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March 7, 2013, 9:30 AM
Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

For decades now, Japanese vending machines have served up an array of interesting, mundane, and useful things. Things like manga. Or bread in a can. Or illicit substances. Or video game piracy cartridges.

neurowear, the Japan-based inventors of necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears are in the process of rolling out a new mind-controlled gizmo.   The name is “mico”, a device that (according to official PR materials) “frees the user from having to select songs...

GokaiGreen in Power Rangers Super Megaforce! ? The heroes over at RangerCrew found this little gem. While the Megaforce suits will be used on in to Season 2, there was no way they’d leave that Gokaiger toy money on the table.

Last fall, Domino's Pizza Japan started a project, recruiting fans to produce its own vocaloid song using Hatsune Miku. A new Miku Domino's phase is launching this month, starting with a collaborative iOS app.

What qualities do otaku men have that attract females to them? Goo research polled 1,072 Japanese women for their top 20 reasons to go out with otaku males. The poll was conducted in January of 2013 and here are the results.

On March 6, singer-songwriter AI (31) announced through her official blog that she would be getting married within the year. AI has been dating Kaiki Gesshoku’s leader HIRO (45) for about 10 years.

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Above is a scan from the latest issue of Dengeki magazine showing the spread for the latest Kamen Rider game on the PlayStation 3, Kamen Rider Battride War (仮面ライダー バトライド・ウォー). This features some minor updates on the game, including some form changes.

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Jump revealed two more fighters in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. The upcoming fighting game from CyberConnect2 will have Caesar and Esidisi in it as playable characters.   Esidisi is one of the antagonists in the JoJo’s Bizarre Advent...

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Meet Yukimi Matsuo. She is representing Japan in the Miss Universe competition. And she not only loves manga, she also draws it. Yesterday, Matsuo was named Miss Universe Japan and will represent the country in the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant.

In the latest Date A Live anime promo, we're introduced to Origami Tobiichi, voiced by Misuzu Togashi (My Ordinary Life's Mai Minakami, Upotte's Ichiroku) - a classmate of the series' male lead and member of an Anti-Spirits Team, tasked with prrot...

This… is… totally a timely reference to the film 300! Sony announced a GameStop pre-order bonus that puts players in the pit-kickin' shoes of King Leonidas in God of War: Ascension's multiplayer mode a while ago.

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The official website for Koichi Sakamoto's “Travelers: Dimension Police” film had been updated with its first promotional trailer. The film stars Nao Nagasawa (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger) and Ayumi Kinoshita (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger).

Custom Avengers Acura One of my favorite comic artists of all time, Humberto Ramos, hand drew The Avengers in marker on his own Acura. So jealous of his skills. Full video walk-around below. (via xombiedirge) Like Albotas on Facebook | Follow Albo...

Also: Jinbe and Hancock return as playable characters, third promo streamed The 15th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will reveal on Monday two new playable characters for Namco Bandai Games' One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 game, as we...

You know, people often ask me:- Danny, danny, danny. You are a grown man for christ sake - why on earth do you play with dolls? ! Not only are you too old to play with dolls - you are a man! I laugh at this comment with passion - its pretty obviou...

Yukimi Matsuo, the winner of the Miss Universe Japan (MUJ) 2013 beauty pageant on Monday, revealed in press interviews that since she had achieved the title, she now wants to become a serialized manga artist.

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Goo research polled 1,072 Japanese women for their top 20 reasons to go out with otaku males. The poll was conducted last Janaury 2013 and here are the results. 1. Always Faithful (100) 2. Knowledgeable of IT stuff (93.

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EGOIST’s latest hit “All Alone With You” is released today onto Japanese Shelves and at the same time, available on ITUNES for 32 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and more.  At the same time, the song’s MV is also uploaded to EGOI...

Quoting a MISSOSOLOGY member, Xamurai to give some background info:MUJ is now functioning as a talent and modeling agency. Some of the finalists since 2009 have become contract models under MUJ, and they are the ones who provide their talents with...

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Oricon has revealed their weekly charts for February 25th to March 3rd. Check out the results below! === <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. “Mistake! / Battery” – SMAP : 2/27 (161,681) 2. “Mirai no Museum” – Perfume : 2/27 (68,784) 3.

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Today we start off with a quiz… Do you know what this is? Just by seeing this, it looks like some figure part with someone’s signature written on it in permanent marker… but in actual fact… It’s Wingal’s front paw!

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The British stage production of Studio Ghibli’s 1997 animated classic Princess Mononoke, originally only intended for audiences at London’s Diorama Theatre this April, will be brought to Japan, it was announced earlier today.

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After the info we have about Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger Season 2's plot and the details that happened during the press event, we have another report where does this season take place chronologically!

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A new image for this year's crossover film, “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z” shows a brand new gattai that competes with last year's inter-franchise combination! This time, let me you introduce you to Kyoryuzin Dol...

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HUNK from Resident Evil is headed to Lost Planet 3 as a pre-order bonus in North America. He’ll be one of five additional characters available for the game’s multiplayer mode, should you pre-order Lost Planet 3 from GameStop or EB Games.

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NMB48’s 1st album, “Teppen Tottande! ” (released February 27th), has sold 328,000 copies in its first week, and has topped Oricon’s weekly album ranking for March 11th. With this, NMB48 have become the 2nd female artists to top the charts with bot...

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The anime adaptation of of Fairy Tail has been announced as ending on the 30th of March – and along with it the seiyuu career of no less an icon than Aya Hirano herself, as her last remaining major role was that of Lucy.

A few days ago, I was asked to recommend a place to visit in Kyoto on a very short trip (only a day), during the sakura season. It was really hard to decide, but in the end I recommended Higashiyama, the district from the eastern part of Kyoto.

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MANILA — March 5, 2013 —Cherry Credits will hold its very own gaming convention at SM Megatrade Hall 1 & 2 on 9-10 March 2013, its largest initiative held for the benefit of players in the region by far.

Tecmo KOEI ships Gust's PS3 RPG in N. America on Tuesday, in Europe on Friday Tecmo KOEI Games began streaming the two-minute official trailer for the English release of Gust's Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk PlayStation 3 role-playing game ...

In time for this summer's second anime based on Sagu Aoyama and Tinkle's moe basketball light novels, a new Ro-Kyu-Bu!  PSP game has been scheduled for a June 20 release.  Ro-Kyu-Bu! Himitsu no Otoshi Mono” (The Secret Lost Items) follows Subaru H...

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