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Laid-Back Camp Went Location Scouting, Winter Camping

A recent interview with Laid-Back Camp producer Kaoru Wada on Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web site revealed that staff went on a winter camping trek to make sure the series maintained a high level of authenticity. The series director Yoshiaki Kyougoku and production staff scouted out 10 different locations that the series' characters visit. A model camp site was also set up during the winter and the...
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Netflix "Eye-Jacks" Shinjuku Station with 280 Pairs of Anime Eyes

You ever get the feeling you're being watched? Netflix is giving its viewers a taste in a new campaign at Shinjuku Station where 280 pairs of anime eyes stare out at passerbyes. The streaming service is upping its reputation as a home for anime after the success of Devilman crybaby and the upcoming release of Bones' B: The Beginning with this "eye-jack" campaign. The 280 different eyes come from N...
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Garden of Sinners' Fujino Follows Yūichi Nakamura Into Fate/Grand Order

Voice actor Yūichi Nakamura is a known Fate/Grand Order player who also happens to voice the Archer-class Servant David in the game. The Garden of Sinners character Fujino Asagami recently debuted in the game, and Nakamura tweeted his reaction. ネジられちゃうんです? pic.twitter.com/N40w1q4htv— 中村悠一 (@nakamuraFF11) February 15, 2018 Nakamura seems a bit worried that Fujino has arrived in the game. The tweet ...
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Fate/Grand Order Meets Classic Japanese Art in Water-Mapping Light Show

The waters of Odaiba Beach will come to life with the magic of classic ukiyo-e painter Hokusai on March 17. The painter, perhaps best known internationally for the print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, lives on, not just as a famous painter but also as a character in the mobile game Fate/Grand Order. Hokusai's depiction in the game is pretty "inspired" compared to his actual life. The major tip-off i...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator, Anime's Star Celebrate Yuzuru Hanyu's Olympic Win

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu became the first man in 66 years to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in men's figure skating at the PyeongChang Olympics on Saturday. The popular skater has achieved idol-like status and has a legion of supporters in Japan. Now he can add Tokyo Ghoul's original creator and its anime's star to his list of fans. ⛸️ pic.twitter.com/BQVQBNRy9u— 石田スイ (@sotonami) February 18,...
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Life-Size Mash Kyrielight is All Painted & Ready to Fight

Figure prototypist and Wonderful Works representative Kaoru Sakaki shared the completed life-size Mash Kyrielight figure on his Twitter account on Saturday, prior to its debut at the Wonder Festival [Winter] event the next day. マシューーーーーできたー!!等身大!ワンフェスで展示します!#wf2018w #FGO pic.twitter.com/EfOh9Ym3cx— 榊馨@WF4-10-5 (@sakaki_kaoru) February 17, 2018 The Fate Grand/Order mobile game character is shown wi...
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Digimon's WarGreymon, Taichi Prepare for Battle in New Figure Series

Madhouse revealed the first figure in its new Precious G.E.M. figure brand on Thursday. The figure set includes recreations of Digimon Adventure's Taichi and his partner Digimon WarGreymon. Both Taichi and WarGreymon will come in battle-ready poses. The WarGreymon figure will stand about 25 centimeters (about 10 inches) tall. The figure set is available through Madhouse's Megatrea Shop, Toei Anim...
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Fan Criticizes Hakyū Hōshin Engi Anime, Starts Petition Asking for Staff Explanation

An unhappy fan of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga launched a petition on Sunday seeking an investigation into the origin and an explanation for the composition and script of the new Hakyū Hōshin Engi anime. The "manga- and anime-loving otaku" who started the petition identified herself as Motohara. Motohara enjoyed the original manga in her youth and was looking forward to the series' new anime a...
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Signal.MD Responds to Recovery of an MMO Junkie Director's Anti-Semitic Tweet Controversy

Production I.G sister studio Signal MD, which produced the Recovery of an MMO Junkie television anime, posted a statement in Japanese and English on Friday regarding Recovery of an MMO Junkie anime director Kazuyoshi Yaginuma's anti-Semitic tweets. The full statement reads: It has come to our attention that a series of Tweets under the handle, @yaginuma_san, apparently made by Mr. Kazuyoshi Yagin...
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Makoto Shinkai Praises Mari Okada's 'Maquia' Anime Film

The perks of being an anime director include being able to go to advance private screenings for new anime before they debut. Makoto Shinkai, acclaimed director of your name., recently attended a private screening of Mari Okada's upcoming film Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarō (Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms). He shared his thought on the film on Twitter on Friday: [I went to] ...
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Kimi ni Todoke Tops Poll of Anime to Watch With Your Lover

The Charapedia website conducted a poll to ask users what anime they want to watch with the someone they are romantically in love with. The website conducted the poll from February 1 to 14, just in time for Valentine's Day, and posted the results on Thursday. Among respondents, 53.2% were male, and 46.8% were female. The respondents included 60.1% of people in their 10s or 20s and 39.9% in their 3...
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Stand Turns Nintendo Switch Into Mini 2-Player Arcade Machine

Columbus Circle revealed a mini two-player arcade-style stand for the Nintendo Switch on Tuesday. The stand lets two players face off face to face. The stand requires two Nintendo Switches with four total Joy-Con controllers. Players can insert their Switches into the stand's housing to make them appear as screens on a mini arcade machine. The stand includes adequate ventilation to avoid overheat...
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Celebrity Kanō Sisters Get Custom Cutie Honey Costumes at AnimeJapan

The celebrity duo Kyōko and Mika Kanō are no strangers to saucy photo shoots and appealing to their otaku fanbase. The ladies previously starred in a campaign for the Ensemble Stars! male idol game, appeared in commercials for Comic Toranoana dōjin store, and attended last year's summer Comiket convention. Their popularity in otaku circles is actually pretty new. The Kanō sisters were mostly known...
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Set Your Watch to the Evangelion Bullet Train

The very successful Evangelion bullet train will make its last stop on May 13. Multiple companies are commemorating the train's run, which was so popular it was extended into this year after initially planning to end two years ago. The 500 TYPE EVA train is already set to appear in Shinkalion, a kids' sci-fi mecha show with transforming trains. Fans looking for even more 500 TYPE EVA collectibles...
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Princess Tutu Celebrates 15 Years of Musical Magic

Junichi Sato magical girl fantasy series Princess Tutu is celebrating 15 years of magic with a concert in Tokyo on April 14. The "Princess Tutu 15th Anniversary Concert Gold Crown Town Music Festival ~Das Goldkronefest~" will be held at Mitaka City Public Hall's "Hikari no Hall" and focus on music from the anime series. The orchestra will be led by conductor Daisuke Mogi with the anime series' com...
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Retro Meets Modern Gaming at Tokaigi Game Party 2018

Dragon Ball FighterZ, Splatoon 2, Street Fighter V, classic Mario Kart, and even Pop Team Epic?! ― This year's Tokaigi Game Party Japan hosted Dragon Ball FighterZ, Splatoon 2, Street Fighter V, and Super Smash Brothers for Wii U tournaments, among other popular competitive games. The bracket was made up of four foreign players and twelve Japanese players. The tournaments were streamed live on the Ni...
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Bite Kyubey's Head Off at Sega's Madoka Magica Cafe This Month

Still holding a grudge against Kyubey, the disgustingly cute cat-like character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica? You will soon be able to bite that smug little face off when a collaboration cafe debuts at Sega Collabo Cafe Akihabara 2 in Tokyo this month. The cafe will be a collaboration with the smartphone role-playing game Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden, which launched for iOS and...
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Light Novel Author Takes on Twitter HQ After Cover is Banned

A light novel author is taking their complaint all the way to the top after Twitter censored the cover image of one of their novels. Mahiro Kisaragi writes The Decision of Isoko Yamamoto (Yamamoto Isoko no Ketsudan) novels with art by Coffee Neko. The second volume is set for release on February 20 but when Kisaragi paid to promote a tweet about the book featuring its cover art, they found that it...
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New Ready Player One Trailer Includes Willy Wonka Song Cover

I wasn't able to spot Spike Spiegel's Swordfish II spacecraft from Cowboy Bebop or RoboCop in the newest trailer, but Ready Player One did manage to tap into my childhood, finally, with an eerie cover of "Pure Imagination." The original track by Jamie Cullum appeared in the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory live-action film starring the late, great Gene Wilder and was a wornout VHS tape in ...
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Kodansha Offers Prize for Correct Bakemonogatari Manga Artist Guesses

Kodansha will give away a copy of NisiOisin's original novel for the correct guess ― Author NisiOisin's popular Bakemonogatari novel, the book that launched a hugely popular anime series, is finally getting a manga adaptation. Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on March 14, but has yet to reveal who is actually helming the adaptation. Instead of just coming out and announcing the artist, Kodansha has ...
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The Pretty Guardians Are Back with a Brand-New Tribute Album

In 2014, Sailor Moon was in the height of its nostalgia rebranding. The Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime remake just premiered, merchandise was everywhere, and the series' iconic theme songs got a make over for the 20th anniversary tribute album. A total of 10 songs were updated by artists Momoiro Clover Z, Shoko Nakagawa, Haruka Fukuhara, Etsuko Yakushimaru, Tommy heavenly6, Halko Momoi,...
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Missed the 1st Part of the Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Exhibit? Now See it in VR!

Shueisha's long-running Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine has mass appeal, churning out hit after hit manga since it began publication 50 years ago. The publisher is celebrating the series with three exhibitions chronicling its history. The first opened at the Roppongi Hills complex's Tokyo Mori Arts Center Gallery on July 18 and ran until October 15. The exhibit covered the magazine's most iconic works...
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Keep Kirby, Pikachu & Friends Inside New Terrarium Mini Figures

Toy company Re-Ment recently revealed new Terrarium Collection mini figures inspired by the Kirby franchise. As with previous terrarium figure sets, six designs will be available in blind boxes. This collection will feature two different types of terrariums with "Kirby & Wispy Woods," "Ice World," "Ice Cream Island," "Nap Time," "Dive Into Cloud," and "The Fountain of Dreams" designs. Each box wi...
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Utena Manga Artist Chiho Saitō Publishers Her 1st Boys-Love Book

Manga creator Chiho Saitō is no stranger to complex sexuality and gender topics. She created the manga version of Revolutionary Girl Utena and she recently finished Torikae Baya, a historical manga focused on gender non-conforming siblings that switch identities. Despite her manga pedigree, Saitō has never written a boys-love work, until now. Saitō debuted Sekai no Ōzoku (Royalty of the World) col...
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Singer Luna Haruna Unveils 3rd Wave of Wedding Dresses

Singer Luna Haruna revealed the third wave of wedding dresses for her Lunamaria brand on Saturday. Haruna designs and produces the brand's wedding dresses. Haruna launched Lunamaria in 2016, and the brand unveils five new dresses every year. Before debuting as a singer, Haruna was a model for the Kera fashion magazine. Lunamaria wedding dresses reflect lolita fashion and other current trends. For ...
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Otaku Descend on Akihabara to Receive Anime Valentine Chocolate

Valentine's Day in Japan means women give chocolate to their lovers and sometimes other important people in their lives. You don't have to be real to participate in a holiday, so some anime and their characters also got in on the love-sharing action this year. Various anime-related giveaways in Tokyo brought flocks of lovestruck otaku to Akihabara on Wednesday. 【義理ラーメン企画】16:00の配布の次回は17:00からになります。予...
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Ms. Koizumi Doesn't Have Time for Chocolate on Valentine's Day

The ramen obsessed protagonist of Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles is, understandably, skipping chocolate entirely for Valentine's Day in favor of her beloved food. The staff organized a "Bury My Love with Ramen" Twitter event where ramen fans could snap pics of their meal with the designated hashtag for a chance to win one of three posters signed by the anime's cast. The staff also organized its o...
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Ashita no Joe Manga Creator, JCA Ask Fans to Avoid Pirate Sites

NHK's News Web site posted the first part of a multi-article report about manga piracy websites on Monday. The report included comments from Ashita no Joe manga creator Tetsuya Chiba and a statement from the Japan Cartoonists Association (JCA) that Chiba chairs. The JCA also posted its statement on its official website on Wednesday. Chiba told NHK in an interview: I'm very glad manga is read in va...
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Sapporo's Snowy Songstress Hatsune Miku Takes Over

Local pride is a big thing in Japan, especially if you're a city outside of the Tokyo metropolitan area. All too often, when one thinks of Japan, the mind goes straight to Tokyo. But there's plenty of Japan beyond the capitol, and these cities, large and small alike, will often promote things like local food, landmarks, and mascots. These not only help increase awareness of these places, but also ...
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Anisong Performer Sayaka Sasaki Announces Marriage to Garo Suit Actor

Popular anime theme song singer Sayaka Sasaki broke the news on her blog on Saturday that she married Japanese actor Sanshirō Wada. The couple tied the knot in November but both only recently announced the marriage. Sasaki wrote that she met Wada three years ago through work and after about a year of knowing one another, Wada proposed on Sasaki's birthday last June. She wrote that although the pro...
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Himouto! Umaru-chan's Sankaku Head Celebrates Newest PreCure Team

Himouto! Umaru-chan's creator Sankaku Head shared his first PreCure fan art on Twitter on Sunday. Sankaku Head drew the newest installment's team from Hugtto! Precure after his two-year-old started showing interest in the show. Perhaps the baby cast member caught Sankaku Head's child's attention? うちの子(2歳)がプリキュアに興味をもち始めたのでHUGっとを観て描いてみました。多分初プリキュア落書きです! pic.twitter.com/hl7gaPlUL8— サンカクヘッド (@sankakuh...
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Gunma's Mecha Maker Is Back With a New Giant Robot

It's been 13 years since Masaaki Nagumo and Sakakibara Machinery Works unveiled the Gundam-inspired 3.4 meter tall land-walker mecha. It retailed for 36 million yen (US$334,000) at the time and was able to walk and fire soft foam bullets. This would only be the beginning, and Sakakibara Machinery followed up its first mecha for a pint-sized, kid-friendly version in 2015 called the Kid's Walker Cyc...
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The Action Continues in Pop Team Epic Home Video Art

Part of Pop Team Epic's appeal is the way it unabashedly shirks what anime is "supposed" to be, favoring simple character designs for Popuko and Pipimi that can veer into objectively ugly territory, in the case of the Bob Team Epic shorts. Fans of the show have reinterpreted the short-fused Popuko and Pipipmi as traditionally styled anime characters in their own art, but leave it to the show's sta...
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Manga Creator Criticizes Publishers' Attacks on Piracy Sites

Sales of physical manga compiled book volumes fell about 12% in Japan last year. While many people are pointing fingers at piracy websites, some think that fails to address other key issues related to manga sales. One such person is Yareta kamo Iinkai (The Almost Got Laid Committee) manga creator Takashi Yoshida. The Huffington Post Japan website discussed the matter with Yoshida via email and pos...
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It's Anime! On Ice at the 2018 Sapporo Snow Festival

In a sea of anime ice sculptures, visitors slid down a frosty wave of ramen, watched Nidhogg come to life, and celebrated Tezuka's 90th birthday ― Sapporo is the largest city in snowy Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan known for its robust agriculture and chilly winters. It's one of the few big cities in Japan where snow tends to linger for a long period of time. Because of this, winters in S...
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Check Out the Latest Shots of the In-Progress, Life-Size Fate/Grand Order Figure

Heroine Mash Kyrielight goes on display at winter's WonderFest ― A brand-new life-size figure will go on display at the Wonder Festival [Winter] event on February 18, that is if this guy doesn't snatch it up first. Figure prototypist and Wonderful Works representative Kaoru Sakaki shared an image of the upcoming Mash Kyrielight life-size figure from the Fate Grand/Order mobile game on February 7. She...
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Mario Spotted at the Olympics — On the U.S. Curling Team

While some of this year's Winter Olympics performances' anime references are right out in the open, others are keeping their fandom on the DL. Take for example, U.S. Curling athlete Matt Hamilton's ensemble that offers a not-so-subtle shout out to the (digital) Olympian, Mario. It's a Me and @heccabamilton playing Sweden in game three! Live stream at 6:30EST through @NBCSN app!! Can I get a #HamFa...
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Fanservice Mousepads! Now With Fashion Accessories!

Nylon tights add a new look for T&A mousepads (well, mostly the "A" part) ― Fanservice mousepads aren't new my any stretch, but companies are always coming up with different ways to tweak the expected. Sometimes they feature unlikely characters or veer into high price brackets. Other life-size versions weigh over six pounds (link not safe for work). Softgarage's latest isn't humorous, but it does add...
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Here's 32 Shōjo Manga You Need to Read

As picked by publishers Shueisha, Shogakukan, Kodansha, and Hakusensha ― Some of manga's major publishers are reaching across the aisle to support one another's work, specifically shōjo manga. Shueisha, Shogakukan, Kodansha, and Hakusensha worked together to create "Shōjo Manga Fair 2018," an e-book event where readers can check out each publisher's recommended works on a special website until March ...
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Hayate the Combat Butler Artist Kenjirou Hata, Seiyu's Life Author/Voice Actress Masumi Asano Marry

Seiyu's Life manga author Masumi Asano and artist Kenjirou Hata confirmed on Twitter on Monday that they recently married. The 151st episode of Asano and accountant Shinya Yamada's "Asano Masumi x Yamada Shinya no Shūkan Money Land" (Masumi Asano and Shinya Yamada's Weekly Money Land) radio program first announced the marriage on Monday. Asano and Hata confirmed that they plan to support each othe...
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Animegaphone Turns Heads With Voice-Changing Tech

A megaphone that can change your voice into an anime character's may seem like a novelty, but Animegaphone's creators make a good case for its possible practical uses. The English-subtitled video below explains the concept: In crowded situations, the voice of an anime character (or other attention-grabbing person) may help large masses of people pay attention and listen to instructions better than...
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News Program: Laid-Back Camp Inspires Newbies to Try Winter Camping

Yamanishi Broadcasting System's YBS Wide News program recently aired a feature on the Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) anime. According to the program, the anime has led some fans to try winter camping near Mount Fuji. Specifically, campers at the Kouan campgrounds on Lake Motosu told the program that the anime inspired them to brave the winter cold and get a new camping experience. A view o...
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Date Voice Actors at Cheese! Magazine's Manga Exhibit

Have you wondered what it would be like to date a Japanese voice actor? Now you can get the next best thing at the "Ikebo x Shojo Manga Genga-ten" exhibit, which will be held at the Ikebukuro Parco department store in Tokyo from February 16 to March 31. Shogakukan's Monthly Cheese! magazine is holding the exhibit, and it will feature illustrations from all of the magazine's manga creators. Such ex...
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Japanese School Opts for Flexible Uniform Code to Support LGBT Students

In a move to create a more inclusive learning environment, a public middle school in Chiba prefecture is relaxing its uniform rules so that LGBT students can have more options. Kashiwanoha Junior High School, in the city of Kashiwa, allows students to mix and match its uniform elements from the traditional blazer, tie, Oxford shirt and trousers for boys and a blazer, ascot, Oxford shirt, and skirt...
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Crunchyroll Parent Ellation Posts Statement About Recovery of an MMO Junkie Director Kazuyoshi Yaginuma

Crunchyroll's parent company Ellation posted a statement on Twitter on Friday regarding Anime News Network's recent report about controversial statements made by Recovery of an MMO Junkie anime director Kazuyoshi Yaginuma. We do not support the anti-semitic behavior that has been recently reported in relation to Dir. Kazuyoshi Yaginuma. The comments made do not reflect any opinions of Crunchyroll,...
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Thermae Romae Returns as PC Browser Game on February 15

Yahoo! Japan Games will launch a browser social game inspired by Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga on February 15. The pre-registration period opened on Tuesday. In the game, players will become members of the "flat-faced tribe" and manage their own bathhouses. With the goal of becoming Japan's best bathhouse proprietor, players will be able to submerge themselves in the baths of "bath friends,"...
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Japan's 1st Color Manga Magazine Digitized for Posterity, 113 Years Later

The city of Saitama is digitizing the Tokyo Puck magazine, which is known as Japan's first color manga magazine, in order to help preserve it. The digital archive project recognizes the magazine as a work with high cultural value. The project is part of the Japanese government's "Meiji 150 Years" campaign that honors the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Meiji era in 1868. Inspired by the ...
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Osamu Tezuka Museum's Next Exhibit Highlights Aikatsu! Anime

The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Hyōgo Prefecture announced "Tezukatsu! ~Tezuka Osamu x Aikatsu! Series~" as its 73rd exhibit on Friday. The exhibit will run at the museum from March 1 to June 25. The collaboration image below features Aikatsu Stars!'s Yume dressed as the title character from Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight manga and anime. Meanwhile, Akari cosplays as Marvelous Melmo's lead, and I...
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Crunchyroll Reveals Map of Most Popular Winter Anime Simulcasts in U.S.

Crunchyroll rolled out its latest United States popularity map for the current anime simulcast season on Friday. The map shows the service's top anime series in each state for the winter 2018 season based on current viewers of each show's most recent episode. The map excludes titles continuing from the fall season. Coming out on top in 12 states, DARLING in the FRANKXX was the most popular series....
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You'll Keep Your Eyes Peeled in the Latest Episode of Eyedrops Anime

Japanese company Santen Pharmaceuticals debuted its unique anime campaign to promote eye health in 2016 and continues to add new episodes starring its cast of anthropomorphized eyedrop active ingredients. Two new members of the crew joined the original cast of 10 characters. The latest video introduces Miyuki Sawashiro as Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide Natrium and Kazuya Nakai as Meni Damage Baron an...
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Rumiko Takahashi, Ranma Cast Slide up to Themed Cafe

Illustrious manga creator Rumiko Takahashi brought the cast of Ranma 1/2 to THE GUEST cafe & diner to enjoy service from a virtual reality Shampoo and Ranma 1/2 themed food and drinks. Takahashi was joined by Akane Tendō voice actress Noriko Hidaka, Ranma voice actor Kappei Yamaguchi, Shampoo voice actress Rei Sakuma, and Azusa Shiratori voice actress Naoko Matsui for a truly star-studded lunch! T...
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Sailor Uranus, Neptune Lip Rods Return With New Anime Voice Recordings

The Premium Bandai website revealed two new Proplica items on Friday: Transformation Lip Rod Sailor Uranus and Transformation Lip Rod Sailor Neptune. The rods are approximately 1/1-scale recreations of Uranus and Neptune's transformation items in the Sailor Moon anime. The items draw inspiration from the previous Lip Rods released in the 90s. The new items feature a mirror, lights, anime music, a...
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Figure Skating Pair Kihara & Suzaki's Yuri on Ice Olympic Performance Awes Fans

Anime fans were graced with a special treat on Thursday as figure skating pair Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki took the Olympic stage n Pyeongchang, South Korea to perform their short program to the Yuri!!! on Ice insert song, also titled "Yuri!! on Ice." Kihara and Suzaki, dressed in matching velvety-teal ensembles, wooed fans as soon as the recognizable track echoed over over the rink. the japanes...
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Recovery of an MMO Junkie Director Causes Controversy With Anti-Semitic Tweets

Recovery of an MMO Junkie director Kazuyoshi Yaginuma has been tweeting, retweeting, and liking anti-Semitism content on Twitter since soon after he joined the social media service in 2011. He recently began to engage with Twitter users posting in English after his activity related to anti-Semitic posts caused a stir online. Yaginuma, who posts under the handle, @yaginuma_san, has posted and share...
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Shonen Magazine Editors Vow to Comment on Every Comic Submitted to New Site

The editors of Kodansha's new Shonen Magazine Debut manga site signed up for a daunting task. The team of editors have promised to comment on all the site's posted manga content on top of responding to specific editorial requests. Manga creators can even choose which editor will be in charge of their work and all of it will be free on the website to read. In turn, readers can help their favorite s...
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Hakusensha Uses A.I. Software to Color 2 Manga Titles

Manga software developer Taizan unveiled his PaintsChainer automatic coloring software early last year and Twitter users and ANN's own artists in the forums had fun testing out the artificial intelligence software's capabilities. Since then, PaintsChainer has made some improvements, in fact the quality has improved so much that publisher Hakusensha is using it to create color versions of its manga...
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Reddit's New Pornography Rules Includes Ban of 'Fantasy' Minor Content

In a recent move to ban uploading "deepfake" generated pornography, administrators of the popular forum website Reddit unrolled new site-wide rules on Wednesday banning involuntary pornography and updating its restrictions of images sexualizing minors. The updated rules include explicitly illegal content like child sexual abuse imagery and content that is deemed as promoting pedophilia, child expl...
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App Offers Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Hair Through AR Photos

A new Facebook app for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game debuted on Monday. The app lets Yu-Gi-Oh! fans get Yami Yugi's hair in real life—or at least in pictures. The app uses augmented reality technology to give users Yugi's hair when via smartphone cameras. The app is available in versions with or without the Dark Magician. The franchise also announced that this year's Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship w...
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Get Your Favorite Character Added to Good Smile's Figma Line Up

It feels like almost every character under the sun has appeared in Good Smile Company's figma line. The polygonal fighters of Virtua Fighter, the star of Sherlock Hound, and clean-freak Levi are just some of the characters picked over the years. It's impossible and financially improbable to turn every single anime character into an articulated figure. It's even possible Good Smile Company has over...
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Affordable Animator Dorm Crowdfund Opens for 2018

The non-profit organization Animator Supporters opened its latest crowdfund for the low-income Animator Dormitory project on February 1 on Ready for in hopes of raising 2,000,000 yen (US$18,300). The funds are to ensure the organization's four dormitories for low-income, freshman animators stay open through 2018. Animator Supporters opened the first dorms in Asagaya in Tokyo's Suginama ward in 201...
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Monster Hunter World Player Finds Game's Hidden Depths

An apparent glitch in the recently released Monster Hunter World multi-platform game sent one player into its very own "Upside Down." Twitter user Naturalxcreeps posted a video of their game progress on February 2 where a monster battle turns into a confusing trip through the world's layers. 嘘・・・だろ?https://t.co/tliyWuyMnb pic.twitter.com/yoz88RljUQ— 化け狐なちょ (@Naturalxcreeps) February 2, 2018 In the...
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Technical Glitch Reveals Virtual YouTuber's Real Identity

Virtual YouTube personalities continue to rise in popularity in Japan, and the trend's biggest star is undoubtedly Kizuna Ai. The character is best known for her Let's Play videos and video blogs (vlogs) and she's garnered 1.4 million subscribers. Characters like Ai and Kaguya Luna are created using inexpensive motion-sensing technology that converts the real YouTuber into their anime girl avatar....
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Final Fantasy VI's Kefka is Secretly Handsome

Which Final Fantasy villain would you consider the most handsome? You'd probably raise your hand for long-haired and brooding Sephiroth, the smirking Kuja, the purple-themed Caius Ballad, or even Seymour Guado (his hair is kinda weird, but you do you). Near the bottom of that list would be Final Fantasy VI's Kefka, a literal crazed clown. Have you considered what the maniacal foe looks like beneat...
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'Girlish Pikachu' Makes Her Debut in Crane Games This Week

Banpresto unveiled the "Girlish Pikachu" line of Crane King prizes last week. The series shows everyone's favorite yellow sidekick on adorable merch. The line is part of Banpresto's "Otona mo Pokémon" series of items geared toward adults. Female Pikachu, with tell-tale heart-shaped tails, are the stars of the prizes targeted toward women. The lineup includes two varieties of 24-centimeter (about ...
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Could the Winter Olympics Feature Yuri!!! on Ice?

It didn't take long for Yuri!! on Ice to cross over into mainstream figure-skating. Russian skater Evgenia Medvedeva showed support for the series when it aired in 2016, even receiving Yuri! on Ice-inspired gifts from fans and, most recently, starring in "Yevgenia!!! On Ice" on NBC's official Twitter account for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Fellow skater Masato Kimura performed his versio...
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Fairy Tail Creator Lands in France, Accepts Award, & Still Beats Monster Hunter World

Doesn't underestimate Hiro Mashima, the Fairy Tail creator is a master of time management. He managed to head to France for the 45th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival last month, accept the Fauve Special Award while attending an exhibition dedicated to his work, and complete Monster Hunter World in the same week. Mashima headed back to Japan from France on January 30, and then reporte...
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Don't Watch Pop Team Epic With Your Baby Boy — Or His 1st Words Might Be…

There's plenty of anime for kids, but Pop Team Epic isn't the first example that comes to mind. One couple found out exactly how strong the effect of show can be when they tuned in to an episode with their infant son. In between each segment, Pop Team Epic displays its logo with a voice over reading the show's name. The couple was laughing at the previous segment's conclusion when their infant son...
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Final Fantasy XIV's Nidhogg Comes to Life at Sapporo Snow Festival

The Final Fantasy snow sculpture in Sapporo transformed into a spectacular light show this week. The Final Fantasy XIV sculpture is titled "Shirogane no Kessen" (The Silver Decisive Battle) and depicts the face-off between the Fell Worm Nidhogg and Azure Dragoon Estinien Wyrmblood. In the evening, the static battle depicted in snow came to life. プロジェクションマッピングすごい! pic.twitter.com/NKExAhilMi— えですけ (...
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Pop Team Epic's Popuko, Pipimi Take on Dessert for Cafe Collaboration

The buffet restaurant chain Sweets Paradise launched a collaboration with the Pop Team Epic anime on Friday. The campaign launched at four of the restaurant's locations throughout Japan on Friday, and it will kick off at another two locations in March. Judging by the collaboration image above, Popuko doesn't seem to be a fan of Instagram. The image's text reveals that she is not only putting a kni...
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Latest Rose of Versailles Manga Reveals There Was a Vampire Among Them...

Unaging character shown returning to the setting of Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku ― While The Rose of Versaille's English release is still in limbo, creator Riyoko Ikeda is pulling out new surprises in her manga revival. The latest chapter's story extends beyond the world of pre-Revolution France and all the way into an entire other series by Ikeda's contemporary, Moto Hagio. Ikeda completed the "Rosa...
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Evangelion Bullet Train Goes Out with an Anime Bang

The very successful Evangelion bullet train will make its last stop on May 13. The last two years were already an extension of the train's planned run, shuttling passengers on the JR-West line from the Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Sōgōsharyōsho station. Fans were able to drink Misato's wine, hear announcements by Kaworu, and with the right ticket, take a sit in an Evangelion cockpit. The train wil...
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As the Seiyū World Turns: Two Births, Hints of a Secret Wife, and a Divorce

It was a busy weekend in the world of voice actors and singers. Two singers announced the birth of their children, one voice actor might have let slip that he's actually married, and another singer announced she's leaving her husband. The drama had all the makings of an over-stuffed soap opera episode. Singer Marina (Marina Nakamura), the singing voice of ZHIEND in P.A. Works' Charlotte anime and ...
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Figure Build Close-Up: Dragonball Z's Figure-Rise Standard Krillin

Lauren Orsini returns with a new build of our favorite bald DBZ fighter ― Figures are provided courtesy of Bluefin Distributors Bandai Hobby's Figure-Rise Standard series for Dragon Ball Z has given us three different kinds of Goku, Vegeta, and even Cell. Now it's finally time for short-statured Krillin to have his turn. What took so long? Compared to the others, Krillin is a bit off-model—his head i...
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Manga Retells AI's Creepy Curse Tweets

Kadokawa released the Kataribe Jinkō Chinō ga Tsubuyaku Noroi no Yogen (Curse Predictions That Kataribe Artificial Intelligence Mutters) compiled manga volume based on the Kataribe ("storyteller") bot's horror predictions on Friday. Fune is drawing the manga based on automatically generated predictions posted on Kataribe's official Twitter account. The curse Tweet that inspired the Kataribe manga'...
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Sanrio Orders You to Say 'Aww' at Code Geass Collaboration Merch

Although the Code Geass anime can be deeply serious, a new collaboration is adding cutesy flare to franchise merchandise. The company behind Hello Kitty and all her friends revealed collaboration designs and merchandise on Wednesday. Advance sales of the merchandise will begin at the "Code Geass Hangyaku no Lelouch-ten" exhibit that will be held at Tokyo Dome City Gallery AaMo from February 3-12....
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Shouta Aoi Turns Sanrio Mascots Little Twin Stars into Little Triplets

The adorable Sanrio mascots Little Twin Stars added a third member, at least temporarily. Voice actor and singer Shouta 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 teaming up with Little Twin Stars for collaborative merc...
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Goodnight Punpun Creator Inio Asano Pens 2nd Song for Dempagumi.inc Idols

The idols of Dempagumi.inc got a little help from a manga artist on their newest single, "Oyasumi Polaris Sayonara Parallel World." Inio Asano, the creator of Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction, Goodnight Punpun, and Solanin, wrote the lyrics for the song. It's Asano's second collaboration with the group after previously writing lyrics for their September 2015 release "Ashita Chikyū ga Konagona...
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Manga Creator Receives Backed Overtime Pay From Years as Assistant

Yawara no Michelangelo manga (seen right) creator Shunsuke Kakuishi revealed on January 17 that he received overtime pay from Norifusa Mita (Investor Z, seen below left; Dragon Zakura) after posting a request on his own blog. Kakuishi said that he consulted with the Labour Standards Inspection Office and ultimately requested overtime pay for the portion of a period of two years and four months in ...
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Tobu Zoo Prepares New Anime Collaboration with Bungō Stray Dogs

The Tobu Zoo won a special place in anime fans hearts after hosting a Kemono Friends collaboration that sent its resident penguin Grape-kun to stardom. Sadly, the elderly penguin passed away last October. Since then, things have been relatively quiet on the collaboration front at the Tobu Zoo, but the facility is gearing up for a new collaboration. It's not with Kemono Friends this time, but the B...
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Persona 5's Futaba Also Tries Potato Snack Acting Challenge in Video

Persona 5's Futaba recently challenged fellow character Yusuke to try the "Jagarico Acting Ability Interview" for his birthday, January 28. Now, the tides have turned. In a new video, Yusuke gives Futaba the prompts, and Futaba tries to say "Jagarico" in various ways. Jagarico is Calbee's popular potato stick snack that comes in a variety of flavors such as cheese, salad, or limited-edition variet...
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Melodidas Can't Be Bothered to Fight in Gudetama Collab

Sanrio is rolling out one anime collaboration after another whether its Fullmetal Alchemist merch, the characters of School Babysitters, or the servants from Fate/Grand Order. One of the company's most popular mascots, the lethargic egg Gudetama, is teaming up with The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments. Is the pairing a commentary on Netflix's slow release time or is that just a coinc...
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JoJo Fans Take on DIO's Maze at J-World

Dio's Mansion in Cairo can take on a new set of victims at the J-World indoor theme park. Visitors can enter Dio's darkened maze, guided only by the voice of D'Arby the Younger. Visitors can attempt to navigate the maze solo or in groups with up to four members. Both Dio or Jotarō ending awaits anyone who successfully makes it through the maze. The attraction will also host mini-games named after ...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Comes of Age With Rosy Alcohol

Unlike Ram and Rem's pink birthday drink, this celebratory potable could get you a wee bit tipsy. Kunihiko Ikuhara's Revolutionary Girl Utena is 20 years old, which means its coming of age in Japan and can legally drink. A special liqueur was prepared for the occasion and it's—you guessed it—rose. Roses are literally soaked in the alcohol it give it its color and scent. The bottle comes with an e...
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JoJo Fans Discover Uniqlo Ensemble is the Perfect Kakyoin Cosplay

Cosplay and anime fandom go hand in hand but an exact replica costume of a popular character can get pretty expensive whether it's a sailor uniform or intricate battle armor. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders character Kakyoin already made his high-end casual cosplay debut on the Paris runway, but for those who don't want to fork out a small fortune, some clever fans discovered a less e...
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Anime Pilgrims Continue to Flock to Love Live! Sunshine!! Setting City

As the setting of Love Live! Sunshine!!, the city of Numazu, Shizuoka continues to attract anime pilgrims. Although the final episode of the anime's second season debuted last month, anticipation remains high due to the announcement of an all-new film. Numazu is embracing an influx of anime tourists as fans flock to the city. The city launched a stamp rally last May that brings visitors to various...
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Director Takashi Miike Signs on for 2nd Season of Live-Action Magical Girl Show

Japanese director Takashi Miike has directed a little bit of everything and what you know him for is highly dependent on when you were introduced to his career. The older crowd probably knows him from his visceral horror films like Audition and Ichi the Killer while younger fans probably caught on to his adaptative works like Ace Attorney, Mogura no Uta, Blade of the Immortal, As the Gods Will, Te...
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Pop Culture Extravaganza Ready Player One Film Adds Spike's Spaceship

Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara and One-Punch Man manga artist Yuusuke Murata, along with Sword Art Online director Tomohiko Ito, illustrator Yūji Kaida (Gundam model kits box art), the film's producer Donald De Line, and original author Ernest Cline attended a fan event of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One sci-fi film. The event included a special screening of the film's trailer and excl...
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JeSU Details Plans to Unite Japan's e-Sports Industry

The Japan esports Union (JeSU) was unveiled at a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo on Thursday. Sega Holdings president and Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) president Hideki Okamura appeared at the event as representative director. Okamura said that the e-sports audience is expected to grow to 500 million by 2020, and JeSU will be a "big step contributing to the devel...
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Pacific Rim Uprising Video Makes Japanese Debut at Mazinger Z: Infinity Screening Event

A special video for the Pacific Rim Uprising film will make its Japanese debut at the ”Daizekkyō Ōen Jōei-kai with Mizuki Ichiro" (Big Shout Cheering Screening Event With Ichiro Mizuki event at United Cinemas Toyosu in Tokyo on February 4. The event will feature a special 4DX screening of the Mazinger Z: Infinity (Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity) film with a musical performance by anime song legen...
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Man Allegedly Assaults Roommate With Link's Master Sword

22-year-old Jeremy Tazruk was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday for allegedly stabbing a victim identified as "T.P." The reported incident allegedly involved a The Legend of Zelda replica sword and led to a campus-wide alert at the University of Alaska - Anchorage. Police arrived at the scene around 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning. They found an adult male lying with a stab wound on a bicycle p...
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Sephiroth Strikes New Fear in Mobius Final Fantasy...as a Hero?

Square Enix's Mobius Final Fantasy episodic PC and mobile role-playing game has routinely introduced characters from its huge franchise roster. Final Fantasy X's Tidus jumped into the fray last year and now the game is turning to one of series' most iconic villains. Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth will be introduced as a hero within the game until March 31. The role reversal is a new one for the One...
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Selfie App Turns Ju-On Ghosts Into Instagram-Worthy Stars

There are a lot of apps out there to help users take the perfect selfie. One of the most popular apps is Snow, that on top of offering JoJo's Bizarre Adventure hair and Attack on Titan transformations, also has a beauty filter similar to the ones used in Japanese photo booths. Most users utilize the filters for themselves, but one user decided to have a laugh by applying it to the horror film Ju-o...
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Pokémon GO Docu-Style Ad Imagines a Real World Brimming With Monsters

What if Pokémon lurked in the tall grass, caves, and forests of our world? Niantic's Pokémon GO AR mobile game brought the concept closer to reality. Players set out in their nearby parks or headed to special Safari Zones to capture rare monsters. Niantic continues to introduce more of the multi-generation game's 600+ Pokémon. The latest wave Pokémon from the Hoenn region (creatures that first app...
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Johnny's Lifts Some Restrictions on Posting Photos of Members Online

Talent agency Johnny & Associates announced at a press event at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Wednesday that it has lifted some restrictions on the use of images of associated talent online. News websites can now use images of members from press conferences, interviews, and stage greetings online. The Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree) film's star and Kanjani Eight member Ryo...
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This Year's Snow Miku Wants to Go on a Date With You

Last year's Snow Miku lit up the sky of Sapporo during the yearly Snow Festival. The virtual idol is part of the festivities that includes huge snow sculptures and ice carving contests and she changes her look each year based on winners of an annual design contest. Themes have included the local night sky, winter sports, and native wildlife. This year the theme is returning to a Hokkaido regular: ...
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Pro Figure Skater, Yuri!!! on Ice Fan Evgenia Medvedeva Gets Anime Portrayal in Ad

Skater will compete in 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics ― Professional figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has made no secret of being a fan of the Yuri!!! on Ice ice skating anime, and anime in general, so it seems fitting that NBC's official Twitter account for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics posted a highlight video with an animated portrayal of Medvedeva, with the words "Yevgenia!!! On Ice." Yev...

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