≪Project Partner Interview: Knead Chiaki & Wotakumito≫ – What are your impressions of this project? Chiaki: At Knead we’ve already handled several kimono figures and are currently in production with orders from other companies, but I think this one is a little different. We often use sample images and illustrations as a reference, but using
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With anime more popular than ever all over the world, we sat down with some of the people who actually produce it to hear some of their thoughts about the production process and a few behind the scenes stories too. This interview series is a collaborative project between Japanese language news site Anime! Anime!, Tokyo
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Following the announcement of a fifth unit representing the Osaka division, rap project Hypnosis Mic has confirmed that it’s adding a sixth, this time hailing from the Nagoya Division! The new unit is titled Bad Ass Temple, featuring three members: Harai Kukou (played by Hayama Shouta), Aimono Jushi (Sakakihara Yuki), and Amaguni Hitoya (Takeuchi Eiji).
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On Aug. 28, Tokyo welcomed the 57th edition of the Prize Fair, a special exhibit featuring upcoming prizes for six major manufacturers! As always, this year’s summer edition was bursting with tempting new offerings from Banpresto representing tons of popular series. First off, Super Saiyan fever shows no signs of dying down, with another round
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Ahead of its Season 4 premiere on Oct. 12, My Hero Academia has released a new key visual created by character designer Tsumakoshi Yoshihiko. Starring none other than the originally Quirk-less Hero Deku alongside the Big 3’s Miro, the visual also gives fans another peek at Overhaul, the head of villainous organisation Shie Hassaikai. Another
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SAO 10th AnniversaryKyoto x SAOKyoyuzen WAHOO! Figure Project ■OutlineProject to create a figure of Asuna Yuki’s “Asuna” Avatar wearing “Kyoyuzen” Kyoto printed silk. Kyoto fabric wholesalers and businesses are coming together to make virtual Asuna put on real “Kyoyuzen.” The figure will be produced by Aniplex+’s original WAHOO! brand. The announcement will be made and
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Fan translator crowdsourcing program Tokyo Honyaku Quest has entered its pilot phase! Translators for the pilot were selected from over 1200 applicants through a test assessing translation skills, as well as knowledge of and passion for the content. The twenty who passed will translate news articles from Japanese website Anime!Anime!, the results of which are
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Upcoming Sword Art Online game app Alicization Blading has released its first trailer featuring hints at the story and gameplay, including several battle scenes! Inspired by Kawahara Reki’s popular series of light novels, the game is set within the world of the Alizication arc and features an original story supervised by Kawahara. The official website
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Comiket returned to Tokyo Big Sight for its 96th event from Aug. 9 to 12! The area occupied by this summer’s Comiket was slightly reduced due to preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, meaning that the event was held over four days (one longer than usual), and also charged an entry fee for the first
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KonoSuba is about to release its very first smartphone game! The game is holding a campaign ahead of its launch, in which fans who pre-register can get their hands on a series of in-game bonus items. To be in with a chance of winning, simply register via the official site where you can click to
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Superhero anime My Hero Academia has confirmed the artists for the opening and ending themes of its upcoming fourth season, which airs from Oct. 12. Four-piece rock band BLUE ENCOUNT will perform opening theme “Polaris”, while singer-songwriter Sayuri will be performing ending theme “Koukai no Uta”. Adapted from the manga by Horikoshi Kouhei, My Hero
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The Saekano franchise’s first movie, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata. Fine, has released a new key visual designed by CloverWorks! A new trailer for the movie featuring the main theme by Haruna Luna titled “glory days” will also be screened in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya on Aug. 29. Saekano is adapted from the popular series of
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In the middle of a sweltering Tokyo summer, Hobby Maker Joint Figure Exhibition returned with yet another fantastic selection of upcoming figures from all sorts of popular makers, like Good Smile Company, Max Factory, and FREEing. Being a summer exhibition, it was no surprise to see a fair few swimsuit figures on offer from Bellfine
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Granblue Fantasy ( GBF ) is a popular role-playing game beloved for its profound story and vast number of characters. The game is currently picking up fans in Japan thanks to its charming setting of islands floating in the sky and has already begun expanding into other media with manga and anime adaptations as well
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Dr. Stone has released a trailer that teases its upcoming “Village Arc”, featuring several of the characters who live there. Inspired by Inagaki Riichiro and Boichi’s manga, which is currently running in Weekly Shonen Jump, the anime takes place in a world where humanity has been mysteriously turned to stone. Genius boy scientist Senku and
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Her Blue Sky, an upcoming theatrical movie from the team behind AnoHana, has released its third key visual! Drawn by character designer Tanaka Masayoshi, the poster image features the four main characters, Shinnosuke, Akane, Aoi, and Shinno. Tatsuyuki Nagai will direct with a script by Okada Mari and Tanaka Masayoshi handling character design/animation direction. Set
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Hotel Tavinos, a hotel for overseas visitors, will open in Hamamatsucho, Tokyo on Aug. 1. The hotel’s motto is that it is a “travel hub hotel that supports active travels,” and it aims to be a hotel that offers visitors complete services at low prices. Also, with its AI concierge and manga-themed interiors, it’s unlike
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Renowned anime studio Kyoto Animation suffered an arson attack on July 18th, 2019 (JST), which took over 30 lives and injured more. As the studio behind countless beloved anime like K-ON!, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Hibike! Euphonium, Kyoto Animation has received an outpouring of love from fans all around the world. Those who
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Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll, a side story to the main anime, has released a key visual ahead of its Sept. 6 release. A Kyoto Animation work directed by Fujita Haruka, it will be screening for three weeks only at 73 cinemas across Japan, a week longer than originally planned. It
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Upcoming anime series Hataage! Kemonomichi has revealed its main visual and several additional cast members! Set for broadcast in October, the upcoming anime series is based on the Kemonomichi! manga, written by KonoSuba‘s Akatsuki Natsume. The series follows masked wrestler Kemona Mask (AKA Shibata Genzo) who is suddenly brought to another world during a bout
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Pokémon Masters, a smartphone game for iOS and Android set for release this summer, has opened preregistrations! Aspiring trainers can sign up through the App Store and Google Play. Those wanting to learn more can also visit the official website, which features a number of recently released videos on its gameplay. Developed by Japanese company
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