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British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly MP has travelled to Japan for a G7 foreign ministers' summit, after the UK joined the Asia-Pacific trade bloc that includes both Japan and Australia as a post-Brexit trade move And as the countries take part in talks on closer security and defence ties, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office[...]
Snapdragon Mobile Masters Will Happen In Japan This May
ESL FACEIT Group announced that they will be holding the Snapdragon Mobile Masters during DreamHack's return to Japan in May 2023 The inaugural event, which will be sponsored by Samsung Galaxy, will be taking place from May 13th-14th at DreamHack Japan It's an interesting addition to the lineup as they will be a part of[...]
Crunchyroll to Livestream
Crunchyroll, the premier anime streaming service whose mission is bringing fans the ultimate anime experience everywhere, is announcing today that the seventh edition of the yearly, leading awards program for anime globally, the Crunchyroll Anime Awards, will take place in Japan for the first time ever for 2023. (Key art: Crunchyroll) The Anime Awards live ceremony will[...]
Evolution Championship Series Announces It Will Return To Japan In 2023
The Evolution Championship Series (Evo) announced during its 2022 event in Las Vegas it would be making a return to Japan As it has been for the past few years, it's basically been impractical to set up any events in Japan due to the pandemic Primarily because the country has gone through more than one[...]
Kojima Productions’ Ken-Ichiro Imaizui Has Departed The Company
Kojima Productions is considering taking legal action after founder Hideo Kojima's image was linked to Shinzo Abe's assassination this week. Credit: Kojima Productions Logo You might be wondering how exactly we got to this point, as on the surface, it is confusing as to how the creator of Metal Gear and Death Stranding could possibly be accused[...]
OverDrive Golden Week Sale Offers 20,000 Manga and Novel Ebooks
Media Do International Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of Media Do Co., Ltd., Japan's largest eBook distribution company, just announced the expansion of Japanese titles available on OverDrive, the leading digital reading service for libraries and schools worldwide, in time for Golden Week, the biggest national holiday in Japan. Overdrive Golden Week Sale poster OverDrive's Golden Week Japanese[...]
Webtoon Buys eBook Initiative Japan, Adds To Their Service
Digital comic book publisher Webtoon's Japanese subsidiary Line Digital Frontier, has completed its acquisition of eBook Initiative Japan, a Japanese e-book service provider Already the world's biggest comic book publisher, Webtoon is now expected to be the biggest in Japan as well. Line Digital Frontier already operates the Japanese webtoon service Line Manga, and after securing[...]
Magic: The Gatheirng Rarities: Japan's "Shichifukujin Dragon" Card
We are talking, of course, about Shichifukujin Dragon, a card that was made as a one-off to commemorate the creation of the DCI Tournament Center in Japan. The full art for Shichifukujin Dragon, a completely unique Magic: The Gathering card created by Wizards of the Coast to celebrate the opening of the DCI Tournament Center in[...]
Pandasaurus Games Announces Japanese Dice Game Machi Koro 2
Japan is known in the west for a good many things when it comes to popular culture One of these things is gaming So many Japanese games make it out as far west as the United States, but only a few make it when there, so to speak. Machi Koro by Pandasaurus Games is definitely one[...]
Manga Jiman Winners Exhibition at the Japanese Embassy in London
Today saw the opening of the Manga Jiman 2020 Winners Exhibition at the Embassy Of Japan in London I popped along The 14th Manga Jiman Competition (UK) aims to increase the profile of manga and Japanese culture in Britain and the rest of the world, be encouraging people, especially the young, to participate. 'The 2020 edition[...]
Nintendo Collector Recreates Company's Original Office For Collection
He even imported a fire extinguisher box from Japan to sit outside the front door The building now houses his collection, which is made up of a lot of Nintendo's old card collections they used to produce before they went into video games You can see more about the house in the video below, as[...]
Railway Empire Adds The New Japan DLC With Lots Of New Content
Kalypso Media has released a new DLC pack into Railway Empire as the simply titled "Japan" DLC is on the way As you might suspect from the title, the content focuses on landmarks, stations, sights and sounds, and engineering from the county of Japan at the time of the era the game is set in[...]
Asadora! Vol. 1: Naoki Urusawa’s Heroine in the Age of Kaiju
Urusawa is the closest Japan has to an Alan Moore, a deconstructionist who examines culture through pop tropes Asadora! Is about a girl who grows up in an era of giant monster attacks and becomes a legend in her own right. Asadora! Vol 1 cover art, Viz Media The first volume takes place in the Nagoya ports[...]
My Hero Academia Season 5 Trailer: Thoughts and Expectations (Image: TOHO screencap)
People can wear Sailor Moon t-shirts without having seen the complete original Japanese version that's only subtitled; they can also be a fan of Pokemon without playing the card game or watching the series and just playing the mobile game Learn to accept people for where they're at and how they enjoy things or kindly[...]
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Live action adaptations of manga are different in Japan They tend to be at least 80% faithful to the original source material When there are costumes, the adaptations do their best to create faithful live action versions of the characters' look Every Japanese live action adaptation of a manga is instantly recognizable from the manga[...]
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Yen Press announced the acquisition of Megumi Hayashibara's The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time, a memoir by the legendary Japanese voice actress, lyricist, and radio personality Megumi Hayashibara is one of the world's most celebrated anime voice actresses and is widely known for voicing some of the world's most[...]
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time: Final Film Trailer Released
The 4th and final movie in Hideaki Anno's new iteration of Neon Genesis Evangelion will be released theatrically on January 23rh 2021, in Japan Khara, the production company, has released the final full trailer for Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time this week. "Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time" poster, Khara The new trailer was shown in[...]
Ninja World
Japanese comic book publisher, Enmaku is publishing their first mini-series, Ninja World USA, aimed at the US market and released digitally on the 20th of November The comic will serve as the starting point for Enmaku's Ninja World series that will follow different modern day Ninja in different parts of the world. Ninja World USA tells[...]
Yuko Takeuchi, 40, Star of The Ring and Miss Sherlock, passes away
According to the Japan Times, The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has launched an investigation and suspect suicide No suicide note was found. Yuko Takeuchi and Shihori Kanjiya in "Miss Sherlock", HBO Asia Her passing comes eight months after she gave birth to her son with Nakabayashi, whom she married in 2019 She has another 14-year-old son with[...]
One of the fixtures of the town has been the SEGA Arcade, technically called SEGA Building Two, is a multi-level arcade filled top-to-bottom with the latest titles, retro games that look brand new, claw machines for days, multiple pinball rows, and all the snacks you could ever hope for. A look at the SEGA Arcade from[...]
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Haruma Miura, Lee Eun-woo attend 'Harlock: Space Pirate' Photocall during the 70th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 3, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Image: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)
Japanese film and television actor Haruma Miura, star of the live-action adaptations of Kimi Ni Todoke as well as Attack On Titan (in the title role of Eren), was found unresponsive at his Minato ward home in Tokyo this weekend and was pronounced dead, age 30 Miura's manager discovered the body after stopping by to[...]
Super Nintendo World Set to Open This Summer in Universal Studios Japan
In case you weren't already aware, this is going to be a Nintendo-themed park that will be part of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka that was going to be a part of the 2020 Olympic Games The Olympics were already put on hold due to COVID-19, but it looked like the park was going[...]
2020 - AX - Anime Expo Lite Graphic-Simple
Even in the current home lockdown/social isolating world, The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) knows your "anime feels" need to be fed even when you can't leave your home So get ready to say hello to Anime Expo Lite, a two-day live stream event running from July 3 (proclaimed Anime Expo Day[...]
The Logo for New Japan Pro Wrestling or NJPW
New Japan Pro Wrestling could be coming back soon, as Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has lifted the state of emergency in the country Abe says that Japan has effectively handled the crisis and that the country, including sporting events, can begin to reopen "We've set some of the most strict criteria in the world[...]
The Nintendo Switch Has Outsold The Wii In Japan
The Nintendo Switch as a console has passed a new milestone as the console has officially outsold the Nintendo Wii in Japan You can thank the coronavirus for the new numbers on the console as it has forced people indoors, and one of the ways people have dealt with it has been through playing video[...]
PlatinumGames Is Opening A New Studio In Tokyo This April
PlatinumGames announced this week that they are opening up a brand new game development studio in Tokyo, Japan with a very specific focus in games The studio will focus on "live ops development", which is basically their way of saying the studio will focus primarily on updating games after released with new content So DLC,[...]
The Square Enix Cafe Is Making "Final Fantasy VII Remake" Dishes
If you haven't had a chance to visit the Square Enix Cafe in Japan, you might want to take a visit and see the Final Fantasy VII Remake dishes they're making The cafe itself creates food based on all of their franchises, and while it's not as decorative as the Pokemon version where all your[...]
"Mario Kart Tour"
A Japanese court ordered go-kart company Mari Mobility to pay over $450,000 for infringing on the video game company's intellectual property, according to a report in Inside via Kotaku The company offered Nintendo-themed costumes for drivers to wear. Credit: Nintendo Nintendo vs Mari Mobility In an attempt to avoid confusion or conflict, Mari Mobility labeled its karts with[...]