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!

Nineteen Masterpiece Works by Illustrator Takashi Takeuchi Right in Front of Your Eyes! “Picture Exhibit: The Garden of Sinners” Begins

The curtain finally opened on illustrator Takashi Takeuchi’s recently announced one-man exhibit titled “Picture Exhibit: The Garden of Sinners” on March 20 at 12:00 p.m. (JST).

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Dec. 22, 2013 07:0027

Check Out Trailers for New Anime Starting During the Winter 2014 Season! [Part 2]

Check Out Trailers for New Anime Starting During the Winter 2014 Season! [Part 2]

Introducing six more new trailers for anime starting during the winter 2014 season that have been uploaded to YouTube! Check them out and, if you haven’t already, start making your watch list!

Dec. 22, 2013 01:001

PreCure Pretty Store, the Largest Official Store for the Series to Date with More Than 1,000 Products, to Open in Umeba

PreCure Pretty Store, the Largest Official Store for the Series to Date with More Than 1,000 Products, to Open in Umeba

A new shop for the PreCure series, the fanbase to which spans from kids to adults, will be opening in February of next year in Hankyu Sanbangai in Umeda, Osaka.

Dec. 21, 2013 15:000

A Special Hello Kitty Created After the One and Only Lady Gaga is Currently Up for Auction on Yahoo Auctions!

A Special Hello Kitty Created After the One and Only Lady Gaga is Currently Up for Auction on Yahoo Auctions!

Only two were made and Lady Gaga herself owns one of them.

Dec. 21, 2013 10:000

Space Brothers to Become Full-Length Animated Film with Entirely New Story Written by Chūya Koyama

Space Brothers to Become Full-Length Animated Film with Entirely New Story Written by Chūya Koyama

It has been announced that Space Brothers, currently airing on Yomiuri TV and Nippon TV, will be made into an animated film to release theatrically.

Dec. 21, 2013 08:0811

Six Finalists in the Shonen Jump Manga Competition Have Been Announced!

Six Finalists in the Shonen Jump Manga Competition Have Been Announced!

Recently, the editors-in-chief of the Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, and American editions of Jump convened and chose the six finalists!

Dec. 21, 2013 02:2620

Interview with Actress Mizuki Yamamoto on the Movie Black Butler

Interview with Actress Mizuki Yamamoto on the Movie Black Butler

I was a big fan of the original manga series. There was a time in junior high when I was addicted to Square Enix manga, and that’s when I came across Black Butler.

Dec. 20, 2013 13:003

HomuHomu on Your Window, Nagisa on Your Wall - Introducing Puella Magi Madoka Magica Ita-Curtains

HomuHomu on Your Window, Nagisa on Your Wall - Introducing Puella Magi Madoka Magica Ita-Curtains

There is even a noren of the magical girls in chibi form!

Dec. 20, 2013 07:007

Creator Interview: Illustrator Takehito Harada’s Thoughts on the Disgaea Series

Creator Interview: Illustrator Takehito Harada’s Thoughts on the Disgaea Series

We recently interviewed world-famous video game artist Takehito Harada who works as the character designer on the Disgaea series about the inside scoop on the creation of the characters introduced in the series and on his work as an illustrator.

Dec. 20, 2013 07:005

Movie Adaptation of K to Release in 31 Theaters Throughout Japan in July 2014

Movie Adaptation of K to Release in 31 Theaters Throughout Japan in July 2014

The release date of the movie adaptation of the TV anime K which broadcast from October to December 2012 has been announced.

Dec. 20, 2013 01:0023

Check Out a Trailer of the New Pokémon Movie!

Check Out a Trailer of the New Pokémon Movie!

A trailer of the new movie Pokémon XY the Movie: Cocoon of Destruction is out. The movie will be released in Japan on July 19, 2014.

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