In 2011, Toei launched an anime trilogy adaptation of manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka's interpretation of the life of Gautama Buddha with aims of finding a broad audience for the epic movies. While the first, Buddha: The Great Departure, didn't meet with huge success, commercially or critically, the studio confirmed in January that they're continuing with the series with part two due in 2014. Check out the English subtitled promo that they prepared for the Cannes Film Festival after the the jump.
Last weekend, the PC port of FFVII finalyl hit Japan as Final Fantasy VII International, available through Square Enix's eStore with the introductory prize of 1000 yen. The port, which now supports 1920x1080 displays, is the first time that the game has been available on Japanese PCs. Get a look at the HD promos that Square has posted after the jump.
Oreimo and A Certain Scientific Railgun are both based on Dengeki Bunko light novel series. There's an injoke about this in the new Railgun S season where an anti-skill forces guard can be seen reading a volume of Oreimo. After some promotion leading into their new spring anime seasons, the ASCII Media Works siblings are now feature in a set of character goods from Aniplex. Get a look after the jump.
Anime will be hosting Kaya and Moon Stream as Guests of Honor for AX2013. Renowned solo artist Kaya will be joined by musical unit Moon Stream, featuring Satsuki and Tomo, for an night of Visual rock in Main Events on Friday, July 5th. See the artist's greeting for the event after the jump.
The endless war between the Japanese police and illegal anime/manga uploaders still continues. ACCS (Association of Copyright for Computer Software) reported today that Shimane Prefectural Police arrested a 43-year-old male office worker who uploaded the second volume of Yokusaru Shibata's 81diver manga to the internet. Check the details after the jump.
Some interesting plans are being put together for the Japanese home video release of Attack on Titan. The first volume, shipping July 17th, will feature a 64 page protoype manga that author Hajime Isayama created at age 19. It also features sleeve case drawn by character designer/animator Kyoji Asano, illustrated card by Flowers of Evil's Shuzo Oshimi, and 12-page color booklet. Then, volumes 3 and 6 will feature mini-visual novels by Steins;Gate's Nitroplus. More after the jump.
Following the first trailer last Monday, popular anime voice actress/singer Yukari Yamura's record company King Records posted the second trailer for her newest live Blu-ray/DVD "Yukari Tamura LOVE♡LIVE *Fall in Love*" on its official YouTube channel. Check the super cute Yukarin after the jump!
Both Mizuki Nana and Tamura Yukari's official sites have been updated with photos and details for their first Nendoroid figures that will be available at their live shows in Japan later this year. They're as cute as the girls themselves! Get a look after the jump!
Whether it's a deficit of available time or a deficit of quality, there's always going to be cause to drop an anime series that you've started. In a recent, Biglobe reader poll, almost 17,000 votes were cast for the anime that otaku have cut from their watch lists. Then, with a couple days still to go, over 26,000 votes were cast in a response poll for the anime that otaku have stuck with. See what was picked after thejump.
The anime-inspired latte art scene – in which people with specialized skills and nerves of steel paint the faces of famed characters direct onto milkfoam – appears to be heating up in Japan. Hit the link for a gallery of impressive one-of-a-kind caffeinated beverages including a making-of video featuring Naruto!
Over-the-top harem comedy Haganai is coming to live-action via film, and someone may have posted a picture on twitter. Is it the real deal? Check out the shot after the jump.
The September issue of Dragon Magazine, on sale July 20, will formerly announce that Scrapped Princess author Sakaki Ichirou's Hitsugime no Chaika (Coffin Princess Chaika) light novel series is set to be adapted into anime. The fantasy follows a hikikomori, who, went sent out of the house to find a job, successively meets a silver-haired girl carrying a coffin, is attacked by a unicorn and is sent to a fantasy world. More after the jump.
At the end of the month, art from the PS Vita incarnation of busty ninja franchise Senran Kagura will be collected in a Versus - Shōjo-tachi no Shōmei Perfect Bible art book. The package is sweetened with a 42cmx59cm tapestry, and, true to the spirit of the shameless series, a "miracle white" pair of lens cleaning panties. Get a look after the jump.
The adaptation of Yui Hara's four-panel comedy manga Kiniro Mosaic (Golden Mosaic), about the meeting of British and Japanese school girls, has added voice actresses Satomi Satou (K-on's Ritsu, Fairy Tail's Wendy) and Yukari Tamura (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) in supporting roles for the cast of the July anime. More after the jump
Yattar Japan brings us pics and info on a re-release of a classic polystone figure of Ayanami Rei from Neon Genesis Evengelion. Pics and info after the jump!