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Black Butlers Sebastian Becomes a Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Black Butlers Sebastian Becomes a Robot Vacuum Cleaner Although we aren’t at the stage of having our own personal robot servants just yet, Sharp electronics in Japan have begun pre-orders for the next best thing, a vacuum cleaner that talks like an anime butler. A new model for the Cocorobo Vacuum is going to be released which will feature both artwork...
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Official Site Launches for Upcoming Live-Action ‘Death Note’ TV Drama

Official Site Launches for Upcoming Live-Action ‘Death Note’ TV Drama “Ryuk the Shinigami here. Damn, I’ve dropped my death note again… Look forward to watching the new confrontation between Light and L from July on NTV. I’m looking forward to Sunday nights… Heheheh!” (Translation of official Twitter post.) Following on from the...
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Complete your ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ Cosplay with Official Wigs!

Complete your ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ Cosplay with Official Wigs! Based on the character designs from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal), Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Venus character wigs are now available in Japan! These premium high quality wigs are the result of a collaboration between...
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Hard Copies of ‘Katawa Shoujo’ 1.3 to be Sold at Comitia 112

Hard Copies of ‘Katawa Shoujo’ 1.3 to be Sold at Comitia 112 On April 1, the developer blog of Four Leaf Studio’s visual novel Katawa Shoujo announced that the full Japanese translation of the game was completed and released in version 1.3. Now, the good people at Four Leaf Studios had a tendency to post very detailed and hilarious joke...
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Live-Action ‘Death Note’ TV Drama Coming in July

Live-Action ‘Death Note’ TV Drama Coming in July The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump magazine, which is to be released in stores in Japan on Monday, is announcing that a live-action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba’s popular supernatural thriller manga series Death Note will begin airing in July. The announcement is to be made in...
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Choufu FM to Broadcast ‘Shigenori Takatera’s Monster Radio’

Choufu FM to Broadcast ‘Shigenori Takatera’s Monster Radio’ In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the municipal government of Choufu, which is known as “Film Town” due to the large number of local film production companies established there, a special radio program called “Kaiju Radio by Shigenori Takatera” will be broadcast on May...
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Madman to Screen ‘Parasyte: Part 1′ in Australian Cinemas for One Day Only

Madman to Screen ‘Parasyte: Part 1′ in Australian Cinemas for One Day Only Madman Entertainment has just announced that they will be screening Toho’s film Parasyte: Part 1 in Australian cinemas for one day only on April 26, 2015. Madman provided a synopsis for the film: PARASYTE: PART 1 tells the story of Shinichi Izumi, an ordinary high school student who is attacked by...
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Cyber Gadget Reveals More Details About Their Retrofreak Retro Game System

Cyber Gadget Reveals More Details About Their Retrofreak Retro Game System Today, Cyber Gadget revealed more details about their Retrofreak retro gaming system. The new details have been translated here into English, along with a previously revealed detail about how HDMI works with the system. Retrofreak can connect to a television with a HDMI cable. Games can be upscaled to...
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Cyber Gadget Announces Retrofreak Retro Game System

Cyber Gadget Announces Retrofreak Retro Game System Cyber Gadget, a Japanese company that develops video game console paraphernalia, has recently announced a new retro game system called Retrofreak. The details translate as follows: Retrofreak will allow you to play video game software from no less than 11 different types of cartridges via an adapter that...
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Universal Cool Japan To Feature Life Sized Titans and 4D Evangelion

Universal Cool Japan To Feature Life Sized Titans and 4D Evangelion Universal Studios Japan are going all out with their latest upcoming event, showcasing four popular franchises from video games, anime and manga, all of which have got worldwide recognition and praise. Titled Universal Cool Japan, the event will have sections dedicated to two of the most popular anime...
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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Super Music Collection Now Available on iTunes

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Super Music Collection Now Available on iTunes The Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Super Music Collection is now available. The collection costs $16.99 AUD/$9.99 USD and comes with 160 tracks, including all 153 pieces of music from the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire remakes, select pieces of music from the original games and some vocal tracks....
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Japanese Film Festival 2014 Concludes, Sets Record Attendance

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Concludes, Sets Record Attendance The 18th Japanese Film Festival has finally ended in Australia and New Zealand with applause as the event celebrates a total attendance of over 33,000 cinema goers. Additionally, the 2014 Audience Choice Award has been given to the final film in the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy. The JFF program stretched across...
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Mushishi Live Stage Read Coming To Tokyo Next Year

Mushishi Live Stage Read Coming To Tokyo Next Year This year has seen the return of the fantasy series Mushishi, so far fans of the anime have been treated with a special OVA and 2 seasons of Mushishi Zoku Shou, the latter of which is currently airing in this anime season. Now fans in Japan will get to experience Mushishi in a whole new medium as it takes...
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Hideo Yamamotos’ New Manga Debuts In Print And Online

Hideo Yamamotos’ New Manga Debuts In Print And Online The special 2015 double issue of Big Comic Spirits went on sale in Japan recently and within its pages was the debut of a new manga series created by the author of Ichi the Killer, Hideo Yamamoto. The mangakas’ new title, Hikari Man, features a high school boy as the protagonist who loves to play...
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Babymetal Set To Perform At Rock On The Range Festival Next Year

Babymetal Set To Perform At Rock On The Range Festival Next Year This year has been pretty busy for Babymetal, they performed 14 concerts in six different counties as part of their world tour and also came back to the US and UK for two special performances last month. Next year they will be coming back to the US to perform in the Rock of the Range music festival, tickets...
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Rurouni Kenshin Director to Appear in Melbourne

Rurouni Kenshin Director to Appear in Melbourne The Japanese Film Festival is in full swing here in Australia, offering cinema goers a huge selection of Japanese movies, both animated and live action, to enjoy during these sweltering months. Additionally, Director Keishi Otomo is making an appearance in Melbourne. With the samurai epic Rurouni Kenshin...
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Evangelion Film Crew To Create Video For Upcoming Hikaru Utada Album

Evangelion Film Crew To Create Video For Upcoming Hikaru Utada Album   The team behind the Evangelion rebuild movies will be working with Japanese singer Hikaru Utada to create a video for her latest album. The cover album entitled Utada Hikaru no Uta will feature multiple artists covering her songs, the announcement of the Eva film crews’ involvement was recently...
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Drops Of God Mangakas Start New Series

Drops Of God Mangakas Start New Series After spending the past decade trying to find and identify the perfect wine it seems that mangakas Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto are now working on ways to steal the divine drink, their new series Kaito Levain or Phantom Thief Levain is set to be published in the next issue of Kodanshas Morning...
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Countdown Timer And Timeline Website For Naruto’s Final Chapters

Countdown Timer And Timeline Website For Naruto’s Final Chapters With the final five chapters of Naruto being published in Weekly Shonen Jump fans can now take a stroll down the manga’s memory lane with the official countdown website. The home page displays the amount of time left before Masashi Kishimoto’s popular series ends publication, to the exact second, the...
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Yakuza Zero Details and Trailers Released at TGS

Yakuza Zero Details and Trailers Released at TGS SEGA – those no-localising son-a-ma-guns! – have released two new Yakuza Zero trailers at TGS 2014. One focuses on the story and the other more-so on the overall experience, introducing all the new mini-games, side quests, combat mechanics and more. Of course, they’re both in Japanese, so...
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Third Hori-San To Miyamura-Kun OVA Planned For Next Year

Third Hori-San To Miyamura-Kun OVA Planned For Next Year The third OVA for Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (shortened to Horimiya) is planned to be released in the winter season of 2015, this announcement was made recently on the Oozlaya online store. Adapted from the four panel manga created by HERO, The series focuses on the connection between popular high school girl...
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Shiro Bako Anime To Premier On October 9

Shiro Bako Anime To Premier On October 9 Official dates have been recently announced for the premier of P.A. Works original anime Shiro Bako. The show is scheduled to air on the 9th of October on the Tokyo MX and TV Aichi stations, other stations that will be premiering the first episode include MBS on the 11th, BS Fuji on the 12th and AT-X on...
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Tokyo Ghoul Manga Finishes With 14 Volumes

Tokyo Ghoul Manga Finishes With 14 Volumes September will see the end of the supernatural mystery manga Tokyo Ghoul, the final chapter will be published in this year’s 42nd issue of Weekly Young Jump which will go on sale on the 18th. Created by mangaka Sui Ishida the series is set in Tokyo and the various “Ghouls” that go around...
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Japanese Film Festival 2014 Program Revealed

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Program Revealed The biggest Japanese Film Festival outside of Japan is set to land in Australia and Auckland this October until December. So far only the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy was confirmed to make an appearance, but now the full list of films has been revealed including a live action adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s...
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The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase to Screen in Theatres

The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase to Screen in Theatres Anime distributor Madman has announced a special event for fans of Studio Ghibli and Japanese animation with a showcase set to celebrate filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata across Australian cinemas. Check out the trailer below. A selection of four films will screen including The Tale of Princess...
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Japan Expo is Giving Away X Japan Tickets

Japan Expo is Giving Away X Japan Tickets Fans of Japanese rock or music in general should be aware that legendary rock band X Japan are performing at New York’s Madison Square Garden this October 11. It will be the first international show X Japan has held since their world tour in 2011 and their first time performing in the historic...
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