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).

*Psycho-Pass* Project Begins!

A “new edited version” of Season 1 will be broadcast on Noitamina in July! Psycho-Pass 2 will begin in October! And this winter, Psycho-Pass the Movie will have a countrywide roadshow release!

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.

PlayStation Vita *Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd* Launch Project Commences

Dance to the opening theme “Decorator” in sync with the in-game action! "Dance with PS Vita" video encourages players to dance along with Hatsune Miku!

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May. 18, 2013 03:2713

Sexy Cosplayer PR Group Cutie 3 Announced to Promote Game “Killer is Dead”!

Sexy Cosplayer PR Group Cutie 3 Announced to Promote Game “Killer is Dead”!

Killer is Dead is an action game for the PS3 and Xbox 360 that is being jointly produced by publisher Kadokawa Games and Grasshopper Manufacture. Recently, Cutie 3, a group of girls doing PR for the game, was announced.

May. 17, 2013 06:5918

Ennichisai 2013 to be Held Soon in Indonesia! Japanese Convenience Store Lawson to Participate!

Ennichisai 2013 to be Held Soon in Indonesia! Japanese Convenience Store Lawson to Participate!

Ennichisai 2013 will be held from May 25-26 at Blok M in Jakarta Selatan, Jakarta, Indonesia.

May. 17, 2013 06:092

Distribution Begins for iOS Game “Kamaitachi no Yoru: Smart Sound Novel”

Distribution Begins for iOS Game “Kamaitachi no Yoru: Smart Sound Novel”

On April 25, Spike Chunsoft started distributing the iOS sound novel Kamaitachi no Yoru: Smart Sound Novel.

May. 17, 2013 05:0412

Interview with Kenji Kamiyama, Director of the Movie “009 Re:Cyborg” [3/4]

Interview with Kenji Kamiyama, Director of the Movie “009 Re:Cyborg” [3/4]

If you don’t end it, it won’t start - gazing at the unfinished past.

May. 17, 2013 05:039

Songs and Costumes Revealed for 3DS Game “Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2”

Songs and Costumes Revealed for 3DS Game “Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2”

The rhythm action game Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 will be released this fall by Sega on the Nintendo 3DS.

May. 17, 2013 05:011

Become Mao from the Anime “Maoyu Mao Yusha” With This Newly Announced Headband!

Become Mao from the Anime “Maoyu Mao Yusha” With This Newly Announced Headband!

A headband indispensable for cosplay is finally being produced for the female character Mao (Demon King) from the popular TV anime Maoyu Mao Yusha, which was broadcast from January to March of this year.

May. 17, 2013 04:581

Free Distribution of DLC for “Frontier Gate Boost+” Begins

Free Distribution of DLC for “Frontier Gate Boost+” Begins

Frontier Gate Boost+ is an action RPG for the PSP that was released on March 14.

May. 17, 2013 04:534

Artwork of Fujiko Mine from “Lupin III” Autographed by Takeshi Koike to Release!

Artwork of Fujiko Mine from “Lupin III” Autographed by Takeshi Koike to Release!

In connection with the “Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Original Picture Collection” currently available, a special, reproduced illustration created and autographed by the work’s character designer Takeshi Koike will release.

May. 17, 2013 02:101

Art Exhibit Celebrating Leiji Matsumoto’s 60th Anniversary Since His Debut Held in Fukuoka

Art Exhibit Celebrating Leiji Matsumoto’s 60th Anniversary Since His Debut Held in Fukuoka

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the debut of sci-fi manga master Leiji Matsumoto, who lived in Fukuoka Prefecture, an exhibit of Matsumoto’s treasures called “The World of Leiji Matsumoto” was held from April 26 to May 13 at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

May. 17, 2013 02:092

“Smile” by Ikimono-Gakari Chosen as Opening Theme for Latest “Pokémon” Film!

“Smile” by Ikimono-Gakari Chosen as Opening Theme for Latest “Pokémon” Film!

The opening theme for the film Pokémon Best Wishes! The Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo's Awakening that will be releasing in theaters throughout Japan on July 13 has been decided.

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