It is confirmed that 30-year-old actor Kenichi Matsuyama to star as the protagonist Hiroshi in the upcoming TV drama adaptation of Yasumi Yoshizawa's classic comedy manga Dokonjo Gaeru (Gutsy Frog). While the original series featured the character whose age was 14, Matsuyama will play the character at the age of 30. Hit the jump for more details.
On April 21st, FUNimation released their 12th collection of One Piece with episodes 276-299, constituting the penultimate part of the Enies Lobby Arc. The cover features the storyline's antagonist Spandam, who is one of the series' numerous pro-wrestling references. And, in this case, senpai noticed. Get a look after the jump.
Shueisha's Ribon magazine, which began publication in 1955, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a "box quest" promotion featuring prizes based on popular shōjo manga from the Eighties and Nineties. Hit the jump to learn more.
The art project ANIMAREAL attempts to blend the worlds of manga and anime with the real-world, and the results are amazing! Recently it worked with Momoiro Clover Z to bring some stunning scenes to life in commemoration of the group composing the theme song to the hit movie Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of 'F'. See more after the jump!
Karebaka - Wagahai no Kare wa Baka de R, the new manga by Bamboo Blade author Masahiro Totsuka and BB Deformer spin-off illustrator Saki Azumi is already slated to get an anime adaptation. The Young Animal Densi romantic comedy gag series follows a young woman and her boyfriend, who has no merits beyond his handsome appearance.
A presentation at this weekend's Machi ★ Asobi event revealed plans to adapt DeNA's Mobage game Hacka Doll into a series of anime shorts joining the new Ultra Super Anime Time block this fall. Kill La Kill studio Trigger previously animated promo movie with the voices of Shino Reimi and Wake Up Girls!Miyu Takagi, Kaya Okuno, and Nanami Yamashita. More after the jump.
2 x 2 = Shinobuden, known in North America as Ninja Nonsense, is receiving a Japanese Bluray release. Hit the jump to learn the details.
Banpresto is releasing a "Kamen Rider Drive Type Speed" figure as a prize to be won in Japanese arcades. Hit the jump to check it out.
Smoking isn't for everyone, but art definitely is. And we all know art and anime go hand in hand, obviously. This Japanese Twitter user named @shin___geki has taken their love for the habit and anime and has created something wonderful. Hit the jump to see what they've created!
This adorable Pikachu ramen makes me go "Aww," and makes my stomach rumble at the same time. Sapporo Ichiban put out two flavors of these electric rodent themed noodles this April, seafood and soy. More after the break!
Capcom updated Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate with the latest free DLC pack, tossing in a bunch of themed equipment from the likes of Metroid, Mega Man, Street Fighter, and more. If you haven't picked it up yet, it will be available until the end of May, and you can see a video preview and the full list of contents after the jump.
On the latest Shin Megami Tensei Social Link podcast, John Hardin, Atlus USA's PR Manager let it slip that the Nintendo 3DS title The Legend of Legacy was coming to the West. More information after the jump.
Nanako Dojima is joining in on the investigation and the dance party in Persona 4: Dancing All Night, so she's the latest star to fall under the trailer spotlight. Dance along to her Junes jam in the video after the jump.
This weekend, the anime/manga/gaming event Machi ★ Asobi is being held in Tokushima, the neighborhood of anime studio ufotable. For the event, director Takayuki Hirao and producer Tomizawa Yusuke presented a preview of the TV anime adaptation of Bandai Namco Games' popular PSP action game series God Eater. With this, they announced that Ryuichi Kijima was cast after auditioning more than 100 candidates to voice original male lead Renka Utsugi, while OLDCODEX (Free!, Kuroko's Basketball) will perform the opening.
This weekend, the anime/manga/gaming event Machi ★ Asobi is being held in Tokushima, the neighborhood of anime studio ufotable. Aniplex+ joined in with an exhibition at the ufotable CINEMA of the Saber 10th Anniversary ~ Royal Dress Version figure, which they were taking a limited number of pre-order for a reprint, along with an early look at a prototype of Rin in Archer armor, being produced by Stronger. Get a look after the jump.