To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Japanese animation studio Shaft, Inc. is creating an art exhibition called "Madogatari" that combines two of their most popular anime properties: Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the Monogatari series. Leading into this, Aniplex+ started teasing a 1/8 scale Shinobu Oshino figure bathing in a tub full of donuts, inspired by the anime cover art from Nisemonogatari volume 3, with the "Karen Bee" story. Get a look after the jump.
Anime Expo has announced their first 2016 Guest of Honor, artist Yoshitaka Amano! While he has attended several conventions in the US before, this will be Amano’s first time attending Anime Expo. The major North American anime con will be held July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More after the jump.
Kadokawa brings some sexy swimming to the figure shelf with Free! Eternal Summer's Sousuke Yamazaki. The 1/8 scale Chara-ani take on the second season character stands 24cm tall and sells for 11,340yen ahead of a March release. Get a look after the jump.
'Cause there can never be too much Thanksgiving binging, Nickelodeon has put Legend of Korra online. All of it. The complete animated adventure will be streaming through November 30th. More after the jump.
Feeling a little stuffed after Thanksgiving? Well, embrace it with some Super Pochaco love. Tsuji Santa, designer of the character and Super Sonico, notes that an English site will be offering a huge mousepad inspired by the character in time for her November 29th birthday. This giant W470mm × H620mm × H90mm, almost 9 pound "M.J. Supersoft" silicon piece stuffed item will be doing for $410.
Apple's new Ipad Pro and Pencil have created a remarkable amount of excitement about manga creators, with a number of notables eager to try out of the new tech toys and post the results to social media. Check it out after the jump.
Yuyushiki is back, at least in a limited fashion. A new, limited Blu-ray box is out in Japan November 27th. Along with the release is the announcement that the Data Processing Club cast will be reuniting for an event in March, 2016. Fitting, especially since two of the three Data Processing are also members of the Amusement Club, YuruYuri author Namori celebrated the release with tribute sketches.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Japanese animation studio Shaft, Inc. is creating an art exhibition called "Madogatari" that combines two of their most popular anime properties: Madoka Magica and the Monogatari series. The event will run in Tokyo November 27 to December 2, 2015, followed by stops at Osaka December 22-27,, then Sapporo February 9-14th. The bombshell out of the opening was a "Madoka concept movie." More after the jump.
On the heels of the recent update on the live-action adaption, there's now a new look at the winter 2016 Noitamina TV Kei Sanbe's award-nominated manga Boku Dake ga Inai Machi. The new commercial is accompanied by news that composer Yuki Kajiura will be reuniting with Sword Art Online director Tomohiko on the A-1 Pictures production. Get a look after the jump.
Following summer's Japanese launch, the Bleach: Brave Souls hack-and-slash smartphone game from KLabGames, the makers of Crystal Fantasia is preparing an English launch for international iOS and Android players. Preparing for an English site has launched, along with pre-registration. Get a look after the jump.
Timed nicely for America's Thanksgiving holiday, the Sword Art Online Asuna - Cooking ver. figure that character goods maker Broccoli showcased at Summer's Wonder Festival is now available for pre-order. The 1/7 scale heroine, clad in SAO casual wear and tripped up in meal prep stands 11cm and sells for 13,284 yen ahead of May 2016 release.
This fall, The Hatsune Miku Expo tour is hosting an international songwriting competition, looking for new original tracks sung by Miku to be performed at the 2016 Expo concert. In celebration of this contest, SonicWire has released a two-week trial version of Hatsune Miku V3 English. The winner, "Ten Thousand Stars" by CircusP, is now up on the Vocaloid's 39ch, ahead of its big presentation at Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 North America.
It's time again to rep Cool Japan in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pikachu is a seasoned veteran of the annual event. The Pokémon superstar will be marching in the parade along with the other balloons for the 16th consecutive year. Meanwhile the red colored Super Sentai heroes are on their way to carry the Power Rangers banner. Get a look after the jump.
With the launch of their shop.naruto.com web store, Viz has launch a Naruto prize give-away, presented by the voice the ninja, Junko Takeuchi. Prizes include S.H. Figuarts - Naruto and Sasuke, Naruto dress from Lace and Lore, The Last: Naruto the Movie Lenticular and more. Check out Takeuchi hyping the news after the jump.
The death of Setsuko Hara, "the Eternal Virgin" remembered as the symbol of the 1950s/60s golden era of Japanese cinema of has been announced by the Japanese press. Anime fans may be familiar with a fictionalized version of her career from Satoshi Kon's 2001 anime film Millennium Actress. More after the jump.