Veteran voice actresses Megumi Hayashibara and Kotono Mitsuishi have worked together before (for example, as Rei Ayanami and Misato Katsuragi, respectively, in Neon Genesis Evangelion), but now a pair of off-kilter new TV commercials advertising inexpensive electricty reimagine these titans of the anime industry as the plugs in an electrical outlet. Hit the jump to learn more.
As part of an on-going project to revitalize Inagi, the home town of mechanical designer Kunio Okawara, the city has unveiled a 1:1 scale statue of the iconic "Scopedog" robot from the beloved 1983 - 1984 Sunrise mecha TV anime, Armored Trooper VOTOMS. Hit the jump to learn more.
The strange team-up between Dorohedoro and ZOMBIE LAND SAGA continues, and the collaboration is only getting weirder with a pair of new key visuals featuring characters from the anime based on Q Hayashida's anarchic dark fantasy manga and the anime about a group of living dead girls singing to save Saga Prefecture. Hit the jump to check it out.
Japan celebrates "Cyber Security Month" on February 01 - March 18, 2020, and as part of the on-going campaign to raise awareness for information technology-related issues, everyone's favorite "Hyper Agent", the titular hero of SSSS.GRIDMAN, is showing his support for the effort by posing for a dramatic new poster. Hit the jump to check it out.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, the TV anime adaptation based on the series of isekai fantasy light novels written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah, is teaming up with Suumo, a housing information website, for a humorous collaboration entitled "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Suumo", which encourages viewers to answer questions posed by Rimuru's "Great Sage" ability in an effort match them to the room lay-out of their dreams. Hit the jump to learn more.
In order to drum up support for the International Linear Collider project in Iwate Prefecture, acclaimed anime & film director Mamoru Oshii visited the 62nd Wanko Soba All Japan Tournament, an eating contest held in Hanamaki City in which contestants try to eat as many small bowls of soba noodles as they can within a 5 minute time frame. Hit the jump to learn more.
If you've ever wanted to smell like the hero of a Nineties mecha parody TV anime, you may soon have your chance, because a new line of fragrance-themed character goods inspired by NG Knight Lamune & 40 are being released in Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Art Corporation has unveiled the second entry in its "Move to the Future" series of animated promotional videos, a series of short films which use the medium of animation to imagine what Art Corporation's moving services might look like in the future, including intelligent robots and hover-cars. Hit the jump to check it out.
"Kogan" and "Rakugo" may sound like the names of Toho movie monsters, but they're actually traditional forms of oral storytelling in Japan, and now a screening & talk event in Kobe in March of 2020 will offer audience members a chance to experience The King of the Monsters in kogan and rakugo form. Hit the jump to learn more.
Cells at Work! is once again working feverishly to promote health within the human body, this time with an special collaboration with Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and their "Pabron S Gold W" cold medication that involves a smart phone app that lets users rub foreheads with the cast of the Cells at Work! TV anime. Hit the jump to learn more.
Rent-A-Girlfriend (known as Kanojo, Okarishimasu in Japan), an upcoming TV anime based on the romantic comedy manga by Reiji Miyajima about a college student who stumbles into romance when he discovers a rental service offering pretend friends, family members, and significant others, is also offering up some toll-free thrills with a hotline featuring in-character messages from some of the ladies in the cast. Hit the jump to learn more.
Studying and board games are both serious business, and soon players will have a chance to combine their love of both with a collaboration between Deep Sea Adventure, a dice-and-tile tabletop game, and We Never Learn: BOKUBEN, the TV anime based on the popular romantic comedy manga by Taishi Tsutsui. Hit the jump to learn more.
Additional details have been revealed for "Godzilla vs. Symphogear", a unique, limited time collaboration event for the Symphogear XD UNLIMITED "symphonic battle" smart phone game by Bushiroad and Pokelabo, and some of the big prizes involve the girls of Symphogear dressing up in kaiju-themed battle Gear. Hit the jump to learn more.
The noodle passion still burns strong in the heart of Koizumi, the titular ramen-loving heroine from the Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles manga and TV anime, because the fictional ramen enthusiast is teaming up with Nanyo City in Yamagata Prefecture to promote a real life ramen rally in December of 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.