In 2012, comedy manga artist Katsuki Tanaka designed the Cup no Fuchiko capsule toy, a series of mini figures of a girl in a blue and white uniform that sits on the edge of drinking glasses in six different poses. After becoming a phenomenon, selling millions of units, the collaborations began. Now, after Madoka Magica, Sailor Moon and the likes, K-on! and KanColle are getting their turns for collaborations.
Character goods maker Cospa's bishoujo label NijigenCospa has previewed a couple of items for hardcore otaku who don't quite want to go out in public looking like hardcore otaku. Inspired by Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion Story, a Homura parka is designed for everyday wear. Meanwhile, the fifth anniversary of the K-on! anime is being celebrated with a set of Cospa's hidden power-level ties. Get a look after the jump.
K-On!'s popularity remains steady, at least steady enough for Sega to bust out another arcade game with the upcoming release of K-On! After School Rhythm Selection. Location tests kicked off on September 13 and are running through today in Japan. Hit the jump for more.
It has been quiet for a while, but it doesn't mean the Japanese police forget their job. Two Japanese men were reportedly arrested for uploading manga files including Berserk, K-ON!, and Working! to the internet using the file-sharing software Share without the respective copyright holders' permission. Hit the jump for more details.
The heyday of extravagant otaku celebrations for K-on! birthdays may be over, but that doesn't mean that the fans have entirely stopped putting together awesome and awesomely weird tributes to character's like Ho-kago Tea Time keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki. See how they marked the occasion this year after the jump.
Sentai Filmworks wants everyone to put their hands together and jam along to its latest acquisition, K-ON! season 1. The anime will be available soon through select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow later. Read on for more.
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.