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Tiger & Bunny's Katsura, Sakakibara Design Fictional Manga for Live-Action Show

Tiger & Bunny anime character designer Masakazu Katsura and Tiger & Bunny manga artist Mizuki Sakakibara are creating a fictitious manga for the Plastic Smile live-action television series. Katsura is providing the character designs, and Sakakibara is drawing the in-story Liaison Diavlo manga. Plastic Smile is set in Shizuoka, and it is the first regional live-action series that NHK's Shizuoka bra...
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Castle in the Sky, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Anime Art Director Offers Art Book, Signed Prints

Art director Nizo Yamamoto has lent his talents to many anime such as Castle in the Sky, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Magnetic Rose. The upcoming Yamamoto Nizo Hyakkei (100 Views of Nizo Yamamoto) are collection will offer an overview of his background art and other contributions to anime when it ships this fall. The book highlights background art for films Yamamoto served as art director ...
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Fellow Voice Actors Respond to Unshō Ishizuka's Passing

Voice actor Unshō Ishizuka passed away due to esophageal cancer at the age of 67 on Monday. The veteran voice actor earned the respect of his colleagues through the decades, and some of them took to Twitter on Friday to offer their thoughts and condolences in light of his passing. Macross mechanical designer and artist Hidetaka Tenjin posted a tribute illustration of Ishizuka's Macross Plus charac...
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Sex Toy Tenga's Robot Variations Come to Life

A few years back, dōjin circle Kuramochi Zukan took their niche of drawing anthropomorphisized objects into new territory by publishing a collection of art based on Tenga, the popular men's sex toy. Each drawing imagined the red and white toy as a different kind of transforming robot. Fast forward three years later and the idea is now a reality. Popular figure maker Good Smile Company is collabora...
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JoJo's Bruno Bucciarati Poses in Balenciaga for Magazine Cover

The Italian boys of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind aren't afraid of risky fashion choices. Giorno wears a bright pink pantsuit with a heart cut out, Pannacotta's green suit is laced with large holes, and Bruno's outfit has more nonsensical zippers than a pair of Tripp pants. However, only one is the cover model for the October issue of Shueisha's UOMO magazine. Bruno was drawn by manga crea...
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Dirty Old Man Tanaka Joins Ranks of Virtual YouTubers in Japan

As a middle-aged man in a tank top and boxers, Tanaka no Ossan is a far cry from the typical appearance of a virtual YouTuber. Most virtual YouTubers in Japan are young, cute female characters. However, that did not stop 55-year-old Yoshio Tanaka from starting his own channel. In the video below, Tanaka introduces himself and his new YouTube channel. Tanaka also launched an official website and Tw...
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Cutie Honey, Gatchaman, Yatterman Characters Inspire Themed Wine

Cutie Honey's title character, Gatchaman's Jun the Swan, and Yatterman's Doronjo are appearing on their own special bottles of nihonshu (Japanese rice wine). The themed wine was unveiled earlier this month. The release is part of the Ultra J ~Ultra Alliance Japan~ project. Tokushima's Miyoshikiku Sake Brewery and sake shop Mirai Nihonshu Ten are collaborating on the wine inspired by classic femal...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate's Megumi Preps Goosefish as Nendoroid Figure

A Nendoroid figure of Food Wars! The Third Plate's Megumi Tadakoro is set for release in March 2019. For the figure, Megumi wears her food prep uniform. The set features a goosefish that Megumi makes into goosefish dobu-jiru curry during the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election's preliminary round. In addition, the figure has regular, serious, and impatient faces for Megumi. The figure costs 4,500...
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Saga Prefecture's Gintama Collaboration Kicks Off With Video, Statue Unveiling

The Sagaharu Project, a collaboration between Saga Prefecture and the Gintama franchise, launched on Friday and continues until September 17. A special version of the trailer for the second live-action Gintama film recently debuted for the project. In the video, Saga's trademark seaweed and balloon festival appear. The video's subtitles change the characters' words into Saga dialect. The unveiling...
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Anime Gets 88-Hour 'Endless Eight' Streaming Event

Is Yuki Nagato your favorite character from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya? Ever want to relive her experience of repeating a certain summer thousands of times? No? Well, a livestream project is letting fans get about one 9,077th of that experience anyway. The "Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu/Endless Eight 88-Jikan Nama Hōsō ~Oyoso 1/9077 Nagato Yuki Taiken~" (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya / Endl...
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Tell Your Family You Eloped with Kenjirou Hata's Newest Manga Bonuses

Kenjirou Hata's latest manga series is Tonikaku Cawaii (Fly Me to the Moon/'Generally Cute') and it runs in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday. Since it launched in February, the manga has since accumulated into two volumes, the second released on Friday with some unique bonus goods. The first is a digest video summing up the manga's first volume with voice over by unit "Earphones;" Rie Takahashi, ...
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Australian Hotel Caught Off Guard By Free! Pilgrims

In the popular anime series Free!, Rin Matsuoka's pursuit to become a world-class swimmer takes him to Australia. He first went to the country prior to the events of the first season and he returns with the rest of cast in Free! Eternal Summer for the high school swimming finals. The crew check into a hotel, which turns out is based on a real-life Aussie location and its experiencing quite a surge...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Exhibit's Survey Reveals Fan Demographics

A special project for "Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition: Ripples of Adventure," an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, recently conducted a fan survey to reveal the "ultimate JoJo fan image." The "JoJo Sapiens" project revealed the results on Tuesday. The project's website revealed an image of the ultimate JoJo fan based on the results of t...
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Asuna and Dengeki Bunkō Pals Promote Veggies for Limited Campaign

Vegeta might be the Prince of All Refrigerators but the Sword Art Online's Asuna is taking the crown in the vegetable department along with her fellow Dengeki Bunkō light novel friends. Asuna, Spice and Wolf's Holo, Accel World's Kuroyukihime, The irregular at magic high school's Miyuki, Kino's Journey's Kino, and more are teaming up with Japan Railway East's New Days, New Days Kiosk, and KIOSK ma...
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Good Smile Company Offers Re:Zero's Rem, Emilia Figures

Re:Zero's Rem has already inspired her fair share of figures. Still, she's preparing to get another, which is in turn inspired by a previous piece of art. The new Rem figure is based on the character's image from an ukiyo-e print that shipped in June. Instead of her usual maid outfit, Rem wears a kimono for the figure. The figure costs 17,064 yen (about US$150), and it is slated to ship in Februa...
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Aikatsu Friends! Holds Auditions for New Voice Actor Singer to Debut in Anime

The Aikatsu! franchise is aiming to uncover the next generation of voice actor singers with its second annual "Miracle Seiyū Audition" contest. The auditions are again a collaboration between Bandai Namco Arts, Bandai Namco Pictures, Sunrise Music Publishing, and the newly established HoriPro International. Similar to the first competition, the winner of the new auditions will make her debut in th...
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Leiji Matsumoto's 80th Birthday Celebrated With New Art Exhibition

Manga creator giant Leiji Matsumoto is showing a collection of his artwork this month at the Daimaru Tokyo department store. The exhibition opens on August 28 and will run until September 4. The event celebrates Matsumoto's 80th birthday and includes autographed watercolor, ink paintings, prints, animation cells, and other drawings for sale. Visitors will be able to browse first edition books and ...
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Hirohiko Araki Goes on a 'Bizarre Adventure' at Tokyo's Museum of Western Art

Hirohiko Araki is following in his manga self-insert's footsteps and heading to the museum this month. The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator will appear in an episode of Tanken Bakumon: Deep Inside, a live-action program on NHK that goes behind the scenes of different places and topics. Araki will appear in the episode slated to air on August 29 where he and the hosts will explore the National Muse...
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Manga Artists Moriko Mori, Cota Tomimura Announce Marriage

Manga artists Moriko Mori (30) and Cota Tomimura (28) announced their marriage on Wednesday. Mori posted an image of his marriage registration form on Twitter stating that he became a couple with Tomimura. Tomimura also announced the news and wrote that it is her second marriage. Tomimura (pictured right) is the creator of several manga series including the four-panel essay manga Bokutachi LGBT (W...
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Madoka Magica's Magia Record Game Ad Features Skating Gold-Medalist Alina Zagitova

Zagitova transforms into Madoka costume in ad marking game's 1-year anniversary ― The official Twitter account for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden smartphone role-playing game began streaming a new commercial to celebrate the game's one-year anniversary. The commercial, titled "Zagitova Transforms," features Russian Olympic skater Alina Zagitova skating a program where she transfor...
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Producer Reveals Sunrise, Production I.G Animated April's Azur Lane Commercial

Team that animated commercial also handled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin ― In an interview with Sisilala TV news website on Monday, Sunrise producer Osamu Taniguchi revealed that the animation studio produced a commercial for the Chinese smartphone game Azur Lane that debuted earlier this year in April. Taniguchi explained that the same team that handled the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime hand...
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180 Attendees Treated in Comic Market's 1st 3 Hours Due to Heat Wave

The swarms of eager otaku that head to Comic Market, Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, twice per year create jam-packed chaos. Unfortunately for those attending in summer, Japan is known for its heat and humidity in the middle of the year. Japan has recently had a severe heat wave leading to at least 80 deaths, so attendees at this summer's Comiket had to be particul...
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Asobi Asobase Director Shows Off His New Buff Bod

Director Seiji Kishi is well known for his impressive resume. He's helmed anime favorites like Angel Beats!, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero, Persona 4 the Animation, Danganronpa The Animation, Tsukigakirei, and most recently the crass comedy Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun-. Recently, Kishi has taken to Twitter to share more personal matters, namely his recent physical transformation. Kishi has started muscle...
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Prince of Tennis Summer Valentine Event Gets Official Day

Event also revealed the results of its 400,000 chocolate poll ― After receiving nearly half a million Valentine chocolates this year, The annual Prince of Tennis summer Valentine event is officially recognized by the Japan Anniversary Association. The association designated August 14 as "Happy Summer Valentine Day" on Tuesday and awarded Prince of Tennis creator Takeshi Konomi with a certificate to a...
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My Hero Academia's Denki Credited for Unleashing Lightning in Tokyo

Tokyo experienced a sudden downpour on Monday, which some are attributing to My Hero Academia's Denki Kaminari. For a sense of the scope of the storm, look at the picture below that the website tenki.jp posted. The photo shows the view from the Sunshine 60 skyscraper in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. 東京、池袋のサンシャイン60からの雨雲の様子です。大雨や落雷に十分に注意してください。 pic.twitter.com/8yRCVuaeL3— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) August 13, 2018 The...
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In New Book, Ghibli's Suzuki Reveals Isao Takahata as Notoriously Difficult Director

Claims character designer and animation director Yoshifumi Kondō death was due to Takahata's work expectations ― Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed another side of his long-time work partner and director Isao Takahata. The book, The Ghibli Textbook #19: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Ghibli no Kyōkasho 19 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari), delves into the production of Takahata's last film and ...
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Idol Group Nogizaka46's Animated Computer Ad Streams

Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto designed characters ― The Mouse computer store's anime ad starring the Nogizaka46 idol group with character design's by Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto began streaming on August 8. LIDEN FILMS animated the ad and it first appeared during the Mirai Seiki Jipang documentary on TV Tokyo the same day. The ad is based on a previous live-action commercial. Sadamoto previousl...
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First Nation Teen Keeps Language Alive by Dubbing Sailor Moon

Westin Sutherland is hoping to inspire youngsters to learn indigenous languages by creating dubs of some of his favorite animated series, including Spongebob Square Pants, The Proud Family, and Sailor Moon. Sutherland is from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba and began learning the Anishinaabemowin and Cree languages four years ago. While studying, Sutherland noticed the lack of television programmi...
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Lucky Star Shrine's Iconic Torii Gate Collapses

Washinomiya Shrine, the Tokyo area's oldest shrine and a real-life backdrop for the Lucky Star anime series, faced an unfortunate loss on Sunday. The shrine's torii gate collapsed at around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, crushing the trunk of a car passing underneath it. The gate was about six meters tall (about 19.5ft) and included a wooden piece that ran along the top. The wood was protected by a rainpro...
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Grand Blue Dreaming's Camera App Filter Lets Fans Become Cakey

The Grand Blue Dreaming anime is collaborating with the BeautyPlus camera app. The app is now letting users transform themselves into Aina "Cakey" Yoshiwara as she appeared in the anime's fourth episode. The episode features a beauty pageant, and Cakey becomes a key character as she wears a blond wig and extremely heavy makeup. Voice actress Kana Asumi, who plays Aina in the anime, already experim...
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Tokyo One Piece Tower Theme Park Gets Immersive Theater Experience

The Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park is getting an immersive theater experience titled "Toki no Hako ga Aku Toki" (When the Time Box Opens). A special website will open to reveal more details about the experience on August 17. In immersive theater, audience members occupy the same performance space as the show's cast and actively participate in the performance. Performers interact with audience me...
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Den-noh Coil Book Publishes Anime's Never-Before-Seen Production Materials

Advance sales of the Den-noh Coil Archives book of materials from the Den-noh Coil anime will be available at Comic Market 94 (Comiket). The Anime Style booth will sell the book at the event, which is being held at Tokyo Big Sight from August 10-12. Original manga creator Mitsuo Iso directed the anime that premiered in 2007 and won an Excellence Prize in the animation division of the Agency for Cu...
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Twitter Criticizes Variety Show's Male Entertainers for Rude Behavior at Sailor Moon Café

The episode of NTV's Hirunandesu! variety program that aired on Wednesday featured a segment in which four male entertainers visited a limited-time Sailor Moon café. The cafe is running at Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando in Shibuya, Tokyo until August 19. The performers who visited the café for the program were comedy duo Audrey members Masayasu Wakabayashi and Toshiaki Kasuga, comedy duo Heisei Nobushi Ko...
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Twitter Account Takes On Figure Maker After Alleged Poor Business Practices

A person claiming to be figure designer Kōji Ihara opened a new Twitter account on Monday for people or businesses who have been affected by figure maker Be-full's alleged actions. Ihara designed a figure of Encouragement of Climb's Hinata and Aoi for Be-full but is now discussing possible legal action against the company. 【拡散希望】フィギュア企画請負の伊原と申します。ヤマノススメ「雪村あおい」「倉上ひなた」の材質をPVCからアクリル系樹脂に変更をメーカーである㈱びーふ...
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Kyoto Animation Shows Tsurune, Free! Anime Key Frames at Comiket

Anime studio Kyoto Animation wasn't selling any merchandise at this summer's Comic Market (Comiket) 94 event, but they were holding a key animation exhibit at their booth. They revealed frames for the upcoming TV anime Tsurune, which will air in October, as well as for episode 6 of Free! Dive to the Future, which has yet to air. Tsurune is adapted from an "archery youth story" novel. Minato played...
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Good Smile Company Offers Cells at Work!'s White Blood Cell Nendoroid, Teases Platelet

Good Smile Company revealed on Tuesday that the Cells at Work! anime's Platelet will get a Nendoroid figure. However, fans will have to wait for the rest of the details of the release. In the meantime, fans can buy the anime's White Blood Cell Nendoroid. The figure went on sale for pre-order on Tuesday, and the pre-order period will remain open until September 5. The White Blood Cell figure inclu...
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Lupin the Third: Part 5's Title Thief Narrates Ocean's 8 Heist Film's Promo Video

The Lupin the Third: Part 5 anime is collaborating with Japan's release of the Ocean's 8 film. Kanichi Kurita, voice of the anime's main character, narrates a promotional video for the film that debuted on Thursday. In the video, Lupin summarizes the heist plot and describes the film's highlights as the thieves work to infiltrate the Met Gala. Lupin adds remarks such as that the film's title chara...
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Biannual Running of the Otaku Returns to Comic Market 94

Throwing safety concerns aside, otaku sprint out of Tokyo's Kokusai-Tenjijō Station twice yearly after arriving on the first train of the day to Tokyo Big Sight. As anime and manga enthusiasts aim to be first in line at Comic Market (Comiket, Comike, Comi), the Biannual Running of the Otaku (not an official name) has become a spectacle outside the convention center's nearby train station. Amateur ...
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d Anime Store's 4th Shirobako Anime Ad Discusses Production

Wireless provider Docomo's d Anime Store (Docomo Anime Store) streaming service began streaming Aoi Miyamori and Ai Kunogi versions of its "production" Shirobako anime ad on Tuesday. The video is the fourth in the service's collaboration with the anime. In the video, the Musashino Animation team discusses the production of the d Anime Story commercial and the roles everyone will fill. Ema is in ch...
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Battle Angel Alita Manga Creator Reacts to Live-Action Film's Eyes, Scenery

The official Japanese website for Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, posted comments from James Cameron and from Kishiro himself. Kishiro provided his thoughts on the film's newest trailer that debuted in July. Kishiro said, "In the beginning, I was surprised because [Alita's] eyes are big. But when I saw what scenes there...
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Today's Cerberus Creator Reveals Source of Pen Name

"It's off-putting for a woman to draw boys' manga, don't you think?" ― Today's Cerberus manga creator Ato Sakurai revealed in now deleted tweets that she previously worked under a more gender-ambiguous pen name, but it wasn't her own decision. Sakurai wrote on Twitter on Sunday that when she debuted as a manga artist, her editor at the time told her use a gender neutral pen name. She said she'll neve...
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The Pop Team Epic Card Game is Friggin' Impossible

Relive some of Popuko and Pipimi's funniest moments, as well as some brand new ones, with the self-proclaimed "Crappy Card Game." The game includes 54 cards featuring bits from the original show, one "crappy" instruction manual, and promises to be contain anywhere "between 7-80% crappy content". Within the deck are four cards drawn by a "certain illustrator" from a "certain card game." The game a...
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Leafeon Trainer is the Final Character to Join Eevee Character Design Project

Project Eevee is a special spin-off merchandise campaign dedicated to Pokémon's most evolved monster. Merchandiser MOVIC is helping support the venture by enlisting popular illustrators to draw trainer companions for the different evolutions, and the first round debuted in late April, followed by three more in June. Artists Yumenōchi, Dan Ichikawa, Kuraen Mori, Mengo Yokoyari, Nachi Aono, Nakahara...
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Readers Pick the Best Boys-Love Manga for Beginners

Anime website Nijimen held a questionnaire to discover what boys-love manga are best for beginners. Readers were asked to comment with the choices and site administrators then tallied the comments and "likes" on each comment to rank the recommendations. According to Nijimen readers, the boys-love manga best suited to new readers are: The World's Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera by Sh...
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Voice Actress Chinatsu Akasaki Announces Marriage

Voice actress Chinatsu Akasaki announced on her Twitter account on Friday that she was married. She made the announcement on her birthday. She stated that she will continue to move forward in both her job and her private life in her own way. Akasaki has voiced roles in such anime as Sacred Seven (Nanami Akasaki), Kill Me Baby (Yasuna Oribe), Senki Zesshō Symphogear (Yumi Itaba), Bodacious Space Pi...
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Rei, Asuka VAs Confirmed, Angel-Themed Villain Revealed for Shinkalion's Giant Eva Episode

The kids' mecha anime Shinkalion's Eva extravaganza will include voice actresses Megumi Hayashibara and Yuko Miyamura as Rei and Asuka. The fan-favorite characters were confirmed to appear in the episode earlier this week, but it wasn't yet known if they'd have speaking roles. The characters appeared in the next episode preview with voice over by Misato voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi. Shinkalion's...
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SAO Alternative, Darling in the Franxx Top 2018 Newtype Intermediate Results

Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine announced the preliminary results of the Newtype Anime Awards 2017-2018 on Thursday. Readers of the magazine and other anime fans are voting for their favorite works among those released between October 2017 and September 2018. The voting deadline is August 27. Best Work (TV Broadcast) Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Darling in the Franxx The Legend...
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SHAFT Cancels Madoka Game's Planned Swimsuit Comiket Merchandise

The SHAFT animation studio issued an apology on Thursday, one day ahead of this summer's Comic Market 94 event, to announce that it will not sell Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica game characters swimsuit merchandise as originally planned. The company was notified that the swimsuit designs closely resembled real swimsuits sold by fashion brand PAMEO POSE. SHAFT states that that PAMEO POSE's ...
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August 10 Declared Patlabor Day in Japan

Iconic character designer Akemi Takada announced on her blog on Thursday that the Japan Anniversary Association officially recognized August 10 as Patlabor Day. Takada is the original character designer for the Patlabor sci-fi series. She also designed characters for Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Kimagure Orange Road, and Fancy Lala. She remained involved with the Patla...
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Artist Hiroko Yokoyama Discusses Sexism in Japan's '90s Game Industry

Artist Hiroko Yokoyama (SNK's Ikari Warriors, Crystalis, Guerrilla War games) posted on Twitter last week about sexist discrimination she witnessed in Japan's video game industry at around the time of the introduction of 3D techniques. She described various anecdotes that demonstrate a frustrating trend that many women in Japan continue to face today. Yokoyama explained that when 3D gaming was beg...
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Voice Actors Atsuko Enomoto, Mark Ishii Announce Divorce

Voice actors Atsuko Enomoto and Mark Ishii posted a joint message on both of their Twitter accounts on Thursday to announce their divorce. In the message, Enomoto and Ishii stated that their visions for the future gradually changed while living together. They said that the decision was painful but decided it would be best if they "walk separate paths" going forward. Enomoto and Ishii noted that th...
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Encouragement of Climb Voice Actress Yoko Hikasa Takes on Mt. Kirigamine

August 11 is dubbed "Mountain Day" in Japan, a perfect day to rise to new, natural heights and take in the scenic views. That's exactly what Encouragement of Climb voice actress Yoko Hikasa will be doing that day in a television special for BS11. Hikasa will attempt to climb Nagano prefecture's Mount Kirigamine, a 1,925 m volcano. The mountain is considered a pilgrimage site for fans of the show a...
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Breath of the Wild Added to Zelda's Ever-Evolving Timeline

At first glance, the many entries in the Legend of Zelda video game franchise seem connected by little more than familiar characters and a central quest. The setting might change, but the player always controls the elven adventurer Link, rescues Princess Zelda, and defeats the evil Ganon. Some entries were surmised to be sequels to one another, like Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask for the Ninten...
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Gintama Gets Girly for Special Illustration in Magazine Bonus Booklet

The characters from Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama comedy manga got another shōjo makeover in a booklet bundled with this year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine, released on August 4. Sorachi again provided the artwork and Margaret magazine's official Twitter account teased it on August 3. マーガレット17号明日8月4日発売です。ふろくは実写映画第2弾の公開を控える「銀魂」大特集! マーガレット作家陣のトリビュートイラスト、将軍の床屋篇、さらに空知英秋先生の超レアな描きおろしイラストも収録した...
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Fate/GO Game's Summer Campaign Gets Sizzling Anime Ad

The popular Fate/Grand Order mobile game is launching its "Servant Summer Festival" in-game event on Thursday and debuted a new animated trailer to promote it. The ad shows various servants from the game in swimsuits and enjoying the sights and sounds of summer at the beach. A-1 Pictures animated the ad. The event itself will offer limited servants like a four-star Jeanne d'Arc Berserker Alter, or...
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BookWalker Announces The Next Big Light Novels Poll Results

Earlier this year, Kadokawa Shoten's online manga and light novel publisher BookWalker held a poll to find the next big light novel hit. The company held a poll from May 11 to June 10 and invited readers to visit the election site to cast their votes. Readers could vote up to 20 times, but the number of votes were tied to light novel purchases. Judges declared approximately 10,000 votes were cast ...
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Fate/stay night Creator Kinoko Nasu Shares Thoughts on Fate/Extra Last Encore: Illustrias Tendōsetsu Anime

Original Fate/stay night creator Kinoko Nasu commented on Fate/Extra Last Encore: Illustrias Tendōsetsu anime special on Type-Moon's blog last week. He attended the "Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2018~3rd Anniversary~" event at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on July 28 and viewed the special for the first time along with the other attendees. In his comments, Nasu said he got goosebumps at the "really wonderful c...
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Yo-kai Watch Character's Groin Target in Latest BPO Complaint

The kids' anime Yo-kai Watch is the target of a yet another published complaint on Japan's watchdog group Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization's (BPO) website. The anime previously drew ire for suggestive banana-eating, but this time it's a character with a suggestive crotch adornment that's drawing concern. The yokai Zundonmaru appeared in the Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside televisi...
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22/7 Idol Project's 'Rikaisya' Music Video Streamed Outside Japan

The 22/7 idol unit, a "dimension-crossing" idol group that AKB48 founder and producer Yasushi Akimoto is producing, has a new music video up for overseas fans. The group's official YouTube channel added the music video for the unit's single "Rikaisya" (Understanding) on Friday. "Rikaisya" is included on the group's upcoming single, also titled Rikaisya, set for release on August 22. The single inc...
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Code Geass Fans Clamor to Public Fukkatsu no Lelouch Promo Screening

Two outdoor screens in Tokyo dropped big Code Geass news on Friday. Fans clamored near the screen in the Akihabara UDX business park and Shinjuku Alta clothing store to find out Lelouch Lamperouge's future. コードギアスすげー!! pic.twitter.com/PQDeJZV0Hn— Lawliet (@blawlietd) August 3, 2018 「コードギアス復活のルルーシュ」完全新作の劇場版製作、2019年2月公開予定。秋葉原UDXビジョンのようす pic.twitter.com/hzgFZb9Jk0— ツルミロボ (@kaztsu) August 3, 2018 The...
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Square Enix Responds to Dragon Quest Composer's 2015 Anti-LGBTQ Statements

Last week, Japan's LGBTQ+ community rallied against Liberal Democratic Party member Mio Sugita after an article she contributed to appeared in the August issue of Shinchosha's Shinchō 45 magazine. Sugita's article called the LGBTQ+ community "unproductive" because they do not have children. A video of Sugita from 2015 where she appeared on Japanese Culture Channel Sakura's Hi Izuru Kuni yori progr...
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An Inside Look at the Encouragement of Climb Capsule Hotel Rooms

The Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel lets guests get up close and personal with Hinata, Aoi, Kaede, and Kokona for a limited time! ― Have you ever stayed in a capsule hotel? This type of hotel is a very well known and distinctive style of lodging in Japan. Guests sleep in a pod-like room, often no larger than a single futon, and share a bathroom and amenities with the other guests. Although capsule hot...
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An Inside Look at the Encouragement of Climb Capsule Hotel Rooms

Have you ever stayed in a capsule hotel? This type of hotel is a very well known and distinctive style of lodging in Japan. Guests sleep in a pod-like room, often no larger than a single futon, and share a bathroom and amenities with the other guests. Although capsule hotels have traditionally been aimed at salarymen, they have increasingly become more popular with foreign tourists–and most recent...
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Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Designs Characters for Nogizaka46's Animated Computer Ad

The official website for the Mouse computer store's promotional tie-in with the Nogizaka46 idol group revealed on Tuesday that Evangelion character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and Liden Films will collaborate to create an anime version of the commercial. The commercial, titled "Mouse Band Anime CM feat. Sadamoto Yoshiyuki & Liden Films," will debut in the Mirai Seiki Jipang documentary on TV Tokyo...
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Tottori Airport's Remodel Adds More Detective Conan Touches

Tottori Airport has the official nickname Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport, which is a tribute to Tottori native and Detective Conan manga creator Gosho Aoyama. The airport was recently remodeled, and it reopened on July 28 with some special Detective Conan touches. The arrival lobby features a large display with a handwritten message by Aoyama. A recreation of the franchise's Café Poirot with a T...
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Indonesian Family Turn Home Into a Doraemon Paradise

Doraemon the time-travelling cat may be one of Japan's biggest hits, but his biggest fan may be in Indonesia. Reghina Karwur and her husband and two daughters live in a house where everything from the shelves to the stovetop to the sheets are decked out in Doraemon. It appears any surface not sporting a piece of merchandise or image has been decorated in blue or white in keeping with their theme. ...
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Shinkalion's Evangelion Episode Preview Teases Rei and Asuka

I think we can finally say the whole Eva gang is back together. The next episode preview for kids' sci-fi mecha show Shinkalion's August 11 episode is now streaming, with voice over by Misato voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi. Mitsuishi delivers her character's signature episode preview line, promising 'service, service' while the footage teases appearances by Rei and Asuka. Rei and Asuka's voice act...
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Real-Life Architect Designed the Set of Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai Film

What kind of considerations go into designing a home for an anime series? A current exhibit dedicated to Hosoda's latest film has the answers. ― Acclaimed anime film director Mamoru Hosoda's latest project Mirai had some unusual faces working on it. Makoto Tanijiri, co-president of the architect firm Suppose Design Office, designed the family house shown in Mirai. A model version of the house he crea...
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Osamu Tezuka, Shotaro Ishinomori's Anniversary Collectible Sets Showcase Manga Masterpieces

This year marks the 80th and 90th anniversaries of the respective births of Shotaro Ishinomori and Osamu Tezuka. Though the acclaimed manga creators have already left us, the staff responsible for their legacies are celebrating their lives and works with special projects this year. Japan Post just unveiled a variety of collectibles that are part of the celebrations. Only 50 "memorial gold plates"...
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Manga Action Magazine Marks 50th Anniversary With Bookstore Campaign

Futabasha's Manga Action magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an event at a Yurindo bookstore in Yokohama, Kanagawa. The Yurindo Yokohama Eki Nishiguchi Comic Ōkoku shop will hold the "Manga Action Fes ~50-nen no Rekishi~" (Manga Action Fest: 50-Year History) event from September 14 to October 15. The display will feature reproduced illustrations for works that the magazine serializes...
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Digimon Adventure Anime's 20th Anniversary Project Kicks Off With Puzzle-Solving Event

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the original Digimon Adventure television anime series. A project to celebrate the anniversary just revealed its first part on Monday. The "Dark Masters kara no Chōsenjō ~Heisa Sareta Ie! Pinnocchimon!~" (Challenge From the Dark Masters: The Locked House! Puppetmon!) puzzle-solving event will debut at Nazotomo Cafe locations throughout Japan on September...
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Jump Collaborates With Southern All Stars Band for Anniversaries

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is continuing its 50th anniversary celebration by collaborating with rock band Southern All Stars, who celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut in June. This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of the magazine, which will ship on August 6, features manga versions of the band members on the cover. The theme of the cover is "Jump Rock Festival." Character...
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Maid Sama! Anime Cast Reunite for 1st Drama CD in 4 Years

The cast from the Maid Sama! anime series are reuniting for a brand-new drama CD, the series' first in four years. The CD is bundled with the special edition of the Kaichō wa Maid-sama! Marriage volume released on Friday. The drama CD stars Ayumi Fujimura as Misaki Ayuzawa, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Takumi Usui, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Ryūnosuke Kurosaki, Takuma Terashima as Ikuto Sarashina, Mitsuhiro Ichik...
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Ribon Magazine Editor-in-Chief Praises Aoi Makino's New Sayonara Mini Skirt Manga

Manga creator Aoi Makino (REC -Kimi ga Naita Hi-, Sekai no Hate, HAL) launched the new Sayonara Mini Skirt (Good Bye My Mini Skirt) series in the September issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine on Friday. Although it just debuted, the manga has already left an impression on readers, and chief among them is the magazine's own editor-in-chief Sōichi Aida. Shueisha launched a special website for the man...
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Government Plans Put Pom Poko Shrine's Future in Jeopardy

Park construction in the city of Komatsushima in Tokushima prefecture could spell the end for a shinto shrine, that is, if an international petition doesn't save it. The Kincho shrine is dedicated tanuki, Japan's indigenous raccoon dog, and was featured in the Studio Ghibli film Pom Poko. Fans of the film and concerned locals are coming together in hopes of saving the shrine from demolition. Resid...
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Urusei Yatsura Stamp Set Celebrates Manga's 40th Anniversary

To continue the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga, Japan Post unveiled a special framed stamp set last week. Naturally, Lum features predominately in the set's designs. The framed stamp sheet includes 10 stamps. The set also bundles a daily calendar, stamp holder, and color illustration set for 4,500 yen (about US$40). Most post offices and Japan Post'...
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Sail Off to Dream Land With Giant, Snuggly Kirby Plush

Whether you want to lounge while playing your favorite Kirby game or drift off to your own personal Dream Land, a giant new plush could be the ideal companion. TAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S just revealed a humongous Kirby plush perfect for snuggling. The sleepy likeness of Kirby with a cloud is 100 centimeters (about 39 inches) long and seems to be at least as squishy as the character himself. Kirby and th...
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Laundry Detergent Partners With Virtual YouTuber for Washing Machine Event

Chemical and cosmetics company Kao partnered with virtual YouTuber Tsukino Mito for an event at the Kissa Laundry laundry café in Tokyo on Wednesday. The event showcased Kao's Wide Haiter EX Power color-safe bleach while Tsukino Mito appeared "live" on a washing machine. Tsukino Mito is a second-year high school student and class representative who has a neat and serious tsundere personality on th...
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Senran Kagura Livestream Cut Short After Showing Real-World Pinball Game

Marvelous' "Senran Kagura Series New Work Presentation" livestream event revealed new information about the upcoming Senran Kagura anime and the Peach Ball Senran Kagura Nintendo Switch pinball game on Thursday. However, the video was apparently too revealing for YouTube because it was removed before the end. Series producer Kenichirō Takaki appeared on the livestream to discuss the anime and demo...
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Pokémon GO Japan Offers Tourism Packages to Catch Regional Pokémon

Pokémon GO will celebrate its second anniversary with big, globe-trotting prizes. The popular mobile game will send 24 people, 12 pairs of two, on a trip to catch one of four region-exclusive Pokemon. The trip prizes includes a tour of Los Angeles to capture Tauros (Kentauros), Sydney to capture Kangaskhan (Garura), London to capture Mr. Mime (Barrierd), and Hawaii to capture Corsola (Sunnygo). Ea...
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Human Crossing Manga Creator Teams Up with Brewery to Support Flood Victims

Natural disasters have plagued Japan this summer, including heavy rainfall leading to large-scale flooding in the Hiroshima area, followed by a heat wave, and then Typhoon 12. Manga artist Kenshi Hirokane is helping to alleviate the reconstruction costs of areas affected by the heavy rainfall and flooding by working with a brewery to donate partial sale profits. Heavy rainfall began in July and ca...
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Fate Series Holds the Dōjin Throne at Comiket 94

This year's summer Comiket is on the horizon, which means stampedes, crazy booths and even a few celebrities making their dōjin debut. The twice a year event takes over Tokyo Big Sight with huge fanfare, but before the event kicks off, let's take a look at the dōjin circle stats to see which series are inspiring the most fan works this summer. Winter Comiket 93 saw an upheaval as Type-Moon shot to...
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Misato Brings 'Service, Service' to Shinkalion's Giant Eva-Filled Episode

The kids' sci-fi mecha show Shinkalion's August 11 episode is culminating in possibly the biggest Evangelion cross-over ever. The series has already announced cameos by Hikari Horaki and her sisters Kodama and Nozomi (all voiced by Hikari's original voice actress Junko Iwao) and Neon Genesis Evangelion protagonist Shinji Ikari, also brought to life by his original voice actress Megumi Ogata. There...
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Yahoo! Search Awards Interim Results Include DARLING in the FRANXX, Seven Deadly Sins, Pop Team Epic

The half year results are in for the Yahoo! Search Awards, revealing what anime, actors, and subjects netizens are looking for the most. In the last six months, users have searched for three anime series more than others: Darling in the Franxx, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments, and Pop Team Epic. Tohru Furuya, the voice of Detective Conan's Tōru Amuro, was a top pick in the voice...
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Voice Actor Kouichi Yamadera, Voice Actress Rie Tanaka Announce Divorce

Married 6 years ago in June 2012 ― Voice actors Kouichi Yamadera and Rie Tanaka announced in a joint statement on their respective Twitter accounts on Friday that they filed for divorce last month. They explained that they "chose to walk separate paths." In their statement, they stressed that their thoughts are with each other and that the time they spent together is "irreplaceable." They concluded b...
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Manga Publishers Team Up for 'Stop! Piracy Edition' Info Campaign

Japan's major publishing companies are joining together for an anti-piracy campaign. The "STOP! Piracy Edition" campaign is a joint effort by Kadokawa Shoten, Kodansha, Shogakukan, and Shueisha to distribute information about the damages caused by pirated manga. The campaign opened a website with detailed information on piracy's effects on the publishing industry and the various types of piracy th...
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Saga Brewery Adds 'Cutie' to Its Honey Sake for Honey Day

Legendary manga creator Go Nagai's magical girl Cutie Honey is adding some extra sweetness to a Saga-based brewery's sake. Mitsutake Brewery has been in operation since in 1688, but this will be the first time its honey plum wine will feature Nagai's transforming heroine. The brewery began shipping the sake out on Friday, August 3, also known as "Honey Day" in Japan. The bottle's label art was dr...
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Nagoya Mayor, Aichi Governor Suit Up to Greet World Cosplay Summit Contestants

The World Cosplay Summit is in full swing in Nagoya and each country's representative made a courtesy call to the area's local officials. Aichi prefecture governor Hideaki Ōmura and Nagoya city mayor Takashi Kawamura, who decided to dress up to meet the world's best cosplayers. Ōmura chose to embody Kirito from Sword Art Online this year and Kawamura channeled One Piece's Trafalgar Law. Ōmura shar...
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Highlights From Summer Wonder Festival 2018

Check out some of the biggest figure announcements and prototypes, from Thunderbolt Fantasy to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind! ― We were lucky to have Wonder Festival last weekend. It was almost postponed because of the sudden typhoon that hit Tokyo around the same time. Although the event proceeded as planned, many garage kit makers couldn't make it to their booths this time, leaving the hall...
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Speak Out! Japan's LGBTQ+ Community Responds to Politician Sugita's Discriminatory Statements

Manga creators Yuhki Kamatani, Shō Arai, activists Hiroko Masuhara, Fuyumi Yamamoto, documentary filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, YouTube creator Masaki C. Matsumoto talk ignorance, queer education, and the fight to be seen in Japan ― Mio Sugita, a lawmaker in Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), recently came under fire for an article she contributed to appeared in the August issue of Shinchosha...
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Canadian Cosplayer Arrested in Japan on Suspicion of False Marriage

Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested Canadian cosplayer Shannon Danielle Jean Wong on July 11 on suspicion of falsifying a marriage. She was arrested with her allegedly fake husband Michinari Sasaki, a 37-year-old construction worker. Wong and Sasaki reportedly admitted to the charges. 日本でコスプレしたくて偽装結婚 カナダ人の女逮捕日本でコスプレをしたいと、コスプレ会場で知り合った男に偽装結婚を持ちかけた疑いで、カナダ国籍の女が警視庁に逮捕された。https://t.co/VrKAkPajTi#FNN pic....
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Switch's Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit Ships on September 14

Nintendo revealed its third Toy-Con cardboard kit for Nintendo Switch in a video last week. The Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit will ship on September 14. The kit lets players drive a car, plane, or submarine. The included Toy-Con Key allows players to activate and control each vehicle. Nintendo Labo's Variety Kit and Robot Kit shipped on April 20. The Variety Kit's Toy-Con Motorbike added compatibilit...
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Good Smile Company Unveils Life-Size Touken Ranbu Figure

This year's summer Wonder Festival event debuted all the latest and greatest toys and figures heading to the Japanese market, from virtual YouTubers to life-size characters. Figure maker Good Smile Company's Orange Rouge line revealed its 1/1-scale version of Touken Ranbu's Mikazuki Munechika at the event. The figure will be available in limited quantities for a whopping 3 million yen (US$27,000)...
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Inuyasha's Rumiko Takahashi Draws Cover for Historical Romance Novel

Eisner Hall of Fame manga artist Rumiko Takahashi provided the cover illustration for Tomoji Nobuta's Kumagami Fujin novel, released on Tuesday. The book is the third in the "Theater Shōsetsu Series," a light novel series aimed at adult readers. Kumagami Fujin is a historical romance novel based set during the Southern Song Dynasty of the 12th century. The story focuses on 16-year-old Madame Xiong...
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Cyborg 009, Rock Band T-Bolan Celebrate Anniversaries in Joint Project

This year marks what would have been late Cyborg 009 manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori's 80th year. After returning from their latest hiatus in 2017, the rock band T-Bolan is also celebrating the 30th anniversary since their indies debut. Staff representing Ishinomori and T-Bolan decided to have a joint anniversary celebration. The staff unveiled a collaboration visual on Monday. In the visual, the...
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Black Butler Gets Halloween-Themed Villain Café in October

A new Black Butler-inspired "Kuroshitsuji Funtom Cafe ~Halloween Party~" café will return to AREA-Q in Harajuku, Tokyo from October 5-31. The venue previously ran a Black Butler café in 2016. An official website for the new café opened and revealed a key visual on Friday. The Halloween-themed café will feature a menu and merchandise inspired by the series' villains. Advance reservations will be re...

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