It's official, Sega fans: after a tantalizing interview last week with Sega president and COO Kenji Matsubara that teased the idea, Sega is back in the home video game console business (at least temporarily) with the announcement of a Famicom Mini / NES Classic-style product tentatively titled the Mega Drive Mini, which is currently scheduled to be released in 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
Voice actress / singer Yurika Kubo (Hanayo Koizumi in Love Live! School Idol Project) is making the leap to the silver screen with a starring role in Neko Cafe ("Cat Cafe"), a live-action film about a server working in the real-life Cat Cafe MoCHA restaurant in Akihabara. Hit the jump to learn more.
GRIDS Akihabara Hotel + Hostel today opens concept rooms inspired by the Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World anime series today on February 7 for a limited time of one month till March 7. The rooms are produced by Tokyo-based company So-Zo, which has worked on many collaboration projects with popular anime series, such as Gintama and Mr. Osomatsu. Hit the jump for more details.
Life continues to imitate art in unexpected ways, because a recent flash event held in Akihabara for the Pop Team Epic TV anime drew so much attention from adoring fans that the cops had to come in and break it up. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tokyo-based company Art Collection House plans to hold an exhibition dedicated to all lithograph works by 55-year-old Japanese animator/illustrator Narumi Kakinouchi, best known for her character design/manga works for the Vampire Princess Miyu series, in Akihabara (September 16-18) and Osaka (October 13-15). Check out five samples of her beautiful works after the jump.
On July 7, a young PR woman for the ongoing TV anime adaptation of Kei Murayama's slice of life comedy manga series A Centaur's Life was given the task of going to stores in the Akihabara town to discuss the upcoming release of the anime's Blu-ray discs..., in her centaur form. Was she able to get there safely? Check out the video report after the jump!
Tokyo-based company t.n.t will open "Animegane," a new store specialized in anime collaboration glasses, in Akihabara, Tokyo, on July 15. The company is known for its "Shitsuji Megane eyemirror" (Butler Glasses eyemirror) in Ikebukuro, where all staff members have butler outfits. Hit the jump for more details.
Tokyo Anime Center, an exhibition facility located on the fourth floor of the Akihabara UDX building, has announced that it will be closed on July 18 due to expiration of contract with the building. The exhibition space has been operated by The Association of Japanese Animations since 2006. Hit the jump for more details.
On May 12, the project team of the Liberal Democratic Party's Special Mission Committee on the Cool Japan strategy decided on a policy to promote the construction of new national facilities that collect and preserve manga and anime's original drawings by development of the related laws. Hit the jump for more details.
Clockwork Planet fans near Akihabara are about to have the perfect excuse to go restaurant-hopping. The new anime is teaming up with restaurants and maid cafes in the area for an awesome stamp rally! Find out more and see participating businesses after the jump.
From March 18 to April 2, Gamers' main store in Akihabara is holding "Gabriel DropOut Museum," a special pop-up shop section dedicated to the TV anime adaptation of Ukami's comedy manga series in the museum space on its seventh floor. The space recreates the classroom of Maiten High School that the main girls go in the story. Check the photo report after the jump!
One day before the main area of this year's Anime Japan opened for general visitors, March 24, I again visited the Akihabara town in Tokyo for a routine photo report for the Crunchy News readers. Check out the latest anime/game street ads from the "Mecca of Otaku" after the jump.
Take a virtual trip around Akihabara, the center of otaku culture. How well do Akiba’s Trip’s location stack up to their real-world counterparts? Find out after the jump!