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January 9, 2013, 6:30 AM
Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

It's not easy making friends. For some in Japan, it's even harder. Enter "Rental Friend". According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, the country's largest newspaper, a Tokyo based firm called Client Partners offers a "Rental Friend" service—among other ser...

Nintendo announced during its streamed Nintendo Direct presentation on Tuesday that it will release the new Pokémon X & Y games worldwide in October. The games will feature a new generation of Pokémon in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS.

The new anime announcements at Crunchyroll are not over by a long shot! And today, VIVIDRED OPERATION – the latest original title from A-1 Pictures joins the slate and is set to broadcast every Sunday starting on January 13, at 7:00 am Pacific Tim...

The winter announcements at Crunchyroll continue to issue forth, and this time the intriguingly titled Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?  (Japanese title: Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?

Rain Receives Punishment For Misusing Military's Time scandals-issues posted by Aysohmay 2 hours ago   ·   2 comments After being under investigation for the past week, Korean singer Rain has been found in violation for meeting his new girlfriend ...

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As promised Nintendo will announce a big news today! It's no other than Pokemon X and Pokemon Y featuring all new generation of Pocket Monsters for the Nintendo 3DS. Similar to its predecessors, the Pokemon X and Pokemon Y have three starters, and...

Siliconera Spencer

Tokyo is in ruins in Shin Megami Tensei IV and the remaining survivors have left to fend for themselves in a demon filled world. The Eight Legions Union Asura Association have been maintaining law and order from their headquarters in Roppongi.

Sankaku Complex Artefact

Seiyuu otaku have been celebrating those seiyuu who are good with their hands as well as their mouths – and it looks as if a number of them may well be artistically talented enough to pursue careers as illustrators or mangaka in addition to voice ...

Kyle Oropesa

South Korean Cosplayer "Kang Yoon Jin" using the name "Miyuko" has been very popular in the international cosplay community. And that needs no further explanation as the pictures itself speaks of how good she is.

Kyle Oropesa

MMORPG and Romance anime sword art online made a successful debut last year and now the series is up for a good start this 2013 as goodsmile company finally had some snapshots of SAO's Asuna Yuuki Figma.

Some of you can breathe easy and hopefully sleep a little bit better tonight…because YES, Crunchyroll will be streaming the Chihayafuru 2 anime! The new season will begin January 11th at 12:00 pm Pacific Time for premium members.

RocketNews24 Philip Kendall

Despite having visited the town of Kichijoji in Tokyo on a near daily basis for over a year, it wasn’t until I sat down with video game developer James Kay and started chatting about our mutual love of pixels and coffee that I learned about Pico P...


Nintendo Announces Pokémon X/Y Nintendo has just announced their new upcoming game in the Pokémon franchise - Pokémon X & Pokémon Y, which would be released worldwide simultaneously on the Nintendo 3DS.

2 30-minute Blu-ray Discs bundled with Premium Visual Books in March & May/June Hobby Japan's official website for the Queen's Blade game and anime franchise began streaming a promotional video for the Vanquished Queens anime on December 28.

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“Visual-kei air band” Golden Bomber’s new single “Dance My Generation” (released on January 1st) sold 125,000 copies in the first week, and topped Oricon’s weekly single chart for the week of January 14th.

Question: A few weeks ago you posted a blurb entitled “WTF. ” In it you said that you were “handful [of DVDs] away from completing my collection of every anime title released on commercial American DVD.

Just as last year, Good Smile Company's Mikatan Blog posted a preview for their upcoming products in 2013, "Nendoroid Kagamine Rin and Len: Append" on January 7th. The 100mm tall vocaloid twins will be released at the same time on June 30th, 2013,...

The common carp was domesticated in Japan at the beginning of the 19th century and soon several ornamental varieties were bred. 100 years later, at the beginning of the 20th century, these colored carps, called nishiki-goi - “brocaded carp” - or s...

The live-action film adaptation of the Rurouni Kenshin manga sold 5,690 more standard-edition copies for a new total of 26,849. It stayed at #3 for a second week. The deluxe edition added 1,897 to its total of 16,240.

Siliconera Spencer

D3 Publisher is working on another Tiger & Bunny game for PSP. Tiger & Bunny: Hero’s Day is different from On Air Jack by Namco Bandai’s since Hero’s Day an adventure game. You follow eight characters from the Tiger & Bunny series and make choices...

On January 6th, a launch event was held in FujiTV Odaiba, Tokyo to commemorate the release of SMAP member Nakai Masahiro (40) photo album collection in plain clothes, “Shifuku-darake no Nakai Masahiro zōkan-gō ~ kagayaite ~ Part 2″.

This year, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has spun off The International Emmy Kids Awards into its own stand-alone competition dedicated to recognizing excellence in children’s television programming produced and initially...

If you were to ask an anime fan what anime figure used CG, some informed otaku would likely hazard to guess 1983's Golgo 13 - The Professional with its famous helicopter attack sequence. Well, by interesting technicalities, here's a work that pred...

Strangely, in a year that was supposed to be the end of the world, there were no disaster movies. Granted, there were movies that were disasters (did anybody actually see A Thousand Words? ), but for the most part, 2012 was full of hits, big and s...

Hobby Japan's Queen's Blade - Vanquished promo is not not-safe-for-work. It's hasn't been pulled from Youtube the way some anime trailers have. It is however pretty borderline.  You're best watching in a context where in which you wouldn't be judg...

Perhaps in light of the fact that it's one of ten works works being considered for nomination for a Best Animated Short Oscar, the official site for Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo's Combustible has posted an English language trailer.

RocketNews24 Master Blaster

Since the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011, scientists have been anxiously watching the massive volcano known as Mt. Fuji for signs of activity. In September of last year, a report was released stating that Mt.

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