Kodansha will be celebrating this year's 10th anniversary of comedy manga Minami-ke with a set of three, semi-functional Minami sister mini-figures. Packaged with packaged with the limited edition of volume 12 on August 6th, Haruka will sit on the lid of your ramen cup, Kana will hold your pen or chopsticks and Chiaki will prop up your smartphone. Get a look after the jump.
The ninth light novel in the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU series is slated to be released in Japan on April 18th, and timed with this, publishing imprint Gagaga Bunko and author Wataru Watari are teasing an announcement of Niconico Live "Monthly GAGAGA Channel" web broadcast. More after the jump.
TOHO Animation has posted a preview for the summer anime adaptation of Io Sakisaka's shoujo manga Ao Haru Ride. Scheduled for July, Ai Yoshimura (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Daily Lives of High School Boys storyboard artist and episode director) will helm the anime from Production I.G with Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke) on composition. Get a look after the jump.
Anime Project Channel 5.5, energy supplement Calorie Mate and Eagle Talon's Frogman have teamed up to present a spoof of Ghost in the Shell: Arise. Though Maaya Sakamoto voices the famous cyborg Motoko Kusanagi in the Arise OVA, Sumire Uesaka stars in the parody. Get a look after the jump.
At this point, it's well established that a number of Japanese cafes will illustrate all manner of pop culture figures in the foam of a latte. This season, there's an anime set in a cafe, featuring its own latte art. As such, with Is the Order a Rabbit? throwing down the gauntlet, Belcorno has taken up the challenge of recreating the latte art featured in the anime. Get a look after the jump.
Following the adaptation of her Hidamari Sketch manga, and her work on the original character designs of Madoka Magica, Ume Aoki was back with anime studio Shaft and director Akiyuki Shinbo for a limited capacity this week, providing an end card illustration for episode 14 of Nisekoi. Check it out after the jump.
As the Sakura Trick anime ended, character goods maker Cospa scheduled some merchandise tie-ins with the yuri series. A "natural" t-shirt, describing the color and central relationship, is joined by a "don't stop my love" tote bag, and cushion cover, with the items scheduled for June release. Get a look after the jump.
This week, respected North American comic publisher Fantagraphics released acclaimed author/animator Dash Shaw’s comic one-shot Cosplay. The 32-page color book, now available at comic shops and digital platforms such as Comixology, follows a pair of teen cosplayers with too much time on their hands and the impulse to make a film with themselves, unsuspecting extras and a hidden camera. More after the jump.
MegaHouse's series of G.E.M. large figures for a female audience will be expanding its Naruto and Gintama lines later this year. A third version of Kakashi Hatake, this time in his Anbu era, is due in September, while Tsukuyo is coming in August. Get a look after the jump.
Last month, Erina Mano, Toshio Kakei and Mamoru Oshii were on hand for a press event that saw the stand of an 8-meter, full-size Patlabor police mech at Lalaport Toyosu. This weekend, the AV-98 INGRAM was back, in the far busier vicinity of Kichijoji Station in Tokyo. Check it out after the jump.
Now scheduled for a November 26th Japanese release, a new preview offers a risque look at upcoming Infinite Stratos 2 OVA - World Purge Hen. Check it out after the jump.
Monogatari Second Season - Onimonogatari: Shinobu Time is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on two volumes, April 23rd and May 28th. The cover art for the latter has now been revealed. Get a look after the jump.
Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's Old Boy manga, which inspired Park Chan-wook's cult 2003 movie and Spike Lee's 2013 film, is now available on North American publisher Dark Horse's digital comic store. The first three of the eight volumes are now available for $6.99 each or $18.99 for a bundle. More after the jump.
Toshiba's Double Circle is an original online short anime series, which takes place in the "Smart City" of Kawasaki, Japan, and features citizens who transform into heroes symbolizing different forms of renewable energy. Notably, it features character designs by Gatchaman Crowds' KINAKO. Get a look at its characters coming to life via 3D printing after the jump.
FUNimation and Toonami/Adult Swim's LICH KING DEMARCO teased big news on tonight's broadcast. Actually, the news was titanic. Specifically, Attack on Titan will be broadcast on the Cartoon Network block starting May 3rd. More after the jump.