Popular anime voice actress/singer Maaya Sakamoto's official YouTube channel today posted a TV-size PV for her 25th single "Shiawase ni tsuite Watashi ga Shitteiru Itsutsu no Houhou" (The five ways I know about happiness), the OP theme for the upcoming TV anime Koufuku Graffiti. Check her latest clip after the jump.
NHK today announced the song list for this year's Kohaku Uta Gassen, the New Year's Eve singing program. In her 6th appearance, popular anime voice actress/singer Nana Mizuki will perform a song titled "Kohaku 2014 Special Collaboration," again with T.M. Revolution. Hit the jump for more details.
To promote the collaboration campaign between their Anime Pass subscription service and the upcoming TV anime sequels, Japanese mobile provider KDDI has posted a live-action parody video inspired by the Durarara!! TV anime 1st season's 1st ED, performed by their 15 employees. Check the clip after the jump.
It's a very yuri Christmas! Celebrating, a third preview has been posted for Kunihiko Ikuhara's (Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum) winter anime Yuri Kuma Arashi. Get a look after the jump.
For my last reports of this year from the Mecca of the otaku culture, I visited the Akihabara district in Tokyo one more time yesterday afternoon on December 24. As always, the streets and buildings are decorated with colorful ads featuring popular anime/game characters. Check the latest photo report after the jump!
You'll never guess this, but when the people behind anime, manga and game started celebrating Christmas, things got a bit weird. I know. Hard to believe. From quirky spins on holiday traditions to the entirely baffling, we've collected some representative samples of of the strange visual output. Get a look after the jump.
Sega previously released walkthrough gameplay videos showing off Yakuza 0's world and battle system. This week's is all about the ladies, as we take a look at collectible model Telephone Cards, calling women via the Telephone club, gambling on swimsuit-clad Cat Fights, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
A number of aquatic anime and manga makers have checked in with their wet wishes for a blue Christmas. Arpeggio of Blue Steel's Ark Performance deployed Heavy Cruiser Takao with a "Merry Xmas" message to "All People." Gargantia had a special Christmas Eve hitokoma (one-panel) Kuu gag manga and Squid Girl author Masahiro Anbe has his own.
Following yesterday's announcement of a 2015 return of the bishoujo version of Toei's classic mecha, plans have been detailed for Robot Girls Z Plus. The series of six, monthly shorts will be inspired by the Toei Cartoon Festival (or Manga Matsuri - later renamed Toei Anime Fair in the 90's) crossover films, such as Great Mazinger Vs. Getter Robo. More after the jump.
The next web broadcast promoting the YuruYuri Nachuyachumi! OVA takes place on December 25 at 21:00 Japanese time, and to hype the "Merry Christmas!" online event, series author Namori has sketches a special holiday illustration. Get a look after the jump.
Forget Christmas. The big otaku holiday is coming up the following week with Comiket 87. Shoujo manga artist Arina Tanemura (The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Full Moon wo Sagashite) isn't talking up the event too much, but she's still celebrating doujinshi season with a tribute to Cross Ange of all things!
Fairy Tail author Hiro Mashima is back with another holiday sketch. Given the expectations from past festivities, by this point, you'd probably be pretty disappointed if there was one, or if the sketch wasn't sufficiently sexy. Check out the amazing latest after the jump.
Disaster Report, a survival action game originally released in Japan as Zettai Zetsumei Toshi back in 2002, went on to spawn some sequels, and there's more on the way now that the creator's studio Granzella has the worldwide rights. First up, though, is a return to the originals, which are coming to PSN as PlayStation 2 Classics in Japan. More after the jump.
Earlier this month One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X announced an update that adds amiibo compatibility, letting players dress the Straw Hats up as various Nintendo characters. See them in action in a third promo after the jump.
Acquire and GungHo Online Entertainment's smartphone puzzle-RPG Divine Gate is getting another crossover in Japan this week, with the characters of Fate/stay night joining in on the action starting December 26. Hit the jump for pics and more.