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Game Portraying Osamu Tezuka Characters as Cute Girls Divides Opinions Online

2018-10-16 06:27

Osamu Tezuka is known as the God of Manga in Japan, and for good reason. The creator of classics such as Astro Boy, Phoenix, Kimba the White Lion and Black Jack, his works and characters are respected all over the world. So, when Japanese video game developer Compile Heart announced it was working with Tezuka Productions and Sony’s ForwardWorks on a smartphone game which took Osamu Tezuka’s beloved characters and turned them into bishojo style cute girls, Japanese Twitter users were quick to react, not all of them favorably. © PR Times, Inc. / © Tezuka Productions / © ForwardWorks Corp. / © Compile Heart Inc. Eshigami no Kizuna 絵師神の絆…


Get Drunk with Some Prickly Characters at Tokyo’s Hedgehog Bar

2018-10-15 05:58

For better or for worse, lax animal welfare laws in Japan have led to an abundance of pet cafes which probably wouldn’t fly in some other countries. For this reason, animal cafes such as cat cafes, rabbit cafes and owl cafes have become high priority destinations for visitors to Japan, as an experience they can’t get back home. In order to stand out, some cafes have taken on cool themes so you can enjoy watching the animals play in various settings. Recently there was a temporary cat cafe modelled on the Edo period. In Shibuya there’s a hedgehog cafe called Chikuchiku Cafe which has taken on the theme of dollhouses….


Busty Japanese Celebrity Unveils Perfect Cosplay Of Boa Hancock From One Piece

2018-10-12 02:58

If you’ve spent a decent amount of time watching Japanese television (or stumbled upon a forgotten CG anime by Production I.G.) you may have been introduced to a pair of celebrities called the Kano sisters, who are pretty hard to miss as they aren’t shy about showing off their claim to fame–their very healthy chests. View this post on Instagram 叶姉妹 kanosistersさん(@kano_sisters007)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 8月月31日午前3時47分PDT While the duo established their media presence thanks to their buxom figures and extravagant sense of fashion and lifestyle, they often appear at seminars and on television as “lifestyle consultants”–coaching women on how to assert themselves in the world and find success. Younger sister Mika,…


Ikebukuro Bar Offers Cosplayers Free All-You-Can-Drink Libations for a Month

2018-10-11 08:23

Updated: Oct. 15, 2018 Ikebukuro: A Cosplay-Friendly Neighborhood Home to numerous cosplay outfit, wig and accessory stores, cosplay photography and event studios, and host to frequent cosplay events and parties, Ikebukuro is known for being one of Tokyo’s most cosplayer-friendly areas. The most famous event is perhaps the Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival, boasting a participation of 10,000 cosplayers and a total attendance of 80,000 people. The Public Stand — Ikebukuro West Exit Romance Street Branch With their gorgeously decorated interiors created by professional designers, their all-you-can-drink plans which are unusual in the bar industry, not to mention reasonably priced drinks and no time limits, The Public Stand bars distinguish themselves…


Anisong DJ Event “Character T-Shirt Party in Akihabara Entas” [Event Report]

2018-10-11 01:21

On September 9th, Akihabara was host to a new DJ party concept event for anime and anisong fans called “Character T-Shirt Party in Akihabara Entas” and we were there to report on all the fun. Before we do, here’s a brief introduction to anime song DJ events, in case you’re unfamiliar with the genre: Anikura: Anime Song DJ Events Over the past decade, a genre of DJ event called anikura (from the words anisong and club) has matured in Japan and even made significant inroads abroad. In its purest form, anikura events feature DJs only playing original or remixes of anime songs, but the genre has also come to encompass…


[Hidden Wonders of Japan] Experience Drop from Abeno Harukas, the Tallest Building

2018-10-10 04:53

For adrenaline junkies it can be a bit stifling at times to live in city like Tokyo — there is no parachuting or mountain gliding in this crammed sprawling metropolis. Abeno Harukas, the highest building in Japan, puts an end to that misery. Just a few hours of bullet train ride from Tokyo in the large port city of Osaka, the Kinetsu railway’s 60-floor building is famous for its observatory, which provides a mesmerizing view of the city. In March the skyscraper complex started a new project called, “Edge the Harukas.” Take advantage of the 300-meter drop and climb up to this corridor, which is 60 centimeters wide and 20…


Dedicated Anime Fan Spends $26,000 Decorating Room And Car With Favorite Character

2018-10-10 02:33

If you poll fans of Re:Zero−Starting Life in Another World on their favorite character, you’ll likely hear a lot about Rem, a popular blue-haired maid demoness that has lead the merchandise charge in Japan. However, you likely won’t hear from many who are as dedicated to her as Japanese Twitter user and Rem super fan @Onika_Rem0202. He recently revealed on Twitter that he’s spent 3 million yen ($26,531 USD) on decorating his room and car with Rem’s likeness! ディズニー行ったときにレムのお土産に買ったジェラートーニの耳を着けると凄く可愛いのです∩^ω^∩#リゼロ好きと繋がりたい #レム#リゼロ pic.twitter.com/9zPqxvDk1k — ☀︎レムりん愛☀︎痛車乗り☀︎ (@Onika_Rem0202) 2018年7月15日 This of course includes a $14,000 life-size Rem figure that seems to be the centerpiece of his room. 「リゼロのレムが可愛く思えてきたけど何から手を付ければいい?」 優しいオタク「アニメから」 じっくり育成したいオタク「漫画から」 沼に引きずり込むオタク「書籍小説から」 話しかけてはいけないオタク「web版小説から」 俺「とりあえずうちに遊びに来る?」 pic.twitter.com/hqRT9nxV1u…


Interview With Horipro International CEO Yoshitaka Hori: Part 1

2018-10-04 02:46

Introduction In June 2018, Japanese entertainment giant HoriPro Inc. announced the creation of HoriPro International, a new company wholly owned by HoriPro, with the goal of aggressively expanding overseas with a focus on Asia. Aiming for the “creation of world-class specialists,” HoriPro International manages voice actors and music artists with international potential. May’n, Azusa Tadokoro, Ami Wajima, Machico, DJ YURIA, and cosplayer Liyuu are some of the more famous members in the current lineup. At the helm of HoriPro International is visionary leader Yoshitaka Hori, President & CEO of HoriPro Inc. A vital contributor to the HoriPro Group ever since he joined in 1993, Mr. Hori has been president since…


6 Most Beautiful Autumn Leaf Viewing Spots in and Around Tokyo

2018-10-03 04:55

Japan’s four seasons give its scenery beautiful and distinct views all year round. We’ve all heard of spring as cherry blossom season, but autumn gives way to ‘koyo’, the tradition of autumn leaf viewing. The leaves of Japanese trees offer a particularly wide range of fiery hues, resulting in spectacular scenes during fall. These are the some the most majestic views for autumn in Tokyo and the surrounding area Best Places to See Fall Leaves in Tokyo 1. Yoyogi Park Source: YUJISTYLE / PIXTA(ピクスタ) Despite drawing large amounts of visitors in fall to see the leaves, Yoyogi Koen is massive enough to never feel overcrowded. The sprawling park stretches from…


Cosplayer Perfectly Transforms Into Mai Shiranui With Epic Padding And Video Game Moves

2018-10-03 03:18

Cosplay is a hard enough process in itself, but the impossible dimensions and physiques of many popular anime and video game characters make pulling off the right look even more of a pain. Australian cosplayer A.K. Wirru was definitely up for the challenge of tackling Mai Shiranui of King of Fighters fame, however, throwing in some extra construction work to build what might be one of the most creative takes on the popular video game character. Taking on the thicc proportions of Shiranui meant he needed to turn to some plaster work. Which resulted in a bust worthy of most fighting video games and seamlessly fit his skin tone. The…


Cuddle Up With The Creepy And Cute Mimikyu PC Cushion For Halloween

2018-10-02 12:28

Premium Bandai’s lineup of ergonomic Pokemon plushies that act as cuddly armrests while you use your PC have so far included popular Poke-icons such as Meowth and Eevee (and even an Agumon from Digimon version as well). So it might come across as a jarring departure that their latest addition to the series is the deceptive and creepy Mimikyu, but apparently Halloween is the perfect season to snuggle up with Mimikyu as your work buddy! While you might be concerned that this Mimikyu, true to character, isn’t being so honest in its intention to cuddle up to you, the Pokemon first introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon simply wants to…


Interview With Hugtto! Precure Producer Keisuke Naito: Part 2

2018-10-02 09:18

Hugtto! Precure As many anime fans know, Hugtto! Precure is the latest incarnation of the highly popular magical girl anime television franchise Pretty Cure. Created to celebrate the 15th year of the franchise, Hugtto! Precure follows the story of 13-year old Hana Nono, a girl who aspires to be seen as grown up, who encounters a mysterious baby called Hug-tan who has a Mirai Crystal containing the positive energy of a shining tomorrow. In her desire to protect Hug-tan from the evil Criasu Corporation who want to take the crystal away and thus rob everyone of their future, she transforms into Pretty Cure of High Spirits, Cure Yell. Together with…


Traditional Igloo Festival in Northern Japan Resort Looks Like Winter Wonderland

2018-10-01 05:13

Resorts in northern Japan have found a stylish way to incorporate traditional Japanese kamakura into their winter events. Not to be confused with the Kamakura festival which takes place in the town with the same name, in this context, kamakura refers to an igloo-like snow formation which plays a central role in the Yokote Snow Festival in Akita. The kamakuras are made all around the town, some big enough for a group of people to sit inside and enjoy rice cakes and amazake. Others are tiny lantern-sized igloos which house candles, creating a beautiful winter nighttime scene. Hoshino Resorts, a chain of holiday resorts throughout Japan, are bringing a taste…


Japanese Songs to Learn for Any Karaoke Situation

2018-09-28 05:14

Karaoke in Japan isn’t about singing well, it’s about having a good time and bonding. And drinking. Source: プラナ / PIXTA(ピクスタ) Even if your pipes aren’t exactly Mariah Carey level, everyone will appreciate you trying your best. Although it’s probably best not to break out your death metal screaming at the company night out… When in the karaoke booth with a group of Japanese people, any foreigner risks being automatically assigned to the role of English language juke box. Even if you don’t actually know the song, and even if English isn’t your first language, you will probably be barraged with requests. Of course, singing songs in English is one…


First Bowsette-Only Event To Host Fan Artists; Crossplay Contest Also Planned

2018-09-28 02:29

As we reported earlier this week, Japanese social media is abuzz with the new darling of the fan art community, Bowsette. On September 19, Malaysian artist Haniwa (@ayyk92) introduced the character in a four-panel comic imagining what would happen if Kuppa wore the Super Crown, an item revealed in previews for the upcoming game New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe which turns Toadette into a female form with an appearance similar to Princess Peach. The creative possibilities immediately sparked the imaginations of artists, especially in Japan, where fan art took off like wildfire, creating amazing drawings and illustrations such as the one crowning this article. (Permission granted by the artist…


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