Along with last night's big Love Live! Sunshine!! update the series' English page updated its character profiles. The earlier performance outfits were replaced with school uniforms and "vital statistics" have been added (that second line, below the birthday, height, ect). Get a look after the jump.
Mamare Touno (real name Daisuke Umezu), 42 year-old author of the anime-adapted Log Horizon and Maoyu light novel series, has been found guilty of tax evasion by the Tokyo District Court and sentenced to three years probation, violation of which can result in up to 10 months in jail. Additionally, his m2lade JAM has been fined 7 million yen. More after the jump.
In an April 28th update, Japanese Super Mario Maker level builders and players get a rocking new update with an appearance by hit trio BABYMETAL, featured as a costume in Nintendo's latest take on the classic platformer. Get a look after the jump.
Cast has been introduced for the fall 2016 TV anime adaptation of Sho Futamata's prison action comedy manga Nanbaka. Gintama's Shinji Takamatsu helms the Satelight (Macross, Symphogear) production with Mitsutaka Hirota (Bakamatsu Rock, Fairy Musketeers) writing the scripts. See who's who after the jump.
Japanese producer/distributor Toei is expected to announced that pretax profit likely jumped 44% to about 19 billion yen ($171 million) for the year ended March 31. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' helped with 3.7 billion yen in Japanese box office, plus strong goods sales. Japanese companies operating theaters, including Toei, Toho and Shochiku also recorded big boosts from the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and to a lesser extent, Jurassic World.
Summer's TV anime of Muru Imigi's 2012 ongoing Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (There's a Problem With This Art Club!) has been updated with color versions of its character designs by Non Non Biyori's Mai Otsuka. The middle school rom-com follows the relationship between a sensible girl, a boy more interested in drawing 2D wifes, and their lazy club president. Get a look after the jump.
Kuroha, author of the 2011-14 Chronicles of the Going Home Club manga that inspired 2013's anime makes no secret of being a big Yu-Gi-Oh! fan. Last week, the series celebrated its 20th anniversary with the Japanese theatrical opening of new movie The Dark Side of Dimensions. Kuroha joined in the celebration with a special look at The Game King after coming out of the shower. Get a look after the jump.
Canadian Category B specialty channel family CHRGD is getting into a bit of an older audience for its latest anime programming with 2010 Marvel/Madhouse collaboration Iron Man scheduled to premiere Saturday May 7 at 11:30am (et). More after the jump.
Bandai Visual has begun presenting The Daichis - Earth's Defense Family on streaming service Hulu. The 2001 series was created and written by Shōji Kawamori of Macross, and more relevant to this, Earth Girl Arjuna, fame. It follows a truly dysfunctional family forced to work for the Galaxy Federation as protectors of earth, on a crippling budget.
Yesterday, an early online look at the cover of the 2016 22/23 double issue of Weekly Morning seinen manga magazine, out in Japan on April 28th, revealed plans for news of a new anime inspired by Kanata Konami's 2004-2015 Chi's Sweet Home cat manga. After that, an early look at the interior has turned up the additional details that the project will be a fall, 3DCG-animated TV anime.
Nestle is back with another unique flavor of Kit Kat for the Japanese market (though more along the lines of the recent sake Kit Kats, it's a gimmick product for tourists and not something stocked at the average convience store). Visitors to Hokkaido regional airports and other travel spots can now get a "quasi-chocolate confectionery" with the mild sweetness of Hokkaido melon and a fresh taste of mascarpone cheese.
An early look at the June issue of Nakayoshi, out in Japan on April 30th, has revealed that the new project celebrating the 20th anniversary of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura magic girl series will be a manga, debuting in the shoujo magazine's July issue on June 3rd. The series reintroduces Sakura Kinomoto in her first year of junior high school, launched into a mysterious new affair by a strange dream. Get a look after the jump.
This season's anime adaptation of Jun Misaki and Nekosuke Ōkuma's Hundred light novels grabbed a lot of attention with its new, second ending, "Tabooless" by cast members M.A.O (voice of Claire Harvy), Rika Kinugawa (Liddy Steinberg) and Yui Makino (Erica Candle). Fans of its hotness didn't have to wait long because Avex posted a clean version, promoting the June 22nd clean version release. Get a look after the jump.
Bandai Namco has posted a new trailer for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4's "The Sound Four" DLC. This final pack for Naruto Storm 4 is coming on May 3rd for Season Pass owners and May 10th for everyone. It will include 4 new playable characters from the Sound Four: Tayuya, Jirobo, Kidomaru and Sakon/Ukon as well as their Combination Secret Technique "Ninja Art: Underworld Formation".
Ok, so there's Penguin Awareness Day, which is generally put on January 20th. Then, there's World Penguin Day, coinciding with the antarctic birds' annual northern migration. Anime's infatuation with the subject is older than Penguindrum. Older than Evangelion. Maybe even older than Astro Boy. So, in honor of the black and white birds' big day, watch subject expert Brian Smith's 2013 panel on The Illustrated History of Anime Penguins after the jump.