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!

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.

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Mar. 28, 2014 13:003

Shinichirō Watanabe, Kazuto Nakazawa, Yōko Kanno, and Animation Studio Mappa Are Working on Zankyō no Terror

Shinichirō Watanabe, Kazuto Nakazawa, Yōko Kanno, and Animation Studio Mappa Are Working on *Zankyō no Terror*

Director Shinichirō Watanabe and composer Yōko Kanno, both of whom worked on the 2013 TV anime Kids on the Slope, are joining forces once again.

Mar. 28, 2014 04:002

Japacon TV #13 - Part 1 Advertising utilizing animation special edition

*Japacon TV* #13 - Part 1  Advertising utilizing animation special edition

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 first part, we will introduce the history and trends of commercials that utilize animation.

Mar. 28, 2014 00:237

Major Department Store in Japan Releases Original Manga Nija & Jani

Major Department Store in Japan Releases Original Manga *Nija & Jani*

Daimaru Matsuzakaya, a major department store in Japan, has released on a special site its original manga Nija & Jani.

Mar. 27, 2014 13:002

What Is an Idol? - Wake Up, Girls! Episodes 5-8 Recap

What Is an Idol? - *Wake Up, Girls!* Episodes 5-8 Recap

Wake Up, Girls! (WUG from hereon) is an idol group working in Sendai, far from Tokyo, whose continuity of activities was endangered right from the moment of their forming, and ups and downs continue to follow each other. Episodes 5-8, which we are now going to recap, are also a story of laughter and tears. Let’s take a look!

Mar. 27, 2014 07:0021

Psycho-Pass Project Begins!

*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!

Mar. 27, 2014 04:3323

Popular Cosplayer Alodia to Perform at "Dance with PS Vita” Live Streaming Event

Popular Cosplayer Alodia to Perform at "Dance with PS Vita” Live Streaming Event

To celebrate the launch of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd for the PlayStation Vita, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia (SCEJA) have developed ...

Mar. 26, 2014 13:0015

Anime Parasyte to Broadcast in 2014 on Nippon TV and Other Networks

Anime *Parasyte* to Broadcast in 2014 on Nippon TV and Other Networks

Hitoshi Iwaaki’s popular manga Parasyte is becoming a TV anime.

Mar. 26, 2014 07:0018

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime Adaptation Progressing

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko *The Testament of Sister New Devil* Anime Adaptation Progressing

The light novel The Testament of Sister New Devil published by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko is becoming an anime.

Mar. 26, 2014 01:001

Mecha Anime by Everyone! Let’s Make the Mecha Anime We Want to See Production Committee Launches

Mecha Anime by Everyone! Let’s Make the Mecha Anime We Want to See Production Committee Launches

Mecha anime is a fundamental anime genre. So what kind of mecha anime is it that we really want to see?

Mar. 25, 2014 13:002

Seibu Railway Galaxy Express 999 Wrapped Train Announced in Commemoration of the Release of the Blu-ray Box Sets

Seibu Railway *Galaxy Express 999* Wrapped Train Announced in Commemoration of the Release of the Blu-ray Box Sets

In commemoration of the Blu-ray box release of the TV series Galaxy Express 999, Seibu Railway has announced a “Galaxy Express 999 wrapped train.” The train is in service now for roughly half a month until April 4.

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