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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Apr. 11, 2014 07:006

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment New 60-Second TV Commercial Releases! Check Out the Game’s Elements and Charming Female Characters

*Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment* New 60-Second TV Commercial Releases! Check Out the Game’s Elements and Charming Female Characters

On April 7, Namco Bandai Games released a new 60-second TV commercial for its PS Vita game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment to release in Japan on April 24.

Apr. 11, 2014 07:000

Parody Project Channel 5.5 Season 2 to Parody Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Sumire Uesaka to Play Motoko Kusanagi

Parody Project *Channel 5.5* Season 2 to Parody *Ghost in the Shell: Arise*, Sumire Uesaka to Play Motoko Kusanagi

Season 2 of the parody anime project Channel 5.5 by energy supplement Calorie Mate and Frogman will release on April 14 (Mon.) at 15:00 (JST).

Apr. 11, 2014 01:001

Japacon TV #13: Part 2 Introduction

Japacon TV #13: Part 2 Introduction

Episode 13 of Japacon TV, a show that introduces the popular subcultures of Japan, is titled “Dream Collaborations Between Anime and Commercials?! The Frontlines of the Anime Advertisement Business.” This episode is themed after collaborations between anime production companies, creators, and the commercial industry. In this second part, we will introduce one genre of anime commercials: collaborations.

Apr. 10, 2014 15:2116

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [2/2]

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [2/2]

“Anison is a righteous magic that crosses borders and makes people smile in an instant.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Apr. 10, 2014 13:004

P.A. Works’ Original Anime Glasslip Main Cast Announced, Production Presentation to Be Held in Fukui Prefecture

P.A. Works’ Original Anime *Glasslip* Main Cast Announced, Production Presentation to Be Held in Fukui Prefecture

The TV anime Glasslip will begin broadcasting this July. Now, the main cast to this anime, information to which has been kept under wraps until now, has been announced.

Apr. 10, 2014 09:171

MimimemeMIMI to Perform First Concert, Opening Theme to TV Anime Blade & Soul to Release

MimimemeMIMI to Perform First Concert, Opening Theme to TV Anime *Blade & Soul* to Release

New information regarding the two-person female unit MimimemeMIMI, which is comprised of singer/songwriter Yuka and illustrator Chamooi, has been announced.

Apr. 10, 2014 01:006

Super Cute! New Products from Alpacasso Creators Amuse!

Super Cute! New Products from Alpacasso Creators Amuse!

We’ve got pictures of the new products from Amuse, the creators of Alpacasso!

Apr. 9, 2014 13:1017

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: Spreading Figures from Tachikawa to Japan and the World [1/3]

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: Spreading Figures from Tachikawa to Japan and the World [1/3]

Infiltrating the offices of renowned Japanese figure manufacturer Kotobukiya!

Apr. 9, 2014 04:0041

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [1/2]

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [1/2]

“The current age of otaku culture is a lucky time.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Apr. 9, 2014 01:003

Attack on Titan Exhibition to Be Held This Winter at the Ueno Royal Museum

*Attack on Titan* Exhibition to Be Held This Winter at the Ueno Royal Museum

Starting with Hajime Isayama’s manga, the Attack on Titan series has spread to various other media worldwide, including a TV anime, theatrical anime, live-action movie, music, and spin-off manga. The series’ momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

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