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Cardcaptor Sakura X Magic Knight Rayearth Lottery Announced For CLAMP's 30th Anniversary

― Ichiban Coffret recently announced a collaboration lottery campaign between Cardcaptor Sakura and Magic Knight Rayearth to commemorate the 30th anniversary of manga creator group CLAMP. A visual of the campaign has been released, which depicts Sakura Kinomoto and Hikaru Shido, the protagonists of their respective series, applying make-up on each other in a beautiful field of white cosmos flowers. ...
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Draw Two Sips of Your Favorite Beverage with Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Pot of Greed, Pot of Avarice Cups

The Pot of Greed spell card from the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game comes with a simple three-word description explaining its use: "draw 2 cards". As such, it has gained a certain degree of notoriety among both duelists and fans of the franchise for two reasons: first, it is forbidden in most official tournaments for having no drawbacks to its use and second, the characters in the anime series often ...
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The Promised Neverland Artist Draws Illustration for Fashion Magazine Cover

8 manga artists also draw latest fashion for 'Power of Manga' feature ― Posuka Demizu, who handled the artwork for The Promised Neverland manga, drew the cover illustration for the November issue of the women's fashion magazine Spur. The image, which depicts a woman wearing a colorful dress as she stands upon broken glass, represents the theme of "Reaching a new world after smashing the glass ceiling...
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U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar Gets Her Gundam (Fanart)

Congresswoman Omar shares picture of herself with Gundam ― Ilhan Omar, the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district, posted a picture by artist Benjamin Sawyer (@sketchsawyer on Twitter), depicting her with a Gundam. The picture was shared on Representative Omar's Twitter account on Tuesday. (@IlhanMN)September 22 Sawyer's picture and Omar's post are the results of an earlier Tw...
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Get a Sneak Peak of the Life-Sized Moving Gundam Statue on Twitter

Official debut of 18-meter-tall statue is delayed to later this year due to COVID-19 ― A Gundam fan on Twitter has posted a video sneak peak of the life-sized moving Gundam statue during a test run, revealing that it is capable of simple actions like sitting, taking steps, and crouching. 実物大ガンダムを動かすプロジェクト「ガンダム GLOBAL CHALLENGE」《動作の構成》・キャットウォークを開放・2歩踏み出し・しゃがみ込んで立膝の姿勢になり・立ち上がる複数回行われ、それぞれ微妙に撮影位置を変えたモノをひ...
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Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Announces Birth of Twin Daughters

Voice actor Natsuki Hanae, who is best known for playing Tanjiro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, announced the birth of his twin daughters on Twitter on Sunday. The full translation of his tweet reads: "My twin daughters were born the other day. Both mother and children are healthy. With the approval of the doctor, I was able to interact with them just on that day. I am thankful to both the gir...
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Nap on Mash's Shield With Fate/Grand Order Wrist Cushion

Fate/Grand Order's Shielder demi-Servant is looking out for you even when you're drowsy. Fate/Grand Order's Shielder demi-Servant is looking out for you even when you're drowsy. The latest Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia merchandise is a polyester cushion shaped like Mash's shield, which can be strapped to your wrist. It's ideal for resting your head on when you're napping. The i...
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NSFW Dakimakura Covers of Uzaki-chan's Titular Mother and Daughter Now Available

Hobby Japan appears to be appealing to a broader spectrum of preferences among fans of Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! with the release of suggestive dakimakura (hug pillow) covers of not just the series' protagonist, Hana Uzaki, but also her mother, Tsuki Uzaki. The illustrations on both covers are officially drawn by Manabu Kurihara, the character designer of the anime series. Another Kurihara-ill...
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Partake in the Witch's Tea Party with Re:Zero's Echidna Nendoroid

A Nendoroid figure of Echidna, the Witch of Greed from the Re:Zero franchise, will be released on March 2021. The figure comes with three face plates, including a confidently smiling face, a blushingly embarrassed face, and a cute flustered face. The figure also has exchangeable parts, such as a chair, teacup and saucer, that allow owners to recreate the famous tea party scenes in the anime. Each ...
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Manga Toshi Tokyo Exhibit Explores the Destruction and Rebirth of Tokyo Through Anime

"Japanese manga, anime, games, and tokusatsu (SFX films) include a lot of works that depict large-scale destruction of Tokyo and new, reconstructed urban landscapes," writes Manga Toshi Tokyo exhibit curator Kaichirō Morikawa. "In actual history, Tokyo has suffered significant damage from disasters like earthquakes and each time it has been reconstructed. Also, it is known to be destined to suffer...
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Original Shaman King Anime Director Comments on Anime-Original Material

'The anime-original material in the latter half wasn't something I did on my own accord; it was a request from Shueisha.' ― Seiji Mizushima, director of the original 2001 Shaman King television anime, recently commented on his involvement in the series after the new television anime released a promotional video. Although he is not involved in the new anime, he tweeted that he is looking forward to th...
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Official Evangelion E-sports Team to Debut at Tokyo Game Show Online Event

Tokyo Game Show 2020 event will be held online from September 23-27 ― Evangelion's official website announced on Thursday that it has formed a professional e-sports team, which will debut at the Tokyo Game Show online event scheduled for September 23 to 27. According to the press release, the initiative marks the first time an anime brand has collaborated with a professional gaming team. More details...
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Hajimete no Orusuban Hentai OVA Production Manager Steps Down From Project

Anime adaptation of erotic visual novel was announced in May ― A person claiming to be the production manager for the Hajimete no Orusuban hentai OVA announced on Twitter that they are stepping down from the project due to creative differences and their personal fading interest in the property. The user, who goes by the name "Crazy Ōji," was credited for managing the crowdfunding campaign for a drama...
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Made in Abyss Makes Sumo Wrestlers Cry

Professional sumo wrestler Shōdai Naoya says he made his fellow wrestlers cry by showing them the anime ― Professional sumo wrestler Shōdai Naoya made an amusing comment about the Made in Abyss anime after his third round win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Sankei Sports reported that Shōdai said that watching the anime brought him to tears. The sumo wrestler has made no secret of his...
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Re:Zero's Emilia, Echidna, Beatrice Form Birthday Band

Limited-time shop in Shibuya Marui also shows off art from Re:Zero Lost in Memories smartphone game ― The Shibuya Marui store has opened a special store celebrating Re:Zero heroine Emilia's birthday every year since 2016. The latest birthday campaign has a band theme where Beatrice and Echidna get in on the fun with a band theme. Emilia is the vocalist (ironic because the light novels reveal that she...
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Pokémon Silver Intro Lovingly Recreated in Fan-Animated Video

More than 20 years after their release, Pokemon Gold and Silver on the GameBoy Color remains dear to the hearts of many Pokemon fans. The second generation of Pokemon games introduced many features that would later become staples of the franchise. This affection for the games is particularly evident in animator and artist DARN's latest project, which is an animated remake of the original Pokemon S...
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4th Disney Twisted-Wonderland Animated TV Ad Highlights Scarabia Dorm

CloverWorks animates ad for smartphone game that launched in Japan in March ― The Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game released its fourth animated television ad on Tuesday. The ad highlights the Scarabia Dorm, which is inspired by Disney's 1992 animated film Aladdin. Kazuki Furuta, who also voices Kalim Al-Asim in the game, narrated the ad. Like the previous ads, the animation was produced by C...
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Local Kyoto Town Mascot Gets Artificial Intelligence

Seika Kyomachi's AI to be implemented in November ― Seika, a town located in the southern part of the Kyoto Prefecture, has a mascot anime girl character named Seika Kyomachi. The mascot is notable for employing various technological innovations in her mission to spread information about the town; she became a Voiceroid character in 2016, her 3D data is open source, and in July she became a Virtual Y...
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Golden Kamuy Holds Puzzle-Solving Event in Meiji-Mura Museum

The Meiji-Mura museum's website announced on Thursday that it will hold a collaboration event with the historical-themed anime series Golden Kamuy from September 19 to November 23. During this period, the anime will be presented at the museum in multiple forms, including a puzzle-solving event, a stamp rally, a shooting game challenge, and various eateries which will sell Golden Kamuy-themed food....
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Gun Girls Meet in Girls' Frontline Smartphone Game Collaboration with Gunslinger Girl

Collaboration event launched on Japanese server on September 11 ― The Japanese version of the Girls' Frontline Chinese smartphone role-playing game launched a collaboration event with the Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino anime on September 11 after the game concluded its maintenance. The stories of the two properties feature some similarities; in a sense, they are both about young girls with semi to full...
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Poupelle of Chimney Town Anime Film Holds Voice Actor Auditions Through LINE LIVE App

Film by Children of the Sea's Studio 4°C is scheduled to release in December ― The anime film of Akihiro Nishino's Poupelle of Chimney Town (Entotsu-chō no Poupelle) picture book is holding voice actor auditions through the LINE LIVE video livestreaming app for a male and female actor. The winning male applicant will land the role of the chimney sweeper, while the winning female applicant will play A...
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Visual Kei Band LEZARD Parodies Yu-Gi-Oh, Gintama, Yu Yu Hakusho and More in MV

Visual Kei band LEZARD has released an anime version of their latest music video titled "Jam Nomi zo Shiru" that is chock-full of anime references. Depicting what looks like a magic shounen battle against Godzilla, the video parodies iconic character introduction and transformation scenes from Yu-Gi-Oh, Gintama, Hokuto no Ken, Yu Yu Hakusho and Ojamajo Doremi. Below are a few examples: Other refer...
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Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Fan Is Inspired to Get Buff

Light novel author Yūki Yaku shares fan's 100-day workout journey in viral tweet ― The story of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki (Jaku-chara Tomozaki-kun) is about a skilled gamer who is inspired to make some radical improvements to his social life by applying some of the lessons he has learned through gaming. The novels have even inspired its fans to change their own lives. Light novel author Yūki Yak...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage Gets 5th Anniversary Anime PV

CloverWorks animates 'Go Just Go!' music video along with series of 15-second TV ads The [email protected] franchise's official YouTube account released an animated promotional video on Thursday for the new "Go Just Go!" song, which commemoratesThe [email protected] Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage mobile game's 5th anniversary. The video is animated by CloverWorks. Hideki Nagamachi (The [email protected] Cinderella G...
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Mob Psycho 100 Official Accounts Comment on Anime Trending in the U.S.

Series name trends after Eric Trump's tweet ― The Mob Psycho 100 anime started trending in the U.S. on Tuesday after Eric Trump, second son of U.S. President Donald Trump and vice president of the Trump Organization, posted a tweet insinuating that Google is manipulating Americans to associate mobs with the anime. Google is once again trying to manipulate Americans. Type “mob” or “mobs” into google a...
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Zombie Land Saga's Real-Life Model Locale Damaged By Typhoon

The former Mitsubishi Gōshi Kaisha Karatsu Branch Honkan, a cultural property within Saga Prefecture's Karatsu City and the model for the Western-style house in the Zombie Land Saga anime series, suffered damage from Typhoon No. 10 on Monday. A part of the roof and the window glass were damaged from the strong winds. According to the NHK, the typhoon injured 96 people and caused one death as of Mo...
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Experience the Art and History of Drifters through the Drifters Original Artwork Virtual Tour

Special display of Shimazu clan's two swordsmanship styles Taisha-ryu and Jigen-ryu will be demonstrated for the first time in 416 years. ― To commemorate the 450th anniversary of the death of Sengoku period samurai Shimazu Toyohisa, UNESCO World Heritage Site Sengan-en has partnered with publisher Shonengahosha to hold an online event to showcase both the original artwork of Drifters and the rich hi...
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Looking for Magical Doremi Film Advance Tickets Get Bundled with Kit Kat Chocolate

20th anniversary film for Ojamajo Doremi magical girl franchise opens on November 13 ― The Looking for Magical DoReMi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite) film has cast a magic wish-granting spell on Kit Kat chocolates. Starting from September 18, special Kit Kat box sets will be sold in theaters around Japan; each set will come with an advance ticket to see the film from its November 13 opening date. As for w...
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Hawks Makes His Figure Debut with Latest My Hero Academia Ichiban Kuji Lottery

The laid-back yet formidable Hawks achieves a new milestone in his Pro Hero career as he finally gets his very own figure! The first figure released of the famed Wing Hero is part of Ichiban Kuji's latest lineup of lottery prizes, which features a variety of My Hero Academia merch and figure. The lottery will be available from September 12 onwards in Family Mart outlets and other convenience store...
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One Piece Ladies Suit Up in Wedding Dresses For a Year

Nami, Vivi's dresses have been revealed so far in 12-part project ― Wedding information service Placole Wedding is collaborating with One Piece on a year-long project where the manga's ladies suit up in wedding dresses. A new illustration will be revealed every month for 12 months, each showing a One Piece lady wearing an original wedding dress. The first reveal was Nami in August, and Vivi's illustr...
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Mob Psycho 100 Official Accounts Comment on Anime Trending in the U.S.

Series name trends after Eric Trump's tweet ― The Mob Psycho 100 anime started trending in the U.S. on Tuesday after Eric Trump, second son of U.S. President Donald Trump and vice president of the Trump Organization, posted a tweet insinuating that Google is manipulating Americans to associate mobs with the anime. Google is once again trying to manipulate Americans. Type “mob” or “mobs” into google a...
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Cover Corp Announces hololive English Virtual YouTuber Group

5 talents to debut on September 12-13 as Cover addresses anti-harassment measures ― Cover Corp announced the launch of its hololive English Virtual YouTuber group on Wednesday, which will deliver English-language interactions with fans on platforms such as YouTube and Twitter. Five new talents launched their Twitter accounts on Wednesday, and they will begin streaming activities on September 12-13. T...
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Singer DAIGO, Actress Keiko Kitagawa Announce Birth of Their 1st Child

The singer DAIGO (DAIGO Naitō) and actress Keiko Kitagawa announced the birth of their first child on their blogs on Monday. Both artists announced that they had given birth to a healthy baby girl and thanked everyone who has supported and helped them. Regarding her return to acting, Kitagawa stated that she will make a separate announcement at a different time. DAIGO and Kitagawa met during a dra...
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hololive Virtual YouTubers Sakura Miko, Ookami Mio Return to Streaming After Hiatus

Hiatuses were due to health, copyright issues respectively ― hololive Virtual YouTubers Sakura Miko and Ookami Mio returned to streaming over the weekend after their respective hiatuses. Sakura Miko initially announced a 1-2 month break due to health issues, while Ookami Mio took a 1-month break due to copyright issues with video game livestreams. On Saturday, Ookami Mio streamed a video of herself e...
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Fate/Grand Order Waltz in the MOONLIGHT/LOSTROOM Smartphone Rhythm Game Gets Wide Release

Game featuring 3D Mash model initially launched in August 10 for first 550,000 downloads only ― The Fate/Grand Order Waltz in the MOONLIGHT/LOSTROOM smartphone rhythm game, which celebrates the Fate/Grand Order smartphone RPG's 5th anniversary, has received a wide release in Japan. The game was initially restricted to the first 550,000 downloads when it first launched on August 10, but as of Tuesday ...
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Evangelion Theme 'Cruel Angel's Thesis' Tops Anisong General Election

The incomparable "Cruel Angel's Thesis" theme song from Hideaki Anno's classic Neon Genesis Evangelion anime was the winner of TV Asahi's "Anisong General Election 2020" television program. The two-and-a-half-hour show aired on Sunday and counted down the 30 best anime songs of all time. The special was hosted by Matsuya Onoue with guests Takaya Kamikawa, Atsuko Takahata, Rena Takeda, and Yūki Yam...
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Doujinshi Convention Comitia to Return on November 23 After Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Previous two events for original creation doujinshi convention were canceled due to COVID-19 ― The doujinshi convention Comitia announced on Saturday that it will hold the COMITIA134 event on November 23 after a successful crowdfunding campaign that has raised over 100 million yen (approximately US$960,000) as of this article's posting. Applications to participate as a vendor opened on Tuesday. Comit...
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Manga Artist Shares Their Story of Having Low Vision

Manga artist Bunny Urasawa revealed on Twitter that they have the eye condition known as Low Vision. ― Manga artist Bunny Urasawa revealed on Twitter on Saturday that they have the eye condition known as Low Vision, and that their manga Mienai Watashi no Koi wa Fujiyū (I Cannot See, and My Love is Impaired) draws from their personal experiences with the condition. The American Academy of Ophthalmolog...
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Limited-Edition Zeong Model Up for Grabs in Gundam X Meiji Almond Chocolate Collab

A limited-edition plastic model of HGUC 1/144 MSN-02 Zeong with original coloring will be offered to 2,400 lucky winners in the new collaboration campaign between Mobile Suit Gundam and the Japanese confectionary Meiji that started on September 1. During the campaign period, those who wish to enter the draw for the giveaway must apply on this website with a purchase receipt of two or more of the f...
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Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Creator Draws Poster for Closet Film

Hiroyuki Asada, the creator of PEZ and Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, has drawn the poster for the 2020 film Closet. Directed by Takehiro Shindo, Closet is a human drama centering around Tasuku, a young man who, whilst recuperating from a traffic accident, starts a new job as a "cuddler" that entails being a companion in sleep for lonely patrons in Tokyo that are willing to pay for human warmth and com...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage Releases 5th Anniversary Anime Commercials

Ads focus on Passion Category idols Riamu Yumemi, Shin Satō The [email protected] Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage mobile rhythm game released two new animated television commercials to celebrate its 5th anniversary on Thursday. The 15-second ads focus on Passion Category idols Riamu Yumemi and Shin Satō enjoying their summer with pool, beach, and idol activities. Riamu Yumemi ver.: Shin Satō ver.: Cygam...
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Blacksmiths Forge King's Spirit Spear from Seven Deadly Sins

In a recent video, blacksmiths Matt Stagmer and Ilya Alekseyev recreated King's Spirit Spear Chastiefol from The Seven Deadly Sins franchise. The video details the process of forging, shaping and grinding the spearhead and shaft of the fantasy weapon. Matt and Ilya also used the opportunity to demonstrate some nifty techniques and tools in working with the highly abrasion-resistant H13 steel. Fina...
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Fate/Grand Order Newspaper Ads Get Award

48 types of ad were published across 52 newspapers from May 4 to July 20 ― A few months ago, the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game released full-page newspaper ads in regional newspapers around Japan to celebrate the service's 5th anniversary. The quality of these ads have been officially acknowledged by the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association, which announced the results of its 40th Ne...
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Kingdom Manga Creator Yasuhisa Hara Announces His Divorce

Reveals that he divorced in March, admits to adultery Kingdom manga creator Yasuhisa Hara released a statement on his Twitter account on Thursday, confirming that he divorced in March and admitted to adultery. His full statement is translated below: I extend my deepest apologies to the readers and those around me whom I have inconvenienced recently. As was written in part of a weekly magazine, I di...
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Anime Tourism Association Organizes Tour of Hyouka's Real-Life Locations in VR

2012 anime by Kyoto Animation is set in Takayama City, Gifu ― The Anime Tourism Association is organizing a Virtual Reality tour of the Hyouka anime's real-life setting of Takayama City, Gifu. The VR experience will allow users to tour the locations alongside a 3D model of the Anime Tourism Association's mascot character Junrei-chan. The tour will be unveiled for the first time at this year's Kyoto I...
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A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest Smartphone Game Launches Crossover With Konosuba Film

Limited-time event introduces Aqua, Megumin as battle characters; Kazuma, Yunyun as assist characters ― The A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest smartphone game launched its crossover event with the KONOSUBA - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World– Legend of Crimson (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu) film on Tuesday. The limited-time event introduces Aqua and Megumin as batt...
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Voice Actors Satoshi Hino, Saki Nakajima's Announce Birth of Their 2nd Child

On Wednesday, voice actors Satoshi Hino and Saki Nakajima announced the birth of their second child on Twitter. Nakajima announced the birth of the baby girl one day after her 42nd birthday, which occurred on September 1. She posted a photo of the baby along with a short message. みなさん、昨日はたくさんのメッセージをありがとうございました‼️そんな…ひとつ(年齢の)レベルがあがった中島沙樹から、みなさんにお知らせです❣️なんと私、2児の母になりましたぁー‼️ε٩(๑>ᴗ<๑)۶з今後とも宜しくお願い致します✨(*...
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Bushiroad and NIJISANJI Are Taking Online Harassment Seriously

Ichikara Inc. is establishing an "Aggressive Acts and Slander Countermeasure Team," which will offer counselling to harassment victims and take legal measures against perpetrators. ― Voice actor and Virtual YouTuber talent agencies in Japan are progressively taking the threat of online harassment seriously. Two companies which have recently made public attempts at fighting harassment are the voice ac...
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Rock Star Yoshiki Transforms Into Drummer Titan for Coffee Campaign

Japanese rock star YOSHIKI has returned to the world of Attack on Titan, this time as a formidable giant. The "ATTACK ON YOSHIKI" commercial campaign launched in Japan on September 3 as a promotion for Asahi's Wonda Coffee. The 3D CG animated character was modeled after YOSHIKI, and the thundering drum sounds were recorded live by the X JAPAN drummer himself. The Wonda coffee brand will include 20...
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Singer Yumi Matsutoya Claims Blood Relation to Famous Swordsman Okita Sōji

Singer Yumi Matsutoya claimed in a recent television program that she's a descendant of the famous Japanese swordsman Okita Sōji, who was a key historical figure in the Shinsengumi during the final years of the Edo Period. Matsutoya made the claim in the "Matsutoya Yumi no All Night Nippon GOLD" radio program broadcast on the Nippon Broadcasting System station on Friday. The program discussed the ...
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Precure Collaborates with Real Tokyo Girls Collection Fashion Festival

Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi film will open in Japan on October 31 ― To commemorate the release of the Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious One Day) anime film, the Precure franchise is collaborating with the Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC) 2020 Autumn/Winter Online fashion festival. Since its inception in 2004, the children's tele...
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Japan's Twitter Users Have Fun With 2025 World Expo Osaka Logo

The unveiling of the official logo for the 2025 World Expo in Osaka has triggered a deluge of memes, parodies and fanart from Japan's Twitter users. The logo is the brainchild of graphic designer Tamotsu Shimada and his team, TEAM INARI. Comprised of irregular red spheres connected in the shape of a ring, its design is meant to embody the theme of “the brilliance of life”, with the red spheres rep...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba-inspired Sweets Container Offered in Collaboration Giveaway

Lotte announced additional prizes for its Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series' collaboration campaign, this time allowing 1,000 participants who didn't win prizes A to C a chance to receive a "Nezuko's Sweets Container" as prize W. The "Nezuko's Sweets Container" is a container made of the cardboard material to replicate Nezuko's box in the series and comes with an assortment of Lotte's sweets. ...
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SUPER HXEROS Creator Ryōma Kitada Shares Detailed Breakdown of His Earnings

Royalties from physical, e-book sales account for over 60% of income ― As a guide for people who want to make a living through art, SUPER HXEROS creator Ryōma Kitada shared a detailed breakdown of his earnings as an artist on his Twitter and Pixiv FANBOX accounts on Friday. The guide lays out which forms of income are "time-efficient" and/or "stable" for an artist. 絵で食べていきたい人の参考までに、とある漫画家の収入事情をまとめてみま...
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Meet and Greet with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Komino Masahiko

Emmanuel Bochew, interpret and manager, will organize a second meet and greet event with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders' character designer and Garo -Vanishing Line- animation director Masahiko Komino on September 12. The event will be held on the Zoom online service in two different panels. The first one will be run between 11am and 12pm (UTC+2; 5am-6am EDT) for 7 euros (about US$8)...
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Charming Music Video Released for Pikotaro and Pikachu Collaboration Track "PIKA to PIKO"

Japanese comedian and singer-songwriter Pikotarō just released a music video for "PIKA to PIKO", a new track produced in collaboration with the iconic Pokemon, Pikachu. The video, which was uploaded to Pikotarō's official YouTube account on August 31, sees Pikotarō interpreting and translating Pikachu's words into English phrases as the duo sing and dance together. As of this time of writing (roug...
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UPDATED: RetroCrush's Magical Idol Pastel Yumi Stream Credits Unauthorized Fansub

Johnny English Subs is credited for episode 20, translator says he was not contacted beforehand ― Digital Media Rights' RetroCrush anime streaming service credited the fansubber Johnny English Subs on episode 20 of its Magical Idol Pastel Yumi stream. The fansubber, who had previously distributed an unofficial English fan translation based on the official French titles, told ANN that he was not conta...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Mano Aloe Retires 2 Weeks After Debut

Aloe was 'not physically or mentally prepared to continue with her activities' after original 2-week suspension for leaking Live2D model ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive's official English account released a statement from Cover Corp CEO Tanigo Motoaki that the YouTuber Mano Aloe will "graduate" (that is, retire) from hololive as of Monday, August 31. The notice stated that Aloe is "not physically ...
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Singer T.M. Revolution Announces Marriage

Partner is a person outside the entertainment industry ― 49-year-old singer and actor Takanori Nishikawa (stage name T.M. Revolution) announced on his Twitter account Saturday that he has gotten married. His partner is a person he has been seeing for a long time who is not involved with the entertainment industry, and he is refraining from sharing her name or photo. "As always, I will hold my gratitu...
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LINE Novel App Ends Service on August 31

User-submitted novel service was first announced in April 2019 ― The LINE Novel online app closed its service on August 31. The online service, which allowed users to publish novels online, was first announced in April 2019 and launched in August that year. The app launched alongside the LINE Bunko Edge imprint, which was create to publish LINE Novels in print form alongside established light novel a...
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Demon Slayer High School Spinoff Gets Collaboration Café in September

Machi★Asobi CAFE will hold a collaboration event with Tales of a Demon Slayer Academy, an official spinoff of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga by the same creator, Koyoharu Gotouge. The event, titled "Tales of a Demon Slayer Academy~Demon's Banquet=Special Edition~", will be held from September 4 to October 4. Tales of a Demon Slayer Academy started off as a spinoff omake included within t...
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Haikyu!! Releases Spread of Every Uniform in the Series

Newspaper ad shows support for young athletes after canceled Inter-High volleyball tournament in Japan ― The Haikyu!! series published an advertisement spread in the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper on Monday showing every single uniform shirt that appears in the manga. The ad is intended as a form of support for the real-world Inter-High School Championships Boys Volleyball Tournament, which was originally...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime's Rimuru Inspires Hand-crafted Wind Chimes

Edo-style wind chimes inspired by That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime are available for sale at Tokyo Otaku Mode's Japan online shop as of August 24. The price of each is 5,500 yen including tax. The shape of the wind chime is made to resemble the slime form of Rimuru Tempest, the protagonist of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. It is hand-crafted by Maruyoshi Shinohara, a craftsman spe...
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Mimikyu Merchandise with 'Antique' Designs Featured in New Pokémon Prize Lottery

Mimikyu fans rejoice! Ichiban Kuji recently unveiled a new lottery campaign centering around the Ghost and Fairy-type Pokémon Mimikyu. Named "Pokémon Mimikyu's Antiquities", the campaign will offer a line of lottery prizes consisting of various Mimikyu-themed merchandise that all feature elegant, antique-style designs, which is sure to please both Mimikyu and antique lovers alike. The full lineup ...
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VTuber Kusunoki Sio Announces Hiatus Due to Harassment

Sio is in talks with a lawyer after multiple attempts were made to hack her social media accounts ― Virtual YouTuber (VTuber) Kusunoki Sio announced on Thursday that she is taking a hiatus from online activities. Sio wrote that beginning on the night of August 19, multiple people have attempted to hack her Twitter and YouTube accounts, find out where she lives, and sent e-mails with pictures identify...
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Light Novelist Masami Morokuchi Announces Indefinite Hiatus

Author notes increasing lack of interest in his works by FANBOX subscribers ― Light novel author Masami Morokuchi made his debut with the 2005 novel Scorpion, the first in his Densetsu Kari (Legendary Hunting) series. He followed it up with four more novel series, Satsujin Kikanjo, Shingetsu ga Noboru made (Until the New Moon Rises), Are you Alice?, and Teiden Shōjo to Hanemu no Orchestra. His one-of...
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NIJISANJI VTuber Agency Opens Recruitment for 'Creators' for Official English YouTube Channel

NIJISANJI's official English Twitter account announced on Thursday that it has opened recruitment for "creators" for the official English YouTube channel. According to the recruitment notice, "all types of creators" are accepted for consideration. Applicants are asked about their experience in animation, video editing, illustration, image editing, music composition, voice acting, translation, proo...
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Voice Actor Yūki Ono Announces Birth of His First Child

Voice of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Jōsuke revealed in 2017 that he had been married for 7 years ― 36-year-old voice actor Yūki Ono announced in a blog post on Friday that he has fathered his first child, a healthy boy. His full blog post is translated below: I have an announcement for you all. My son was just born as my first child. Things have finally settled down around us, so I can now make this ...
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Voting Opens for Web Manga General Election 2020

Sasaki and Miyano, Cherry Magic!, Mieruko-chan, My Lvl999 Love for Yamada Kun nominated ― pixiv and Nippon Shuppan Hanbai, Inc's "Web Manga General Election" opened its polls on Thursday. Users submitted more than 27,000 applications for web manga series and judges whittled down the selection to 50 series. Nominees currently licensed in English or previously nominated for an award include: Sasaki and...
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Sword Art Online's Kirito, Eugeo Inspire Necklace

Sword Art Online: Alicization's Kirito and Eugeo are inspiring a double ring necklace signifying their bond. Jewelry and accessory maker U-TREASURE is releasing a silver necklace based on Kirito's Night Sky Sword and Eugeo's Blue Rose Sword. The patterns of the two swords are woven together into a double ring. This latest line of premium merchandise is notable for focusing on the male characters a...
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Follow the Love Story Between Model and Her Secret Boyfriend in Anime Music Video Series

HoneyWorks creates music videos featuring vocals by Sora Amamiya, Gero ― HoneyWorks' latest animated music video in the "Confess Your Love Committee: Romance Series" continues the sweet love story between a girl who works as a model/actress and her secret boyfriend. "Suiyōbi no Yakusoku" was released on vocalist Gero's official YouTube channel on Tuesday. In the music video's story, Midori Hamanaka (...
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PPAP Singer Pikotarō Teams Up With Pikachu For New Song

Japanese comedian Pikotarō is teaming up with Pikachu in a new song titled "Pika to Piko," which will release in Japan on August 31. The song was created to help lift the spirits of children who are unable to experience the proper festivities of summer this year due to COVID-19 and the recent heat wave in Japan. As for the reason for partnering up with Pikachu in particular, Pikotarō commented tha...
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Hypnosis Mic Explains Hip-Hop Lingo For Beginners

Hip-hop artist Zeebra serves as instructor in 12-part YouTube video series ― The Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima anime released its first video explaining the basics of hip-hop on Monday. Hip-hop artist Zeebra serves as the instructor in this video, explaining the concepts to Ichirō Yamada voice actor Subaru Kimura. Zeebra explains how hip-hop has historically been a form of music that...
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Kumamoto Mascot Kumamon Experiences Brief COVID-19 Scare

Announced hiatus due to staffer's possible exposure to the virus but returned after test came back negative ― Kumamoto Prefecture mascot character Kumamon experienced a brief scare with COVID-19 earlier last week. On Saturday, the mascot's website announced that it would take an indefinite break from appearances because a staffer related to Kumamon had been in contact with someone who had contracted ...
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Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Designs Hachiko for Virtual Shibuya Event

Neon Genesis Evangelion and Summer Wars character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is designing Shibuya's iconic dog Hachiko for an event that will take place in on the Virtual Shibuya online platform. The design will be unveiled at Hachiko's inauguration as Virtual Shibuya's mayor, an event which is scheduled to take place in late October. Virtual Shibuya is a platform officially recognized by the cit...
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Bump of Chicken Vocalist Motoo Fujiwara Announces His Marriage

The 41-year-old band member's spouse is not a member of the entertainment industry. ― Alternative rock band Bump of Chicken's vocalist Motoo Fujiwara announced his marriage during the band's "PONTSUKA!!" radio program on Monday. The 41-year-old band member's spouse is not a member of the entertainment industry. Fujiwara described her as an "irreplaceable and precious person." Bump of Chicken made the...
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Late Kyoto Animation Background Artist's Family Opens Exhibit of Her Work

Mikiko Watanabe was art director on Violet Evergarden, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Myriad Colors Phantom World ― Kyodo News reported on Friday that an exhibit of artwork by the late Kyoto Animation background artist Mikiko Watanabe is open at the "Kuwana Machi no Eki" souvenir store in Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture. Watanabe was among the victims of the Kyoto Animation Studio 1 building arson inciden...
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Real-Life Corgi Befriends Life-Sized Pokémon Yamper Plush

A Japanese couple posted an adorable video last month of their pet corgi, named Mugi, who recently celebrated his second birthday by getting a new friend: a life-sized plush of the Pokémon Yamper. Yamper is an electric-type dog Pokémon that is inspired by the real-life corgi, so it was bound to get along with Mugi. The owners have previously posted videos of Mugi playing with a smaller sized Yampe...
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Art Corporation's Tale of the Future of Moving House Continues in 3rd Anime Short

House-moving business Art Corporation released its third animated short video on Sunday, which continues the tale of a possible future where people move house with the aid of new technology. The shorts tell the heartwarming story of a girl named Izumi, who meets a robot named A-bot who takes her on a trip to the future. In this installment, A-bot shows Izumi what Art Corporation's office building ...
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Ghost in the Shell Combines Noh Theater with Virtual Reality

Writer Jun'ichi Fujisaku, Noh actor Takanobu Sakaguchi comment on production of show held last weekend ― Masamune Shirow 's Ghost in the Shell manga series recently combined traditional theater with cutting-edge technology by holding a Noh performance with Virtual Reality (VR). The performances were held in Tokyo's Setagaya Public Theatre throughout last weekend. The promotional video for the perform...
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Official Mr. Osomatsu Video Explains Season 2 in 66 Seconds

In anticipation of the third season's debut in October, the Mr. Osomatsu anime's official YouTube account has released a 66-second explainer video covering the story and characters of the second season. Why is it 66 seconds long? Because the anime is about a group of six brothers, and there's not actually that much to say about the plot other than the brothers are "pieces of crap" (the video's wor...
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Aspiring Animation Creator Alleges Corporate Bias Against Diverse Creators

Alleges that a certain company balked at accepting pitches of 'diversity themes' after backlash against title that only advertised diversity without releasing trailer ― Aspiring animation creator Sara Eissa wrote a Twitter thread on Saturday alleging that a certain "huge company that produces animated shows" is biased against original pitches for shows with "diversity" elements such as People of Colo...
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3rd Disney Twisted-Wonderland Animated TV Ad Highlights Octavinelle Dorm

The Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game released its third animated television ad on Thursday. The ad highlights the Octavinelle Dorm, which is inspired by Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. Atsushi Tamaru, who also voices Azul Ashengrotto in the game, narrated the ad. Aniplex, which collaborated with Walt Disney Japan to produce the game, released 15 and 30-second versions of t...
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A3!'s Ryo Fujiwara Designs Characters for Gakugeidai Junes Music Video

The group was formed with the concept of switching back and forth between 2D and 3D. A3! character designer Ryo Fujiwara provided designs for the boy band Gakugeidai Junes brand-new animated music video. The group was formed with the concept of switching back and forth between 2D and 3D. The group went the 2D route for the music video for their ninth single "Sneakers" which will be included on thei...
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Playboard: World's Biggest Superchat Earner is Virtual YouTuber Kiryu Coco

hololive VTuber has earned approximately 85 million yen since December 2019 debut ― Playboard's data on YouTube's Superchat statistics indicate that the Virtual YouTuber Kiryu Coco is the world's top-earning Superchat earner of all time. As of August 19, she has earned approximately 85 million yen (US$810,000). She is also the top monthly earner, accruing around 14 million yen (US$134,000) in July al...
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Online Petition Demands Content Warnings for Sexual Violence in Weekly Shonen Jump

In the campaign description, campaign creator Sekiguchi shares his own story as a Weekly Shonen Jump reader. ― A Change.Org petition titled "We Boys Are Not Wolves. Shonen Jump Should Distinguish Between 'Eroticism' and 'Sexual Violence'" concluded on Friday after collecting over 4,000 online signatures in just over a week. The campaign organizer, a man named Manabu Sekiguchi, demanded that Weekly Sh...
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Nezuko's Bamboo Mouthpiece from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Inspires Gum Case

A chewing gum case inspired by Nezuko's bamboo mouthpiece is among the latest merch items to be inspired by the popular Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series. The item will be distributed in Japan through a collaboration giveaway with Japanese confectionery maker Lotte from September 1 to 30. During the giveaway period, those who purchase Lotte's chewing gum must enter details from their receipt i...
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Fate/Grand Order Releases Phone Charger Shaped Like Mash's Shield

The Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia anime is releasing new merch, including a wireless smartphone changer shaped like Mash's shield. With the dependable kohai by your side, you can trust that your phone will recover its energy safely. When you attach your phone is fully recharged, it will shine with 12 LED lights that are aligned in the shape of a summoning circle. The video bel...
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Shueisha's New Book Explores The Promised Neverland From Perspective of British/American Literature

What is the meaning behind the title and what inspired the demons? ― Shueisha published a book on Monday exploring the themes and story of The Promised Neverland through the perspective of a scholar of British and American literature. Eibei Bungakusha to Yomu "Yakusoku no Neverland" (Reading The Promised Neverland with a British/American Literature Scholar) by Kei Toda will explore the myriad of lite...
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Recent Assault Arrests in Japan Include Pokémon GO Players

2 separate arrests occurred in Hokkaido on August 10, August 16 ― Japan has seen at least two recent cases of assault involving Pokémon GO players. According to Sankei News, Hokkaido police arrested a 56-year-old who assaulted a man in a fight over an in-game gym on August 10. The victim was a 55-year-old man who had met the assailant through the game several years ago. Almost a week later, a separat...
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Naruto Fans Pitch Ichiraku Ramen Shop Set to LEGO IDEAS

Set gathers over 9,000 supporters, will be officially reviewed by LEGO at 10,000 supporters ― Two Naruto fans are pitching their idea for a LEGO set based on Naruto's iconic Ichiraku Ramen Shop to LEGO IDEAS in what could potentially become the first ever LEGO set based on an anime/manga series. Their custom set has gathered over 9,000 supporters as of this article's publication; it will be officiall...

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