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March 7, 2013, 4:30 PM
March 7, 2013, 4:30 PM

Helped bring first manga titles to English audiences; co-founded AnimeCon Writer James Hudnall reported and ANN confirmed that Toren V. Smith, one of the earliest English translators of manga, passed away on March 5.

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For decades now, Japanese vending machines have served up an array of interesting, mundane, and useful things. Things like manga. Or bread in a can. Or illicit substances. Or video game piracy cartridges.

Studio revealed it had a 'project in the works' last April Animation DO, a Japanese studio mostly known for subcontracting work on other studios' projects, and Kyoto Animation aired a commercial on Wednesday for Animation DO's previously-revealed ...

neurowear, the Japan-based inventors of necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears are in the process of rolling out a new mind-controlled gizmo.   The name is “mico”, a device that (according to official PR materials) “frees the user from having to select songs...

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It was announced that Sato Takeru will be starring in the upcoming movie  ”Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru“. Additionally, as the heroine of the movie, a hopeful new face Ohara Sakurako has been chosen.

GokaiGreen in Power Rangers Super Megaforce! ? The heroes over at RangerCrew found this little gem. While the Megaforce suits will be used on in to Season 2, there was no way they’d leave that Gokaiger toy money on the table.

Last fall, Domino's Pizza Japan started a project, recruiting fans to produce its own vocaloid song using Hatsune Miku. A new Miku Domino's phase is launching this month, starting with a collaborative iOS app.

Transforming red Genesect & Mewtwo returns again in Kunihiko Yuyama's July film On Thursday, the official Pokémon channel began streaming the first full trailer and the second teaser trailer for Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes!

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The anime adaptation of of Fairy Tail has been announced as ending on the 30th of March – and along with it the seiyuu career of no less an icon than Aya Hirano herself, as her last remaining major role was that of Lucy.

On March 6, singer-songwriter AI (31) announced through her official blog that she would be getting married within the year. AI has been dating Kaiki Gesshoku’s leader HIRO (45) for about 10 years.

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Goo ranking site conducted a survey on Japanese women asking them on "why would a woman date an otaku guy". The poll conducted in January 2013 garnered 1,072 respondents. And the results are:1. Always Faithful (100) 2.

The official website for the Haitai Nanafa television anime series announced on Thursday that a second season has been green-lit. The second season will premiere in April. More details will be provided on the website.

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Above is a scan from the latest issue of Dengeki magazine showing the spread for the latest Kamen Rider game on the PlayStation 3, Kamen Rider Battride War (仮面ライダー バトライド・ウォー). This features some minor updates on the game, including some form changes.

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Atsuko Maeda returns as Jaiko in the 10th live action Doraemon advertisement for car manufacturer Toyota, showcasing its latest model, the Toyota Crown. In "Nobita's Academic Examinations", Nobita tries to get his own driving license and asked for...

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Jump revealed two more fighters in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. The upcoming fighting game from CyberConnect2 will have Caesar and Esidisi in it as playable characters.   Esidisi is one of the antagonists in the JoJo’s Bizarre Advent...

The 11th volume of Hiromitsu Takeda's Maken-Ki! action romantic comedy manga will bundle an original anime Blu-ray Disc in a limited edition in late September. The publisher Fujimi Shobo teases that the new anime is full of "sex appeal" and fan se...

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Meet Yukimi Matsuo. She is representing Japan in the Miss Universe competition. And she not only loves manga, she also draws it. Yesterday, Matsuo was named Miss Universe Japan and will represent the country in the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant.

In the latest Date A Live anime promo, we're introduced to Origami Tobiichi, voiced by Misuzu Togashi (My Ordinary Life's Mai Minakami, Upotte's Ichiroku) - a classmate of the series' male lead and member of an Anti-Spirits Team, tasked with prrot...

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HUNK from Resident Evil is headed to Lost Planet 3 as a pre-order bonus in North America. He’ll be one of five additional characters available for the game’s multiplayer mode, should you pre-order Lost Planet 3 from GameStop or EB Games.


The official Pokémon channel has begun streaming its first trailer for the upcoming July 13 release of Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myuutsū Kakusei (Pokémon the Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo’s Awakening) film.

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Oricon has revealed their weekly charts for February 25th to March 3rd. Check out the results below! === <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. “Mistake! / Battery” – SMAP : 2/27 (161,681) 2. “Mirai no Museum” – Perfume : 2/27 (68,784) 3.

This… is… totally a timely reference to the film 300! Sony announced a GameStop pre-order bonus that puts players in the pit-kickin' shoes of King Leonidas in God of War: Ascension's multiplayer mode a while ago.

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The official website for Koichi Sakamoto's “Travelers: Dimension Police” film had been updated with its first promotional trailer. The film stars Nao Nagasawa (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger) and Ayumi Kinoshita (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger).

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EGOIST’s latest hit “All Alone With You” is released today onto Japanese Shelves and at the same time, available on ITUNES for 32 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and more.  At the same time, the song’s MV is also uploaded to EGOI...

Custom Avengers Acura One of my favorite comic artists of all time, Humberto Ramos, hand drew The Avengers in marker on his own Acura. So jealous of his skills. Full video walk-around below. (via xombiedirge) Like Albotas on Facebook | Follow Albo...

Unevolved Pokémon Cosplaying As Their Final Forms Is The Cutest Shit We’ve Ever Seen Seriously considering a tattoo of that Squirtle cosplaying as a Blastoise. These are the handywork of the talented Birdy Chu.

Also: Jinbe and Hancock return as playable characters, third promo streamed The 15th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will reveal on Monday two new playable characters for Namco Bandai Games' One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 game, as we...

Yukimi Matsuo, the winner of the Miss Universe Japan (MUJ) 2013 beauty pageant on Monday, revealed in press interviews that since she had achieved the title, she now wants to become a serialized manga artist.


Quoting a MISSOSOLOGY member, Xamurai to give some background info:MUJ is now functioning as a talent and modeling agency. Some of the finalists since 2009 have become contract models under MUJ, and they are the ones who provide their talents with...

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The original author of the Naruto ninja adventure manga, Masashi Kishimoto, had expressed his excitement on the release of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. Here's what he says, as seen in the latest promo: “This is really exciting!

If you want to sample the Japanese traditional cuisine, a good start could be a teishoku meal set. Besides the main dish, it includes a bowl of rice, a miso soup and other side dishes like tsukemono (Japanese pickles).

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