Puyo Puyo and Hyperdimension Neptunia creators Compile Heart have decided to join the virtual YouTuber craze. Get ready to meet Ileheart, their new digital hostess! Check out her first video after the jump.
The Japan National Tourism Organization, a group dedicated to promoting the merits of Japanese tourism to an international audience, has appointed a unique new ambassador for their latest promotional campaign: virtual Youtuber Kizuna Ai. Hit the jump to learn more.
Animation studio Gainax Fukushima has teamed up with Fukushima Prefecture to produce You Can Enjoy! (known in Japanese as Tabechattate Ii no ni na!), a 5 episode promotional anime that celebrates the agricultural, forestry, and fishery food products of Fukushima Prefecture. Hit the jump to learn more.
Virtual Youtuber Kizuna Ai is making the jump from the computer monitor to the TV screen with a new variety program entitled Kizuna Ai's BEAT Scramble, which will broadcast in Japan on Fridays at 12:00 AM JST on BS NTV. Hit the jump to learn more.
Fans of Youtube sensation Kizuna Ai will be able to say "hai domo" to the virtual idol's first official photo collection thanks to a 96 page hardcover book that will be published in Japan by Kadokawa on March 16, 2018. Hit the jump for details.
Godzilla fans rejoice! For a limited time only on Toho Studio's official Godzilla Youtube channel, you'll have the chance to experience the low-budget goodness that is Godzilla Island, a 1997 - 1998 TV short starring action figures of some of the most famous monsters from the science fiction films of Toho Studios. Hit the jump to stomp Tokyo.
The new year is coming to a close, and so is Keifuku-san, a 3-part series of animated shorts directed by Tatsuki (Kemono Friends) and published to social media websites such as Twitter and Youtube. Hit the jump to check out the full-length version of the series.
Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI is getting her own line of Good Smile swag -- and maybe a Nendoroid! The goodie bag will be launched at Comiket, with global sales shortly after. Hit the jump to preview the goods!
AR idol Sora Tokino is now available via an app! The popular YouTuber will be broadcasting live from your home (sort of). Meanwhile, Cover Co.'s next virtual idol is in need of a voice. Find out more about both after the jump!
YouTube Japan has revealed its year-end list of top trending videos for 2017, and announced this year's most popular video in its music section was "Uchiage Hanabi" performed by Japanese singer/rapper DAOKO, the theme song for the Shaft-animated film Uchiage Hanabi/Fireworks. The MV featuring the footage from the anime film has been viewed over 87 million times. Check out the top 10 videos after the jump!
Bandai Visual is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the GIRLS und PANZER TV anime with the publication of a live-action, promotional music video entitled "SEN-SHA: WASH the PANZER", and this work is a clear example of when the contents of a video and its title perfectly match. Hit the jump to check it out.
Comedian Masaru Hamaguchi has been busy recently trying to survive in the world of Minecraft, but not so busy as to prevent him from adopting his alter-ego as the Executive Director of Game Center DX (a spoof of his comedy partner Shinya Arino's role in Game Center CX) in order to take an extended sneak peek at Super Mario Odyssey. Hit the jump to check it out.
Good news, yuri fans! Due to the popularity of the "Kimi no Hikari" short form anime film which was released in May of 2017, Hiromi Takashima's yuri romance manga Asagao to Kase-san will be adapted into a new animated work in 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
Baby harp seal mascot character Sirotan is making an anime debut in a 24 episode short-form series entitled Sirotan: Sirotan ga Ippai! ("So Many Sirotans!") that hits Youtube beginning on August 12, 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.