Anime

The Best and Brightest of Japan’s Twitter Artists

2018-05-18 04:42

The best artists in Japan to follow on Twitter. In Japan, many famous artists have strong social media followings on Twitter, but recently lesser known illustrators and creative talents have been recently using a hashtag to gain more attention and hopefully strike it big. The hashtag, #私の作品もっと沢山の人に広がれ祭り, translates to “A festival to spread my work out to more people!”, and it’s certainly worked to showcase a variety of hidden artistic gems. While several of the artists introduced below are already acclaimed in their own right, many gained popularity via the hashtag and routinely put out truly fascinating work. Here are several examples of artists in Japan making a name for…


Japanese Social Media Gets Into The Spirit of “Maid Day” 2018

2018-05-11 01:41

For cosplay enthusiasts like Yuria Fujino (@y_fujino01), who graciously allowed us to use her photo for our header image, May 10th is one of the best opportunities to showcase their cosplaying talents and show their appreciation for the maid theme. Already popular thanks to the ever-diversifying selection of maid cafes in Akihabara and other areas in major cities throughout Japan, the range of styles and variations on the theme continues to expand year by year. From classic maids to maid cafe-style maids, sexy boudoir maids, battling maids to animal maids and even maids from other planets, they could all be seen on social media throughout the day with the hashtag…


The Incredible Sci-Fi and Fantasy Illustrations of Japanese Character Designer PALOW

2018-05-09 05:05

Japanese character designer impresses with stunning artwork. Many of talented Japanese artists that have gained popularity on social media tend to explore larger themes through their artwork, whether it be the need for animals to comfort humans in trying times or the darker aspects of societal and mental issues. Sometimes, however, the depth of an artist’s work can be found in the originality and scale of the design and world they can imagine. That seems to be exactly the case with PALOW, an illustrator and character designer that creates original universes and characters in a stunning blend of fantasy and science fiction. Source: PALOW Born in Fukuoka, PALOW has worked…


Osamu Tezuka-Inspired Artist Kaechang Portrays Girls And Their Restless Spirits

2018-04-27 09:47

If the girls populating the illustrations of Kaechang, with their long limbs and large hands, their small heads and big eyes, remind you of Osamu Tezuka, the resemblance is not a coincidence. The so-called “Father of Manga” who created Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Blackjack and Phoenix was Kaechang’s original inspiration when she began drawing in her childhood years. Born in Yokohama in 1995, she graduated from Department of Information Design of Tama Art University. Since 2010, Kaechang has been actively uploading her illustrations on Tumblr and her influence has spread through social media. We interviewed Kaechang to learn a bit more about her artwork and her vision: grape…


This May Be The Best “Kiki’s Delivery Service” Cosplay Ever

2018-04-26 05:36

Studio Ghibli films provide golden opportunities for cosplayers Full of appealing characters and memorable stories, many of Studio Ghibli’s animated films have not only delighted and entertained audiences around the world but have also provided countless opportunities for cosplayers. From classics like Laputa (as we noted in our cosplay roundup of Wonder Festival 2018 Winter) and Porco Rosso to Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, you’re sure to find familiar characters from these films at anime conventions both in Japan and abroad. Let’s not forget Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 hit film Kiki’s Delivery Service. The titular heroine Kiki, the trainee witch, is a popular character to cosplay and there have been many…


First Official Concept Art Revealed For The 2022 Studio Ghibli Theme Park

2018-04-25 10:24

The Studio Ghibli Park will open in 2022, and feature attractions from My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Fans of Japanese animation around the world were overjoyed last year when a joint announcement was made by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura that Aichi’s EXPO Park would be transformed into an official Studio Ghibli in the early 2020’s, and now new details should help give their anticipation some shape. The Asahi Shinbun is reporting that a followup announcement by Aichi prefecture and Studio Ghibli officials says that they are aiming to open the Ghibli Park in 2022. Aichi prefecture also…


This Cat Cafe in Japan is Straight Out of a Studio Ghibli Movie

2018-04-23 06:48

This charming cat cafe in Tokyo looks like it could be the setting for a Studio Ghibli film. For as many cat cafes as Japan has, there is certainly no shortage of variety. Feline fans can enjoy cat cafes on trains, cosplay cat cafes, rescue cat cafes that offer adoption services, and even a cat cafe where the kitty staff occasionally cosplays. (And if you prefer dogs, the mini-Shiba Inu cafe is a must.) It’s probably no coincidence that Kichijouji Petit Mura is located in the same neighborhood as the official Studio Ghibli Museum, as the theme-parkesque village area houses a magical castle called the Temari no Oshiro that would…


Layton Anime News Conference With Kana Hanazawa as Kat and OP Singer Kana Adachi

2018-04-16 06:14

Fans of the successful and long-running Professor Layton adventure mystery game series by Level-5, anime enthusiasts, and fans of voice actress Hana Kanazawa, among others, who had been waiting with baited breath to see the first episode of the highly anticipated first TV anime based on the series, Layton Detective Agency: Katrielle’s Case File (TBD), were surely pleased when it first aired in Japan on Sunday, April 8th, on Fuji TV and other networks. Source: © Level-5 / Layton Mystery Detective Agency The anime, based on LEVEL-5’s Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy game that focuses on Katrielle “Kat” Layton, is being directed by Susumu Mitsunaka at Liden…


Cowboy Bebop Themed Cafe is Opening Up in Japan, Complete with Anime Inspired Decor and Menu

2018-04-12 05:13

Cowboy Bebop is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Cowboy Bebop-themed cafe in Tokyo and Osaka next month! As fans of mega-popular anime series Cowboy Bebop await a U.S. live action television series with cautious optimism, they’ve been able to tide themselves over with a Blade Runner 2049 short helmed by series director Shinichiro Watanabe, and perhaps re-listening to Yoko Kanno’s celebrated soundtrack. As soon as May 15th, however, fans will be able to literally whet their appetite as they can join in on a celebration of Cowboy Bebop’s 20th anniversary with an official Cowboy Bebop Cafe opening in Tokyo and Osaka. Animate Cafe (an anime store cafe with character…


Luxury Teas Inspired by the Worlds of Studio Ghibli Now Available in Japan

2018-04-12 05:14

Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli creates worlds so beautiful that anyone would want a little piece of them in their home. For that reason, any new merchandise inspired by their stories captures the imagination of legions of Ghibli fans. Curling up with a cup of tea and watching a Studio Ghibli movie sounds like a perfect way to spend an evening, so now you can make it even better by drinking tea inspired by the stories themselves. Source: PR Times In a collaboration between Studio Ghibli merchandise purveyors Donguri Republic and luxury tea brand Lupicia, a set of teas in beautifully designed tins will be sold from 13th April 2018….


Japanese Animation Fans Mourn Loss of Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Isao Takahata

2018-04-06 06:34

Japanese public broadcasters have confirmed that Isao Takahata, revered for his work in animated films, died on April 5th 2018 at 82 years old. According to the Sankei Sports report, the esteemed director had been repeatedly in and out of hospital since last summer. Isao Takahata co-founded iconic Japanese animation Studio Ghibli in 1985 with Hayao Miyazaki, who he had met at Toei Studio where he started his career. They both went on to collaborate on much adored hit movies like Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and the pair were even reported to have somewhat of a rivalry despite their close friendship. Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata dies…


If There Was a Cup Noodle Themed Host Club Anime It Would Look Like This

2018-04-05 05:15

The host clubs of Japan are a particular quirk which will always surprise visitors to the country. While other countries seem to view paying young attractive people to entertain you as a somewhat male activity, Japan also indulges lonely women. In host clubs the female clientele can drink all night with charming hosts, provided of course, that they have healthy bank accounts. This sort of special treatment doesn’t come cheap! For Valentine’s Day this year, Japanese chocolate stick snack Pocky brought out some romantic AR anime boyfriends to represent each of their flavours, but Nissin’s Cup Noodle have taken a bit more of a risqué advertising technique by anthropomorphising their…


This Is How Japan Celebrated April Fool’s Day 2018

2018-04-02 02:21

Japan has been celebrating April Fool’s Day for many years now, with goods and service companies announcing gag products and unlikely collaborations to showcase their creativity and sense of humor. Anime studios are among the most active participants in the trend. In the spirit of good fun, we’ve selected a few of our favorites this year to share the jokes with you… Anime Yamanosusume (Encouragement of Climb) The key visual for the third season of the popular anime Encouragement of Climb featuring mountain-loving girls shows them improbably conquering K2, the second tallest and second most perilous mountain in the world. 『 #ヤマノススメ サードシーズン』新ビジュアルを公開しました!サードシーズンでは、あおいたちがついに最難関のK2山頂に到達!? 詳細は公式サイトをチェック!  https://t.co/Z84ZBUE4AQ pic.twitter.com/zszLqXZYxl — 2018年夏『ヤマノススメ サードシーズン』公式 (@yamanosusume) 2018年3月31日 Toei…


Muscular Fitness Model Loses Followers in Risque Sailor Moon Cosplay But Inspires Many Others

2018-03-23 04:55

French cosplayer and fitness model Leobane has the perfect build for convincingly portraying burly characters. He delighted cosplay fans with his tributes to Disney’s Hercules. LEOBANE Cosplay & Fitnessさん(@leobane)がシェアした投稿 – 11月 23, 2017 at 11:02午前 PST Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones. LEOBANE Cosplay & Fitnessさん(@leobane)がシェアした投稿 – 4月 13, 2017 at 2:22午後 PDT And King Leonidas from 300, among many others. LEOBANE Cosplay & Fitnessさん(@leobane)がシェアした投稿 – 11月 20, 2016 at 11:52午後 PST But after posting pictures as a certain character who didn’t exactly match up to his build, he reported losing followers. "Heyy… wanna hang ?" "Bon alors mon bichon, on s'promène ?" — I noticed that when I post…


Thousands of Latin American Anime Fans Unite for Dragon Ball Super Public Screenings

2018-03-20 05:43

Not since the great Pokemon Go summer of 2016 have people been so united in their childhood love of a Japanese import. in mexico a few hours ago thousands of people gathered up to watch the dragon Ball fight lmao pic.twitter.com/VrTvk8ewAr — Quackity (@QuackityHD) 18 March 2018 Masses of Dragon Ball fans in South America gathered to watch public viewings of episode 130 of Dragon Ball Super. These gatherings took place in various settings, some outside and some in theatres and bars. The screenings were reported in Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Puerto Rico and Salvador. BREAKING NEWS: over 10,000 #DragonBallSuper fans gather in Machala, Ecuador to see #DragonBallSuper130…


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