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9:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of

It looks like a number of rumors swirling around the internet have just been confirmed: The legendary production house Studio Ghibli - they of a large proportion of anime films worth watching - might shutting down. The announ...

Josh Tolentino


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12:00 PM on 07.19.2014

Report: Power Rangers co. Saban sues indie Sentai game

I love the story of Chroma Squad, a little indie game from Brazilian outfit Behold Studios. They took something they loved - tokusatsu and Super Sentai - and made it into a unique game concept - putting players in the shoes o...

Josh Tolentino

6:30 PM on 04.16.2014

Signs of Doom! Sony sells off its Square Enix stock

Fanboys and girls rejoice, for the corporations you've pledged your loyalty to have given you some extra ammo to use in your eternal conflict. It seems consumer electronics giant and PlayStation maker Sony has decided to offl...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 04.05.2014

TokyoPop founder Stu Levy does AMA on Reddit

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...

Brad Rice



Square Enix and Yen Press announce worldwide digital partnership photo
Square Enix and Yen Press announce worldwide digital partnership
by Brad Rice

Yen Press and Square Enix just announced a partnership to put eBook versions of 175 manga titles online, giving the English-language versions of Square Enix's manga worldwide reach. Starting April 8, you'll be able to access some of Yen Press's most popular titles through Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Kobo digital platforms.

Initially the service will start with just Soul Eater, Black Butler, and Doubt, but Yen Press will roll out more titles throughout April and the coming months. It gives you something to look forward to each week!

In addition to that, Soul Eater, Soul Eater NOT!, and Secret will all see weekly chapter releases in digital form, starting on April 14th. It's a way to keep fans reading in between the volume releases.

I'll admit that I'm a little surprised they didn't announce joining Comixology, which seems to be the go-to place for reading American comics. It's the industry standard for Marvel and DC, and it's not a bad market to tap into. Comixology might not be available in every marketplace, but it's still worth a shot, no?

Check out the full press release after the jump.

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1:00 PM on 03.15.2014

Gunpla Banzai: Barnes & Noble selling Gunpla kits

It's actually funny: For as much access as North American anime fans have to Japan's pop culture output these days, there really are some things that are still difficult to find over there. For example, it's easy to get your ...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 02.26.2014

Yay Consumer Electronics: PS4 sells 322,083 in Japan

In case you didn't know, the PS4 has just launched in Glorious Nippon, three months after its North American and European debuts, and the numbers are in for the new platform's first two days of Japanese sales: The console ha...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 02.04.2014

The doujinshi fanzine industry is worth a lot of money

I suppose it should go without saying for some more savvy otaku, but the fan-comic industry (aka doujinshi) is pretty big in Japan. That said, not everyone knows just how big it is. Until now. A representative from Comitia, a...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 01.15.2014

BitSummit's Japanese indie-fest returns!

I'd hardly be the first guy to say that Japan's gaming industry isn't having the best time right now. In fact, the gaming industry in general is suffering creatively. But whereas western gamers have been increasingly looking...

Josh Tolentino

11:57 PM on 01.04.2014

Cooler Japan: Japanese gov't opening new anime channel

I'm hardly in a position to say whether Japan's culture export-focused "soft power" initiative, dubbed "Cool Japan" is successful, but whatever you think of it, it's good news to see that they're still rolling along with it. ...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 12.10.2013

Crunchyroll issues statement on Chernin investment

Back at the end of October, we heard that The Chernin Group bought a stake in Crunchyroll, boosting its valuation somewhere short of $100 million. Crunchyroll finally came out with a statement to assuage fans' concerns, and i...

Brad Rice





3:00 PM on 11.10.2013

Puzzle & Dragons is now crazy popular in the West

Whenever folks talk about the supposed decline of the Japanese game industry, there's always one bright light shining in the gloom and doom. Strangely enough, it's not Monster Hunter, but rather Puzzle & Dragons, the mons...

Josh Tolentino