After a screening of his 2017 movie Lu Over the Wall at the Tokyo International Film Festival Veteran, anime director Yuasa Masaaki announced his latest project: an original anime movie titled Kimi to Nami ni Noretara. In a departure from Yuasa’s most recent work (a fantasy film that tells the tale of a lonely boy
A new announcement has confirmed that Kemono Friends is returning with Season 2 on Jan. 7, 2019! The news was accompanied by the sixth visual for the upcoming anime, plus cast and staff news. Fans can expect the return of main cast members, including Ozaki Yuka as Serval. New additions to the group include Koike
Tokyo Otaku Mode is teaming up with dark fantasy Tokyo Ghoul:re for a series of collaborative T-shirts! Featuring key characters and motifs in a variety of styles, there are four designs to choose from. They are currently available for preorder within Japan at TOM Projects until Nov. 30 ahead of a Dec. 2018 release. Around
Soon, Cardcaptor Sakura fans will be able to accompany iconic magical girl Kinomoto Sakura on her latest adventures thanks to the upcoming mobile game Cardcaptor Sakura: Happiness Memories! Preregistrations for the game have already begun, with gacha bonuses also announced. Based on the popular franchise created by CLAMP, the “dress up x mini garden” game
Fans will be able to get their hands on a special advance ticket for 4,500 yen on Nov. 4 at the special Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko 30th Anniversary festival. It will come with a bonus of an art board a specially illustrated art board by Mishima Kurone, the original illustrator for Konosuba plus some cute decorations
A new collaboration between Sword Art Online and jewelry brand The Kiss is giving fans the chance to get their hands on a dazzling ring and two necklaces inspired by Kirito and Asuna! First up is a silver ring based on the special sword that Kirito wielded in Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale.
Once again, Japan’s Agency of Cultural Affairs is supporting young animators through the Anime Tamago project. An annual project dedicated to training upcoming animators and showcasing their talents, Anime Tamago can be credited for fan favorites across the globe like STUDIO4℃’s Little Witch Academia, MAD HOUSE’s Death Parade, and TRIGGER’s Red Ash. While project titles
2019 will mark the 5th year of Universal Studios Japan event “Universal Cool Japan”, and it’s been announced that this will be the biggest yet. Not only will the park welcome back major works like Detective Conan, Attack on Titan, Godzilla, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Sailor Moon, but the charming thief of Lupin III will
Nintendo Switch games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are launching on November 16, but that’s not all the fun trainers have to look forward to – five Let’s Go!-themed cafes will be popping up around Japan from Oct. 27! There are two major aspects that make these cafes a definite must-stop
Rap groups MAD TRIGGER CREW and Matenrou are facing off for the Final Battle CD in the first series of rap project Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-. With less than a month to go until its release, a trailer video has been released to add to the hype! As a teaser of the showdown to
Superhero manga My Hero Academia will be making its Hollywood debut thanks to a live action movie adaptation to be produced by Legendary Entertainment! While details are still scarce, it has been revealed that Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter of Legendary and Yoritomi Ryousuke of Shueisha are working on the project. Toho is to distribute
Japanese anime is more popular now than it has ever been before. These interviews with anime studios will reveal the behind-the-scenes processes and emotions that go into making anime. This is a large-scale project done in collaboration with anime news sites throughout the world, such as the anime news site Anime!Anime!, Tokyo Otaku Mode, which
Several events for sci-fi manga World Trigger have been revealed in celebration of it resuming serialization! The first event, which is an all night screening, will take place at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Wald 9 and Osaka’s Umeda Burg 7 on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. The firstne night will be dedicated to the “Large-Scale Invasion” arc,
Sci-fi comedy anime Date A Live is set to return for its third season in Jan. 2019. The newly released key visual for Season 3 features the seventh Spirit Natsumi, who will be making her first appearance in the animated series. The Jan. 2019 broadcast date was confirmed at the Fantasia Bunko Daikanshasai event on
Popular light novel series Saekano will be hitting cinema screens in autumn 2019 with a movie titled Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine! Adapted from the popular light novel series written by Maruto Fumiaki and illustrated by Misaki Kurehito, Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend follows regular high school boy (and also otaku) Aki Tomoya
An exhibition at Mori Arts Center Gallery dedicated to iconic magical girl franchise Cardcaptor Sakura has announced more of its plans to bring the magic of various cards to life. As if it wasn’t already exciting enough to be able to enjoy some delicious themed food while looking at gorgeous artwork and goods, it’s also
The Final Battle CD for rap project Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- is set to be released on Nov. 14! Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-‘s “Battle Season” started this past spring with Ikebukuro Division’s Buster Bros and Yokohama Division’s MAD TRIGGER CREW pitted against each other, followed by Shibuya Division’s Fling Posse and Shinjuku Division’s
Japanese anime continues to gain popularity around the world. We’re conducting interviews of anime studios and asking them about the behind-the-scenes process and the thoughts that go into anime production. This is a large-scale project that is being done in collaboration with anime sites around the world, including the anime information site Anime Anime!, Tokyo
It’s hard to not want to go climbing and camping with the girls after watching Encouragement of Climb, and fans in Tokyo are now able to experience some of it through an amazing event at Bay Hotel! For a limited time only, the anime’s adorable climbers are visiting Bay Hotel’s Nihonbashi location and twelve of
Popular anime Code Geass has announced that Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection, an original sequel to its compilation movie trilogy, is set to premiere in Feb. 2019! A visual featuring the mysterious C.C. and a 30-second video have been released as teasers, with the latter having premiered on commercial displays in Akihabara, Shinjuku and
Angels of Death is a psychological horror-adventure game created by Hoshikuzu KRNKRN. First released as freeware through Den-fami Nico Game Magazine in 2015, it is increasing in popularity, having been adapted into a hit manga as well as a TV anime and fittingly, a terrifying haunted house! While previous years’ versions were held at Makuhari
A new key visual has been revealed for fall TV anime Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, the latest project in the Tiger & Bunny franchise! Centered around protagonists Doug and Kirill, the visual features four more characters whose roles are unknown as of yet. The anime follows veteran detective Doug and newbie Kirill as they
Detective comedy series City Hunter has confirmed its new movie’s premiere for Sep. 8, 2019! A new visual and trailer were released alongside the announcement, offering fans a glimpse into a series that has been dormant since 1999. Though it has been over 30 years since the first TV anime series for City Hunter first
Popular girl band project BanG Dream! has officially begun accepting applications for the voice of Rinko Shirokane, a member of the franchise’s J-rock band Roselia. Though fans are familiar with her original voice actress, Akesaka Satomi, she announced in June 2018 that she would discontinue her singing career due an unexpected case of hearing loss.
Keep the Aqours idols with you by wearing these Love Live! Sunshine!!-themed glasses! Fans can choose between designs based on three units: CYaRon!, AZALEA, and Guilty Kiss. The frames themselves are made by established eyewear company Yabushita Group. The simple square shape is stylish and unisex, and each version features a colorful design inspired by
The latest Fate/Grand Order Servant to be summoned to the Nendoroid realm is Caster/Merlin! Every tiny detail has been captured and transformed in true Nendoroid style, right down to Merlin’s distinctive hairstyle. He also comes with both his sword and staff, which can be wielded separately or together as well as two interchangeable face plates!
Holographic virtual assistant robot Gatebox has announced that it will launch a mass-produced model starring official character Azuma Hikari! Designed by Mino Tarou ( LovePlus, Tokimeki Memorial ), Hikari has been with Gatebox since the beginning as the “perfect wife” for its users. Gatebox first released the robot with a limited run of 300 in
Two new commercials have been simultaneously released for the upcoming live action sequel Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (Rules Are Made to be Broken)! Both are fairly brief at 15 seconds long, with all the animated expressions, over-the-top action scenes, and excitements that one would expect from a series like Gintama.
Luffy and the crew will once again be celebrating Halloween at One Piece theme park Tokyo One Piece Tower from Sept. 15! Along with the announcement of One Piece Halloween 2018, a key visual featuring steampunk-esque designs for the characters was also released. The theme park allows fans to experience the world of One Piece
Upcoming TV anime Ingress the Animation has revealed that it will launch an in-game story that will allow players to follow the main characters’ tracks until its premiere in October! Ingress the Animation is based on Niantic’s location-based, augmented-reality mobile game Ingress, which is also known for providing data for Pokémon GO. The in-game story