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    Friday January 20, 2017
  • Take a Sip of Blue-Eyes Mountain Coffee at Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe

    Animate teases menu and goods for upcoming collaboration.

    Craving a 3,000 yen cup of Blue-Eyes Mountain Coffee? You can have it... and it'll actually be worth the money! This combo is one of more than a dozen themed dishes available at Animate's upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! cafe. Check out some of the menu items and exclusive goods after the jump!

  • Monday October 17, 2016
  • Original Anime "Hand Shakers" Introduces Teams in New Promo

    Anime celebrates Animate chain's 30th anniversary in January

    In the months since the Hand Shakers anime was first announced, the official website gradually trickled out information on its characters and, once all the teams were lined up, paired them with cast members. Following up on the first promo that debuted in August, a new preview is here to set up the story, introduce the teams, and show some quick clips of action along the way. 

  • Friday September 16, 2016
  • "Hand Shakers" Anime Connects Voice Cast to Team Members

    Anime celebrates Animate chain's 30th anniversary in January 2017

    While a pretty meaty cast list was revealed for Hand Shakers—the original anime by Frontier Works, Kadokawa, and GoHands that celebrates the 30th anniversary of retail chain Animate—back in July, most of them weren't assigned to characters at the time. A new announcement on the official website fixed that issue, lining up most of the cast members with their respective teams. Read on to see who's playing who.

  • Wednesday September 7, 2016
  • "Hand Shakers" Anime Reveals Designs for the Chain Team

    Anime project celebrates Animate chain's 30th anniversary in January

    The latest characters to be revealed for collaborative anime project Hand Shakers have more colorful names than most. Meet Break and Bind, members of the team code-named Chain, and check out an up-close look at their designs after the jump.

  • Saturday August 27, 2016
  • Team Sword Takes Over in Latest "Hand Shakers" Character Art

    Anime project celebrates Animate chain's 30th anniversary in January

    Another week, another character art reveal for the upcoming Hand Shakers anime. Last week we saw Chizuru and Hayate of the Shadow team, and now it's the Sword team's turn. Kodama and Hibiki make up this duo, so check out how they're lookin' after the jump.

  • Friday August 19, 2016
  • "Hand Shakers" Anime Shares Character Designs for the Shadow Team

    Anime project celebrates Animate chain's 30th anniversary in January

    Following up on last week's reveal of art for the Card team, the official website for GoHands, Kadokawa, and Frontier Works' Hand Shakers anime project now presents the team known as Shadow. This one is made up of Chizuru and Hayate, and you can see a closer look at their designs after the jump.

  • Friday August 12, 2016
  • "Hand Shakers" Promo Sets the Stage for a Colorful Collaboration

    GoHands, Kadokawa, and Frontier Works project premieres in January

    A few days ago we posted some new character art for the upcoming Hand Shakers anime, which is being produced to celebrate retail chain Animate's 30th anniversary. Frontier Works—who is teaming with Kadokawa and anime studio GoHands on the production—followed that up with the online debut of one of the anime's promotional videos. 

  • Monday August 8, 2016
  • "Hand Shakers" Site Reveals Character Art for the Card Team

    Project celebrates Animate's 30th anniversary in January

    The official website for original TV anime project Hand Shakers closed out July with a look at some key character art, prominently featuring Soma Saito-voiced Tazuna and Sumire Morohoshi-voiced Koyori. That pair makes up a group codenamed Gear, and now it's time to turn our attention to another team. More after the jump.

  • Sunday March 20, 2016
  • Animate Shops Celebrate 30 Years with Original "Hand Shakers" Anime

    Chain of stores teams up with GoHands, Frontier Works, and Kadokawa

    Japan's Animate character goods stores are cooking up a big celebration for the chain's 30th anniversary. They announced plans to team up with anime studio GoHands (KCoppelion), Kadokawa, and the Frontier Works production company on an original anime project called Hand Shakers. Read on for more.

  • Monday February 8, 2016
  • Grand Opening of Animate Store in Bangkok Draws 6000 Visitors

    Retail store is the first step of the Japan Manga Alliance to enter the Thai market

    The grand opening of the Animate Bangkok retail store on the 7th floor of the MBK shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, drew some 6000 visitors on February 06, 2016, far exceeding the initial expectations of the Japan Manga Alliance, the store's sponsors. Hit the jump to learn more.

  • Saturday January 23, 2016
  • Animate Releases "Harry Potter" Mini Chara-featured Itmes

    Clear files, tin badges, rubber straps, acrylic key holders

    With the partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Animate has started offering original items featuring the mini version characters from J. K. Rowling's internationally popular Harry Potter series. Its online stores now accepting orders for 12 types of clear files. Check the details after the jump.