Anime

Some of Japan’s most popular characters are taking a trip back to the past in a special exhibition set to take place in Shinjuku’s Takashimaya department store. ©2017 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Hugely popular during its Kyoto run last year, the exhibition features well known Japanese characters like Hatsune Miku, Rilakkuma, and Phoenix
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Upcoming live action TV drama Kakegurui has revealed a new trailer! Written by Kawamoto Homura and illustrated by Naomura Toru, the original Kakegurui manga is currently being serialized in the monthly magazine Gangan Joker. The series received an anime adaptation in 2017, with a second season to follow. Hamabe Minami will be playing Jabami Yumeko,
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2017 has come to a close, and with it, a whole year of incredible anime. That means it’s time to reflect on the highlights of the year, including everyone’s favorite characters, so news site Anime!Anime! released survey results on which protagonist shined the brightest this year. 507 responses were brought in, with 45% of them
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2018 has arrived and if you haven’t started planning your year yet, it’s time to pick up a pen and get drafting! Luckily, you’ll have plenty of inspiration with these ace lucky bags, or fukubukuro, which contain everything you’ll need to get you off to a flying start this January. 1. Stationery galore at Muji!
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Everyone knows that pulling off that perfect look involves carefully considering each part of the outfit, but there’s one category that can truly make or break your efforts: the accessories! From versatile ones that can be mixed and matched, to special ones meant for specific occasions, the right accessories are the true jewels of the
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Japanese anime news site Anime!Anime! has released the results of a questionnaire where they asked their readers to rank the top 10 anime from 2017! 559 participants picked from a list of 50 anime series they had seen that year (which included event screenings and movie premieres) between Dec. 27 and Dec. 29. The demographics
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New Year can mean many things, a fresh start, New Year’s cleaning, a crazy party… And in Japan, lucky bags! Called “fukubukuro” in Japanese, these lucky bags come in all shapes and sizes with various themes ranging from fashion pieces to otaku goods. Even restaurants and food stores in Japan join in the fun, so
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With 2017 coming to a close, we’re almost at that time of year again – fukubukuro season! From loud and colorful brands like 6%DOKIDOKI and ACDC RAG to the elegance of Swankiss and LIZ LISA, there’s plenty of New Years cheer for the fashion conscious otaku. 1. Make every day a walk through Harajuku with
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In Japan, one thing is certain when the beginning of a new year is rapidly approaching: a massive selection of fukubukuro will soon be available! For those who aren’t already familiar, fukubukuro are essentially lucky bags filled with all sorts of mysterious goodies! Practiced as a tradition in Japan on New Year’s Day, fukubukuro can
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Fukubukuro, or lucky bags, from anime stores are one of the best ways to build up your collection whether you’re into figures, plush toys, clothes, or accessories. In addition to being fully loaded with goodies, they often come at a huge discount – the perfect New Years treat for thrifty otaku! The number of places
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U-Treasure, a company specializing in character jewelry and other items geared toward adults, has teamed up with Rebuild of Evangelion to release two stunning ring watches. The watches come in two models, “Rei Ayanami & tentative name: Rei Ayanami” and “Shinji Ikari & Kaworu Nagisa”, both limited to 100 pieces. Made of sterling silver, each
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Panasonic is teaming up with the Asakusa Denbouin Street Shop Association for an epic event geared towards international tourists: NINJA’S MISSION with LinkRay! The event makes use of Panasonic’s LinkRay data delivery system, and the mission has already started! It will run until Jan. 31, 2018. More and more tourists are expected to come with
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Anime NEXT_100 has released the latest in a series of projects commemorating 100 years of Japanese anime! A staggering 100 years of animation history has been packed into a 15 minute video, stretching from the earliest surviving animation Namakura Gatana to classics Tetsujin 28-go, Sally the Witch, Galaxy Express 999 and Mobile Suit Gundam before
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Detective Conan is holding a special pop-up event over the new year at Tokyo Sky Tree Town! Detective Conan Plaza, located inside the Tree Village Shop, boasts a cafe offering Conan themed food items as well as a merchandise corner selling limited edition Detective Conan goods. Items available in the store include trading acrylic keychains
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Shots from the first episode of the drama adaptation of Kakegurui have been released! The previewed scenes include Jabami Yumeko (Hamabe Minami) and Saotome Mary (Morikawa Aoi) facing off in the Vote Rock-Paper-Scissors game, as well as Suzui Ryota (Takasugi Mahiro) as Saotome’s “pet.” The first episode of the Kakegurui drama follows the beautiful Yumeko
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Shueisha’s annual exposition Jump Festa 2018 was held on 16-17 December, brought to thousands of eager fans by beloved manga magazines Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ., V Jump and Saikyo Jump, as well as digital manga app Shonen Jump+ at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Just like previous years, Jump Festa 2018 proved to be an
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PERSONA5 the Animation has announced that it will premiere in Apr. 2018 on several channels in Japan. Based on the sixth installment of Atlus’ Persona series, the anime will follow Amamiya Ren, who goes by several trickster-themed aliases. Along with the announcement, a key visual featuring Amamiya was released, as well as a PV. The
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Popular smartphone game Fate/Grand Order has announced its exciting plans for the coming year! The 2018 New Year Campaign will launch on Jan. 1 via the game’s official Twitter. If the relevant tweets reach 100,000 retweets by 11.59pm on Jan. 3, players will be rewarded with a limited edition ★4 (SR) card and 20,180,000 Quantum
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CG-i is a new printing technology designed and developed by Banpresto specially for CG art, and three hundred framed “Shinsen Mikoshi” prints by artist fuzichoco will be available made-to-order starting Jan. 20, 2018! CG-i pieces featuring Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale and the Monogatari series have been released in the past, but this time the
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Fate/Grand Order × Sanrio presents vol. 2 of their adorable collab, with ten additional characters featured on ten different items! Available for preorder on Animate from Jan. 19, the lineup includes acrylic keyholders (756 yen after tax each), tin badges (432 yen), mugs (1,620 yen), foldable mirrors (972 yen), ball pens (648 yen), lunch tote
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Universal Studios Japan will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the magical girl classic Sailor Moon with a new attraction, which has a launch date of 2018~! “Sailor Moon the Miracle 4D” begins Mar. 16 and lasts until June 24. Fans can gather at the Cinema 4D Theater for an original story about the Sailor
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