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January 14, 2016, 5:30 AM
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We thought we'd seen everything from Japan, but this is one thing we never saw coming. We've come across a lot of unusual anime merchandise aimed at the otaku geek market in Japan, but it turns out there's one product that's been three years in th...

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, but still would like to cross off visiting anime-inspired spots on your bucket list, then look no further thank Saitama Prefecture for these six manga/anime were all inspired by the Great...

Last weekend the official website for the TV anime adapation of Fumiaki Maruto's popular comedy light novel series Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata had teased us about life-sized figure of Megumi Katou for the upcoming Saekano shop 2016 exhibition and...

Days is an upcoming TV anime adaptation of the soccer manga by Tsuyoshi Yasuda, which follows soccer prodigy Jin and his unlikely friend Tsukushi who has no talent at sports. Nevertheless, Tsukushi has passion, so they navigate the world of high s...

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If you follow internet memes, you might be familiar with Doge, a lovable Shiba-inu which has taken over the internet back in 2013. The meme has gotten the Siba-Inu breed a lot of attention, and one twitter user has found a way to bring out these D...

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The story of the lone schoolgirl and the country train that takes her to school every day is capturing hearts around the world. A tiny train station in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, made national news late last year, when it was revealed ...

GoBoiano Media Aaron Magulick

Sometimes a character transcends their series. They become the face of their series, sometimes even if they aren't the main character. These characters overshadow the name of the anime and make you go, "Hey, isn't that the Luffy show?

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Anime News Network's merchandise coverage sponsored by Omakase and Tokyo Otaku Mode. Hong Kong toymaker BigBoysToys is continuing its figure line-up up with CAPCOM Japan to release a series of Street Fighter character figures.

Hokkaido is home to some of the most adorable winter animals that have adapted to be able to hide perfectly in the whiteness of snow. See if you can spot them! The Ezo yuki usagi is a mountain hare native to Hokkaido.

ARAMA! JAPAN Ronald

Rumors are running rampant that SMAP has broken up. Four members of the group, Nakai Masahiro, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Katori Shingo, are reported to have left the company due to the resignation of their manager, Iijima Michi.

Diamond Comic Distributors published its list of the 100 best-selling manga of 2015, which has 2014 champ Attack on Titan being dethroned by an unlikely hero. This year the top spot goes to Viz Media's release of Shotaro Ishinomori's The Legend of...

Siliconera Jenni

By Jenni . January 12, 2016 . 9:00am Both North America and Europe will also be getting Pokemon-themed Nintendo 2DS and New 3DS bundles, to celebrate the series' forthcoming 20th anniversary. However, each region will be getting specific handhelds...

Siliconera Sato

Three new Pokkén Pokémon were reveled in the latest issue of CoroCoro Comic with Mewtwo, Garchomp, and Braixen for the upcoming Wii U version of the game. [Thanks, Ruliweb. ] Keep in mind that none of these Pokémon have the character "ラ" (ra) in t...

Siliconera Sato

Square Enix and tri-Ace revealed the latest trailer for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness with an introduction video for the protagonist Fidel Camuze. The video gives us a look at Fidel interacting with several characters along with some bat...

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Siliconera Sato

NIS America announced that Nights of Azure is getting a limited edition version for PlayStation 4, which is currently available for pre-order on their online store. Here's a list of everything that's included in the limited edition package: Nights...

tokyohive Shiso

Newlywed couple Kitagawa Keiko (29) and DAIGO (37), who just submitted their marriage registration on January 11, held a press conference the same day. While receiving a flood of spotlight, Kitagawa showed a ring to the press, and the newlywed cou...

ARAMA! JAPAN Ronald

The idols of Johnny & Associates are active in many different fields, including hosting television shows. With the rumor that SMAP had disbanded after 25 years being the big story of the day, 4 Johnny's were put on the spot on today's morning news...

Siliconera Sato

The reason for the delay was not stated, but Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 was originally slated for a February 25 release, and will now release in Japan on March 24, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Siliconera Jenni

By Jenni . January 12, 2016 . 12:00pm Atlus has announced the release date for Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita updated remake of VanillaWare's PlayStation 2 classic.

Siliconera Casey

By Casey . January 12, 2016 . 7:30am Bandai Namco has released the latest gameplay trailer for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. In the video, we get a look at the character's different combos as Sakura Haruno and Hinata Hyuga go up agains...

On January 12, a few media outlets reported that SMAP is disbanding. According to Sponichi Annex, on the 12th, the group's 58-year-old female manager who is often described as their 'foster parent', resigned from the position of director from J Dr...

Crunchyroll Paul Chapman

Japanese game developer Marvelous has announced that the Bokujō Monogatari series, known in North America originally as Harvest Moon and then as Story of Seasons, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a new game for Nintendo...

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In the past few hours, Nikkan Sports has reported that 4 of the 5 members of SMAP have left Johnny & Associates, resulting in a de facto disbandment of the group. Nakai Masahiro, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Katori Shingo are reported to h...

Trends in Japan Eric S. Tessier

If you've been to Japan you've seen them: Brightly lit vending machines with rows of beverages lined up, each facing the passerby and beckoning to be sampled. Maybe you've noticed the coffee options as well.

The talented blacksmiths from Man At Arms have forged yet another familiar blade for otaku and Silent Hill fans to fawn over, with Pyramid Head's great knife being recreated in all its monstrous glory.

A new visual for the anime adaptation of the Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (Four Rhythm Across the Blue) visual novel has been revealed in the February 2016 issue of NewType. You can purchase this issue here (get 5% off with coupon code MOE-N3Y-4YW0...

The debut of Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut has attracted some attention due to its dragon-themed semi-mecha action, naturally supplying a decent amount of fighting and some naughty bathing service to top it all off, all potentially making for a series ...

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