Honobono Log, a series of heart-warming illustrations by artist Naka Fukamachi that began life as a series of posts on Twitter before being collected into artbooks published by Ichijinsha - is being adapted into a short-form anime that will run on NHK. Hit the jump to learn more.
Kizakiko Campgrounds - a camping site outside of Omachi City in Nagano Prefecture, Japan - caused a bit of a stir on social media after discovering a decades-old Osomatsu-kun floatie and attempting to return it to the original owner. Hit the jump to learn more.
Japanese social media has a new super-crush and her name is Ellen Baker. A Twitter user suggested that this fictional English teacher from Boston (by way of a New Horizon middle school English text) is wicked cute, and almost 35 thousand retweets suggests that the masses wholeheartedly agree. In fact it looks like the art really upped its game across the board in the book. I Get a look after the jump.
Inspired by the Japanese release of the 8th volume of Sankaku Head's hit manga, Himouto! Umaru-chan, voice actress Aimi Tanaka (who plays Umaru Doma in the 2015 anime adaptation) took to Twitter to try out a line of dialog that struck her fancy. Hit the jump to check it out.
Today on Japanese social media, the #いらすとやさんでゲームパッケージを再現する guantlet was thrown! In the hashtag in question presents a simple challeng: take your favorite video game cover and recreate it using online library of clip art Irasutoya. Check out the results after the jump.
Akihiro Hino, the president and CEO of Level-5 (the Japanese game developer responsible for such game series as Professor Layton, Ni no Kuni, and Yo-kai Watch), published a Tweet recently that has many fans speculating that a new Inazuma Eleven game is in the works. Hit the jump to learn more.
Valentine's Day inspires all sorts of anime-themed holiday art, both amateur and professional. Hit the jump to check out one fan-artist's dimension shattering Valentine's Day gift from Kotori Minami of Love Live! School Idol Project.
After a recent rash of news articles bashing the behavior and personal appearance of the female anime & manga fans known as fujoshi, Kazuo Koike's wife decided to set the record straight with a stern warning about the dangers of judging people by their appearance. Hit the jump to learn more.
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.