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6:00 PM on 10.02.2013

The Eccentric Family plushies on the way

The Eccentric Family has been one of the highlights of the past season for me. It combined Japanese mythology with average life in a way that was really enjoyable -- and adorable. Tanuki, tengu, and more are part of the tale,...

Ben Huber


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9:00 AM on 02.28.2013

French manga artist Lowra brings characters to real world

Ever wanted the characters in your manga to jump off the pages and into the real world? I know I do every time I read hentai, but that's not the point. The point is French manga artist Lowra has done just that with her drawin...

Josh Totman

11:00 AM on 07.24.2012

Japan sending Akita puppy as gift to Russian president

Another day, another Morning Puppy post! Wait, that's not a running feature? Why the hell not? Japan's latest prime minister Yoshihiko Noda recently met with Vladimir Putin in Mexico. Eventually, Noda promised to deliver an ...

Bob Muir



First Impressions: Saki Episode of Side A photo
First Impressions: Saki Episode of Side A
by Josh Totman

It was nice to see that the mahjong anime Saki would be getting a second season. The first season was cute, lovable, and didn't teach you much about mahjong. At least, I didn't learn anything like I was hoping for. That's what initially got me interested in the anime when I first heard it was coming out.

Saki Episode of Side A looks to continue with the cute charm of the original, which I welcome with open arms.

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8:00 PM on 12.10.2011

More Hanasaku Iroha arriving in 2012

If you've been rolling around in the foetal position since the end of Hanasaku Iroha earlier this year, then you'll be pleased to here that it won't be too long until we see some more of her hectic hot spring adventures. On t...

Chris Walden

8:00 PM on 10.10.2011

Election held for stray cat idols

What does your town do when it has a lot of stray cats? If you lived in the town of Saga, it would make them celebrities instead of calling animal control. Two years ago, Saga decided to deal with its stray cat problem by cho...

Bob Muir



First Impressions: C3 photo
First Impressions: C3
by Chris Walden

I'm not normally interested in picking up ecchi shows. Not that I have anything against them, but it's hard for me to find a good one. The only show that springs to mind even now is Chobits, which I do adore, but you may even be able to chalk that one up to Clamp. So why would I even consider watching this show?

Well, I've noticed that in the last two seasons we've had both C and Blood-C, followed this season of course by. What could this mean? Absolutely nothing considering it's pure coincidence! I know that, but I'm stupid enough to use such a flimsy reason to go check out a new show. But was it worth it, or did it come back to bite me? W-well, you better come find out. It's not like I wrote this for you or anything...

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6:00 PM on 09.24.2011

Latest Madoka tie-in features... guide dogs?

Those Madoka girls sure have been getting around haven't they! Their latest endeavour sees the ever popular snack-fiend Kyouko Sakura appearing on a poster for 'The National Federation of All Japan Guide Dog Training Institut...

Chris Walden

2:00 PM on 09.20.2011

Sign away your soul with a talking Kyubey pen

I love Kyubey. So empty, so evil, so collectable! The latest little Puella Magi Madoka Magica piece of merchandise I threw my money away on, is this cute talking pen they have over at AmiAmi. Looks perfect for signi...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 09.15.2011

Plush Kyubey spreads love, hugs and fear

"What happens if you cross a hugging pillow with pure evil?" It's a question that many of us have asked ourselves. Japanese character-goods designer Cube snagged a license for Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, and their lates...

Chris Walden

10:00 AM on 05.15.2011

The Most Useless Machine strikes back!

Leave it up to the Japanese to give The Most Useless Machine a soul. Even Stephen Colbert couldn't resist playing with it. Add in some classic emotes and dramatic music, and this snazzy contraption is elevated to a whole...

Hiroko Yamamura





3:00 PM on 04.18.2011

First Impressions: Dog Days

I'm a pretty big fan of Zero no Tsukaima. It definitely isn't high art, tasteful, or, well, even very good. What I do like about it are the appealing character designs, silly ecchi humor, Rie Kugimiya, and a fairly interestin...

Pedro Cortes