Review: A Unique Photo Exhibition, Panchira 2015

Inside a skirt, there lies a universe.

Creator Interview: Laica Chrose

We explored the creative activities and the source of inspiration of Laica Chrose, winner of 2014’s TOM Prize and ARTs*LABo Prize.

Interview with Illustrator Mikeou

A talk with Mikeou, the creator behind this moe ita-curtain.

Interview: Manga Artist Shirow Miwa

We spoke with Shirow Miwa, the manga artist and illustrator behind the cover of More Heroes and Heroines.

Review: The 18th Japan Media Arts Festival - Envision the Future Through Art

An exhibition of award-winning works for the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival was open from Feb. 4–15.

Creator Interview: Illustrator Yuu

We spoke with illustrator Yuu, who designed “ita-curtains” featuring a Japanese-style Alice in Wonderland.

Looking Back at WonFes 2015 [Winter]! Part 2: Photo Collection of Cute and Sexy Figures!

From famous characters of old, to characters from new series! The forefront of the figure world is right here!

Looking Back at WonFes 2015 [Winter]! Part 1: Photo Collection of Cool & Comical Creations!

We’re introducing through pictures the cool and comical creations spotted at the garage kit festival Wonder Festival 2015 [Winter]! Even Tokyo Ghoul’s Kaneki has finally become a figure?!

The 30th Anniversary of WonFes Was as Lively as Ever!

Wonder Festival 2015 [Winter] (WonFes), the world’s largest garage kit festival, was held at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex on Feb. 8.

Creator Interview: Kuuchuu Yousai

Kuuchuu Yousai is an illustrator who draws incredibly adorable girls. Capturing every detail from the deepest parts of the eyes to the highlights on the hair, he depicts girls in a natural way. Currently, he does professional rough drawings and illustration work for games, while also leading a doujinshi circle called Pagupagu Magu, and has even released an ita-curtain on Tokyo Otaku Mode...

Huge ‘Macross’ Event Shibuyakku Deculture Starts in Shibuya

Featuring the life-sized cockpit of the Variable Fighter VF-1S Valkyrie and even some Macross-themed original food!

Attractions Open for Four Big Franchises at USJ

Jan. 23 marked the grand opening of Universal Cool Japan, an event at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka that features attractions for Evangelion, Attack on Titan, and more.

Weekly Shonen Jump Third Anniversary - Read Jump for Free! Campaign to Be Held in Seven Countries for Four Weeks! (1/19 - 2/15)

Limited Time Promotion Marks The Milestone With 4 FREE Digital Issues Featuring The Best Manga Including DEATH NOTE Creator Takeshi Obata’s Brand New Series And More!

Anime Los Angeles 2015 Photo Report: Americans Cosplay, Rain or Shine!

ALA 2015 took place at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles from January 9-11.

Final Fantasy Artist Yoshitaka Amano and Kaiyodo President Shuichi Miyawaki Lead Seminar for Creators

Game Creative Exchange, a seminar for illustrators and art directors, was held at the National Art Center Tokyo.

Large-Scale Otaku Events to Be Held Within Two Weeks in Japan

The large-scale otaku event AnimeJapan will be held from March 20, while Comic Market Special, which is only held once every five years, will begin on March 28. They have a common keyword: Globalization.

2014 Winter Comiket Photo Report: Ladies Edition

Introducing pictures of the female cosplayers who dazzled Comiket!

2014 Winter Comiket Photo Report: Mens Edition

Introducing the cool, eye-catching male cosplayers of Comic Market 87!

The Winter Tradition, Comic Market 87, Starts its First Day!

Comic Market 87, the world’s largest event for selling and displaying doujinshi, started its first of three days on December 28.

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Nov. 21, 2014 07:0018

Hatsune Miku Becomes a Racing Car! Pre-Orders Begin for Transforming Robot “GearTribe Hatsune Miku GT Project 2014 Ver.”

Hatsune Miku Becomes a Racing Car! Pre-Orders Begin for Transforming Robot “GearTribe Hatsune Miku GT Project 2014 Ver.”

Pre-orders have begun for the transforming robot “GearTribe Hatsune Miku GT Project 2014 Ver.,” which was planned by multi-talented creator Shoji Kawamori, who takes on many different roles including anime director and mecha designer.

Nov. 20, 2014 23:002

Animax Cafe Opens in Akihabara on Dec. 11, Produced by Anime-Only Channel

Animax Cafe Opens in Akihabara on Dec. 11, Produced by Anime-Only Channel

The concept cafe Animax Cafe produced by Animax, a well-known anime-only channel, will open on Dec. 11.

Nov. 20, 2014 13:0048

Zettai Ryoiki Evolves into the Shining “Komorehi Ryoiki”! Illuminated Miku Skirt Developed

Zettai Ryoiki Evolves into the Shining “Komorehi Ryoiki”! Illuminated Miku Skirt Developed

Engineer Kiyoyuki Amano of the web/entertainment corporation Kayac has developed a light-up skirt that brings mystery to the area known as zettai ryoiki by illuminating the inside of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku’s skirt.

Nov. 20, 2014 07:0024

A High School Girl Climbs a Hill! High Quality Short Anime Releases!

A High School Girl Climbs a Hill! High Quality Short Anime Releases!

The short anime Hill Climb Girl was released on Nov. 14 on the short video distribution site, Nihon Animator Mihonichi.

Nov. 19, 2014 23:0021

TV Anime Sword Art Online - Funding Begins on Cross Crowdfunding for Originally Designed Metal iPhone Cases!

TV Anime *Sword Art Online* - Funding Begins on Cross Crowdfunding for Originally Designed Metal iPhone Cases!

On Nov. 14, funding opened on Cross Crowdfunding, a new shopping platform specialized around anime, games, and anime, for “Cross-CF limited” Sword Art Online Asuna & Kirita and Leafa metal iPhone cases created by the company Sorayume.

Nov. 19, 2014 13:007

Ota-Q Survey: What fall anime have you tried watching and thought was good?

Ota-Q Survey: What fall anime have you tried watching and thought was good?

The results are in for the Ota-Q asking “What fall anime have you tried watching and thought was good?” held on the Tokyo Otaku Mode Facebook page from Nov. 7-11.

Nov. 19, 2014 07:0011

Kyokai no Rinne TV Anime Confirmed, Broadcast to Begin in Spring 2015 on NHK E-TV

*Kyokai no Rinne* TV Anime Confirmed, Broadcast to Begin in Spring 2015 on NHK E-TV

Manga artist Rumiko Takahashi has released many works to the world including Inuyasha, Ranma ½, and Urusei Yatsura. Takahashi’s newest work, Kyokai no Rinne, has now been confirmed to be getting a TV anime adaptation.

Nov. 18, 2014 23:001

Bathtime Fun with Kirby’s Dream Land - Bath Balls and Bright Warp Star Light to Release

Bathtime Fun with *Kirby’s Dream Land* - Bath Balls and Bright Warp Star Light to Release

Five types of “Kirby’s Dream Land Bath Balls” and a “Kirby’s Dream Land Push Light” will release in late November.

Nov. 18, 2014 16:078

Feeling Exhilaration, Even Through a Mistake: Experiencing the “Kabe-Don” Japanese Girls Love So Much

Feeling Exhilaration, Even Through a Mistake: Experiencing the “Kabe-Don” Japanese Girls Love So Much

For those familiar with manga or anime, you may already know what “Kabe-Don” is. But for those who don’t, it is the best possible romantic situation t...

Nov. 18, 2014 13:000

Ikebukuro Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo is Born! Mega Charizard Y × Pikachu Stuffed Toys and More to Release in Celebration of the Opening

Ikebukuro Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo is Born! Mega Charizard Y × Pikachu Stuffed Toys and More to Release in Celebration of the Opening

It has been announced that Pokémon Center Tokyo, the flagship location of the official Pokémon store, Pokémon Center, will move from Hamamatsucho to Ikebukuro.

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