Manga author Kazuo Koike is known for many things: the creation of classic series such as Lone Wolf and Cub and Lady Snowblood, training generations of younger manga authors with his advanced level classes, offering life advice to fans, and being an inveterate otaku for DMM's Kantai Collection browser game. Hit the jump to learn about what happens when you come between Koike and his ship-girls.
It's been a bit of a rough winter in Japan, and while Tokyo didn't get more snow last weekend, heavy precipitation did fall on western and central parts of the country. Maybe the cold and snow helped put to mind a certain Northern European character with a big, local following. On Sunday afternoon, thousands joined the "Anyone who sees this tag has to sketch a Moomin from memory" chain of Tweets.
Japanese satellite TV network TBS Channel 2 will be broadcasting a 24 marathon beginning January 23, 2016, which will air the entirety of the K-On! anime series, including both TV series, the theatrical film, and the OAV episodes. Hit the jump to learn more.
Square Enix game producer Ryutaro Ichimura stirred up some serious anticipation with a cryptic Tweet hinting at big announcements to come from the Dragon Quest 30th Anniversary Project Presentation event scheduled to broadcast on January 13, 2016, on Youtube and Nico Nico. Hit the jump to learn more.
A Twitter user was surprised to find an unusual inclusion in an article published in the Sankei Shimbun: a picture of the cast of TV anime Mr. Osomatsu. Hit the jump to learn more.
The official Twitter feed of the One-Punch Man anime is offering prizes as a part of a special Twitter campaign in which Japanese fans are challenged to post pictures of themselves reacting to a punch from Saitama, the protagonist of the series who is capable of annihilating any monster or villain with just one punch. Hit the jump to learn more.
The official Strike Witches Twitter feed is teasing an announcement at an event in February of 2016 that may indicate that the long-awaited 3rd season of the TV series is on the way. Hit the jump to learn more.
To celebrate the release of the Owarimonogatari TV anime and the publication of Orokamonogatari, the latest Monogatari light novel from Nisio Isin and Vofan, Kadokawa has published a special "fool's only" promotional website that allows its viewers to be insulted by the heroines of the Monogatari series. Hit the jump to learn more.
A recent Twitter conversation between Naoyuki Uchida, an author of mystery and horror novels who writes under the pen name of Yukito Ayatsuji, and Tsutomu Mizushima, the director of Prison School and Shirobako, has cast some doubts on whether Prison School will receive a 2nd season. Hit the jump to see the exchange.
September 20 marks the birthday for voice actress / singer Yui Horie, and Japanese fans recently took to Twitter to express their birthday wishes for their beloved "Hocchan". Hit the jump to learn more.
Kazuo Koike - the author such manga as Lone Wolf and Cub, Lady Snowblood, and Crying Freeman - took to Twitter recently to offer some words of encouragement for otaku. Hit the jump to see Koike's idea of what is "the strongest otaku philosophy".
Noriaki Kubo - the author of Bleach, who writes under the pen name of Tite Kubo - has removed his account from the Twitter social media platform after providing a short final message to his followers. Hit the jump to learn more.