To promote the second season, which is rumored to start in July (fingers crossed), sexy summer swimming anime Free! will launch a collaboration campaign with Japanese convenience store franchise Lawson and the first collaboration images have been posted. The boys are in Lawson uniform inspired track jerseys, which matche perfectly with the Iwatobi High School colors. Check it out after the jump!
A photo of a store display at an undisclosed anime shop in Japan is getting lots of attention because the display is showcasing the majority of the idol anime / game franchises for male audiences together. Ps, Love Livers, WUG fans and AiKatsu Ojisans are discussing the possible idol war due to this brave, but thoughtless act of promotion. Is this act bad enough to cause a war between fandoms? See the controversial photo after the jump.
Needle felting is quite popular in Japan as a hobby, and I have only seen cute things like macarons and mascot types of cute animals made, until now. Behold, the wool felt Zangief from the Street Fighter series made by Japanese needle felting enthusiast Kosuke Ueda. The original Twitter post is just 100 retweets shy of 10,000 retweets and this Zangief is fascinating people all over with its amazing details. See the photos after the jump!
Japanese Uta No Prince Sama fans watched the limited time official Twitter accounts post their last tweet a few hours ago to end the 4-month social event and it was a smiling "See ya!" instead of a teary goodbye. After the goodbye, more details for the sequel to the otome game Uta No Prince Sama All Star were also announced. More after the jump!
Japanese cosplayer and former member of cosplayer idol group Panache, Akira Itsuki must love Sailormoon very much! She not only purchased the already sold out official collaboration lingerie series by Peach John, she recently modeled all of the sets and posted pictures on her Twitter account, demonstrating the cosplayer's typical sensitivity to changing hairstyles according to which character's lingerie set she's wearing. Check out the photos after the jump!
The male figure skating during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics may have ended but the stars born on the ice are still keeping Japanese fans busy, this time by having them in a fantasy otome game featuring male figure skaters. The hashtag ##フィギュア男子乙女ゲー (literally, Male Figure Otome Game) is showing interesting developments and some hilarious images as a result. Check out what's going on after the jump!
Hideaki Kobayashi is a 50-year-old normal Japanese male who became a viral sensation for wearing a girls school uniform, better known as Sailor Fuku Ojisan. Ladybeard is a hairy Australian who is a pro-wrestler, heavy metal singer and an entertainer who is becoming better known in Japan recently because of his own crossdressing exploits. See the bizarre and strangely kawaii images of both men together after the jump!
What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever left in a hotel room? I'm sure many of you have hilarious stories to tell from anime convention visits, but this one is from a Japanese Twitter user who left her Goodnight Sheets featuring Ryota Kise from Kuroko's Basketball on a bed in a hotel room. When she returned to her room, a thoughtful maid set it up all perfectly for her. See what the maid did after the jump!
How do you like Hamatora so far? Rookie animation director Eriko Ito recently posted an illustration of Art, after an emotional episode 7. Eriko usually posts her end card style illustrations often after the episodes she worked on are broadcast. Plus a short version of the music video of the anime's ending theme Hikari, sung by Wataru Hatano, who voices Murasaki. Check it out after the jump!
Last month we introduced you to the violent relationship gag manga from Sora Ono, a sometimes disturbing series of before and after sequences that proved to be a viral sensation on Twitter. Time for Valentine's Day, they've now Tweeted out a look at the clean up work and cover for a new print collection, out from Ichijinsha (the people behind Comic Rex, Comic Zero Sum and Comic Yuri Hime). Get a look after the jump.
If like, many anime fans, your nocturnal habits include a bit of online reading, you might have caught last's #GrowingUpOtaku tagged conversation on Twitter. After being started by Crunchyroll's Sailor Bee, the geek nostalgia thread caught fire, eventually topping the social media platform's trending subject list. Get a look after the jump.
Have you checked out Hozuki no Reitetsu yet? Have you noticed the strange plant called Kingyosou (Goldfish Flower) that Hozuki grows as his hobby? There are now some new art pieces that are recreating the Kingyosou popping up on Japanese Twitter and one of them even reached Hiroki Yasumoto, the baritone voice of Hozuki himself. See the fishy art after the jump!
NSFW!! A Japanese centerfold model launched a club for a group of female models called Gravure Idols, or Guradoru for short, posting their own SFW and NSFW selfies and the hashtag for the club went viral very quickly. Unexpected rivals as juicy as the bikini models started posting their own delicious (chicken) meat! Confused yet? More after the jump!