The Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (MPPAJ) yesterday reported industrial statistics of Japanese film industry for the year 2016. A total of 61 Japanese and foreign films earned over 1 billion yen in the world's fourth largest film market (in 2015). Six of the top 10 films were anime, and three were live-action adaptations of popular manga. Check the list of the films after the jump.
For those not lucky enough to live near Shibuya's UPLINK movie theater or even in greater Tokyo, a new cloud streaming service has been launched that promises to bring a selection of the theater's currently screening titles to those that can't make it to a showing at the theater itself, with the help of highly regarded video portal Vimeo, best known for offering high-quality video uploads. Hit the jump for details.
Japan’s Akita prefecture has delivered something strange, terrifying, and totally delightful to help promote tourism to their area: an human-animal hybrid idol group made out of the region’s famed Akita Inu dogs! Enjoy the brain-busting English subtitled video after the jump!
After becoming obsessed with anime and manga in her native country, Anastasia Reznikova set her sights on opening a Russian-themed maid café in Tokyo, Japan. Now, the resulting establishment, named ItaCafe, is open for business. Hit the jump for a video report!
Japanese translator Kim Morrissy explores how our favorite anime, manga, and light novels are translated into English. What is lost in translation? More importantly, what is found in translation? This week, Kim investigates how anime fans in Japan keep up with the latest titles.
Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino is acting as the chairman of the Anime Tourism Association, an organization of private business interests (such as Kadokawa Corporation and Japan Airlines) that seek to spur tourism by encouraging fans of anime and manga from all over the world to visit locations all over Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Thanks to the runaway success of Shin Godzilla, giant monsters equal big business in Japan again. And now Capcom is getting into the act with a new virtual reality simulator where players get to experience the thrills of being a colossal-sized terror on the loose. Read on for more details about “Dai Kaiju Capdon” after the jump!
If you’re a regular visitor to Crunchyroll News, odds are that you love anime. A lot. But is that burning passion enough to make you permanently mark yourself with an image of your favorite character? Some folks featured in the new book “Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design” have already taken the plunge. After the jump, enjoy some photos and excerpts from this amazing new pager turner!
The World Cosplay Summit is now underway in Nagoya! And as part of the festivities, a group of eight cosplayers from around the globe paid a visit to the hallowed halls of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs! Watch a reel of video highlights after the jump!
If you need some grub in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? J.S. Burgers Cafe in Tokyo, for a set of some decadent-looking burgers based on the Ghostbusters film franchise. Bustin' probably tastes good!
LittleBigPlanet fans in Japan are about to lose access to the game's servers at the end of the month. Hit the jump for more information on the game's closure.
A relaxation in regional regulations will allow teenagers in various parts of Japan to stay out later at game centers and arcades beginning June 23, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
The next stop for Donald Trump's 2016 US Presidential campaign is… Japan? That's the case in the latest video from Mike Diva, who uses colorful effects and the assistance of friends to imagine a world in which The Donald is Big in Japan. Hit the jump to watch.