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Touken Ranbu Throws Support Behind Marugame Castle Wall Reconstruction Efforts

The Marugame Castle in Kagawa Prefecture is famous for having the tallest stone walls in Japan. Unfortunately, they suffered damage last year from heavy rain. As reconstruction efforts are underway, the castle's official website announced on May 7 that the Nikkari Aoe sword will be displayed to the public between June 1 and 9. The Nikkari Aoe is the name of a famous Japanese sword owned by the Mar...
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Tokyo Tower Celebrates One Piece Anime's 20th Anniversary With Cruise History Exhibit

Exhibit covers the East Blue arc to the Skypiea arc ― The One Piece theme park inside Tokyo Tower is celebrating the anime's 20th anniversary with an exhibit charting the Straw Hat crew's journey across the sprawling series. The "Cruise History" exhibit opened on April 24 and is located in the tower's 5th floor. The exhibit covers the East Blue arc all the way until the Skypiea arc. It shows off char...
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Kobe Wedding Hall Opens Registrations for Final Fantasy XIV Wedding Ceremonies

The Kobe-based wedding venue deuxzero opened registration on Wednesday for the "world first" official Final Fantasy XIV-themed wedding reception. duexzero offers various flexible plans, such as a "photo ending" plan that only offers the photo shoot at the end, or a "ceremony only" plan. Some of the special features include a photo shoot with your signed marriage certificate signed in front of a sc...
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Bath House PR Anime Collaboration with Osamu Tezuka's Phoneix Streams Prologue, Episode 1

Pony Canyon released the prologue and first episode of the Dogo Onsen hot spring bath house collaboration anime with Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix on Thursday. The anime is part of a revitalization project for the Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture bath house that began on January 15. The prologue shows two gods Ōoku Ninushi (played Takeshi Tsuruno) and Sukuna Hikona (played by Suzuko Mori) encountering the pho...
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Former Dragon Ball Editor Kazuhiko Torishima Comments on Dragon Ball Evolution

'Knowing what I know now of Hollywood, we should have paid the 5 billion yen to have veto powers over the script.' ― Kazuhiko Torishima is the representative director of the Hakusensha publishing company. Before that, however, he worked at Shueisha and was Akira Toriyama's editor during Dr. Slump and the first half of Dragon Ball. On April 23, he held a lecture at Bunka Gakuen University in Tokyo whe...
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'Which CLAMP Series Did You Start With' Hashtag Trends on Twitter

The hashtag #あなたのCLAMPはどこから ("Which CLAMP series did you start with") has been trending on Twitter since its creation on Thursday. It has even come to the attention of various voice actors who have worked on CLAMP anime adaptations, who have been reflecting on their early memories. Voice actress Megumi Ogata, who was herself cast in multiple CLAMP anime adaptations, tweeted: "Magic Knight Rayearth...
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Watch Animator Toshiyuki Inoue Dissect His Drawing Techniques on Maquia

P.A. Works posted a video on Friday showing Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms main animator Toshiyuki Inoue's commentary on one of the cuts from the film. Cut 144 from the B part of the film shows the heroine being startled by a dragon (called a Renato in the film) abruptly crashing into the water. As the commentary explains, the cut has many details that weren't in the storyboards that add...
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Witch Hat Atelier Manga's 5th Volume Bundles Original Card Game

The limited edition fifth volume of Kamome Shirahama's award-nominated manga Witch Hat Atelier bundles an original card game. The card game blends elements from the manga's story with rules from the card game "Love Letter." The popular card game can be played with two to eight players. The goal is to deliver a love letter to a princess with the help of collaborators. Z-Man games has localized the ...
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Watch Fairy Tail Creator Hiro Mashima Draw Kirin Brewery's Beast Symbol

The Japanese brewery Kirin Company shares its name with a legendary creature. The company mascot is a Chinese mythological beast ("qilin"), commonly described as a single-horned, colorful creature with an amalgamation of other animal parts. The creature now lends its name to a real-life animal; the giraffe. Kirin Beer has featured the mythological creature as part of its label since 1888 although ...
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Uniqlo's Pokémon Design Contest's Grand Prize Winner Disqualified

Winner's Gyarados design was previously sold as phone cases ― The first place winner of Uniqlo's UT GRAND PRIX 2019 (UTGP) Pokémon t-shirt design contest was disqualified after it was found the same design was previously used for a phone case sold by online retailer TaoBao. Grand prize winner Li Wen Pei's design showed the Magikarp and Gyarados in a mosaic-like style. The rules of the contest stated ...
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IGN: Catherine: Full Body Game's English Release Changes Deadname Credits

Additional dialogue involving trans character may also be changed ― Atlus USA's release of Catherine: Full Body will include some changes to the game's credit sequence and in-game dialogue to remove transphobic comments by the characters, according to a recent review by IGN's Casey Defreitas. The original Catherine game released in 2011 included a trans character named Erica. In the game's credits Er...
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Voice Actress Megumi Ogata Describes Sexual Harassment Incident at Tokyo Bar District

Voice actress Megumi Ogata tweeted on Thursday about a sexual harassment experience she had recently experienced while walking through the Golden Gai district in Tokyo, which is famous for its bars and night life. 今。ゴールデン街を歩いていて。見知らぬゲイの人に、すれ違いざま胸を掴まれ「ゲイだと思ったのにビアンなんだ」と言われたよ?(一緒に歩いていた女性Pとは勿論何も無い飲み友達)私個人は、LGBT、何の偏見もない。だけどこの行為自体、セクハラでしょ。問題は個々人だと、そろそろマジ認識すべき。— 緒方恵美@6/6B.D.Live (@Megumi_Ogata) May 22, 2...
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Sadako Becomes YouTube Celebrity in Sadako-san to Sadako-chan Manga

The Ring's Sadako is not quite so scary in Aya Tsutsumi's comedy manga spin-off Sadako-san to Sadako-chan (Ms. Sadako and Little Sadako). The ComicWalker web series was collected into a single manga volume and released on May 23 by Kadokawa. The story follows a young girl named Sadako who spends every day in a narrow closet until one day the ghostly Sadako comes to curse and kill her. The ghost is...
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Critical Role's Matthew Mercer Plays D&D with Stephen Colbert in Charity Video

After the resounding success of Critical Role's Kickstarter campaign in March, its Dungeon Master and voice actor Matthew Mercer appeared alongside The Late Show host Stephen Colbert for a one-on-one Dungeons and Dragons session. The game was for a good cause. The Critical Role team began soliciting donations on May 16 to raise funds for Red Nose Day. Founded by Comic Relief in 1985 in the U.K, th...
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Eureka Seven Character Designer Kenichi Yoshida Illustrates Soccer Novel

Character designer and animator Kenichi Yoshida provided the cover art and illustrations for the newly released Hoshi Furu Shima no Footballer (The Footballer's Starry Island) novel. The novel is the first written by real-life soccer game announcer Yasuo Kurashiki. Kurashiki has previously penned non-fiction and other books about soccer. The "fantasy football" story centers on a 15-year-old boy Ha...
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Singer Aira Yūki, angela Member KATSU Announce Marriage

Violet Evergarden and A Sister's All You Need's singer Aira Yūki and angela musical group member KATSU announced their marriage on social media on Wednesday. The pair's joint statement reads that both will continue their musical careers and work to support each other's dreams. Aira Yūki previously used the name Asuka Katō while working as part of Yuki Kajiura's FIctionJunction project. She sang th...
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Firefighting Promare Anime Film Promotes Japan's Real Firefighters

Firefighters are HOT right now. In the coming months there are three different firefighter anime heading to the small and big screen. The futuristic Fire Force based on Soul Eater creator Atsushi Ohkubo's manga is slated for July, the same month as the steamier Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujō -Osananajimi wa Shōbōshi- television anime. Ahead of both those premieres is Studio Trigger's Promare fi...
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All 2nd Generation Pokémon Turned Into Plushies for 'My 251' Campaign

The official Pokémon Centers in Japan released the original 151 Pokémon from the Red, Blue, Green and Yellow games as plushies late last year and are now moving on to the second generation: Pokémon Gold and Silver. The new monsters first seen in 1999 will appear at Pokémon Centers on June 8. Combined with the previous generation, fans can pick and choose their favorites from 278 Pokémon. (Pokémon ...
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AnimeNEXT Staff Launch Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Former Con Chair

Multiple women reported sexual misconduct by Eric Torgersen in 2015; staff followed with a vote that made him convention chair ― Allegations of sexual misconduct against a former member of the board of Atlantic City's AnimeNEXT convention has led to an ongoing internal investigation. Former con staff member "Anne May" posted her story on Facebook on March 12 where she alleged the board member was "ha...
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NGT48 Idol Minami Katō Demoted After 'Inappropriate' Instagram Post About Maho Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi graduated from the group in May after speaking up about alleged assault in December ― NGT48 idol Minami Katō made a formal apology on Tuesday for an "inappropriate" Instagram post she made earlier that day about former group member Maho Yamaguchi who graduated on May 18. The NGT48 website also announced that Katō's position has been demoted from captain to trainee. The Instagram post in que...
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Witness Roronoa Zoro's High School Teenage Years in Cup Noodle Ad

On May 17, Cup Noodle launched an animated ad for its "Hungry Days" campaign teasing the One Piece characters in school uniforms, leaving fans "hungry" for more. On Tuesday, Cup Noodle followed this up with a 30-second commercial focusing on Roronoa Zoro's high school days in the kendo club. Zoro's high school days are brought to life with lush animation. Other iconic One Piece characters are also...
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Police Are Irritated by Japanese Public's 'Flippant' Reaction to Pierre Taki's Drug Crime

Fellow Denki Groove member Takkyu Ishino's reunion photo with Taki got too many likes for the police's liking ― Denki Groove member and actor Pierre Taki (real name Masanori Taki) was arrested in March for alleged illegal possession and use of cocaine. Since then, his roles in Judgment and Kingdom Hearts III, among other titles, have been recast. His image has even been removed from a manhole in Fuji...
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Rapping Zombie Manga Gets Live-Action TV Special

Would being a zombie be so bad if you got amazing word-slinging abilities? Web manga creator Inka Teikoku (lit. Inca Empire) doesn't think so. Their manga Rappā ni Kama Retara Rapper ni naru Manga (If You're Bitten By a Rapper You Become a Rapper) is published on the LINE manga app and tells the story of a mysterious virus that turns the populous of Japan into rappers. "All of Japan becomes a hell...
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Man Shoplifts 80 Detective Conan Manga Volumes

A 26-year-old unemployed man was arrested in Suzuka city in Mie prefecture for allegedly shoplifting 80 volumes of the Detective Conan manga from a bookstore between April 10 to 13. The total value is estimated at 37,000 yen (US$334). According to local police, customers noticed the man making suspicious movements in the store and notified the bookstore clerk. The clerk reviewed security camera fo...
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Voice Actress Nao Tōyama Awarded for 2011 Earthquake Charity Efforts

Voice Actress Nao Tōyama (Yui Yuigahama from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Karen Kujō from Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic) was honored with the Golden Achievement Award on May 15 for her charity efforts to help areas recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The award was given by the Japanese Red Cross Society. Tōyama's birthday is March 11, the same day as the Great East Japan Earthquake. Last...
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Fan Made Brazilian Nausicaä Tribute Film Releases Teaser

Film maker Chris Tex released a 40-second trailer for a fan made Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind tribute film titled Wind Princess. The video was posted on his YouTube channel on May 2, and has since accumulated almost a million views as well as hundreds of comments praising its professional-level quality. According to Tex, the film was shot in Brazil and is an entirely non-profit endeavor. The...
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Director Makoto Shinkai Creates Opening for News Program

The late-night news program "NEWS23" will get a new opening courtesy of your name. director Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai edited landscape footage from his previous works to create the opening sequence. The compilation is based around the theme "A Worker's Day." The opening is set to the band Sakanaction's track "Wonderland" from their upcoming album 834.194. Shinkai's your name. film opened in Japan in...
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Voice Actress Nao Toyama's Website Announces that Staff Will Start Blocking Social Media Harassers

Popular voice actress Nao Toyama (Yui Yuigahama from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Karen Kujō from Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic) has been a victim of online harassment for some time. Tōyama's official website announced on Friday that enough was enough - the staff will start blocking social media users if they leave too many replies at once, or act in a way that is deemed stalker-like, indecent, or th...
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Sailor Moon Powers Up in Universal Studios Japan Ad

The "Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4D" show at Universal Studios Japan is getting a new "chapter" this time with Sailor Pluto, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, and Chibi Moon. Sailor Moon will power up to Super Sailor Moon during the show and it will include a brand new story. A new ad shows some of the action from the attraction and the design of the monster, a female youma merged with a disco ball. The 4D fi...
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The Straw Hat Crew Try High School in New 'Hungry Days' Cup Noodle Ad

In 2017, Cup Noodle launched its "Hungry Days" ad campaign, a series of commercials that starred famous anime characters at the precipice of their youth to invoke a specific, nostalgic feeling. Manga artist Eisaku Kubonouchi (Chocolat, Carole & Tuesday) redesigned Studio Ghibli's Kiki, the titular Heidi, Girl of the Alps, and Sazae-san. The previous ads starred classic heroines but the instant ram...
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Utena, Sarazanmai Director Ikuhara's Exhibit Reveals His Works in Its Earliest Forms

Rough notes, character drafts, and pitch documents were on display ― The works of acclaimed anime director Kunihiko Ikuhara took center stage from April 27 to May 9 at the "Kunihiko Ikuhara Exhibition: The Desire to Connect Us and The Survival Strategy of the Revolution." Not only does it focus on Ikuhara's original anime, including Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum, Yurikuma Arashi, and Sarazanm...
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Latest Studio Ghibli Exhibit Shines Light on Toshio Suzuki's Impact as Producer

'Hayao Miyazaki drew pictures, while Toshio Suzuki wrote words.' ― The Edo Culture Complex's (Edocco) exhibit highlighting the work of Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki ran from April 20 to May 12. This exhibit is the same as the previous "Studio Ghibli Toshio Suzuki Magical Exhibition of Words" that was held in Hiroshima in 2017 and in Ishikawa and Aichi last year. It is well worth going to if yo...
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Attack on Titan Gears Up For Series Conclusion With DiverCity Tokyo Invasion

Attack on Titan started a collaboration with DiverCity Tokyo on April 19. The series has had many different collaborations with various IPs and public places over the years, but it appears as if things are finally wrapping up to a conclusion because this event opened to commemorate the opening of the "Attack on Titan Exhibit Final." From April 19 to June 30, DiverCity will be decked out with over ...
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Rakuma Poll: Over 80% of High School Girls Identify as an 'Otaku' of Something

The majority have a positive impression of 'otaku,' but only 13.9% identify as an anime or voice actor otaku. ― Rakuten's flea market app Rakuma conducted a poll with 1,230 of its female users aged between 15 to 18. The survey was conducted over the internet on April 17 and 18. The results found that over 83.5% of respondents self-identified as an "otaku." Moreover, the vast majority have a positive ...
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Directors Discuss Film's Japanese Anime Influences

Team cites Hayao Miyazaki films, Sailor Moon, Akira. ― In anticipation of the 2018 CG animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's Japanese home video release on August 7, the film's directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman held an interview in Japan about the film's anime inspirations. Perischetti explained that Hayao Miyazaki's films were a big inspiration, and that they col...
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Ghostly Sadako Appears on the Pitcher's Mound...Again

The Ring's Sadako is once again haunting the baseball fields of Japan. The ghostly figure appeared on the pitcher's mound at Sapporo Dome on May 12. She wasn't actually there to scare the crowd; Sadako pitched the first ball for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters vs Saitama Seibu Lions game. The cursed pitch was captured on video but watch at your own risk. This marks Sadako's second foray as a base...
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Detective Conan Manga Artist, Voice Actors Visit Official Collab Cafe

The currently running Detective Conan café in Shibuya got some high-profile visitors on Tuesday when the manga creator Gosho Aoyama and the voice cast, including Kappei Yamaguchi (who plays Shinichi Kudo and Kaito Kid), Toru Furuya (Rei Furuya), and Nobuyuki Hiyama (Makoto Kyōgoku), swung by to enjoy the cuisine. They left their signatures on a poster, which the café's official Twitter account pos...
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Animator Makes Stop-Motion Animations with Anime Figurines

Watch Ryu from Street Fighter beat up a tin can, and Megumi from KONOSUBA cast her explosion. ― Stop-motion animator Kenta Shinohara, who recently worked on the animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru, has been posting some of his own stop-motion animations on Twitter lately. A number of them revolve around figurines of anime and video game characters performing amusing actions. On March 25, Shinohara po...
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Anime Tourism Researcher Takeshi Okamoto Warns Against Over-Commercializing the Phenomenon

In recent years, anime-related tourism has been on the rise, as dedicated fans flock to the real-life locations that inspired the backgrounds in their favorite anime. Many local governments have recognized the potential positive economic effects this could have on their area and have been supporting anime-related tourism, but researcher Takeshi Okamoto warns against over-commercializing the phenom...
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Staff Announce Nanoha 15th Anniversary Event

Organizers announced an event to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime franchise. The "Lyrical Live" event is set for January 18, 2020 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya. Series voice actresses Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki, Kana Ueda, and more are scheduled to attend. The first Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha television anime premiered in October 2004 and has s...
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Tokyo Rose Garden Plans The Rose of Versailles Event

The Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho business complex is celebrating "Kioi Rose Week" with the classic manga The Rose of Versailles this month. The Akasaka Prince Classic House banquet hall will be decorated with 90 different varieties of rose blooms intermingled with art and objects from The Rose of Versailles. Visitors can see famous scenes from the manga and try on costume pieces like Marie Antoine...
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AKB48, HKT48 CDs Mysteriously Left Around Fukuoka City

Police in the Sawara district of Fukuoka city are dumbfounded at the culprit or motive behind the recent mysteriously placed CDs in the area. A total of 14 AKB48 and HKT48 CDs were brought into the station as "found" items by locals. It doesn't seem to simply be a case of lost goods; residents have found the items on the street and in mailboxes for apartment complexes and homes between May 11-15. ...
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Biore Anime Ad Focuses on High School Friendships

An animated commercial for Kao Biore Sarasara Powder Sheets focuses less on a personal hygiene routine, instead opting to tug at viewers' heartstrings. The ad stars three high school friends, one a flutist named Mina and the other a burgeoning photographer named Akane. Mina finds herself getting wistful as the school year is drawing to a close but through the encouragement of her friends (and some...
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Actress, Singer Rina Kawaei Announces Marriage, Pregnancy

Partner is fellow actor Tomoki Hirose ― Actress, singer, and former AKB48 A-Team member Rina Kawaei announced both her marriage and pregnancy on Friday. The 24-year-old Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us voice actress married fellow actor Tomoki Hirose and they are expecting their first child. The pair married after about six months of dating and are expected to submit their marriage registration soo...
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Tōken Ranbu Fans Raise US$726,500 for Sword Restoration Crowdfund

The fans of DMM's Tōken Ranbu game and anime franchise closed out the Campfire crowdfund campaign to restore the Ishikirimaru sword after raising a whopping 79,797,388 yen (US$726,590), nearly eight times the initial goal. The surplus money will go towards repairing, maintaining, and managing swords in the Ishigirisaki Shrine. Restoration of Ishikirimaru will take place from April 15 to May 15, 20...
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Shonen Champion Launches 3 Crowdfunds for Baki, Yowamushi Pedal, The Vampire Dies in No Time

All three campaigns will realize manga creator's "dream projects" for fan appreciation event ― Publisher Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a "Dream Project" crowdfund campaign. The project isn't aiming to fund just one project, but a trio based on the Yowamushi Pedal, Baki-dou, and Kyūketsuki Sugu Shinu (The Vampire Dies in No Time) manga series. ...
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Tatami Galaxy's Yusuke Nakamura Draws Stranger Things Promo Art

The Japanese Twitter account for the Netflix streaming service shared promotional artwork for its Stranger Things horror series on Tuesday. The art, one of many collaboration pieces planned with international artists, was drawn by illustrator Yūsuke Nakamura of The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short, Walk On Girl fame. Nakamura's image is based on the events from the series' second season and includ...
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Controversial Mascot Chiitan's Expulsion from Twitter Continues

The wacky character mascot Chiitan is finding it even more difficult to share its antics on Twitter. Following the suspension of its Japanese, Korean, Brazilian, Arabic, and Turkish accounts this week, the promotional team found that the "0-year-old fairy baby" otter's English Twitter account @ogecebel and the account for Chiitan's turtle hat @macegem are now suspended as well. Both accounts were ...
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Female Vocalist of New Linked Horizon Song is Mikasa's Voice Actor Yui Ishikawa

Linked Horizon released short version of promo movie for 'Winter of 13' song on Monday ― The female vocalist of the new Linked Horizon song "13 no Fuyu" (Winter of 13) is Attack on Titan character Mikasa's voice actor Yui Ishikawa. The song is included with Linked Horizon's fourth single Shinjitsu e no Shingeki (Advance to the Truth), which will go on sale on June 19. On April 1, a part of the song w...
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Gag Manga Shows What Bishōnen Do Behind Closed Doors

The beautiful boys in shōjo manga aren't all flower petals and sparkles. Kamaboko RED's Bishōnen Club no Himitsu (The Beautiful Boy Club's Secret) manga reveals all the not-so-charming things school idols get up to behind closed doors. The gag comedy stars four elementary school boys that hang out in a classroom after school. Their female peers refer to them as the "Bishōnen Club" and imagine all ...
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Pokémon Go Returns to Yokohama's Pikachu Invasion Event

Last year it was Eevee that infiltrated the Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama while Pikachu got a high-tech makeover for night-time parades and laser light shows. This year the event is adding even more parading Pikachu to bring the number up to 2,000 and include projection mapping, LED costumes, and nightly parades. The event's tie-in with the Pokémon GO mobile game is also back after last year'...
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Gunpla Will Get Launched Into Space For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced on Wednesday that it will be working together with the University of Tokyo to launch Gunpla models into space in 2020. The project is backed by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Staff at the University of Tokyo will develop an ultra-small "G-SATELLITE" equipped with a Gundam and Char's Zaku to release into sp...
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Utena, Sarazanmai's Ikuhara Likely Directed TMNT Episode

Before introducing the anime world to desire-stealing kappa boys, director Kunihiko Ikuhara worked at Toei Animation. It was during his time there in the early 90s that he directed episodes of Maple Town Stories, Mōretsu Atarō, and later the immensely popular Sailor Moon anime series. During this same period Toei was involved in overseas contract work for American cartoons. The animation studio wo...
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Manga Artist-Favored Dr. Ph Martin's Ink Will Continue to Be Sold in Japan

Art stores announced last week that they would no longer carry the product due to a price raise ― Dr. Ph Martin's watercolor ink, a favorite among manga artists, will continue to be sold in Japan after various art stores announced last week that they would stop carrying the product after December 31. Dr. Ph Martin's posted a statement on Twitter on Sunday saying that it "does not intend to withdraw f...
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Detective Pikachu Film Writers Talk Hypothetical Zelda, Smash Bros. Movies

Hot off the success of Detective Pikachu, film writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit talked to Screen Rant on how they would handle the lead up to a Super Smash Bros. film. The fighting game has a huge roster of characters from Sonic to Persona 5's Joker. In order to properly build up to the Nintendo IP free-for-all, Hernandez and Samit would want to create successful, independent game films first...
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Man Jailed for Robbing Homes While Cosplaying Evangelion's Rei

A man has received a three-year penal labor sentence for robbing homes, TV Asahi reported on Monday. In February, the man broke into a home in Munakata, Fukuoka, while dressed in Neon Genesis Evangelion cosplay. He stole approximately 17,000 yen (US$155) in cash. Tetsuya Fujisawa is a 37-year-old unemployed man. He has previously been known to break into homes while dressed in a bunny girl outfit....
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Bunshun: Kalafina Members Want to Get Back Together

Singing unit's breakup was reportedly due to management issues. ― The female singing unit Kalafina officially disbanded in March, but according to reports by Weekly Bunshun Digital, this was due to issues at the management level and the members themselves want to get back together. Weekly Bunshun Digital interviewed an anonymous industry insider, who said that Kalafina broke up due to the whims of th...
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Geodude Becomes Iwate Prefecture's Pokémon Tourism Ambassador

Iwate prefecture has been in recovery mode since the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster struck the area in 2011. Various companies have collaborated with the local government to help with tourism effort, including The Pokémon Company. In the last eight years, efforts have included a themed tourism train and Pokémon Go events. The in-game Lapras event brought over 10,000 visitors to northeastern ...
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Controversial Mascot Chiitan Finds Itself in Social Media Limbo

The wacky character mascot Chiitan might have to put its beef with John Oliver on hold; at least until it gets out of Twitter jail. The popular mascot's official Twitter accounts are currently suspended on the social media platform and, according to Chiitan's account management team, they have no idea why. Only the "0-year-old fairy baby" otter's English Twitter account is unaffected. "From what w...
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The Pokémon Company: 'We Don't Know' What Mr. Mime Is

There are nearly 100 Pokémon scattered about the scenes of the live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film, including Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Morelull and the formidable Mewtwo. One creature serves as an informant for Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) and Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds): the mum Mr. Mime. When the film's visual effects supervisor Erik Nordby and creature art director Ravi Bansal asked The Pokémo...
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Shibuya Officials Hope to Alleviate Halloween Crime with Alcohol Ordinance

Shibuya has become party central for ghost, ghouls, and costumed revelry on Halloween. The celebration has become enormous over the last few years and with it an increase in vandalism and littering. Last year things got so wild that multiple individuals were arrested for overturning a truck. Authorities are hoping to deter drunken antics this year by implementing an area-wide drinking ban on the s...
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Shueisha and Kodansha's Biggest Manga Stars Appear in 30-Meter Mural in Shibuya Station

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump and Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine recently collaborated on a 30-meter mural showing off iconic characters from both magazines. This mural was displayed in Shibuya station from May 6 to 12. The collaboration is part of the "Shōnen Jumaga Gakuen" project, and the image shows all the characters interacting in one giant academy. This is what parts of the mural looked ...
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Cowboy Bebop, Carole & Tuesday's Shinichiro Watanabe Directs Flying Lotus Music Video

Carole & Tuesday and Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe and his team of animators worked together to create the music video for Flying Lotus' track "More" featuring Anderson Paak. Flying Lotus is one of several musical talents lending their chops to Watanabe and BONES' Carole and Tuesday anime series. The director and musician pair also worked together on the Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 an...
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Current Ghibli President Kiyofumi Nakajima Shares Recollections of Princess Mononoke's Production

Film was a risky investment and could have put Ghibli in debt. ― The Edo Culture Complex's (Edocco) exhibit highlighting the work of Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki ran from April 20 to May 12. During the exhibit's run, pamphlets featuring current Ghibli presidents Kiyofumi Nakajima's reflections were distributed to visitors. Nakajima wrote about his memories of Suzuki and described extensively ...
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Naruto Creator Masashi Kishimoto Comments on His Next Manga Samurai 8

Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto held a press conference at Shueisha in March to share information about the upcoming Samurai 8: Hachimaruden manga, which will be written by Kishimoto and drawn by Akira Ōkubo. Kishimoto began by talking about Naruto, which he launched in 1999 and completed in 2014. After completing the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring side story manga in 2015, Kis...
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Discover Akihabara with We Never Learn: BOKUBEN Tourism Guide

There's plenty to see in the bright, nerdy Tokyo district of Akihabara but if you're finding it hard to know where to start, you could try the We Never Learn: BOKUBEN self-tour. Starting on May 10, visitors can pick up a sightseeing map focused on maid cafes and other interesting locales. A total of nine locations are participating and intrepid otaku explorers will receive a unique BOKUBEN postcar...
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Tops goo Poll of Best Heisei Yuri Anime

Revolutionary Girl Utena ranks 2nd, Maria Watches Over Us ranks 3rd ― goo Ranking released the results of its "Best yuri anime from the Heisei era" poll on April 27. 2,222 votes were submitted between February 9-23. The top-ranked anime was Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which received 231 votes. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 television anime series. It tells the story of a middle school girl named...
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GALS! Artist Mihona Fujii Draws Grown-up Versions of Characters for Shibuya 109 Collaboration

To celebrate the Shibuya 109 building's 40th anniversary, GALS! creator Mihona Fujii drew a four-page manga showing aged up versions of the characters reacting to Shibuya 109's changed appearance over the years. Fujii posted the manga on Twitter on April 28, the same day Shibuya 109 installed its new logo design. 🎊SIBUYA109 40周年記念‼️🎊109 & GALS!コラボ企画💗GALS! 描き下ろし4ページ漫画💗『GALS! in SIBUYA109 2002↔︎2019...
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The Magnificent Kotobuki Voice Actors Look Back on Anime's Best Moments

The Magnificent Kotobuki held a screening event for the final two episodes of the anime on March 30. Voice actors Sayumi Suzushiro (who plays Kylie), Eri Yukimura (Emma), Sayaka Nakaya (Kate), Asami Seto (Reona), Hibiku Yamamura (Zara), and Miyu Tomita (Chika) greeted the audience, along with surprise guest ZAQ, who sings the OP theme song "Sora no ne". The voice actors first appeared after episod...
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High-End Proplica Brand Creates Chibi Moon's Transformation Compact

Sailor Chibi Moon's transformation compact is getting the high-end Proplica treatment from Bandai. Fans of the pint-sized Guardian can practice their "Moon Crisis, Make-up!" with accompanying transformation music. The compact is 1/1-scale and is currently up for pre-order for 8,800 yen (US$80). Orders are expected to ship in December. The compact includes recordings by Chibi Usa's voice actress Ka...
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Anime's Train Ads Get Meta

White ads ask 'isn't there too much to do in the world?' ― Mass transit ads usually focus on eye-catching graphics. If a company is going to slap an ad on the side of a bus or the wall of a subway station, they want to get as many eyeballs as they can. Creative ads include Captain Tsubasa's stained glass window in Saitama and the interactive Dragon Quest Builders wall in Shinjuku Station. Netflix's R...
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Art Shops to Stop Carrying Manga Artist-Favored Ink

Artists in Japan are scrambling with the announcement that a favorite watercolor ink brand will cease domestic distribution in Japan at the end of the year. The Toyama art shop Gazai Tanpopo shared on May 7 that U.S.-based company Dr. Ph Martin's watercolor ink will not be readily available after December 31. The shop followed up on May 9 with a statement that read that the product's cancellation ...
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Space Attendant Aoi Music Video Shows Retro CG Feel

The musical group Earphones released an animated music video for their new single "Churatachuraha" on Friday. The trio includes voice actresses Rie Takahashi, Marika Kōno, and Yuki Nagaku. The voice actresses serve as the main cast for the Keica and Griot Groove's Anime Tamago entry Space Attendant Aoi (Tatakae! Space Attendant Aoi). Space Attendant Aoi is listed as a CG title but the anime music ...
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Hello Kitty Leads in Sanrio's Character Grand Prix 2019

This year's Sanrio Character Grand Prix contest is utilizing not only web votes; participants can submit their favorites via store locations and even the TikTok app. The result is a huge turnout. Over 7 million mascot fans have cast their vote since the poll opened last month. Sanrio announced the interim results on May 6 and despite only coming in fourth last year, Hello Kitty is currently leadin...
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Goku Voice Actress Masako Nozawa Ushers in Talent Office's Social Media Account

Talent studio Aoni Production is home to some major voice acting celebrities. The company represents Ryotaro Okiayu (How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, Fullmetal Alchemist), Miyuki Sawashiro (Psycho-Pass, ReLIFE), and Ryoko Shiraishi (Wagnaria, Hayate the Combat Butler). Aoni Production has accumulated an impressive roster in the last 50 years, but the office is just now joining the world of Twitter....
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Monkey Punch 'Produced' Collaboration Image for Shazam!

Lupin III creator Monkey Punch was working on a collaboration with DC Comics before he passed away last month. An illustration that Monkey Punch is credited as having "produced" of the DC superhero Shazam was released on Thursday. Monkey Punch loved American comics and cartoons, and cited DC comics as one of his influences. Images of Batman, Supergirl, and Aquaman are also planned to be released a...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Video Celebrates Goku Day, New DLC Character Debut

Dragon Ball fans in Japan know May 9 as "Goku Day." That's because the numbers five and nine pronounced together in Japanese can sound the same as the name of our favorite Saiyan. To celebrate, Bandai Namco Entertainment released the DLC character Goku from the Dragon Ball GT anime in the Dragon Ball FighterZ game on Thursday. The company and its subsidiaries also began streaming a Goku Day traile...
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New England Patriots' Anime Club Toured Anime Boston

Pro athletes Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler get their Naruto on ― Anime clubs aren't just for your local college. New England Patriots defensive tackle Lawrence Guy started his own anime club right in the football locker room. Guy, along with fellow defensive tackle Adam Butler and the rest of Patriots otaku crew headed to Anime Boston last month to mingle with guests and check out the Dealer's Hall. [email protected]
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Sign All Your Checks Like a Gangstar with Sexy Bruno Bucciarati Ink Pen

You'll want to keep your fingers stuck on this one ― Bruno Bucciarati's bod is the main appeal of this pricey ballpoint pen. The Stand user is casually removing his jacket while standing atop a broken Roman pillar while his stand Sticky Fingers can be seen below. The pen is intricate enough that it passes for a figure on its own. Throw it in your bag and the next time you have to sign a receipt you'l...
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Comedy Duo Become Shinigami, Bankai in Bleach x Monster Strike Campaign Ads

Monster Strike has gone above and beyond for its collaboration campaign commercials, including hiring live-action actors to appear as characters. Last year the game gathered a variety of celebrities to star as the Sailor Guardians to promote the in-game campaign and a message of freedom of expression. The mobile game's newest collaboration is with Tite Kubo's Bleach manga and staff brought in the ...
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Sword Art Online Singer LiSA Puts a Spin on Kirin Lemon Theme

Swort Art Online theme singer LiSA is tapping into that nostalgic summer feeling in music video for "Kirin Lemon no Uta." The Kirin Lemon soft drink has been available in Japan since the 1920s and its ubiquitous theme song has been covered multiple times. Bands and singers like BiSH, Frederic, and Inori Minase have covered the song in the past. LiSA's version is set to a high school story of a gro...
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GRANRODEO Makes Cameo as Animal Rockers in Kami-Usagi Rope TV Anime

The television anime series Kami-Usagi Rope airs on Fuji TV's Mezamashi TV program each morning. The anime stars a high school rabbit named Rope and his quick-tempered squirrel friend Akira. The animal friends live in a working class neighborhood and over the years have encountered animal versions of celebrities like like director Tim Burton to cartoon characters from Assassination Classroom, Bor...
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Elect Your Favorite Goku for 'Goku Day' 2019

This year's Goku Day is putting the power in fans' hands with a poll to decide which version of Goku will take center stage on May 9. The special site lets fans choose between Goku's different variations from Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super, and the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film. The campaign will award 59 random voters with a prize. Voting opens on May 9 and will run until May 31. T...
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Original English Pokémon Theme Singer Releases Unofficial Detective Pikachu Theme Song

Jason Paige, the singer of the original English Pokémon theme song for the English-dubbed version of the television anime, released his own unofficial theme song for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film on his YouTube channel on April 18. Paige's song is titled "It'll Always Be Me & You." "This unofficial Detective Pikachu theme echoes the inspirati...
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Stanford Researchers Identify Brain Region Activated by Pokémon Images

Adults who played Pokémon extensively as children have a brain region that responds preferentially to images of Pokémon ― Adults who played Pokémon extensively as children have a brain region that responds preferentially to images of Pokémon, according to research findings by Stanford psychologists. The findings were published online in the journal Nature Human Behavior. Jesse Gomez, who is the study...
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Sailor Pluto Makes Surprise Appearance at the Met Gala—Sorta

Vintage Chanel dress previously appeared in Takeuchi's artwork ― The Met Gala's camp-themed pink carpet saw Lady Gaga strip down through four costume changes and Zendaya re-enact Cinderella's fairy godmother moment. Monday was full of fantastical fanfare, but one star's get-up had Sailor Moon fans turning heads. Model and actress Lily-Rose Depp appeared on the carpet in a vintage black Chanel haute c...
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Sonic Co-Creators Express Gratitude to Fans, But Live-Action Film Team Could Be in Tough Spot

It's been a rough week for Sega's blue hedgehog. Paramount Pictures stood firm against fan concerns regarding Sonic the Hedgehog's design as far back as December, but the film company finally faced the music after the film's full trailer was ridiculed across the internet. An early leak of the design "shocked" Sonic Team head and game programmer Yuji Naka and he expressed concern that it could even...
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Manga Critic Speaks Out Against Artistic Restrictions After Web Manga Removes Star of David Depiction

Yuribara manga on Jump Rookie site was temporarily removed last year to implement change ― In December 2018, the web manga site Jump Rookie temporarily removed Aono Haru's Yuribara: TS Yuri wa Bara na no ka?! (Yuribara: Is gender-bending yuri bara?!) manga in order to alter a depiction of a magic circle, which had previously shown the six-pointed Star of David. The star is comprised of two equilatera...
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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Expresses Thoughts on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Film

Describes Spider-Verse as "really weird anime," tells aspiring creators "that's what I want you to outdo" ― Mobile Suit Gundam director Yoshiyuki Tomino held a special lecture at Takarazuka University's Tokyo campus on Sunday for students studying media and the arts. One of the subjects that came up during the lecture was the 2018 CG animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which Tomino descr...
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Man Cosplays as ufotable President Hikaru Kondo at Machi Asobi Event

Cosplayer takes photos with wads of fake cash in reference to ufotable's alleged tax evasion ― Machi Asobi is a bi-annual anime event organized by the animation studio ufotable. One cosplayer at the event decided to take this opportunity to cosplay as the company's president Hikaru Kondo, with a cheeky reference on the side to the recent allegations of tax evasion. The cosplayer, who goes by the name...
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Voice Actor Azumi Asakura Expects 1st Child, Black Butler Live-Action Actor Hiro Mizushima Expects 2nd Child

― Several industry professionals have recently announced that they are expecting children. Voice actor Azumi Asakura (Asia from High School DxD, Yukiho from The [email protected]) announced on her blog on Friday that she is pregnant with her first child, while actor Hiro Mizushima (Sebastian from the live-action Black Butler film, Souji from Kamen Rider Kabuto) announced on Instagram on April 26 that he is...
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Statistician Midori Makita Calculates Percentage of Consensual Sex in Erotic Manga

Also revealed: No. of maids in erotic manga over time, who initiates sex ― Although Japanese pornography is frequently stereotyped overseas as a scene dominated with hardcore fetishes, the stats tell a different story, according to self-proclaimed "erotic manga statistician" Midori Makita. Makita has been researching doujinshi for 12 years, with a focus on male-targeted erotic manga. He regularly pos...
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NHK Macross Mega-Poll Crowns Macross F, Sheryl Nome

Poll revealed winners in anime, character, mecha, and song categories ― Television broadcaster NHK announced the final result of its giant Macross mega-poll on Saturday. The popularity poll let franchise fans select the best series, character, mecha, and song. The voting tally found Macross Frontier (Macross F) and the most popular anime and its star Sheryl Nome won the most popular character categor...
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Final Fantasy's Yoshitaka Amano Draws Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Suave Samurai

Artist also discusses relationship between art, politics ― Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D artist Yoshitaka Amano has been expanding his artistic horizons lately with the beginning of the new Japanese era. For the website of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, he drew an illustration of seven samurai, the leader of whom is Amano's impression of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The website also had an inte...
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Zombie Land Saga's Lily Becomes Example in U.K Parliament Talks on Twitter Abuse

Why did a Scottish MP hold up a picture of a cute Zombie Land Saga character in Parliament and say "Shut the f*** up c***"? ― The collision of cute anime characters and toxic furious arguments may be old news to anime fans, but on Wednesday it reached Britain's Parliament. It culminated in the extraordinary sight of a Scottish MP flourishing a picture of the character Lily Hoshikawa from Zombie Land ...
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Sakuga Blog: 25 Anime Production Assistants Share Their Troubles in Anonymous Survey

76% reported working unpaid overtime, receiving psychological/physical abuse ― Fan-run animation production information blog Sakuga Blog posted the results on Tuesday of an anonymous survey it conducted with 25 anime production assistants. Overtime Work According to the survey, 96% of respondents worked overtime. 72% said they did it "always." Only 20% said they don't work on weekends or public holid...

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