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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Jan. 19, 2014 01:001

Even Shokotan is Impressed - Exclusive Clear File Folder By Shigeto Koyama to Be Given at Screenings of Nuigurumaa Z

Even Shokotan is Impressed - Exclusive Clear File Folder By Shigeto Koyama to Be Given at Screenings of Nuigurumaa Z

The movie Nuigurumaa Z will be released Japan-wide on Jan. 25. Based on Kenji Otsuki’s novel Housei Ningen Nuigurumaa, the movie is being talked about for Shoko Nakagawa being in the lead role. Now, a bonus item that will be given to those who see the movie in theaters has been revealed.

Jan. 18, 2014 20:144

GalaabenD Designs Costumes for Movie Starring Hiro Mizushima and Ayame Goriki

GalaabenD Designs Costumes for Movie Starring Hiro Mizushima and Ayame Goriki

GalaabenD handled the costume designs for the movie “Black Butler” to be in theaters from Jan 18.

Jan. 18, 2014 13:0038

New Simulation Game Attack on Titan: Roar to Freedom to Release on Mobage This Winter

New Simulation Game Attack on Titan: Roar to Freedom to Release on Mobage This Winter

On Jan. 14, DeNA announced that its new game for Mobage called Attack on Titan: Roar to Freedom will be released this winter.

Jan. 18, 2014 07:000

Services for Official Character Nails of Onoda, Imaizumi, Naruko, Kinjō, Makishima, and Tadokoro from Yowamushi Pedal to Begin at Nail Salon Ayumino

Services for Official Character Nails of Onoda, Imaizumi, Naruko, Kinjō, Makishima, and Tadokoro from Yowamushi Pedal to Begin at Nail Salon Ayumino

On Jan. 21, services will begin at Ayumino, an Akiba-style nail salon in Akihabara, for official nails modeled after characters from the ongoing TV anime Yowamushi Pedal.

Jan. 18, 2014 01:005

Collaborations Between Dragon Quest X, FFXI, and FFXIV: ARR to Begin on Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, Clear the Quests in These Events to Get Commemorative Items

Collaborations Between Dragon Quest X, FFXI, and FFXIV: ARR to Begin on Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, Clear the Quests in These Events to Get Commemorative Items

On Jan. 14, Square Enix announced the start of a collaboration project with its online RPGs Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online (PC / Wii U / Wii), Final Fantasy XI, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Jan. 17, 2014 13:000

Huge Hit App Doraemon Live Wallpaper: Secret Gadget Ver. Supports 11 Languages, Overseas Distribution Begins!

Huge Hit App Doraemon Live Wallpaper: Secret Gadget Ver. Supports 11 Languages, Overseas Distribution Begins!

The immensely popular character Doraemon is moving around on your smartphone’s standby screen!

Jan. 17, 2014 07:001

The Sign of Winter is Already Here?! Taxi Wrapped in Pictures of Eir Aoi Appears Once More!

The Sign of Winter is Already Here?! Taxi Wrapped in Pictures of Eir Aoi Appears Once More!

Two years in a row! An ita-taxi of Eir Aoi, singer of songs for hit anime like Fate/Zero and Sword Art Online, appears once again!

Jan. 17, 2014 01:003

Hello Kitty Collaborates Once More with World-Famous Paintings!

Hello Kitty Collaborates Once More with World-Famous Paintings!

Hello Kitty has dressed up as famous paintings like the “Mona Lisa,” “The Fifer,” and “The Milkmaid.”

Jan. 16, 2014 19:003

GUNDAM, Otomate, Railroads and More Japan Pop at AEON Mall Makuhari Shin Toshin

GUNDAM, Otomate, Railroads and More Japan Pop at AEON Mall Makuhari Shin Toshin

“Cool Japan” is the concept of the “JAPAN POP JUNGLE” that debuted in the AEON Mall Makuhari Shin Toshin, which just opened on Dec 20. Nine shops each...

Jan. 16, 2014 13:006

Manga Creation Software for ¥800?! Create Everything from Doodles to Colored Drawings with the Nintendo 3DS Software Comic Studio

Manga Creation Software for ¥800?! Create Everything from Doodles to Colored Drawings with the Nintendo 3DS Software Comic Studio

On Jan. 15, the Nintendo 3DS manga creation software Comic Studio from Collavier became available on the Nintendo eShop.

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