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).

*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!

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Feb. 26, 2014 01:005

Create Songs on the Go Using Hatsune Miku’s Voice with the “Singing Keyboard: Pocket Miku”

Create Songs on the Go Using Hatsune Miku’s Voice with the “Singing Keyboard: Pocket Miku”

The “Singing Keyboard: Pocket Miku” (a special supplement to Otona no Kagaku Magazine) will be released on April 3 by Gakken Education Publishing.

Feb. 25, 2014 14:001

Vibrant Evangelion Visuals - Hakone Issues Number Plates Locally

Vibrant Evangelion Visuals - Hakone Issues Number Plates Locally

The city of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, which is known as the stage of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, will be taking part in a surprising collaboration with the same movie: the city is planning to introduce Evangelion designs to the number plates it issues.

Feb. 25, 2014 07:001

OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again Blu-ray Box Set Announced

OVA *The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again* Blu-ray Box Set Announced

Since it’s start in 1982, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross has become a hugely successful anime series, with continuous new releases up unto the present day.

Feb. 25, 2014 01:003

Serialization of Sayaka Suwa’s Manga Suteki na Kami-sama Begins in sKILLupper

Serialization of Sayaka Suwa’s Manga *Suteki na Kami-sama* Begins in sKILLupper

A manga by Sayaka Suwa, a widely active illustrator who has created frontispieces for novels and held exhibitions at Shibuya Parco, has begun serialization in sKILLupper.

Feb. 24, 2014 13:007

Creator Interview: Illustrator Rockin’ Jelly Bean [1/2]

Creator Interview: Illustrator Rockin’ Jelly Bean [1/2]

“My favorite inspiration is naked women.” - RJB

Feb. 24, 2014 07:009

A Gathering of All that is Anime! New Otaku Event AnimeJapan 2014 to Be Held in March!

A Gathering of All that is Anime! New Otaku Event AnimeJapan 2014 to Be Held in March!

A new otaku event called AnimeJapan 2014 (AJ2014) will be held for two days from March 22-23.

Feb. 24, 2014 01:004

The Daughter of Evil - Act 1 - Popular Vocaloid Novel Series with Over 1 Million Copies in Print Becomes a Manga

*The Daughter of Evil - Act 1* - Popular Vocaloid Novel Series with Over 1 Million Copies in Print Becomes a Manga

Vocaloid, which was raised up within the music culture, is spreading into yet another area.

Feb. 23, 2014 13:008

New Info Released About Special Content for Pokémon Masters in XY, Including Mewtwo and Other Legendary Pokémon!

New Info Released About Special Content for Pokémon Masters in *XY*, Including Mewtwo and Other Legendary Pokémon!

On Feb. 17, Pokémon Inc. released new information about it’s Nintendo 3DS game, Pokémon XY, including special content that’s unlocked for players who reach the level of Pokémon Master.

Feb. 23, 2014 07:0011

A Rush of Releases By Livetune! EP and Single to Be Released on Same Day

A Rush of Releases By Livetune! EP and Single to Be Released on Same Day

Decorator EP, the new album from Livetune, the tremendously popular artist who was brought to life by the Internet, will be released on March 5.

Feb. 23, 2014 01:003

Rajang-Themed Limited Edition “Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 4 Rajang Gold” Announced on Nintendo Direct, to Release on March 27

Rajang-Themed Limited Edition “Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 4 Rajang Gold” Announced on Nintendo Direct, to Release on March 27

On Feb. 14 during the morning presentation video Nintendo Direct featuring the CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, it was announced that a Nintendo XL model themed after the Great Golden Beast Rajang from the Monster Hunter series will be released in limited quantities on March 27.

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