Pepper, a model of companionship robot developed by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank, will soon be updating its programming with a brand new suite of features that include such functions as providing multi-lingual tour advice, administering health checks...and ratting out potential shoplifters to the store management. Hit the jump to witness our terrifying dystopic future.
Aldebaran Robotics and Softbank are spreading a little holiday cheer with a humorous video in which a pair of Pepper companionship robots attempt to replicate the "Koi Dance" ("Love Dance"), an upbeat piece of dance choreography originally used to promote the live-action TV drama, Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu. Hit the jump to bust a move.
The 4th volume of Ryuoh no Oshigoto! ("The Dragon King is Your Job!") - a light novel series about a 16 year old shogi champion and his unlikely group of young female followers - will come with an original drama CD featuring the voices of Yuma Uchida and Rina Hidaka. Hit the jump to learn more.
Hundred, a light novel series written by Jun Misaki and featuring illustartions by Nekosuke Ōkuma, is being adapted into a TV anime that will premiere in April of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Humanity's slow but inevitable conquest beneath the cold, steely pincers of our new robot overlords continues with the announcement that the most recent production run of Softbank and Aldebaran Robotic's Pepper companionship robots sold out in one minute. Hit the jump to calculate more.
Pepper, a humanoid companionship robot created by Aldebaran Robotics and Softbank Mobile, was spotted in Ikebukuro in a lovely (and lively) Halloween costume. Hit the jump to trick-or-treat.
In a recent interview for web-radio program "Aniho Radio!", manga author Leiji Matsumoto relayed stories of his past and expressed his hopes and dreams for the future. Hit the jump to learn more.
Your iPhone case may be tough, but it is it tough enough to defeat the deadly art of assassination that is the Divine Fist of the North Star? If not, Holy Emperor Souther may have the product for you. Hit the jump to check out this silly ad featuring Strawberry-Flavored Fist of the North Star and Softbank Selection.
A new advertisement for SoftBanks "more speedy" LTE services features modern samurai Isao Machii performing amazing feats of martial arts skill by slicing various objects fired at increasingly ridiculous speeds. Hit the jump to check it out.
What does the sale of 300 humanoid companionship robots entail for the future of humanity? Hit the jump to find out.
SoftBank finally revealed the collaboration project with the popular anime series Tiger & Bunny on June 25. As some T&B fans expected, they are iPhone 5 cases with Wild Tiger designs named "Tiger & Bunny Hero Case by SoftBank Selection." Check the details after the jump.
Ever since the anime started, Wild Tiger fans were anticipating this day to come. The veteran hero's corporate sponsor, Softbank, a Japanese telecommunication and internet company finally posted a teaser site hinting a collaboration with the popular anime, Tiger & Bunny. Read more about the surprising direction this announcement pushed the fans toward after the jump!
Think Facebook for people who would rather see pics of gunpla and cosplay than the new baby or last night at the bar. Softbank, the telecom/internet company that you might know from their White family ads, and Yahoo! Japan have launched WONDER!, a social network where otaku can upload photos of their PVC figures, plastic models, cosplay, and original illustrations. More after the jump.