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!

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Dec. 18, 2013 12:003

Mobile Suit Gundam and Kingdom Conquest Collaborate - Smartphone App Gundam Conquest Releases

Mobile Suit Gundam and Kingdom Conquest Collaborate - Smartphone App Gundam Conquest Releases

On Dec. 10, Namco Bandai Games released the smartphone app Gundam Conquest on iOS and Android.

Dec. 18, 2013 07:430

Kyousougiga Vol. 0 Blu-ray and DVD Featuring Online Episodes that Tell the Origin of the Series Releases

Kyousougiga Vol. 0 Blu-ray and DVD Featuring Online Episodes that Tell the Origin of the Series Releases

The Blu-ray and DVD for the anime Kyousougiga Vol. 0 was released by Toei Video on Dec. 6. This is the first Blu-ray and DVD release for Kyousougiga, which began airing on TV in October.

Dec. 18, 2013 07:429

The Story Behind Disgaea D2, the Best in Level-Building Strategy RPGs! (Part 1)

The Story Behind Disgaea D2, the Best in Level-Building Strategy RPGs! (Part 1)

We spoke with Disgaea D2 director Takehisa Matsuda and Nippon Ichi Software President Sohei Niikawa about the Disgaea series and the game’s release.

Dec. 17, 2013 13:002

First picture of Hello Kitty Dressed Up as My Melody for NIGO Directed Uniqlo Collection

First picture of Hello Kitty Dressed Up as My Melody for NIGO Directed Uniqlo Collection

NIGO, appointed as creative director of T-shirt brand UT by Uniqlo, presents his first collection for 2014 SS.UT was founded in 2003. For its 10th...

Dec. 17, 2013 07:009

The World of Figures - Discover What You Enjoy About Figures! [2/3]

The World of Figures - Discover What You Enjoy About Figures! [2/3]

Figure beginners! A single figure can be interpreted in endless ways!

Dec. 17, 2013 01:0014

Dezaegg to Release Beyond the Boundary Smartphone Cases

Dezaegg to Release Beyond the Boundary Smartphone Cases

Dezaegg, a company that sells game- and anime-related goods, will release collaborative products with the TV anime Beyond the Boundary.

Dec. 16, 2013 15:000

“The Thinking Angel” May Be a Bit of a Stretch

“The Thinking Angel” May Be a Bit of a Stretch

He’s probably not thinking of anything.

Dec. 16, 2013 11:0011

TV Anime for Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei to Begin in April 2014, Light Novel Surpasses 3 Million Copies in Print

TV Anime for Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei to Begin in April 2014, Light Novel Surpasses 3 Million Copies in Print

Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei gained huge buzz when an anime project for the series was announced back in October, and now, a TV series has been revealed.

Dec. 16, 2013 01:0030

Huh, Where’s the A-Cup? Sailor Moon x Peach John Lingerie Are All the Rage

Huh, Where’s the A-Cup? Sailor Moon x Peach John Lingerie Are All the Rage

Lingerie brand Peach John has collaborated with the popular anime series Sailor Moon in celebration of its 20th anniversary on a line of lingerie themed after Sailor Moon.

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