When it comes to character goods, magical girls never say die. Magical Princess Minky Momo premiered on Japanese TV in 1982, but they're still making commercial tie-ins, including a new peach-flavored lip balm. Hit the jump for more.
Fans of Shovel Knight can look forward to some more content on the horizon. Developer Yacht Club Games made a few announcements on its site, including details on the first set of stretch goal content: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Hit the jump for more.
Viz has announced that Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga will make its highly anticipated English debut on March 17th on digital platforms that include their Vizmanga.com site and apps, as well as eBook formats including Nook, Kindle, Kobo, comiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. It's joined by digital premieres and rescue licenses of Spell of Desire, Calling You, Girls Bavo, Ratman and Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound. More after the jump.
The tiny island of Aoshima is home to more cats than people, and it has become a preferred day-trip location for cat-loving tourists from mainland Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is getting a bit of a jump start on 20th anniversary celebrations. While Kazuki Takahashi's manga didn't start until September of 1996, the early festivities include a new edit of Duel Monster Battle City, starting on TV Tokyo April 7th. A site promoting the spring anime launched today.
In Japan, March 3rd is Hinamatsuri, or Doll Festival, a tradition in which dolls are dressed up in the attire of the Heian period imperial court and displayed on a tiered, red carpeted platform. At the end of February, the Kancolle removed its Valentine's goodies in favor Hinamatsuri-themed furniture such as the "Gorgeous four-stage doll decoration" and "Nagato and Mutsu dolls." Meanwhile, the Madoka Magica Mobage game returned with a new set of designs to celebrate.
Tokyo-based Shirobaco Anime Collabo Cafe's newest collaboration features food and drinks based on the popular anime TV series Yatterman Night. Hit the jump for more info.
Pitched to men in their 30's Kirin Mets Cola is supposed to allow aging guys to offset some of their bad eating and drinking habits with a soda that's carbinated, free of artificial sweetners and boasting a form of dextrin that is supposed to act a a fiber supplement and restricts the body's ability to absorb fat when eating. And, what better way to target this nostalgia susceptible crowd that with a bit of DBZ.
The Dead or Alive series is pretty well known for the skimpy costumes its female fighters head into battle with, and there's a fair amount of them too. Koei Tecmo has just announced a collaboration with Marvelous that'll bring even more outfits into the fold. Hit the jump for more!
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is on the horizon, and Nintendo of America has released a brand new trailer entitled "Heir to the Monado." Hit the jump for more!
Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster was just released for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita not long ago, but if you missed out on those platforms and still want to experience these games, there's hope for you yet! It's headed to PlayStation 4 in North America as of May 12 and May 14 in Japan. Hit the jump for more!
Medical and hygiene product manufacturer Hakujuji, which previously teamed up for anime productions with series like Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions and Gintama, has now launched a promotion with KanColle. Along with Ikazuchi Inazuma and Fubuki art, the campaign features a chance to win face towels, tote bags, t-shirts and vacuum flask scanning purchased products with a smartphone app, or win a branded first-aid kit by helping to get the word out on Twitter. Get a look after the jump.
The first chapter of the Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin OVA series, "Blue Eyed Casval" was released at 13 selected theaters across Japan on February 28. In only two days, it earned an amazing 73,726,200 yen on 56,397 admissions, ranking 7th in the weekend box office. Hit the jump for more details.
It is confirmed today that, following "Parade" for the first chapter, four-member Japanese rock band Bump of Chicken provides their newly written song "Colony" as the theme song for the second and final chapter of the live-action film adaptations of Hitoshi Iwaaki's popular horror action manga Kiseijyu/Parasyte. Hit the jump for more details.
The official websites for the upcoming fourth TV anime adaptation of Roots and Piyo's comedy manga series Teekyu and its spin-off series Takamiya Nasuno Desu! simultaneously announced today that the two will premiere in Japan on April 6. Hit the jump for more.