaborates with Tobu, Kumamoto Zoos

Fans of Kemono Friends are flocking to the Tobu Zoo in Saitama in droves for a new collaboration event featuring character images, limited edition merchandise, and a special message from voice actress Saki Ono. The collaboration began on April 22 and will run until June 25. 26 character images have been installed in animal exhibits around the zoo, and a special one minute recording by the voice of...
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New High School Fleet x City of Yokosuka Collaboration Features Exclusive Merchandise

High School Fleet (Haifuru) is getting a collaboration with the city of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, where the anime is set. From April 24 to December 9, fans who shop at any of 34 participating shops in the city will receive lottery tickets proportionate to the amount of money they spend. The lottery prizes will be original goods that will not be available anywhere else. Participating stores in Yokosuka ...
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Daisuke Ono, Kenichi Suzumura, Showtaro Morikubo,Takuma Terashima Celebrate Orepara's 10th Anniversary

The music festival Original Entertainment Paradise (Orepara) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with the help of seiyu Daisuke Ono (Black Butler, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure), Kenichi Suzumura (Fairy Tail, Gintama), Showtaro Morikubo (Naruto, Yowamushi Pedal), and Takuma Terashima (Durarara!!, Log Horizon). The voice actors will be serving as hosts for both Ore!! Summer in July and Or...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Exhibition to Showcase Original Illustrations

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is getting an exhibition of original illustrations this summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the manga, which was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1987. The exhibition, titled "Hirohiko Araki's Original Illustrations JoJo Exhibition in Morioh, S-city 2017," will run alongside the "JoJo Festival in Morioh, S-city 2017" in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, from Augu...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo Characters Star in Weird Music Video

The net anime Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo squeezes in surreal and topical gags in a short run time, parodying the likes of Gintama, Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō and Titanic. The comedy series has earned its own fanbase, including DJ and music producer Yasutaka Nakata perhaps best known for his work with Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Nakata recruited the characters to star in a promotional ...
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Kodansha Recruiting Staff to Create 'Largest Scale Manga Application in History'

Leading Japanese publishing company Kodansha is recruiting staff to work on, "the overwhelmingly largest scale manga application in history," which they plan to launch at the end of 2017. Kodansha is the publisher Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Young Magazine, and a wide variety of individual manga titles, such as Attack on Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura, Fairy Tail, and The Seven Dea...
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Skater Evgenia Medvedeva Returns to Tokyo as Sailor Moon

Also receives autographed Yuri on Ice! artwork from staff ― Professional figure skater and anime fan Evgenia Medvedeva wooed viewers by reprising her turn as Sailor Moon during her performance at the Exhibition World Team Trophy 2017 in Tokyo on Sunday. Medvedeva opened the program dressed as Usagi Tsukino who is, as usual, running late for school. She encounters Luna and then proceeds to transform i...
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Enter Photo Contest to Have Your Cat Featured in Makoto Ojiro Manga

Makoto Ojiro's manga Neko no O-tera no Chion-san (Chion of the Cat Temple) is celebrating the release of its fourth volume with a chance for fans to have their cats appear in manga form. There will be two grand prize winning "most appealing" cats. One will appear in the series' fourth manga volume, which will be released on June 30, and the other will appear in manga form in the July 3 issue of th...
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Pretend You're a Pokemon Master with Poke Balls on Your Belt

They function as mint cases ― Any child of the '90s — and many to this day — probably had visions of wandering around with Poke Balls strapped to their belt, ready to face off any challenger by releasing their most-trusted Pokemon dramatically from one of them. You can now indulge these dreams thanks to Premium Bandai, and with different varieties of Poke Ball too. The first set, which is ...
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New Case Closed Real Escape Game Confirmed

Characters to be chosen by fan vote ― Real escape games, which challenge players to escape a room or building within a strict time limit by using environmental clues and solving puzzles, are welcoming their tenth anniversary as well as the fifth anniversary of their collaboration with Case Closed. To celebrate the occasion, SCRAP, the company that organizes them, conducted a poll to gauge interest in...
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Tatsuya Tops Irregular at Magic High School Character Popularity Poll

The official website for the Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo (The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars) anime film published the results of a character popularity poll on Monday for the franchise. Protagonist Tatsuya Shiba won the poll with 6,851 votes. Aniplex began streaming a special promotional video to commemorate the win. (Note: The You...
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Nissin Uses Rose of Versailles Characters to Dramatize East-West Clash

... But probably not the East-West clash you think... ― East and West Japan have several well-known (domestically) differences: social attitudes, accents, fashion sense... and food. The food company Nissin conducted a marketing survey and found that areas west of Sekigahara (in Gifu Prefecture) preferred soup with a lighter, kelp-based broth, while easterners preferred a heavier broth that emphasize...
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Yu Yu Hakusho Honored with Themed Food, Drinks at Ikebukuro Cafe

25th anniversary of anime ― This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Yu Yu Hakusho anime, and fans of classic shōnen action are taking the opportunity to indulge in some nostalgia. AnimePlaza, a cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo that specializes in anime collaborations, is taking aim at this crowd with its latest theme, which gives fans a chance to have a relaxing lunch that also reminds them of favorite ...
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Universal Studios Japan's Dragon Ball Z Attraction is a Brand New Story

The official website for Universal Studio Japan's Shonen Jump Summer attraction line-up revealed that its Dragon Ball Z attraction will be a 4-D theater experience with a brand new story. The "Dragon Ball Z The Real 4-D at Super World Martial Arts Tournament" feature promises a new fight for Goku, but details will not be revealed until mid-May. The "World Martial Arts Tournament" is a reoccurring ...
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Horrify Your Friends with Junji Ito LINE Stickers

The social media application LINE has just released a new set of stickers featuring the art of horror manga artist Junji Ito. The sticker line, titled "Junji Ito You'll Meet a Horrible Fate," went on sale on April 20 for 240 yen (USD $2.20) or 100 LINE coins. Junji Ito is best known for the manga Uzumaki, Tomie, and Gyo, all of which have been published by Viz Media. Uzumaki and Tomie have inspire...
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Plier Mascot Ultimate Nipako Now Available as GPS Guide

Joins cast of moe teenage girls ― The Japanese toolmaker God Hand has a cute girl mascot for its pliers, the Ultimate Nipper, designed especially for model kits: Ultimate Nipako. With her massive blue twintails, she looks about like what a pair of pliers might look like if they came to life. Nipako fans can now hear her guide them via the GPS app Maplus+. Maplus+ is a navigation service for iOS and A...
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"Magic Mirror" in Shibuya Compliments Women Using Voice of Toshiki Masuda

The Japanese company Nissui has put up a "Magic Voice Mirror" in Shibuya as part of a campaign for a new line of soy milk cookies. Women can stand in front of the mirror and hear various compliments about their appearance from seiyu Toshiki Masuda. Directional speakers are used to make it sound like he is, "whispering sweetly into your ear." Toshiki Masuda is the voice of Mikado Sekimura in B-PRO...
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Madoka Magica Characters Transform into Flower Fairies in Lawson Collaboration

Madoka, Mami, Homura, Sakura, Sayaka, and Kyōko from SHAFT's Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be transforming into flower fairies in a collaboration with the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson beginning on April 25. Lawson will be selling a variety of original goods for the campaign, which is a tie-up event for the 3rd Madoka Magica film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion. ...
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Castlevania Show's Adi Shankar Says He'd 'Love to Do' an R-Rated Mega Man Film

Producer Adi Shankar is currently working on the upcoming Castlevania animated series for Netflix, but he's also been recently discussing other video game adaptations he'd like to make. Shankar said in an interview with gaming website WWG on April 10 he would "love to do" an R-rated live-action film based on Capcom's Mega Man franchise. The producer also said he would also like to tackle an animat...
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Man Forced to Breastfeed Alien Baby in New Manga

Provided with gender-switching device ― Alien abduction stories are a staple of pulp science fiction, complete with variations in which humans raise alien babies. Gender-switching stories are also perennially popular, especially in Japan. The manga Chichi no Jikan by Kuronosuke Shirata, published in book form by Tokuma Shoten on April 20, combines the two themes in a very bizarre way. Chichi no Jikan...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Gets Collaboration with Tenkaippin Ramen Chain, More

Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail is getting collaborations with Tenkaippin ramen, the restaurant Sweets Paradise, and the internet cafe Jijyuu Kuukan to celebrate the new anime film Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, which opens in theaters in Japan on May 6. At Tenkaippin ramen, fans will be able to eat "Special Collaboration Donburi" out of bowls with an illustration of a half-dragon Natsu on them. The ramen chai...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Characters Show Off Their Worldwide 'Image Girl' Dress

The Love Live! Sunshine!! "World Image Girl Election" poll held late last year paired each character with a corresponding country to make each a PR ambassador for different "regions" of the world. The highest combination of votes for each idol and region determined which member became the ambassador for each location. The Love Live franchise staff revealed the characters dressed in traditional or ...
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More Do You Like Your Mom? Light Novel Campaigns Ahead of Mother's Day

"Personalized" voice clips, an online RPG, and a mini-museum ― Dachima Inaka's light novel Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power has sold very well and has inspired several unique promotional campaigns. With the second volume hitting store shelves on April 20 and Mother's Day approaching on May 14, its publisher, Fujimi Shobo, is unleashing more treats for readers yearn...
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Saga Prefecture's 4 Anime Shorts Now Streaming With English Subtitles

Saga Prefecture's four anime shorts created to promote the area's tourism are now streaming with English subtitles. "Okaeri" ("Welcome Back") follows high school senior Sora who is aiming to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, Sora is injured and finds that the path to being a pro in Tokyo is now closed to him. He decides to find a new path in Saga Prefecture's Karatsu city. Kappei Yam...
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Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Manga's Life-Size Lala Figure Completed

Shueisha's Jump Square first announced that Lala Satalin Deviluke will get her own life-size figure last month to mark the manga's end. To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga writer Saki Hasemi has since stated that Darkness is "not the final chapter" of To Love-Ru but the figure's creation marched forward none the less. Now completed, Lala will only go home with 10 lucky buyers. She's priced at 2,8...
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Silent Möbius Creator Kia Asamiya Draws Visual for Maya Okamoto's Fictitious '90s Anime

Voice actress Maya Okamoto (Emma Sheen in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Orihime in Sakura Wars, Harumi in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor) recorded a CD for a classic '90s anime that never actually existed, and the key visual, drawn by Silent Möbius creator Kiya Asamiya, has just been released. The fictional anime is titled Raijin Hakkei -ZANAM- Femme Fatale Unmei no Onna, or "Thunder God Series 8 -ZAN...
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Robbery Suspect Description Evokes Detective Conan Villain

A recent theft in Fukuoka has police on the look out for a man with long hair and a black hat. The description has internet gumshoes wondering if they already know the culprit, none other than Detective Conan's Gin. The Black Organization officer is one of Conan's most ruthless opponents and the internet is abuzz that the character is the one behind the robbery. On Monday, the suspect and his two ...
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Manga Explores What It Would Be Like If Your Mom Was Your Age

Son, mother both 10 years old ― Chances are you probably know or have known kids who've acted wiser or more mature than their years, whether through being bossy or nurturing. But what if your mom was actually your age? How would that affect your childhood? That's the intriguing question Rei Neyuki asks in the webcomic Okaasan (10-sai) to Boku. ("My (10-Year-Old) Mom and Me."), now newly published in ...
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Boys Figure Skating Manga Anthology Sells Out at Launch

Sayo Yamamoto and MAPPA's hit anime series Yuri on Ice has made an impression outside of its female fanbase, resonating with professional figure skaters and the ice skating world as a whole. The popularity it's brought to the sport can be summed up as immense. An immediate example is the "Yuri!!! on Ice ~Figure Skate o 100-Bai Tanoshimu Shūchū Kōgi~" event with figure-skating choreographer Kenji M...
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Detective Conan Solves Monster-Killing Case in Monster Hunter XX

CAPCOM released details and a preview video for Monster Hunter XX 3DS video game's collaboration with the Detective Conan anime on Tuesday. The collaborative bonus quest is titled "Kodai-rin no Doku Kaichō Satsujin Jiken (Monster Hunter XX-hen)" (The murder case of venomous monsters in the ancient forest (Monster Hunter XX Chapter)). The upcoming DLC quest will unlock armor to transform the player...
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Katsuhiro Otomo Unveils Cutaway Painting Inspired by Bruegel's Tower of Babel

Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) is a big fan of Dutch Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This interest became clear on April 13, when he unveiled the project he's been working on lately, a recreation of Bruegel's painting The (Little) Tower of Babel with a portion cut away to reveal the interior, at an event at Tokyo's DNP Ginza Building. Bruegel's painting (one of two of th...
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SuperGroupies Unveils Cardcaptor Sakura Kimono Set

CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a themed kimono set complete with an obi clip, three different types of sandals, and three different iPhone cases. All of the items can be purchased on the otaku clothing site Super Groupies. Super Groupies will be accepting reservations until April 30. The kimono and obi clips will be delivered at the beginning of June, and the sandals and iPhone cases will b...
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Japanese AI App Features Robot That Can Communicate Like a "Real Girlfriend"

The Japanese smartphone application and artificial intelligence engine SELF, which features a highly-detailed female robot named Ai Furuse, has just added upgraded conversation functionality, promising, "communication close to that of a real girlfriend or partner." The application attempts to model natural human expressions using new animation techniques. The robot character, Ai, can react to diff...
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Fans Can Manifest Quirks, Fight Villains at My Hero Academia Event in July

A My Hero Academia interactive puzzle-solving event called "Heroes Dead End Program" will open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya beginning on July 29. Fans will be able to solve various puzzles and ciphers as students at the Hero Academy, manifest Quirks, and fight Villains. The event will run at the Hulic Hall in Asakusabashi, Tokyo, at 2 PM and 5PM on Saturday, July 29 and 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4:30 ...
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Nintendo's Lawsuit Against Real-Life Mario Kart Company Goes to Court

Nintendo's lawsuit against the Shinagawa-based company MariCar had its first oral proceedings at the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, April 18. Nintendo is seeking damages of 10,000,000 yen (about USD $92,000) against the company, which rents out go-carts and Mario costumes and gives customers a chance to experience real-life Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo. Nintendo is claiming that MariCar's ...
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We Went to the Yuri!!! on Ice Celebration in Namja Town

We went to check out the special Yuri!!! on Ice celebration at the Namja Town theme park in Ikebukuro, and found a ton of character goods, tasty sweets, and photo spots waiting for us. ― From March to May of 2017, Namco's Namja Town (an indoor amusement park in Ikebukuro) has been a little frostier than usual (in a good way!) We went to check out the special Yuri!!! on Ice celebration and found a to...
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Award-Winning Manga Artist Seika Nakayama Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Magazine Princess Gold is celebrating award-winning shōjo manga artist Seika Nakayama's 40 year career with a bundled manga booklet. The June issue includes a 132-page bonus booklet titled "Konnichiwa! Nakayama Seika desu!!" (Hello! I'm Seika Nakayama!!) that includes retrospective works from her career. The stories include "Hana no Miyako (Gildirekk) no Sweets na Ichinichi" (One Day of Sweets in ...
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New PV Teases Idolish 7 Game's 3rd Installment

New installment not only introduces ŹOOĻ, but its obsessive fan Ryō Tsukumo who is related to the group's formation ― The official YouTube channel for the Idolish 7 multimedia franchise began streaming a promotional video for the mobile game's third part that introduces the new idol group ŹOOĻ. The group is made up of four members: Haruka Isumi (Yūya Hirose), Tōma Inumaru (Subaru Kimura), Minami Nats...
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Some Fans Didn't Win Passes to Sumire Uesaka's Strawberry-Picking Event, So ...

…They tailed her tour buses in an unofficial The [email protected] Cinderella Girls itasha caravan. Voice actress Sumire Uesaka (Anastasia in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Nonna and Piyotan in Girls und Panzer, Serika in Chaos;Child, Kikko Hoshino in Concrete Revolutio) gave the members of her fan club, Kolkhoz no Tamanegibatake ("Kolkhoz Onion Field"), a chance to go strawberry-picking with her on Ap...
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China Chat Service's Elise Character Stamps Gets Animated Promo Video

The popular character Elise from the program "WeChat" is the star of a short animation from DMM Pictures. The Chinese program "WeChat" uses stamps similar to Japan's LINE service. The titular main character is a baking champ that lives in Sweet Town. The Elise stamp set was downloaded over 400 million times as of February 2017 and is overwhelmingly popular with Chinese women in their teens to 30s....
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Fukushima Gainax Produces 15-Minute Anime Short Set in Iwaki City

Short features personified warships Shiokaze, Sawakaze ― Anime studio Fukushima Gainax completed production on its "Jinryoku Senkan!? Shiokaze Sawakaze" anime short on Tuesday. The anime debuted at an event in Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture on March 20. The Onahama City Planning Citizens Conference commissioned the anime last year, and the anime is set in the Onahama district in Iwaki city. The a...
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Experience the JoJo Part 3 Finale at Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan revealed details about its JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders attraction slated for this summer. DIO and Jōtaro will appear as a 4D film where viewers can experience the characters' Stands first hand. "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The REAL 4-D: DIO's World" will show the final battle between Jōtaro and the vampire DIO starting on June 30. The show will run until Octo...
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Manga Artist Shirow Miwa Honors Tokugawa Ieyasu on Anniversary of His Death

April 17 is an important date in Japanese history as it marks the death of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, a figure often credited with uniting Japan turning a tumultuous time ravaged by civil war. It was also on this date that the shogun's sword Sohayanotsurugi was designated as an important cultural asset. To mark the date, illustrator Shirow Miwa (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, 7th Dragon) drew an illustrati...
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Sony's Sword Art Online Headphones Sell Out After Unexpectedly High Demand

Sony's Kirito and Asuna wireless headphones sold out almost immediately after unexpectedly high demand depleted its stock. The headphones were created as a collaboration item for Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and went on sale for a limited time starting on February 22. The company planned to sell both of types of the headphones until April 28, but announced on April 14 that the item w...
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Find Your Ideal Idol from King of Prism with Official Quiz

Fans of Pretty Rhythm's King of Prism franchise can now see which idol is best suited for them with an official quiz released to celebrate King of Prism's Twitter page reaching 50,000 followers. The quiz can be taken at this website. Fans can enter their date of birth, and then their "ideal" idol will be shown, with an image and message from the character (Japanese only). A Twitter account is req...
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Princes from The Royal Tutor, Yume 100 Give Romance Advice in 4-Week Collaboration

The currently airing television anime The Royal Tutor is getting a web collaboration with the smartphone game, Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100 nin no Ouji-sama (The Dream Kingdom and the 100 Sleeping Princes). Higasa Akai, the original creator and manga artist of the Royal Tutor manga, will be creating collaboration visuals especially for the event. The collaboration will span four weeks and feature t...
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Watch Two Pro Pianists Play Themes from Yuri!!! on Ice

Professional pianists Chiharu Sudo and Ryo Sonoda have uploaded their take on music from the popular ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice, which aired in Fall 2016. First is a four-hand duet version of the Yuri!!! on Ice theme. Chiharu Sudo also released a solo performance of Yuri's free-skating song, Piano Concerto In B-Minor: Allegro Appasionato. Yuri!!! on Ice was voted Animation of the Year at the...
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Idea Factory's Mr. Osomatsu Game Gets PS Vita Variant in Japan

The official Japanese PlayStation Blog announced on Tuesday that Osomatsu-san The Game Hachamecha Shūshoku Advice: Dead or Work (Mr. Osomatsu The Game Nonsense Employment Advice: Dead or Work) game is getting a PlayStation Vita variant in Japan. The "glacier white" PlayStation Vita will feature the six Matsuno brothers engraved on the handheld system. The release will include a Mr. Osomatsu theme...
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Square Enix & Platinum Games CEOs are Actual Bosses in NieR: Automata DLC

Square Enix North America began streaming videos showing off the game's upcoming DLC for NieR: Automata on Monday. One of the new features is three more coliseums, one of which hides perhaps undefeatable bosses. After continually goading an NPC, players can face none other than Yosuke Matsuda and Kenichi Sato, the respective CEOs of Square Enix and Platinum Games. The characters are "CEOs...the st...
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Studio Khara Recruiting Animators, Technical Staff for New Evangelion Film

Animation company Studio Khara is apparently looking for new talent to work on the final installment in the Rebuild of Evangelion film tetralogy. Studio Khara was founded by the director and original creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion Hideaki Anno in 2006 after he left Gainax. The company is headquarted in the Suginami ward in Tokyo and has worked on Bungo Stray Dogs, Erased, Gurren Lagann, Kill ...
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Kemono Friends Pop-Up Shop Sells Out of Everything but CDs After Only 2 Days

A pop-up shop selling Kemono Friends merchandise at the Marui Annex building in Shinjuku, Tokyo, was planned to run from April 14 to 27 but sold out of everything except copies of the CD, "Welcome to Japari Park," by the end of the second day. The CDs have also since sold out. Merchandise included a side-story comic, exclusive t-shirts, an official guide book with an attached Blu-ray disc, tote b...
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Ensemble Stars! Voice Actor Masami Itō Announces Marriage

Masami Itō, the voice of the character Izumi Seno in the popular idol smartphone game Ensemble Stars!, has recently announced his marriage to Suzu Maihara, a member of the theatrical troupe Shingidan Mumei Classics, which Itō manages. The couple posted several photos of their wedding ceremony on their respective blogs. Of the relationship, Maihara wrote, "To me, Masami is a comrade in arms...We ar...
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Attack on Titan Seizes ATM Booth in Nakano Broadway

You'll have to worry about more than your money ― With Attack on Titan making its triumphant return, it's time to get ready for another barrage of Titans in Japan. Visitors to Nakano Broadway, a shopping district in Tokyo popular for fans of anime and manga, will now get to confront Attack on Titan as they prepare for another day of shopping. The 7-Eleven ATM booth are outfitted with Eren and Levi in...
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Brave & Bold Live Drawing Event Brings Artists' Alley Experience to Japan

Includes American, Japanese, and other Asian comic artists ― Artists' alleys are a standard feature of Western comics conventions, giving fans a chance not only to appreciate and purchase comic art, but to request particular drawings and watch talented artists ply their craft right in front of them. Despite the popularity of dōjinshi conventions in Japan, though, there isn't much of a direct equivale...
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Bored College Student Accidentally Infects Self, Others with Touhou Project-inspired Ransomware

A bored Korea-based college student released a Ransomware game based on the popular dōjin shooter video game franchise Touhou Project on GitHub as a joke, and he woke the next morning to discover that the malware had spread. The malware, which he called Rensenware, locked users' files until they scored 0.2 billion or higher on Lunatic Mode in the 12th game in the Touhou Project series, Touhou Sei...
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Details Announced for World of Warships x High School Fleet Collaboration

Game developer Wargaming announced a new collaboration between its naval-themed MMO World of Warships and the television anime High School Fleet (Haifuri). The collaboration will include new premium ships to buy, such as the HSF Harekaze destroyer and the HSF Graf Spee cruiser, and lines recorded by Sora Amamiya and Shiina Natsukawa, who voiced the characters Akeno Misaki and Moeka China in the an...
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[email protected]: Cinderella Girls Voice Actress To Make Debut as Dōjinshi Artist

Voice actress Natsumi Takamori will be making her debut as a dōjinshi artist this May on a seiyu variety show titled,"Takamori Jūsensha" ("Takamori's Great Battle House"). Takamori roles include Miku Maekawa in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Nina in Berserk, Azusa Murasaka in Orange, Mei Misaki in Another, and many other characters. Takamori previously said that she'd like to work on a project ...
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Fate/Extra CCC AR Tapestries Will Go On Sale Again

Do you wish the characters from Fate/Extra CCC could speak to you, privately, in your bedroom? The anime merchandise company Plusone introduced and quickly sold out of Fate/Extra CCC AR tapestries at Comiket 85. The tapestries work cooperatively with a mobile app that allows a phone's camera function to make the tapestries "talk." The company sold one of Saber and one of Caster for 7,000 yen each...
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Good Smile Racing Team Wins First Race of Super GT Season

First victory since 2014 ― On April 8 and 9, the 2017 Super GT car racing season began with two races at the Okayama International Circuit. Good Smile Racing & Team Ukyo, the team sponsored by the figure maker Good Smile Company which features Hatsune Miku prominently on its vehicle, won the April 9 race, its first time doing so since 2014, when it was the champion in the GT300 race. Despite dropping...
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Temporary Case Closed Shop to Open in Tokyo

Get character goods like bags, badges and chocolates ― To capitalize on the long-running anime Case Closed's popularity in Japan, a temporary store called Detective Conan Plaza opens in different locations around the country. With the premiere of the latest Case Closed movie, Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter, on April 15, a new Detective Conan Plaza has opened in Tokyo Dome City, a multi-pur...
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Do You Like Your Mom? Light Novel is Back with Another Strange Promotional Campaign

This time, little sisters get involved too ― The light novel Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power by Dachima Inaka raised a few eyebrows online with its publication this January, since its premise is that a teenage boy is transported to an RPG-style fantasy world... with his mother, and she turns out to be an extremely powerful party member. Animate then gave it extra ...
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Voice Acting Auditions Announced for Upcoming Anime Kaito x Ansa

Auditions have been announced for voice actors for the upcoming television anime Kaito x Ansa, which premiers this July. Both amateurs and professionals are welcome. Entries for the first round of auditions will open on April 16 on the talent website Showroom, and the auditions will be held from April 22 to May 8. The top 5 candidates will be selected for a final round of auditions that will take...
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KanColle Passenger Plane in the Works

KanColle staff not April Fooling around after all ― On April 1, the Twitter account of Kantai Collection made three big announcements: a life-size model of Zuiun, a seaplane-turned-character in the game; a national orchestra concert tour of KanColle's soundtrack, covering seven cities; and a plan underway with a "certain great low-cost carrier" to produce a KanColle-themed passenger plane. Fans greet...
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Mr. Osomatsu Collaboration Comes to Tokyo Joypolis Theme Park

The Tokyo Joypolis theme park will be getting a Mr. Osomatsu collaboration to celebrate the second season of the Mr. Osomatsu anime, which was recently green-lit. The collaboration will run from May 8 to July 2. The main attraction is a Mr. Osomatsu show using images and theme songs from the anime. It will include a laser light show and use projection mapping. Several other attractions throughout...
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Comic Artists from Japan & Abroad Light Up Kumamoto with Characters' Smiles

Part of international manga festival ― A year after earthquakes severely damaged the area, including the iconic Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto Prefecture could use some cheering up. That's why it's the location for this weekend's international manga festival, where comic artwork from famous Japanese artists and talented amateurs from around the world is on display with the theme "smiling faces." 551 of th...
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Case Closed Creator Toots Sound! Euphonium's Horn

Chooses Nakagawa as his favorite ― While the long-running mystery manga Case Closed may not seem like a series in thrall to current manga and anime trends, it appears that its artist, Gosho Aoyama, keeps up with anime more than one might think. In the latest volume of the manga (#92!), Aoyama offers his thoughts on his new favorite show: The latest anime I've gotten into is Sound! Euphonium. Watching...
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Manga Artists of Detective Conan and Chihayafuru Team Up with Collaborative Illustration

In order to celebrate the release of the new Detective Conan film Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), which opens on April 15, manga artist and original creator of the series Gosho Aoyama teamed up with manga artist Yuki Suetsugu (Chihayafuru) to create a collaborative illustration. The upcoming Detective Conan film introduces a new character, Momij...
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor Seeks PR Support for Artwork

No experience or qualifications necessary ― Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor may have premiered on April 4, but the anime's staff is seeking help with its PR. For a change of pace, it's turning to anime fans for their input: for one day, one lucky fan will get to provide his or her advice on what kind of artwork to use to promote the show. The PR support will choose which characters to u...
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Kadokawa Introduces Incredibly Young New Child Voice Actress from SukaSuka

Kadokawa recently introduced what appears to be its youngest voice actress yet, 1st grader Hikari Okada, at a presentation for the anime adaptation of What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? (SukaSuka) at Anime Japan 2017. Okada voices the character Elk in the show, which premiered on April 12. Okada was the winner of the "Main Character Child Voice Actor Auditions...
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Content of New Detective Conan Themed Escape Game to be Decided by Fan Vote

The Japanese company Real Escape Game will be celebrating its 10th anniversary and the fifth anniversary of its collaborations with the Detective Conan (Case Closed) series by creating a new Detective Conan escape game based entirely on fan input. The company has opened polls on the Japanese version of its official website to let fans make their voices heard. An escape game is an interactive acti...
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New Kuroko's Basketball Movie Promo Playing Shibuya's Big Screen

Fans of Kuroko's Basketball can check out the long promotional video for the franchise's latest film on the big screen. The Shibachi Hit Vision screen outside the Shibuya station's Hachiko entrance is currently playing the promotional video on the hour starting at 8 a.m. until April 16. Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game), the anime film adaptation of Ta...
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Premium Bandai Re-Releases Kakyoin's Soul Puppet Pouch

Approximately one year ago, Premium Bandai released a pouch version of Kakyoin as doll as seen in the episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc when Jotaro, Joseph, and Kakyoin face Terence T. D'Arby. Bandai Premium is now offering the creepy voodoo doll-like puppet again to fans who want a part of Kakyoin's eternal soul. Made of polyester, the doll costs 2,376 yen (US$21) ...
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Black Butler Voice Actor Jun Fukuyama Joins KFC Miniseries Cast

The KFC-produced series Kentucky Moshimo Gekijō - Moshimo Ogura Yui (Kentucky What If Theater - What If Yui Ogura) is adding Black Butler and Assassination Classroom voice actor Jun Fukuyama. Fukuyama will appear in the program starting on June 1. The program's website previously teased that a male voice actor will take over for Yui Ogura in the eighth episode starting in late May. The first serie...
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Prince of Tennis Musical's Kenta Kamakari Marries Yuria Haga of Kamen Rider 555

Actor and voice actor Kenta Kamakari, best known for his role as Ryō Shishido in the Prince of Tennis musicals, has announced his marriage to model and actress Yuria Haga, who played Mari Sonoda in Kamen Rider 555. Of the relationship, Kamakari said, "Throughout difficult times and happy times, I have been supported by her kind personality. Haga wrote, "I was saved by his cheerful nature and many...
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Loungewear Sets Announced for One Piece's Luffy, Law, Sabo, and More

Lingerie company Peach John has just released details for a new One Piece loungewear collection to go along with the One Piece swimwear and lingerie sets announced last week. The first item is a Luffy unisex pajama set priced at 6,980 yen (US$63). The set includes a blue shirt, blue pants, and an orange sleep mask. The second item is a Law unisex pajama set priced at 6,980 yen (US$63). The set in...
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Adult Game Developer Offers VR Wedding with 2D Character at Actual Wedding Chapel

The adult game developer hibiki works will be helping one lucky otaku have the wedding of their dreams with a 2D anime waifu. The company announced a lottery event to win a VR wedding featuring characters from their upcoming game New Wife: Lovely x Cation, which will be released on April 28. Fans can enter by filling out and mailing in the postcards included with copies of the new game. The winne...
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Watch the Making Of Video for the Thunderbolt Fantasy x Tōken Ranbu April Fool's Joke

Earlier this month, the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet fantasy drama teamed up with Tōken Ranbu for a special April Fool's joke video. Like most April Fool's collaborations, the video is no longer available. However, the puppeteers at Taiwan-based Pili International Multimedia uploaded a behind-the-scenes video showing how the joke video was made. Take a look at some of the impressive set pieces and p...
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Juon/The Grudge Actress Nozomi Sasaki Marries Comedian Ken Watabe

44-year-old comedian Ken Watabe of the comedic duo "Unjash" announced on the television program Gyoretsuno dekiru Hōritsu Sōdanjo e on Sunday that he married 29-year-old actress and model Nozomi Sasaki. Sasaki starred in Juon: Owari no Hajimari (The Grudge: Beginning of the End) and Ju-on: The Final horror films in 2014 and 2015 and since appeared in Kanon and Shizumanu Taiyō . Of the relationsh...
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CEO of Niantic Calls Immersive VR, 'Problem for Society,' Advocates for More AR Development

John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, which made headlines with its wildly popular smartphone game Pokémon Go, recently gave his thoughts on Virtual Reality (VR) games at the Mixed Reality Summit in London. He expressed concerns about the nature of VR, saying, “My thing about VR is I'm afraid it can be too good, in the sense of being an experience that people want to spend a huge amount of time in...I m...
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Slime-Shaped PS4 Controller Ready Just in Time for Dragon Quest XI

Hori, the creator of a number of Slime-based accessories, will introduce a Slime shaped DualShock 4-compatible controller just in time for the release of Dragon Quest XI for the PlayStation 4. The design, while functional, seems impractical for gaming. The controls are located on the underside of the iconic monster which measures 145mm wide, 145mm in diameter, and 124mm high. Fortunately, it does ...
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Universal Studios Japan Hosts Dragon Ball, Gintama, One Piece, Jojos This Summer

Universal Studios Japan's Shonen Jump Summer rides broke records last year with attractions from popular works like Haikyu, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note, Boruto, and My Hero Academia. The theme park is gearing up for its next installment with a focus on Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Gintama, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure starting on June 30. The exact details of each attraction will be announce...
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Voice Actress/Idol Yui Ogura Stars in Kentucky Fried Chicken's Live-Action Miniseries

Series debuts on Thursday, with Ogura playing different character each episode ― Voice actress Yui Ogura is about to make her live-action drama debut on Thursday in a KFC-produced short series titled Kentucky Moshimo Gekijō - Moshimo Ogura Yui (Kentucky What If Theater - What If Yui Ogura). The series will be six episodes long, with a seventh episode serving as a recap. In each episode, Ogura will pl...
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Yamakan Promised to Unblock Fans on Twitter if They Donate to New Film

Anime director Yutaka Yamamoto, also known as Yamakan, recently announced a new perk for fans who participate in the crowdfunding for his upcoming anime film Hakubo (Twilight). Fans donating more than 500 yen would receive the utmost privilege of Yamakan unblocking them on Twitter. However, Yamakan was forced to remove the reward in less than a day, as the crowdfunding platform refused to allow i...
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Tokyo's Kanda Festival to Feature Is the Order a Rabbit? Characters, Merchandise

Xarts has announced that characters from the cute slice-of-life anime Is the Order a Rabbit? will be taking part in the Kanda Festival in Tokyo on May 13 and 14. A collaboration visual featuring the characters dressed as shrine maidens has also been released. The visual, shown below, will be available for purchase as a poster, and other goods will be announced as the event gets closer. Voice actre...

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