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Releases of the Week: Godzilla on Monster Island!


Three Godzilla flicks hit Blu-ray and DVD
May 06
// Brad Rice
Enjoying this nice Tuesday night, dear readers? Why not snuggle up with a nice thick book and while away the night. Viz has you covered with a slew of releases. If you're an omnibus person, catch up with Bleach and Narut...
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Bestsellers

The Bestsellers: Thermae Romae heats up Japan


The top charts for the week of May 3rd
May 03
// Brad Rice
Japan's love affair with bath houses proves to dominate once again, as Thermae Romae II takes second place in the Japanese box office, behind Disney powerhouse Frozen. The first Thermae Romae movie did incredibly we...
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Releases

Releases of the Week: Check out these Amazing Nuts!


Studio 4C collection is a great buy
Apr 29
// Brad Rice
Are you looking to watch something trippy and mind-bending? Studio 4C's Amazing Nuts! is a collection of four shorts that pushes animation boundaries, experimenting with different styles and techniques. Also on the anime...
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Ero-ge

MangaGamer announces Lapis Gunner and more


Tentacles abound in these two new licenses
Apr 27
// Brad Rice
MangaGamer has two new wriggly titles to please its fans: Lapis Gunner and Milles, Knight of Anal Tyranny. Lapis Gunner is the sequel to Ruby Striker, where the title character goes back to save her friend from tentacle ...

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Otousan

Veteran actor Kai-kun retires from Softbank Otousan role


Son Kaito-kun to assume the throne
Apr 27
// Brad Rice
For seven years, we've been accustomed to Kai-kun playing the fatherly figure in Softbank's series of ads. Now it's official: Kai-kun is retiring from acting at an elderly 11 years old and handing over the role to his son, Ka...
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Manga

Watch Kaoru Mori draw a character better than you ever will


All of it by hand, no less
Apr 26
// Brad Rice
With a number of comics now produced by digital mediums, it's always nice to see when people work by hand. Kaoru Mori, creator of Emma and A Bride's Story, details the entire process in a six-video series. The first one, abo...
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Bestsellers

The Bestsellers: KPP's new single rocks Japan


The top charts for the week of April 26th
Apr 26
// Brad Rice
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. I think it's no surprise that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back at the top of t...
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Host clubs

Japan's King of Hosts pulls in $30,000 a month


Vice Japan looks inside the world of host clubs
Apr 23
// Brad Rice
Ever wonder what it's like being on top of the world as a host? Naoki of "Club Fantasy" is just that: selected as Japan's #1 host in 2011, Naoki has it all. He's currently managing the host club, acting as frontman for music...
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Hentai

Project H launches hentai festival at Anime Expo


Event will include one-on-one activities
Apr 23
// Brad Rice
Feel like you can't get enough hentai? Want to gather with like-minded individuals? Well Project-H has you set! If you're planning on visiting Anime Expo this year, Project-H will be running a Hentai Festival on Saturday, Jul...
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Releases

Releases of the Week: Hidamari Sketch x 365


Cute girls are always worth the money
Apr 22
// Brad Rice
Happy release day, readers. There are some good box sets available for you. Hidamari Sketch x 365 is my top pick, although the "cute art school girls" thing may not be up your alley. If not that, then there's Star Blazers 219...
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Bestsellers

The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped


The top charts for the week of April 18th
Apr 18
// Brad Rice
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most pop...
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Viz

Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel


Trying to capitalize on Edge of Tomorrow adaptation
Apr 16
// Brad Rice
With the live action adaptation of All You Need Is Kill (rebranded as Edge of Tomorrow) set to release on June 6, Viz's Haikasoru line is preparing to capitalize on the blockbuster film. They'll be dropping an updated version...
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Fanart

East meets West in manga comic tribute


Collection of Western-style manga images pays homage
Apr 16
// Brad Rice
Comic Book Resources has a weekly column where a stable of artists draw fan requests, compiled by theme. A recent post collected western redesigns of anime and manga characters -- something distinctly up our alley. The image ...
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Dark Horse

Oldboy manga hits Dark Horse Digital


Pick up digital bundles to see where the hit film came from
Apr 15
// Brad Rice
If you've been in the mood to dig into some high quality manga lately, why not give Oldboy a shot? The manga that inspired the fan-favorite movie has been out for years, but not always in ready stock. Now Dark Horse has ...

Releases of the Week: Wolfsmund is back

Apr 15 // Brad Rice
Anime releases Berserk: The Golden Age Arc Movie 3: The Advent Blu-ray and DVD versions From the New World - Part 1 Blu-ray and DVD versions Heaven's Lost Property - Season 1 Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! - Season 1 One Piece - Part 9 Saint Seiya Sanctuary Classic Collection Spice and Wolf - Box Set Manga releases Amazing Agent Luna Vol. 10 A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 9 Devils and Realist Vol. 1 Dorohedoro Vol. 12 Fairy Tail Vol. 37 Love in Hell Vol. 3 Missions of Love Vol. 7 No. 6 Vol. 6 Sunny Vol. 3 Wolfsmund Vol. 4 World War Blue Vol. 5
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Get ready to hate-love this manga hardcore
Happy Tuesday, readers! It's time for a new batch of releases, headed up by the latest volume in Vertical's Wolfsmund. The imposing castle is back for you to hate with a fiery vengeance, even though you'll be unable to put th...

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Former porn actress Yuma Asami pens autobiography


Details her decisions to go into AV, battle with ovarian cancer
Apr 13
// Brad Rice
Yuma Asami, one of Japan's better-known adult video actresses, is spilling her secrets in a book titled Restart: Believe in Yourself. The book, set to hit Japanese shelves on May 8, details some of the reasons Asami took the ...
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Fashion

How Uniqlo plans to conquer America


Japanese retailer has methodical plans for US domination
Apr 13
// Brad Rice
If you're not yet familiar with Uniqlo, now is a good time to brush up on the company. Slowly but surely, the Japanese giant is rolling out stores across the US with plans of taking over the country with low-priced and well-p...
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Voice Actors

Shinji's voice actor set to marry Ms. Norway


Spike Spencer finds happiness
Apr 13
// Brad Rice
No, Megumi Ogata isn't coming out of the closet by announcing her marriage to the reigning Ms. Norway. Spike Spencer, the voice actor best known for playing Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rolo in Code Geass is set to m...

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 11

Apr 11 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of April 6th 1. Kidsuitara Kataomoi by Nogizaka46 - Week 1 2. No Mercy by BAP - Week 1 3. High Five by Yuma Nakayama - Week 1 4. Grotesque by Ken Hirai feat. Namie Amuro - Week 1 5. Mitaiken Future by FTIsland - Week 1 6. Touge Koe by Fukuda Kouhei- Week 1 7. Sakura Horizon by Idoling NEO - Week 1 8. Kourei no Ryuugou by NMB48 - Week 2 9. Lalala/850 yen per hour by Kamereo - Week 1 10. Mirai to ha? by SKE48 - Week 3 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of April 13th 1. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Vol. 5 - Week 1 2. Soul Eater Vol. 19 - Week 1 3. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 42 4. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1 - Week 3 5. Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 1 - Week 2 6. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Vol. 3 - Week 1 7. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Vol. 1 - Week 1 8. Attack on Titan Vol. 10 - Week 8 9. Fairy Tail Vol. 36 - Week 1 10. Alice in the Country of Clover: March Hare - Week 2 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of April 6th 1. Frozen - Week 4, grossed $8.24 million 2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo - Week 5, grossed $1.73 million 3. Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider - Week 2, grossed $1.57 million 4. The Snow White Murder Case - Week 2, grossed $1.16 million 5. Team Batista Final: Kerberos no Shozo - Week 2, grossed $923k 6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Week 3, grossed $639k 7. One Third - Week 1, grossed $614k 8. Precure All Stars New Stage 3 - Week 4, grossed $557k 9. Kamisama no Karute 2 - Week 3, grossed $434k 10. Sakura Saku - Week 1, grossed $252k Source: Box Office Mojo
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Gundam: The Origin supplants Attack on Titan
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week, Mobile Suit Gundam proves just how dominant of a force ...

Releases of the Week: Get the first Madoka film today

Apr 08 // Brad Rice
Anime releases Familiar of Zero - Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD versions Naruto: Shippuden - Part 18 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie -Rebellion Manga releases Afterschool Charisma Vol. 9 Case Closed Vol. 50 Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 12 Deadman Wonderland Vol. 2 Itsuwaribito Vol. 11 Knights of Sidonia Vol. 8 Magi Vol. 5 Adult releases Castle Mango Vol. 2 Crimson Spell Vol. 3 Holy Knight My Pretty Idol Girlfriend Nurse's Secrets Nyotai-ka! Vol. 2 Splash To Love Ze Vol. 8
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Don't lose your head over this title, get it now
The first Puella Magi Madoka Magica film is out! So time to stop everything you're doing and buy eight copies of this to share with your friends. After all, what else will you buy this week? A Blu-ray release of Familiar of Z...

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Aniplex

Aniplex announces Mahouka and Mekaku City Actors simulcast info


Put ya simulcast on!
Apr 05
// Brad Rice
Aniplex just dropped some news announcing the simulcast dates of its shows: Mahouka, also known as The Irregular at Magic High School, and Mekaku City Actors. Mahouka will air starting from today, while Mekaku City Actor...
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TokyoPop

TokyoPop founder Stu Levy does AMA on Reddit


Read about how a former industry titan toppled
Apr 05
// Brad Rice
Buried in the midst of Reddit's Ask Me Anything section, TokyoPop founder Stu Levy popped in for two hours to answer questions from fans about the company, the industry, and manga in general. One of the more interesting quest...
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The Bestsellers

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 4


Attack on Titan and Frozen to dominate charts forever
Apr 04
// Brad Rice
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. With all of Kodansha's Attack on Titan side titles out right now, the s...
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Internet

Korea and men's rights top Japanese wikipedia edit wars


AKB48 dominates Japan's pop culture debates
Apr 02
// Brad Rice
Where are the Internet's biggest battles waged? On the field of Wikipedia, naturally. Some pages are a brutal wasteland of endless edits back and forth by any number of polarized sides. In English, George W Bush and List of W...
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Releases

Releases of the Week: Battle Royale is back!


Viz publishes book of Battle Royale essays alongside book reprint
Apr 02
// Brad Rice
Viz is celebrating Battle Royale with a "remastered" release of the title, along with Battle Royale Slam Book, a collection of essays. Slam Book takes a deep dive into the world of Battle Royale, opening up a whole ...
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Fashion

Which Japanese menswear magazine are you?


ACL provides insight into the wide array of premium men's mags
Mar 29
// Brad Rice
A Continuous Lean is one of the premiere sites for menswear content, and they have a nice breakdown of some of the Japanese men's magazines out there. If you've ever been interested in what Japan has to show you, their guide ...
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Nendoroid

Pre-order your Kill la Kill and Fate/Stay Night Nendoroids


Act out your own episodes with Mako and Ryuko
Mar 28
// Brad Rice
Goodsmile Company has three new Nendoroids available for fans: Kill la Kill's Mako Mankanshoku and Ryuko Matoi, and yet another version of Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay Night. These will make the perfect gift for yourself o...

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 28

Mar 28 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of March 23rd 1. Mirai to ha? by SKE48 - Week 1 2. Boku no Soba ni ha Hoshi ga Aru by Tackey & Tsubasa - Week 1 3. Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no Kiss by Juice = Juice - Week 1 4. Hone by BugLug - Week 1 5. Free Character Song Duet #4 by Mamoru Miyano and Nobunaga Simazaki - Week 1 6. Sakura, Minna Tabeta by HKT48 - Week 2 7. Retsu-sha Sentai Tokkyuujā by Isedaiki - Week 1 8. Ai Subeki Ashita, Isshun to Isshou o by GReeeeN - Week 1 9. Tsunaida Te Kara by back number - Week 1 10. Naniwa no Haniwa by Takoyaki Rainbow - Week 1 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of March 30th 1. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1 - Week 1 2. One Piece Vol. 70 - Week 2 3. Nisekoi Vol. 2 - Week 2 4. Blue Exorcist Vol. 11 - Week 2 5. Black Bird Vol. 18 - Week 2 6. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 40 7. Attack on Titan Vol. 11 - Week 6 8. Fairy Tail Vol. 35 - Week 2 9. Midnight Secretary Vol. 4 - Week 2 10. Attack on Titan Vol. 2 - Week 23 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of March 16th 1. Frozen - Week 1, grossed $7.53 million 2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo - Week 2, grossed $3.98 million 3. Precure All Stars New Stage 3 - Week 1, grossed $1.90 million 4. Robocop - Week 1, grossed $985k 5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Week 3, grossed $965k 6. The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji - Week 5, grossed $865k 7. Silver Spoon - Week 2, grossed $778k 8. The Eternal Zero - Week 13, grossed $486k 9. Kiki's Delivery Service - Week 3, grossed $421k 10. 12 Years a Slave - Week 2, grossed $322k Source: Box Office Mojo
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Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Here's a shocking development: Attack on Titan title tops the best...

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Architecture

Shigeru Ban nabs Pritzker Prize with cardboard houses


Architecture's highest honor rewards disaster-focused architect
Mar 25
// Brad Rice
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is the latest recipient of the Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious prize in all of architecture. What's stunning is the man built a portion of his work off of cardboard tubes. Ban is well known...

Releases of the Week: Ranma 1/2 brings back the oldies

Mar 25 // Brad Rice
Anime releases Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust Ranma 1/2 - Part 1 Blu-ray Manga releases Are You Alice? Vol. 4 Blood Lad: Bloody Brat Bloody Cross Vol. 2 Fairy Tail Vol. 36 Gundam: The Origin Vol. 5 Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days Vol. 3 Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Vol. 1 Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 1 Soul Eater Vol. 19 Sword Art Online Vol. 1: Aincrad What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 1 Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki
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What Did You Eat Yesterday and Sword Art Online manga debuts
If you're a fan of classics, this week has some good stuff for you. Namely, a Blu-ray release of Ranma 1/2, and the latest volume of Gundam: The Origin. For all of the younger fans out there, these are great ways to get into ...


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