NHK today announced the artist list for this year's Kohaku Uta Gassen, the New Year's Eve singing program, which will start airing at 7:15 pm on December 31. Popular anime voice actress/singer Nana Mizuki is confirmed to perform for the most viewed music program in Japan for six years in a row. Hit the jump for more information.
The official website for the upcoming stage play adaptation of the Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena fighting game today posts character visuals for the three female cast: Chie Satonaka by Mariya Ise, Rise Kujikawa by Natsuko Aso, and Yukiko Amagi by Shiki Aoki. Check the latest visuals after the jump.
Following the release in Japan this month, Kadokawa today announced that the last/14th volume of the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga series illustrated by the anime character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto will be published simultaneously in 11 countries/regions in the world. Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for two-member unit TRUSTRICK announced today that their 2nd single "FLYING FAFNIR" will be featured as the OP song for the upcoming TV anime Juou Mujin no Fafnir/Unlimited Fafnir. The singer of the unit Sayaka Kanda is best known as the Japanese dub voice of Anna in Disney Animation's Frozen. Check more details after the jump.
It is officially confirmed that the digitally-remastered Blu-ray box of the five anime films and two OVA series based on Hajime Kanzaka's popular light novel series in 1990s, Slayers, will be finally released in Japan on February 27, 2015. They are newly remastered from the original 35mm negative films. Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for the two-member musical unit marble yesterday announced that they will stop their activities as a unit for an uncertain period of time. The unit is best known for their theme songs for the Hidamari Sketch anime series. Hit the jump for more details.
Kadokawa's official YouTube anime channel today posted the action-packed second promotional video for the upcoming TV anime Shinmai Maou no Testament/The Testament of Sister New Devil, featuring the OP song "Blade of Hope" performed by voice actress unit sweet ARMS. Check the latest clip after the jump!
The premiere screening of the upcoming 10th Naruto film The Last -Naruto The Movie- was held at Iino Hall in Tokyo yesterday on November 24, with the five main voice cast, the director of the film, and Masashi Kishimoto. The original manga creator commented his thought about the end of the manga and the film. Check it after the jump.
It was announced that the Ansatsu Kyoushitsu/Assassination Classroom franchise will collaborate with The Real Dasshutsu (Escape) Game, holding mystery solving events named "Escape from Assassination Classroom" in Tokyo and Osaka from February to April next year. Check the details of the events after the jump.
The official YouTube channel for four-member Japanese rock band Bump of Chicken today posted a short version promotional video for their upcoming digital-only single "Parade," the theme song for the Kiseiju/Parasyte live-action film adaptations. Check the clip with the latest information after the jump.
X Japan's leader/drummer/pianist Yoshiki joined Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary parade at Sanrio Puroland, "ARIGATO EVERYONE！," yesterday on November 24, and talked about his internationally famous rock band's long-awaited new studio album to the reporters. Check his comment after the jump.
The official Twitter account for Toei Animation's online store announced today that they have to stop accepting pre-orders for the first lot of the hugging pillow cover featuring Angela Balzac, the protagonist of the CG anime film Expelled from Paradise, earlier than originally planned due to a rush of orders. Hit the jump for more details.
From November 29, the same day with the release of the first part of the live-action adaptation film series, a new walk-through attraction set in the world of Hitoshi Iwaaki's horror action manga Kiseiju/Parasyte will appear in the amusement park Tokyo Joypolis, called "Kiseiju ~Are you a Parasyte?~." Hit the jump for more details.
To promote the upcoming release of the Portuguese editions, the author of the No Game, No Life light novel series, Yu Kamiya, with the illustrator of its manga adaptation, Mashiro Hiiragi, will hold an autograph session at the Ressaca Friends 2014 event in São Paulo, Brazil, on December 20 and 21. Hit the jump for more details.
25-year-old popular voice actress Ayana Taketatsu has just released her highly anticipated 2nd solo album "Colore Serenata" this week and is ready to begin her live tour for December. Her official YouTube channel has posted two TV CMs to promote the album and the tour in Osaka and Tokyo. Check the clips after the jump.