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Releases of the Week: Godzilla on Monster Island!

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 Naruto, or High Scho...

 
 
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The Bestsellers: Thermae Romae heats up Japan

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 well, and was a g...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Check out these Amazing Nuts!

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 side are a re-...

 
 
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MangaGamer announces Lapis Gunner and more

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 monsters, only ...

 
 
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Veteran actor Kai-kun retires from Softbank Otousan role

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, Kaito-kun. Most a...

 
 
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Watch Kaoru Mori draw a character better than you ever will

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, above, details the...

 
 
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The Bestsellers: KPP's new single rocks Japan

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 the Japanese cha...

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

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 musical group Never ...

 
 
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Project H launches hentai festival at Anime Expo

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, July 5 from 10pm o...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Hidamari Sketch x 365

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 2199 part two. Als...

 
 
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The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped

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 popular manga out ...

 
 
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Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel

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 of the book, r...

 
 
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East meets West in manga comic tribute

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 in the header w...

 
 
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Oldboy manga hits Dark Horse Digital

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 the first three...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Wolfsmund is back

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 the manga down. A...

 
 
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Former porn actress Yuma Asami pens autobiography

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 plunge into the...

 
 
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How Uniqlo plans to conquer America

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-produced clothin...

 
 
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Shinji's voice actor set to marry Ms. Norway

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 marry Kim MacKen...

 
 
 
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Releases of the Week: Get the first Madoka film today

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 Zero, or the lat...

 
 
 
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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 questions (for me, a...

 
 
 
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Korea and men's rights top Japanese wikipedia edit wars

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 WWE personnel&nb...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Battle Royale is back!

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 new viewpoint o...

 
 
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Which Japanese menswear magazine are you?

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 will give you a...

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

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 or any worthy ot...

 
 
 
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Shigeru Ban nabs Pritzker Prize with cardboard houses

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 in the archite...

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

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 hallmark series...

 
 
 
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Studio Yumakano produces smiling screws

Ever feel like you keep seeing faces in everyday objects? Don't worry, you're not weird. And you're definitely not weird for seeing a smiling face on these screws from Studio Yumakano and Komuro Manufacturing. These smiling screws, complete...

 
 
 
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Shinjuku boos bara billboard for HIV awareness

An interesting struggle is going on in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome, a popular gay neighborhood. VIIV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company that makes an HIV drug, selected popular gay artist Poko Murata to draw up an HIV awareness ad to run in...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Upotte!! on top

With Upotte!! out this week, you might want to see if you can request the racy title come to you in a plain brown bag -- you don't want others to see it before you've had a chance to properly display it next to your Ladies vs. Butlers! set....

 
 
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Insufficient Direction to get flash animation adaptation

Color this convenient: shortly after the English release of Moyoco Anno's Insufficient Direction, it's been announced that it's getting an anime adaptation. It won't be much -- 13 3-minute flash animations as a part of Animusu. The series w...

 
 
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Review: Insufficient Direction

Being an otaku isn't easy. But when you've fallen in love with someone who's king of the otaku? Well, that means you've got a long way to go to up your nerd game. That's the struggle Rompers faces in Moyoco Anno's autobiographical manga, de...

 
 
 
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Hakone cashes in on Eva connection with license plates

If you're one of the biggest Eva fans in Japan, you probably already picked up and moved to Hakone. If not, you might want to get your moving papers in order: the Hakone government will offer Evangelion-themed license plates starting on Mar...

 
 
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999: The Novel debuts on iOS March 17

If you're a fan of the PS Vita release of Zero Escape: Zero's Last Reward, then get yourself ready for the release of 999: The Novel. The original game in the Zero Escape series is hitting iOS devices on March 17th. If you never got the cha...

 
 




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