TMS Music announced on January 25 that Rev:robe, a new idol unit formed by three waitresses who work at popular maid cafe @Home Cafe in Akihabara: Nagi, Ayu, and Hagumi, will release their debut single this spring. @Home Cafe was established in 2004, now has six stores with 300 maid waitresses in the area. Hit the jump for more details including their video message.
Bandai Namco Amusement's character-themed cafe AniOn Station in Akihabara, Tokyo, will open a time-limited cafe collaborated with Toei Animation's PreCure anime franchise that celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, from December 21, 2018, to January 20, 2019. Hit the jump for more details about the PreCure Music Cafe!
Akihabara Area Tourism Organization announced today on October 9 that internationally popular virtual YouTuber character Kizuna AI is officially appointed as the virtual ambassador for the area which has been recognized as the Mecca of Otaku. Check out her inauguration message after the jump!
SSSS.GRIDMAN, an animated reboot of the early Nineties tokusatsu superhero TV show by Tsuburaya Productions, will begin broadcasting in Japan on October 06, 2018, and to celebrate the new series the electronics-themed superhero hero will spend a special day protecting the most famous "electric town" in the modern world: Akihabara. Hit the jump to learn more.
To celebrate Luka Urushibara's birthday on August 30, Akiba Shrine, a 150-year-old Shinto shrine located in Akihabara, holds a special collaboration event with the Steins;Gate franchise for nine days from tomorrow to September 7. The shrine is one of the models for Yanagibashi Shrine that he lives in the story. Hit the jump for more details.
SouthWorks, a Tokyo-based company whose main service is to distribute Japanese games to overseas, opened a teaser website for its new "OTAKU HOUSE" project that includes an anime/manga-themed guest house for foreign tourists, along with tours and events in future. Watch a four-minute introduction movie for the project after the jump.
In Steins;Gate 0, Akihabara is a relatively gloomy place that at times feels almost desolated. But in reality, the anime-centric shopping district is quite the opposite. Want to see how the anime’s version differs from the real deal, and find out if Faris’ maid café and Ruka’s shrine actually exist? All that and more after the jump!
It's official, Sega fans: after a tantalizing interview last week with Sega president and COO Kenji Matsubara that teased the idea, Sega is back in the home video game console business (at least temporarily) with the announcement of a Famicom Mini / NES Classic-style product tentatively titled the Mega Drive Mini, which is currently scheduled to be released in 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
Voice actress / singer Yurika Kubo (Hanayo Koizumi in Love Live! School Idol Project) is making the leap to the silver screen with a starring role in Neko Cafe ("Cat Cafe"), a live-action film about a server working in the real-life Cat Cafe MoCHA restaurant in Akihabara. Hit the jump to learn more.
GRIDS Akihabara Hotel + Hostel today opens concept rooms inspired by the Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World anime series today on February 7 for a limited time of one month till March 7. The rooms are produced by Tokyo-based company So-Zo, which has worked on many collaboration projects with popular anime series, such as Gintama and Mr. Osomatsu. Hit the jump for more details.
Life continues to imitate art in unexpected ways, because a recent flash event held in Akihabara for the Pop Team Epic TV anime drew so much attention from adoring fans that the cops had to come in and break it up. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tokyo-based company Art Collection House plans to hold an exhibition dedicated to all lithograph works by 55-year-old Japanese animator/illustrator Narumi Kakinouchi, best known for her character design/manga works for the Vampire Princess Miyu series, in Akihabara (September 16-18) and Osaka (October 13-15). Check out five samples of her beautiful works after the jump.
On July 7, a young PR woman for the ongoing TV anime adaptation of Kei Murayama's slice of life comedy manga series A Centaur's Life was given the task of going to stores in the Akihabara town to discuss the upcoming release of the anime's Blu-ray discs..., in her centaur form. Was she able to get there safely? Check out the video report after the jump!