Become a Manga Translator! An Interview with the Manga Translation Battle Winner (Part 1)

Recently, the Manga Translation Battle has been gaining attention as a gateway to success for aspiring translators. In this interview series, we’ll talk with previous winners of the contest about their past and what lies ahead for them as manga translators.

*Attack on Titan* and *KanColle* Figures Available for Pre-Order Aug. 28!

One angel, and one demon? Starting Aug. 28, two high-quality figures from the Wonderful Hobby Selection Series, “Colossal Titan Takayuki Takeya Ver.” and “Yamato Kai: Heavy Armament Ver.” are now available for pre-order.

“Change Games, Change Play” - Tokyo Game Show 2014 Draws Near!

This year’s Tokyo Game Show will be held from Sept. 18-21 (open to the general public on the 20 and 21).

Hatsune Miku Collaboration Yatsuhashi to Be Sold at Magical Mirai 2014 in Osaka!

Collaborative yatsuhashi between virtual singer Hatsune Miku and Shogoin Yatsuhashi Honten, a long-running yatsuhashi company established in 1689, will be sold at the event Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2014 in Osaka to be held on Aug. 30 at Intex Osaka.

Booming Worldwide? Socks that Look Just Like Sushi!

Salmon, shrimp, and tuna. These delicious-looking socks designed after sushi are trending!

Interview: Live-Action *Rurouni Kenshin* Director Keishi Otomo

An interview with Keishi Otomo, the director behind the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film series.

We Talk With Otaku from Around the World in the Otaku Paradise, Akihabara!

America, France, Italy, Brazil. We met anime and manga fans from around the world!

2014 Summer Comiket Photo Report: Cute & Sexy Content

Cosplay from new anime dominated the scene! We focus on everything cute and sexy we found at this summer’s Comic Market!

1,000 Pikachus Take Over Yokohama!

Even Ash is surprised! It’s a huge outbreak of Pikachus! Yokohama is dyed yellow!

2014 Summer Comiket Photo Report: Cool & Interesting Content

Let’s take a look at the cosplayers and content that caught our attention at this summer’s Comic Market!

Comic Market 86 Opens!

KanColle running popular! The otaku’s poem of summer scenery, one of the largest otaku events in the world - Comic Market 86 has started!

Popular American Anime "RWBY" Starts its Second Season

RWBY is an American anime that follows the lives of ultra powerful teenagers training to be the next generation of peacekeepers, or hunters and huntresses.

Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Sci-Fi Anime *Under the Dog*

Introducing an original anime by the wonderful staff who worked on Evangelion, Steins;Gate, and Fire Emblem: Awakening!

2D Expressed in Real Life! Romanian Makeup Artist Shows off Colossal Titan Makeup!

Florea Flavia, a Romanian makeup artist who previously went viral for her Female Titan makeup cosplay, is at it again with Colossal Titan makeup!

Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Project - New *Digimon Adventure* Series Announced!

On Aug. 1, new information was announced regarding the Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Project which is taking place to celebrate the 15th anniversary since the TV anime Digimon Adventure began airing in 1999.

A Life-Size Danboard that Moves! Let’s Go Meet This Costumed Danboard and Take Pictures Together!

A life-size version of the popular character Danboard from the huge hit manga Yotsuba&! appears in Akihabara! We bring to you a photo report of Danboard’s slightly shocking cuteness!

Interview: The Man Behind Lady Gaga’s Shoes, Noritaka Tatehana [2/2]

“Hatsune Miku is awesome!” - Noritaka Tatehana

Interview: Takeru Satoh, Kenshin Himura in "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno/The Legend Ends"

Takeru Satoh, who plays Kenshin Himura in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films, sat for an interview with Tokyo Otaku Mode!

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer Company Booth Report

We report on the most interesting company booths from the massive event Wonder Festival 2014 Summer!

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Jun. 23, 2014 01:004

New Kuroko’s Basketball Items Themed After Summer to Release Successively by Banpresto

New *Kuroko’s Basketball* Items Themed After Summer to Release Successively by Banpresto

Summer-themed items for Kuroko’s Basketball, a popular manga serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha) turned popular anime, will be released one after the next.

Jun. 22, 2014 13:004

Tsugumori Knights of Sidonia Anime Edition Becomes Plastic Model to Release from Kotobukiya in October 2014

Tsugumori *Knights of Sidonia* Anime Edition Becomes Plastic Model to Release from Kotobukiya in October 2014

The Guardians from the TV anime Knights of Sidonia, which began airing in April, are becoming popular. The secret to their popularity is likely Tsutomu Nihei’s free use of edgy drawings and story as well as their transition to animation.

Jun. 22, 2014 07:004

Tezuka Otome Exhibit to Be Held - What Will Occur During This Collaboration With the Popular Game Brand Otomate and Osamu Tezuka?

Tezuka Otome Exhibit to Be Held - What Will Occur During This Collaboration With the Popular Game Brand Otomate and Osamu Tezuka?

Osamu Tezuka, who left big footprints on Japanese manga post WWII, has brought to the world many masterpiece manga. Among them are even many stories intended for young girls. From age 5 to 24, he was a resident of Takarazuka, the city home to the Takarazuka Revue, the influence of which can be seen in his work.

Jun. 22, 2014 01:001

Perfect for Everyday Use! Sailor Moon × Its’ Demo Collaboration Items to Release in July

Perfect for Everyday Use! *Sailor Moon* × Its’ Demo Collaboration Items to Release in July

The release of collaboration items between Sailor Moon and fashion convenience store Its’ Demo have been announced.

Jun. 21, 2014 08:2512

Interview: "Ninja Slayer" Creators Bradley Bond & Philip N. Morzez [1/2]

Interview: "Ninja Slayer" Creators Bradley Bond & Philip N. Morzez [1/2]

An anime adaptation is in the works for the cyberpunk ninja action series Ninja Slayer! We spoke with the series’ two creators!

Jun. 21, 2014 07:162

Babymetal Answers Lady Gaga’s Passionate Love Call, Will Perform on Tour for Five Stops as Support Act

Babymetal Answers Lady Gaga’s Passionate Love Call, Will Perform on Tour for Five Stops as Support Act

Babymetal, a band picking up attention from all over the world, has answered Lady Gaga’s passionate love call and will be performing as a support act during the American stops on her tour titled “Lady Gaga’s ArtRave: The Artpop Ball.”

Jun. 21, 2014 07:004

Luna Haruna’s New Song “Startear” Chosen as ED Theme to Sword Art Online II

Luna Haruna’s New Song “Startear” Chosen as ED Theme to *Sword Art Online II*

It has been revealed that female artist Luna Haruna’s new song “Startear” will be used as the ending theme to the TV anime Sword Art Online II starting in July.

Jun. 21, 2014 06:040

TOM Reimports a Sci-Fi Novel Hugely Popular in Japan Back to America! Experience the Twitter-Born Novel Ninja Slayer!

TOM Reimports a Sci-Fi Novel Hugely Popular in Japan Back to America! Experience the Twitter-Born Novel *Ninja Slayer*!

On April 11, distribution began on Tokyo Otaku Mode of a ninja violence cyberpunk novel created by two Americans, Ninja Slayer. The original English version can only be read online on TOM.

Jun. 21, 2014 01:002

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune Join the S.H.Figuarts Articulated Figure Series

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune Join the S.H.Figuarts Articulated Figure Series

It has been announced that Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, the seventh and eighth Sailor Scouts, will be joining the S.H.Figuarts articulated figure series.

Jun. 20, 2014 11:0011

Advance Screenings of Episode 1 of SAO II to Take Place Worldwide

Advance Screenings of Episode 1 of *SAO II* to Take Place Worldwide

Advance screenings will be held in seven countries including the U.S. and France, with the screenings kicking off on June 29 in Japan! Wrapped buses will also be in service in each of the seven countries!

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