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August 23, 2016, 6:30 AM
CNET Rahil Bhagat / 22 August 201612:15 pm BST

The e-sports arena is hallowed ground. There, in that octagon. . . or square-ish place, computer nerds, hoodie and all, are transformed into mighty gladiators, wielding powers of might and magic in search of ultimate victory on the battlefield.

Godzilla is one of the most enduring pop culture creations to come from Japan. He's been around for more than 50 years, destroying cities and putting the smackdown on any other kaiju that dares to get in his face.

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Bandai Namco announced Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Cyber Arena is releasing in Japan on September 21, 2016 as a digital free-to-play title for 3DS that will serve as a demo for the retail version.

Media Platform Designed Specifically to Distribute Photos and Videos of Japan for Overseas Media The Japan National Tourism Organization opened the "Japan On-line Media Center" (https://jomc. jnto. go.

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The Persona 5 hype is intensifying with a TV special being aired just before the release of the actual game! . That TV special will include a portion with the cast and staff, and then a special anime which is tied to the game.

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Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as Super Mario at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in Rio on Sunday night After showing a video meant to preview the Olympics, Abe appeared from a green warp tube in the center of the arena He...

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared at the Rio Olympics' closing ceremony as Mario. But that wasn't the only Japanese pop culture cameo. In a Tokyo Olympics promotional clip shown during the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony, other iconic cha...

The Fandom Post Chris Beveridge

We've known that the Akame ga KILL! manga is in its final arc for a bit now as when it hit its twelfth volume back in 214 it was revealed that it was starting that arc. With the release of the 14th volume of the series out, the wrparound on it has...

RIO DE JANEIRO--A legion of Japanese pop culture icons, the prime minister and the capital's new governor were all part of the promotion for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympics.

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Bandai Namco shared the first set of screens for Rob Lucci, the next playable character to be added to the One Piece: Burning Blood roster. He'll arrive in early September along with his One Piece Film Gold costume as part of the "Wanted Pack 2" D...

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Square Enix revealed the English voice cast of Final Fantasy XV, with a trailer featuring the voice actors behind the upcoming RPG's key characters who share some of their thoughts on the characters they portray.

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This weekend, a 2nd Live event was held for Tokyo 7th Sisters, an idol raising/rhythm mobile game introduced by Donuts in 2014. Along with a slate of events that included a 2. 5 Live to be held in Osaka next January and 3rd Live Makuhari Event Hal...

The Verge Andrew Webster

In a lot of ways, Final Fantasy XV resembles a typical fantasy epic. You have a band of warriors, led by a brooding prince, traveling the world on a lengthy quest. There's a serious king doing everything he can to keep his people safe amongst the ...

You could win tickets to the Madman Anime Festival being held in Melbourne! Read more about Madman Anime Festival 2016 Ticket Giveaway (Aus only) Madman Anime Festival 2016 Ticket Giveaway (Aus only) Disqus Madman Anime Festival 2016 Ticket Giveaw...

Personality, voice actor, attitude and power. It also doesn't matter in Charapedia's latest poll. On a follow-up to the recent poll about the ladies, this week, Japanese fans were asked to name the most appealing male anime character, judging them...

Nitroplus and DMM's famous-swords-as-cute-boys game Touken Ranbu is being adapted into a 2017 Ufotable series and a fall 2016 Hanamaru series. The latter has been building up its cast leading up to the October premiere, and this week, it added a l...

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While everyone is busy playing Pokemon GO, Nintendo casually reminded everyone that there are two more Pokemon games coming up later this year, and they are Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. The Pokemon Channel started streaming two new Pokemon Sun an...


After a stirring Olympics these past few weeks, the 2016 Rio Games have finally bowed out. Which means only 3 years and 11 months until the Japanese capital commences with the 2020 Summer Olympics games!

Anime Herald Mike Ferreira

5pb's second visual novel adaptation of the relationship comedy light novel/anime series My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU was delayed from July 28th and is now scheduled to release in Japan on October 27th.

The usually bright and optimistic idols of Love Live Sunshine have unfortunately been struck with tragedy as of the show's latest airing, an occurrence that might be a requirement for idol shows so the determined girls can begin their inevitable c...

Square Enix's twice-a-monthly magazine Young Gangan (out the first and third Friday) is teasing that the issue out September 2nd will feature a major announcement concerning Ritz Kobayashi's school girl mahjong manga Saki.

© Hideaki Yoshikawa 2014 The Other Side of Secret has an interesting question at its heart: "What happens to the kid who stays home in a portal fantasy? " Yuuto's sister vanished through a dimensional gateway years ago and he misses her.

The carefree side of Persona 5 has once again been expressed by way of these brief trailers, demonstrating that players can visit a maid cafe and potentially acquire a job, showing that the RPG is not all about grinding battles and fighting agains...

Crunchyroll Scott Green

This winter, One-Punch Man anime director Shingo Natsume and writer Tomohiro Suzuki are back at Madhouse to adapt acclaimed manga author Natsume Ono's (Ristorante Paradiso, House of Five Leaves ) ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka.

The Fandom Post Chris Beveridge

Production on the Rio: Rainbow Gate anime series with its dub has been going on for a bit now and Media Blasters has now announced at the Liberty City Anime Con in New York this weekend the full main cast for the series, which is pretty expansive.

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