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    Thursday August 7, 2014
  • VIDEO: New "Free!" Character Song Vol. 1 & 2 Commercials Posted

    Vol. 1 Haruka Nanase and Vol. 2 Makoto Tachibana Character songs previewed

    The Lantis official channel has posted preview videos of the Haruka Nanase  vol. 1 and Makoto Tachibana vol. 2 Character Song series mini albums for Free! Eternal Summer. The first two volumes will be released on August 20th in Japan. The Character Song series is confirmed to have total of 8 volumes, including the new members of the Samezuka swimming team.Listen to Haruka and Makoto's songs after the jump!

  • Monday August 4, 2014
  • CR INTERVIEW: AKIRA at J-POP Summit Festival 2014 Part 2

    AKIRA talks about her favorite anime

    How did you like the first half of the AKIRA interview at J-POP Summit Festival in San Francisco? In the second half of the interview, we talked about anime! Read all about it plus more photos of her from J-POP Summit Festival after the jump!

  • Sunday August 3, 2014
  • CR INTERVIEW: AKIRA at J-POP Summit Festival 2014 Part 1

    Uncovering the mysterious AKIRA after the solo singer's debut singing the ending theme for "Black Butler: Book of Circus"

    Model and now solo artist AKIRA has many faces, such as a magazine model who graces the cover of popular magazine KERA, the lead singer of DISACODE and now a solo artist who sings the ending theme of Black Butler: Book of Circus “Aoki Tsuki Michite”. I was able to catch up with the singer/model during San Francisco’s, J-POP Summit Festival in July. AKIRA had just finished her first performance as a solo artist the day before at the time of this interview. I hope you get to know AKIRA in this first half of the two-part interview after the jump!

  • Friday August 1, 2014
  • VIDEO: Cute New "Free!" TV Spot For Aqua Charm Collection Features Haruka Swimming

    Haruka + water makes all of us happy

    So what if Free! was only ranked in the 10th spot in the recent poll that asked Japanese otaku which anime reminds them of Summer. The sexy summer swimming anime is still aiming to be "the" summer anime and this cute short TV spot for the new Free! Eternal Summer Aqua Charm Collection line features Haruka in water doing what he does best! Watch it after the jump!

  • Thursday July 31, 2014
  • Live-Action "Seirei No Moribito" TV Drama to Cover Entire Book Series

    Drama planned to run for 3 years and cover all 10 volumes

    Seirei No Moribito, the fantasy novel series by Nahoko Uehashi, will become a live-action TV drama on the NHK network in 2016 in Japan. The drama is planned to run for 3 years to cover the entire 10 volume run of the novel series and, as previously reported, Haruka Ayase was chosen to play the main character Balsa. More after the jump!

  • Tuesday July 29, 2014
  • POLL: Japanese Otaku Rank The Top 30 Anime That Remind Them Of Summer

    333 otaku decide what anime remind them of the season

    Which anime comes to your mind when you think of the Summer season? The distinctive seasons in Japan have a strong influence on the country's culture and anime is no exception. A website specializing in location inspirations of anime series recently conducted an online survey to find out what anime is strongly associated with the Summer season and 333 effective answers decided the Top 30 ranking. Find out the results after the jump!

  • Monday July 28, 2014
  • Nagisa's Bread Is Already On Sale In Location Inspiration For "Free!"

    Strange looking bread offered for sale after lunch episode

    The Iwatobi swimming club members from Free! Eternal Summer failed Gou's lunch evaluation miserably, but a bakery in the town of Iwami, the location inspiration for the anime took note of the strange looking bread that Nagisa loves and decided to make it available for sale. See the bread in its real life form after the jump!

  • Friday July 25, 2014
  • Japanese LINE Users Have Found A New Way To Touch Their Favorite Anime Character

    Facebook is not the only social network where you can play "poke" wars

    People are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to use tools that are given to them further enrich our lives. In one such way, Japanese users of Asian social networking platform LINE have been enjoying stamps in the chat function, but who would have thought that there was a way to use the existing stamps to "touch" your favorite anime character! Find out how after the jump!

  • Wednesday July 16, 2014
  • VIDEO: Check Out The New "Free! Eternal Summer" Ending Theme Preview

    STYLE FIVE returns with FUTURE FISH

    The new ending theme for sexy summer swimming anime Free! Eternal Summer in FUTURE FISH explores sexy swimming boys in cosplay! I mean, the fantasy world of their dream they had when they were young. The already addicting tune will be on sale August 6th and the new preview video has been posted. Check it out after the jump!

  • Sunday July 13, 2014
  • Win A Free Round Trip Ticket To Japan At May'n's Concert In San Francisco!

    Guest of Honor to San Francisco's JPOP Summit Festival announced a ruffle

    It's only a week before the concert by anisong singer May'n at Slim's in San Francisco as the grand finale for the celebration of JPOP culture and music at San Francisco's JPOP Summit Festival and now there is another reason fans won't want to miss it as JPOP Summit Festival has announced a raffle contest for a free ticket to Japan! Get the details after the jump!

  • Saturday July 12, 2014
  • Namco's CHARACRO Cafe & Bar Celebrates Alto Saotome's Birthday From "Macross Frontier"

    Namco's CHARACRO Cafe & Bar collaboration with the series opens this month in Japan

    The popularity of Macross Frontier is thriving in Japan as the anime themed Cafe & Bar, CHARACRO will do a new collaboration with the series following the successful Tiger & Bunny collaboration. A new Macross F themed CHARACRO theme will unfold on July 27th, which is Alto Saotome's birthday and the huge celebration for the beautiful pilot is planned for fans to partake in Japan. More after the jump!

  • Gen Urobuchi To Attend Japan Expo USA As Guest Of Honor

    Another chance to get "Urobutchered" for US fans

    Gen Urobuchi must really enjoy visiting the United States! Japan Expo USA has announced that the writer of hit series such as Puella Magi Madoka MagicaFate/ZeroPSYCHO-PASS, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet and Kamen Rider Gaim will be their guest of honor not too long after his appearance at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA during Independence Day weekend. More after the jump!

  • Wednesday July 9, 2014
  • Former AKB48 Member Tomomi Itano To Perform At JPOP Summit Festival in San Francisco

    Tomochin makes the first solo US appearance with the release of solo album

    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!

  • Monday July 7, 2014
  • "Tiger And Bunny" Manga Artist Hiroshi Ueda Takes His Own Spin On"Free!" Characters

    Ueda-sensei drew more than Free! characters, too!

    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!

  • Thursday July 3, 2014
  • VIDEO: New TV Spot For "High☆Speed 2" Novel

    Second volume of light novel shows off new characters

    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!