Washinomiya Shrine - a Shinto shrine in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, Japan that became an otaku hot-spot after being featured in the 2007 TV anime Lucky Star - is celebrating the new year with some limited edition character goods featuring a collaboration between Lucky Star and Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory. Hit the jump to learn more.
Mixed media project Kemono Friends and Tobu Zoo in Saitama are teaming up once again for a third collaboration that will run from April 21 - July 01, 2018, and the collaboration includes new artwork by concept artist Mine Yoshizaki, in-zoo broadcasts recorded by Kemono Friends voice actresses, and 51 standees of Friends that will be scattered throughout the zoo alongside their corresponding animals. Hit the jump to learn more.
Fans who attended the "S.C. NANANET Fan Club Event VII" that was held at the Saitama Super Arena on November 18 - 19, 2017, got two Mizukis for the price of one, because the "Aniki of Anisong", Ichiro Mizuki, showed up as a surprise guest to perform a duet of the Mazinger Z theme song with Nana Mizuki. Hit the jump to learn more.
As fans continue to mourn the passing of Grape-kun, a 21 year old Humboldt penguin at Tobu Zoo who captured the Internet's heart when he fell in love with a standee of Hululu from Kemono Friends, manga artist and Kemono Friends concept designer Mine Yoshizaki has created a piece of memorial artwork featuring Grape-kun and Hululu together. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tobu Zoo's collaboration with Kemono Friends has come to a conclusion, but Grape-kun the Otaku Penguin's love for the cardboard standee of Humboldt penguin anime character Hululu burns so hot that not even a typhoon can quench it. Hit the jump to learn more.
As previously reported, the first edition of the "Yamada-oniichan's Penguin Talk" event at the Tobu Zoo in Saitama has come and gone, and voice actress Ikuko Chikuta (Hululu in Kemono Friends) was present for some hands-on education about Humboldt penguins. Chikuta also took the opportunity to pose for a photo op with otaku penguin and Internet sensation, Grape-kun. Hit the jump to check it out.
When breakout hit TV anime Kemono Friends and the Tobu Zoo amusement park in Saitama began their collaboration, no one expected Grape-kun, a 20 year old Humboldt penguin, to fall in love with the standee of Humboldt penguin Friend Hululu. Now the pair's unlikely romance has inspired a new talk event entitled "Yamada-oniichan's Penguin Talk", in which the zoo's special field guides will recount the charms (and mating habits) of their penguin flock. Hit the jump to learn more.
Three men have been arrested by the Saitama Municipal Police. Their alleged crime? Defrauding a pachinko company and pocketing 210 million yen worth of licensing fees that should have gone to the owners of the Zatch Bell! anime and manga. Hit the jump to learn more.
The official website for the upcoming original local TV anime Urawa no Usagi-chan launched today, announcing its director and premiere schedule on TV Saitama on April 9. The main voice actresses are all Saitama natives. Check the latest information after the jump.
The official Twitter account for Urawa no Usagi-chan, the upcoming local TV anime whose story is set in Urawa, Saitama Prefecture, has posted its second key visual featuring Sakura Tajima, Midori Saido, Minami Oyaba, and Misono Mimuro. The anime project was revealed at the 2nd Anitamasai event last month. Check the latest visual after the jump.