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Gravure (グラビア), the word that immediately conjures up images of young women in bikinis, lingerie, school uniforms, and cosplay, is an aspect of Japanese popular culture that has become more mainstream as it has evolved and matured.

Crunchyroll Paul Chapman

Spring has sprung, the summer anime season is just beginning to bloom, and in a recent poll on Anime! Anime! Japanese fans expressed their feelings on which of the series that aired in April of 2016 could be described as "splendid" or "magnificent".

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

It's not that cats are important in Japanese politics. Cats are important. Full stop. This is Satoshi Shima. He previously worked at Softbank, and before that, he was a member of Japanese Parliament. He's now running to represent the Mikawa region...

GoBoiano Media Kill la Jill

In Japan, space is constrained since it's an island with no room to expand. In highly urban areas like Tokyo you have to either build taller buildings or use less space. So you get micro places like these capsule hotels.

Paipaidekami, who is working as singer, DJ, and TV personality, released the education music videos of using condom "Love Katsu☆Non Non Ready Go" and "Love Katsu☆ Heart Kyururi". Contributor Wanted! ! Contributor Wanted!

Full 3DCG animated feature film GANTZ:O is slated for release on October 14, 2016 nationwide in Japan. It was announced on the GANTZ:O official website alongside the latest preview that the protagonist, Kato Masaru, will be voiced by popular seiyu...

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The official One Punch Man season 2 release date has been announced by Toonami. The official post by Toonami was posted on Twitter. The schedule of One Punch Man season 2 has been officially revealed. It has been a long frustrating experience for ...

At last, The Lost Village has rambled to an end. Ostensibly a psychological horror piece about getting in touch with past trauma, the show ended up being a lot more and a lot less than that - more in that it was consistently hilarious, less in tha...

GameZone GameZone

The last thing we heard about Attack on Titan's follow-up season wasn't good news. Apparently, development for the show had been put on hold until the manga had reached a certain point. According to sources, the director of the anime's first seaso...

The GLORIO Blog Artemis

Tsukushi, a shy and clumsy boy completely new to the world of soccer, finds himself with a sudden passion for the sport after being asked to help out in a futsal match by classmate and budding soccer genius Jin.

Nihongogo Jeffrey T.

As Americans' kick off their Independence Day the girls' of Nogizaka46 are looking for a few new recruits to round out their group. Pop idol group Nogizaka46 begin the audition process as the girls look to bring the third generation of members int...

Animated mini-series "Bananya" may yet become the next adorable craze to sweep Japan, as it stars a bunch of minuscule kittens (who are also part banana) doing cute things - an idea that will no doubt secure a profitable franchise with ease, whils...

Japanese rock band The Pillows will return to score the upcoming sequel to FLCL, Production I. G announced at Anime Expo this weekend. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, who did the character designs for the original series, will also return.

ARAMA! JAPAN Reileen

Kemuri Karakara's Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds) manga will be getting a live action. The official website and twitter account is up and it was announced that Sota Fukushi will play the protagonist Tenka Kumo, the eldest of the three ...

RocketNews24 Casey Baseel

Go forth, mighty heroes/rail passengers! Seek adventure in the magical realm of Yokohama! The Tokyu Toyoko train line has a lot going for it. It's clean and punctual (even by Japan's lofty standards), affordably priced, and connects Tokyo and Yoko...

Crunchyroll Paul Chapman

Happy Elements Asia Pacific, an entertainment company specializing in smart phone games, has announced the development of a new original anime entitled Idol Memories, which is coming in October of 2016 to Tokyo MX.

Kahotan's Blog Kahotan

Hi everyone! Suwabe (@gsc_suwabe) from the Corporate Planning Division here! My star sign is Leo, which seems quite appropriate because. . . Today's Main Feature is. . . Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Lion Dance Ver.

The Tokyo Reporter Roland Shichijo

Fire erupted in Kyoto's famed Pontocho alley on Tuesday night KYOTO (TR) - A fire erupted in an eatery's kitchen on Tuesday, sending towering plumes of smoke into the air as firefighters fought to bring it under control for four hours.

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Look out K-On! , because another All-Girl Band Anime will be coming, and it is called BanG Dream! . This will not just be a TV anime, but is also planned to be a mixed media project, much like idol anime Love Live!

The Fandom Post Richard Gutierrez

When all seems lost . . . that is when the truest heroes emerge. Creative Staff: Writer: Jeff Parker Artwork: Evan "Doc" Shaner, Ron Randall & Jonathan Case Colorist: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: ALW Studios' Dave Lanphear What They Say: When the adv...

Masou Gakuen HxH is the story of a world all gone to shit because of some attacking aliens or whatever, and the school of youngsters who are going to defeat them. Technically. If we're being serious, though, this show is about the lewd.

One of my most anticipated shows of the season, Amaama to Inazuma did not disappoint. I even made a friend watch alongside and got him to cry! Family Ties The premise of Amaama to Inazuma is a simple one, but boy do they execute it perfectly.

ARAMA! JAPAN Ariane

One thing that's certain is that change is inevitable. But that doesn't mean that it can't sneak up and surprise some of us; which is what happened to a few tweeters who haven't looked at the covers of the magazine Popteen in a while.

Crunchyroll Scott Green

The wait is almost over as the pilot for Cannon Busters: The Animated Series, the project from Producer and Director LeSean Thomas (Makestuff, LLC), whose work has been seen on The Boondocks, The Legend of Korra (Book 1) and Black Dynamite: The An...

Siliconera Joel Couture

By Joel Couture . July 5, 2016 . 2:30pm MangaGamer announced a new series of partnerships and acquisitions at its Anime Expo 2016 panel. They will be working to bring players five new games, offering "a little something for everyone.

RocketNews24 Scott Wilson

If you love Nintendo and making art, then this is the chance you've been waiting for! UNIQLO has let you put your own design on t-shirts before, but now they're giving Nintendo fans a chance to do one better: have their designs become an official ...

What is this? Haruki Bandou is the son of a judo dojo owner, and thus has applied himself to judo all his life. But, in truth, Haruki has no passion for judo - and so when an injury puts him out of commission in his first year of college, Haruki t...

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This week, a major Studio Ghibli retrospective exhibition opens in Roppongi Hills, covering all of the studio's 22 anime feature films. The Ghibli Expo runs July 7th to September 11th, and includes sketches, previously unseen materials, posters, a...

Siliconera Jenni

By Jenni . July 6, 2016 . 9:00am Today is a big day for Attack on Titan footage. Koei Tecmo has released footage and screenshots that look at Captain Levi Ackerman, Commander Erwin Smith, and Interim Commander Hange Zoe, senior members of the Surv...

Crunchyroll Mikikazu Komatsu

Following the main poster visual revealed last week, Toei today released a one-minute full trailer for the upcoming feature film Gekijouban Aikatsu Stars! /Aikatsu Stars! The Movie. The clip also includes scenes from the newly-produced short Aikatsu!

Siliconera Joel Couture

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