There are certainly plenty of fan-favorite characters with German backgrounds. So, with that country's FIFA World Cup win, Evangelion's Asuka and the German Strike Witches have been the subject of a lot of soccer fan art in recent days. The ship girls of KanColle also go into the fun with a late night 60-minute drawing challenge. See all that and more after the jump.
It's time for another wave of adorable chibi figures from Good Smile Company's Nendoroid line. Non Non Biyori's much anticipated Ren-chon is joined by Rozen Maiden's Suigintoh, Monster Hunter's G-Class Receptionist, and mini KanColle ship daughters. Get a look after the jump.
Good Smile Company has posted their latest commercial for figures based on the KanColle historical warship girl browser game phenomenon. This one focuses on the 1/8th scale statue of the enemy Abyssal's Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class. Get a look after the jump.
There's been little in the way of newly announced concrete plans for the anime adaptation of historical warship girl browser-game phenomenon KanColle, but Comptiq has published a visual of its take on the Super Dreadnought Battleship, Kongo indestructible mountain who lent her name to class of battleship that was among the most heavily armed in any navy when built. Get a look after the jump.
On July 7th, Japan celebrates the star festival Tanabata, which marks the meeting of lover deities Orihime and Hikoboshi who are able to reunite only on the seventh day of the seventh month. Traditions include wearing yukata for summer festivals and tying strips of paper with poems and wishes to bamboo, which are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival. Check out the celebration after the jump.
Good Smile Company has kicked off the month of July with the launch of preorders for a Nendoroid figure of Attack on Titan's Armin. This super deformed version of Mr. Arlert ships in October for 3,889yen. Get a look at this, plus other recently solicited figures after the jump.
If you're a figure collector, few words strike fear into your wallet like WonFes. Summer WonFes is coming, and Good Smile Company will be there, along with Max Factory, with a handful of exclusives. Get a look at the roster after the jump.
Beyond being officially announced for summer 2014, there's been little news about the adaptation of superpower action manga Tokyo ESP coming from conventional sources. First the opening and ending themes were listed on Amazon. Then voice actress Megumi Ogata Tweeted the cast. Now, a summer preview on prominent Japanese site Gigazine has included the key credits as part of its summer anime preview. See who's involved after the jump.
The KanColle anthropomorphic war ship phenomenon has inspired bottles of "Coolant Water" energy drink. Selling for 200yen for a 500ml bottle of the blue drink, incentives include a sticker of destroyer girl Shigure for buying two, along with posters with the purchase of six. Get a look after the jump.
Demonstrating just how inescapable KanColle is these days, Lily Hoshino (Otome Yōkai Zakuro, Penguindrum) has posted her sketch of the browser game turned multi-media franchise's anthropomorphized destroyer Hibiki. Get a look after the jump.
If you didn't think that Kantai Collection's ("KanColle" for short) presentation of historic World War II warships as cute girls was irreverent, wait til you you see "Kenkore: Kenryoku sha (Men in Power) Collection." While discussing Japanese/Korean relations and other geopolitical tensions, Read Japan magazine introduced this parody in which world leaders are reimagined as militarized bishoujo. Get a look after the jump.
Following their Kongo figure, Max Factory is focusing on KanColle's submarine girls for the next couple of releases in their "half-damaged" figure line. Good Smile Company will be distributing I-58 in October. If you know your history from pop culture, this the sub that sunk the USS Indianapolis, immortalized in Quint's war story in Jaws. Get a look after the jump.