A Primer on Custom Dolls Beginning with Pullip: Connecting Hearts Through Love

How does one enjoy dolls? Let’s take a close look at the worldwide popular doll series Pullip!

Conversation Interview: Milky Bunny x TOM Special Creator COGA

Milky Bunny is known for her single “I Wish,” which is the title song for the anime Fairy Tail. This is what these two artists had to say about their future!

Volks Holds Spring Event “Hobby Round 11”

An array of new figures from hobby goods manufacturer Volks! With the theme “Up and Coming: New Challenge,” the event has breathed new life into everyone’s hobbying lifestyle!

AV-98 Ingram Looks at the Sky

Hearing that the Special Vehicle Section 2, Division 2 had been called out to Kichijōji in Tokyo, I went to go look.

Premiere Screenings of the Movie *K: Missing Kings* to Be Held in America and France!

It has been announced that the animated movie K: Missing Kings to release in Japan on July 12 (Sat.) will first premiere at large-scale anime events overseas.

An Anime Shopping District in the City of Anime?! The Asagaya Anime Street Finally Opens!

When you hear of a city deeply connected to anime, what city do you think of? Whether it be Akihabara - the otaku paradise, or Ikebukuro which has been flourishing with female otaku lately, or Nagano where one can find rare anime goods, there are many cities in Tokyo that are deeply connected to anime.

Interview with Anison Singer Gero

Anime songs (anison) from Japan are currently highly popular overseas, with anison singers frequently holding concerts and events. Among these anison singers, one who is picking up considerable attention is Gero.

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: The Quest for the Ideal Figure [2/3]

We give you an exclusive look at the design department of one of Japan’s foremost figure makers, Kotobukiya!

Focus: The Pullip Doll Series Keeps Getting Cuter and Cuter!

Fans are increasing all over the world! But, what kind of doll is a Pullip?

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [2/2]

“Anison is a righteous magic that crosses borders and makes people smile in an instant.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: Spreading Figures from Tachikawa to Japan and the World [1/3]

Infiltrating the offices of renowned Japanese figure manufacturer Kotobukiya!

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [1/2]

“The current age of otaku culture is a lucky time.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Popular Cosplay Idol Alodia Appears in TV Commercial Commemorating the Release of *Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd*

A new TV commercial created to commemorate the release of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, a rhythm-action game that features Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, has created a huge stir.

One Piece, MadoMagi, and Even Kan Colle - Curtain Damashii Sends Ita-Curtains to the World

For otaku who like anime, manga, and games, their home, in particular their bedroom, is a private space where they can showcase the full extent of their fandom through a carefully selected and arranged collection of figures, manga, games, and other otaku goods...

A Party is Held in Japan to Celebrate the Broadcast of TV Anime *Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles*

PVs for the opening and ending theme songs, a special screening of a PV of the upcoming live-action movie, and more!

*The Bride’s Stories* Wins Cartoon Grand Prize 2014

On March 27, the award ceremony was held for the Cartoon Grand Prize, for which recommended works from 2013 are chosen from different categories by mainly bookstore employees. Winning the Grand Prize this year was Kaoru Mori’s manga The Bride’s Stories.

It’s April Fools’ Day! Even Japan is Getting into the Spirit with Wild Pranks!

Let’s look at how otaku in Japan celebrate April Fools’ Day!

Fans Gather in LA for *Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster* Launch Event Attended by Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Art Director Yusuke Naora!

On March 15, 2014, representatives from Square Enix held an unprecedented event in a Los Angeles art gallery to celebrate the North American release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

*Kill la Kill* Collaborates with an Original Maid Cafe! Kill la Kill Cafe Opens in Akihabara!

The popular anime is collaborating with the first maid cafe, Cure Maid Cafe. The collaborative cafe, titled Kill la Kill Cafe, is open now until April 6 (Sun).

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Mar. 23, 2014 07:001

Shuhei Morita Directing Anime Adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul Coming This Summer, Cast Includes Natsuki Hanae, Sora Amamiya, and Kana Hanazawa

Shuhei Morita Directing Anime Adaptation of *Tokyo Ghoul* Coming This Summer, Cast Includes Natsuki Hanae, Sora Amamiya, and Kana Hanazawa

A summer anime adaptation has been greelit for Sui Ishida’s dark fantasy manga Tokyo Ghoul which is currently serialized in Weekly Young Jump (Shueisha).

Mar. 23, 2014 01:0074

Preview of the New "Fairy Tail" Anime [Scheduled for April 2014]

Preview of the New "Fairy Tail" Anime [Scheduled for April 2014]

Fairy Tail is scheduled to make it's return on April 5, 2014. With that being said, the official Fairy Tail site, FairyTail-TV.com, recently showcased a brand new preview of the anime.

Mar. 22, 2014 07:008

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii Information on Theme Songs and Cast Announced, Official Site Reopens

*Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii* Information on Theme Songs and Cast Announced, Official Site Reopens

The anime adaptation of Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii, a fantasy romance manga currently serialized in Hana to Yume (Hakusensha), will begin broadcasting on Nippon TV and other networks on April 5.

Mar. 22, 2014 01:007

Eight Boys and Girls in a Near Future Tokyo - Cast and Staff Announced for M3: Sono Kuroki Tetsu

Eight Boys and Girls in a Near Future Tokyo - Cast and Staff Announced for *M3: Sono Kuroki Tetsu*

Continuing on from the surprise announcement of the new TV anime M3: Sono Kuroki Tetsu on March 13, new information has now been announced.

Mar. 22, 2014 01:003

Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow Three-Part Work to Begin Operation in Fall 2014, Theatrical Version Also Planned

*Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow* Three-Part Work to Begin Operation in Fall 2014, Theatrical Version Also Planned

The Strike Witches series began in 2007 as an OVA and successively widened its reach with a two-season TV anime and a theatrical movie. Now, the series’ next target is another OVA.

Mar. 21, 2014 13:008

All That Awaits Those Who Make a Wrong Move is Death - Gameplay Video Introduces Kadokawa Games’ New SRPG Natural Doctrine

All That Awaits Those Who Make a Wrong Move is Death - Gameplay Video Introduces Kadokawa Games’ New SRPG *Natural Doctrine*

Natural Doctrine, which will be releasing in April on the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita, is the first simulation RPG by newly formed Kadokawa Game Studio.

Mar. 21, 2014 13:001

Ao Haru Ride Key Visual Releases, Daisuke Hirakawa Joins Cast

*Ao Haru Ride* Key Visual Releases, Daisuke Hirakawa Joins Cast

The official site of the anime Ao Haru Ride, which will begin its TV broadcast in July, has reopened.

Mar. 21, 2014 07:004

Alodia’s Tokyo Life #4: Enjoying Harajuku with a Charismatic Blogger

Alodia’s Tokyo Life #4: Enjoying Harajuku with a Charismatic Blogger

We bring to you the fourth installment of “Alodia’s Tokyo Life,” which chronicles the everyday life of world-renowned cosplayer Alodia by Alodia herself!

Mar. 21, 2014 01:008

TV Anime Shonen Hollywood to Begin in July, Anime to Take Place 15 Years After Novel

TV Anime *Shonen Hollywood* to Begin in July, Anime to Take Place 15 Years After Novel

Ikuyo Hashiguchi’s popular novel Shonen Hollywood is becoming an anime.

Mar. 20, 2014 13:005

Captain Tsubasa and J. League Collaborate - “Razor Shoot” Recreated by Pro Athletes

*Captain Tsubasa* and J. League Collaborate - “Razor Shoot” Recreated by Pro Athletes

Yōichi Takahashi’s manga Captain Tsubasa is collaborating with Japan’s pro soccer league, J. League.

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