Voice actress Masako Nozawa (Goku in Dragon Ball Z), actor Shinya Ohwada, and anisong singer Hiroko Moriguchi are teaming up to host a special 2 hour TV program entitled Nippon Anime 100-nen: Atom, Joe kara Dragon Ball made!! Natsukashi no Meisaku o Ikkyo Hōsō ("100 Years of Nippon Anime: From Atom and Joe to Dragon Ball!! An All-At-Once Nostalgic Broadcast") that traces the history of the anime medium from its earliest origins in 1917 up through the present day. Hit the jump to learn more.
Although they are paragons of Japanese pop culture, the evidence for the historical existence of the ninja - clans of spies and assassins who operated in secret during the feudal era of the samurai - has been relatively thin. However, a series of family documents discovered by Toshiyuki Watanabe of Kōka City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan may shed some light on the truth within the shadows. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new book commemorates 50 years of TMS Entertainment animation by collecting articles previously published in Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.
Have you noticed that Japanese people love silly dances? Here is a new one from famous mangaka, Shiriagari Kotobuki, who came up with this simple animation called "Yuru-mation" ("Yurui" means loose in Japanese) and this video is actually educational, if you want to memorize all 15 Tokugawa Shogun for your Japanese History exam. Click for the video!