Studio Ghibli is known for animating some scrumptious-looking scenes of home-cooked meals, and recently a poll conducted on Simeji - an emoji-focused social media app run by Baidu Japan Inc. - asked teenage girls in Japan to vote on the Studio Ghibli meals that they'd most like to eat. Hit the jump to see the Top 10 results.
Dwango and Honda are teaming up for a smart car collaboration entitled "Let's Drive with Miku!" which combines the talents of manga authors, musicians, cosplayers, and more to promote a unique marriage of smart phone, automobile, and Vocaloid virtual idol. Hit the jump to learn more.
Musunde Hiraite, a high school romance manga by Mayu Minase about a boy who falls in love at first sight with a high school senior on the first day of his high school career, is being adapted into an anime that will stream on the Anime Beans smart phone app. Hit the jump to learn more.
Yakiniku-ten Sengoku ("Japanese Barbecue Shop Sengoku"), a short form anime from 2017 that was distibuted exclusively on the GANMA! smart phone manga app, is getting new life with a Japanese terrestrial TV broadcast on Tokyo MX beginning on July 03, 2018. Hit the jump for all the juicy details.
OneRoom VR, an augmented reality smart phone app inspired by the "first-person" TV anime OneRoom, will be officially released in the early Summer season of 2018, and app-developers Gugenka are drumming up anticipation for the release with a free demonstration that will be held at the UDX Gallery Next 2 venue in Akihabara on May 03 - 04, 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
The 2nd season of OneRoom, a "1st person" TV anime where the viewer takes on the role of the protagonist, is still in development, and to celebrate its upcoming 2018 release, the OneRoom VR spin-off smart phone app has released a new key visual illustrated by the Kantoko, original character designer for OneRoom. Hit the jump to check it out.
Finally, the power of the "Eisai Haramasukoi!" dance has been harnessed for good in this universe, because Popuko and Pipimi, the small girl / tall girl duo of Bkub Okawa's ludicrous web-comic and TV anime Pop Team Epic, have teamed up with actress Minami Hamabe and singer Rinne Yoshida for a promotional campaign for an, a smart phone app that helps Japanese people find part-time jobs. Hit the jump to learn more.
As the saying goes, "no waifu, no laifu", but now fans of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- will be able to bring Rem, everyone's favorite blue-haired demon maid, along with them to locations in the real world thanks to an A.R. ("augmented reality") smart phone app known as HoloModels. Hit the jump to learn more.
Yakiniku-ten Sengoku ("Japanese Barbecue Shop Sengoku"), a humorous manga by Usagi Fukumen about a boy who gets his first part time job in a yakiniku restaurant filled with strange and idiosyncratic characters, is being adapted into a short-form anime that is distributed on GANMA!, a manga-distribution smart phone app. Hit the jump to learn more.
Chūka Ichiban! ("The Best Cuisine in China!"), a cooking adventure manga by Etsushi Ogawa about a young man trying to become the best chef in Qing Dynasty China, is officially returning to publication with a sequel series that will be distributed via Kodansha's "Magazine Pocket" smart phone app. Hit the jump to learn more.
The main cast has been announced for Karada Sagashi ("Searching for the Body"), an upcoming short form anime based on the gruesome survival horror web manga written by Welzard and illustrated by Katsutoshi Murase about students haunted by a terrifying spectre that threatens to tear them limb from limb. Hit the jump to learn more.
Africa no Salaryman (known in English as African Officer Worker or Businessmen in Africa), an everyday salaryman comedy web manga about office workers who also happen to be animals native to the continent of Africa, is being adapted into a short-form anime that will be distributed on Production I.G's "Tate Anime" smart phone app beginning on June 05, 2017. Hit the jump to be king of the jungle.
Karada Sagashi ("Searching for the Body"), a supernatural survival horror manga written by Welzard and illustrated by Katsutoshi Murase that is published in Shueisha's Shōnen Jump + digital manga magazine, is being adapted into a short-form web anime that will be distributed via Production I.G's "Tate Anime" smart phone app beginning in the Summer season of 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
Japanese toymakers Megahouse hope to capture the market at the intersection of nerd nostalgia and cutting edge technology with a new virtual reality device designed to propel its users into the fantastical world of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Z manga and anime. Hit the jump to learn more.
In order to advertise Pokémon TV, a smart phone app dedicated to digital distribution of Pokémon animation, The Official Pokémon Channel has released a compilation video showing some of the highs (and lows) of Team Rocket being zapped, scorched, and otherwise pummeled over the years. Hit the jump to blast off again.