picture of WonFes 2016 Winter Photo Collection! Part 1: Cool & Comical

WonFes 2016 Winter Photo Collection! Part 1: Cool & Comical

We’re bringing you pics of all the coolest figures and garage kits we spotted at the event!

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WonFes Wows with Lineup of Myriad Life-Size Figures!

Wonder Festival Winter 2016 (WonFes), Japan’s largest garage kit festival, was held on Feb. 7 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. Tons of people packed into the venue, making it as big a turnout as ever.

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WonHobby Booth Report! 24-Hour Double Giveaway Commemorating Nendoroid 10th Anniversary & WonHobby Begins!

WonHobby Booth Report! 24-Hour Double Giveaway Commemorating Nendoroid 10th Anniversary & WonHobby Begins!

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[Sneak Preview] “Wonderful Hobby Life for You!! 23” Winter WonFes 2016 Giveaway: Take a Quiz, Win a Snow Miku: Snow Owl Ver. Figure!

Have you already taken a look at the special site for “Wonderful Hobby Life for You!! 23,” the joint booth by Max Factory and Good Smile Company that will be at Winter Wonder Festival 2016?

picture of Osomatsu-san Collaboration Cafe Opens at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro No. 3!

Osomatsu-san Collaboration Cafe Opens at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro No. 3!

The Animate Cafe Ikebukuro No. 3 was newly opened on Jan. 27 and as its first collaboration, the cafe is decked out with all kinds of content themed after the popular anime Osomatsu-san.

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A New Era in the World of Anime: Two Anime Fanatics Send a Message with the CHIKA*CHIKA IDOL Project

CHIKA*CHIKA IDOL is an original CG animation project which will be carrying out a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter and Makuake from February 2016. The animation’s director, Hiroshi Nishikiori, and Yasutake Honjo, who’s in charge of the original story, reveal some of their thoughts about the project to us.

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Interview: Shinobism, Making the Future of Gaming (2/2)

As opportunities for e-sports rise with even the Olympics in sight, what kind of role do these two have in the gaming market?

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Interview: Shinobism, Making a Place that Connects Games and People (1/2)

Momochi and Choco are a married couple affiliated with Evil Geniuses, a pro gaming team based in the U.S. After establishing Shinobsim Co., Ltd. and Momochi’s battle for the Capcom Cup, the two announced their marriage. We asked them why they would start a company that is specialized for the pro gaming industry in Japan, where the industry only has a brief history.

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A Manga Remake Project that Uses VR - “Magical Taruruuto Reboot” Begins

Funding began on Makuake on Jan. 14 for a remake project for the popular manga Magical Taruruuto!

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Comiket 89 Photo Report: Day 3

Bringing you the feverish excitement from the cosplay area on the final day of Comiket 89!

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Comiket 89 Photo Report: Day 2

Check out the rooftop area and cosplayers from the fully-packed Day 2 of Comiket 89!

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Comiket 89 Photo Report: Day 1

We got action shots of cosplayers on the first day of Comic Market 89!

picture of Naruto? Or Maybe Cosplay?? Announcing the Top 10 Most Read News from 2015!

Naruto? Or Maybe Cosplay?? Announcing the Top 10 Most Read News from 2015!

We’re introducing the top 10 most-read news on Tokyo Otaku Mode this year!

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The Curtain Opens on the 40th Year of Comiket!

Comic Market 89, the world’s largest event for displaying and selling new doujinshi, opened its doors on Dec. 29. The first day’s attendance was recorded at 150,000.

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[Trailer Round-Up] Check Out Which Anime Are Starting in January 2016! (Heartwarming/Slice-of-Life Edition)

“Dagashi Kashi,” “HaruChika,” “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju”? We wanna see them all!!

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[Trailer Round-Up] Check Out Which Anime Are Starting in January 2016! (Sci-fi/Action Edition)

The end of the year is upon us, and before long it’ll be 2016! Which means…? Yup! The winter anime season will be starting in Japan!

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Fans Flock to Jump Festa 2016!

Jump Festa 2016 was held at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe. An exhibition of popular manga works took place in the venue delighting the many fans who gathered at the event.

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Japanese PC Shoot ‘em Ups Gather in Akihabara! Game Event “Transition 2015” to Be Held on Dec. 26

Though the current overall market for gaming sees higher trends in mobile growth, game services such as Steam that give you the full gaming experience on the PC are still going strong. Well there’s good news for the more serious gaming fans that apply to the latter, especially fans of vertical shooters!

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17 Authors Pay Respects to Osamu Tezuka Through Exhibition of Tribute Works

We attended the “Osamu Tezuka Culture Festival - Kichimuji ‘15” being held in honor of legendary manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka!

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  • picture of WonFes Wows with Lineup of Myriad Life-Size Figures!
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  • picture of [Sneak Preview] “Wonderful Hobby Life for You!! 23” Winter WonFes 2016 Giveaway: Take a Quiz, Win a Snow Miku: Snow Owl Ver. Figure!
  • picture of Osomatsu-san Collaboration Cafe Opens at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro No. 3!
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Jan. 27, 2016 14:00

Step into Spirited Away at Egawa: a Site of Beauty in Japan that Tourists Have Yet to Discover

Step into Spirited Away at Egawa: a Site of Beauty in Japan that Tourists Have Yet to Discover

If you loved the scenery in Chihiro’s train journey in Spirited Away, you’ll love this unique location just one hour away from Tokyo.

Jan. 27, 2016 06:41

Interview: Shinobism, Making the Future of Gaming (2/2)

Interview: Shinobism, Making the Future of Gaming (2/2)

As opportunities for e-sports rise with even the Olympics in sight, what kind of role do these two have in the gaming market?

Jan. 27, 2016 06:40

Interview: Shinobism, Making a Place that Connects Games and People (1/2)

Interview: Shinobism, Making a Place that Connects Games and People (1/2)

Momochi and Choco are a married couple affiliated with Evil Geniuses, a pro gaming team based in the U.S. After establishing Shinobsim Co., Ltd. and Momochi’s battle for the Capcom Cup, the two announced their marriage. We asked them why they would start a company that is specialized for the pro gaming industry in Japan, where the industry only has a brief history.

Jan. 27, 2016 06:00

Pikachu Futons?! Kitan Club Collaborates on Line of “Big Smartphone Futons”

Pikachu Futons?! Kitan Club Collaborates on Line of “Big Smartphone Futons”

From Kitan Club’s popular line “Okii Sumaho no Ofuton” (Big Smartphone Futons) comes versions featuring the popular character Pikachu from Pokémon.

Jan. 26, 2016 22:00

New Character Designs Revealed for Sailor Moon Crystal, Including Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn

New Character Designs Revealed for Sailor Moon Crystal, Including Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn

At long last, the magical girl gang’s all here, and with a new character designer bringing them to life.

Jan. 26, 2016 14:00

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Collaborates with Agencies to Promote Cybersecurity

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Collaborates with Agencies to Promote Cybersecurity

Major Kusanagi and the members of Public Security Section 9 are on a quest to promote cybersecurity as part of an upcoming public awareness campaign.

Jan. 26, 2016 06:00

Comico Manga “ReLIFE” Hits 1 Million Copies in Print; Stage Play Confirmed

Comico Manga “ReLIFE” Hits 1 Million Copies in Print; Stage Play Confirmed

The manga ReLIFE from the digital manga and novel app Comico continues to become an even bigger hit.

Jan. 26, 2016 02:01

Pokémon's Full Minute-Long Version of Epic Super Bowl Ad Streamed to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Pokémon's Full Minute-Long Version of Epic Super Bowl Ad Streamed to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

The official website for the Pokémon franchise posted the full 70-second version of the live-action commercial that will air during the Super Bowl football game on February 7.

Jan. 26, 2016 01:31

World First! World Qualifiers of Akiba Street Anime Song Dance Battle Chosen!

World First! World Qualifiers of Akiba Street Anime Song Dance Battle Chosen!

Chosen through a preliminary selection of world-wide online video entries, results for the third national Akiba Street convention, a world-first “Anime Song Dance Battle” project produced by anime song dance pioneers RAB (Real Akiba Boyz), were recently announced at an independent event by RAB.

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