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Voting for AKB48's 5th annual Senbatsu General Election began on May 21st. The preliminary results have been revealed, showing former AKB48 member Rino Sashihara in the lead with almost twice as many votes as Mayu Watanabe, who is currently in 2nd...

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The original Xbox had a rough time in Japan. Ditto for the Xbox 360. How are things fairing for the just announced Xbox One? Um. . . Xbox Japan put a translated version of the presentation online for Japanese gamers to watch (yes, as Famitsu point...

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Late last year, Kotaku first brought word of coffee artist Kazuki Yamamoto. He makes stunning cappuccino art. In the last few months, Yamamoto has been perfecting his three dimensional creations. He's gotten even better.

The organizers of Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that they will host Gundam UC director Kazuhiro Furuhashi as a Guest of Honor at the July 4-7 event in Los Angeles. After working as an animator, Furuhashi made his directorial debut with Ranma ½ N...

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Japanese artist Gackt seems to be interested in joining Indonesia's latest tokusatsu hero, "BIMA Satria Garuda", or BIMA the Garuda Warrior. In a. . .

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A hapless criminal attempted to rob a convenience store in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, by threatening the clerk with a knife, but he was unprepared for the response he received. The story trended online as netizens admired the clerk's attitude ...

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And not just on an iPad, but also on an iPhone. Shizuoka-born artist Seikou Yamaoka uses his fingers and an app called ArtStudio to produce truly stunning digital works. In the above video, you can watch Yamaoka bring Johannes Vermeer's masterpiec...

When Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate hits PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this September in Japan, the enhanced fighter will be bringing additional characters along with content from the PS Vita version, Dead or Alive 5 Plus.

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Bandai Tamashii Nations posted the first official images of S. H. FiguArts Kamen Rider Wizard Infinity Style! This figure represents Kamen Rider Wizard's final form. Standing 150mm tall, it comes with the Axcalibur and a set of interchangeable hands.

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The Monogatari Series official website made several announcements earlier today, May 22. The latest season of NisiOisin's Monogatari series is announced to air July 6, 2013 on several TV stations including Tokyo MX and tvk among others.

Namie Amuro's new album "FEEL" has been set to be released on July 10th.

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The Xbox One will not be able to play any Xbox 360 games, according to a Verge report. This is due to the architecture of the two consoles being significantly different from one another.   "The system is based on a different core architecture, so ...

The ending of both Maybe's Dusk Maiden of Amnesia aka Tasogare Otome x Amnesia and Tomoo Yokoyama's Watashi no Ouchi wa Honya-san, about the daughter of an adult bookstore owner, have been scheduled for the July issue of Gangan Joker, on sale June...

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I think this week should be labelled as "Idol Week" as there are another idols getting the announcement too – Nendoroid Petite: Love Live! ヽ(*゚д゚)ノ Kousaka Honoka, Sonoda Umi, and Minami Kotori will have both their school uniform and stage costume.

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To those who are planning to purchase Kamen Rider Battride War for their PS3, here's a gameplay video featuring Kamen Riders Wizard and Faiz in action. The gameplay is similar to the Dynasty Warriors/Musou series as the player must fight weaker en...

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AKB48's 31st Single [Sayonara Crawl] was released on May 22 and the first day sales amount to 1,450,881 copies. Not surprising, AKB48 ranked first in the Oricon Daily Charts. These are the highest first day sales for AKB48 ever.

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Nino-san (ニノさん) is a variety show that is in prototype phase – trying out different formats each week to see which one will work best. So far, though, it looks like the formats being offered are built around the use of VTRs, and this one promises ...

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I believe that there are two types of Full Metal Panic fans: one, those who watched the anime and are following the light novels and manga series; two, those who only followed the anime. Although the latter is still left hanging after The Second R...

2 new members join group to sing "Prism Sympathy" for magical girl reimagining of Fate/stay night The Japanese electronics store chain Bic Camera lists the revamped group StylipS as the performers of "Prism Sympathy," the ending theme song for thi...

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Genshiken: Second Generation Recast More Returning Characters According to the July issue of Monthly Afternoon magazine, there are more recast of characters for the anime adaptation of Genshiken: Second Season.

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Kotobukiya US will be importing the Jigabachi AV model, which is seen in "Ghost in the Shell: S. A. C. 2nd GiG". This new Jigabachi AV ("Digger Wasp" Advanced) prefabricated plastic model kit is a faithful recreation of the assault helicopter, inc...

Julie Watai is a heck of a gal. A noted photographer, Furby hacker, model, and all-around-anime-powered scenester supreme (I once called her "the coolest, most well-connected female otaku in all of Japan.

Sega boldly bellows toward its Genesis/Mega Drive beat 'em up Altered Beast, "Wise from your gwave," and it does not hesitate. The console port of the 1988 arcade game is coming to Nintendo 3DS in Japan as another one of Sega's 3D enhanced games, ...

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Japan seems to have mastered the art of growing cute fruit. Heart lemons, star cucumbers, and even the infamous square watermelons are all testaments to the lengths farmers in Japan will go to in order to provide the masses with adorable fruit.

No one can deny the power of the fujoshi. From butlers to basketball players, princes to personified countries, anime aimed at fujoshi is on the rise - something that not everyone is pleased about. A recent pole on Biglobe asked Japanese anime fan...

The Umihara Kawase series isn't really something many people in the west talk about, but we'll eventually get to dive in when the upcoming 3DS entry, Farewell Umihara Kawase, makes its way from Japan. For now, dig the latest trailer to see what's ...

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Resident Evil: Revelations for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U has upscaled graphics and a couple of new characters like Hunk for Raid Mode. Capcom plans on adding two more characters, Rachael Ooze and Lady Hunk as paid downloadable content.

Fans in North America still have a little bit of a wait ahead for Shin Megami Tensei IV, which hits Nintendo 3DS on July 16. In the meantime, 4Gamer has a whopping ten minutes of footage to share, from the RPG's intro to dungeon exploration, battl...

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