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January 8, 2013, 8:00 PM
January 8, 2013, 8:00 PM

Some of you can breathe easy and hopefully sleep a little bit better tonight…because YES, Crunchyroll will be streaming the Chihayafuru 2 anime! The new season will begin January 11th at 12:00 pm Pacific Time for premium members.

12-episode anime to be available through digital outlets on Thursday, home video this year North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it acquired Kyoto Animation's Tamako Market television anime series.

The Deadline website reports that film director David R. Ellis passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa early this morning (Los Angeles time). He was 60. Ellis was in South Africa to prepare for his live-action film adaptation of the anime Kite w...

The common carp was domesticated in Japan at the beginning of the 19th century and soon several ornamental varieties were bred. 100 years later, at the beginning of the 20th century, these colored carps, called nishiki-goi - “brocaded carp” - or s...

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Valve and a company named Xi3 Corporation are teaming up to release a “Computer Game System,” (not the final name, obviously) which they announced today.   What’s the Xi3 Computer Game System? The easiest way to describe it is to call it the “Stea...

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SKE48 reveals the short PVs for their upcoming single by Shiso on January 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm SKE48 will be releasing their 11th single titled “Choco no Dorei” on January 30th. Recently, some of the short version music videos for the single includ...

If publisher Media Factory has anything to say about it,  the adaptation of Sou Sagara and Kantoku's Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko (The Perverted Prince and the Cat Who Won't Smile) will be spring's big relationship comedy light novel based series.

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After weeks of waiting, here's the full stream of Kamen Rider Wizard Episode 17: “Another Wizard”. This episode marks the debut of Kousuke Nitoh a. k. a. Kamen Rider Beast! Both the Phantoms and Haruto keep an eye on the mysterious young man Kosuk...

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  Japanese storywriters come up with interesting settings for otome games taking established tropes and giving them a girls romance twist. We saw the game where you can fall in love with the Knights of the Round last week.

It's no secret that Nintendo's Wii U didn't make the same sales splash Wii did when it launched back in 2006. That doesn't mean things are going poorly for the new console, though, as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told Reuters that sales are ste...

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger is credited with designing the Alien (née Xenomorph) from the iconic movies and games. The character appeared in a 1976 work by Giger. But could it be actually much older than that?

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

The service you get at McDonald's in Japan is world class. The staff is polite and prompt, and there's still a focus on presentation. So it's a shame that McDonald's just screwed things up. In Japan, McDonald's is mucking things up with a special ...

The February issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine is announcing the cast and staff for the "second season" arc of the Monogatari series, titled Monogatari Series Second Season, on Thursday. The series will cover the material from six volume...

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The winners of “THE JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD 2013” have been revealed. The ‘Japan Golden Disc Award’ is headed by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), and the RIAJ initiated this annual event in 1987 to recognize outstanding artists an...

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The title of Takahashi Minami’s solo debut song revealed by Shiso on January 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm The title for AKB48 member Takahashi Minami’s solo debut song has been revealed to be “Jane Doe. ” As announced earlier, the song will be used as the o...

ranking / release Golden Bomber have not only had the honor to participate in Japan's annual New Years event "Kohaku Uta Gassen" in 2012, where they performed their hit single "Memeshikute", but they have also topped the ORICON charts this week wi...

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Soine-ya is a "snoozing with women" establishment that first opened in Tokyo's gaming and geek district, Akihabara. Since then, Soine-ya has become popular enough to open another branch in Tokyo's Shinjuku.

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The Tower of Heaven was attacked by an unknown force, causing five angels in training to stay on Earth to protect it from this unknown force. These Guardian Angels who descended from the Guardian Realm are called Tensou Sentai Goseiger!

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In this episode, Gorgom is gathering talented violinist for them to play "The Devil's Thrill", a music composed by Tartani after making his contract with the devil. This is when Yuri comes in, a girl that Kotaro met who is a talented violinist, wh...

Short film set in Japan's historical Edo period won Japan Media Arts Festival Award last month The official English website for Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) and Sunrise's "Combustible" ("Hi no Yōjin") short is currently streaming an...

It was penciled in as a "probably" for April back when Discotek outlined its plans for the first half of 2013, and now the distributor has confirmed the release date for the Japanese version of Samurai Pizza Cats.

Not content with simply confirming the release date for Legendary Ninja Cats, Discotek Media also announced the acquisition of Gunbuster 2: Diebuster. The complete six-episode series will be released in Japanese with English subtitles on May 21.

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Cinema Today started streaming the 92-second promotional video for the upcoming “Hunter × Hunter the Movie: Phantom Rogue”. The movie features an original story written by Yoshihiro Togashi, the author of the manga.

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