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Happy Father's Day From the Anime World! Part I

Ain't no father gonna order us to get into no Eva ― Fathers can be stern figures, even unbearable at times, but many do it out of love for their children. With Father's Day coming to a close, we generally show our appreciation to our fathers with something they would want or appreciate. And sometimes what they want is a simple thank you. So, here are all the “thank yous” to all the fathers in the ani...
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Japan's Ruling Party Puts Out Poster That Looks Too Familiar to Slam Dunk Fans

Lawyer suggests poster may be copyright infringement ― If there's one thing political campaigns like to rely on, it's popular culture. Those in the U.S. are familiar with the overtures of Bruce Springsteen's “Born in the USA” playing at political rallies and the famous Obama “Hope” poster using street art aesthetics as ways to propel campaigns for political office. The U.S. isn't alone in this, as a ...
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Optimus Prime (Blakely) Arrested in Texas for Alleged Vehicular Theft

The 'Autobot' wasn't looking for his trailer ― One of the seminal animated series in the 1980s is Transformers. Originally a vehicle, no pun intended, to push toy maker Takara's transformable toys via Hasbro, the franchise has gone on to spawn nearly 30 animated properties in Japan and the United States, seven live-action feature films (some of which we choose to ignore), several video games, and of ...
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Ghibli Park Actually Uses Totoro House's Working Fire Stove to Cook (& Maintain Its Longevity)

Maybe someday we'll get to enjoy the food made at Satsuki and Mei's home? ― If there's one studio that has graced the silver screen with worlds that feel lived-in it's Ghibli. Just watch the kitchen and dining scenes in films like My Neighbor Totoro, Whisper of the Heart, and Castle in the Sky. So, when the Expo 2005 in Aichi recreated Satsuki and Mei's house from Totoro, the builders spared no detai...
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Seal Your Documents With a Mimic Chomping on Frieren

You'll want to check if it can be used on official documents ― One of the most common ways to authenticate an official document, such as contracts and letters, in the United States is with a signature. In Japan, however, it's customary to use a personalized seal (called a hanko) in place of a signature. These hanko generally have a small diameter, use red ink, and are used on all manner of documents....
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Game Collaborates with Slipknot in New Video

2nd promo video features interview with band members about game's masks ― Atlus announced a collaboration on May 28 with heavy metal band Slipknot for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, an updated version of its Shin Megami Tensei V game. The company released the second of two promotional videos on Thursday, featuring an interview with Slipknot members Clown, Eloy, and new guy about the masks in the ga...
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Blue Archive Has Most Booths at Comic Market 104

Mobile game narrowly beats out VTubers for top spot ― Comiket is the twice yearly doujin flea market where Japanese anime and manga fans sell parody works of their favorite IPs and cosplay as their favorite characters. It's not a wild party, just a time for fans to get together and nerd out. One question that often looms over each Comiket is what the most popular IP is? This changes from event to eve...
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Watch One Piece Take Over Exterior of Sphere in Las Vegas

Luffy becomes King of Las Vegas! ― Monkey D. Luffy of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece series may still be an aspiring King of the Pirates, but for a brief moment, he was the King of Las Vegas! See for yourself when One Piece took over the Las Vegas Sphere: Toei Animation produced the new 90-second-long presentation for the One Piece exhibit on the Exosphere exterior at the Las Vegas Sphere, which debuted on...
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Voice Actors Minami Tsuda, Tatsumaru Tachibana Marry

Voices of Hibari and Jujumaru from Boruto announce their marriage ― Minami Tsuda and Tatsumaru Tachibana, voice actors of Hibari Kamakura and Jujumaru from the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime, announced their marriage to each other on June 8 on their respective X (formerly Twitter) accounts. In their posts, each voice actor shared a short message to their fans. 皆さまへご報告です pic.twitter.com/nZ4vYFr...
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Exclusive: Berserk Bookends of Guts' Sword Get Manga Paint Makeover

Display your Berserk manga collection in style ― Dark Horse revealed on Tuesday that it is releasing a new limited-edition "Manga Paint" variant of special bookends themed after Guts' sword, the Dragon Slayer, from Kentaro Miura's Berserk manga. The new bookends are similar to Dark Horse's previously released ones, but these are painted black-and-white in the style of the original manga. The bookends...
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Mayu Matusoka, Hey! Say! Jump Idol Daiki Arioka Announce Marriage

Live-action Chihayafuru films' Shinobu Wakamiya performer, prominent idol make announcements ― Mayu Matsuoka, who played Shinobu Wakamiya from the live-action Chihayafuru films, announced her marriage on June 7 on her official website to Daiki Arioka, member of the idol group Hey! Say! Jump. Her announcement came with a message to her fans and those she works with. In her message Matsuoka wrote (rou...
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Play Nintendo Tour Travels U.S. This Summer

It's the summer of Nintendo ― Nintendo doesn't normally have a large presence at video game conventions. However, that doesn't mean the company is averse to holding its own in-person events, one of which is the Play Nintendo Tour this summer. Nintendo will be visiting nine cities across the United States for fans and families to enjoy a plethora of Nintendo themed attractions. Nintendo of America ann...
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Train Like a Hashira With New Demon Slayer Smartwatches

Get your total concentration on and learn some demon slaying techniques ― One of this generation's hit anime and manga, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba turns a vampire hunting story into one of familial love and superpowers and places it into a pre-modern Japan setting. But what would happen if the pre-modern crossed paths with the modern? Behold the new Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba smartwatches by ...
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Isekai Stories Stake New Territory: CoroCoro Comic for Grade-School Kids

Truck-kun strikes again, taking our youth ― It's no secret isekai stories are all the rage in the anime, manga, and light novel industries. While there are still some holdout manga magazines, the fad has finally hit an institution and bastion of children's manga magazines: none other than Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic imprint with the new series Ochikobore Shōgakusei, Isekai & Gendai de Saikyō Yūsha to...
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Woman Charged for Posting Ensemble Stars!! Images With Cockroaches Edited Into Them

She allegedly didn't like how her favorite character was being treated ― With games like The IdolM@ster and Ensemble Stars!! allowing people to manage Japanese idols, they're bound to create schisms among fans — not about which game is better, but which character is the best. This can lead developers to leave some characters by the wayside to promote more popular ones. But what are fans to do if this...
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The Future Has Arrived With Ghost in the Shell's Hyundai IONIQ 5 N Electric Vehicle Ads

See the collaboration at the Shibuya Tsutaya shop ― Over the past 20 years, electric cars have gone from limited range to over two hundred miles (about 350 kilometers). Plus, with all the power going straight to the wheels, they also boast decent torque and horsepower. It's truly the future. And what better way to celebrate this than to merge the real future with the iconic Ghost in the Shell franchi...
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Game Streamer Kiyo (Aims) to Fill Tokyo Dome Stadium With Solo Show

The Dome isn't just for baseball games and concerts anymore ― The Tokyo Dome is arguably the most famous baseball stadium in Japan right after the Koshien Stadium in Osaka. Home to the Tokyo Giants baseball team, the Dome hosts numerous events throughout the year including concerts, professional wrestling, American football, among others. But in what appears to be a first for the stadium, Japanese vi...
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Chibi Godzilla Raids Again, Odekake Kozame Team Up for Cute Collab

The chibi King of Monsters and the cutest shark team up for a cute adventure ― One of the surprise breakout short anime and manga series of 2024 is Odekake Kozame. It's hard not to love the adventures of the cute titular shark Kozame. But what happens when the shark comes across the chibi version of the King of Monsters? Well, you get a cute little story between them. The official X (formerly Twitter...
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hololive Takes Over Dodger Stadium During Anime Expo Day 2 (& Ohtani's 30th Birthday)

Take me out to the ball game with VTubers ― Since about the 2010s, some streamers have built huge fanbases and careers without ever showing their faces. Now this success has led three such virtual YouTubers (VTubers) at hololive to perform at Dodgers Stadium for the July 5 baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. The hololive agency's English X (formerly Twitter) account a...
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Voice Actor Yūki Kaji Counters Unauthorized AI Cover Songs by Offering Official Voice Synthesis Software

Yuki Kaji wants his fans to use his voice ethically ― The rise in AI generated content has brought to light questions regarding the rights to celebrities' images, likenesses, and voices and how we produce original works. While the debate is far from settled, the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike helped bring the issue to the public. In Japan, the issue is looming in the background, but there's a feeling no one r...
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Japan Society, Anime NYC Announce 1st American Manga Awards

Event commemorating manga creators/publishers takes place in NYC on August 22 ― Japan Society and Anime NYC announced on Monday that they are launching the first American Manga Awards. The new ceremony will take place at Japan Society's Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium in Midtown Manhattan on August 22, the night before this year's Anime NYC event begins. The American Manga Awards will commemorate man...
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Voice Actor Takeo Otsuka Announces Marriage

Voice of Oshi no Ko's Aquamarine Hoshino offers short message to fans ― Takeo Otsuka, voice of Aquamarine Hoshino from the Oshi no Ko anime, announced his marriage on his X (formerly Twitter) account on May 31. In the post, Otsuka offered a short message to his fans: ご報告です。 pic.twitter.com/aF5nhSfA7d— 大塚剛央 (@TakeoooOtsuka) May 31, 2024 I have an announcement. To all of you, I, Otsuka Tsuyoshi, have ...
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'Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again' Anime Warns Against Phone Scams in New Video

The scourge of the 'ore ore' scam persists ― For about the past 20 years, elderly folk in Japan have been the targets of the “ore ore” (literally, "It's me") phone scam. The scam involves a person calling an elderly person claiming to be their son and asking for money. Over the years the scams have become a bit more intricate, with cases where scammers pose as police officers or staff from the target...
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Turns Out Shōhei Ohtani Can Pitch, Hit, AND Draw Manga Art Shockingly Well

Art resurfaces when he was announced as judge for Shonen Jump's Sports Manga Award ― Being talented in one aspect of your life doesn't stop you from being talented in other aspects. For instance, former seven-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger went on to have a prolific acting career. But what about Shōhei Ohtani, the biggest name in sports today? Well, it turns out he's not just one of the great...
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Full Metal Panic's Shoji Gatoh Is Unnerved to Be the Rare Light Novelist With Short Titles

Gone are the days when names of Japanese novels were short ― Since about the mid-2000s, the length of Japanese light novel titles (referring to the actual name of the work) has slowly become longer and longer. Back then, there used to be titles like Slayers, Record of the Lodoss War, or Maria Watches Over Us. Today, there's a deluge of longer titles like That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Campf...
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Phantom Thief Jeanne Transformation Items Get Collection for Grown-Up Fans

Harness Joan of Arc's to seal away demons ― As almost a response to the ending of Sailor Moon, Arina Tanemura's series Phantom Thief Jeanne ( Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne) began. While not as well-known as its predecessor, Phantom Thief Jeanne has its fans. For the series' 25th anniversary, fans will have a chance to relive the series with the new Special Memorize Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Rosario La Pucelle Co...
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Sharknado Meets its Japanese Rival With Onsen Shark

Nowhere is safe from the scourge of sharks ― In 1975, Steven Spielberg introduced the world to a whole new genre of film with Jaws: the shark movie. Since then, countless shark movies have been made, to the point that James Rolfe, better known as the Angry Video Game Nerd, released a video about the 50 worst shark movies in July 2017. There's no limit to the number of shark movies out there, and now ...
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LEGO Unveils Great Deku Tree Set from Legend of Zelda Series

Saving Hyrule one brick at a time ― LEGOs are great toys that allow those with spatial awareness and creativity to build to their hearts content. They also have premade buildable sets for those who enjoy following instructions, The company is currently known for the collaboration sets it produces. From Star Wars to Harry Potter, some of the biggest franchises have had LEGO sets created for them. One ...
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Twins Arrested for Selling Kamen Rider Helmet Replicas

Toei does not appreciate people using their copyrighted material without permission ― While each of the 34 Kamen Rider entries since 1971 have their fans, the original Kamen Rider is still an icon. It's no wonder fans would want life-size replica helmets of the hero. Unfortunately, very few official replicas exist. So fans have resorted to unofficial replicas — and those unauthorized helmets have lan...
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NY Times Recounts How Twitter 'Threadnought' Spawned by Vic Mignogna's Lawsuit Led to Lawyer Team-Up

Legal team formed after Twitter dustup in 2019 defamation case is now taking Elon Musk to court ― Between the trolls, random arguments, and so many other negative aspects of the social media platform, X (formerly Twitter) can be an unwelcoming space. However, a person's experience on the platform depends the community. Apparently the law analysis side of Twitter was at one point a truly intriguing pl...
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Voice Actor Yoshino Aoyama Appears as Bocchi The Rock's Bocchilla in Shimokitazawa

Aoyama disguised as monster Bocchilla got likes, handed out flyers ― One of the greatest anime monsters in the last decade is arguably Bocchilla from Bocchi the Rock! While the monster only appeared briefly in one episode of the series as a hallucination of main character Hitori Goto, it still left an impression on fans. That very monster was in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo on May 24 handing out flyers for t...
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Voice Actress Mai Fuchigami Announces Marriage on Her Birthday

Voice of Girls & Panzer's Miho Nishizumi makes announcement in heartfelt message ― Mai Fuchigami, voice of Miho Nishizumi from the Girls und Panzer franchise, announced her marriage on May 28 — which is also her birthday. In her post on X (formerly Twitter), Fuchigami gave a heartfelt message to her fans: ご報告です。 pic.twitter.com/o02DZBOC9K— 渕上舞(声優) (@fuchigami_mai) May 28, 2024 I have an announcement...
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Uma Musume Sprints Into Crossover With Godzilla x Kong

See who's stronger, an Uma Musume or the King of Monsters and King Kong ― In late April, the film Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire crossed over with the Detective Conan franchise in a collaboration poster and commercial. However, this wasn't the end of Godzilla and King Kong's collaborations, as they now have even greater rivals: the racers from Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Beginning of a New Era. But wil...
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JoJo's Hirohiko Araki Paints His 1st Public Art Mural for Osaka

Don't worry, it doesn't involve Pillar-men ― There are very few manga creators whose art transcends the medium and becomes a form of art unto itself. One such creator is Hirohiko Araki of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. While the art in his series started off rather mundane, Araki has pushed the limits of what a manga creator can do over the course of 35 years of experimentation. And now Araki is taking hi...
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Detective Conan Expands UK's National Gallery Collaboration With Monet, Renoir

Conan and the gang are popping up in more famous paintings ― Earlier this year, the National Gallery in London announced that it is partnering with the Detective Conan manga by inserting Conan characters into famous paintings. Now more collaboration paintings and merchandise are on their way, plus some pop-up stores in Japan. The Shonen Sunday Premium Shop's X (formerly Twitter) account announced the...
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CLAMP Designs New Cardcaptor Sakura Dress for Hello Kitty's 50th Birthday Bash

Everyone's favorite kitty gets some new dresses ― It's surreal knowing Sanrio's Kitty White — a.k.a. Hello Kitty — is celebrating her 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, she is partnering with manga creators for some new looks, and the latest one comes from legendary creator quartet CLAMP. ClAMP revealed their design for Kitty on their X (formerly Twitter) account on May 23. In the post, the grou...
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Studios MAPPA, Contrail Collaborate on Pokémon Music Video

Nulbarich & Sunny (feat. UMI) perform song 'Lucky' based on Pokémon Center theme ― Need a pick-me-up? The official Japanese YouTube channel for the Pokémon franchise posted a new music video on Friday. The video features the song "Lucky" by Nulbarich and Sunny (feat. UMI), based on the game series' iconic Pokémon Center theme. Anime studios MAPPA and Contrail collaborated on the music video. The musi...
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Key/Visual Arts Donates 14 Million Yen to Quake-Hit Noto Peninsula

Legendary game maker brings another tear to our eyes ― Key is arguably one of the greatest Japanese visual novel game makers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. With games like Kanon, Air, Clannad, and a plethora of others, the studio is known for blending the erotic with sad stories. In a new teary-eyed story, Key, with the help of its parent company, Visual Arts, is donating a massive sum of money f...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Spawns Virtual Musical for 5th Anniversary

Kiratto Pri☆Chan characters come together for special performance ― Although the first idol anime series was arguably 1983's Magical Angel Creamy Mami, it wasn't until the 2010s when the genre really took off with series and franchises like Love Live!, Pretty Rhythm, and Tsukiuta., among many others. With modern idol anime comes a lot of multi-media projects. One of those projects was the recent Kira...
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Demon Slayer Anime Gets Live Concert Tour in NY/CA in September

"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba In Concert" opens in Brooklyn on September 21, San Francisco on September 28 ― The music of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is coming to the U.S. in a concert tour! Aniplex of America, GEA Live, RoadCo Entertainment, and Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that they are producing a live concert for the Demon Slayer anime. "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba In Concert" will pr...
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New Player Cosmetics Revealed for Gundam x Call of Duty Crossover

To quote Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, “IT'S A GUNDAM!” ― The Gundam and Call of Duty (COD) franchises announced on May 20 that they would be collaborating for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Season 4. Their respective X (formerly Twitter) accounts and websites gave a few more details the next day, and taking center stage are the Mobile Suits. The collaboration will include three new player cosmetics bas...
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One Piece Captures Las Vegas Sphere for 1 Week

The one piece was at Las Vegas all along ― Very few anime and manga series can say they've ran for over 25 years. In fact, only about a dozen anime have ever reached that milestone. And one of those series is Eiichiro Oda's masterpiece One Piece. While the manga celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022, the anime is celebrating its 25th this year (not counting the "Defeat The Pirate Ganzak!" event spe...
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Live-Action Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Stars Issei Takahashi, Marie Iitoyo Get Married

Fictional manga author/editor pair tie the knot ― The actors for Rohan Kishibe and Kyoka Izumi from the live-action Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe series, Issei Takahashi and Marie Iitoyo, respectively, announced their marriage on May 16. Iitoyo posted their joint message on her Instagram page. In the announcement, the two actors gave a heartfelt message to their fans and those they work with. View this po...
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Gundam Suits Up for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

Federation's 'White One' comes to world's favorite shooter franchise in Season 4 ― One of, if not the most, popular first-person shooter game franchises is Call of Duty (COD). Starting off in World War II, the franchise has seen war through the lens of a soldier in World War II, modern times, and even the speculative future. The franchise's newest entry, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III takes us back...
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Bocchi the Rock's 'Bocchilla' Takes on Godzilla Above Tokyo Theater

The King of Monsters might finally meet its equal ― Having appeared in 30 live-action Japanese films, five Hollywood films, and three anime films, it's no wonder Godzilla has earned the moniker King of Monsters — and countless parodies. One recent parody is "Bocchila," the Shōnin Yokkyū Monster (Attention-Whore Monster) from the 2022 anime series Bocchi the Rock And now Bocchila is taking on Godzilla...
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Wonderful Precure! Girls, Crayon Shin-chan Cross Over Into Each Others' Anime

It's not the first time Crayon Shin-chan has invaded a magical girl anime ― Crayon Shin-chan is among the most iconic — and longest-running — family anime in Japan, having been on the air since April 1992. And in those three decades, the series has had a handful of crossovers with other anime. Wonderful Precure! joins that list this weekend. The preview for the May 18 episode of Crayon Shin-chan and ...
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McDonald's Uses Polymerization on Yu-Gi-Oh!/Hello Kitty for Happy Meals

Franchises get 10 Happy Meal toys in U.S. this summer Yu-Gi-Oh! and Hello Kitty — name a more iconic duo. Okay, the two franchises aren't really recognized as an obvious pair. To their credit, though, they are no strangers to crossovers with other anime. Hello Kitty, in particular, has had numerous crossovers with various series such as Naruto, My Hero Academia, Sailor Moon, and Jujutsu Kaisen. Yu-...
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Fist of the North Star's Tetsuo Hara Draws Furiosa to Promote Next Mad Max Saga

Hara & director George Miller hold 1st ever joint interview ― Tetsuo Hara's seminal Fist of the North Star is one of those manga and anime one doesn't forget easily. From the ultra-violence and all the stories of love (be it brotherly between master and pupil, or man and woman), the series has captured readers around the world. But we can't forget that one of the manga's inspirations was the Mad Max ...
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MMA Fighter Itsuki 'Android 18' Hirata Promotes Upcoming Fight

Hirata is set to fight on June 7, but she's not fighting Cell or Vegeta ― In the world of professional prize fighting, some of the top tier athletes get some rather interesting nicknames. Most of the time, this has to do with a trait the prize fighter is known for, but once in a blue moon you'll see one named after a character. One such prize fighter is female MMA fighter Itsuki “Android 18” Hirata. ...
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Happy Mother's Day From the Anime World! Part II

To quote Prince John from Disney's Robin Hood, “Mommy. I got a dirty thumb” ― It's a bit past Mother's Day, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the one's who raised us. And the anime and manga worlds are filled with mothers who raised our favorite characters. So, here's a little look at all the greetings to our mothers from the anime and manga world: Chibi Maruko-chan Dragon Ball 今日は #母の日 ですね! p...
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Happy Mother's Day From the Anime World! Part I

Here's to all the mothers out there ― Mother's Day, the day people apparently make the most long-distance calls. And why wouldn't we? For many of us, our mothers birthed us, raised us, and generally loved us. Even in the anime and manga world, mothers are important characters. So, what sorts of messages were there to our mothers across the anime and manga world? Here's a small sample. Doraemon Futago...
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Armored Trooper Votoms Gets Limted 40th Anniversary Whiskey

Votoms up ― An oft seen but not fully remembered robot anime is Armored Trooper Votoms. While the series has its fans, it's nowhere near as popular as the Mobile Suit Gundam or Macross franchise. Even so, the series lives on in collaborations such as the Super Robot Wars games or in the numerous model kits released by Bandai Namco and Kotobukiya. In celebration of the series 40th anniversary, the X (...
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Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Cast Reunite for New 30th Anniversary Episode

The first ninja Super Sentai return from the shadows to cut down the forces of evil ― The history of the Super Sentai (popularly known as Power Rangers in Western countries) franchise is full of firsts. From the first series, Himitsu Sentai Goranger, in 1977 to the first appearance of a sixth ranger in 1987's Hikari Sentai Maskman, then the first regular sixth ranger in 1992's Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger...
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1st Run of Shōhei Ohtani's Picture Book Jump in Price After His Disgraced Interpreter Is Airbrushed Out

And it wasn't the Ministry of Truth that spirited him away ― Shōhei Ohtani will undoubtedly go down as one of the most well-known, if not one of the greatest, baseball players due to his skills as a pitcher and batter. His current 10-year, 700-million-dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers reflects this. Unfortunately, Ohtani was recently caught up in a scandal involving his (now former) interp...
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New Documentary Series Follows Manga Editors at Shogakukan

Go behind the scenes of manga editors' jobs ― Manga editing is not usually thought about all that much, as the profession is elusive to outsiders. The job isn't just about going through a draft and marking mistakes, but rather helping authors formulate and shape their stories. While there are snippets into manga editing with interviews from time to time, there haven't been many documentary about the ...
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The Rubik's Cube Now Transforms Into a Robot, Thanks to Bandai Spirits

The toy that everyone wants to solve takes on a new form ― One of the greatest and long-lived toys is arguably the Rubik's Cube. From the standard six-sided 3x3x3 toy to wild variations like the color-changing models, people can't get enough of the cube. And now the iconic Rubik's Cube takes on a whole new life as a Chogokin transformable robot by Bandai Spirits. The Tamashii Nations Store Tokyo bran...
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New Unoffical Laputa: Castle in the Sky CGI Short Streamed

Relive the magic of seeing the castle in the sky for the first time ― Studio Ghibli is known for its supreme quality of hand-drawn animation. With it comes beautiful and iconic imagery, from the forests in both Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke, the interior and exterior of the bathhouse in Spirited Away, to the ever so memorable introduction of the Cat Bus in My Neighbor Totor...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Sets 2 Guinness World Records

Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon Trading Card Game, eat your hearts out ― The Guinness World Records is by far one of the greatest trivia books out there. From the serious to the absurd, you'll find just about any record in the book. Of course, some of the records can be seen as publicity stunts, such as the recent crowning of Animate Ikebukuro as the largest anime shop/store. And even if some record...
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Live-Action Short Celebrates Brotherhood & 10 Years of My Hero Academia

Relive a decade of My Hero Academia vicariously through 2 brothers' story ― It's momentous when a manga reaches its 10th anniversary of serialization. Although it's true that weekly shonen magazines like Jump, Magazine, and Sunday are rife with titles that have reached that seminal mark, only a small fraction in the industry as a whole ever sees 10 years of publication. One series that is hitting its...
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Magic: The Gathering Card Game Gets Hatsune Miku Collab

No one's gonna want to hard counter Miku ― In the past few years, the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG) has partnered with different intellectual properties for some interesting collaborations. Some collabs are within parent company Wizards of the Coast's brand, such as Dungeons & Dragons. Others include properties such as Doctor Who, Warhammer: 40,000, or recently, Cowboy Bebop. T...
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Ghibli's Composer Joe Hisaishi Warns Against Unauthorized Use of His Music

Hisaishi's company Wonder City Inc. requests those without permission cease arranging his scores ― Among all anime music composers, only a few have left a mark on the anime industry. One of those composers is Joe Hisaishi, the composer for many of the songs featured in Studio Ghibli movies such as Spirited Away, Nausicaa, My Neighbor Totoro. His memorable scores have shaped music heard in anime. Howe...
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Gundam Seed Freedom Cast Make Joke Redub of Scene to Promote Film's Final Run

Kira and the gang really want you to see the movie one more time ― Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Freedom is just now getting an international release, but in Japan it's wrapping up its theatrical run. To say it had a good run is an understatement as Gundam Seed fans patiently waited 20 years for the movie to drop. However, it's time for Japanese fans to say goodbye to the movie as its last day in theaters ...
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Iñaki Godoy Celebrates Luffy's Birthday with a Special Video

Birthday video hides possible teaser for season 2 of live-action show ― Netflix is celebrating the birthday of One Piece's Monkey D. Luffy in a big way this year. His 3D counterpart, Iñaki Godoy, wished him a happy birthday on May 5 with a special video. The star of Netflix's live-action One Piece adaptation thanked the aspiring pirate king for all the joy he brings to the world, especially on Childr...
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Happy Children's Day From the Anime World! Part II

The kids. They're alright. ― It's Children's Day in Japan, and while not all of us are children, it's important to keep that spirit of a child inside us. And the anime and manga industry is full of those fully grown children celebrating the holiday. Here's a small sample of how they did. Arata Aki (A Destructive God Sits Next to Me) Futago Kamikita Mitsuru Miura (The Kabocha Wine) Naruto Noshi Nekoha...
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Happy Children's Day From the Anime World! Part I

Won't someone please think of the children ― Late April and early May is a wonderful time for everyone living in Japan because of the Golden Week holidays: Showa Day, Constitution Day, Greenery Day, and Children's Day. Kids celebrate Children's Day by flying carp-shaped koinobori flags, displaying samurai helmets, eating kusamochi rice sweets, and generally having fun — and so are creators all around...
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Yuki Kaji, Maaya Uchida Star as 'Energy Farmers' in Osaka Gas Anime Short

Even voice actors farm energy every now and then ― For many homeowners and renters, utility bills are a great concern. We want our indoor climates comfortable, our water hot, and our lights working. But sometimes we forgo understanding what goes into keeping our utility bills down. One method is the implementation of residential fuel cells, or converting gas energy into electrical energy while still ...
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Re:Zero, The Dangers in My Heart Cross Over in Short YouTube Anime

See their adventure in Ikebukuro ― Seeing anime collaborations and crossovers is an odd thing. Sure, it works when it's a series by the same creator or the shows are in the same genre. But when the series are from radically different creators or genres, the crossover can be a real crapshoot. When we find those crossovers that work, though, it's a real treat. One of those treats was the recent crossov...
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Baki Series' Yūjirō Hanma Voice Actor Akio Ōtsuka Shows Off 'Kawaii' Side with Filtered Photo Booth Image

The man with a voice that can strike fear to many, and a (kawaii) face that can set 3.5 million views ― When you hear the name of Japanese voice actor Akio Ōtsuka, the first thing you'll probably think is how his voice can easily strike fear, especially when you remember his villainous All For One character in My Hero Academia or as Yūjirō Hanma in the Baki series. There's also his portrayal of the c...
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One Piece Gets 1st Official U.S. Café in Las Vegas

Café with One Piece-themed foods opens on May 11 ― Japan has numerous cafés themed after anime series, games, and other related fandoms. Some of them are temporary pop-ups, though some have become established eateries. One Piece, one of the most popular anime in Japan, has had its share of venues for fans to enjoy delicacies inspired by the series. Some are no longer available like the Mugiwara Cafe ...
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MAPPA Animates Music Video for Eve, PEOPLE 1's Deu

"Like the Flatwoods Monster" began streaming on Friday ― The stage is set for a collaboration between MAPPA, Eve, and Deu of PEOPLE 1! Studio MAPPA has animated the music video for "Like the Flatwoods Monster" ("Flatwoods Monster Mitai ni"), a new song by Eve (Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, My Hero Academia) and vocalist/bass guitarist Deu of PEOPLE 1 (Chainsaw Man, Ranking of Kings: The Treasure Ches...
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X/Twitter's Grok AI Incorrectly Says Chris Beveridge Directs Laid-Back Camp Anime's Dub

A generative AI chatbot getting information wrong? Never would have guessed... ― Generative AI is all the rage right now, from Chat GPT and Copilot's for written material and Stable Diffusion and DALL-E for artwork. While these tools can create a template to work off, they are by no means reliable, especially when it comes to written material. X's (formerly Twitter) generative AI program, Grok, shows...
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Queen Bee Perform 1.5 Anniversary Song for Goddess of Victory: Nikke Game

They've surpassed being queens and are now goddesses ― In the annals of video games, the music is part of what separated the good from the greats. I mean, what is Super Mario Bros., Chrono Trigger, or Halo without the music, especially the main theme song? While mobile games are incredibly popular, the music hasn't really broken into the collective conscience of gamers around the world. However, ther...
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Live-Size Kaiju No. 8 Statue (Temporarily) Erected at Tokyo's Tachikawa Station

Come for the statue, stay for the event ― Japan famously operates some of the world's most punctual train lines, which stop at some gorgeous train stations. What often goes under the radar are the events at those stations. Most of the time it's a stamp rally where you get a reward upon completion, or a market featuring cuisine and items from a local region of Japan. But on rare occasions we get a col...
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Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix Manga Marks 70th Anniversary With 1st Picture Book

Osamu Tezuka's memory rises from the ashes. ― Osamu Tezuka is heralded as the god of manga in Japan, a patron to the medium. It's almost no wonder why, as throughout his life and career he created countless manga. Among one of his life works is his unfinished Phoenix. The series has gone through many iterations starting in 1954 and ending one year later at Gakudosha, 1956 to 1957 at Kodansha, and on ...
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Fans Unnerved When Quakes Hit Places Suzume Visits After Film's TV Premiere

Maybe The Simpsons isn't the only animation to predict the future ― To say Japan is hit with earthquakes regularly is an understatement. They're so common, there's a joke among Japanese people: “Stop, duck, and Twitter." Yet, when an anime seemingly predicts where an earthquake is going to happen, what are you to do? Well, the recent broadcast premiere of Makoto Shinkai's 2022 movie Suzume showed us ...
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Looney Tunes' Foghorn Voice Actor Eric Bauza Takes Part in Anime Memes

I say, I say, bōya ― One of the memorable Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters is Foghorn Leghorn. The often bombastic prankster and sometimes mentor is known for his rivalry with Barnyard Dawg and generally causing some trouble on the farm he lives on. But what would happen if Foghorn were to interact with someone outside his farm? There haven't been many instances in the cartoons, most well-...
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Magic: The Gathering Pays Homage to Cowboy Bebop

It resolves ― The ever-popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG) has transported players to different magical worlds with over 60 card decks, letting them engage in battles by summoning monsters and casting spells. The game recently wrapped up a large story with the set called "March of the Machine: The Aftermath" in May 2023. Since then, the game has been revisiting the different worlds i...
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Shueisha Runs AI-Translated Global Manga Community Site for 1 Month Only

Service allows Shonen Jump fans from around the world to connect via machine translation ― There is no doubt manga's popularity has grown over the past several decades. With that growth have come fandoms around the world. While online forums exist for these fans to interact, fans may have to create their little islands due to the language barrier. However, Japanese manga publisher Shueisha is trying ...
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JoJo's Araki Draws Napoleon for New Educational Manga Edition Featuring Major Artists

See what Stand Napoleon used, plus art by creators of My Hero Academia, Spy x Family, Ao Haru Ride, Kingdom, Promised Neverland, & more! ― While manga is generally seen as entertainment, most major Japanese publishers have understood the medium's value for education, particularly history. One of the most well-known educational manga series is Shueisha's Gakushu Manga: Sekai no Rekishi (Educational Ma...
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Japanese TV Special Ranks Top Anime Songs, as Chosen by Foreign Fans

What are non-Japanese anime fans' top choices? ― Fans have been debating the greatest anime songs as long as anime has been around. Japanese TV regularly raises the topic for domestic fans, but every so often, Japan also presents the international perspective. On April 21, TV Asahi hosted a nearly three-hour special ranking favorite anime songs by non-Japanese and non-domestic anime fans. In a March ...
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Kiyosu City Uses Late Akira Toriyama's Design for 20th Anniversary Logo

See one of the final pieces of art by the legendary manga author ― The anime and manga world was stricken with sad news in early March with the passing of legendary manga author Akira Toriyama. His works influenced many anime and manga fans, illustrators, and authors around the world. While his legacy still lives on in Dragon Ball Daima, Sand Land, and the Dragon Ball Super manga, among a few other p...
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A Few Moments of Cheers Film to Donate Part of Earnings to Ishikawa's Post-Quake Reconstruction

Writer Jukki Hanada, music video production group Hurray!, 100Studio's original film opens on June 14 ― Nothing shows appreciation to one's hometown more than lending a helping hand to the place you call home, especially after it is struck by disaster. This is exactly what the upcoming original anime film A Few Moments of Cheers (Sūfunkan no Yell o) decided to do: the film's staff announced on Februa...
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Fist of the North Star Gets a Kitchen Knife Kickstarter Campaign

“Ata-ta-ta-tah” your vegetables and other food items while you cook ― When you think of quintessential 80s manga, one of the first that comes to mind is Fist of the North Star. From its ultra-violence, memorable quotes, and themes of love, the series is nothing but iconic. And the series is also no stranger to merchandise. While mainly figures, we've also seen video games, T-shirts, and some beautifu...
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Yamaha Music, Bocchi the Rock! Launch Program to Help Students Start Bands

Recruit new band members in real life with Bocchi the Rock! poster ― Youth is the best time to discover oneself and new pastimes. And there's no perfect time to start something new than spring. That's why Yamaha Music and the Bocchi the Rock! compilation films are giving their support to high school students starting bands, or just starting to find interest in music and playing instruments, with the ...
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Godzilla, King Kong, Detective Conan, & Kaito Kid Join Forces for Crossover Video

Get ready for an (unofficial) double header in Golden Week ― The week-long late spring holiday season is almost upon Japan. That means families and friends will be getting together for all sorts of activities, including catching up on the movies they've been meaning to watch. Toho Cinemas is bringing out the big guns with a new collaboration video featuring Case Closed: The Million-dollar Pentagram a...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Series Gets Escape Room Set in Dream World

Teams have 1 hour to wake up Frieren ― SCRAP's Real Escape Game announced that it is creating an escape room for Frieren: Beyond Journey's End, the hit series that recently dethroned Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as the top anime on ANN and MAL. The game is titled "Escape from the Millennium Dream." In the game, players enter a dream world and partner with Fern and Stark to wake up Frieren, which ...
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Beckett Collectibles Now Grades Manga

Grading process takes 10-30 business days ― Beckett Collectibles announced on January 10 that the grading and authentication company will now expand its services into the world of manga. The official page for the company describes manga grading: Manga grading is the process of judging the condition and authenticity of manga publications, from Dragon Ball Z and One Piece to Demon Slayer and beyond. Th...
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SPY×FAMILY Code: White Anime Film Gets Collectible Popcorn Bucket & Drink Cup in U.S. Screenings

Limited collectible artboard also up for grabs Spy×Family fans in the U.S., aside from watching the SPY×FAMILY Code: White anime film this weekend, you have another side mission to accomplish: get yourself a SPY×FAMILY Code: White collectible drink cup or popcorn bucket in select AMC Theatres. Save the world and bring home a #SpyXFamily Code: White collectible drink 🥤 or 🍿 vessel! On sale 4/18 in s...
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Sesame Street Characters Get E-Sports Treatment with Evo Japan 2024 Merch (Updated)

No news on addition of Elmo to Tekken 8 roster ― Update: EVO Japan announced on April 24 that "Due to various reasons," the Sesame Street merchandise will no longer be sold "at the venue." The announcement did not specify if the merchandise will be sold in another way at a later date. Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster are becoming the Sesame Street fighters, at least on this year's EVO Japan merch. ...
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Voice Actress Akari Uehara Announces Surprise Marriage & More

Voice of Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time's Vegan Eldriel also announces pregnancy ― Akari Uehara, voice of Vegan Eldriel from Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time, announced her marriage on X (formerly Twitter) on April 15. In the announcement, Tamura posted a surprise and heartfelt message to her fans and those she works with. 🌸ご報告です🌸 pic.twitter.com/YDdRMmLJ5r— 上原あかり (@akariuehara13) April...
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Watch Kana Hanazawa Voice an Adorable Shark in Behind-the-Scenes Short

Odekake Kozame anime takes peek inside recording booth ― More and more anime fans are getting a look into the recording sessions of their favorite anime's voice actors. This is often delivered as bonus material on DVD/Blu-ray Discs or on television specials, and more recently, as behind-the-scenes videos online. One of the anime series showing off the recording sessions is none other than Odekake Koz...
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Crunchyroll, Crypton Future Media Criticized After New Hatsune Miku Concerts Forgo Transparent Displays

Change.org petition with 6,200+ signatures asks for refunds ― Crunchyroll and Crypton Future Media have been facing criticism from Hatsune Miku fans after the "HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2024 North America tour powered by Crunchyroll" concert tour started in Vancouver, Canada on April 4. According to fans who have attended the concerts so far, the concerts seem to be using a LED screen instead of the trademar...
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Tell Your Special Someone Your Love is Forever With Black Jack's Diamond Engagement & Wedding Rings

You don't have to be an unlicensed medical practitioner to buy one either ― One of the most common ways to express your intent to marry someone, at least in many Western cultures, is the exchange of an engagement ring. However, with so many brands and designs for engagement and wedding rings on the market, it's a daunting task to choose one. Now, anime and manga fans have one extra choice with the ne...
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Taste Naruto's Ichiraku Ramen in Real Life in Silverlake Ramen Campaign (Updated)

Savor a bowl before the team-up ends on July 7 ― Step inside the world of Naruto in the newest collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Silverlake Ramen restaurant franchise. From March 30 to July 7, many locations of the ramen joint across the United States have been decked out in interior and exterior décor straight out of the anime to bring the series' Ichiraku Ramen to real life. The collaboratio...
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Delicious in Dungeon x Urakita Craft Studio Collab for Wooden Barrel Mugs

Raise your glasses high when enjoying your dungeon delicacies ― A staple in any fantasy story is definitely the wooden barrel mug. They're found in movies like Lord of the Rings, games like Dungeons & Dragons, and a myriad of fantasy anime and manga series. Now you can feel like you're exploring a dungeon with the new Delicious in Dungeon wood barrel jockey mug from Urakita Craft Studio. The Urakita ...
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Lycopene the Tomatoy Poodle Manga Creator Kōji Ōishi Gets Married

His wife? None other than the melon idol herself, Melon Yamaguchi ― Like any country, Japan loves its big-name weddings. From actors and musicians to idols, voice actors, and a myriad of other celebrities, Japanese people love celebrating these joyous occasions. But, what about when a manga creator gets married? The latest notable manga marriage is between the Lycopene the Tomatoy Poodle creator Koji...

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