It’s time for road trip with Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: K-ON! The Movie. This theatrical follow-up to the ultra-popular TV series features work from K-ON! veterans Naoko Yamada (Director), Reiko Yoshida (Screenplay), Yukiko Horiguchi (Character Designs) and Hajime Hyakkoku (Music).
Sentai Filmworks topped off a day of announcements with the acquisition of K-ON! The Movie. Plans for this release include availability through select digital outlets soon, and a bilingual DVD and Blu-ray release featuring a dub from Bangzoom! Entertainment and "extensive extras." More after the jump!
Last year, the Japanese arm of convenience store chain Lawson ran a K-on! movie receipt promo-campaign, offering autographed luggage, jump suits and puppets. The puppets are now shipping, and it's probably fair to say that they're a bit more horrifying than moe. Get a look after the jump.
COSPA announced the latest line-up of its popular papercraft line GRAPHIG; Yui, Mio, Tsumugi, Ritsu, and Azusa, the five K-ON! The Movie girls in their winter uniforms. Its online store has started accepting pre-orders for the K-ON! paper figures. Check the cute product photos after the jump!
TSUTAYA, the largest DVD/BD and CD rental shop chain in Japan, announced its online anime store's sales ranking of 2012. The best selling anime disc was one of the most successful anime films of the year, K-ON! The Movie which was directed by Naoko Yamada as her directorial debut. Check the top 30 ranking after the jump.
The Hakone Ekiden is an annual male only relay marathon, run between Tokyo and Hakone on 2 and 3 January and televised on Nippon Television. This year, both days yielded on nice otaku Easter eggs, with K-on! drummer Ritsu encouraging the runners the first day and Dragon Ball Z's Frieza turning up on the second. Get a look after the jump.
The Japanese version of Amazon is currently listing a July 23rd English language release of K-on! College from North American manga publisher Yen Press. More after the jump.
November 11th is a big day for anime character birthdays. It's shared by One Piece's Zoro, Naruto's Jiraiya, Fate/zero's Kiritsugu Emiya, and Hayate the Combat Butler's Hayate Ayasaki and among others. Yet nothing excites Japanese otaku like the birthday of a K-on! cast member, and November 11th happens to be the BD of Ho-kago Tea Time guitarist Azusa Nakano. So, Grab some cake and join the celebration after the jump.
Being an otaku pilgrimage destination is something of a mixed blessing. On one hand, sites like the Washinomiya Shrine, popularized by Lucky Star, have welcomed the extra tourism. On the other, spots like Hyōgo Kenritsu Nishinomiya Kita High School, alma mater of Haruhi writer Nagaru Tanigawa have had trouble with unwelcome trespassers. Find how the home of K-On!'s high school is embracing it after the jump.
New to TBS' K-On! shop this month is a K-on! Ho-kago Tea Time Navi, a portable car navigation system that shows your location as one of the moe rockers and features Mio, Ritsu, Mugi and Azusa talking you through the route. Get a look after the jump.
Do you have a dog who loves light music? Is your pooch a Ho-kago Tea Time fanatic? Well, TBS is now selling the perfect item to share with the otaku pet in your life. The dog K-On! cosplay shirt comes in five sizes from 20cm neck x 30cm height x 20cm waist to 34cm x 52cm x 35 cm. Get a look after the jump.
Happy President's Days! Well, light music club president Ritsu Tainaka's birthday anyways. I wonder if anyone did anything remarkable/weird/slightly creepy to mark the K-On! drummer's big day... Find out after the jump.