Japanese producer/distributor Toei is expected to announced that pretax profit likely jumped 44% to about 19 billion yen ($171 million) for the year ended March 31. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' helped with 3.7 billion yen in Japanese box office, plus strong goods sales. Japanese companies operating theaters, including Toei, Toho and Shochiku also recorded big boosts from the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and to a lesser extent, Jurassic World.
With the assertion that the idea "works too well," fans have tried to fit footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers into the sort of patterns frequently seen in anime openings and set it all to the Flow music heard on the introduction to mecha series like Eureka 7 and Code Geass. See if you agree with the results after the jump.
Figure maker Kotobukiya has announced the launch of pre-orders for the Star Wars The Force Awakens Version Kylo Ren ARTFX+ Statue import. Selling for $69.99, the 1/10 scale figure is scheduled for July 2016. Get a look after the jump.
The Dark Side is strong on Japanese social media. The lives, loves and battles of Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Darth Ranko and that new, mopey rage-aholic Kylo Ren have been celebrated in a series of photographs, many using their S.H. Figuarts surrogates from Bandai. Get a look after the jump.
The current main theme at Tamashii Nations AKIBA Showroom, Japanese toy company Bandai's exhibition space for its latest character figures located in the JR Akihabara station's East-West Hall, is the Star Wars series, including the jidaigeki-themed Meisho Movie Realization collection. Check the photo report after the jump!
After winning two weeks in a row since its release, the second anime feature film from Level-5's Yo-Kai Watch franchise, Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King Enma and the 5 Stories, Nyan!, finally gave up its first place to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in its third weekend box office. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the very successful opening weekend, the second anime feature film from Level-5's Yo-Kai Watch franchise,Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King Enma and the 5 Stories, Nyan!, still topped Japan's box office in its second weekend, again beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens on second. Hit the jump fore more details.
Pre-release press for Star Wars: The Force Awakens suggested that director J. J. Abrams was looking for largely unknown actors to lead Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Japanese dub cast for the film was kept secret prior to its release, but when it did hit theaters, it proved to follow the lead of the original version. More after the jump.