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Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

In Japan, taxis are typically black. Sometimes, they're white or even yellow, but generally, people think of them as being dark-colored and dull looking. These taxis, however, are anything but. You are looking at "itataku" (痛タク).

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

You might know Japanese celebrity Mari Yaguchi from her appearance in Yakuza 4. Or maybe you remember her days in pop group Morning Musume. Or you might have recently heard Yaguchi's husband caught her screwing another man.

Hayao Miyazaki's latest studio Ghibli anime, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising) opens in Japanese theaters on July 20th, and the promotional push is just starting to pick up, with a series of four posters displayed in theaters starting in May.

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Just like Go-Busters last year, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger will also have a mini-album, which features character themes! The Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Mini-Album 2 will feature Ian Yorkland (Syusuke Saito) and Nobuharu "Nossan" Udou's (Yamato Kinjo) re...

With interest bubbling for a Time of Eve: The Movie Blu-ray release, Pied Piper, Inc. partnered up with DIRECTIONS, Inc. and Studio Rikka and officially launched a Kickstarter to make the product a reality.

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With the booming use of computer generated images or special effects (CGI) taking over the old way of using miniatures, Hideaki Anno (Evangelion,. . .

 Media Factory has posted a new preview for the upcoming adapation of Reiji Kaitou and LLO's (Oreshura) modern fantasy light novel series Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine-Doll).     In a world in which magic was discovered and wea...

 A new promo July 12th giant robot versus kaiju movie Pacific Rim, explains how mecha work in the film, specifically why its Jaegers require a pair of pilots.   Pacific Rim -- The Drift - Featurette   Latest banner:   SYNOPSIS:  When legions of mo...

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With green-tea Kit Kats, azuki-bean croissants and teriyaki burgers, interesting re-makes of western classics are not something new to Japanese cooking, but now there is a burger-version of noodle soup.

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Amazon listed that New Video Group, the same group responsible for the recent DVD box set releases of Digimon will release a Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1 DVD box set! The said box set will either be released in a single box set or in two separate box sets.

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Hanazawa Kana: She is known for her beautiful and sweet voice and lovely smile. The voice of Ore no imouto ga konna ni kawaii wake ga nai's Kuroneko and IS: Infinite Stratos's Charlotte Dunois has given many anime fans something to cheer about.

In July Yasu's solo project Acid Black Cherry will release its 5th anniversary live on DVD and Blu-ray.

TOM: It's been about two years since you became independent. How much do you think you succeeded in "testing your own strength"? Otsuka: By now, we have arrived at the point of starting a TV series. In the past two years, we made Inferno Cop (※1) ...

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has a release date. The game will launch worldwide on PC and PlayStation 3 on August 27th. Both a regular and a limited collector's edition of the game will be available at launch, and Square have announced detail...

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Korean man arrested for stabbing attack in Osaka / "I want to kill Japanese people" A 31-year-old Korean man has been arrested after stabbing two Japanese people on the street in Osaka . Two people were wounded.

There's still very little information about the July anime adaptation of Nico Tanigawa's otaku cringe-comedy Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! aka Watamote or It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular!

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A new One Piece game is in development for the Nintendo 3DS, according to this week's Weekly Shounen Jump magazine—One Piece Unlimited World: Red.   No further details have been announced, but Game Jouhou, who reported the news, speculate that it ...

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The steady succession of hit anime the 2000-2013 period has yielded has again been subject to rankification – demonstrating once more that the tastes of fans still maintain some balance between A & B even over a 13 year period… The ranking: 1.

According to the latest issue of Gangan Joker magazine, the manga series "Dusk Maiden of Amnesia" will be ending soon in the  July issue that will be released in June. The manga series was popular enough to received its own anime adaptation produc...

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The latest information for the new Power Rangers Megaforce graphic novels has surfaced online! Published by Papercutz, the two new graphic novel issues will be released this year. Issue 3: Panic in the Parade The Pink Ranger goes toe to toe with V...

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Atlus USA have shared a brand new trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV that shows off more English language footage from the game, and provides another taste of the game's English voices, including that of Burroughs, your navigation AI.

Toriko: Gourmet ga Battle! is bringing hungry four-player brawling to Nintendo 3DS in Japan this summer, and a new promotional video showcases some of the battling action to come, from power-ups to group showdowns with the series' many colossal be...

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TOKYO — Former Morning Musume singer Mari Yaguchi, 30, has apologized for having an illicit affair. Yaguchi apologized for the misdeed on her regular TV show this week. Josei Seven magazine reported on Tuesday that Yaguchi's husband, actor Masaya ...

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1/7 Miyuki Mana PVC MaxFactory has commenced preorder for the diligent and bookish member of the disciplinary committee, Mana Miyuki from the ergo Se. Kirara.  She is posed trying to hold her skirt down as she is hit by a sudden gust of wind, reve...

On March 21, the Mobile Police Patlabor live-action project was announced at Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) 2013. The official teaser site was also unveiled that day. The booth at TAF displayed a gigantic Patlabor and text reading "Patlabor ...

Question: Anime is so addictive. Been watching anime since I was 17 in Australia here, first being Tetsuwan Atom, then Sailor Moon in 95, then Hokuto no Ken, which I wished never ended. Loved watching Kenshiro's wandering, his battles & all the ch...

23/05/2013: Manga Entertainment license Unlimited Blade Works and Hellsing? More Amazon pre-orders appear On top of the live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Amazon has added a huge number of pre-orders to Manga Entertainment's catalogue on their s...

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NIS America is selling Time and Eternity in a limited edition package on their online store. This includes the PlayStation 3 game, a Double Vision poster (pictured right), the Timeless Love soundtrack, and a hardcover art book for $64.

Drag queen trio Hoshikuzu Scat star as animals who chat in dead of night The anime studio Gonzo is making The Midnight Animals, a series of original CG anime shorts that will premiere on the streaming service Hikari TV this August.

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