Gene Simmons, who doesn't really need a formal introduction, is the mouthpiece and frontman of one of the most well-known rock bands in the world in KISS and he accidentally came across images from Japanese school idol anime LoveLive! this past weekend because something about it looked really familiar to him. See how the fans, the anime director of the episode and the anime's character designer reacted. More after the jump!
We previously covered the new trailer for the second season of Free!, but it did not have the long awaited confirmation of the broadcasting schedule, except for a line that said "Coming very soon" in Japanese text at the end. In the background, there are two hands that are doing a high five, but it ends before the hands touch each other and an extremely dedicated Japanese Twitter user attempted to figure out who did it. Find out how after the jump!
Granola bars tend to call hiking and other outdoor activities to mind. Conversely, anime and its fandom are easily thought of as more indoor interests. Well, brand Nature Valley spent the day on social media bridging that gap, talking Love Live, Miyazaki movies and even Legend of Galactic Heroes with the otaku of "Anitwitter!" See how it played out after the jump.
It's time again to get your Twitter feeds and filters in order for a new season of anime. Thanks to @AnimeHashtags, there's now a comprehensive list of what you need to know to track your favorite show on Twitter or avoid spoilers. Get a look after the jump.
Another popular Japanese hashtag crowding Japanese Twitter timelines is "#reply a character, will put a costume of the second character on the first character replied". This hashtag is producing many genius, interesting and totally random images for Twitter users' entertainment. Check out the gallery after the jump!
On top of the Free! collaboration campaign, Japanese convenience store chain Lawson has announced another promotion campaign with popular idol anime and game, Love Live! The first promotion will start on March 18th with a lottery to win original Love Live! T-shirts and goods when purchasing campaign products from Kirin Beverage and the participants will choose the promotion image girl for the campaign. Check it out after the jump!
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!