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.
This month's Animedia magazine has run a K-On! spread that's raising fan eyebrows. What they noticed is that while Azusa is in her school uniform, the other girls are in casual clothes... along the lines of when the manga relaunched in 2011 with one series following the main cast in college and a second featuring high school light music club members Azusa, Ui, and Jun. Get a look after the jump.
The Hiroshima Tōyō Carp has been promoting their pro baseball team with works from K-on! manga artist Kakifly as well as Tanaka Hiroshi, Toda Katsuyuki, Kawahara Masatoshi, Yasuhiko Yoshikazu, Inui Yoshihiko, Kawaguchi Kaiji, Nomura Munehiro, Sadayasu Kei, and Kochi Takahiro. After an earlier ad, in this week's game against the Chunichi Dragons, they broke out a bit of Kakifly crafted moe to cheer on the team. Get a look after the jump.
Given that the characters are kind of short, you wouldn't think a life-sized K-On! sticker would be fabulously expensive. However, the wallets of Ho-kago Tea Time fans are about to be tested as the TBS store begins offering movie style wall stickers at 55,000 yen ($542) for a set for 12,800yen ($125) each, which is a bit more than what an American sports fan will end up paying for their life-sized LeBron James Fathead. More after the jump.