On this year's Coming-of-Age Day in Japan, January 8, all new adults in Kumamoto Prefecture received a special illustration from the internationally popular manga series One Piece author Eiichiro Oda. The 43-year-old artist was born in Kumamoto-city, which was hit by the huge earthquake in April of 2016, and has supported the area through the "One Piece Kumamoto Reconstruction Project." See his special art after the jump!
The Devil is a Part-Timer! has been a fan favorite ever since it first aired in the spring of 2013. And that’s no surprise! There’s something inherently hilarious about watching a demon lord and his general adjust to life in modern Tokyo, where everyone—even demon lords—have to work to pay their rent. But there’s more to The Devil is a Part-Timer! than just “fish out of water” humor.
The Kemono Friends franchise has supported the reconstruction effort by Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens that was damaged seriously by the Kumamoto Earthquake in April 2016. Five-type collaboration original cookies featuring the Kemono Friends characters are scheduled to be released and part of the sales will be donated to the zoo. Hit the jump for more details.
The Kumamoto earthquake (Mj7.3) hit wide parts of the Kyushu area in Japan in April of this year, has killed 120 people and damaged many of the region's iconic landmarks. Details of the "One Piece Recovery Project" featuring Eiichiro Oda's internationally popular manga series have been revealed. Hit the jump for more.
The Prince of Tennis manga author Takeshi Konomi has announced on his official Twitter that he will hold a charity event for the Kumamoto Earthquake victims on June 26. The two earthquakes hit the Kumamoto region on April 14 and 16, and over 8,000 people are still forced to live in shelters. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese figure maker Good Smile Company announced today that, in cooperation with Crypton Future Media and Nitroplus, a part of the sale of its upcoming two figures will be donated to the victims of the recent Kumamoto Earthquake via its Cheerful JAPAN! charity project. Hit the jump for more details.
The Kumamoto earthquake, the series of huge earthquakes have been hitting wide parts of the Kyushu area in Japan since last Thursday, April 14, killing 47 people and injuring more than 1,100. One Piece.com has posted an illustration message from the One Piece manga author Eiichiro Oda, who was born in Kumamoto in 1975. Read his message after the jump.
It has been two years since the day that changed everything in the Tohoku region of Japan and Yahoo! Japan has changed their top page to remember the disaster and share the reconstruction efforts that are going on currently. Click for more details and more links to learn and to support the reconstruction.
The Shotaro Ishinomori Mangattan Museum, honoring the work of the pioneering manga/anime/tokusatsu creator, was built with corporation of national government and Ishimaki City in 2001 and became a tourist destination, attracting 180,000 visitors annually. During the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, many of the building around the museum were destroyed and its facilities were substantially damaged. A new Tōhoku Revival video looks at the efforts to rebuilt. Get a look after the jump.
In 2008, Shotaro Ishinomori was posthumously awarded him the Guinness World Record for most comics/manga published by one author for a body of work over 128,000 pages, which included the creation of seminal superpowered team Cyborg 009. His towering influence also helped define the tokusatsu live action genre. November 17th, the museum in his honor will be holding a reopening ceremony. More after the jump.
It has been almost a year since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011. In memory of the disaster, Fuji Television and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London will co-produce a documentary film called "Japan In A Day" based on video footage filmed by the public. Submissions from outside of Japan are also welcomed. More details after the jump.
A charity project titled “JAPAN UNITED with MUSIC” brings 30 Japanese music artists together to cover The Beatles' hit song “All You Need Is Love,” with all profits donated to help reconstruction efforts and child victims of the earthquake. After the jump, check out an abridged version of their music video.
Takeshi Kobayashi and Yellow Magic Orchestra's Ryuichi Sakamoto have organized a charity project titled “JAPAN UNITED with MUSIC” in which 30 Japanese music artists will cover The Beatles' hit song “All You Need Is Love”, with all profits donated to help reconstruction efforts and child victims of the earthquake. More after the jump.
Kodansha has published a collection of manga and prose detailing the plight of cats who lost their owners in the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Named for Makoto Kobayashi's manga, What's Michael? Support for Cat Victims, features Kobayashi's work along with 19 other manga authors. Proceeds from ¥900 volume will be donated to support efforts. More after the jump.
Game developer Cave is primarily known for manic shooters like DoDoPachi (1997) and DeathSmiles (2007), but their latest title strays from the norm. Not only is Nin2-Jump (pronounced Nin Nin Jump) an action-platformer, but all proceeds of its sales will go toward Tohoku earthquake disaster relief.