The Japanese TV schedule has been announced for Code: Realize - Guardian of Rebirth, an upcoming TV anime adaptation based on the visual novel by Otomate that follows the romantic adventures of a mysterious young woman and her famous paramours (including Arsène Lupin, Victor Frankenstein, and Abraham Van Helsing) in a steampunk version of Victorian London. Hit the jump to learn more.
After officially being declared extinct in 2012, video captured in February by a research team from the University of the Ryukyus suggests there may still be some living members of the Japanese river otter subspecies (Lutra lutra whiteleyi or Lutra lutra nippon), and the creators of Kemono Friends were quick to celebrate this possibility. Hit the jump to learn more.
The latest anime film to receive North American theatrical distribution from GKIDS is Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, previously known under the English title of Ancien and the Magic Tablet and known in Japan as Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some historical hijinks will soon be in-store for NHK viewers, because a live action TV drama based on Fuunjitachi ("Soldiers of Fortune"), a historical gag manga by Taro Minamoto that pokes fun at the events of the Edo period, is coming to the NHK in January of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
At an August 16th event in Nagoya promoting the Japanese release of the Warner Bros. Wonder Woman film, freestyle wrestler and 3-time Olympic gold medalist Saori Yoshida assumed the mantle of the super-powered Amazon warrior. Hit the jump to learn more.
It's finally time to ring down the curtain on Sakura Trick, a yuri-themed romantic comedy 4 panel comic by Tachi, because the series has published its final chapter in the October 2017 issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Miracle! magazine, which was released in Japan on August 16, 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
Notes on Monstropedia, a 6 minute short animation by Academy Award nominated director Koji Yamamura, is competing for the Best Short Animation Award at the 2017 Raindance Film Festival in London. Hit the jump to learn more.
Ahead of its Japanese home video release, the BanG Dream! OAV will be broadcast on a variety of Japanese TV stations, and to celebrate this announcement a playful new teaser trailer has been published that features the girls of Poppin'Party and Roselia having fun at the beach. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tatsuki, the director of Kemono Friends, has published an original animated short to Twitter entitled Keifuku-san, and fans are already abuzz about what the enigmatic 95 second work might mean in relation to the Bon Festival, a Buddhist holiday in which Japanese families honor the spirits of their ancestors. Hit the jump to check it out.
One of Japan's most enduring cultural exports is the concept of the ninja, a secretive group of spies and assassins that use trickery (and sometimes mystical powers) to shape history while striking from the shadows. Contrary to popular belief, Japan is not exactly crawling with ninja. In fact, the demand for ninja entertainers so far outstrips the supply that currently Japan faces a bona fide shinobu shortage. Hit the jump to learn more.
Manga author Gengoroh Tagame (My Brother's Husband) has a penchant for drawing big, burly, bearded men and recently Tagame decided to share his aesthetic with his many Twitter followers with an illustration of Suberoa Zinnerman from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. Hit the jump to learn more.
Takeshi's Challenge - the legendarily confounding 1986 NES action-adventure game made with input from poet / comedian / actor / writer / director Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi) - is heading to mobile devices on August 15, 2017, and the game will include new content as well as a line of official goods thanks to Taito Corporation. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tickets go on sale soon for the 4th stage play to adapt Kazue Kato's Blue Exorcist manga, and the production has released a new key visual depicting the main cast getting ready for a supernatural rumble. Hit the jump to check it out.
A quintet of new cast additions have been announced for Godzilla: Monster Planet, an upcoming 3DCG theatrical anime film with animation by Polygon Pictures that imagines a far-flung future world where the Earth now belongs to monsters. Hit the jump to learn more.
Soul-devouring demons, artificial intelligence, and total surveillance culture: it's all in a day's work for the dueling detectives in Un-Go, a 2011 TV anime with occult and science fiction elements that is loosely based on the Ango Sakaguchi's Meiji-era detective novels. Hit the jump to figure out whoddunnit.