Former AKB 48 member Tomomi Itano joins the dazzling array of musical guests to perform at the JPOP Summit Festival in San Francisco on the 19th & 20th of this month. Tomomi recently released her first full-length solo album, SxWxAxG on July 2nd and this will be her first post-AKB US appearance and performance. Plus May'n, AKIRA and a Japanese Kuro-gyaru group Black Diamond. Read more after the jump!
Do you think the Free! anime is only for female audiences? The anime also attracts a fair amount of male fans and the mangaka of Tiger & Bunny for Miracle Jump in Hiroshi Ueda is one of them. He picked up watching the anime on July 3rd after just watching the first episode and finished all the episodes by the following day. A new spate of awesome Free! character drawings and then some came as a result of his binge watching. See them all after the jump!
How did you like the first episode of Free! Eternal Summer? The broadcast date of the anime in Japan was also the release date of the second volume of the light novel that the anime is based on in High☆Speed 2 with a new TV spot to promote the new volume. Plus new art from a new Lawson convenience store promotion after the jump!
Happy birthday Haruka! Interestingly, this is the first official birthday since the sexy swimming anime Free! started, as his birthday last year was before the actual broadcast premiere of the anime. To celebrate, the anime's official site has posted special voice messages for a limited time, so let's see what the fans are doing to make this day special for Haruka after the jump!
The Nishi Nippon Shinbun newspaper in Japan recently inserted 4 pages of promotional editorial in collaboration with Ghost In The Shell ARISE in their June 28th issue. The special collaboration editorial was done due to the fact the capital of Japan is set in Fukuoka in 2027 in the ARISE series and has also resulted in a new collaboration website. Plus, watch the preview of BD vol. 3 which contains "border:3 Ghost Tears" that just opened in theaters in Japan!
Japanese geek fashion portal 2PMWorks has opened pre-orders for 3 new shoes that are inspired by the Kurotshitsuji series main characters in Sebastian, Ciel and Grell Sutcliff. The shoes are designed by the Chachoke brand who previously brought out the Puella Magi Madoka Magica inspired shoes with 2PMWorks. Pre-orders close on July 13th and are planned to be shipped in late October. Check them out after the jump!
SPLASH FREE! was the title of the first ending theme to the first season of sexy summer swimming anime Free! sung by STYLE FIVE (which consists of Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei and Rin). The memorable club dancing scene for the song featured only 4 of the boys and many fans must have wondered where Rin was. New future merchandise for the KyoAni shop in Japan confirms his place. See him in the matching club outfit after the jump!
Popular light novel turned anime Strike The Blood has had a social card game tie-in titled Strike The Blood :the New Progenitor on the Mobage mobile game service since November 2013 and the pre-order for the game's new companion visual book is now open ahead of its August 27th release in Japan. More after the jump!
Did you know that Japanese siren May'n has her own Nendoroid? Or did you think you missed out when it was announced back in February? It's already good news that May'n is returning to California next month for 2 days of live shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but in even better news, she'll bring her tour goods for US fans to indulge in, including her tour-exclusive Nendoroid! More after the jump!
As part of the promotion for the upcoming Blue Exorcist stage play, actress Yumi Sugimoto (who plays Shura Kirigakure in the latest stage adaptation) recently shot a gravure spread for Japanese Playboy magazine while dressed as Shura which went on sale today in Japan! See the teaser image of her Shura spread after the jump!
The Blue Exorcist stage play is opening on the 21st of this month and the author Kazue Katoh did what she does best to promote it, which is posting her illustrations on Twitter! See the illustration as it progressed and more info about the play after the jump!
Just about a month before the sexy summer swimming anime, Free! comes back as Free! Eternal Summer and High Speed 2, the second volume of the light novel which the anime is based on will be released a few days before the broadcast on July 2nd. just like the first season. High Speed 2 will also have new characters and even more characters were teased on the alternate cover for the second novel which was just revealed. More after the jump!
Otaku Idol Shoko Nakagawa, also known as Shokotan has posted a series of selfies as characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. Shokotan is known as a long time and hardcore Jojo fan and this is her dream come true according to her Twitter posts. Skip this if you do not want spoilers, but if you don't mind, see the many photos she posted after the jump!
Voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro (voice of Fujiko Mine from Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Suruga Kanbaru from Monogatari series) has announced that she is now married in a post she made to the Mausu Promotion Agency blog on Sunday, June 8th. More after the jump!
The 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup is next week! Anime and videogame polling site Charapedia recently polled their visitors to decide which anime characters would make the "best eleven" if they were to make a team with male characters or female characters. The poll was conducted online from May 29 to June 4th and the result was posted on the 5th. Votes are made up of 44.2% male and 55.8% female anime fans. See the result after the jump!