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January 15, 2013, 3:00 AM

It's been less than a week since Nintendo unveiled October's 3DS game Pokémon X and Y and already Japanese online art community Pixiv is fill with fan posting their impressions of new Grass-type Chespin (aka Harimaron), Fire-type Fennekin (aka Fok...

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In Japan, Net anime Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- is streamed daily (each episode is only about two minutes long) on Nico Nico Douga and Animate TV – both of which are IP-blocked and accessible only from within Japan.

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So you have played Hitman Absolution over the holidays. Guns ablazing or sneaky and silent? Whichever your choice, these videos will surely amaze and amuse you with their take on what it takes to be Agent 47.

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After releasing Knights in the Nightmare and Gungnir, Sting has been working with Idea Factory. The two companies formed Super Sting, which created Generation of Chaos: Pandora’s Reflection. Sting’s next project appears to be a video game adaptati...

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On Tuesday, you can make Mid-Boss feel the wrath of Laharl and raise an army of Prinnies on PlayStation 3. Atlus will re-release the game that started the Disgaea series, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, as a PlayStation Network download.

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Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 covers the Raoh, Celestial Emperor, and Land of Shura stories from the manga. Tecmo Koei also created brand new scenarios for the game that focus on characters that weren’t as prominently featured in Dream Mode.

In the second Monday of January, Japan celebrates the Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi), a ceremony for the young adults reaching the age of 20 during the current school year. 20 years is the age of adulthood in Japan, the age of the right to vote ...

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“Why do I have to study English? I’m never going to use it… there’s no point,” whines at least one Japanese student in any given English class on a daily basis. Now, thanks to one company’s clever new initiative, instead of the usual spiel about t...

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Ever wanted to see the inside of a luxury aircraft, but don’t have the dough to make your dream a reality? One of our normally frugal writers decided to splurge and take a business class flight on an Emirates Airbus A380.

Commentator: Incident could cause Kodansha 3 hundred million+ yen The official website for Kodansha's Young Magazine posted two new notices to further explain the delays on the magazine's next issue and AKB48 idol Tomomi Kasai's photo collection.

Marc Pedowitz: Interest in remake predated Colorado & Connecticut mass shootings Marc Pedowitz, the president of The CW television network in the United States, confirmed on Sunday that his network is not planning a remake of Koushun Takami's Batt...


Sena and Yozora want a peaceful season two…  Today is the best day of anime ever with the return of Boku wa tomo or better known as Haganai season two! Last season kind of ended on a strange turn with Yozora chopping off her hair and Kodaka finall...

The latest anime series to be the subject of a wave of amisports cycling gear is The Ambition of Oda Nobuna - the recent light novel retelling of the Sengoku conquest of Japan with bishoujo characters replacing the historical warlords and warriors.

The department store ZOZOTOWN has begun selling more Evangelion Hello Kitty merchandise, with their pre-orders for Evangelion Unit-01 Hello Kitty plushies and keychains. The plush will cost 2,100 yen (about US$24), and the keychain will cost 1,050...

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AKB48 member Kashiwagi Yuki had a special talk with former Morning Musume member Ishikawa Rika who Kashiwagi always claimed to be a fan. This special talk was for Kashiwagi’s solo debut single “Shortcake“, and it will be included as a bonus track ...

The Japanese Gold Disc Awards announced the latest round of annual winners on Monday. The Record Association of Japan evaluates musical artists and works in Japan every year, and choose a few to recognize for their effect on the record business.

To make any kind of impact in the crowded j-pop idol game, you’ve gotta have a gimmick and the people behind the group panache!  must have had the “chocolate + peanut butter” moment of the century when they decided to push a cosplaying idol group ...

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On January 14th, model Masuwaka Tsubasa announced on her official blog that she and her husband, model Umeda Naoki have filed for divorced. With the tile “Announcement to everybody”, she wrote, “I, Masuwaka Tsubasa, am filing for divorce from Umed...

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A cat standing upright rubbing its paws together on its stomach has become the latest trending topic on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo after photos and video of the animal appeared on the internet earlier today.

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The Japan Red Cross Association’s blood donation drive at Comic Market 83, where attendees who stopped by to do a good deed were rewarded with exclusive not-for-sale memorabilia, was a huge success. Never mind the actions of a few unscrupulous fol...

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