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January 14, 2016, 9:00 AM
January 14, 2016, 9:00 AM
RocketNews24 Oona McGee

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...

GoBoiano Media Nate Lou

The Love Live series is based on the idea that fans get to choose. It's the "ultimate user-participation project" for otakus that started in 2010. Now Love Live has started off the new year by announcing a new Love Live anime project: Love Live!

Crunchyroll Scott Green

Good Smile Company's chibi Nendoroid figures are getting into the voice acting business, or at least Seiyu Life's rookie Futaba Ichinose is. The character from Futaba Ichinose and Kenjiro Hata's comedy manga and its anime adaptation is now on sale...

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...

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...

How many adorable pictures could our favorite cosplaying Shiba Inus take in six months? Twitter user C_Suzuki (@C_S0325) has a pair of super cute dogs named S and H. We've been avid followers of their antics and stylish costumes since last year, a...

GoBoiano Media Tsubaki

A lot of people like to complain that today's anime is shit and was better in the past. These days anime is filled with useless fanservice, moe blob, and lack of any plot. Well I'm here to prove all of you wrong.

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Sorry! If you are a dude, then you cannot enter Osaka's Ataraxia Cafe, which is aimed strictly at lady geeks. It's apparently the first of its kind in Japan. Over the years, there have been a variety of cafes aimed at women otaku, such as "butler ...

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...

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?

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.

RocketNews24 Anime News Network

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.


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.

Crunchyroll Joseph Luster

Pokémon brawler Pokkén Tournament is on the way to Wii U pretty soon, and it's bringing at least three more Pocket Monsters along for the port. The latest issue of CoroCoro Comic revealed the addition of Mewtwo, Garchomp, and Braixen.

Nihongogo Jeffrey 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...

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...

Welcome 2016 with this action packed calendar of popular mecha anime series Mobile Suit Gundam. Look forward to flipping to a new month featuring an action packed yet beautiful illustrations of your favorite gundam.


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 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...

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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...

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.

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...

Otaku Tale Frontalspy

The official website of the Anime Japan 2016 event has revealed that the second season of the anime adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu) manga will run for a total of 25 episodes.

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