The official site for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Hiromasa Okushima's yankee (school thugs and delinquents) manga Akira No.2 launches today. 26-year-old actor Ryota Ozawa, who is best known as Gokai Red in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, plays the lead character Akira. Hit the jump for more information.
Takashi Murakami became world famous for utilizing an anime inspired aesthetic in his "superflat" art. In the process, and to his increasing consternation, he became synonymous with the notion of "Cool Japan." His 2012 feature film directing debut Jellyfish Eyes is now set to tour nine US cities starting with a screening and Q&A at the Dallas Museum of Art May 1. More after the jump.
The first volume of Attack on Titan: Kuinaki Sentaku, a spin-off manga of Hajime Isayama's mega hit Attack on Titan series, was released in Japan on April 9, the same day with the 13th volume of Isayama's original. Seeing its huge sales, the publisher immediately decided to reprint it. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the OP song "Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki," Lantis has posted TV CMs for "Donnatoki mo Zutto" (Anytime forever), the ED song for the on-going second season of the Love Live! School Idol Project TV anime, and "Yume no Tobira" (The door of dreams) which was used as the insert song in the third episode. Check the clips after the jump.
Complementing the Kill La Kill scissor sword letter opener released in January, character goods maker Movic has now scheduled a Nui Harime version for late July. Like its predecessor, the 13.5cm die-cast item goes for 2,484 yen. Get a look after the jump.
Good Smile Company is gearing up to launch pre-orders for their 1/8th scale Mikasa Ackerman on April 22nd. With the item about to go on sale, their Kahotan's blog has posted preview images of the figure, which recreates the popular heroine's pose from the cover of Attack on Titan's second Blu-ray. Get a look after the jump.
Like a good Miley Cyrus joke? How about crossing her "Wrecking Ball" video with Mario's leading lady, Princess Peach? That's exactly what one custom figure maker did, and you can win the hilarious result. Hit the jump for details.
Along with this season's Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova- TV rebroadcast, a series of Kirikumas shorts are running, in which Mai Fuchigami (Iona), Manami Numakura (Takao), Hibiku Yamamura (Haruna), Yumi Uchiyama (Kirishima), Saki Fujita (Hyuga), Yukana (Kongou), and MAKO (Maya) goof on the sentient battleship sci-fi as teddy bears. The third of these goes for some gattai combining as well as some sexiness. Get a look after the jump.
Leading into Golden Week is Niconico Chokaigi 3, a big scale fan event at the Makuhari Messe convention hall. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band will be performing a selection of pop culture related music at the event, including their first vocaloid song, Hatsune Miku's "Senbonzakura ( A Thousand Cherry Blossoms)." Niconico has posted a preview of the performance. Check it out after the jump.
Well timed to lead into fall's ufotable Fate/stay night anime, Good Smile Company is now scheduled to ship the Max Factory figma of the modern fantasy visual novel's Archer in August. Get a look at the poseable figure after the jump.
After four and half years, a new collection of Rei Hiroe's violent action manga Black Lagoon finally hits Japan on May 19th, with a two double sized volume re-collection of the Roberta story, titled "Death Becomes Her" and "His Saving Hands" preceding it on the 16th. Check out the preview after the jump.
Kyoto Animation's Tamako Love Story anime film opens in Japanese theaters on April 26, and a novel adaptation—featuring a story by Mutsuki Ichinose and illustrations by Yukiko Horiguchi—is set to follow in June. Hit the jump to see a TV spot.
If you're still hungry for more solid shots of the star attraction of this year's Godzilla film, the latest 30-second preview is a pretty good start. Watch Godzilla let out a mighty roar in the "Nature Has an Order" promo after the jump.
Earlier this year Capcom brought its free-to-play simulation-based Onimusha Soul browser game to PlayStation 3 in Japan. In order to promote the game to newcomers Capcom kicked off a Capcom Heroine crossover featuring ladies from the likes of Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, and Rival Schools, and B.B. Hood is coming up next. Hit the jump for more.
Though it seems like it might produce some bunny girl art, Easter isn't really a holiday that inspires many Japanese pop culture related goodies. Still, as he has in past years, Tsuyoshi Nonaka comes through with a new mech illustration for the holiday. Get a look after the jump.