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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Yoshiyuki Tomino's classic Mobile Suit Gundam anime, and the franchise has proven to be a huge hit in both the anime and toy industries ever since. How did the series become such an empire, though, and what role did toys and model kits have to play in its success? To answer this important question, Crunchyroll host Tim Lyu took a look at the rise of Gunpla over the years, from the aspects that separated Gundam from super robot anime to the partnerships that kicked off the gunpla boom. Bust out your next [...]
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Fans looking for a chance to see Hikaru Utada live in concert can check out her 2018 concert, Laughing in the Dark, via streaming service Netflix. The video, taken from her first domestic tour in 12 years, will document the concert's final night on December 9, 2018 at Makuhari Messe. The December 9 show marks the 20th anniversary of Utada's professional debut. The DVD/BD release will be available in limited quantities, and will include behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. It will also be packaged with a replica of the tour's backstage pass. Plus, certain stores and online outlets will be [...]
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Some quick news for all you brawlers and juvenile delinquents out there: WayForward and Arc System Works have announced a new game in the beloved Kunio-kun series (most famous in the U.S. for entries such as River City Ransom and Super Dodge Ball), and this time a lady is taking the lead. The new game is entitled River City Girls, and while few details about the game (such as the platforms, genre, and release date) have yet been revealed, it is known that River City Girls will feature a female protagonist. Will she get to throw down with the [...]
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After two years of watching wistfully afar, we have been rewarded: Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica [Side Story] is getting an official Western release! The smartphone game has been a huge hit in Japan, with a stage adaptation already behind it and an anime series on the way. Now, fans overseas can take part in the latest timeline, in which magical girls gather in the burgeoning Kamihama City. The strange city has an even stranger power: magical girls can battle there without becoming Witches, and even harness the power of Witches as powerful final forms called Doppels. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4LR4Lj6HZM] [...]
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The sixth and seventh volumes of writer Hajime Kamoshida and illustrator Keeji Mizoguchi's Seishun Buta Yarou light novel series are coming to the big screen in the form of the Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl anime film. Directed once again by Sōichi Masui and featuring animation production by CloverWorks, the film hits theaters in Japan on June 15, and a third visual is here to prepare everyone. There's also a new promo, but unfortunately it's region-locked to Japan at the moment. For now, enjoy the frosty new look at the upcoming feature, complete with a snowman [...]
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Trigger's outrageous 2013 TV anime Kill la Kill has always had an awesome soundtrack, and now the series is getting a definitive music collection with Kill la Kill: Complete Soundtrack, a special 3 disc album that will be released in Japan in June of 2019 to coincide with the release of a new Japanese Bluray box set for the series. Kill la Kill: Complete Soundtrack compiles the set lists from Kill la Kill: Original Soundtrack Volume 1 (18 tracks) and Volume 2 (18 tracks) as well as a disc of rearranged and remixed songs (10 tracks), for a total [...]
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You will be able to meet the two teams of the Matsuno sextuplets again on the stage. The official website for the stage play adaptation project based on the TV anime Osomatsu-san/Mr.Osomatsu has announced that its third show titled "Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME 3~" will be performed in Japan this winter. The news was also reported at the stage greeting event for the anime feature film Osomatsu-san The Movire held at the T-Joy SEIBU Oizumi thetaer in Tokyo on Friday. A teaser PV also confirms that all of the main cast from the previous twp shows will [...]
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The "Toshio Suzuki and Ghibli" exhibition dedicated to the words and illustrations by Toshio Suzuki, the former president of Studio Ghibli and producer of its anime feature films, opened at the Edocco culture hall at Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo today. The exhibition is based on the "Studio Ghibli Toshio Suzuki: Kotoba no Maho-ten (Exhibition of magical words)" that was first held in Hiroshima in 2017, then in Nagoya and Kanazawa last year.This upgraded version also features new materials, including a three meters tall fortune machine with the heads of Yubaba and Zeniba from Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 film Spirited [...]
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The Nijigen no Mori theme park in Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, opens its new attraction "NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBI-ZATO" featuring the world and characters from Masashi Kishimoto's internationally popular ninja action manga series Naruto and its sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generations today on April 20. The attraction recreates the "Konohagakure no Sato" village with a giant Hokage Iwa/Hokage Rock and 1/1 scale character statues. In addition, a shop offering original goods and a restaurant inspired by "Ramen Ichiraku," the ramen restaurant in Konohagakure, also open in the area. The attraction's official Twitter has been posting photos introducing [...]
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Japanese figure brand FOTS JAPAN's official online store has started accepting pre-orders for a 1/7 scale painted figure of Rikka Takarada from the SSSS.GRIDMAN TV anime series in her competitive swimming suit for release in the end of June 2019. The 140 mm-tall figure is created based on a newly-drawn anime illustration of her Its price in Japan is 12,960 yen (about 116 US dollars), and pre-orders will be received until May 14. 【ご予約受付中】「SSSS.GRIDMAN」より『宝多六花』本日18時からご予約開始!5月14日(火)24時までの受付となっております!この機会をお見逃し無く!!ご注文はこちら!https://t.co/a0HVtwyiuL#グリッドマン #FOTS #新条アカネ #宝多六花 #SSSS_GRIDMAN pic.twitter.com/8Zawbd1bXh — FOTS-JAPAN (@FOTS_JAPAN) 2019年4月19日 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Original illustration Akane Shinjo figure will be added soon Source: FOTS JAPAN press release [...]
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The official website for 29-year-old voice actress/singer Megumi Nakajima has posted a 90-second music video for "Love! For Your Love!," a newly-recorded song from her first best album "30 pieces of love" to be released in Japan on June 5, 2019, her 30th birthday. The anniversary song is produced by Katsutoshi Kitagawa, who previously worked on her fourth single "Melody" (OVA Tamayura ED) in 2010. Nakajima made her professional voice actress/singer debut as Ranka Lee in Macross Frontier in 2008, and has released 12 singles and four original albums as a solo singer herself. In addition to "Love! For Your [...]
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Is there no end to Hello Kitty's might? First she joined Amuro Ray in battle, and now she's got her own superhero manga! The manga, written by Toshiki Inoue (Sword Gai, Kamen Rider 555) and illustrated by Shakua Shinkai, casts Hello Kitty as the heroic Ichigoman when aliens start invading Earth. It's been distributed until now on Ichigomin, a website specializing in manga starring Sanrio characters. Volumes 1 and 2 are currently in print, with the third and fourth due to come out May 17. In the meantime, you can read it all on the Ichigomin website. >> Power [...]
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It's that time, y'all. It's time for the GREAT CRUNCHYROLL NARUTO REWATCH! I'm Nicole Mejias, and I'll be your host this week as we make our way through all 220 episodes of the original Naruto. Last week, we tackled episodes 85-91, introducing us into the arc of Tsunade's path to becoming the next Hokage. This week, we've got episodes 92-98 on the docket, so let's get to it! Last week we started to learn more about Tsunade, the woman who may become the next Hokage. This batch of episode leads us through her decision and the conflicts that arise from [...]
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What's better than a collab café dedicated to an isekai series? A collab café dedicated to four isekai series... that also happen to be one series. Cure Maid Café is teaming up with Isekai Quartet to bring fans a menu inspired by the stars of Overlord, Re:ZERO, KONOSUBA, and Saga of Tanya the Evil. In addition to the adorable antics, there will also be some limited-edition, show-specific merchandise available on site. Kicking off the menu, we have: Tanya's Special Lunch Service: A combot plate of sausage, schnitzel, rice, salad, and happy-face fries. Megumin's Bakuretsudon: An explosive combo of [...]
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One Piece: World Seeker players will soon be able to step into the shoes of the greatest swordsman in the world when the open-world action game's first DLC episode arrives. The Void Mirror Prototype is set to launch early this summer, giving players the chance to play as Roronoa Zoro as he attempts to uncover the secrets behind a mysterious robotics factory. Teaser trailer: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9DYJ2LRXxo?rel=0] The Void Mirror Prototype will be available as part of the Season Pass or as a standalone purchase for $9.99. ------- Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You [...]
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