A local ship repair business near Shimonada Station in Ehime Prefecture is having a hard time with over-enthusiastic fans of the 2001 Studio Ghibli animated film, Spirited Away, after a section of their dockyard was incorrectly attributed as being the model for a scene from the film on the Internet, prompting visiting tourists to transform the spot into an unofficial pilgrimage point. Hit the jump to learn more.
The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Cencoroll - a short anime film written, directed, and animated by Atsuya Uki - and to celebrate the festivities a terrestrial TV broadcast on Tokyo MX and a limited-time Twitter campaign have been announced. Hit the jump to learn more.
Manga author Soichiro Yamamoto (KARAKAI JOZU NO TAKAGI-SAN) caused a bit of a stir on Twitter recently with a cryptic Tweet that hints that a new project related to the Teasing Master Takagi-san manga may be in the works for 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a move that has got fans' hearts a-flutter, Studio Chizu (The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children, MIRAI) recently published a mysterious countdown website that references words and images from the 2006 film, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a move that is sure to raise a few eyebrows, Sega Games Co., Ltd. president and COO Kenji Matsubara stated in an interview with Sankei Shimbun that the company was considering a return to the hardware home video game console market. Hit the jump to learn more.
January 03, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the first TV anime of Gegege no Kitaro, a classic comic by manga master Shigeru Mizuki about a young yokai boy who lives in a graveyard with his spooky friends, and the series is celebrating with a special website that looks back at 50 years of animated adaptations and that teases a "new project" on the way. Hit the jump to learn more.
Saga of Tanya the Evil (known as Youjo Senki in Japan), the TV anime adaptation of the light novel series written by Carlo Zen and illustrated by Shinobu Shinotsuki about a ruthless child soldier waging war in an alternative world where magic exists, is currently re-broadcasting in Japan on BS11, and according to the official Twitter account for the series, a major announcement is on the way. Hit the jump to learn more.
Takeshi Kitano, aka "Beat" Takeshi, has already explored the realms of film and video games, but will the multi-talented artist / actor / director / poet / comedian / etc. soon be tackling the medium of animation? Hit the jump to learn more.
Sega is teasing the announcement of a new video game, tentatively titled "Valkyria Project", with a special website that is counting down to an official announcement at 12:00 JST on November 20, 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
The year 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary for Ga-Rei-Zero, a 2008 TV anime based on the Ga-Rei supernatural action manga by Hajime Segawa, and the establishment of a new Twitter feed for the series has some fans wondering if a new Ga-Rei-Zero anime project may be in the works. Hit the jump to learn more.
Anime director Tensho (aka Motoki Tanaka) took to Twitter recently with a cryptic little message for his fans, asserting that he would soon be making "a certain announcement" for his upcoming plans. Hit the jump to learn more.
Screenwriter Kazuho Hyodo recently took to social media to tease announcements both large and small for an upcoming Niconico broadcast of Robot Girls Z, an original net animation that re-imagines the mecha of various famous Go Nagai manga and anime as moe girls with a penchant for destruction. Hit the jump to learn more.
Nippon Ichi Software is hinting at the announcement of a new horror-themed video game with an enigmatic teaser site featuring a series of unsettling short videos. Hit the jump to learn more.
Originally announced to debut in the Fall season of 2017, sharp-eyed fans have noticed a change in the official home page for Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, the 4th season of the popular science fiction / comedy / romance anime based on the light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Dōji, that suggests that the launch of the latest entry may have been delayed. Hit the jump to learn more.
It looks like more yuri anime may be on the way, according to a "flying get" report based on an enigmatic poster spotted at the Yuriten 2017 event, which was held at the Ikebukuro Marui department store in Tokyo on March 18, 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.