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.
Noriyoshi Ohrai, a world-famous illustrator best-known for creating classic movie posters for such films as The Goonies and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, has passed away at the age of 79. Hit the jump to pay respects to a great artist.
Greater Tokyo's Kawasaki hosts one of Japan's largest Halloween parades, with thousands of holiday cosplayers marching down the streets. This year they doubled down with a second Halloween parade just for Star Wars fans, featuring more costumes, bands and even floats modeled after traditional Japanese nebuta. Get a look after the jump.
Namaniku ATK, known for his work at Nitro+ and as well as the light novel illustration/original character design for Chaika - The Coffin Princess, often Tweets about his efforts to lose weight. However, today, he had some fun with food. Specifically takoyaki Death Stars, and wars between Meiji Takenoko bamboo candy. And, that lead to some sketches!
A big part of Star Wars' meta-mythology concerns how the movies drew heavily from Japanese samurai cinema. Elements, particularly C-3P0 and R2D2 were, in part, inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress. The word "Jedi" is thought to be derived from the period drama term "jidaigeki." And, Darth Vader's look is said to be inspired by samurai armor, Date Masamune's specifically. Bandai paid tribute to this in a series of figures, now headed to North America.