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January 23, 2013, 4:00 PM

Anime watchers will have undoubtedly encountered hikikomori who have withdrawn from society, but before it was a well established character trait, hikikomori was a social phenomenon, described and named by psychologist and critic Tamaki Saitō.

The Japan Academy Prize Association for excellence in film announced the nominees for the 36th annual awards on Tuesday. The five movies that have been nominated for Animation of the Year are: Evangelion: 3.

Rumor has it that Matsumoto Jun is becoming hooked at this dubious-adult play called “night interview“…As reported,According to some concerned club personnel, Arashi‘s Matsumoto Jun enjoys hanging-out at a certain VIP room...

Kotaku East Richard Eisenbeis

Last week, fans rejoiced at the announcement of a new Ghost in the Shell anime set to come out sometime in 2013. So far, information on the new anime is scarce, with little more than rudimentary staff information and a single piece of character ar...

70 amateur musicians to perform 15 songs from TV anime series at 'Walpurgis no Yoru no Yume' concert A Puella Magi Madoka Magica-themed orchestral concert will be held at the Ichō Hall at the Hachioji City Art & Cultural Hall in Tokyo on April 6.

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AKB48 appeared on the TBS‘ music program “Kayou Kyoku! ” which aired on January 22 as a special 2-hour live broadcast. On the program, they performed their upcoming 30th single “So long! ” (to be released on February 20th) for the first time.

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Check out the PV preview for Kashiwagi Yuki’s solo debut single by Shiso on January 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm AKB48 member Kashiwagi Yuki will be releasing her solo debut single “Shortcake” on February 6th. “Shortcake” is a ballad song that expresses th...

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Yesterday, Namco Bandai announced Project X Zone, a crossover RPG featuring Namco, Capcom and Sega characters, for a western release on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has over 50 selectable characters from across 29 different videogame series.

Wave's line of Beach Queen figures is now producing swim suit wearing heroines year round, but the character goods line has now moved into scheduling releases for the seasonally appropriate months. June and July is being filled out with new figuri...

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A Kotaku report reveals that Xseed recently registered web domains pertaining to Grasshopper Manufacture’s Killer Is Dead.   Last week, Xseed registered three domains—killerisdead-game, killandlove. com, and loveandkill.

Are you ready to head back into Tamriel? If you’re one of the select few, you may get a shot at beta testing Bethesda’s new massively anticipated MMORPG, Elder Scrolls Online.   How to sign up? Go to their webpage and fill out the form.

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Famitsu has tidbits about Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and mentions the Nintendo 3DS game will have multiplayer modes. Famitsu says Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will support download play, local play, and online play.

Remember when you were a kid, how excited you felt when you discovered your mom left you a note or a treat in your lunch? There’s a doctor/mom in Japan who took that principle to a whole new level in order to help her kid eat healthier in style - ...

tokyohive Shiso

On January 21st, premiere screening for AKB48’s newest documentary film “DOCUMENTARY OF AKB48 NO FLOWER WITHOUT RAIN Shoujo tachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani wo Miru? ” was held at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.

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Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

When not racking up scores on Konami music game Jubeat, Kya7y is on Twitter. And something she recently shared there, for lack of a better word, is amazing. Thirty years ago, she tweeted, her dad spent seven years and several months drawing this m...

Nao Nagasawa as a Guest Star in Kyoryuger According to our inside source, Nao Nagasawa will be featured as a guest star in the upcoming show, Juuden Sentai Kyoryuger. Nao Nagasawa previously portrayed Nanami Nono, also known as Hurricane Blue in N...

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Previously it was reported that KAT-TUN will be releasing a new single on February 6th, and now the details have been revealed! KAT-TUN’s new single, titled “EXPOSE“, has already received a tie-up with Suzuki’s ‘SOLIO BANDIT‘.

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Nico Nico Douga user MuniMuni modeled Buddhist goddess Thousand-armed Kannon in a physics engine to see what would happen if the deity slapped someone in the face. Initially, MuniMuni created the goddess with all one thousand arms, but that turned...

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