Banpresto will offer a new crane game prize series named "Nyanko Dayori" which targets females in their 20s and 30s in amusement facilities across Japan in the middle of this October. The series features Nyanko-sensei, a popular character from the Natsume Yujin-Cho anime series. Check the prizes after the jump.
The Family Mart chain of convenience stores in Japan has started offering new sweets featuring popular manga/anime series Natsume Yujin-cho since January 8th. They are limited collaboration products with Animax, an anime satellite television network. Check the product photos after the jump!
Natsume Yujin-cho (aka Natsume's Book of Friends) is gearing up to start celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013. Yuki Midorikawa's popular supernatural manga first ran as a one shot in the July issue of LaLaDX, on sale in May 2003, before launching as an ongoing in 2005 and switching to the main LaLa magazine in 2008. See how things are kicking off after the jump.
Bottle caps are one of those semi-functional character good items that don't really seem that functional. Still, the ones that Zigz Toys have planned for next March are quite neat. Based on Natsume Yujin-Cho, they have the cat spirit Nyanko-sensei drunk, happy, angry, in love and glow in the dark. Get a look after the jump.
Seichi Junrei (holy place pilgrimage) is now very important part of otaku culture. Anime fans love to visit the real locations where their favorite series used as a background. A local internet TV station in Kumamoto prefecture has posted a video report to introduce the appeals of the anime tourism inspired by Natsume Yujin-cho. Check the video after the jump!
Until September 23rd, Runa is taking pre-orders for a giant plush... almost furniture-sized version of Natsume Yujin-cho's Nyanko-sensei. You'll be able to lounge with the 110cm long x 70cm wide x 50cm high ghost cat for ¥26,250 ($333). Get a look at the big guy after the jump.
The latest issue of LaLa magazine has a special treat for shoujo readers. On sale in Japan today, issue 10 of the monthly anthology features a cable clip modeled after Natsume Yujin-cho ghost cat Nyanko-sensei. Get a look after the jump.
Summer may conjure up scenes of beaches and BBQs, but if you're in Japan you need to watch your back. That’s because summer is the season when yokai and yurei (monsters and ghosts) are most active. We caught up with Matt Alt, co-author of the recently released Yurei Attack! ghost guide for more info that you can peep after this jump!
The advent of late night and off hour anime scheduling allowed for more diversity in televised series from classics like Berserk to Noitamina programming like Natsuyuki Rendezvous, but in some of these case, Japanese fans think the anime really could have commanded attention in a "golden time"/prime time slot. In a new free-for-all Biglobe poll, almost five thousand Japan fans named their pick. See they named after the jump.
Announced at this past weekend's Anime Expo convention, NIS America is bringing seasons 1 and 2 of Natsume Yujin-cho (Natsume's Book of Friends) to home video in an impressive Premium Edition. The 4-disc set is packed in a slipcase with a collectible hardcover artbook and bonus features, and is due out on October 9. Pic and info past the break!
The fourteenth volume of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume Yujin-cho is scheduled to be released in Japan on July 5th, so to pitch the supernatural shoujo manga as an ideal summer read, ghost cat Nyanko-sensei has allowed himself to be photographed enjoying the warm weather in a series of book store promotional posters. Get a look after the jump.
Ichiban Kuji is doing a special Natsume Yujin-Cho event, limited to bookstores only, starting at in June. Hit the jump to see what kind of merchandise will be available for people willing to try their luck for 500 yen!
Lala, the magazine that serializes Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume Yujin-cho, is offering a free Nyanko-sensei "cool teatime set" to anyone who buys the June issue. Check it out after the jump!
Similar to previous events based on tie-ins to anime such as Tiger & Bunny and K-on!, the Namco Namja Town indoor theme park in Ikebukuro, Tokyo will be offering a line-up of treats and attractions based Natsume Yujin-cho, Hotarubi no Mori e, You and Me 2, and Inu X Boku Secret Service as part of Aniplex Spring Girls Festival March 17th to May 13th. Details and pics after the break!