On April 22, Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Hotogaya Station referred a 44-year-old ex-projectionist to prosecutors for selling film frames of the trailer of K-ON! The Movie on an internet auction site. The suspect cut them out from the actual trailer reel at the theater he used to work. Hit the jump for more details.
It's the meeting of older and newer moe as otaku continue to celebrate the January 15th birthday of K-on! bassist Mio Akiyama, including a birthday party event at the school at inspired the anime's setting, while finding a place in their heart for Attack on Titan's Krista Lenz too. Get a look after the jump.
The long-awaited live-action adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service is getting ready for its premiere on March 1st, and the voice actress who will be voicing Kiki's feline partner, Gigi has finally been announced! It's one of the voice actresses from the ever popular K-On! Can you guess who? The image of Kiki and Gigi together was also released and is keeping fan's expectations high in the run up to the premiere. More after the jump!
A look ahead on what Amazon plans to offer digitally reportedly lists Yen Press' release of Hobunsha manga K-On!, GA Art Design Class, and Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro out in February while Love Quest, Mr. Flower Bride, Waning Moon, other BL Yen titles are due later this Spring. more after the jump.
Otaku home decor outfitter Curtain Damashii is still going strong. After adding new Fate/zero, Madoka Magica and Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS designs this fall, they are now introducing sets based on Sword Art Online, and of course the ubiquitous Kan Colle this month. Get a look after the jump.
While the notion of a geek obsessed with riding and photographing trains isn't unknown outside Japan, that country probably has one of the more recognizable train otaku subcultures. One result of having that many railways and that many railway obsessed geeks is that you see fans remaking anime openings with just train video. Get a look after the jump.
November 11th is another of those dates on which a bevy anime character birthdays fall. However, despite the lack of any sign of a new anime or manga in the works, all those others get lost in the shuffle as otaku still manage extravagant celebrations for K-on! cast member and Ho-kago Tea Time guitarist Azusa Nakano. Celebrate after the jump.
Friendship is a beautiful thing for both men and women, which anime does a great job portraying, however idealized it may be. While many female otaku fantasize over male friendship in anime, there are lots of anime focused on the friendship between girls as well. Polling site Goo Ranking recently asked Japanese men which anime make them roll around in joy when they watch to see displays of friendship between girls. See the result after the jump!
Japanese apparel brand earth has been aggressively working with anime titles to offer collaboration items to anime fans and after the successful Kuroko's Basketball project, next up is K-ON! as the earth official twitter posted a teaser image of the 5 girls in outfits that are likely the new K-ON! collaboration designs. See the image after the jump!
Wet waether getting you down? No worries...The otaku ITA craze has lead to a line of umbrellas adorned with moe characters from several popular anime series. YATTAR NEWS brings us pics and info after the jump!
As we noted last month for Mugi's birthday, it's been over a year and a half since the release of the K-on! movie. There's no actively running manga. There are no announced plans for new manga or anime. The K-On! Hōkago Rhythm Time arcade is pretty much the latest major bit of fuel for the K-on! faithful. This hasn't stopped otaku from continuing to celebrate the August 21 birthday of drummer Ritsu Tainaka.
Seasonal Plants, a Gunma-based company specialized in rain apparel, has started accepting pre-orders for "Itagasa," umbrellas featuring the characters from popular anime series Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, K-ON!, and Nitro+'s mascot girl Super Sonico. Check the PV for the cute umbrellas after the jump!
It's been over a year and a half since the release of the K-on! movie. There's no actively running manga. There are no announced plans for new manga or anime. The K-On! Hōkago Rhythm Time arcade is pretty much the latest major bit of fuel for the K-on! faithful. This hasn't stopped otaku from continuing to celebrate the July 2nd birthday of keyboardist Tsumugi "Mugi" Kotobuki. See how they marked the occasion after the jump.