The Finnish presidential elections were recently held this past Sunday, and while the global press focused on the vagaries of the candidates and fears of Russian interference along with European Union sentiment, it didn't stop public broadcaster YLE from making one last push to get young people to vote, and boy did they if this video posted by the Finnish Embassy in Tokyo is any indication. Hit the jump for the mind-blowing video.
This past July, Crunchyroll invited members to draw their own monsters or draw the monsters from Monster Strike in order to win a trip to Japan to visit the Monster Strike Symphony and Monster Sonic! Live shows at XFLAG PARK in Tokyo, as well as visiting the XFLAG Store which features a Monster Strike themed cafe inside. Hit the jump for the exciting details.
The phenomenon that is Makoto Shinkai's latest film in "Your Name" continues to attract people from all around Japan as well as the world. The latest promotion is sure to drive tourists to Tokyo, as Cool Japan Travel has announced a new collaboration with tour organizer Willer where the anime film will be prominently advertised on one of the company's signature double-decker buses. Hit the jump for details.
Japanese trademark filings are usually a good way to figure out what sorts of projects are in the works. Everything from new games to new anime and manga projects can be sussed out in such filings, and if the latest one is any indication, the wallet and time draining unholy smartphone ap vortex that is Fate Grand Order could be set to drain player wallets even faster, in Japanese arcades. Hit the jump for details
There are idol groups for every taste in Japan, but they all usually pump out pop music. Now, an underground idol unit is preparing to step out of the shadows of the underground and into the mainstream with its first major label release next month. Hit the jump to find out more about "Dots".
To show appreciation for customers who enjoy "service with a smile", McDonald's Japan is offering a special item on their McDelivery service menu for one day only: a smile priced at 0 zen. Hit the jump to learn more.
With the polarizing live-action Ghost in the Shell getting ready to be released on home video, no one expected that NBCUniversal Japan would go so far as to bundle the 1995 animated film into its forthcoming home video release for Japanese collectors. Hit the jump for the details.
In Japan, June 1 is Milk Day, a commemoration of all things dairy and the men and women who make dairy products possible. Nintendo got in on the celebration this year in an entirely wonderful way using 1-2 Switch. Read more after the jump!
Good news for otaku looking to buy merchandise straight from Japan: Animate, Japan's largest retailer of anime & manga goods, has opened an online store aimed at the global market entitled Animate International. Hit the jump to learn more.
On March 24, 2017, several Japanese anime music record companies (including Lantis Co., Ltd. and FlyingDog, Inc.) joined forces to create a new company named ANiUTa, Inc. with the goal of providing a subscription-based digital distribution service dedicated to anime, game, tokusatsu, and Vocaloid music. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (MPPAJ) yesterday reported industrial statistics of Japanese film industry for the year 2016. A total of 61 Japanese and foreign films earned over 1 billion yen in the world's fourth largest film market (in 2015). Six of the top 10 films were anime, and three were live-action adaptations of popular manga. Check the list of the films after the jump.
For those not lucky enough to live near Shibuya's UPLINK movie theater or even in greater Tokyo, a new cloud streaming service has been launched that promises to bring a selection of the theater's currently screening titles to those that can't make it to a showing at the theater itself, with the help of highly regarded video portal Vimeo, best known for offering high-quality video uploads. Hit the jump for details.
Japan’s Akita prefecture has delivered something strange, terrifying, and totally delightful to help promote tourism to their area: an human-animal hybrid idol group made out of the region’s famed Akita Inu dogs! Enjoy the brain-busting English subtitled video after the jump!
After becoming obsessed with anime and manga in her native country, Anastasia Reznikova set her sights on opening a Russian-themed maid café in Tokyo, Japan. Now, the resulting establishment, named ItaCafe, is open for business. Hit the jump for a video report!
Japanese translator Kim Morrissy explores how our favorite anime, manga, and light novels are translated into English. What is lost in translation? More importantly, what is found in translation? This week, Kim investigates how anime fans in Japan keep up with the latest titles.