Hikakin and Chroma: Mario Artisans Who Made the Internet Dream Come True

There are many “Mario artisans” on the Internet who create videos, illustrations, or music that take the popular series as their motif. Even among such people, Hikakin and Chroma (Jidabata P) became a sensation due to the success and growth they managed through publishing their works as Mario artisans.

The Omoshiroi Nippon Video Award is Going On Now!

Win a FREE trip to Japan! Two winners and two guests will be invited to the cosplay paradise.

Is it Really REAL?! This Dreamy Alpacasso 100-Plushie Set is Unbelievably Kawaii!

Have the adorable dreams of otaku worldwide become real?! A surprising Alpacasso 100-plushie set is here!

I’m a Cat-Eared Maid Cosplayer! My Avatar Is Even Cuter!

A cosplayer tried AvatarPhone, a new kind of application capable of facial recognition linked with an avatar.

Momoiro Clover Z as Frieza Artwork Created by ANIMAREAL

On April 29, Momoiro Clover Z released their new single, “The Oath of Z,” the theme song from the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film. The art project ANIMAREAL became the focus of global attention when they created and released shocking overly-realistic visuals of the band as Frieza as an April Fool’s joke.

Sexy? Fetishistic? Heart-Throbbing Aimai Bishoujo Art Exhibit Begins

The exhibit Aimai Bishoujo Art Exhibit began on April 29. The venue filled with nothing but shocking works was lively from the very first day with many males and females in attendance.

Popular Steam Titles Are Now Available on TOM!

TOM is now selling game codes for Steam, the online game platform popular throughout the world.

Naruto Exhibition Begins in Tokyo!

The exhibit “Serialization Conclusion Commemoration: Masashi Kishimoto Naruto Exhibition” began in Roppongi, Tokyo on April 25.

Wagakki Band - A New Sensation and Power to Wow the World

Wagakki Band has garnered over 18 million views for their cover of the Hatsune Miku song “Senbonzakura” using traditional Japanese instruments.Their fantastic abilities and new sound sensation continue to attract attention even now.

Interview: Music Unit GARNiDELiA [2/2]

The music unit GARNiDELiA has released many anime tie-in songs since their major debut last year. This time, we talked with the artists about their tie-in song for the upcoming TV anime Gunslinger Stratos, which is set to start broadcasting from April, as well as what comes next for the musical duo. Looking at GARNiDELiA’s profile, the vocalist is MARiA, while the composer…

Can It Be?! Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Game Teaser Released!

Although the news was released on April Fools' day through Nintendo Direct, this Shin Megami Tensei ​X​ Fire Emblem​ ​video trailer is most certainly real!​

‘Alpacasso: The Origin’ Receives Rave Reviews! Sequel Rumors Also Fly

Alpacasso: The Origin, a movie based on the popular plushie series Alpacasso, was released on April 1!

Comiket Special 6 Photo Report: Makuhari Messe Edition

Enjoy our gallery of more than 78 photos from the event!

Comiket Special 6 Opens! Event Held at Makuhari for First Time in 25 Years

Comiket Special, a special version of the well-known Comiket (Comic Market), was held on March 28–29, 2015. The event was held at Makuhari Messe for the first time in 25 years, since 1990 (Comic Market 39), and was the event related to Comiket to have been held there since that time.

Interview: Music Unit GARNiDELiA [1/2]

GARNiDELiA has given us the opening theme songs for Mekakucity Actors, The Irregular at Magic High School, and Gundam Reconguista in G. We asked the group about their upcoming performance at Sakura-Con 2015 in April.

Sakura Exhibition 2015 Soon to Tour the States

Sakura Exhibition 2015 in Tokyo is currently being held for five days March 24–28. The exhibition will also be touring the States in April.

Japanese Pro Soccer Team to Participate in Comiket Special!!

The professional soccer team Kawasaki Frontale, which even has players who participated in the World Cup, are doing a serious collaboration with otaku culture.

AnimeJapan 2015 Closes as a Grand Success!

The main area of AnimeJapan 2015 opened on the March 21, revealing displays of the newest anime information and original illustrations from popular titles.

Must-See Spring 2015 Anime Trailers! [Slice of Life/School Edition]

Get excited - trailers for spring 2015 slice of life and school life anime are here! Check them out and plan your watch list ahead of time!

Must-See Spring 2015 Anime Trailers! [Action/Battle Edition]

Trailers for spring 2015 anime are here! Check them out and plan your watch list early!

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Feb. 4, 2015 09:45

AFA Singapore 2014 Review: A Grand Gathering of Japanese Pop Culture!

AFA Singapore 2014 Review: A Grand Gathering of Japanese Pop Culture!

Moe Tsurumi, the goodwill ambassador from the idol group that sung for Pixiv, Conquistador del Arcoiris, makes her appearance as well!

Feb. 4, 2015 09:00

‘Arpeggio of Blue Steel’ Movie Part 2 Slated for Oct. 3 Release, Shozo Chihaya and Musashi Revealed, But Who Are They?

‘Arpeggio of Blue Steel’ Movie Part 2 Slated for Oct. 3 Release, Shozo Chihaya and Musashi Revealed, But Who Are They?

The movie Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova DC long awaited by fans was released Japanwide on Jan. 31.

Feb. 4, 2015 05:00

Yusuke Kobayashi, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Namikawa & Natsuki Hanae Announced as Main Cast for TV Anime ‘The Heroic Legend of Arslan’

Yusuke Kobayashi, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Namikawa & Natsuki Hanae Announced as Main Cast for TV Anime ‘The Heroic Legend of Arslan’

On Feb. 1, the four voice actors playing the main characters of the TV anime The Heroic Legend of Arslan to begin airing in April were announced along with the broadcast start day.

Feb. 4, 2015 01:00

Visuals of 18 Characters Revealed All at Once for Stage Play ‘Yowamushi Pedal Inter-High Chapter: The Winner’

Visuals of 18 Characters Revealed All at Once for Stage Play ‘Yowamushi Pedal Inter-High Chapter: The Winner’

Yowamushi Pedal has become popular in various scenes including manga, anime, and games. Another such scene is stage plays, which are passionately supported due to popular actors bringing characters from 2D to real life.

Feb. 3, 2015 13:00

New Anime Project?! Countdown Begins on Mysterious Site. What Could ‘Restoration of the World’ Mean?

New Anime Project?! Countdown Begins on Mysterious Site. What Could ‘Restoration of the World’ Mean?

A mysterious site has launched and on it a countdown has begun. The site’s address is http://garakowa.jp/, and it’s a teaser site with nothing but a single illustration.

Feb. 3, 2015 07:00

Manabu Koga Finally Holds a Photo Exhibit of ‘Underwater Knee-High Girls’ in Taiwan, Including New Work with a Yuri Touch!

Manabu Koga Finally Holds a Photo Exhibit of ‘Underwater Knee-High Girls’ in Taiwan, Including New Work with a Yuri Touch!

An exhibit for Underwater Knee-High Girls, a photo series featuring girls wearing knee-high socks, is finally being held at Taiwanese gallery Little MOCA with the title “Koga Manabu Underwater Knee-High Girls Photography Exhibit.”

Feb. 3, 2015 01:00

New ‘Hetalia’ Series Begins - Atsushi Kousaka to Attend Valentine Chocolate Event

New ‘Hetalia’ Series Begins - Atsushi Kousaka to Attend Valentine Chocolate Event

Things are finally picking up for latest Hetalia anime series, Hetalia: The World Twinkle. The official website for the series features mini characters, CD theme singles for sale and information on upcoming events.

Feb. 2, 2015 13:00

The Sealing Wand from ‘Cardcaptor Sakura’ is Back! Complete with Original Voice Recording, ‘Release!’

The Sealing Wand from ‘Cardcaptor Sakura’ is Back! Complete with Original Voice Recording, ‘Release!’

The new toy titled “I Am A Cardcaptor ~Sealing Wand~,” based on the Sealing Wand from the TV anime series Cardcaptor Sakura, which has boasted tremendous popularity since it began airing in 1998, has been confirmed for product release!

Feb. 2, 2015 07:00

‘Blood Blockade Battlefront’ Anime Greenlit, Yasuhiro Nightow & Staff to Attend Talk Event, Broadcast Confirmed on Niconico Live

‘Blood Blockade Battlefront’ Anime Greenlit, Yasuhiro Nightow & Staff to Attend Talk Event, Broadcast Confirmed on Niconico Live

Coming before the start of the broadcast for Blood Blockade Battlefront this April, an event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15.

Feb. 2, 2015 01:00

Fuchico and Taro Okamoto’s Amazing Collaboration! A Tower of the Sun that Hangs Off the Rim of Your Cup

Fuchico and Taro Okamoto’s Amazing Collaboration! A Tower of the Sun that Hangs Off the Rim of Your Cup

Tower of the Sun on the Cup, a collaborative item between capsule toy series Fuchico on the Cup, over 7 million of which have been sold, and artist Taro Okamoto, will be released on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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