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New Sailor Moon Musical Cast Will Appear at Usagi & Chibi-Usa Birthday Celebration

The new cast appearing in the fourth 20th-anniversary stage musical of Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga will attend this year's Usagi & Chibi-Usa birthday celebration.The five actresses will be joined by Sailor Moon voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi. Tickets to the event will be distributed by lottery to members of the Sailor Moon fan club. Members can enter the lottery via an application on the me...
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New York Nintendo Store Will Demo Wii U Legend of Zelda Game

Nintendo will show off its upcoming The Legend of Zelda game at its booth at this year's E3 convention in Los Angeles. Those bound to the East Coast that can't make it to the public E3 Live event can instead head to the Nintendo Store in New York for a chance to play the game and watch a live-stream from the show floor. Nintendo will select 500 fans who sign-up at its Super-Fan Signup Day on June ...
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Ghibli Museum Will Reopen with Miyazaki-Curated Retrospective, Giant Catbus

The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is preparing for its reopening in July with brand-new exhibits and attractions, including a retrospective on animation curated by Miyazaki himself and a Catbus large enough for adults to climb inside. Miyazaki's exhibit isn't strictly limited to Ghibli works and includes Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Nutcracker alongside Spirited Away, Heidi, Girl of the Alps, P...
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Char, Garma Star in Gundam Thunderbolt Theater Manners Ad

Bandai Visual began streaming a theater manners ad for the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky theatrical screenings. The video stars bird versions of Char and Garma where Char misbehaves by recording footage, yapping on his cell phone, and kicking the seat in front of him. In this version, the duo speak in a Kansai dialect. Garma: Gosh, am I looking forward to the movie! Char: H...
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LaLa Magazine Celebrates 40 Years with Exhibition in July

Hakusensha's LaLa has been the home for popular manga like Snow White with the Red Hair, Kare Kano, Natsume's Book of Friends, Maid-sama!, Ouran High School Host Club, and Vampire Knight since it launched 40 years ago. The publisher and a total of 63 creators are participating in a large-scale exhibition event with original artwork and areas set up by theme. Visitors can see works in the "LOVE," "...
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Watch Hideo Kojima's Full Q&A Session at the Nordic Game Conference

Last weekend, the annual Nordic Game Conference took place at Slagthuset in Malmö, Sweden. The first event was held 2004 and has since established the Nordic Game Program and a grant to fund gaming projects.The conference's speakers included Kojima Productions founder Hideo Kojima. Kojima participated in a 30 minute question and answer session which is now streaming with English subtitles for anyo...
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Max Factory's Makes 10 Life-Size Bridal Lingerie Momo Belia Deviluke Figures for 2.5 Million Yen

Hobby collectible producer Max Factory first unveiled its life-size figure of To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness' Momo Belia Deviluke at the Tora no Ana 20th Anniversary Appreciation Fair last year. The figure depicts Momo in bridal lingerie like the cover of the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness: Venus artbook. The company announced that it will produce a total of 10 of these 160cm (5'2") figures and rel...
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Justin Leach, Dai Satō Name Promising Anime Directors to Watch

Animator and producer Justin Leach (Kick-Heart) and scriptwriter Dai Sato (Ergo Proxy, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), both members of Japan Society's Innovators Network, held a talk for New York's Japan Society titled "The State of Japanese Animation in a Post-Miyazaki World" last month. Part of the discussion included what directors could possibly fill the void left by Miyazaki. While ...
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Eva Store Stocks Evangelion x Godzilla Regional Hand Towels

The Eva Store is stocking 10 limited edition hand towels featuring Godzilla, Evangelion units, Angels, and regional Japanese landmarks. The set includes Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka. Each towel costs 1,296 yen (US$12). With Hideaki Anno (the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion) helming the upcoming Godzilla Resurgence film (along with Attack on Tita...
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Mr. Osomatsu's Matsuno Brothers Celebrate Their Birthday with Theme Song Remix

The sextuplet stars of Mr. Osomatsu are celebrating their birthday this week with a special remixed version of "Six Same Faces ~Kon'ya wa Saikō!" starring the life-size Matsuno brothers and Iyami. The brothers are also planning a birthday party event on Tuesday at Charmant Scena Tokyo wedding hall in Shibuya with all six brothers appearing in costume, a huge cake, and keepsake prizes. HAPPY BIRTHD...
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Cosplayers VampyBitMe & Livia Chu Star in Food Wars! Spoof

Cosplayers Linda "VampyBitMe" Le and Livia Chu star in a Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma live-action spoof as cutting edge chef Alice Nakiri and meat advocate Ikumi Mito. The short opens with three customers requesting Japanese-style food, but the order elicits a disagreement between the two characters. It's decided that the only way to settle the matter is with a Shokugeki. The short was written, di...
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Chalk Artist Renarena Returns to Create Giant Dragon Quest Heroes Ⅱ Mural

Square Enix began streaming a video on Friday to promote the release of its Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End action game for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. The video artist Renarena draw a huge, 14-meter wide mural of monsters and characters from the game entirely out of chalk. The blackboard was transported to and displayed at Shinjuku Station. The mural will ...
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Megumi Hayashibara Shares Her Thoughts on Modern Voice Acting

"You're made to feel like an indispensable person, but in three years' time that position might change" ― The mook (a publication that's part magazine, part book) Seiyū Premium interviews voice actors who got their start in the industry in the 1990s, a time when demand sharply increased for new talent, especially female talent. Among these actresses is the legendary Megumi Hayashibara (Rei in Neon Ge...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Event Draws 51,149 in Attendance

Franchise confirms Festival event for 2017 ― The official Twitter account of KLab's Love Live! School idol festival smartphone game announced on Sunday that the game's "School Idol Festival Thanksgiving 2016" event that took place over this past weekend drew an attendance of 51,149 visitors. Last year's event drew 39,459 visitors. The Twitter post also confirmed that there will be a Thanksgiving even...
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Aichi Prefectural Police Turn to Pretty Boys to Stop Train Groping

Previous campaigns used female characters ― As fashion gradually changes with the warming weather, incidents of molestation and illicit photography on Japanese trains increase. That's why the Aichi prefectural police are launching a campaign to eradicate molestation and make women feel safer on transit. They're spreading the word through crime prevention lectures, musical performances, public announc...
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Love Live! Thank-You Event Draws Massively Long Lines

Crowds already huge five hours in advance ― Over the weekend (May 21 - 22), the Love Live! School idol festival Thanksgiving 2016 event was held in the Ikebukuro Sunshine City complex in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Livers (Love Live! fans) clamored to obtain exclusive merchandise and see the girls of Aqours and their sub-units take the stage. The lines this event drew even had many Livers' jaws on the ground. ...
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Space Brothers' Kasarinchu Performs at Japanese Space Center

Coincides with new album release ― On May 18, the J-pop band Kasarinchu performed a concert at the Tanegashima Space Center south of Kyushu. The band is associated with Space Brothers, having performed its seventh ending theme, "New World," and their concert included the song "Ato Ippo" ("One More Step"), an image song dedicated to the Space Brothers character Serika. Their concert, titled "To the IS...
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Yo-kai Watch to Haunt Universal Studios Japan This Summer

Also: new commercial for Dragon Ball Z attraction ― Yo-kai Watch is returning to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka this summer as the "Universal Yo-kai Watch Festival." The main attraction will be Yo-kai Watch: The Real, which has visitors walk through a town street searching for hidden Yo-kai with the help of a Yo-kai Pad (map), Yo-kai Watch (which alerts the wearer to nearby Yo-kai) and Yo-kai Lens ...
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Get a Mr. Osomatsu-Style Makeover with "Matsumaker"

2015's surprise hit, Mr. Osomatsu, stands out with its old-fashioned, cartoony art style. This has made it very easy to imitate for fan artists everywhere, but now a fun online service, Matsumaker, makes designing a Mr. Osomatsu-style character a cinch. The service gives you a set of options with your character's hair, shirt, mouth, eyes, and accessories, along with the background. The emphasis is...
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New Artbook Presents Japanese Illustrators' Takes on Classic Paintings

Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh and more reinterpreted ― Japanese illustrators tend to work on things like video games, light novels, and commercial promotions, but that doesn't mean they can't take on "high art." As if to prove this point (or disprove it, if you prefer), 43 professional illustrators have drawn their own versions of classic artwork and collected them in an upcoming artbook, Eshi de Irodoru ...
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Evangelion × Godzilla Crossover Continues with Another Eva-Colored Godzilla

Also: chibi Evangelion × Godzilla characters ― With Hideaki Anno (the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion) helming the upcoming Godzilla Resurgence film (along with Attack on Titan's Shinji Higuchi, who wrote and storyboarded several Evangelion episodes), an Evangelion × Godzilla crossover should come as no surprise. And indeed, that's what transpired following an April Fool's update to the Godzilla...
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Takayuki Yamada Casts Dragon Quest Spells at Work in New Commercial

Also discusses personal Dragon Quest preferences ― It can be easy to forget that even widely known fan jargon still sounds like complete gobbledygook to ordinary people. Still, it's unlikely that most of us use it as much as Takayuki Yamada (Terraformars, Bakuman.) does in his commercial for Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End. The commercial shows Yamada at a board meeting deli...
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U.S. Band Pentatonix, Daisuke Ono Collaborate for Planetarium Show

Texas-based a cappella group Pentatonix and voice actor Daisuke Ono are being featured together in a new program screening at Konica Minolta Planetarium in the Sunshine City building complex located in East Ikebukuro. The "Star Flight Hokkaido" program is narrated by Ono while the Pentatonix is providing the music. The program will launch on June 11 and runs for about 40 minutes. It offers views o...
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NIS America Opens Poll to Add Character to Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet Game

NIS America opened a poll on Wednesday for fans of Touhou Project. The poll specifically refers to the Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet shoot'em up fighter game for the PlayStation 4. The title will expand its roster, but players can first vote on which character they'd most like to see added to the game. The character with the most votes will be included as the People's Choice Winner when NISA r...
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Ayana Taketatsu Goes Steampunk for Latest Single

Voice actress and singer Ayana Taketatsu has lent her vocal chops to Dagashi Kashi, Lance N' Masques, High School DxD New, and Yuruyuri - Happy Go Lily. On June 22, she'll release her ninth single "Miss. Revolutionist," a song that blends a near future aesthetic, steampunk, and "revolution." The music video (note: video is region-locked in the U.S.) was created under the supervision of Toshitaka S...
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British Animator's Full R-Type Animated Short Project Streamed

Paul Johnson's animated R-Type project for the YouTube channel Mashed began streaming on Wednesday. R-Type is a side scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game from the late 80s. Johnson, with inbetween assistance by Claudia Montealegre, created the short with 17 drawings per second. Mick Lauer and Hayley Nelson voice Player One and Player Two, respectively. For comparison of Johnson's inspiration, here's ...
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Ghibli Animator Directs Kumamoto Union's 'Nikoyaka Shokudō' Anime Ad

Koji Aritomi directed, storyboarded commercial at Encourage Films ― The Kumamoto Prefecture Agricultural Cooperative Union's website began streaming an anime commercial titled 'Nikoyaka Shokudō' (Smiling Restaurant) on Wednesday. The commercial is intended to highlight produce grown in the prefecture, including meat (niku), rice (kome), vegetables (yasai), and fruit (kajitsu). The first characters of...
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Check Out the Unique Displays from the Attack on Titan: Wall Sapporo Exhibit

The Attack on Titan exhibition took over Tokyo in 2014, followed by stops in Oita, Osaka, and Taipei. The exhibit is currently running in Sapporo until May 25 with exhibits unique to the location. Outside is a smaller-sized, but still grotesque, titan to greet visitors. Inside, among the standard displays, is a model of the Colossal Titan attacking a snowy city. A larger version made of snow was f...
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Takuya Eguchi, Sōma Saitō Join Sanrio Boys Project

Sanrio's bishōnen mascots that love Sanrio mascots are one step closer to a potential anime, game, or idol unit. Five popular voice actors signed on to bring the characters of Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) to life in a mini-drama on YouTube ahead of the Sho-Comi manga adaptation that launches next month. The cast includes: Takuya Eguchi (Haikyu!!'s Yūji Terushima, My Love Story!!'s Takeo Gōda) as Kō...
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Music Unit eyelis' New Album Includes Group's Anisong Works

The musical unit eyelis has created theme songs for Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Unlimited Psychic Squad, and the most recent season of Snow White with the Red Hair. The unit, consisting of Satomi Kawasaki, Takeshi Masuda, and Wataru Maeguchi formed in 2012 and they released their first single the same year. On Wednesday, the group will release the full-length album cresce...
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Midori/Shōjo Tsubaki Café Isn't for the Faint of Heart

If the idea of an eyeball panacotta and a sundae topped with maggots doesn't have you screaming in terror, the stomach-churning Shojo Tsubaki cafe might be up your alley. The café "holy" in the Daikanyamachō area of Shibuya is getting a menu makeover from May 24-31 to mark the debut of the live-action "erotic grotesque" film based on Suehiro Maruo's Shojo Tsubaki horror manga. A store inside the c...
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Hikaru Utada's 1st MV in 6 Years Uses Stop-Motion Animation

Singer Hikaru Utada released a 30-second preview of her music video for her single "Hanataba o Kimi ni" (Bouquet for You), the artist's first in six years. The video uses stop-motion animation with artwork by Keiko Tsuji. A music video preview for the track "Manatsu no Tōriame" (Midsummer Shower) is also streaming. Longer version of both videos can be viewed at Utada's website. Singles for both tr...
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Hentai Kamen's Revealing Superhero Garb Now a Costume

The barely-there costume worn by panty-mask superhero Hentai Kamen will be available for sale to anyone brave enough to wear it. Don Quijote and MEGA Don Quijote retailers will stock the costume set. Each set comes with the face transformation mask, panty mask, the V-shaped bodysuit, beige inner pants to wear underneath (lest onlookers get a real eyefull), and fishnet stockings. Price for the set...
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All Out!! Rugby Anime Inspires 3 New Figures

This year's upcoming rugby anime All Out!! attracted attention with its announcement flyer, specifically Captain Takuya Sekizan's front and center derriere. Union Creative's Menshdge Technical statue line is adding three of the characters from the manga and anime, bringing their athleticism into the 3D world. Captain Sekizan, the timid and shy protagonist Sumiaki Iwashimizu, and Wing-position Mas...
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Art of War Will Re-Release "Spinning Cannon Slice Guts" Statue in 2 Versions

The Kensin production company's Art of War store announced that it will re-release its "Guts -The Spinning Cannon Slice" statue from Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga. Art of War will release the 1/6-scale statue in normal and "Blood Splatter" versions at the end of July or early August. The re-release is to commemorate the upcoming Berserk television anime debuting this summer. The statues are re-r...
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30 Countries Prepare for World Cosplay Summit 2016 in Nagoya

Cosplay enthusiasts are preparing to descend on Nagoya City in Aichi prefecture for the 14th annual World Cosplay Summit. A total of 30 countries are competing for the title. Last year's competition ultimately crowned Mexico's Twin Cosplay as champions. This year, the competition is adding Canada, India, Switzerland, and Sweden for the first time. The championship is also expanding to cover two da...
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My Melody Pulls Ahead in Sanrio's 2016 Character Popularity Poll

My Melody has pulled ahead of last year's winner and preliminary front runner Pom Pom Purin in Sanrio's 2016 character popularity poll. Purin is trailing behind Melody in second place followed by the steadfast Cinnamon in third. Hello Kitty has managed to jump the ranks from eighth to fourth with Gudetama holding his own in fifth. The current Top 10: My Melody Pom Pom Purin Cinnamon Hello Kitty G...
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Erotic Manga Magazine to Feature Ancient But Youthful-Looking Women

Anime and manga are full of characters who look young, even childlike, but are actually centuries old. Think of Sasami in Tenchi Muyo!, Holo from Spice and Wolf, Mito in Space Pirate Mito, or Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss. An erotic manga magazine focusing on these characters (just female ones, though) was announced in December: Towako ("Eternal Damsels"). Towako will be published by Akane Shinsha, whi...
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Japanese Readers Choose Sexiest Shonen Jump Villains

Two dastardly dreamboats tie for top spot ― As befits its action-packed, high-tension stories, Weekly Shonen Jump also boasts a diverse array of charismatic and diabolical villains. But which of them are sexy? There's no denying the appeal (for some at least) of sultry villainy, and the Japanese survey site Goo Ranking polled 500 Shonen Jump readers on the villains they thought were sexiest. The fanb...
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Spanish Soccer Team's New Kit Evokes Attack on Titan

Muscle-bound jersey resembles Colossal Titan ― The Spanish soccer team CD Palencia has debuted new kit to be worn in their upcoming playoffs. Its muscular theme has been called "horrendous" and "headache inducing" by the English-language media, but Japanese news sites are excited by its resemblance to the fearsome Colossal Titan in Attack on Titan. The bizarre uniforms are mostly an effort for Palenc...
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Bride's Story Cosplayer Heads to Mongolia for Extra-Realistic Photo Shoots

Previously visited Uzbekistan ― Cosplayers are known for their dedication, but it's unlikely you know one as dedicated as Matsuri. An avid fan of manga artist Kaoru Mori, and in particular her work A Bride's Story, she spent years recreating Amir's elaborate dress and embroidered it by hand. Matsuri also made Amir's headdress, boots, and accessories. She's finally finished the costume, but where to t...
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Nissin Asks Japanese Customers Which Foreign Cup Noodle Brand They Want to Sample

Choices range from Indonesia to Brazil to Germany ― Though they are a Japanese invention, instant noodles have spread around the world and are a staple of diets for busy people everywhere. Many of these flavors imitate local cuisine and are unknown to Japanese consumers. In order for its home customer base to get a taste of some of these soup broths, instant noodle producer Nissin is launching a camp...
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Laboratory Will Attempt to Recreate Scenes from Gundam: The Origin

Staffed by grown-up Gundam enthusiasts ― To celebrate the premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin III - Dawn of Rebellion on May 21, Animax has announced the launch of a laboratory, Gundam: The Origin Technology Labo, to attempt to recreate scenes from Gundam: The Origin. The teaser website sets out the laboratory's mission: To all adults who grew up watching Gundam: Do you remember the shock of G...
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Toyota Uses Dragon Quest Monsters to Illustrate Appeal of Prius C

Also: win a Dragon Quest monster-themed toy car ― Toyota's compact car, the Prius c (called the Aqua in Japan), has recently reached the milestone of 1 million units in global sales. To show off, Toyota revamped its website to explain the car's appeal using monsters from the classic RPG series Dragon Quest. Golems adorn its trophies for best-selling car in Japan. Its fuel efficiency makes the Prius c...
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Manga Artist Hisashi Eguchi Takes "Credit" for Hunter × Hunter's Hiatuses

"It's my accomplishment" ― Despite achieving popularity and success, Yoshihiro Togashi's manga series Hunter × Hunter has been plagued with many hiatuses since launching in 1998. Since 2006, it has been on hiatus more than in publication, frustrating fans and bookstores. On the May 12 episode of the Kanto regional talk show Otona no! ("For Adults!"), manga artist Hisashi Eguchi (Stop!! Hibari-kun!) w...
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Sanrio Moves Forward with Godzilla x Gudetama Goods Campaign

Sanrio is moving forward with its collaboration between the lackadaisical Gudetama and this summer's Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) film. The pairing between the unmotivated egg and the destructive lizard was first introduced as part of Sanrio's collaboration poll. The poll hasn't ended yet, but the official Gudetama website announced the collaboration will take place immediately. Starting n...
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Orange's Ichigo Takano Illustrates SKY-HI Music Video

Ichigo Takano, the manga creator behind the romantic drama Orange, illustrated the music video for SKY-HI's new single "Chronograph." The single was released in Japan on Wednesday. Takano's Orange manga will be adapted into an anime series this summer by Telecom Animation Film and TMS Entertainment. Seven Seas Entertainment published the original manga in North America, and it describes the manga'...
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Aoshima Reveals 'Transforming' Macross Valkyrie Girl Model Kit Concept

Model maker Aoshima displayed concept art for a planed transforming Macross Valkyrie girl model kit at the 55th Shizuoka Hobby Show on Thursday. The concept would start in the Battroid mode and be able to transform into Fighter and Gerwalk modes. The model kit varies from its Macross Delta counterpart by replacing the mecha-like center with a cute girl. The sketches are dated for December 5, 2016...
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Merriam-Webster Has Noticed 'Senpai' for Possible Dictionary Addition

Every year, Merriam-Webster considers the latest slang and idioms for possible addition to the unabridged dictionary. Just last month, words and abbreviations like "dox," "microbead," "TMI" and "hella" were added among the 2,000 new entries. The company takes addition seriously with a focus on certain criteria, including longevity of use. One word that's caught the Massachusetts-based company's at...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Teacup Sets Given as Game Prizes

Beginning this month, fans of Cardcaptor Sakura can add teacups to their growing list of collector's merchandise. The two cups are part of prize giveaways at arcades and shops. Cardcaptor Sakura ribbon pins were given away last month. In September, a Sakura figure will become available, followed by a Tomoyo figure and gift pouches in October, pocket watches and brooches in November, and blankets ...
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Chinese Social Game Turns Historical Figures into Moe Girls

Includes dictators like Adolf Hitler, Kim Jong-un ― The moe boom has led to a wave of anime and games representing macho Asian historical figures as cute girls, such as Koihime Musō and The Ambition of Oda Nobuna. A Chinese social networking game, Meng Wang EX ("Moe King EX"), has nonetheless raised eyebrows among a few Japanese netizens for its take on "great" political and military leaders of the p...
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Sadako & Kayako Want Your Vote for the Ghost with the Most

The promotional campaign for Sadako vs. Kayako, the upcoming horror film that pits Juon: The Grudge and Ringu ghosts against one another launched tongue-in-cheek "general election" ads. The commercials have a seemingly serious political slant for what is actually a popularity contest between the two characters. In the video, using an interpreter, Sadako tells potential voters that the country is s...
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Canada's Official Twitter Account Asks: 'Which Pokémon is the Most Canadian?'

The Pokémon Company announced the starters for the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Nintendo 3DS games on Tuesday, prompting waves of excitement. The renewed interest made its way to our northern neighbor. Canada's official Twitter account asked the internet which Pokémon is the most Canadian. .@Pokemon has been around in Canada since 1998! Which Pokemon do you think is the most Canadian? #PokemonSunM...
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DIY Video Series Shows How to Make Your Own Metroid Arm Cannon

The web series "DIY Prop Shop" took on Samus' Arm Cannon in its latest video. While the version won't shoot beams of energy at your foes, it does add a finishing touch to your Metroid costume. Host Vinny Logozio breaks down how to make the item using PVC pipe, foam, and a wooden dowel. The actual light requires a bit of tech savvy and a soldering iron. The DIY Prop Shop series has more videos deta...
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Songs Announced for Halko Momoi's New Cover Album

Singer and voice actress Halko Momoi opened the floor to submissions in March for her Pink Hippo Album ~Self Cover Best~, her new album of cover songs. The title is taken because many of the tracks were created by Momoi, either in composition or lyrics, but not performed by her. She asked fans to submit songs originally performed by men to include on the release. Momoi announced the CD's track lin...
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Winner of New Game! Anime's Theme Song Group Name Contest Announced

fourfolium unit sing opening theme song "Sakura Skip," ending theme song "Now Loading!!!!" for July anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of of Shōtarō Tokunō's New Game! manga announced the anime's theme song artist unit name as well as the theme song titles on Monday. The new unit composed of Yūki Takada, Megumi Yamaguchi, Megumi Toda, and Ayumi Takeo will be named "fourf...
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Off-the-Wall Swiss Otaku Recreates Bakuon!! Fanservice Scene

Otaku and general mischief maker "@meidocafe" or "Extreme Swiss Otaku" previous grabbed attention for plastering a men's restroom with posters of Yudachi Kai Ni from KanColle and posting pictures of himself dressed as Hestia while posing suggestively with his television. His latest target is the girls' motorcycle club anime Bakuon!! The show recently aired a fanservice segment of the female charac...
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Official Bakuon!! Itasha Motorcycles Will Go on Sale

The Bakuon!! anime about a girls' motorcycle club quickly snagged real-life sponsors like the NORIX SIMPSON motorcycle helmet and Kawasaki, Suzuki, Ducati, Honda, and YAMAHA motorcycle manufacturers. It was only a matter of time before the series' characters graced the frames of their favorite machines. The anime's official Twitter account announced that three ita-sha motorcycles will go on sale o...
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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Will Add Gust's Atelier Series Costume

The May 26, 2016 issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine is announcing on Thursday that Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will collaborate with Gust for at least one costume. Gust is the developer of the Atelier and Ar tonelico series of games. KOEI Tecmo America will release Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (Sophie no Atelier: Fushigi na Hon no Renkinjutushi) on PlayStation 4 and PlayStatio...
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Cocktail Prince Mobile Game Casts Its Leads

Geechs' Cocktail Ōji (Cocktail Prince) mobile game starring male characters inspired by alcoholic drinks announced the voice actors of its star ikemen on Tuesday. The player will control a woman who was previously living a carefree life until she inherits a bar from her grandfather and is tasked with reviving its popularity in just one year. She hires six "princes" to assist her but could find he...
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Shaft's Madogatari Exhibit Publishes Heroine Poll's Results

Studio Shaft's Madogatari exhibit, which celebrates their 40th anniversary and focuses on its two most popular works — Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the Monogatari series — wrapped up its Nagoya run on Sunday. The exhibit included the Madoka Magica concept movie, an exhibit on Gekidan Inu Curry (the animation troupe behind Madoka Magica's witch realm), an art exhibit based on a short story by Nisi...
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Controversial Artist Rokudenashiko Found Guilty on Obscenity Charge

Recently engaged artist Megumi Igarashi —pen name Rokudenashiko— was found guilty of breaking Japan's obscenity laws in Tokyo court on Monday. 44-year-old Igarashi was arrested in July 2014 for distributing 3D printer data of her own genitalia as part of a backer reward for her crowdfunding campaign to construct a vagina kayak. Judge Mihoko Tanabe ruled that the data was "flat and inorganic" but r...
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Spiderman Swings Into Feudal Japan for New Figure

Move over Darth Vader, Spiderman has his own samurai dreams to fulfill. Marvel's web-slinging superhero is joining Tamashii Nation's Meisho Realization figure series later this year and Bluefin will distribute it in late summer or fall. The reimagined seven-inch Spiderman looks at home in feudal-era Japan with web-like black and crimson armor. Customers can pose Spidey in a number of ways thanks ...
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Super Mario Gets Cubed for Minecraft Wii U Edition

The Wii U retail edition of Minecraft is partnering with Nintendo's iconic plumber for the “Super Mario Mash-Up Pack.” The additional content includes Super Mario-themed skins, a pre-made world, music and textures. The trailer boasts giant colossus versions of the game franchise's characters and elements from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario 64. The pack will be available digitally starting on ...
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Attack on Titan Exhibition Goes Overseas, Starting with Italy

The Attack on Titan exhibition took over Tokyo in 2014, followed by stops in Oita, Osaka, and Taipei with the exhibit currently running in Sapporo until the end of the month. Its next stop is a large leap out of Asia and into Europe, specifically Italy. Attack on Titan producer Kensuke Tateishi revealed on Saturday that the exhibit will head to Treviso in northern Italy during the Nipponbashi fest...
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Voice Actor Yoshimitsu Shimoyama Reveals Marriage to Satomi Arai

Voice actress Satomi Arai (Beatrice in Re:Zero, Peke in To Love Ru: Darkness) announced her marriage in 2012. Arai had kept the union under wraps for four years as well as her almost two-year-old son. The identity of her husband wasn't disclosed. On Friday, the last mystery was revealed when voice actor Yoshimitsu Shimoyama announced the two were married. Shimoyama, who plays Alzack Connell in Fai...
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Novelist Tomohiro Matsu's Memorial Celebrated with Tribute Casket Art, Anime Theme Song

Mayoi Neko Overrun! and Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! novelist Tomohiro Matsu's memorial service was held on May 8 after his sudden passing from an unspecified sickness on May 2. Many friends and acquaintances came to pay their respects at the service. Special attention was made to acknowledge not only Matsu, but his work as well. The theme song "Happy New Nyaa" from the anime adaptation ...
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Japanese Fans Polled on Favorite Mid-Season Spring 2016 Anime

Winner didn't even appear on "most anticipated" lists ― The Japanese anime, manga and video game character database Charapedia conducted a survey of fans' favorite spring 2016 anime a month into the season. (Technically, the question was "Which anime would you like to keep watching next week?") The survey was carried out from April 28 to May 4 and canvassed 10,000 people. 61.1% of the respondents wer...
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Special Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Screening Lets Fans Be Noisy

Also: Film includes frame drawn by Kazuki Takahashi ― Film screenings in Japan are usually staid affairs: the audience is quiet and respectful of other viewers. But sometimes fans want to have fun and let themselves go; movies are a social event, after all. In their honor, several theaters around Japan are offering special screenings of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions on May 13 that encourages...
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Haifuri Military Recruitment Poster Criticized

The navy-themed anime Haifuri collaborated with the Japan Self Defense Forces' Kanagawa Provincial Cooperation Office to design a recruitment poster for the Japanese military. Since April 10, this poster drawn by Naoto Nakamura, Haifuri's character designer, has adorned walls around Kanagawa Prefecture south of Tokyo. "Seeking Ground, Sea & Air Self-Defense Forces!" But not everyone's happy with m...
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Matsuno Brothers Steal the Show at Mr. Osomatsu Merchandise Market

Life-size Ichimatsu statue also on display ― Over the weekend of May 7 through 8, the Fes Osomatsu-san, a Mr. Osomatsu-themed fan gathering and merchandise market, took over the rooftop space at Makuhari Messe, a large convention center in Chiba near Tokyo. The highlight of the event for many was the opportunity to buy this figure of Ichimatsu evoking Episode 16, when he attempts to pass himself off ...
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Online Retailer Imagines Rose of Versailles Characters in Modern Clothing

Part of magazine's 30th anniversary celebrations ― The Rose of Versailles enchanted readers in the 1970s with its lavish 18th-century aristocratic French fashions. If you've ever wondered what those characters would look like outfitted in more modern fashions, the Japanese branch of the German fashion and lifestyle online retailer Otto is here to help. As its 30th anniversary celebration, it's depict...
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KanColle Fans Endure Long Lines to Play New Arcade Game

Up to 16 hours' wait at Sega's Akihabara Station arcade ― The new KanColle (Kantai Collection) arcade game from Sega Interactive has won an enthusiastic response from the franchise's dedicated fans... maybe a little too enthusiastic. Since the game's launch on April 26, lines to play the game have been very long, as well as wait times. Akihabara, Tokyo's electronics and gaming center, is especially b...
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New Inking Technology from Waseda University Makes Line Art Easy

Fully automated inking directly from pencil sketches ― Inking rough sketches is one of the necessary steps in converting a simple drawing into a polished showpiece work. Although there is commercial software to ink line art automatically, a research team from Tokyo's Waseda University led by Edgar Simo-Serra and Satoshi Iizuka has developed new technology that arguably produces a cleaner, more polish...
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Free Comic Book Day 2016 Kicks Off Tomorrow With Manga Samplers

Free Comic Book Day 2016 kicks off tomorrow and in case you forgot about the manga samplers since that were announced way back in December, here's what you can snag at participating shops. Viz Media will offer Santa Harukaze's Pokémon: Pocket Comics -Legendary Pokémon- and a preview issue of ONE and Yuusuke Murata's One-Punch Man coupled with Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia. Kodansha Comics wil...
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Shin-chan's Buriburizaemon Returns for the 1st Time in 9 years

Shin-chan's imaginary friend, Buriburizaemon, will return to the small screen for the first time in almost nine years. The character is a backstabbing, lazy pig that Shin-chan often imagines when discussing ancient Japan. He used to make semi-regular appearances, but his voice actor, Kaneto Shiozawa, passed away in 2000. Buriburizaemon was quietly retired after Shiozawa's passing, but he did reapp...
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New KanColle Dōjinshi Doubles as English Textbook

Inspired by popular English textbook character Ellen Baker ― Now that Kantai Collection (KanColle) has an American battleship, Iowa, who uses lots of English phrases, the opportunity seems ripe for a KanColle dōjinshi that teaches Japanese spekers English. And that's what the dōjin circle Yudokuya is doing with its latest publication, Dawn Horizon. It casts Iowa in the role of an English teacher with...
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True Identity Behind C.V. Ore! Voice Actor Manga's Creator Revealed

C.V. Ore! ("Character Voice Me!"), a manga about voice acting, has ran in Magazine Special since January. It is drawn by Haruki Ueno (Big Hero 6), but it was planned by a voice actor who went by the pseudonym Tatsuya Yukimura. Yukimura's true identity was finally revealed on May 6, and it's none other than... Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito in Sword Art Online, Shōta in The [email protected], Sōma in Food Wa...
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Kinnikuman Villain Robin Mask Gets Life-Size Knight Helm

Premium Bandai opened pre-orders for a 1/1-scale recreation of Kinnikuman villain Robin Mask's knight helm. The mask is made of soft vinyl and ABS while the eyes are a clear material. The inside is hollow, by unfortunately Premium Bandai warns buyers not to wear it. The helm is a recreation of a previous version sold by the Megatrea Shop in 2009. It measures approximately 350mm (13.8in) and costs...
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Ghost in the Shell's Tachikoma Inspire Electric Guitar

The robots of Ghost in the Shell have inspired real-life remakes but the Tachikoma GT might be the first of its kind. The electric blue headless guitar is a completely original design conceived and handmade by the TC Gakku store in Shinjuku. The instrument has a built-in EL Neon light board along the neck, the Public Security Section 9 logo at the top, and the robot's bowling ball-like eyes work ...
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Voice Actress Chiaki Takahashi Cosplays as Busty School Girl for petit milady MV

Voice actress and singer Chiaki Takahashi dropped in on singing duo Aoi Yuki and Ayana Taketatsu to appear in their latest music video "Seishun wa Tabemono desu" (Youth is Food), the theme song for the short-form anime Pan de Peace! Takahashi isn't a cast member for the show, but she didn't mind donning a school uniform and loosening the tie a bit to promote the single's release this week. プチミレディの...
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Tasty Pokémon Recipes Head West in New Cook Book

Viz Media announced on Thursday that it will deliver the tastiest incarnation of Nintendo's Pokémon franchise to Western fans this December. The North American licensor acquired the rights to The Pokémon Cookbook, a volume containing 35 mouth-watering dishes from snacks to full entrees. Readers can learn how to make Pokéball sushi rolls, Pikachu ramen, and mashed Meowth potatoes. Maki Kudo create...
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Naruto, Yakitate Japan Singer TiA Wins Singing Competition in Brooklyn

Japanese pop-singer TiA (also known as Tomoka Takayama) won the singing competition "Rip the mic" in Brooklyn last night. The singer walked away with US$1,000, the opportunity to have her songs played on the radio, and magazine coverage. TiA previously competed in the Brooklyn 'X' Factor contest against 11 other talented vocalists for the grand prize is US$5,000 last June. However the finale was "...
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Voice Actor Junichi Miyake & Artist Aoi Nishimata's Fairy Tale Wedding at Tokyo Disneyland

Voice actor Jun'ichi Miyake and illustrator Aoi Nishimata announced last month that they were getting married at the Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland on May 5 (Children's Day in Japan). When the ceremony took place, of course people took pictures of the happy occasion, which they shared on Twitter on the hashtag "#西又葵・三宅淳一結婚式" (Aoi Nishimata, Jun'ichi Miyake Wedding Ceremony). Here are some o...
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Love Live! Sunshine Mini-Unit CYaRon's 1st Single Previewed

The Love Live! Sunshine mini-unit CYaRon!, comprised of characters Yō Watanabe (Shuka Saitō), Ruby Kurosawa (Ai Furihata), and Chika Takami (Anju Inami), are releasing their first single, "Genki Zenkai DAY!DAY!DAY!" on May 11. The single comes with two songs, the title track and the song "Yozora wa Nan demo Shitteru no" as well as a drama part titled "Pine Moon o Sagashite ❤." Lantis is streaming ...
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Light-Up Hikaru Skirt Creator's Next Project is Skirt With Robot Arms

The "wearable special effects" skirt project, "Hikaru Skirt" (Shining Skirt) debuted last year, claiming to turn the "zettai ryōiki" (i.e. the "absolute territory" between where a girl's skirt ends and her stockings begin) into "komorebi ryōiki,"or "territory where sunshine filters through the trees." Idol group Mōsō Collaboration wore the skirts for their music video, "Mahou no Juice" last year. ...
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Virtual Reality Developer Creates 3 Studio Ghibli Scenes to Explore

While many a developer has used the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality headsets as opportunities for virtual groping, dates, and smooching Hatsune Miku, UK-based studio Fire Panda created a demo with three scenes from beloved Studio Ghibli films for users to explore. In the demo is the boiler room from Spirited Away, the bus stop from My Neighbor Totoro, and the meadow from Howl's Moving Castle...
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Kamen Rider Figuarts Dance to Love Live! in Stop-Motion Video

Niconico video user Pegahsa has combined their love of anime idols and tokusatsu heroes to create a series of stop-motion, dancing videos. Beginning last July, Pegahsa has recreated Love Live! idol µ's' music videos using Kamen Rider S.H. Figuarts figures. The latest video recreates the scene where Rin, Maki, and Hanayo sing "Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete" in Love Live! The School Idol Movie. Niconico 【コ...
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Dragonball: Evolution's Writer Issues Apology to Fans

Derek Padula, author of The Dao of Dragon Ball book and scriptwriter for Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope live-action pilot, contacted Dragon Ball Z: Evolution live-action film scribe Ben Ramsey for his next upcoming book, USA DBZ. What he wasn't expecting to get what as an apology. The book will have a chapter focusing on the development of Dragonball: Evolution, a film widely regarded as, at best, a...
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Good Smile Company Designs Brand-New Cardcaptor Sakura Figure for 15th Anniversary

Figuremaker Good Smile Company is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a brand-new 1/7-scale Cardcaptor Sakura figure. The figure is based on an entirely new design drawn by CLAMP and sculpted by Takayuki Kawahara. It has so far only been shown unpainted and is currently on display until May 5 at the Animate AKIBA Cultures Zone in Tokyo, Akihabara. Good Smile Company's will also reveal its 600th...
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Sayaka, Kyoko Inspire Magical Lingerie from SuperGroupies

Magical girls Sayaka Miki and Kyoko Sakura are inspiring their own bra and panty sets from mail-order fashion website SuperGroupies. The lacy lingerie is the second round in the Madoka Magica intimates line. SuperGroupies debuted Madoka, Homura, and Mami-inspired sets in March. The Sayaka lingerie is light blue and has a "fortissimo" (ff) charm, a reference to the character's hairpin in the Madok...
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Footage of THQ/Black Pearl's Scrapped Akira Game Resurfaces

In 1993, Larry Siegel of Black Pearl Software and later THQ managed to acquire the rights to create a a multi-platform video game based on Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga and anime film. Jim Gregory worked on the Super Nintendo version and a Game Gear and Sega Genesis version were also in development at the time. The Genesis version was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1994, and issues of g...
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Ghost in the Shell Composer Kenji Kawai Talks Inspiration, Home Town in French TV Program

The French television program toco toco began streaming its interview with Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor composer Kenji Kawai on Sunday. In video, Kawai introduces the Kita-Shinagawa area of Tokyo where he grew up and continues to live to this day. The Shinagawa Shrine was Kawai's stomping grounds as a child and its unique festival music was the ultimate inspiration for Ghost in the Shell 2: Inn...
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Kill Bill, Live-Action Lupin III Guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei to Play in L.A., N.Y.C.

Tomoyasu Hotei, the singer and guitarist who gained a new wave of international fans with Kill Bill and Transformer's use of his "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" song, will perform two shows in the U.S. in July. Hotei is scheduled to perform at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on July 13 and the Highline Ballroom in New York City on July 15. Tickets are currently on sale. Hotei released his interna...
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MechaGodzilla Figure Gets Familiar Color Scheme as Eva x Godzilla Cross Over Continues

Godzilla's extraterrestrial, robot counterpart got a new paint job is what is the latest Evangelion and Godzilla running crossover that launched with an April Fool's Joke this year. Hideaki Anno serving as chief director the Godzilla Resurgence film is apparently a gift that keeps on giving. Bandai's "Movie Monster Series" of toys and 7-Eleven are offering a Unit-01 colored MechaGodzilla with pre...
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30 Animators Recreate Super Smash Bros. Melee Opening Sequence

The folks at The Reanimation Station have recreated the opening sequence of Nintendo GameCube's crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Melee. A staff of 30 animators, each drawing a segment in their own unique style, contributed to this little bit of nostalgia. The project itself took over a year to complete. Here's the original for comparison. The Reanimation Station is also tackling the origi...

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