As we have reported regularly, the street of Akihabara, the Mecca of Otaku in Tokyo, changes its looks almost every month. The most advertised and featured titles right now are Evangelion 3.33 and popular anime voice actress/singer Yukari Tamura's 23rd single "Fantastic future." Check the latest photo report from Akiba after the jump!
The most featured character at this year's Nico Nico Chokaigi was of course Hatsune Miku. Considering the fact Nico Nico Douga was the first place where Miku attracted a lot of attention from the public and has made her a cultural icon, I think it's only natural. Check the Miku photo collection after the jump!
One of the most popular events at this year's Nico Nico Chokaigi, which was held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture on April 27th and 28th, was "ItaG Fest Shucchou-hen in Nico Nico Chokaigi 2." More than 60 decorated cars, motorcycles, and even bicycles gathered to appeal their "moe" passion to the visitors. Check the photo collection after the jump!
Following the success of their first event last year, Dwango is now holding the second Nico Nico Chokaigi at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture on April 27th and 28th. The two days event covers numerous kinds of entertainment genre including game, music, dance, art, food, and anything Nico Nico Douga viewers may be interested in. Check the inside of the event after the jump!
The TOWER RECORDS Shinjuku store in Tokyo has announced the weekly TOP 10 anime single/album of April 15-21. As expected, the number one single of the 16th week of year 2013 is popular voice actress Yukari Tamura's 23rd single "Fantastic future," the OP theme for HENNEKO – The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat -. Check the ranking and videos after the jump!
The Kumamoto Greenland theme park in Kumamoto Prefecture has been holding a special event named “Let’s Play with Hatsune Miku!” featuring Miku and other popular vocaloid characters since March 16th. The official 39ch YouTube channel has posted a video report of the event with English subtitles for you. Check the fun event after the jump!
Casio's "Exilim EX-ZR20" compact digital camera has been famous for its collaboration model with popular anime series such as Accel World, A Certain Magical Index II, and GIRLS und PANZER. ADWORKS' online store Charamono Online will start accepting pre-orders for its newest collaboration model "Haganai NEXT x Exilim" on April 27th. Hit the jump for more details.
As we reported, it has been rumored that Ju-On and The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu is on board for a live-action adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service. The rumor is confirmed as true today! Shimizu's first non-horror film based on Eiko Kadono's original novel series (not Studio Ghibli's anime film) is scheduled to be released in Japan in Spring 2014. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese record company Universal Music Japan has posted a short version promotional video and two TV CMs for "Hajimari no Resolution" (The Beginning of the Resolution) by Yuki Kanno, the OP theme song for a 2013 Spring TV anime Zettai Boei Leviatan on its official YouTube channel. Check the cool videos after the jump!
Kyoji Asano, the character designer and chief animation director of the TV anime adaptation of Attack on Titan manga, tweeted on April 22nd that his company WIT STUDIO was looking for animators who were interested in the production of the on-going anime. Some fans speculate that the studio is suffering from a serious shortage of creators now. Hit the jump for more details.
Hobby Stock, a Japanese online store specialized in anime/manga/game-related products, plans to release a stuffed doll based on the illustrations for one of the most popular Hatsune Miku song PV "Maruku Naru" in this August. Check the cute round Miku after the jump!
HAL, College of Technology & Design has been working with supercell on their television commercial for 2013 using a MMD character named Haru. They posted a 15 seconds TV CM and its extended version video featuring the tie-up song "Yeah Oh Ahhh Oh!" by supercell yesterday. Check Haru's super dance after the jump!
The TOWER RECORDS Shinjuku store in Tokyo has announced the weekly TOP 10 anime single/album of April 8-14. The number one album of the week is popular voice actress Ayana Taketatsu's 1st original album "apple symphony." She is best known for her voice works as Azusa Nakano in K-ON! and Kirino Kosaka in Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Check the ranking and videos after the jump!
As we have reported, the Japanese police have no mercy for illegal anime uploaders. On April 15th, Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Control Office and Minami Station arrested a 34-year-old male temporary dispatch worker on suspicion of uploading three anime programs including the 8th episode of Accel World to the Internet. Hit the jump for more details.
Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan's anime music label Rondo Robe has posted a 90-seconds short version promotional video for Nagi Yanagi's 5th single "Yukitoki," the OP theme for the 2013 Spring TV anime My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU. Check her beautiful voice after the jump!