According the latest weekend box office report for January 24-25, both the mega-hit franchise's first feature film Yo-Kai Watch: Tanjyo no Himitsuda-Nyan! and Disney animation's new 3D animation film Big Hero 6 (titled Baymax in Japan) have reached an impressive 7 billion yen mark in Japan. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the ongoing one featuring The New Prince of Tennis till February 2, one of the largest Japanese convenience store chain Lawson will launch a new collaboration campaign with Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road, the second season of the TV anime adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's road bicycle racing-themed manga, from its following day. Check the details after the jump.
Sentai Filmworks Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! DVD/Blu-ray Complete (Hyb) Collector's Ed., presenting the 13 episode anime plus eye patch; stickers; postcards; a keychain; and a 152-page art booklet packed with character information, commentary with the Japanese director and actors, and more, is scheduled for February 24th. The Eye of the Wicked Lord compels you to watch this week's Chunibyo English cast teaser for none other than Rikka Takanashi!
According to the recent report by Research Institute for Publications, which is operated by AJPEA (All Japan Magazine and Book Publisher's and Editor's Association), the manga sales in Japan for year 2014 was 1% up from the previous year, while the overall print book/magazine sales was down 4.5%. Hit the jump for more details.
This year, Sapporo home town girl Hatsune Miku is joined at the 66th Snow Festival by everyone's favorite mahou shoujo. A Kyubey ice sculptor celebrating Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion will be displayed in addition to a shop selling goods featuring a visual from Shaft and character designer Junichiro Taniguchi. Along with a preview of the special good (buttons and clearfiles), Taniguchi has posted an illustration expressing his excitement.
Every other Monday, Man at Arms' team of blacksmiths and craftsmen build fans' favorite weapons, and this week the subject is Ryuko Matoi's Scissor Blade from Kill La Kill. Check out the results after the jump.
Hajime Tabata has been quoted to Mexican video game publication LevelUp as saying he would love for the latest numbered entry in the Final Fantasy series to receive a worldwide release. Anything that means we get to play it sooner would be nice of course, especially if the entire world gets to jump in at around the same time! Hit the jump for more.
Surely at some point you've imagined what it would be like if Family Matters had been an action-packed anime rather than a hit '90s sitcom. Right? Come on. Fox's Animation Domination High-Def channel did the legwork for us with Anime Family Matters, a new short that introduces Urkel-san and the rest of the anime-inspired, Afro Samurai style take on the original cast. Watch the battle against Carl Winslow after the jump.
In 2008, Shotaro Ishinomori was posthumously awarded the Guinness World Record for most comics published by one author for a body of work over 128,000 pages, which included the creation of seminal superpowered team Cyborg 009. He also created a manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Nintendo Power manga. Viz has announced that they will be releasing the work.
Aniplex's special goods shop, Aniplex+, has laid out their plans for this year's winter edition of biannual figures event, Wonder Festival. They'll be bringing back the Saber 10th Anniversary ~ Royal Dress Version from Comiket 87, but this time it will be a painted prototype and they'll be taking orders. Beyond that, there's the limited Tomoe Mami bath towel ver.
With Hi-Fi Cluster ending, Viz's English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump is now set to introduce 2014's Jump breakout hit, My Hero Academia. Houhei Horikoshi's top ranking, recently Manga Taisho Award nominated series follows a boy with dreams but no super powers in a world where powers are common place. More after the jump.
Bandai Namco Games released some new trailers for crossover dungeon-crawler Lost Heroes 2, showing off the characters making appearances from the Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and Gundam worlds. See Ultraman Mebius, God Gundam, Kamen Rider Fourze, and more along with a quick story introduction after the jump.
Independent filmmakers Epic Rival hopped on Facebook to show off some footage from a live-action Naruto project that's been in the works for a while. Dig the opening scene of Naruto Shippuden: Dance of War, which features a showdown between Tenten and Neji, after the jump.
Earlier this month Sekai Project announced localization plans for fault milestone two, the followup to ALICE IN DISSONANCE's doujin visual novel fault milestone one. Sekai Project recently followed up with a teaser trailer, which you can see after the jump.
Owning remote controlled robotic aircraft is not yet common in Japan, but it probably will be eventually, as events like the Japan Drone Championship are shaping up to become a new form of gaming for gearheads. Watch a video report after the jump!