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January 13, 2016, 4:00 PM
RocketNews24 Oona McGee

The story of the lone schoolgirl and the country train that takes her to school every day is capturing hearts around the world. A tiny train station in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, made national news late last year, when it was revealed ...

GoBoiano Media Aaron Magulick

Sometimes a character transcends their series. They become the face of their series, sometimes even if they aren't the main character. These characters overshadow the name of the anime and make you go, "Hey, isn't that the Luffy show?

Siliconera Jenni

By Jenni . January 12, 2016 . 9:00am Both North America and Europe will also be getting Pokemon-themed Nintendo 2DS and New 3DS bundles, to celebrate the series' forthcoming 20th anniversary. However, each region will be getting specific handhelds...

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Newlywed couple Kitagawa Keiko (29) and DAIGO (37), who just submitted their marriage registration on January 11, held a press conference the same day. While receiving a flood of spotlight, Kitagawa showed a ring to the press, and the newlywed cou...

The day Divine Gate came out (Jan 8th) reviews seemed to rise to the top of the feeds that denounced the show for "trying too hard" with people saying they won't even give the show a chance. I had a different impression of this show and I hope to ...

Siliconera Sato

The reason for the delay was not stated, but Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 was originally slated for a February 25 release, and will now release in Japan on March 24, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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By Jenni . January 12, 2016 . 12:00pm Atlus has announced the release date for Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita updated remake of VanillaWare's PlayStation 2 classic.

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By Casey . January 12, 2016 . 7:30am Bandai Namco has released the latest gameplay trailer for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. In the video, we get a look at the character's different combos as Sakura Haruno and Hinata Hyuga go up agains...

Crunchyroll Paul Chapman

Japanese game developer Marvelous has announced that the Bokujō Monogatari series, known in North America originally as Harvest Moon and then as Story of Seasons, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a new game for Nintendo...

Harajuku idol group KAMIYADO celebrated the New Year with "Kami ga Yadoru Basho〜2016! Kinga Shin'nen! O-EAST! " on January 6, 2016. It shared many similar traits with hatsumode (初詣, the first shrine visit of the year) for the "kakifu" (舁夫, Kamiyad...

On January 12, a few media outlets reported that SMAP is disbanding. According to Sponichi Annex, on the 12th, the group's 58-year-old female manager who is often described as their 'foster parent', resigned from the position of director from J Dr...

Crunchyroll Scott Green

Every other Monday, the Man At Arms team of blacksmiths and craftsman build geek favorite weapons or invent their own. In the latest episode, the team takes on an epic build from everyone's favorite horror game Silent Hill with the Pyramid Blade.

In the past few hours, Nikkan Sports has reported that 4 of the 5 members of SMAP have left Johnny & Associates, resulting in a de facto disbandment of the group. Nakai Masahiro, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Katori Shingo are reported to h...

Trends in Japan Eric S. Tessier

If you've been to Japan you've seen them: Brightly lit vending machines with rows of beverages lined up, each facing the passerby and beckoning to be sampled. Maybe you've noticed the coffee options as well.

Chinese studio 37Games recently announced that they are in the process of creating television shows for the King of Fighters franchise. There will be an anime adaptation and a live action series both based on KOF.

The Fandom Post Chris Beveridge

The winter 2016 anime series Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm got underway earlier today and the official channel for the series also launched a new thirty-second TV spot to herald it and get folks to check it out.

Crunchyroll Scott Green

Through February 5th, the Fairy Tail wizards are getting in the ring the boxers of Hajima No Ippo thanks to a Taito social RPG collaboration between Brave Guild and The Champions. Fairy Tail players can get a SSR boxing Natsu for clearing 10 Ippo ...

Siliconera Sato

Nippon Ichi Software announced Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight for PlayStation Vita, a game by htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary makers, in this week's issue of Famitsu magazine. [Thanks, Hachima. ] The game's direct and character designer is Masayu...

Crunchyroll Joseph Luster

Crunchyroll announced plans to simulcast KONOSUBA -God's blessing on this wonderful world! as part of its winter 2016 anime lineup. Episodes will debut on Crunchyroll every Wednesday starting January 13 at 10:35am Pacific Time.

Siliconera Sato

Koei Tecmo producer Yosuke Hayashi and voice actress Ruriko Aoi are back with some more gameplay footage for Hyrule Warriors Legends. This time, we get a closer look at the new character Linkle. The gameplay footage starts at the 2:36 mark, where ...

Siliconera Sato

Gust shared the latest of Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea with new trailers to introduce the two protagonists in Shalliestera and Shallotte. Shalliestera: Shallotte: Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will release in...

Crunchyroll Mikikazu Komatsu

Toho Animation Records' new creative unit "(K)NoW_NAME" (pronounced as "no name") has produced the soundtrack music and songs for the TV anime adaptation of Ao Jumonji's fantasy light novel series Hai to Gensou no Grimgal/Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash.

The GLORIO Blog dragonzigg

So it's come to this has it? Anime was a mistake. Zigg's verdict: Look, the only thing I'm going to say is that this is possibly the worst thing that I've ever had the misfortune to be forced to watch in the name of this blog.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --OMAKASE, the new subscription service that offers bimonthly boxes of curated merchandise, ad-free anime streaming and original digital comics and music, and Otakorp, Inc.

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Jan11 2016. The year we make contact candy porn What do you get when you mix the countryside of Non Non Biyori, the eccentricities of a very niche part of a specific consumer culture, and an oddball romantic subplot?

The "best" anime girls of 2015 have been ranked, naturally garnering some choice words from fans as underdog maidens make the list, though the inclusion of a girl from one particularly melancholic drama has perhaps caused the biggest upset.

Never let it be said that Tekketsu no Orphans lets the grass grow under its feet. I don't want to say the plot thickened in this week's episode of Iron-Blooded Orphans, but it was like Okada and Nagai tossed the world's biggest roux in the gumbo pot.

AFA Channel! freakpool

Two of Capcom's most beloved video game franchises are coming together for a brand new collaboration, which will feature Mega Man (or Rock Man as he is called in Japan) heading to the latest addition to the Monster Hunter franchise, Monster Hunter X.

'飛んでます、飛んでますよっ! ' (Tondemasu, Tondemasu Yo! ) "I'm Flying! I'm Actually Flying! " It's been a long long time since I last blogged anything that was more chill and relaxed; not to mention a romcom harem series with some ecchi.

Designing your own ita bag is a growing trend amongst anime fans and now the painfully geeky accessory can be classified into six specific categories. The ita trend, so-called because its anime-filled garishness is itai, or painful, to the eyes, c...

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