The official Hatsune Miku You Tube channel has posted the first installment of its new documentary series that takes a closer look at the technology behind Hatsune Miku. The eight and a half minute documentary captures behind-the-scenes footage of Miku's latest music video where a real musician and the virtual idol to perform together real time. The video is also subtitled in English for non-Japanese speakers. Watch the video after the jump!
On top of the Free! collaboration campaign, Japanese convenience store chain Lawson has announced another promotion campaign with popular idol anime and game, Love Live! The first promotion will start on March 18th with a lottery to win original Love Live! T-shirts and goods when purchasing campaign products from Kirin Beverage and the participants will choose the promotion image girl for the campaign. Check it out after the jump!
To promote the second season, which is rumored to start in July (fingers crossed), sexy summer swimming anime Free! will launch a collaboration campaign with Japanese convenience store franchise Lawson and the first collaboration images have been posted. The boys are in Lawson uniform inspired track jerseys, which matche perfectly with the Iwatobi High School colors. Check it out after the jump!
A photo of a store display at an undisclosed anime shop in Japan is getting lots of attention because the display is showcasing the majority of the idol anime / game franchises for male audiences together. Ps, Love Livers, WUG fans and AiKatsu Ojisans are discussing the possible idol war due to this brave, but thoughtless act of promotion. Is this act bad enough to cause a war between fandoms? See the controversial photo after the jump.
The male figure skating during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics may have ended but the stars born on the ice are still keeping Japanese fans busy, this time by having them in a fantasy otome game featuring male figure skaters. The hashtag ##フィギュア男子乙女ゲー (literally, Male Figure Otome Game) is showing interesting developments and some hilarious images as a result. Check out what's going on after the jump!
Hideaki Kobayashi is a 50-year-old normal Japanese male who became a viral sensation for wearing a girls school uniform, better known as Sailor Fuku Ojisan. Ladybeard is a hairy Australian who is a pro-wrestler, heavy metal singer and an entertainer who is becoming better known in Japan recently because of his own crossdressing exploits. See the bizarre and strangely kawaii images of both men together after the jump!
It was just yesterday that a Japanese male figure skater and now gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu was drawn as a Jojo's Bizarre Adventure-style character and not only has he been featured in tons of photo memes, now he's been turned into a Danganronpa character in a new fan-made illustration. Yes, even with a Monokuma-style Pooh Bear right next to him. Get a look after the jump!
I wonder if it's the rarity of snow in the Kanto region, but it feels like the Japanese meme scene is coming up with a new theme everyday. With the latest meme, the hashtag says, "Put Moomin in your favorite character's cosplay and say something in a two panel manga with a close up of the character in the second panel, it will work as manga no matter what." It's a very long hashtag and you may better understand it when you see the examples after the jump!
Men's figure skating in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games created another star recently, and it is 19-year-old Yuzuru Hanyu. His elegant yet powerful performance not only scored him the gold medal, but the attention of meme creators on the internet looking for another subject to work with. Many memes based on Yuzuru's reaction from the gold medal winning performance are already crowding the internet. See the images after the jump!
Nagi no Asukara (Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea) takes place in the world where some people live on land and some people live underwater. Although no such place exists in real-life as far as I know, real-life locations in Japan that the anime may have referenced have been identified by dedicated fans on a blog. See the images after the jump!
Since NTT Docomo recently asked about the best voice actresses for cool and mature female characters in anime, they did not forget the male half. Many anime and video games feature cool and manly male figures and who does the best voices for them? 1,054 registered users voiced their opinion and the 10 best voice actors for manly male characters are after the jump!
Bamboo, the front man of the band milktub recently had the safety at otaku live music shows as the topic of his Nico Nico Douga live broadcast show called Asakusa NOW. Milktub and his people reached a decision to present a different and more peaceful method of audience participation by offering the audience wife/husband body pillows instead of glowsticks at their live events! More after the jump!
NSFW!! A Japanese centerfold model launched a club for a group of female models called Gravure Idols, or Guradoru for short, posting their own SFW and NSFW selfies and the hashtag for the club went viral very quickly. Unexpected rivals as juicy as the bikini models started posting their own delicious (chicken) meat! Confused yet? More after the jump!