John Oliver, the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, has found himself in the unlikely position of an Internet feud with an unofficial Japanese mascot character thanks to a segment that aired on Episode 09 of Season 6 of Last Week Tonight. Hit the jump to learn more about this unlikely clash.
Kumamoto's official regional mascot Kumamon is joining the ranks of such historical luminaries as Osamu Tezuka and Steve Jobs, because Shogakukan has published an educational, biographical manga about Kumamon for their "Shogakukan Edition Study Manga" line. Hit the jump to learn more.
Meet Konori Kinosaki, a new mascot character introduced by the West Japan Railway Company as the 86th entry in the "Tetsudou Musume" ("Railway Girls") line. Hit the jump to learn more.
If Japan has taught us anything, it's that they can make a mascot character for literally anything, and now Mako Shimano - the official mascot character for a Toyota car dealership in Gunma Prefecture - is turning heads online along with her robotic centaur chasis, GUMBA. Hit the jump to learn more.
The official movie poster has been released for Yassadaruman, an upcoming live-action film about the struggles faced by a young man who works as the suit-actor portraying Yassadaruman, the official mascot character of Mihara City in Hiroshima Prefecture. Hit the jump to learn more.
Yassadaruman, the official mascot character for the city of Mihara in Hiroshima Prefecture, is the inspiration for a "refereshing youth story" live-action film about a young man struggling to stay motivated in the face of a crushing defeat. Hit the jump to learn more.
Kyoto Animation has published a new preview video as well as the main cast and staff for Baja no Studio ("Baja's Studio"), an upcoming work of original animation featuring Kyoani's original mascot character, Baja, going on a magical adventure. Hit the jump to learn more.
In anticipation of the upcoming "3rd Annual Kyo Ani & Do Fan Thanksgiving Event", Kyoto Animation has released a preview video of Baja no Studio ("Baja's Studio"), a work of animation that will be available as part of the event and that stars Kyoani's own adorable mascot character, Baja. Hit the jump to check it out.
Police in Aichi Prefecture have launched a new initiative to help victims of street harassment. The cute new character shows witnesses what to do if they find someone in a position where they can't help themselves. Public opinion is divided, but police hope this will help harassment victims find help and come forward. Hit the jump to see the new posters!
The town of Fukusaki in Hyoga Prefecture, Japan, recently gave its young residents more than a mouthful with a surprise guest at the Tsuji Square Folkore Festival, a local event celebrating the life of esteemed Japanese folklorist and Fukusaki native Kunio Yanagita. The suprise guest in question? A disturbingly realistic mascot character known as "Gajirou" that was shilling for a local delicacy called "Kappa Curry". Hit the jump to share the terror.
Is this the cutest Buddhist altar you've ever seen? Altar manufacturer Kadoi Butsugen hopes so -- they've chosen her out of more than 50 entries to be the face of their products. Find out more about the contest and the company after the jump!
Sanrio, the creators of Helloy Kitty and numerous other cute mascot characters, are teaming up with The Great Passage, an upcoming TV anime about a team assembling a massive Japanese language dictionary, to create a new line of dictionary-based mascots known as "Jisho-tans". Hit the jump to learn more.
The results of the 2016 "Sanrio Character Ranking" have been announced, and for the 2nd year in a row the lovable golden retriever Pompompurin has nabbed the Number 01 spot. Hit the jump to learn more.
Manga-artist-turned-actor Yoshikazu Ebisu is joining the cast of Bananya, an upcoming TV anime about a cat mascot character who hides inside of a banana. Hit the jump to learn more.
Funassyi - the genderless, heavy-metal loving pear fairy and unofficial mascot of Funabashi City - is starring in its own virtual reality fantasy stage play at the DMM VR Theater in Yokohama in the Summer season of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more-nassyi.