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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Apr. 1, 2014 19:003

Osaka POP: Mio & Tsukushi are Born!

Osaka POP: Mio & Tsukushi are Born!

On Mar 28, the Osaka Tourism Bureau announced the winners of the two contests “Mio & Tsukushi” and “Art Cosplay.” The two contests began last November.

Apr. 1, 2014 08:1022

It’s April Fools’ Day! Even Japan is Getting into the Spirit with Wild Pranks!

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!

Apr. 1, 2014 07:004

Yowamushi Pedal and Fullmetal Alchemist Rank No. 1 on “Male Manga that Are Popular with Girls Ranking”

*Yowamushi Pedal* and *Fullmetal Alchemist* Rank No. 1 on “Male Manga that Are Popular with Girls Ranking”

In the May issue of the new magazine Entermix (Kadokawa Enterbrain) that released on March 20, there was a feature on the “Male Manga that Are Popular with Girls Ranking” chosen by female bookstore employees.

Apr. 1, 2014 01:002

“Mobile Suit Gundam Exhibition” to Be Held in Osaka and Tokyo, Promises Unprecedentedly Grand Scale

“Mobile Suit Gundam Exhibition” to Be Held in Osaka and Tokyo, Promises Unprecedentedly Grand Scale

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Gundam series, and many projects are in the works. One project commemorating the year is the exhibit “Mobile Suit Gundam Exhibition: The Art of Gundam” to be held at the Osaka Culturarium at Tenpozan from July 12 to Aug. 31.

Mar. 31, 2014 13:000

“Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Art Exhibition” to Include Original Drawings, Documents, and Art All in One Place, Tickets that Include Deluxe Pin Badge Go On Sale

“Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Art Exhibition” to Include Original Drawings, Documents, and Art All in One Place, Tickets that Include Deluxe Pin Badge Go On Sale

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 has become a huge hit supported by a large fan base that had theatrical event screenings in 2012 and a TV broadcast in 2013. With the announcement of an all-new theatrical movie in the works, fans’ enthusiasm is increasing more and more.

Mar. 31, 2014 07:001

Anime Garo: Honoo no Kokuin to Start This Fall, New Visual Releases

Anime *Garo: Honoo no Kokuin* to Start This Fall, New Visual Releases

Details on the new anime series based on the tokusatsu show Garo have been announced.

Mar. 31, 2014 01:002

Exhibit of Director Hiroyasu Ishida’s Works to Be Held, Ishida Also Gains Attention for Noitamina 10th Anniversary Short Anime Poulette’s Chair

Exhibit of Director Hiroyasu Ishida’s Works to Be Held, Ishida Also Gains Attention for Noitamina 10th Anniversary Short Anime *Poulette’s Chair*

Studio Colorido will hold an animation exhibition titled “Hino × Aoshigure” on March 29 and 30 at the Hino Community Mori Fureai Hall in Tokyo.

Mar. 30, 2014 13:007

Fans Gather in LA for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Launch Event Attended by Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Art Director Yusuke Naora!

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.

Mar. 30, 2014 07:002

Nitroplus Chiral’s Masterpiece BL Game Dramatical Murder is Becoming an Anime for Summer 2014 Release

Nitroplus Chiral’s Masterpiece BL Game *Dramatical Murder* is Becoming an Anime for Summer 2014 Release

Nitroplus creates games with rich stories that drive players wild. Now, the game Dramatical Murder by Nitroplus Chiral, a female oriented brand, is becoming an anime. Fans will be able to see it this summer.

Mar. 30, 2014 01:001

Original New Work by Warner is a Robot Anime! Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen to Broadcast This Summer

Original New Work by Warner is a Robot Anime! *Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen* to Broadcast This Summer

Announced some time ago was that Warner Home Video was creating a new original anime. The title of that anime was finally revealed on March 22.

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