SEGA will start a new session of its popular lottery series SEGA Lucky Kuji in late November, featuring Kyoto Animation's 2012 hit TV anime series Hyouka. You can get 17cm-tall Eru and Mayaka's maid costume figures, and various Hyouka character goods. Check the prizes after the jump.
Takayama-city in Gifu Prefecture is the hometown of Honobu Yonezawa, the author of the "Koten-bu/Classic Literature Club" series. To promote the crime prevention campaign, Takayama Police Station has produced wet tissues and clear files featuring the Hyouka anime characters. Hi the jump for more details.
Wave's line of Beach Queen figures will put pretty much any anime heroine in a swim suit regardless of if it makes sense or not. However, they've found a thematically appropriate subject with the announcement that they'll be releasing figures based on Gargantia's Amy and Bellows. Though no prototypes or dates have been revealed, they've also finalized Hyouka and Medaka Box for October release Get a look after the jump.
ACCS (Association of Copyright for Computer Software) reported on April 15th that Fukuoka prefectural police referred a 39-year-old unemployed man who illegally uploaded anime, manga, and video games to the internet to the Fukuoka district public prosecutor's office on 11th. He turned himsel in to the police last December. Hit the jump for more details.
Prepare to have your fascination with Hyouka satisfied. With pre-orders opening this week ahead of an August release, figure maker Alter has posted a preview of the upcoming Eru Chitanda, with the barefoot, rice preparing statuette recreating the character as she appears in episode 4. Get a look after the jump.
Takayama, in Gifu prefecture, the basis for fictional Kamiyama, is again embracing its connection to the Hyouka anime and light novels. Dating back to the 17th century, its local April Takayama Festival is famous for its ornate floats and complex puppets. This year, the spring rites will be joined by the Hyouka x Red Cross blood drive, sale of special goods and an appearance by Eru Chitanda voice actress Satomi Satō.
The Japanese Red Cross has rolled out their latest blood drive aimed at collecting a bit of otaku juice. Between now and the end of March, if you visit Gifu prefecture, home of Hida High School, inspiration for Kamiyama High School, and donate some blood, you can score an exclusive clearfile based on hit anime Hyouka. More after the jump.
Hyouka featured a parody of the Straw Millionaire folk tale, in which a poor man makes the right trades starting with a piece of straw such that he wound up fabulously wealthy. The Red Cross has been organizing otaku blood drives, allowing fans to trade some mls for a poster, which some fans turn around and play Straw Millionaire to sell. Check out the info on Hyouka's blood drive after the jump.
Anime cosplay outfits and accessories seller Cospa has revealed its 10 best-selling ensembles for 2012. Maybe on account of her fifth birthday, Hatsune Miku topped the list at #1, while it's probably thanks to movies that Evangelion's school uniform returned to the list and Kenshin made it on. DBZ fans will be pleased to see that a representative snuck on. Get the full roster after the jump.
Mystery anime Hyouka is the latest series to get involved with local agriculture promotion. Beginning December 1st, visitors to Gifu prefecture’s Takayama city will be able to purchase rice named for the hit Kyoto Animation anime. More after the jump.
Suffering from a bit of insomnia pondering the mysteries of life? Well, COSPA has the answer. Light novel/manga/anime Hyouka's mystery obessed Eru Chitanda is being featured on a new sleeping mask with her eyes on one side and her catch phrase "I Can't Stop Thinking About It!" on the other. Get a look after the jump.
It is often said that "Seichi Junrei" (Holy Land Pilgrimage) by anime fans is a key to promote local economy in Japan. The Juroku Bank, a local bank in Gifu Prefecture, estimates that the fans of the school mystery TV anime Hyouka will bring over 2.1 billion yen (approximately US$27 million) into the local economy in 2012. More details after the jump.
The site for the new Kyoto Animation adaptation of Hyouka posted a preview of the upcoming run of episodes for the mystery series, and it has included a set of designs featuring the anime's Scoobie gang cosplaying as Vocaloids Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Len, Kagamine Rin, and Megurine Luka. Get a look after the jump.