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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.