Snow Miku 2015 Design Contest Has Been Launched

Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

Snow MikuHave you always wished you could give Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) a brand new, snowy make over? Your wish has been granted thanks to the Good Smile Company (グッドスマイルカンパニー) and Piapro (ピアプロ)! The annual Snow Miku Design Contest is already up and running and goes with the theme of “Plants (Grass, Flowers and Trees) of Winter in Hokkaido”. Her little bunny friend Yukine, who was introduced last year, is also included in the design. Keep Reading

Ray’s Nagi No Asakura Insert Song Used For Final Episode Featured In Singer’s Newest Album

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

nagi no asakuraIt has been weeks since Nagi No Asakura (凪のあすから) has aired its final episode but fans still can’t get enough of the Nagi-Asu fever! Here to help you relive the series is Ray’s second album which includes the insert song, lull ~Earth color of a Calm~ (「lull~そして僕らは~」).

The official Nagi no Asakura website posted the titles of the two insert songs used in the final episode, one being Ray’s lull while the other is Nagi Yanagi’s (やなぎ なぎ) mnemonic. Keep Reading

Free Fan Vandalizes Japanese Shrine

Sunday, 20 April, 2014

Free VandalOn April 6, 2014, the Iwami-cho Tourism Association has reported via Twitter that the section of the Arasuna Shrine has been vandalized with the words “For the team Free! 4/2/2014″. The Arasuna Shrine, one of the famous shrine’s in the Tottori Prefecture, has been featured in the anime Free! which has helped in gaining visitors of the area as a part of their seichi junrei (聖地巡礼) – the visiting places which have been used as a background to famous scenes in anime, manga, movies or TV soaps. Keep Reading

Voice Actress Loses In Final Round Of Otona AKB48 Audition

Saturday, 19 April, 2014

Takahashi MikakoApril 12, 2014 was a big day for Japanese voice actress and singer Mikako Takahashi (高橋 美佳子). The 33-year-old has joined the audition for Otona AKB48 and has made it to the finals but unfortunately she was not chosen in the final selection meet as announced in her official Twitter account.

“The Otona AKB48 Audition ended smoothly!!” She tweets. “The result was… unfortunately I didn’t make it. (;_;).” The singer, however saw a silver lining in the loss, adding ” But I was able to enjoy it without regret! Keep Reading

Wolf Girl & Black Prince Manga Gets An Anime Take

Friday, 18 April, 2014

Wolf Girl & Black PrinceYou know the saying bad decisions make great stories? That’s what happened to in Erika Shinohara in Wolf Girl & Black Prince (オオカミ少女と黒王子). Hatta Ayuko’s (八田鮎子) hit shoujo manga is getting an anime adaptation on the girl who cried wolf and the consequences she’s paying.

16-year-old Erika Shinohara has boldly claimed that she has a boyfriend. She boasts to-envy-for love stories about her and her boyfriend to her friends when in fact she never had a single boyfriend in her 16 years of existence. Keep Reading

Ao Haru Ride Adds Anime And Live-Action Adaptation To Series Franchise

Thursday, 17 April, 2014

Ao Haru RideIo Sakisaka’s (咲坂伊緒) famous shoujo manga, Ao Haru Ride (アオハライド), is getting not one but two awesome adaptations scheduled for the year 2014! What began as a manga published in Bessatsu Margaret (別冊マーガレット) in the year 2011 will have an anime version scheduled for release on July 2014 while a live-action film is set for December of the same year.

Ao Haru Rides revolves around high school girl Yoshioka Futaba’s (吉岡 双葉) life. Keep Reading

Hi-Chew Chewy Candy Gets Into Haikyu!!

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

Hi ChewHere’s another food item that you just might want to preserve for all eternity… or maybe just eat the contents and keep the wrapping for life. Morinaga & Company (森永製菓株式会社), makers of the world famous DARS chocolate, brings you yet another manga tie-in promotional confection featuring the characters of Haikyu!! (ハイキュー!!) and their very chewy candy, Hi-Chew (ハイチュウ).

This result of a clever combination of word plays was first announced on April 9, 2014 in the official Haikyu!! Keep Reading