Fans of anime and manga have something new to celebrate, because TV anime Kemono Friends and everyday comedy manga Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru ("And Yet the Town Moves") both took home prizes at the 2018 Seiun Awards, a prestigious industry award for works of speculative fiction that is similar to the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Hit the jump to learn more.
Big news for fans of Gengoroh Tagame's critically acclaimed family drama manga, My Brother's Husband: the manga has won the award for the "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia" category at the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, which are presented every year at San Diego Comic-Con. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a statement through his agency, Mausu Promotion, voice actor Tōru Ōkawa announced his return to work after an extended absence to seek medical treatment. Hit the jump to learn more.
In an official statement through her agency, Aoni Production, voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro (Kitaro in GeGeGe no Kitaro, Fujiko Mine in LUPIN THE 3RD PART 5) has announced that she will be taking time off from voice acting this summer for before-and-after childbirth maternity and childcare leave. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some sad news for fans of ITAN, a bimonthly manga magazine published by Kodansha: as of Volume 44 (published in Japan on June 07, 2018), the magazine is suspending its print run, with currently running titles migrating to Kodansha's Comic DAYS digital manga magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a move that is sure to raise a few eyebrows, Sega Games Co., Ltd. president and COO Kenji Matsubara stated in an interview with Sankei Shimbun that the company was considering a return to the hardware home video game console market. Hit the jump to learn more.
As of April 01, 2018, Kōenji Studio - a subdivision of A-1 Pictures - has assumed a new name and a new focus as CloverWorks. Hit the jump to learn more.
As of March 31, 2018, voice actors Shinnosuke Tachibana (Seido Takizawa in Tokyo Ghoul) and Jun Fukuyama (King in The Seven Deadly Sins) have left their previous representation with Axl One and formed a new company entitled BLACK SHIP Inc. that will focus on fostering new talent and nurturing innovation in the fast-paced and highly competitive industry of voice acting. Hit the jump to learn more.
On March 26, 2018, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) awarded the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing to Eiko Kadano, the author of such works as Kiki's Delivery Service and Grandpa's Soup. Hit the jump to learn more.
Big news for all you puzzle game fiends who'd like to turn your hobby into a profession: Sega's Puyo Puyo series of tile-matching action puzzle games are entering the world of Japanese eSports, because the Japan eSports Union ("JeSU" for short) is now offering "Japan eSports Pro-Licenses" for Puyo Puyo. Hit the jump to learn more.
Manga author Tsutomu Nihei (BLAME!, Knights of Sidonia, APOSIMZ) and Polygon Pictures Holdings (the parent company of Polygon Pictures) have teamed up to form a new business venture entitled TOA Heavy Industries, LLP.. Hit the jump to learn more.
The winners of the 12th Annual Seiyu Awards, an industry event that recognizes excellence in the field of Japanese voice-acting, were announced at a special ceremony held at the Cultural Broadcasting Media Plus Hall in Hamamatsuchō, Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan, on March 03, 2018. Hit the jump to see the results.
Spike Chunsoft, Inc. - the American subsidiary of Japanese video game developers Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. - has revealed that it will announce 4 new titles at Game Developers Conference 2018, a video game industry event that runs from March 19 - 23, 2018, at the Moscone Center venue in San Francisco, California, USA. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018, an international film festival sponsored by the Japan Video Association and co-hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that seeks to recognize excellence in Japanese animation, has announced the winners for its "Anime of the Year" awards. Hit the jump to learn more.
Fans looking for a direct way to give back to animators now have the perfect chance. A new crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise 2 million yen to expand and maintain housing for new animators in Japan. Find out more about the campaign after the jump!