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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 13, 2019 at 18:00. 4 comments

Pokémon Sword and Shield Inspiring Short-Form Anime Adaptation

Pokémon Sword and Shield Inspiring Short-Form Anime Adaptation

A short-form anime take on Pokémon Sword and Shield has been announced. Called Hakumei no Tsubasa (Twilight Wings), it is set in the Galar region of Sword and Shield.

The animation is being done by Studio Colorido, which is best known for feature films like Penguin Highway and Typhoon Noruda.

According to 4Gamer, each episode is five minutes long. The first of seven episodes will debut on...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 11, 2019 at 19:00. 10 comments

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Making Death Threats To Anime Retailer

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Making Death Threats To Anime Retailer
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Animate is a large retailer of anime, manga, and video games with well over a hundred stores in Japan. A woman has been arrested for allegedly sending threatening emails, including one in which “kill” (殺す...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 10, 2019 at 19:30. 19 comments

Full Metal Panic Manga Creator Apologizes After Tweets About Greta Thunberg

Full Metal Panic Manga Creator Apologizes After Tweets About Greta Thunberg
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Over the weekend, manga creator Shouji Gatou took to Twitter, writing what he thought about environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Today, he has apologized, calling his earlier remarks “awful.”

“I hate...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 10, 2019 at 18:30. 12 comments

Anime Studio Mysteriously Vanished, With Artists Unpaid And Unhappy

Anime Studio Mysteriously Vanished, With Artists Unpaid And Unhappy
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Tear Studio churned out shows like this year’s Why the Hell Are You Here, Teacher!? and last year’s Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King. And Fragtime, a movie the studio animated, is currently in...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 09, 2019 at 18:30. 21 comments

Hunter X Hunter, The King Of Hiatus Manga, Continues To Be AWOL

Hunter X Hunter, The King Of Hiatus Manga, Continues To Be AWOL

Yoshihiro Togashi is best known for two things: creating Hunter x Hunter and taking breaks from Hunter x Hunter. The last issue this year of Weekly Shonen Jump has been published, and the popular manga was not in it.

Nor is it in the first issue of 2020, which was published on December 2.

The current hiatus began in late November of 2018. This is just one in a series of seemingly endless...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 09, 2019 at 18:00. 2 comments

See Nausicaä Come To Life As A Live-Action Kabuki Play

See Nausicaä Come To Life As A Live-Action Kabuki Play

Here’s the first peek at the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind live-action kabuki play.

You can watch the footage below.

The performance stars Onoe Kikunosuke as Nausicaä and Nakamura Shichinosuke as Princess Kushana, and it gives a kabuki twist to the costumes and set pieces.

As previously reported , Hayao Miyazaki turned down a Hollywood live-action adaptation but gave the kabuki...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 06, 2019. 20 comments

Slot Machine Logo Sure Looks Familiar

Slot Machine Logo Sure Looks Familiar
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This is the logo for an upcoming slot machine called Wheel of Fortune. I’m sure I’ve seen it before.

OH RIGHT.

It’s not an exact copy, but there certainly are many close similarities.

As pointed out on

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 05, 2019. 4 comments

Square Enix Announces Ninja Theme Park, Reveals New Innovative Digital Attractions

Square Enix Announces Ninja Theme Park, Reveals New Innovative Digital Attractions

Square Enix has announced its first large-scale theme park. It’s called Ninja Tower Tokyo and will open next year in Tokyo Tower.

The landmark might seem like an unlikely spot for such an attraction, but in 2015 a One Piece theme park opened in Tokyo Tower.

This past April, Square Enix established a “Live Interactive Works” division to make digital projects for parks, shopping malls, and...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 05, 2019. 20 comments

Gainax President Arrested After Taking Nude Photos Of Teenage Girl

Gainax President Arrested After Taking Nude Photos Of Teenage Girl
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The president of Gainax, best known for the Evangelion series, has been arrested. Tomohiro Maki, age 50, was taken into police custody after taking illicit photos of a teen.

Update: 12/5/2019, 7:50 a.m....

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 04, 2019. 15 comments

It's Like Death Stranding, But For Real

It's Like Death Stranding, But For Real
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In Japan, or anywhere with remote mountainous regions, there are porters who carry supplies and food to areas beyond vehicles’ reach. The Japanese word for this is bokka (歩荷) or literally “step cargo.”

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 02, 2019. 3 comments

First Look At Final Fantasy Brave Exvius...The Musical

First Look At Final Fantasy Brave Exvius...The Musical
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As previously reported , free-to-play game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is being turned into a musical. Here’s a glimpse of what it might look like, which seems to be fancy threads.

Final Fantasy Brave...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 29, 2019. 8 comments

Beloved Anime Character Finally Gets His Own Store In Tokyo

Beloved Anime Character Finally Gets His Own Store In Tokyo
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Doraemon, a blue robotic cat from the future, now has his own store in Tokyo’s Odaiba—the first of its kind for the character, apparently. The shop, called Doraemon Future Department Store, features an...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 28, 2019. 10 comments

Watch Star Wars Kabuki Right Here

Watch Star Wars Kabuki Right Here
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When the one-off performance of Star Wars kabuki was announced , it made sense. Star Wars is deeply influenced by Japan, so it seemed as though this would work. That it did, but better than I could’ve ...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 27, 2019. 13 comments

Pro And Amateur FPS Players See Differently, According To Comparison

Pro And Amateur FPS Players See Differently, According To Comparison
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Have you ever wondered why some people are better at first-person shooters than others? One important difference might be how people see while playing.

Nikkei recently posted a clip tracking a professional...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 26, 2019. 6 comments

The Best Cosplay Of Tokyo Comic-Con 2019

The Best Cosplay Of Tokyo Comic-Con 2019
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This year’s Tokyo Comic-Con wrapped up over the weekend. There were big stars, merch, comics, and yes, cosplay. Let’s have a look at the best get-ups of the show.

Since this is Tokyo Comic-Con, the...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 25, 2019. 24 comments

Man Spends $1.4 Million On Game Character, Which His Friend Then Accidentally Sold For Only $552

Man Spends $1.4 Million On Game Character, Which His Friend Then Accidentally Sold For Only $552
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Whoops! According to South China Morning Post, a man in China spent an eye-watering $1.4 million on his character in MMORPG Justice Online. His buddy accidentally sold said character for a mere $552. The...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 25, 2019. 12 comments

Japan's First Nintendo Store Opened Last Friday, But Lines Are Still Hours Long

Japan's First Nintendo Store Opened Last Friday, But Lines Are Still Hours Long
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Nintendo Tokyo opened on Friday. Lots of people came to the first day, and you’d think that by today, the crowds would have subsided. Nope!

Twenty minutes after opening today, the wait reached 4 hours....

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 22, 2019. 17 comments

Poll: People In Japan Reveal Which Famous Game Franchises They Haven't Played

Poll: People In Japan Reveal Which Famous Game Franchises They Haven't Played
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Have you played every big-time game franchise? Are there any well-known game series you haven’t checked out? In Japan, a recent poll asked people about which famous series they haven’t played.

There were...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 20, 2019.

Inside Tokyo's Newest Pokémon Center

Inside Tokyo's Newest Pokémon Center
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This week, a new Pokémon Center is opening in Tokyo. Yesterday, Kotaku showed a short preview of the shop. Today, let’s have a closer look.

The Pokémon Center opens this week in Shibuya. With is dark,...

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 20, 2019. 12 comments

Years Later, Some Can't Tell Who's On Street Fighter II Turbo's Japanese Cartridge

Years Later, Some Can't Tell Who's On Street Fighter II Turbo's Japanese Cartridge
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You are looking at the cartridge art for Street Fighter II Turbo’s Japanese release. It’s not only different from the US version but more mysterious. Can you tell who is on the cover? Ryu? Chun-Li? Which...

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