Cospa's casual neckties featuring the characters from popular anime series such as Love Live!, Sword Art Online, Oreimo, and Madoka Magica, have been well-received by the hard core fans. Its official site has revealed the item lineup for the up-coming Anime Japan 2014 including the newest neckties of the two girls from Girls und Panzer, Miho and Yukari. Hit the jump for the details.
Resourcing company Dip has been branching into otaku business lately with an interactive app guide to pilgrimages to the locations that inspired popular anime. And, in time for the holiday, they've conducted a special Otaku Awareness Survey - Valentine's Day Edition. See the results after the jump.
Following the Infinite Stratos heroines last December, the Osaka-based PC retailer Unitcom will release new Ita-laptops/visualize note PCs featuring Neptune and Noire, the two main heroines from Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation on March 10. Check the details after the jump.
It was time again for the meeting of itaboarders, the snowboarding equivalent of the folks who drive anime decorated cars or itasha. Among the 300 folks on scenes were plenty of Love Live fans, a few repping KanColle and Jun'ya "ZUN" Ota, the mastermind behind popular doujin game Touhou Project (and beer enthusiast). Get a look after the jump.
The 9th Annual Otaku Senryu contest is on in Japan and this means the open call for the contest mascot in Nyako Shikibu is on as well! The open call is for the character mascot with cat ears and a calligraphy brush for both the illustration and model category. The 6th annual contest is limited to male models and crossdressing is encouraged! More after the jump!
I am staying in Tokyo now for Comic Market 85 held at Tokyo Big Sight on December 29-31. I had an opportunity to visit the world-famous otaku city Akihabara the day before the three-day event. Check the latest anime/game street ads in the Mecca of otaku after the jump.
An Osaka-based PC retailer Unitcom will release new Ita-laptops/visualize note PCs featuring three heroines from the Infinite Stratos TV anime series on December 31, 2013. The Windows 8 laptops contain the heroines' newly-recorded voices by the original voice actresses. Check the details after the jump.
Last night, anime kids went nuts when #makeanimeboring was made one of the top US trending topics on Twitter, complete with jokes like "Howl's Moving Trailerhome" and "Galaxy Public Transportation 999" and "Business Suit Gundam." More after the jump.
Whether being an "otaku" has positive or negative connotation shifts. It might be dragged down by association with social ills, or buoyed by cute stories like Densha Otoko and the notion that otaku spend enough to contribute to the economy. A financial planner has now proposed a formula for calculate an "otaku coefficient" based on that spending. More after the jump.
Japanese indies record label Edge Records is planning to release a new audio CD titled "You can sleep together with your sisters CD" this winter. The CD for all ages features conversations with four little sisters aged from 10 to 15 who want to sleep together with their big brother so much. Hit the jump for more details.
Two weeks after my July report, I visited the Akihabara town, the Mecca of Otaku in Tokyo again. Surprisingly, most of the anime/game-related street ads and posters have been already changed and the city has a totally new look. Check the August photo report after the jump!