The anti-immigrant and anti-ethnic Korean demonstrations of Zaitokukai (short for Zainichi Tokken o Yurusanai Shimin no Kai - Association of Citizens against the Special Privileges of the Zainichi) have raised debates about hate speech and Japanese identity. And, this weekend, they raised the ire of otaku who organized to stage an anti-racism counter-demonstration in Akihabara this weekend. Get a look after the jump.
Tokyo-based mobile software company jig.jp has announced the result of its latest survey for the Valentine's Day season with two questions: "Who do you want to get Valentine's Day chocolates from?" and "Who do you want to give Valentine's Day chocolates to?" Check the top 10 anime/manga characters after the jump.
Tokyo-based mobile software company jig.jp has announced the result of its latest survey for the Christmass season targeting male and female Japanese otaku. The question was "Who do you want to spend Christmas with?" and total 1,833 people answered their ideal Christmas partner. Check the female/male top 10 after the jump.
Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki isn't one to mince words and like the ones calling the iPad a disgusting machine controlled with obscene gestures aren't just some late career, old age fit of pique. Read his early career Starting Point essays, watch final work in The Kingdom of Dreams an Madness documentary, and it's clear that Miyazaki's always been cutting with his opinions. See what he had to say about otaku after the jump.
If you read Paul Krugman's New York Times columns, you'll get the impression that the liberal, Nobel Prize-winning economist isn't exactly what you'd call a blithe spirit. However, in his current visit to Japan, he found himself remarkably cheered by seeing otaku culture in action. More after the jump.
It is officially announced that TC Entertainment will release a HD new master edition Blu-ray of Gainax's classic two-episode OVA Otaku no Video in Japan on November 17, 2014. The comedy OVA series was released in 1991 depicting the real otaku life in the early 1980s Japan. Hit the jump for more information.
As you know, every time I visit Tokyo for various purposes (this time it was for the Summer Comiket), I try to find a time to walk around the world-famous otaku city, Akihabara, to check street ads and displays featuring the latest anime/game titles. Hit the jump for the August 2014 edition.
While the cool costumes and pretty people seem to have gotten the most attention from this weekend’s World Cosplay Summit event in Nagoya, Japan, the area was also littered with a ton of funky anime car itasha vehicles. Watch a pair of videos that document these “hot wheels” after the jump!
Since March 2010, Key-th, the Kanagawa-based company has been known for its "Curtain Damashii" brand featuring popular anime series such as K-ON!, Oreimo, Sword Art Online, and Madoka Magica. Its latest entry is the TV anime adaptation of Yui Hara's four-panel manga Kin-iro Mosaic. Check the details of the cute products after the jump.
During my stay in Tokyo last weekend, I also had an opportunity to walk around the world-famous otaku city Akihabara as usual for a new street ad feature article for the News, in addition to the Engaged to the Unidentified anime exhibition and other not-yet-reported events. Check out the latest look of the town after the jump.
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.