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.
The highly-anticipated 2nd anime film from Level-5's Yo-Kai Watch franchise, Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King Enma and the 5 Stories, Nyan!, was finally released in Japan on December 19. It sold 974,557 tickets on its first Saturday and Sunday, which was reportedly more than its strongest competitor Star Wars: The Force Awakens did. Hit the jump for more details.
With the release of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, the whole world is catching Star Wars fever, and that includes Japan's Good Smile Company, who have announced their 1st Nendoroid toy tie-in with the new film: the Nendoroid First Order Stormtrooper. Hit the jump to check it out.
This fall, Kadokawa has been staying on top of the Star Wars hype leading into the weekend opening of The Force Awakens. An element of this has been a series of Web Newtype tribute pieces from anime creators from talents at Trigger and beyond. Check out what they shared after the jump.
One Piece's Straw Hats are joining in the enthusiasm for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The pirate heroes will be demonstrating it in a lead-in video playing ahead of Episode VII, which opens in Japan along with the rest of the world on December 18. More after the jump.