It is officially announced that a diet training-themed new TV anime series Ani Tore! EX (Anime de Training) is set for a premiere on October 12, this year's Health and Sports Day. It features five girls practicing various types of training, such as push-up, sit-up, back extension, dance, yoga, stretch, and Tai Chi. Hit the jump for more details.
The TOWER RECORDS Shinjuku store in Tokyo has announced the weekly TOP 10 anime singles/albums for the week of August 17-23. The number one single of the 33rd week was "Kakushin-teki Metamarufooze!," the OP song for the ongoing TV anime Himouto! Umaru-chan, performed by Aimi Tanaka. Check this week's ranking and videos after the jump.
This year's Chara Hobby C3xHobby, one of the largest Japanese anime/game character goods events, was held at Makuhari Messe on August 22 and 23. This second photo report features the latest items from famous Japanese figure/toy companies including Good Smile Company, Megahouse, Volks, Takara Tommy, and Wave. Check the report after the jump.
After making second place debut with 9,373 units on its release day, 40-year-old anime voice actor Hiroshi Kamiya's fifth mini album "Hare Rock" gets one rank up on its second day, finally ranking No.1 in the Oricon daily album chart of August 26 selling 3,743 units. Hit the jump for more details.
Yujin Kitagawa, a 38-year-old-member of two-member Japanese folk duo Yuzu, will provide the theme song for the upcoming kabuki adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's internationally popular manga One Piece starring Ennosuke Ichikawa IV as Monkey D. Luffy, Boa Hancock and Shanks. Hit the jump for more details.
It is confirmed that a live-action film adaptation of Makino's shoujo manga series Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai (I'll be hanged if I obey Kurosaki-kun) is set for a release in Japan on February 27, 2016. Kento Nakajima, a 21-year-old member of Johnny & Associates' boys idol group Sexy Zone, will star as Haruto Kurosaki. Hit the jump for more details.
As reported, 26-year-old voice actress Aina Kusuda, best known as Nozomi Tojo in the Love Live! School Idol Project franchise, will release her first mini album as a solo singer, "First Sweet Wave," from VAP on October 7. The record company has posted a short version MV for its title track on its official YouTube channel.
Chara Hobby C3xHobby is one of the largest Japanese anime/game character goods events, hosted by Hobby Japan, Ascii Media Works and Sotsu. It has been held every summer at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture since 2004. This year's event was held on August 22 and 23. Check the photo report part 1 after the jump.
The official website for the upcoming musical adaptation of Aoharu's trivia comedy manga Aoharu Tetsudou today posted a 50-second first short PV to introduce its main cast including Takashi Nagayama (The Prince of Tennis, Bleach) as Tokaidou-Shinkansen. Check the latest clip after the jump!
Japanese retailers including Amazon Japan today started accepting pre-orders for Max Factory's upcoming 1/7th scale character figure of Hestia, the main heroine of Fujino Omori popular light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, for an April 2016 release. Check the details after the jump.
Flying Dog has posted a four-minute crossfade preview for 25-year-old singer May'n's first best album "Powers of Voice," featuring all of her previous music videos. She had to cancel her spring tour due to bilateral vocal cord polyps, but returned after the surgery for her 10th anniversary live at Nippon Budokan yesterday. Check the video after the jump.
Tokyo-based official character cake shop PICTCAKEchara has started accepting orders for four types of birthday cakes featuring Hatsune Miku illustrations newly drawn by popular artist Nardack, well known for his main visual art for the Snow Miku 2015 event. Hit the jump for more details.
Broccoli has posted a short version music video for "MURASAKI," the upcoming fourth single of 28-year-old voice actor Shouta Aoi, best known as Ai Mikaze in the Uta no Prince-sama franchise. The song is composed by Noriyasu Agematsu (Nana Mizuki, Hiromi Sato, Mamoru Miyano). Check his latest song after the jump!
Boruto -Naruto The Movie- still ranked fifth in the latest weekend box office of August 22-23. The 11th Naruto film has earned 2,022,922,500 yen on 1,564,785 ticket sales in 19 days since its release in Japan on August 7, becoming the top-grossing film in the anime franchise. Hit the jump for more details.
During my stay in Tokyo for the Chara Hobby 2015 event, I, as always, went to the Akihabara town to check the latest anime/game street ads. An middle-size event titled "Akiba Daisuki! Festival 2015" was coincidentally held at the Bellesalle Akihabara building in the weekend. Check the photo reports after the jump.