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RocketNews24 Casey Baseel

Japan loves cheering on its sports teams in international competitions, and with the World Cup just a few weeks away, soccer is set to dominate TV programming, advertising, and the national consciousness in general.

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Here's a thought: If the West is too lenient regarding controlled substances, then perhaps, Japan is too strict? As reported by Asahi News, Japanese popstar Aska of the wildly popular group Chage & Aska was recently arrested for allegedly possessi...

Crunchyroll Mikikazu Komatsu

Bandai's official online store Premium Bandai has started accepting pre-orders for "Pullip/Sailor Moon Premium Bandai Limited Edition," a 310mm-tall collaboration fashion doll between Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and Korean company Cheonsang Cheonha.

Tokyo Girls Update TokyoGirls'Update

May. 21. 2014 Sponsored links An abridged version of the new 'Hold Your Hand' video clip has been released on Perfume's official YouTube channel. Perfume is presenting a lyric video for the first time.

Shogakukan began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday for the original video animation (OVA) episode that will be bundled with Hiroshi Fukuda's 15th Jōjū Senjin! ! Mushibugyō action manga volume on July 18.

Siliconera Ishaan

Bandai Namco's new Dragon Ball game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has its first screenshots. Namco opened a teaser site for the game today, and showed off three screenshots.   Details on the game are scant for the moment, but we'll...

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Make that, Spider-Woman. Japanese celebrity and serial cosplayer Natsuki Okamoto was on her regular current events program dressed as everyone's friendly neighborhood superhero and then started "shooting" webs.

Tokyo Girls Update TokyoGirls'Update

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The latest issue of Famitsu in Japan has unveiled that both Ken Amada and Koromaru will be featuring in the upcoming console release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold).

RocketNews24 KK Miller

What if we told you to follow the white rabbit? Would you have the knee-jerk reaction of "hell no! " or would you pull a Neo and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes? If you find yourself in Nagoya or Osaka, following the white rabbit might actu...

SeventhStyle Seven

Vastly over-hyped anime series Akame ga Kill! debuting July by White Fox releases its second PV, which shows a lot of things, almost none of which includes actual animation – just still imagery and static effects.

Siliconera Sato

D3 Publisher and Assault Gunners developers Shade are working on a high school girl action game, Bullet Girls, that looks like the lovechild of Senran Kagura and Call of Duty. Famitsu shows us how the girls will be fighting in the girls-only shooter.

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In this week's entry of TV-Asahi's Kamen Rider Gaim blog, we got a glimpse of the Armored Riders that will appear in the upcoming Kamen Rider Gaim summer movie. From left to right are: Peco (Kurokage Shin), Mitsuzane "Micchy" Kureshima (Ryugen), P...

RocketNews24 Casey Baseel

Sailor Moon Crystal, the remake of anime's most successful magical girl series ever, is set to premiere on July 5. Most people would say this is pretty soon, but for truly dedicated fans of the franchise it's not nearly soon enough.

I just had to let that one sink in for a bit. Normally the longer the buildup, the more likely the payoff is to be a letdown.   It's an inevitable part of fiction of every stripe, anime not least.   But when you're talking about Hunter X Hunter th...

Crunchyroll Joseph Luster

Atlus brought Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne to PlayStation Network a couple weeks ago, and now it's time to follow that up with another SMT PlayStation 2 Classic. Today's treat is Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga, which is now available on PS...

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1/10 Kuriyama Mirai PVC [Beach Queens Ver. ] Wave Corp has announced preorder for another round of Beach Queen figures for Kuriyama Mirai, the beautiful megane bishoujo from the anime series Kyoukai no Kanata.

Crunchyroll Scott Green

Starting this summer, the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in the manga pioneer's home town of Takarazuka will feature a 20th anniversary exhibit blending the work of the "God of Manga" with the otome games (visual novels for a female audience ) of Otomate.

The Fandom Post Chris Beveridge

Toonami Highlights 'Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge' Anime Broadcast Posted by Chris Beveridge May 20, 2014 at 06:32 PM While fans of Bleach and Space Dandy are rightly miffed to be missing out on their weekly dose of material, a holiday weekend i...

SPYAIR Tour 2014 has been cancelled in light of vocalist IKE being diagnosed with acute chorditis and vocal chord polyp.

Nihongogo Greg Abesamis

Due to time constraints and the preparation for the upcoming Japan trip I was only able to attend one day of Otafest 2014. But I did what I could. Here's what went down during my time there. I arrived at the University of Calgary in the early hour...

Crunchyroll Joseph Luster

Last week Capcom confirmed a full list of North American dates for the upcoming console and PC release of Ultra Street Fighter IV. The announcement was paired with an initial set of videos detailing character balance changes, including Ryu, Blanka...

The Fandom Post Chris Beveridge

Majin Bone Episode 8Aliens? ! What They Say: Now, in the modern age, the creator of the universe, Majin, has revived suddenly. At the same time, visitors from the darkness have descended to Earth. As danger nears the Earth, three men pursue a youn...

J-Pop Idols Tetho

Several idols in the drama GTO Mizuki (ex Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku) and Okamoto Natsumi (ex Oha Girl Chu! Chu! Chu! ) will be starring in the drama GTO. Kizaki Yuria (AKB48), Miyatake Mio (bump. y) and Matsui Airi (ex Sakura Gakuin) will also make ...

Crunchyroll Joseph Luster

It's been a while since we heard anything of note regarding Forbidden Magna, the upcoming simulation RPG from some of the folks behind the Rune Factory series. It was first announced back in February, and this week's issue of Famitsu reports that ...

Crunchyroll Joseph Luster

Level-5's Yōkai Watch is a hit in Japan, and Nintendo has something special in store for those who wish to get their handheld into the spirit. A limited edition Yōkai Watch portable is coming to Japan on July 10 with the arrival of the 3DS LL Yōka...

The story of Ultraman Ginga S takes place two years after the defeat of Dark Rugiel. This time there will also be a Defense Team. This season is directed by Koichi Sakamoto. Story of Ultraman Ginga S: A long time ago, during ancient times, there e...

The Fandom Post Chris Beveridge

Sentai Filmworks Announces September 2014 Anime DVD/BD Release Slate Posted by Chris Beveridge May 20, 2014 at 02:37 PM Golden Time Sentai Filmworks is looking to have a pretty interesting month in September as they have a number of titles out tha...

The Fandom Post Chris Beveridge

Sentai Filmworks Acquires 'K-On! ' First Anime Season Posted by Chris Beveridge May 20, 2014 at 01:31 PM Sentai Filmworks has added a new license to its catalog today, one that many expected to come a bit earlier in the life cycle of releases, as ...

When you hear the word "doll," what comes to mind? Is it a traditional French doll? Is it Barbie? As you may know, dolls have been a beloved plaything worldwide for many generations. But in Japan, the doll is evolving in a unique way.

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