A Tokyo-based company Anique has been hosting "Himouto! Umaru-chan R Online Exhibition: 5th Anniversary of Umaru's Anime" on its online service "Anique" since January 25. It is an admission-free online exhibition that you can watch on your smartphone or PC. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese singer Miki Sato has released a full music video for her second single song "You & Me" on her official YouTube channel. The R&B-style medium tune is now used as the ED theme for the winter 2021 TV anime Otherside Picnic. Check out the "Reiwa x '90s"-themed clip after the jump!
Even in its 15th weekend, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train earned a strong 184 million yen (1.77 million USD) on 112,000 admissions, taking the top spot in Japan's weekend box office ranking for 14th time in total. Hit the jump for more information.
The official website for the upcoming reboot TV anime based on Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga announced that Takehito Koyasu will reprise his role as Faust VIII. He is one of the returning cast members from the 2001-2002 TV anime, alongside Megumi Hayashibara as Anna Kyoyama and Inuko Inuyama as Manta Oyamada. Check out his comment after the jump!
The Japan Academy Film Prize Association announced the nominees for the 44th annual awards today, January 27. The five films that have been nominated for Animation of the Year are: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, Violet Evergarden the Movie, Stand By Me Doraemon 2, Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, and Poupelle of Chimney Town. Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Mayu Murata's popular shoujo manga Honey Lemon Soda has posted a 30-second teaser trailer to introduce its main cast members, including 17-year-old Raul (boy idol group Snow Man member) as its male protagonist Kai Miura. See how they portray their characters after the jump!
TBS Radio announced today that the memorial 1,500th episode of voice actress Megumi Hayashibara's (Rei Ayanami in Neon Genesis Evangelion) long-running radio show "Megumi Hayashibara's TOKYO Boogie Night" will be live-streamed worldwide on YouTube from 14:00 on January 31 (JST) / 21:00 on January 30 (PT). Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for voice actress Yui Ogura has announced that her 13th single "Clear Morning" is set to be released on March 31, 2021. The title song will be used as the theme song for Yostar's upcoming smartphone RPG Blue Archive, in which she is also cast as one of its main characters, Shiroko. Check her brand new song in the game's anime PV after the jump!
The Publishing Science Institute, which conducts research and surveys on the publishing industry, had announced that the estimated combined book sales of paper and digital editions in Japan in 2020 was 1,616.8 billion yen (15.59 billion USD), which was up five percent from 2019 mainly thanks to a huge hit of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. Hit the jump for more details.
The official YouTube channel for voice actress Minori Suzuki, best known as the voice of Freyja Wion in the Macross Delta anime franchise, has posted a six-minute digest of her latest live concert "Suzuki Minori 2nd LIVE TOUR 2020 ~Now Is The Time!~" held in Tokyo in December 2020. Watch her cool and cure performances after the jump!
Following the OP theme by Haruka Yamazaki, NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan has posted a short version music video for "I’mpossible?," the ED theme for the winter 2021 TV anime Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies moved to a starter town? performed by the five-member idol group Luce Twinkle Wink☆. Watch the clip filled with dazzling cuteness after the jump!
The official website for the upcoming anime film BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia I: Yakusoku (Promise), the first part of the two-part film series focusing on the members of Roselia, has posted a main visual featuring the band during the performance. Check out more new visuals after the jump!
Voice actress/singer Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee in Macross Frontier) will release her much-awaited fifth album "green diary" from Flying Dog on February 3, 2021. To celebrate the release, her official YouTube channel will live-stream a 60-minute special program from 20:00 (JST) / 03:00 (PT) on the day. Hit the jump for more details.
It has been confirmed that a comicalization of the forthcoming TV anime Yakunara Mug Cup Mo will be serialized in Akita Shoten's free web manga site "Manga Cross" from January 28, 2021. The anime itself is based on the manga of the same name, and the comicalization is based on the stories of the TV anime. Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for the live-action adaptation project based on the gambling themed manga Kakegurui has posted a 30-second teaser trailer for its forthcoming second feature film. In the clip, Makuro Shikigami played by Ryusei Fujii (idol group Johnny's West member) laughs loudly, "Let's go betting crazy!" Watch the newest footage after the jump!