To celebrate the birthday of Yui Hirasawa from K-ON!, TBS and MBS's official anime character goods store Animaru! listed 11 new commemorative items all at once yesterday on November 27. The most expensive one is a 250,000 yen (about US$2110) limited replica guitar. Check the 11 items after the jump.
Japanese electronic musical instrument company Korg has announced its collaboration project with popular band-themed anime series K-ON!. The company will release "RK-100S K-ON! Special," a 300-limted electronic keyboard inspired by the keyboardist of Houkago Tea Time, Tsumugi Kotobuki. Check the details after the jump.
Shoujo manga artist Arina Tanemura (The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Full Moon wo Sagashite) is back on Twitter with more tribute art. After drawing Angela Balzac, the heroine of Seiji Mizushima and Gen Urobuchi's Expelled from Paradise for the anime movie's premiere, she drew a belated tribute to November 11th birthday girl Azusa Nakano. Get a look after the jump.
Just in time for Apple Pay to kill off the credit card, Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS has launched a pair of K-on! credit cards in honor the of the anime adaptation of the fifth anniversary of the light music club series. Fans have a choices between character art or an instrument motif. Get a look after the jump.
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.