Anime

Totoro’s Cat Bus and Ponyo Join Line of Studio Ghibli Embroidered Vintage Japanese Jackets

2018-08-13 01:39

While some may prefer to show their love for celebrated animation giant Studio Ghibli with cool souvenirs such as the No-Face Piggy Bank that gobbles up coins and plays music from Spirited Away or charming Totoro-themed traditional Japanese pottery, last year longtime Ghibli fans worked themselves into a fever over the release of a vintage Japanese sukajan jackets embroidered with Studio Ghibli characters. Two new jackets give beloved characters Ponyo and the Cat Bus an old school look. If you’re not familiar with sukajan, just looking at some may jog your memory. Sukajan resemble vintage Letterman jackets or even baseball jackets, and are typically embroidered with imagery such as tigers,…


Drink A Toast To Cutie Honey With Honey-Infused “Cutie Honey” Umeshu

2018-08-02 06:17

One of the most popular crime-fighting heroines in manga and anime, the android protagonist of Go Nagai’s classic Cutie Honey has had her share of collaborations ever since she made her dynamic entrance in the early 1970s. However she has never been featured on a bottle of alcohol in Japan, until now. Cutie Honey Umeshu On August 2, 2018, which is known as Honey Day in Japan, sake brewery Mitsutake Co., Ltd. began selling a special version of their popular honey umeshu plum wine featuring the likeness of Cutie Honey. The plum wine is their second product celebrating the 50th anniversary of Go Nagai’s career, their first being a Devilman…


My Neighbor Totoro Gift Set Adds The Charm Of Traditional Japanese Pottery To The Film

2018-08-02 05:21

Whether it’s vintage Japanese sukaban jackets embroidered Princess Mononoke characters, or a No-Face Piggy Bank that devours coins, burps, and plays the Spirited Away soundtrack, Japan always seems to have a new and interesting take on Studio Ghibli-themed merchandise. One latest addition, however, celebrates the always charming My Neighbor Totoro with the touch of ancient and traditional Japanese pottery. Shigaraki ware is a type of stoneware and pottery that belongs to Six Ancient Kilns of Japan, produced in Shiga prefecture. The jars and pots made from Shigaraki Ware are known from using sandy clay found in Lake Biwa, and often have a glass-like glaze with finger prints left behind on…


Anime Girl Hologram Companion Mass Produced To Serve You At Home

2018-08-01 06:22

Live together with your favorite anime character as your personal hologram assistant. When Gatebox Lab announced it’s ambitious project to design a “Hologram Communication Robot” that captured the experience of living and interacting together with your favorite animated character, otaku all over the world buzzed with anticipation. Beyond accessing your IoT devices to help assist you with daily duties such as turning on the television, checking weather, and looking up information on the web, Gatebox was designed with the goal of having a hologram assistant detect your behaviors and deliver a unique and intimate experience to support its user. The device uses sensors to detect and remember the presence of…


Japanese Twitter User Turns Bizarre Internet Images Into Hilarious Figures

2018-07-27 02:02

Every once in a while, you may find yourself staring at a viral image that has appeared on one of your social media timelines so bizarre, it seems to challenge the limits of reality. Talented Japanese Twitter user and modeling enthusiast @meetissai has taken up the task of removing the impossibility of those images by bringing them to life. @meetissai breaks out modeling putty, paint, and other tools to handcraft figure versions of weird and intriguing images that show up on his Twitter timeline, and the results show that sometimes the best inspiration is found in the dark depths of the internet. The figure maker once took this mashup of…


Artist Gives Classic Film Scenes Awesome Retro Anime Makeover

2018-07-25 10:21

While it may be painting with too broad a brush to describe a style as “anime”, there are certain qualities and characteristics that many associate with art styles found and shared in Japanese animation. Perhaps one of the most nostalgic aesthetics is the art style many associate with the 1980-1990’s breakthrough of Japanese animation overseas with classic like Akira or Ghost in the Shell. Freelance artist Dmitry Grozov (also known as Ahriman) perfectly captures such a style with his ability to illustrate iconic scenes from classic films with a retro anime flavor. Grozov adds a new charm to some of your favorite movie scenes from Aliens, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner,…


Cosplayers to Watch: Yuria Fujino (Photos and Interview)

2018-07-19 11:07

Yuria Fujino is a proud otaku who is not only passionate about cosplaying, she has made efforts ever since her middle school days to reach out beyond Japan, in particular, to France, where her experiences meeting and interacting with local anime and manga fans were so inspirational that she made otaku culture in France her university thesis. In addition to cosplay and photo book production, Yuria also does some conventional model work. If you’re lucky, you might find her at sake bar Katsurada in Shinjuku where she has occasional part-time shifts. Interview grape Japan (gJ): Since when have you been cosplaying? Yuria Fujino (YF): Since around ten years ago. In…


Cosplayers to Watch: Chamomile (Photos and Interview)

2018-07-13 08:02

Raised in Yokosuka, Chamomile is a multicultural cosplayer with Japanese and Filipino-American heritage. Her range of activities stretches very wide across the gamut of cosplay, encompassing everything from cosplay modeling, event modeling, modeling for color contact lenses, performing on stage and creating photo books. She’s also active as a cosplay makeup artist. Chamomile is very keen on making international connections, and she hopes she can serve as a bridge between countries through her various talents and activities. You can call her Chamomile or Chami! Interview grape Japan (gJ): Since when have you been cosplaying? Chamomile: I started cosplaying four years ago. gJ: Why do you cosplay? Chamomile: I love anime,…


It’s Friday The 13th In Japan, So That Means It’s Time For Jason To Get Kawaii AF

2018-07-13 05:07

While Japan’s fascination with all things “kawaii” has expanded into a culture of cute that covers aesthetics, merchandise, and fashion, one might suspect that horror movies to be the stopping point, but even that would be too strong an assumption. As today marks the ominous Friday the 13th in Japan, many are taking to Twitter to celebrate the classic horror film of the same name. What may surprise some, however, is the unapologetically adorable way in which people are tipping their hat to the iconic hockey-mask wearing slasher, Jason. Below are a few highlights of Japanese Twitter’s take on “celebrating” Friday the 13th, whether it be cat cafe cosplay, sexy…


Japanese Illustrator Applies Different Styles Of Popular Anime To Disney Princesses

2018-07-10 02:05

Japanese illustrator re-imagines Disney Princesses using different anime art styles. Whether it’s turning fast food chain mascots into anime characters or drawing Japanese Kit-Kat flavors as handsome men, it’s clear that illustrators can have a lot of fun applying an anime aesthetic to popular characters. Japanese Twitter user, illustrator, and lover of cute things Miochi (@mio_ney) has given the trend a lovely twist, however, by drawing Disney princesses in the different styles of various popular anime–perfectly replicating each artist’s personal designs! Source: @mio_ney The illustration, titled “Disney Princess in Japanese Cartoon” by Miochi mimics the instantly recognizable styles of Hayao Miyazaki, Osamu Tezuka, and Akira Toriyama, while also turning Mulan…


“Otaku House” Promises Cheap Lodging and Fun Experiences For Otaku Tourists

2018-07-04 03:25

Updated on 08/27/2018 Whether or not you identify yourself as an “otaku,” if you’re a fan of anime, gaming, cosplay and other aspects of Japanese subculture and you have plans to visit Tokyo any time after March 2019, there’s a good chance you’ll appreciate what “Otaku House” has in store. An Otaku’s Home Away From Home in Tokyo A project launched by SouthWorks Co., Ltd., a Japanese IT startup which distributes Japanese games overseas as well as develops and manages websites, “Otaku House” is a new kind of themed accommodation and experience place with the first location planned for Akihabara. It will feature comfortable bunk rooms with walls decorated with…


Sailor Moon Theme Song Performed on Traditional Japanese Instruments Sounds Magical

2018-07-03 04:59

When talking about iconic anime and manga, it’s impossible to discount Sailor Moon. The title character and her band of Sailor Guardians revolutionized the magical girl genre in their quests to vanquish evil. Just as iconic is the original opening theme ‘Moonlight Densetsu’. As soon as anyone hears those first few bars, they will immediately want to grab their talking cat and take down some baddies. 【更新】アニメ『美少女戦士セーラームーン』が、2018年8月よりCS東映チャンネルにて放送開始となります!https://t.co/ES1CknwQAX pic.twitter.com/xXAhiceABi — セーラームーン25th公式 (@sailormoon_25th) 25 June 2018 Thanks to Nami Kiniei and her accompanying band, this nostalgic tune takes on a new traditional twist. She plays the shamisen, a stringed Japanese instrument. Backed up by flute, percussion, a 20 stringed koto, and a…


Newly-Edited HD Version of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” Music Video Released

2018-06-20 03:40

Earlier today, King Records released a new video of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” by Yoko Takahashi, the opening theme to the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, and one of the most famous anime songs of all time. The new video uses high definition footage from the Neon Genesis Evangelion series to revise and readjust the original music video of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” released in 2003. This new edition was made to celebrate the June 20 release of a maxi single containing both “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” and “Soul’s Refrain.” Featuring original album art by video director Masayuki, the single is available from today on King Records’ online store and…


Anime Girls Show Off Underwear, But Look At Audience In Disgust In New Anime

2018-06-19 11:51

The following content is very much NSFW. Illustration series of girls showing off their underwear while giving you disgusted looks to become an anime. Sooner or later, there may be an anime for everything. And with doujinshi (self-published art works) as an endless well to tap, that even includes the very niche subject of girls showing you their panties with disapproving looks. Popular doujin series Iya na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai (“I Want You To Make a Disgusted Face and Show Me Your Underwear”) by Shimahara is being turned into an anime. 「嫌な顔されながらおパンツ見せてもらいたい」2018年にアニメ化。豪華声優陣が発表 https://t.co/3QmS4ukIsz #嫌パン #嫌パンアニメ pic.twitter.com/moy1XnUxNh — ごえモン (@goemon_fgo) 2017年12月29日 The doujin project began as a series…


Student Graduates from University with Anime Hug Pillow Waifu

2018-06-14 01:55

Cal Poly Graduate accepts diploma with anime huggy pillow waifu from Love Live! At the commencement ceremony for California State Polytechnic University’s Business Administration School, graduate Ryan-Nghi Thai was not going to take one of his life’s biggest steps alone. While watching a live stream of the ceremony, viewer @honkposter noticed that Thai did not take the stage alone. The student proudly came forward to accept his Bachelor’s degree clinging to his faithful companion, a dakimakura (huggy pillow) of Love Live! Nico Yazawa! I'm watching a livesteam of one of the commencements right now and this dude brought his fucking Niko daki pic.twitter.com/KWB6ksAHVW — Amanojaku Respecter (@honkposter) 2018年6月9日 The happy…


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