A couple of faovrites(?) of currently running sports anime are celebrating their shared January 31st birthdays. The official Kuroko's Basketball anime Twitter account was joined by voice actor actor Kenshō Ono and plenty of fans in marking Kuroko Tetsuya's birthday. Meanwhile Yowapeda's account celebrated the "gross" along with the fans of Kyoto Fushimi High School birthday boy Akira Midousuji. Get a look after the jump.
if you liked the apparance of Shiroe's female alt-avatar Roe2 in last week's Log Horizon anime, you certainly weren't alone. Manga artist Michiro Ueyama (Tsumanuda Fight Town, a long running Zoids published by Viz, those awesome Gundam as maid illustrations from last spring) has posted his tribute. Get a look after the jump.
As reported, 28-year-old Japanese singer GILLE didn't show her partner's face clearly in the teaser video for the English cover version of "Ringo Mogire Beam!," the 1st OP song for Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei TV anime. A 90-second new PV finally reveals that the singer is 18-year-old anison singer Konomi Suzuki. Check the clip after the jump.
Japan Self Defense Force's Ibaraki provincial cooperation office has its own three moe mascot girls: Koume (Army), Nobara (Navy), and Hibari (Air force), designed by manga artist/illustrator Pochi Iida. The office is now inviting suggestions for a name for their unit. Hit the jump for more details.
Last summer producer, former president and co-founder Toshio Suzuki worried the many Studio Ghibli faithful when he commented that the organization was restructuring. And, while Ghibli doesn't release a movie quite every year, absence of anything announced in the pipeline certainly hasn't been been comforting. Swedish journalist Jonatan Järbel visited Ghibli and offers up some thought on why happenings at the studio might not be so dire. More after the jump.
Following the 1st OP song "Make it!" and the 2nd "Miracle☆Paradise," six-member anison vocal idol unit i☆Ris' upcoming 8th single "Realize!" has been featured as the 3rd OP song for the ongoing idol-themed TV anime PriPara since the 27th episode aired on January 10. Check the PV of the song after the jump.
Which Sailor Moon designs are your favorite? Original creator Naoko Takeuchi, 1992 anime character designer Kazuko Tadano's work, or Yukie Sako from the new Crystal? Marco Albiero, a cartoonist, character designer and gifted mimic whose work has been feature on the Italian releases of Sailor Moon has juxtaposed the three in a very convincing set of illustrations. Check it out after the jump.
Hatsune Miku continues to prepare for the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival appearance with the story of her Snow Fairy alter-ego, as told in a music video written by 40mP, with illustration by Tama, guitar from [Test], base from mao and mastering by yasu (Tinkle-POP).
The compilation film of the 12 episodes TV anime series, Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova- DC, just opens in Japan today on January 31. Simultaneously, the official website for the anime franchise announced that the all-new second film titled Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova- Cadenza will be released on October 3rd. Along with this was introduction of Rie Kugimiya as Musashi and Jouji Nakata as Gunzo Chihaya.
In time for this October's 20th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion, a crowdfunding campaign has launched with the aims of sending a replica Spear of Longinus to the moon. One day in, with cooperation from Google Lunar XPrize competitor Hakuto, promotion from actress/model/tv celeb/Eva spokeswoman Natsuki Kato and astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, and coverage on NHK, the effort has raised 30 million yen towards its 100 million yen goal.
If you got your hopes up for Square Enix's promised PlayStation 4 announcement, you might be a bit disappointed with the results. Or not, depending on your tastes. Either way, it turns out Project Code Z is Minna de Spelunker Z, and you can see a preview after the jump.
You'd never know it by looking at it, but this heart-shaped device is actually a phone. Inspired by Sailor Moon and brought to you by Y!mobile and Willcom Okinawa, it's known as model Heart 401AB, and it's part of the "Heart x Sailor Moon Collaboration Set (Cell Phone + Decoration Kit).
In Bloodborne, players can perform rituals in the central hub to open areas known as Chalice Dungeons, offering up varying levels of difficulty and the ability to invite other players into your personal dungeon. From Software producer Masaaki Yamagiwa explains the feature in the video after the jump.
Following its debut at Comiket 87, and ahead of a February 27th release date,Visual Arts has been posting promos for Holy Breaker!: The Witch Betrayed Blue Moon Wicca, the new visual novel from Clannad and Little Busters! veteran Itaru Hinoue. Most recently, they posted a release trailer and a short version of the ending. Get a look after the jump.