For those mahou shoujo who have wished to be beach body ready, anime fashion brand SuperGroupies has teams up with "cute for adults" fashion brand MIIA for a pair of soul gem motif, "constellation pattern" Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi swimsuits. The two are 15,000yen each before tax with SuperGroupies adding bonus bromide cards. Get a look after the jump.
Enka/rock fusion band Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan (Saori Hayami, Eriko Matsui and Megumi Han) are the subject of a new promo as Show By Rock!!, Geechs and Sanrio's mobile rhythm video game, prepares to anime this summer for the Show By Rock!! Short!! spin-off, then later for a sequel to the spring 2015 TV series. Get a look after the jump.
Last spring, an "Anime Street" outlet of eight shops and attractions, opened in Asta Kunizuka shopping buildings near Shinnagata station in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture as part of a local revatilization effort from the city and its universities. This weekend's big, Golden Week plans for the otaku attraction included a Gurren Lagann exhibit and themed cafe, and among the people hyped for event is 51 year old-manga artist/cosplayer Ippongi Bang.
Happy May Day to all you workers of the world. Meanwhile, for folks more interested in supernatural action anime, it's the birthday of Seraph of the End lead Mikaela Hyakuya. The series celebrated by carrying tagged Twitter posts on its site, along with a few of its own tributes. Get a look after the jump.
This weekend's K-Do you know K? Pacifico Yokohama cast event has announced a slate of plans for GoRA and GoHands' K series. This includes a new anime tited K: Seven Stories featuring the return of director/character designer Shingo Suzuki and the GoHands team. More after the jump.
With new book Jinrui Saikyou no Junai (Strongest Pure Love of Humanity) out on May 7th, the official info Twitter for popular author Nisio Isin (Monogatari, Medaka Box) has directed fans' attention to a countdown concerning his Saikyou series. Illustrated by Zaregoto collaborator Take, it's the story of "Overkilled Red" Aikawa Jun, "Humanity's Strongest Contractor." More after the jump.
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Good Smile Company and 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura, the figure makers and CLAMP have teamed up for an impressive Sakura Kinomoto figure, the prototype of which is getting a Golden Week display at Tokyo Akihabara animate AKIBA Culture's ZONE. Animate AKIBA Culture's ZONE. Get a look after the jump.
Through May 18th, smartphone RPG Fate/Grand Order is running a Fate/Accel Zero Order. Fate/stay night prequel light novel Fate/Zero writer Gen Urobuchi is back to provide the scenario which brings in the adult Iskandar Rider for a limited time (the game previously had a child version) along with some new takes on major figures from the series. Get a look after the jump.
LUPIN THE 3rd PART4 volume 6 is set to be released on May 25th with inset art from "The Murdering Marionette" and a cover featuring Lupin squaring off against Nyx. The placement of the anime's logo is quite interesting in a way that... let's say... you can't unsee. Get a look after the jump.
Daring fans who want to work up a sweat while displaying their love for snake or bird or horse women can now do both with Monster Musume cycling gears. Now on sale from Mono Clover made-to-order, the items are 16,200 yen for jerserys, 14,040 - 17,820 yen for windbreakers, and 16,200 yen for shorts. More after the jump.
Comic Con International: San Diego, July 21-23 will be hosting Tsutomu Nihei, the manga creator of Knights of Sidonia and BLAME! Before that, AnimeNEXT in Atlantic City, NJ June 10-12 will be hosting Rei Hiroe, best known as the author of gun blazing action manga Black Lagoon. More after the jump.
Cute idols, rockers or boy bands? This week, Charapedia's 10,000 Reader Poll asked anime fans to name their favorite music acts. The 49 suggestions were mostly from guys, with a 66.6/33.4 gender ratio in the responses. 67.2% were in their teens and 20s. See who was named after the jump.
There are plenty of fans of American superhero comics among anime creators. The Trigger crew for example produced two doujinshi illustration collection about the subject. Captain America: Civil War opens in Japan this weekend, and among the talents excited about its release is animator Keiichi Honda, the creative force behind Space Patrol Luluco episode 5, who also worked on Toriko, Heroman, Gankutsuou and much more.
The Golden Week block of holidays has kicked off in Japan, and among its big pop culture events is Niconico Chokaigi at Chiba's Makuhari Messe Convention Center, the concept of which is to recreate NicoNico's online media world in real life. Among the spectacles was a Splatoon tournament along with a concert from sea idols the Squid Sisters. Nintendo has brought the latter to international fans with a YouTube post.
As the KanColle browser game prepares to launch its spring event May 2nd and introduce US KanMusu Iowa, another Overseas Friend is about to get a new figure, which is something of a rarity. Bandai's acessory heavy Amor Girls line is adding a Bismarck drei in August. Get a look after the jump.