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May 22, 2013, 12:00 AM
Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

This March, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda took a week off due to a "sudden illness". Today, it was announced that Oda has been admitted to the hospital. Moreover, the One Piece manga will be on hiatus for two issues.

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BlazBlue Alter Memory, the BlazBlue anime series announced this past week, is scheduled to begin airing in Japan this Fall, Otakumo reports. The anime's story will be adapted from BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.

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Professor Dong Wong Cho of Chungbuk Provincial College in South Korea has an idea about violent video games. And it's truly bonkers. According to Professor Cho's latest study, violent video games make graphics cards run hot and emit more radio waves.

Japanese college students, having apparently resigned themselves to living out the stereotype that Japan is one big, racially homogenous hive mind, seem to be foregoing their chance to really do something unique after years of mandatory school uni...

Henshin Ninja Arashi in Kamen Rider Hibiki Novel During Kamen Rider Hibiki's early planning stages, Toei actually planned on putting the Kamen Rider on a break and make a series based on the old Ishinomori hero, Henshin Ninja Arashi.

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Here it is, as promised: more about Panopticon, or, as it likes to call itself now, Freedom Wars. And although the trailer up top is little more than a reiteration of what we've seen before, we now know that Freedom Wars is a multiplayer action ga...

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The official Bandai YouTube channel posted the video demonstrating the MMZ-00 Moya Moya Z-Cune in action. This toy is a 1/1 scale of Malsheena's transformation device from the Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger Season 2 TV series.

X-Japan Announces Tours in south east-Asia and Latin America including a New Album with English lyrics!

Last weekend, the PC port of FFVII finalyl hit Japan as Final Fantasy VII International, available through Square Enix's eStore with the introductory prize of 1000 yen. The port, which now supports 1920x1080 displays, is the first time that the ga...

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Another graduation announcement has come again from one of idol group AKB48's members. This time, it's from Team A's Tomomi Nakatsuka. She announced her plans of graduating yesterday, May 20, after Team A's regular show in the AKB48 theater.

X JAPAN Probably you thought that we'd talk about X Japan's press conference when you first read YOSHIKI's name! We will talk about that too but please be a bit patient! This time we would like to talk about the collaboration of YOSHIKI and Stan Lee!

In anticipation of the series' August 27th DVD/Blu-ray, FUNimation announced the English dub cast for divisive sci-fi anime Guilty Crown. A meteorite carrying a foreign virus crashes in Japan, leading to a devastating nation-wide infection and tot...

Chuck Taylor All Star high-tops to ship in December in men's & women's sizes The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime and American shoe company Converse are collaborating to create exclusive JoJo Chuck Taylor All Star high-top shoes.

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Media Blasters heard that you like yuri. So, they've licensed Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito aka YamiBou.   The 2003 Studio Deen anime loosely adapts an adult visual novel published in December 2002 by Root.

Sure, we've reported previously on "Take Your Way", the latest song from leading Vocaloid songsmiths livetune (they of "Transfer" and "Re:Dial" fame). Heck, we even posted the short version of the PV for the new song when a brief clip went up a fe...

Anime studio Trigger has revealed on Twitter "due to the many requests, Little Witch Academia will be available on Blu-Ray this summer! " They went on to confirm, "yes the Blu-Ray will have subtitles. And, sadly no plans for the Inferno Cop pillow...

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Bandai Channel posted the trailer of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Memory of Eden compilation movie. This movie is focused on Part II main protagonist Asemu Asuno and Zeheart Galette. The new movie features over an hour of additional material, which is d...

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Here's the thing, most people who are new into watching tokusatsu superhero shows think that it is basically live-action anime, which they are kinda right about it. In short, it is no surprise that some Super Sentai actors end up becoming voice ac...

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We usually see anime characters drawn on either paper or PC. But lately, it seems that cups of coffee – cafe latte, in particular – are becoming the new medium for showcasing such fictional characters in Japan.

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pad By Spencer . May 19, 2013 . 11:23pm For the first time the Yakuza series is leaving PlayStation consoles. Sega will release Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U on August 8, which is a port of the PlayStation 3 compilation released in Japan last year.

Following the first trailer last Monday, popular anime voice actress/singer Yukari Tamura's record company King Records posted the second trailer for her newest live Blu-ray/DVD "Yukari Tamura LOVE♡LIVE *Fall in Love*" on its official YouTube chan...

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The anime series Attack on Titan will be released on Blu-ray soon. If you're a fan of Hajime Isayama's series you might want to get volumes three and six at launch. Those two volumes include visual novels developed by Nitroplus as a launch bonus.

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On May 18th, 'Soshite Chichi ni Naru', starring Fukuyama Masaharu, was screened at "the 66th Cannes International Film Festival". Main cast members, including Fukuyama, Ono Machiko, Maki Yoko, Lily Franky, Ninomiya Keita, Hwang Shogen, and the dir...

 A new video package has been put together to promote the upcoming Girls und Panzer: Heartful Tank Disc - a video look back at last month's Heartful Tank Carnival event, the 2014 GnP movie, and the upcoming OVA.

20/05/2013: 009 Re: Cyborg to stream in the UK from June 7th Available to view for £2. 99 per stream While we're waiting (and will very soon have) a full list of cinemas screening Kenji Kamiyama's film 009 Re: Cyborg across the UK from June 7th, i...


1/7 Yoshino PVC Plum has commenced preorder for this kawaii scaled figure of Yoshino, the spirit with the shy personality in the anime series Date A Live (デート・ア・ライブ).  She is holding her giant rabbit angle in her right hand, and her base is design...

DIR EN GREY It sounds worse than it actually is so please don't be too worried! Yes it is true - according to Dir En Grey's official website, their vocalist KYO has been hospitalized due to tonsillitis after their concert at may 16th!

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