Now that Pokémon Go is available in Japan, it's on its way to consuming local social media. So, you're now seeing all the "so many Zubats!" and "so many Doduo!" jokes in Japanese. Except, since it's Japanese social media, the jokes have 20k retweets. Joining in the mania was Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi, who posted an irreverent meeting of his series and the AR phenomenon to his Instagram. Check it out after the jump.
On July 23rd, anime movie Accel World: Infinite Burst opened in Japan for a limited theatrical run. It was hyped as an original story, created with series (and Sword Art Online) author Reki Kawahara, and featuring singer/voice actress Chinatsu Akasaki (Re:Zero's Felt, Erased's Airi Katagiri) as original character Risa Tsukiori. Apparently this didn't really set the right expectations. More afrer the jump.
A fall broadcast has been announced for the TV adaptation of Daichi Sorayomi's 2013 ongoing ecchi sports comedy Keijo!!!!!!!! (aka Hip Whip Girl), and along with that news a preview of the series has been published. This early look at the sports comedy is offered in standard Japan, and a version the preview that presents that bombast in English! Get a look after the jump.
Through this weekend, Sword Art Online smartphone game Code Register is doing an event that casts the series' heroines as harem dancers, with dancer dress-armor going a bit longer, until the 27th. Get a look after the jump.
With Tsutomu Nihei at San Diego Comic-Con, the creator of Knights of Sidonia and Blame! has teamed up with BAIT, a retailer in footwear, apparel, and high end collectibles, for a figure of his take on G.I. Joe ninja Snake-Eyes. The 1/6 scale figure goes for $230. More after the jump.
It took a little while (January 19, 2014- June 19, 216), but One Piece's Dressrosa arc is finally over. Now it's time to survey some of its animation highlights, and figure out who did the wonderful work. Check it out after the jump.
Hirosaki Neputa Festival is a summer festival, designated an important intangible folk-cultural property of Japan in 1980, in which illuminated neputa parade floats, including the ougi-neputa (a fan-shaped neputa) and kumi neputa (a man-shaped neputa) are put on display. In you watched Aomori-set series Flying Witch, you saw a hint of this in the finale, episode 12. Well, the anime will be celebrating with the real thing.
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, North American comics' equivalent of the Oscars, awarded this year's prizes on Friday during San Diego Comic Con. Taking the manga dominated Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category was Showa, 1953–1989: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly). More after the jump.
At this weekend's San Diego Comic Con, Kodansha Comics announced plans for new releases of a pair of sci-fi classics. Timed for the live-action adaptation, a new, deluxe re-release of Ghost in the Shell, 1, 1.5 and 2 is slated for 2017. A set of the complete Akira is also being prepared for 2017. More after the jump.
FREEing, Max Factory and Good Smile Company have teamed up to offer a poseable figma of Griffith, reincarnated as God Hand's Femto, as seen in anime movie Berserk III: The Advent. Along with the standard version, offered for 7,389yen, shipping in February 2017, there's also a Birth of the Hawk of Darkness version with "Egg of the Supreme Ruler" stand, selling for 10,926yen. Get a look after the jump.
From rural comedy Non Non Biyori Repeat comes a life-sized Renge Miyauchi FIGUREX. It doesn't play the recorder or whistle for tanuki, but it does stand 125cm tall. Bifuru (PMG), who did Pulchra's Attack on Titan and Love Live!, sculpts the figure, which will be presented pre-order at this weekend's summer edition of twice-yearly figures event Wonder Festival. It sells for a hefty 798,000yen.
The September issue of Monthly Hobby Japan is set to reveal a Bikini Warriors OVA, planned for fall.
Previously featured Hunter - designed by Rei Hiroe, and Valkyrie - desgined by Tony are joined by the new Cleric, designed by Takamura Kazuhiro and Kunoichi, designed by Yasuda Suzuhito. Get a look after the jump.
The girls of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU are back in a set of hug pillows (Saika, who was the break-out hit of the last round hasn't made an appearance yet this time). Bunny girl versions of Yukino Yukinoshita, Yui Yuigahama and Iroha Isshiki are available for a limited tme from TBS/MBS' Animaru, selling for 9,000yen through Hachiman Hikigaya's double 8 birthday (August 8th).
Crunchyroll has announced the introduction of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Shorts, with the first season's set of 11 online today, available in the same regions as the main series. There will then be a catch-up of Re:PETIT ~Starting Life in Another World from PETIT~ episodes 1-5 next Friday, with subsequent episodes coming at 7:00am Fridays going forward.
There may have been a new hint when English-speaking audiences will get a chance to see Dragon Ball Super, the new anime celebrating the 30th anniversary of the anime version of Akira Toriyama's martial arts comedy action classic. In a deleted Instagram post, Jason Douglas, voice of Beerus in Funimation's English dub of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' posted a shot of the character on screen from Super's first episode.