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    Sunday August 9, 2015
  • Animation Studio Shaft, Inc. Joins Twitter

    Studio responsible for "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" & more establishes a broader social media presence

    Shaft, Inc., the animation company behind such works as Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari, has entered the age of social media by creating an official presence on Twitter. Hit the jump to learn more.

  • Sunday May 3, 2015
  • This Twitter User Creates Anime Portraits Out of Cigarette Ashes

    Instead of throwing those ashes out, create art!

    Smoking isn't for everyone, but art definitely is. And we all know art and anime go hand in hand, obviously. This Japanese Twitter user named @shin___geki has taken their love for the habit and anime and has created something wonderful. Hit the jump to see what they've created!

  • Monday April 13, 2015
  • Unusual Scene Occurs as Snow Falls on Japanese Cherry Blossoms

    A bit of winter encroaches on spring sakura

    Japanese social media wasn't entirely Hestia string pics this week (just mostly). Also commanding attention was a late season snowfall that accompanied unseasonably cold mid-week. This snow, the latest ever recorded for some areas, fell on the spring's sakura cherry blossoms, making for a striking, and photogenic, scene. Check it out after the  jump.

  • Sunday March 1, 2015
  • Internet Famous Dress Fascinates Japanese Netizens Too

    Yep. That dress you're probably sick of hearing about was the subject of conversation internationally

    Yep. That dress you're probably sick of hearing about was the subject of conversation internationally. Japanese sites were all talking about whether the internet famous photo showed a dress that was white and gold or blue and black. While artists such as noted doujin author Kohaku Sumeragi offered their interpretation, one sketch got over 20k retweets. Meanwhile, folks from model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Yurikuma Arashi's Kunihiko Ikuhara weighed in.

  • Sunday February 22, 2015
  • Japanese Artists Celebrate Cat Day

    And a "Nyan Nyan Nyan" happy Neko no Hi to you!

    Depending on alternate pronunciations February 22nd, 2.22, can be "Nyan Nyan Nyan" Cat Day or "Nin Nin Nin" Ninja Day in Japan (or, if you want to split the difference (Cat Ninja Legend Teyandee/Samurai Pizza Cats Day). in 1987, the Japan Pet Food Association was able to establish Neko no Hi (the day of cats). As might be expected, in recent years this had evolved into an excuse for plenty of fan art and social media fun. Get a look after the jump.

  • Saturday February 21, 2015
  • Moe Anime for World Peace?

    Release of “YuruYuri” OAV results in warmer Japanese / Korean relations on Twitter?

    Will the moe girls of YuruYuri be the red thread of fate that unites the pinkie fingers of Japan and Korea? Hit the jump to find out.

  • Sunday January 11, 2015
  • A Guide to Winter 2015 Anime Hashtags

    If you want to track your favorite show on Twitter or avoid spoilers, here's what you need to know

    It's time again to get your Twitter feeds and filters in order for a new season of anime. Thankfully, there's now a comprehensive list of what you need to know to track your favorite show on Twitter or avoid spoilers. See to what use after the jump.