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Kouichi Yamadera Gets 57th Birthday Cake at Batman Ninja Stage Event

The Batman Ninja anime film opened in Japan last week, and the stars of its Japanese voice cast appeared at a stage greeting event on Saturday. One cast member was in for a special surprise at the event. Kouichi Yamadera, voice of Batman himself, was turning 57 years old on Sunday. As such, staff decided to surprise him with a birthday cake shaped like the Batman symbol that features on promo mate...
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Pop Team Epic Creator's Cat Hijinks Manga Gets 1st Volume

Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa returned from his short-lived Twitter ban in time for the release of his newest comic, Konya wa Neko-chan. The manga's first volume, with an anime-eyed cat on the cover front and center, was released on Friday. Konya wa Neko-chan is a four-panel comic starring a variety of felines from strong-spirited kitties to selfish and even angry cats. The wrap around band of ...
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Fans Choose Which Male Idol Groups Are Real Stars

There's a huge array of male anime and game idol groups to choose from and new ones are introduced regularly with the latest mobile game releases and updates. Series like Dream Festival, The [email protected] SideM, Uta no Prince-sama, B-Project, TsukiPro, Idolish 7, Marginal #4, StarMyu, and more all serve up fresh songs, choreography, and attractive guys to dance along with. Which male idol group is yo...
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2nd Virtual YouTuber Joins Magical Girl Site Cast

A second virtual YouTuber is joining Kizuna Ai on the magical girl horror series Magical Girl Site. The series cast Fuji Aoi from the popular Aoi Channel as a site administrator in the series' final episode. Within the series, site administrators are the mysterious entities that grant girls magical weapons to fight. Kizuna Ai also voices one of the series' site administrators, named Administrator ...
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Space Battleship Tiramisu's Gifu Stage Play Includes Pubic Hair Character

The short-form anime Space Battleship Tiramisu is weird, to say the least. The story stars mecha pilot Subaru who is loves nothing more than to be nestled in the cockpit of his giant robot Durandal. Much of the show's humor centers around the strange situations Subaru finds himself in while fighting opposing forces in space, including, to summarize it briefly, being able to talk to his own stray p...
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Uma Musume Project Staff Asks Fans to Avoid Making 'Harmful Representations' of Characters

The official website for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby project posted a request on Wednesday that asks fans to avoid making and spreading certain representations of the Uma Musume characters. The message asks fans to refrain from making "harmful representation" of the project's characters or the real-world racehorses that inspired them. The message further asked that people avoid representation...
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Espeon, Umbreon Trainers Join Eevee Character Design Project

Penguin Drum's Lily Hoshino, Occultic;Nine's pako design latest characters ― Project Eevee is a special spin-off merchandise campaign dedicated to Pokémon's most evolved monster. Merchandiser MOVIC is helping support the venture by enlisting popular illustrators to draw trainer companions for the different evolutions, and the first round debuted in late April, followed by two more earlier this month....
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Charapedia: Here's The Most Anticipated Anime for Summer 2018

Pick your most anticipated series in ANN's poll! ― It's that time again. We're quickly approaching the July anime season kick-off with big franchise sequels and maybe a few dark horse series preparing to race to the front of viewer's most anticipated list. Charapedia ran its usual seasonal poll to see what Japanese fans are most looking forward to watching and of course, head to the bottom of this ar...
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Potential White Supremacist Rally Aligns with Otakon Weekend in DC

Note: Originally this article stated the rally was approximately two miles away, matching Otakon's statement, Lafayette Square is approximately one mile away from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center by foot or car. This article is updated to reflect that. The organizers of last year's Unite the Right White supremacist rally in Charlotteville —an event that turned deadly after James Alex Fie...
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Johnny's Agency Performers Undergo 'Compliance Training' After Recent Legal Incidents

Several sources revealed on Tuesday that the talent agency Johnny & Associates (also known as Johnny's) is requiring all its affiliated performers to participate in "compliance training." According to the sources, such training sessions were held at the agency's offices in the middle of May and June, and another session is planned for next month. The sources said that at least 20 or 30 performers ...
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WHO's Revised Guide Classifies 'Gaming Disorder' as Mental Health Condition

Some critics of the gaming disorder classification believe research is still inconclusive and think naming gaming addiction as a disease could harm the video game industry. ― With the release of a stable version for implementation of its 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) diagnostic guide on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified "gaming disorde...
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Autobots Roll Out to Help USS Enterprise Crew in Comic Cross-Over

Comic book publisher IDW is sending the Transformers on a mission unlike any seen before. The publisher exclusively revealed to website io9 that a four-issue Star Trek vs. Transformers comic cross-over series is launching in September. The series takes place within the Star Trek universe, specifically the USS Enterprises' original crew. Captain Kirk, Spock, and Uhura come face to face with Optimus...
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Osamu Tezuka's Marvelous Melmo Gets Reprint with New Materials

Osamu Tezuka's 1970s manga Marvelous Melmo starring the size-shifting heroine Melmo is getting a reprint, this time with new materials uncovered in a locked drawer by Tezuka's daughter, Rumiko Tezuka. The first contents of the locked drawer were revealed in 2014 and included drafts of Marvelous Melmo's protagonist. キッタナイ紙袋から『ふしぎなメルモ』の原画がどっさり。直筆と資料室の森さんが鑑定。これがまぁ可愛いのなんの! pic.twitter.com/C0eDkTil6y— ...
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Evangelion TV Anime's Opening Song Gets HD Music Video

Yoko Takahashi's opening theme song "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis" ("The Cruel Angel's Thesis") for the 1995 Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime has received an HD music video. King Records began streaming the video on Wednesday to mark the release of Takahashi's "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis/Tamashii no Refrain" double A-side maxi single, which also shipped on Wednesday. Animator Masayuki, who...
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LIDEN FILMS Animates Intoxicating Miki no Mikoto Promo

Back in January, Bandai Namco Entertainment introduced its Miki no Mikoto (literally: Lords of Sacred Sake) internet video program through its &Cast!!! app.The program anthropomorphisizes different types of sake as handsome guys. The story takes place in a large downtown area where gods and ayakashi (supernatural monsters) are rumored to appear. The town is called "Yayoi Machi" and within it is "M...
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Zero Two Suits Up in DARLING in the FRANXX Figure

If you're a fan of Darling in the Franxx's leading lady, you'll love Kotobukiya's new figure. The company is offering a 1/7-scale figure of Zero Two in her pilot suit. Zero Two is boarding the Strelitzia in the solid figure's depiction of her, and she is just about to connect. Details include Zero Two's flowing hair and creases in her suit. IMG figure1.jpg IMG figure2.jpg IMG figure3.jpg IMG figu...
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Banana Fish Gets Branded Smoothies (Sans Fish) at Lawson

Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga has a rather unappetizing sounding title, but isn't stopping Lawson convenience stores from slapping it on some of its food products. Starting on July 31, Lawson will sell banana smoothies with illustrations of the series' lead characters Eiji and Ash on the cups. There are four different cup illustrations in total, although one design is a secret. Customers can a...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Frilly Dresses Available for Pre-Order

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc may be over but its array of magical outfits are sticking around. The mail-order site Favorite One took cues from some of Sakura's most iconic looks to create fancy, sophisticated day wear. The first dress is based on Sakura's crystal tutu from the anime's first opening sequence. Favorite One's designers even included crystal charms dangling from the gold points....
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Asta, Yami, & Yuno Vie for Top Spot in Black Clover Popularity Poll

Did Asta scream his way to the top or did the talented Yuno finally earn his right to claim the title of "Wizard King?" ― This year's 29th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealed the results of its Black Clover popularity poll. Did Asta scream his way to the top or did the talented Yuno finally earn his right to claim the title of "Wizard King?" Here's the results from readers in Japan. Asta: 3,064 vote...
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BanG Dream! Band Pastel*Palettes's Short Music Video Streamed

BanG Dream! band Pastel*Palettes are on the rise with an anime shorts airing on TV and the group's third single "Mō Ichido Luminous" set for release on August 3. The title track is central to BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! mobile game's second chapter for the group. The single is will also be released in a limited edition version that bundles a music video on Blu-ray for the title track. The offici...
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Shonen Jump Editors Apologize for Eiichiro Oda's Comments in One Piece Manga's 89th Volume

The editorial department of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine posted an apology on Thursday related to One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda's comments in the series' 89th compiled book volume (seen right), which shipped on June 4. The statement cited a "lack of consideration" in Oda's comments and said that both the editorial department and Oda are reflecting on the situation. Oda's controver...
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Life-Size Pikachu Plush Snuggles Up with Ketchup

Pikachu's endless love for ketchup continues, this time with a life-size doll of the Pokemon holding his favorite condiment bottle. Starting on July 1, Pikachu will collaborate with Japanese food company Kagome as part of promotional efforts for the upcoming movie Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari that opens in theaters on July 13. There are two ways to try to win one of three Pikachu toys. Fan...
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Vertical, Inc Brings NisiOisin's Monogatari Exhibit to Anime Expo

North American publisher Vertical, Inc. announced on Monday that it will bring the Monogatari series art exhibition to Anime Expo. The exhibition includes artwork from the novels' illustrator VOFAN. Vertical, Inc. publishes NisiOisin's Monogatari novels in English. The publisher has released the first novel Bakemonogatari, the prequel novel Kizumonogatari - Wound Tale, and the sequels Nisemonogata...
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New York Nintendo Store Received Bomb Threat in April

The official e-mail account for the The Nintendo World Store in New York isn't used very often, which is the primary reason that a bomb threat sent to the location almost two months ago was only recently discovered. Staff discovered that an angry individual had threatened violence against the location for removing Super Smash Bros. kiosks. The New York Police Department confirmed the threat was se...
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Anime, Game Industry Staff Check In After Osaka Earthquake

Animator Takuji Yoshimoto, game developer Swery, USJ theme park shaken but stable ― An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook Osaka on Monday, causing damage throughout the area and killing at least four people and injuring scores more. The area is home to several animation and game studios and the Universal Studios Japan theme park. Animator Takuji Yoshimoto updated his status on Monday...
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UPDATED: Alice or Alice Manga Creator Pretends to Marry Da Capo Game Artist

UPDATE: Mamu Mitsumomo confirmed with Anime News Network on Monday that the images were a joke. The dresses are gorgeous but Mitsumomo and Korie did not get married. The original article appears below. Manga artist Riko Korie announced that she married Da Capo game artist Mamu Mitsumomo on Saturday. The happy brides wore pink and white for their big day. Korie is in pink on the left and Mitsumomo ...
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Nestlé Promotes Coffee Drinks With The Rose of Versailles Portrait Maker

Nestlé Japan is teaming up with Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles manga for the "Ice Crema de Nigaoe Maker" project. The online self portrait-making tool lets users recreate their likenesses in images with the manga's style. The project promotes the Nescafé Gold Blend Handy Ice Crema Server item that can create foam on a cold cup of Nescafé Gold Blend coffee drinks. The online portrait-making ...
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Mother Collects Shonen Jump for 7 Years to Honor Son Who Died in Quake

About 350 volumes of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine cover a wall in a home in Natori, Miyagi. Yūko Tanno (name romanization not confirmed) is not necessarily a fan of shōnen manga herself, but her son Kōta was. Tanno lost her 13-year-old son in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, which occurred on March 11, 2011. Every week for the seven years and three months since then, the 49-year...
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Capcom Unveils Final Fantasy XIV, Monster Hunter: World Dual Collab

Two worlds are colliding in a joint collaboration between Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter: World. Capcom announced both games are trading monsters this summer. Behemoth from Final Fantasy XIV Online will show its fury within Monster Hunter: World, a first for the Monster Hunter franchise. The game series has not previously featured a monster from any other title. You can catch a glimpse of Be...
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'Even Boys Can Become Princesses!': Hugtto! Precure Anime Stands Up to Traditional Gender Roles

The most recent episode of the Hugtto! Precure television anime series is causing a stir among Japanese fans for discussing gender issues with its characters. The anime's episode 19, titled "Waku Waku! Akogare no Runway Debut!?," premiered on Sunday. The theme of the episode is that anyone can do or be anything they want, and key dialogue in the episode said, "Even boys can become princesses!" The...
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Chief Godzilla Officer Keiji Ota Talks Big Dreams of Kaiju Park in L.A.

It looks like that Sally Forth comic strip arc last summer was more realistic than expected. The world of Godzilla and his monstrous foes will expand into the next decade with solo spin-off films, and if the stars align, a potential theme park in Los Angeles. Chief Godzilla officer Keiji Ota revealed in an interview with Nikkei Style that Toho's big dream is to establish a Godzilla Theme Park, but...
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Directors Shinji Aramaki & Kenji Kamiyama Explain Animation Techniques in Ultraman Anime

2019 anime series created entirely with motion capture ― It's no secret that 3D animation in Japan has its detractors among anime fans. Despite this, more CGI anime have been released recently, and the upcoming Ultraman anime, set to launch in 2019, is going to be entirely in 3D animation. However, directors Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are using a different approach when it comes to the anime's...
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One Piece Creator Donates US$8 Million for Kumamoto Earthquake Relief

Prefecture plans multiple bronze One Piece statues ― Kumamoto native Eiichiro Oda is a long-time supporter of the earthquake-stricken area, writing supportive messages, contributing art for local products, and participating in the ONE PIECE Kumamoto Reconstruction Project. The hit manga creator recently opened his wallet to gift the area 800 million yen (US$8 million). Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashim...
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Conan O'Brien Tries Super Saiyan Hair on for Size

Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien has an impressive coiffure, but its height is nothing compared to the dramatic style of Goku. O'Brien did his best Super Saiyan impression along with guest and comedian Ron Funches (Powerless, Trolls) as part of the reoccurring segment "Clueless Gamer." The pair try out the mobile game Dragon Ball Legends, but not before quizzing seasoned player Funches on D...
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NHK Denies Voice Actress Hiroko Konishi's Prince Mackaroo Anime Role Claims

Voice actress Hiroko Konishi revealed the details on June 1 of why she claims NHK forced her out of her lead role in the long-running children's anime Prince Mackaroo (Ojarumaru) 18 years ago. Konishi voiced Ojarumaru for the anime's first 270 episodes before Chinami Nishimura took over the role. Fans have long speculated about the reasons for the character's unexpected recasting. The website J-Ca...
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1st Foreign Female Pro Shogi Player Inspires Anime Short by Colorido

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. debuted the "Susume, Karolina" (Go, Karolina) animated short on Friday about Polish professional shogi player Karolina Styczyńska, the first non-Japanese person to receive full professional status from Japan Shogi Association. The video promotes the company's CalorieMate nutritional energy snack and is available in 15- and 30-second versions in addition to the full short....
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Lead Your Own Rebellion With Code Geass' Life-Size Zero Mask

Leading up to Lelouch's "resurrection" in the Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch sequel project, Premium Bandai is offering Zero's life-size mask. Megahouse is releasing the "Full Scale Works Code Geass: Hagyaku no Lelouch 1/1 scale Zero no Kamen" mask for 33,156 yen (about US$300). The anime's character designer Takahiro Kimura supervised the development of the 35-centimeter (about 14-inch) mask. T...
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Fan-Made Gundam CG Film Shows Early RX-78 Development

Italian creator Antonio Vallorani's CG Gundam fan-film looks at the beginnings of the franchise and more or less slides into canon perfectly. His take on the original series from the 1970s is definitely awe-inspiring for fan-film makers. The "Mobile Suit Gundam RX-78 Prototype 01 -Side Story- First Part" film recounts the development of the RX-78, Amuro Ray's future mobile unit. Vallorani is worki...
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Long-Awaited Kingdom Hearts III Gets Themed PS4 Pro

Square Enix revealed new details for its Kingdom Hearts III game during Sony's E3 2018 press conference including an actual release date. Fans can pick up the long-awaited sequel on January 25 in Japan and on January 29 in North America, but if you're wanting a really complete package, Sony is also planning a limited edition console to complete the package. A limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro mode...
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Nagoya Store's Giant Mannequin Gets Wookie Makeover

The Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya, Japan has a distinctive mannequin outside its men's department. The mannequin is known locally as Nana-chan, and she's a popular landmark for meet ups because she's easy to spot in the shopping district —she's 20 feet tall. The staff change her outfits biweekly but her latest attire is far more furry than usual. On June 13, Nana "transformed" into the Star ...
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Actor Yūdai Natsume Posts Apology After Agency Cancels Contract Due to Past Tweets

Actor Yūdai Natsume posted an apology and messages from himself and his lawyer on Twitter on Monday. The post was a response to the recent buzz surrounding Natsume's "inappropriate posts" in the past. In the apology post, Natsume noted that because he is no longer with his agency Omnia he did not have an appropriate venue to release a response, so he decided to post the messages on Twitter. Natsum...
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Pro Soccer Player Yūto Nagatomo Goes Super Saiyan to Support Team

Soccer player Yūto Nagatomo, a member of Japan's national team, is gearing up for the World Cup, which will kick off on Thursday. To lighten the mood, Nagatomo decided to become a Dragon Ball Super Saiyan. スーパーサイヤ人になってチーム救いたい。。髪だけは明るく。。みんな笑ってくれよ。笑どんな時も前を向いて進む。super saiyanpic.twitter.com/tCB0FVu7t2— Yuto Nagatomo | 長友佑都 (@YutoNagatomo5) June 11, 2018 Well, he decided to get Super Saiyan hair anyway...
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Twitter User Reimagines Trump, Kim as Pop Team Epic's Leading Duo

A highly anticipated and historic meeting between Donald Trump, president of the United States, and Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, took place on Tuesday in Singapore. People around the world hope that the summit will encourage North Korea's reportedly planned denuclearization and lead to peaceful relations between the nations. As such, the Internet sought to memify the situation. Twitter user...
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Book Teaches Logical Thinking Through Detective Conan

Readers of Japanese who want to improve their logic techniques can now do so with the help of a famous detective: Conan Edogawa. Kanki Publishing will release the Meitantei Conan ni Manabu Logical Thinking no Chōkihon (Learning Through Detective Conan: Super Foundation of Logical Thinking) book on June 18. The book will use Detective Conan to teach readers logical thinking. Drone Pilot Agency repr...
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Voice Actress Mayumi Tanaka Plays 3 Anime Characters in 1 TV Block

Mayumi Tanaka is a busy voice actress. She's so busy that she will have roles in three different anime all during the same programming block. Tanaka will appear in Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katori no Nazotoki File, GeGeGe no Kitarō, and One Piece in Fuji TV's "Adventure Sunday" block on June 17. Tanaka will play Purisuke, a talking hill myna bird who is the key to a case, in the upcoming episode o...
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Monster Strike's Collaboration With The Drifting Classroom Manga Offers Trip to Hawaii

The official website for XFlag's Monster Strike franchise revealed a collaboration with Kazuo Umezu's The Drifting Classroom manga on Monday. In the collaboration's story, the students find themselves transported to Hawaii instead of a barren wasteland. In the first commercial in the video above, the elementary school students discover that the world outside their school suddenly looks like Hawaii...
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Voice Actress Ayuru Ōhashi Marries, Gives Birth

Love Live! voice actress confirmed she'll continue acting and singing ― Voice actress Ayuru Ōhashi's official website announced on Sunday that Ōhashi has married and given birth to a child. She will continue her work as a voice actor and musical performer, and her staff asked for fans' continued support. Ōhashi also provided a handwritten message for the announcement. In the message, she said that he...
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Tokyo One Piece Tower Theme Park's Summer Festival Returns

The official One Piece portal site revealed details of this year's "Tokyo Pirates Festival" and posted a visual on Monday. The event will run at the Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park from July 14 to September 14. The theme of the event is traditional Japanese summer festivals, and the visual features One Piece characters in yukata, which many people wear to festivals. Special merchandise featuring ...
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Cup Noodle's Attack on Titan Collaboration Fights Back Against Mystery Meat Oppression

Nissin Foods' Cup Noodle brand of instant noodles revealed a new collaboration with the Attack on Titan anime on Tuesday. The collaboration promotes the brand's new "Cup Noodle Smoky Chili Soy Sauce Flavor" noodles with the new chili variety of "mystery meat" cubes. In the collaboration's story, humans live in a world controlled by Cup Noodle mystery meat (Titans), and they decide to fight back ag...
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Pokémon Dating Goes Wrong in WuMo Newspaper Comic

The June 10 comic strip of Wulff & Morgenthaler's WuMo had a laugh at the popular mobile game Pokémon GO. The comic shows a bewildered woman show up for what she thought was a Tinder date only discover she accidentally 'caught' Bulbasaur by mistake. For all of you without a subscription to your local newspaper, here's the kind of Sunday morning comic content you're missing out on. pic.twitter.com/...
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Tokyo Toy Show 2018 Highlights: Pokémon Nanoblocks, Gundam A.I.s, and More

This year's Tokyo Toy Show went high-tech, featuring some premium toys for even adults to enjoy. Every year, it's typical for the Toy Show to showcase some unbelievably fancy and expensive toys (gadgets?), but it feels as if the biggest anime-related toy makers in Japan went the extra mile this year. For anime fans, the most notable toy this year will probably be the talking A.I. robot of the ador...
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Tokyo Toy Show 2018 Highlights: Pokémon Nanoblocks, Gundam A.I.s, and More

This year's Tokyo Toy Show went high-tech, featuring some premium toys for even adults to enjoy. Every year, it's typical for the Toy Show to showcase some unbelievably fancy and expensive toys (gadgets?), but it feels as if the biggest anime-related toy makers in Japan went the extra mile this year. For anime fans, the most notable toy this year will probably be the talking A.I. robot of the ador...
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Average Age of Hikikomori on the Rise in Japan

Anime paints a particular picture Japan's hikikomori population. They're often the stars of isekai series, leaving behind a solitary life of junk food consumption and video games to go on a grand adventure. Alternatively, sometimes they're featured in rom-coms like Eromanga Sensei as hermit-like artist types. In either case, hikikomori are high school or college dropouts, young adults shown to be ...
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Bean Bandit Kickstarter Campaign Celebration Illustrations

Kenichi Sonoda's Kickstarter campaign for his Bean Bandit anime met its goal on June 2. Supporters within the industry shared fan-art of the Gunsmith Cats and Bean Bandit characters to celebrate the news. The official Twitter account for the project shared artwork from art director Hiroshi Kato (Barakamon, Space Brothers, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance), Full Metal Panic! artist Shikidouji,...
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Dead or Alive 6 Tones Down Characters' Sexuality

Dead or Alive 6 producer and director Yohei Shimbori revealed in an interview with IGN's Esra Krabbe that the sexy fighting game franchise is toning down some of its fanservice elements in the latest installment. The choice is a big move for a game brand that already includes spin-offs like Dead or Alive Xtreme series featuring its female cast playing sports in a variety of bathing suits, pole-dan...
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Pop Team Epic Manga Creator's Twitter Account is Back

Pop Team Epic manga creator Bkub Okawa is back to rule social media once again after a temporary Twitter suspension. Okawa apologized for the 'fuss' his suspension caused, saying that the suspension was due to copyright concerns over an image he shared. The image included the Gun Cannon weapon seen in the Gundam franchise. Okawa wrote that he was told the image infringed on the copyright for 'Dom....
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Cal Poly Graduate Takes Waifu Nico to Accept Diploma

A graduate of California State Polytechnic University's Business Administration School brought his biggest supporter on stage with him to accept his Bachelor's degree. Graduate Ryan-Nghi Thai was given his degree with Love Live! idol Nico Yazawa in tow on Saturday morning. The commencement ceremony was live streamed and caught the attention of viewer @honkposter on Twitter. The pictures of Thai wi...
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Design Festa Gallery: Freedom in Watercolors

Rina is a nineteen-year-old water color artist from Saitama; in an attempt to “find what she wants to do,” she held her first ever exhibit at Design Festa. ― The Design Festa gallery is a permanent exhibition space in Harajuku that is dedicated to showing off the talents of young and upcoming artists in Japan. Although a wide variety of art is showcased at the Design Festa gallery, some artists work ...
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Shonen Jump's 50th Anniversary Celebrations Continue With 3rd Mix CD

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is marking its 50th anniversary with a number of promotions and projects. The third part of a commemorative CD project, Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary BEST ANIME MIX vol.3, will ship in Japan on July 4. Here are the songs on the new 50-track CD: 01. "1/3 no Junjō na Kanjō" / Siam Shade (Rurouni Kenshin) 02. "Romance" / Penicillin (Sexy Commando Gaiden: S...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Nendoroid Figure Shows Sakura in Uniform

The Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime's title character is getting her own Nendoroid figure. The figure will feature Sakura in her Tomoeda Junior High School uniform, and it is slated for release in October. The figure will come with three expressions: normal face, smiling face, and yelling face. The set will also include Sakura's Dream Wand, teddy bear, and bag. The figure costs 4,800 yen (abo...
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Art Exhibition Honors Creamy Mami Character Designer Akemi Takada

Akemi Takada has provided character designs for anime such as Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Urusei Yatsura, Patlabor The Mobile Police, and Kimagure Orange Road. In honor of the 40th anniversary of her career, a special art exhibition held at Tokyu Department Store Kichijōji in Tokyo will honor Takada's work. The exhibit, titled "Takada Akemi Exhibition: Angelic Moment -anniversary-," will focus on M...
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Saitsuyo Densetsu Nakane Manga Collaborates With Mizuho Bank

The Saitsuyo Densetsu Nakane (Strongest Legend Nakane) manga is collaborating with Mizuho Bank for the "Saitsuyo: Nakane no Maemuki Ryman Web" (Strongest: Nakane's Forward-Looking Salaryman Web) online promotion. The bank's new promotional web page posted a video that features the manga's storyboards and introduces its story on Friday. The website showcases the story and art from the manga while p...
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Manga Time Kirara Magazine Marks 15th Anniversary With Exhibition

Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine launched in November 2003, and the publication is marking its 15th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the "Manga Time Kirara-ten" (Manga Time Kirara Exhibition) will run at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo from November 17-25. The exhibit will honor the main Manga Time Kirara magazine, plus its sister magazines Manga Time Kirara Carat, Manga Time Kirara Max, Mang...
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HoneyWorks Teams Up With Sanrio Characters for Theme Park Event, Performance

"Monster creator unit" HoneyWorks is teaming up with Sanrio characters My Melody and Kuromi for a special collaboration this summer. The "HoneyWords x My Melody in Sanrio Puroland" event will run at the Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tokyo from June 30 to July 20. LIP×LIP, a HoneyWorks-produced group made up of Kouki Uchiyama and Nobunaga Shimazaki, appears with My Melody and Kuromi in the collabor...
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Pop Team Epic Goes Full Circle in Latest Pokémon Episode

Pop Team Epic got a shout out in the latest episode of Pokémon Sun & Moon on Thursday. Both Satoshi (Ash) and Kaki (Kiawe) show a very Popuko and Pipimi expression in the episode "Gekitotsu Ultra Beast! Dondonbachibachi Daisakusen!!" Both sport wide yellow eyes and faces covered in characteristic veins. The reference might be an acknowledgment of the gag anime's own Pokemon clip from Pop Team Epic...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime Gets Even More Merch, Events

The Laid-Back Camp anime has already inspired a variety of events, promotions, and merchandise. Now, the show is getting even more goods, plus another event and promotion. Akros Ltd. is offering a real-world version of Nadeshiko's backpack. The backpack is made of cotton with a water-repelling treatment, and the flap is made of real leather. The sides have pockets for 500-milliliter (about 17-oun...
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Etten no Sora Manga Artist Blames Hobby Japan, 'Human Rights' for [New Life+] Cancellation

Takano said they've never insulted minorities on Twitter or engaged in hate speech but also said 'I don't know the definition of hate speech.' ― The cancellation of the [New Life+] Young Again in Another World anime has caused ripples throughout the anime industry. Outspoken anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Wake Up, Girls!, Kannagi) weighed in earlier this week blaming both Japanese neo-nationalists a...
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Feast on Kero's Favorite Dishes at the Cardcaptor Sakura Café

Kero spends an awful lot of time eating. He regularly scoffs down takoyaki and pudding, sometimes even while Sakura is out capturing cards. The huge presence of food in the anime has made Cardcaptor Sakura-themed cafes very popular; a separate café opened in three Animate Cafe's in Japan between March 23 - May 15. Now, the beloved mascot of Cardcaptor Sakura got his own themed café at Tokyo Solama...
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Don't Want to Talk? Pop Team Epic Headphones Tell Others to F*** Off

If you're like a lot of people who use public transportation for work, there's one trick that'll usually keep busybodies from seeing you as a potential conversation partner. Pop in a pair of headphones. It's a universal sign for "I can't hear you," "I'm listening to something," and "leave me alone." Usually. If your regular headphones still aren't getting the message across, Popuko and Pipimi wil...
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Pop Team Epic Manga Creator's Twitter Account Suspended

Pop Team Epic manga creator Bkub Okawa's Twitter account has recently been suspended. It appears Okawa has yet to publicly acknowledge the suspension, and there is no confirmation of the reason for the suspension. However, online commenters are speculating about what might have caused Twitter to suspend the creator's account. Some commenters believe reports by Okawa's "haters" led to the suspensio...
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Virtual YouTuber Siro Gets Animated in Magatsu Warheit Game Commercial

An animated commercial for KLab's Magatsu Warheit battle RPG smartphone game debuted on Thursday and features a cameo by virtual YouTuber Dennō Shōjo Siro, but animated. She's wearing a costume from the game in her brief appearance. The game is slated to launch at the end of July and is currently accepting pre-register applications. An anime adaptation is also in the works. KLab announced that it ...
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Manga, Light Novel Creators Claim Sales Increase After Piracy Site's Closure

"Really, my royalties have increased 4-5 times! Even when it isn't free, you all are reading it! I'm crying right now!"—Hika Mayama ― The pirate manga site Mangamura was shut down in April and multiple police began investigating the site for criminal activity after Japanese publishers filed charges last year. Since the site went down, manga artists are stating an increase in sales of their respective...
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Taekwondoer Park Creator's Twitter Suspended After Racist Remark

Masao Shiro used derogatory Japanese slur; suggested staff should adapt his manga instead ― With the news that the [New Life+] Young Again in Another World anime is off the table, one manga creator saw an opening for an adaptation of their own work. Taekwondoer Park original creator Masao Shiro wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that if the anime is cancelled, staff could instead use the remaining budget ...
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Voice Actress Hiroko Konishi Reveals Industry Disagreements About Ojarumaru Role

Also alleges manager attempted to lure into a mixed bathing trip with director Akitarō Daichi ― Voice actress Hiroko Konishi took to Twitter on June 1 to discuss why she left her starring role as Ojarumaru in the long-running children's anime Prince Mackaroo. Konishi voiced the character for the series' first 270 episodes before the role was taken over by Chinami Nishimura. According to Konishi, she ...
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Shōnen Jump Characters Strike Up the Band for Jump Music Festa

July's Jump Music Festa is bringing musical artists from the the magazine's anime adaptations all into one place. Toriko, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Naruto Shippūden, Kuroko's Basketball, Gintama, Haikyu!!, One Piece, Beelzebub, and Bleach artists all in one place. It's no surprise that the manga characters themselves are celebrating the event. Series creators drew their characters, each holding an instru...
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Japan's "No.1 Cosplayer's" Salary Revealed on Abema TV

Abema TV aired a segment titled "Kyūyo Meisai" (Salary Statement) on June 3 revealing what Japan's "No.1 young cosplayer" Uramaru earns for her photo shoots. According to the program, Uramaru earns 10,000 yen per minute (US$100) for photo sessions plus an additional 1,000 yen (US$10) for a two-shot check. Even though the price is high, participants say a photo with Uramaru is worth even more than ...
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Pokémon Red/Green Game Developers Discuss Creation of Pikachu, Rejected 'Gorochu' Design

Dedicated Pokémon fans recently discovered the surprising prototypes for many popular monsters hidden in an old Pokémon Gold demo. Fans have been looking at Pikachu in a new light since the revelation spread in May that the franchise's mascot character once had a second evolution known as "Gorochu." The franchise's official website gave a nod to the news with a feature posted on May 30 that deals ...
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Fate/Grand Order Game's New Event Set in 1945 Stirs Controversy

The official website for the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game announced the "Gudaguda Teito Seihai Kitan" (Gudaguda Imperial Capital Holy Grail Strange Story) in-game event on Wednesday. While some fans are excited, others believe the content on the event is inappropriate and inconsiderate due to its story set in 1945, the year that marked the end of World War II. The event scenario set in 1945 de...
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Yamakan Angrily Blames Otaku, China for [New Life]+ Anime Cancellation

Outspoken anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Wake Up, Girls!, Kannagi) took to Twitter again with a tirade against a new target: the cancellation of the [New Life+] Young Again in Another World anime following the original author's discriminatory remarks against China and Korea. "I'm mad at the cancellation," he said, and added, "Now all it would take is one blow to destroy anime." Yamakan said sever...
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Pikachu, Gundam's Haro A.I. Toys Head to Stores

Pokemon's iconic Pikachu and popular Gundam mascot Haro are getting smarter, and ready to play with you. The Pikachu robot "HelloPika" was is heading to store shelves in Japan on August 4 as an interactive desk companion. The robot is pocket-sized that responds to conversations with "Pika!" and "Pikapi!" and also can display a variety of gestures. Pikachu can sing, nod, laugh, and even attack wit...
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Manga Creator Starts Essay Series About Living with Bipolar Disorder

Manga creator Hamu Morishima launched her manga series on ComicWalker discussing her struggles with mental illness on Wednesday. Tokaku Konoyo wa Iki Nikui: 'Utsu' de 'Mu' ni natta Watashi (Anyway, It's Hard to Live in This World: I Became 'Nothing' with 'Depression') discusses her hurdles living with Bipolar II, developmental disorders, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). The first episode s...
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NHK Hosts Historical Mystery-Solving Event in Ashikaga

Broadcaster NHK's Utsunomiya station is hosting a history-themed mystery-solving event in Ashikaga, Tochigi on June 10 starring original character Maru Taiga. Participants will attempt to retrieve stolen treasure with guidance from the character, voiced by Kosuke Toriumi. The event will take place around the historical Ashikaga Gakkō, Japan's oldest academic institution. The building is believed t...
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Numazu City Pulls Love Live! Sunshine Manhole Covers After Repeated Vandalism

Early this year, the city of Numazu, Shizuoka launched a crowdfund campaign to install nine manhole covers featuring the faces of the Aquors idols from Love Live! Sunshine. Numazu is the anime's real-world setting and has routinely collaborated with the show to increase tourism efforts. The manhole cover campaign was a success and the covers were installed just two weeks ago. The hard-earned proje...
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Devilman crybaby Holds a "Sabbath Shibuya" Exhibit in Shibuya Tower Records

Kim Morrissy dances with demons at Tower Records' giant Devilman crybaby exhibition ― The Devilman Crybaby exhibit in the Tower Records Shibuya showcases everything a fan would want from an anime exhibit: key animation, gorgeous designs, and artwork that's guaranteed to make you feel emotional. When you first walk into the exhibit, you'll see signed boards from key members of the staff, greeting the ...
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Sword Art Online: Alternative GGO Gets Cheesy with Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut is baking up a new anime collaboration, this time with the pink gun toting Llenn from Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online. The "Pizza Hut Squad Jam" campaign is giving away prizes via social media and through pizza orders. The first "Squad Jam" is running from June 5 to July 8. Take a picture of pizza order with the hashtag "#ピザハット・スクワッド・ジャム" (Pizza Hut Squad Jam) to enter to w...
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[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Creator Apologizes for Controversial Tweets, Novel Content

Author plans to delete Twitter account, possibly edit future print editions ― In light of the upcoming anime adaptation of MINE's [New Life+] Young Again in Another World (Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de) light novels, some depictions in the series and some of MINE's comments on Twitter created a controversy. Certain net commenters believe that the original work and MINE's posts contain inappropriate co...
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23 Shogakukan Manga Magazines Launch Anti-Piracy Campaign

Publishers are taking a proactive approach towards manga pirating, some filing lawsuits on behalf of their publishers to take down piracy websites. Over the years, creators from Ashita no Joe's Tetsuya Chiba to hentai manga artist Gujira have asked readers not to support piracy. Publisher Shogakukan rolled out its newest initiative on June 4. The "NO! Piracy & Illegal Website" campaign seeks to er...
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Your Wallet's Already Dead! Pure Gold Ken-Oh Helmet Goes for US$24,600

Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star packs a post-apocalyptic punch even after 35 years, but little could prepare fans for the beating their wallets are about to take. Mail order site Housaidow is offering three versions of Ken-oh's helmet--gold, sterling silver, and polystone versions. The gold version is about 1/4-scale and only five will be made. The limited production number and ...
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It's a Death Metal Take Over! Devilman crybaby's Most Influential Albums Revealed

The Tower Records Shibuya store got a Devilman crybaby make over last week that included limited edition goods and the DEVILMAN crybaby BOOTLEG booklet. A pamphlet distributed at the event included all kinds of interesting tidbits about the show including the ultimate Devilman crybaby playlist. Click to enlarge The pamphlet lays out the top 10 albums and bands that represent the show, so pull up y...
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Student Group Crowdfunds 'Kūchū Gunkan Atlantis' Independent Anime for Theatrical Release

The next Gainax may be a group of college students in Kyoto known as Gekigadan. The group is made up of volunteers independently producing the "Kūchū Gunkan Atlantis" (Aerial Battleship Atlantis) anime project. Gekigadan's official YouTube and Twitter accounts began streaming a trailer for the project on Saturday. The anime's first video, labeled as "pilot film 1," debuted last November. The anime...
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My Hero Academia Creator Shows Support for Assistant's Manga

My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi is a success story. His manga and its subsequent anime adaptations are hugely popular. The series has 13 million copies in print, has two top-selling volumes and is the fifth highest seller series for this year's first half. Across the ocean, three volumes ranked on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April. But Horikoshi doesn't do it all a...
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Animator Dorm Project Starts Crowdfund to Redirect Anime Production Funds to Animators

Earlier this year, the non-profit organization Animator Supporters opened its latest crowdfund for the low-income Animator Dormitory project. The group raised 3,618,000 yen (US$32,952) of its 2,000,000 yen (US$18,300) goal to ensure the organization's four dormitories for low-income, freshman animators stay open through 2018. The group currently houses 10 animators, a four-person dorm in Asagaya, ...
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Bleach Manga Gets 2-Volume, 500-Page Artwork Collection

This week's issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump contains some exciting news for Bleach fans. Tite Kubo's popular manga series turned live-action film is getting two art books, totaling 500 pages, titled Bleach Illustration Collection: JET. The collection will include over 700 color illustrations drawn over the manga's 15 year run along with brand new illustrations and production materials. The books will ...
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Univeral Studio Japan's Sailor Moon 4D Show Gets Extended Run

The "Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4D" attraction launched at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on March 16 and was planned to run June 24. The theater show includes special merchandise, including a replica of Sailor Moon's Cutie Moon Rod that glows in five different colors. The orb portion of the rod was changed to imitate the world from Universal Studio's logo. The park is also selling a Luna P case, ...
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Flareon, Jolteon Join Eevee Trainer Illustration Project

Project Eevee is a special spin-off merchandise campaign dedicated to Pokémon's most evolved monster. Merchandiser MOVIC is helping support the venture by enlisting popular illustrators to draw trainer companions for the different evolutions, and the first round debuted in late April. Artists Yumenōchi, Dan Ichikawa, Kuraen Mori and Mengo Yokoyari designed the trainers for Vaporeon, Glaceon, origi...
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Lain's Yoshitoshi ABe Recounts How an Old-School Website Got Him Hired

The enigmatic classic anime Serial Experiments Lain premiered 20 years ago as a multimedia project helmed by director Ryutaro Nakamura and written by Chiaki J. Konaka. Nakamura enlisted Yoshitoshi ABe to draw the character designs despite ABe being a relative unknown in the industry except for a few manga titles under his belt. ABe shared how he came to join the project in the most recent episode ...

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