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January 13, 2013, 5:00 PM

The Hobbit has made a remarkable splash on Japanese online art community Pixiv. The approach taken is a bit like the reaction to BBC's recent Sherlock series, crossed with the Japanese fan art reaction to The Avengers.

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Some of you in the English-speaking world have probably heard of a little fantasy TV series called Game of Thrones. It’s won a few awards here and there, has a fairly enthusiastic fan base, and — let’s face it — is all around a huge freakin’ deal.

While we're just now getting a taste of what winter has to offer, the spring 2013 anime seasons is looking quite tantalizing. And though the outline of what's to come is still a bit rough at this point, it's intriguing none the less.

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New Year, new mission It's the New Year's, so what are the plans of our heroes in this time of the year? Aside from cleaning up some Vaglass remnants, Gorisaki setup a date for Ryuji! As for Hiromu, thanks to Nick's panicking, is starting to worry...

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About time. A new Gate appears in Wizard's city and he likes to eat stuff with mayonnaise on it. Who is this man and why he thinks Wizard interfered with his meal even though it is the fault of the Phantom why his meal time is interrupted.

Arashi's popular variety show "Himitsu no Arashi-CHAN" airs at 10 PM on TBS has been canceled in March.   What happened between TBS and Arashi?   It seems the power struggle inside Johnny & Associates is the cause.

The February issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Saturday that a manga series adaptation of A Certain Magical Index movie, Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki (A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion), will be...

Diamond Comics Distributors announced its top publisher market shares and its top 500 graphic novels of 2012 on Tuesday. Diamond provides comic book specialty retailers with wholesale, non-returnable comic books and related merchandise.

There have been some concerns about the future of alternative audience programming anime block noitaminA in light of the fact that this season's continuation of Psycho-Pass and Robotics;Notes is going be followed by a spring re-airing of White Fox...

Diamond Comics, who distributes books, mostly to specialty comic shops, has collated their sales data into a list of 100 best selling books of 2012. Being that this is Diamond, there are several qualifying factors, including that a lot of book sto...

It's not easy to assess an entire year after the fact, but we do what we can here at Otaku USA. We presented a handful of our contributors with a hefty challenge: Pick ONE standout anime from the entire year, whether it be theatrical, televised, o...

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Project AM2R, a fan remake of Metroid II, is still in development, and a couple of weeks ago, its creator released a version 1. 1 demo to the public to try out. You can download the demo at this page. We’ve taken a few screenshots to show off below.

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One well-received and much commented-on blog post I wrote many years ago covered the "stages of living in Japan". These are the 5 stages I have witnessed, again and again, in myself and in others, and though your mileage may of course vary, they s...

TV Asahi’s popular music program, ‘MUSIC STATION‘, has revealed the artist lineup for its January 18th broadcast. Next week’s episode will feature a special medley from Sexy Zone, and miwa will take the stage with her upcom...

The stuff of nightmares: Whether he's flat out due to alcohol or sleep deprivation, this Tokyo train traveler is more likely than the average person to be having bad dreams. Have you ever woken up but been unable to move; felt a powerful pressure ...

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Well, it's official, 2013 is already going to be a GLORIO year! Thanks to our combined delusions, Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger is going to return with a second season. In all seriousness, the announcement was confirmed at the Super Hero Festival, wh...

Release date: 2013/02/20 Description: Single of TOKIO features the theme of TV series “Nakuna, Hara-Chan” starring Tomoya Nagase. Regular edition includes a ballad song “Aria,” a medium-tempo rock tune “Pocket,” and a karaoke track.

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Hunter x Hunter Second Movie Announced0by YoU 10 mins ago During the end of the movie of Hunter X Hunter Phantom Rouge premiered on Saturday in Japan, an announcement was made that the second movie of the series was green-lit for Anime production.

This is the B-side to No Sleeves upcoming single 'Kirigirisu-jin'. lusian4 Wow, they look so good.

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AFTER SCHOOL sub-unit ORANGE CARAMEL will be releasing their first Japanese album titled “ORANGE CARAMEL” on March 6th. The album will contain ORANGE CARAMEL’s Japanese debut single, ”Yasashii Akuma“, which ranked number 10 in Oricon’s weekly chart.


Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Vol. 2 [16. 01. 13] Volume 2 of the anime series Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! will be out on 16 January 2013. Contains Episodes 3-4. Two editions available for preorder: Blu-ray and DVD.

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