ANIME NEWS: 'Gundam: The Origin' set for worldwide simultaneous streaming
“Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin,” a new animated series from the space opera franchise, is set for global release after the first episode titled "Blue-Eyed Casval" hits Japanese theaters on Feb. 28.
(c) DYNAMIC PLANNING・Toei Animation (c)Robot Girls Laboratory
ANIME NEWS: 'Robot Girls Z' second season to start in spring
Anime girls designed after super robots from the 1970s created by Go Nagai will be reunited when a sequel to the “Robot Girls Z” animated short series premieres in spring.
The National Art Center, Tokyo, stands in the capital's Roppongi district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Japanese pop culture from past 25 years to showcase at Tokyo museum
Manga, anime and video games will take center stage in a special exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo, this summer in the capital's Roppongi district.
(c) Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/ Shueisha
ANIME NEWS: 'Naruto' says sayonara with 72nd and final manga volume
The globally popular "Naruto" ninja manga series lowered the curtain on its 15-year run on Feb. 4 with the release of its 72nd and final volume.
An illustration for a character representing a Murasame-class destroyer (Provided by MULE Co.)
ANIME NEWS: Second MSDF-themed bath salt video released online
A second in a series of video clips promoting a Maritime Self-Defense Force-themed bath salt is now available online, featuring characters in a motif of MSDF naval vessels.
Life-size panels of popular anime characters welcome fans at the entrance of a booth at AnimeJapan 2014. (Atsushi Ohara)
ANIME NEWS: AnimeJapan 2015 to add events for younger fans
AnimeJapan 2015 will open on March 21 with organizers aiming to attract 120,000 visitors for the second edition and adding events to appeal to children of elementary school age or younger and their families.
A screenshot of the "Pac-Man" video game (Provided by Namco Bandai Games Inc.)
ANIME NEWS: Spanish university sets up statue of Pac-Man on campus
To honor an iconic gaming mascot's longtime contribution to the video game industry, Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid installed a statue of Pac-Man on its campus in December.
(c) Makoto Kawai・Houbunsha/ Kofuku Graffiti Production Committee (Provided by Eizan Electric Railway)
ANIME NEWS: 'Kofuku Graffiti'-themed tram runs through Kyoto
Kyoto-based Eizan Electric Railway Co. (Eiden) is operating a special "Kofuku Graffiti"-themed tram and offering special tickets featuring anime characters.
Kazuki Omori (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Yubari film festival to mark 25th year with director Omori to head jury
Marking its landmark 25th anniversary, the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, which showcases many films in a wide range of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and animation, will be held Feb. 19-23 in Yubari, Hokkaido.
A scene from the "Attack on Titan" animated series ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
ANIME NEWS: Season 2 of 'Attack on Titan' due in 2016
The second compilation film of the popular “Attack on Titan” animated TV series will hit cinemas on June 27, followed by the airing of the second season on the small screen in 2016.
Junichi Okada (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 'Library Wars' live-action film sequel to hit theaters in October
A sequel to a live-action feature film adaptation of "Library Wars" is set for an October release under the title of "Library Wars: The Last Mission."
A Chinese family poses with a Chibi Maruko-chan mascot at Chibi Maruko-chan Land in Shizuoka's Shimizu Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 'Chibi Maruko-chan' episodes now simulcast on Chinese websites
The latest episodes of “Chibi Maruko-chan,” a popular Japanese anime show about the daily life of a third-grader and her family, are now offered online almost simultaneously in China.
Shinobu Otake, left, and Shinichi Tsutsumi (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
ANIME NEWS: Shinobu Otake, Shinichi Tsutsumi to star in 'Umimachi Diary' live-action film
Veteran actors Shinobu Otake and Shinichi Tsutsumi will lead a star-studded cast in a live-action feature film adaptation of "Umimachi Diary" (Seaside town diary) slated to be released this summer.
Takashi Nakamura (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Details on 3 Project Itoh films bound to please die-hard fans
Details are now available on the directors and anime studios handling three much-anticipated animated feature film adaptations of Project Itoh's sci-fi novels.
"Attack on Titan" ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
ANIME NEWS: 'Attack on Titan'-themed escape game planned for U.S.
Mass-participation escape games based on the "Attack on Titan" manga and anime series have been scheduled for three U.S. cities from February to April.
Motoko Kusanagi uses an "optical camouflage" device to blend in with the environment and disappear. ((c) Shirow Masamune ・ Production I.G/ Kodansha ・ Ghost in The Shell Arise Production Committee)
ANIME NEWS: NTT Docomo project seeks to create 'Ghost in the Shell' gadgetry
NTT Docomo Ventures Inc. announced an ambitious project in which it will team with experts to bring to life the fictional technologies found in the cyberpunk world of the "Ghost in the Shell" manga and anime franchise.
Naruto ((c) Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/ Shueisha)
ANIME NEWS: New 'Naruto' movie to make leap onto U.S. screens in February
"The Last: Naruto the Movie," the latest animated feature film adaptation of the popular ninja manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, will be released in 20 major U.S. cities starting in late February.
 (c) Hirohiko Araki & Lucky Land Communications/ Shueisha/ JoJo's Bizarre Adventure SC Production Committee
ANIME NEWS: Second half of 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders' anime now airing
The second half of the hit animated TV series "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders" returned to the airwaves in January, pursuing the Egypt arc.
ANIME NEWS: 'Gundam: The Origin' series to premiere on Feb. 28
“Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin,” a new animated series adapted from a manga of the same name by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, will start its run this winter.
From "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" ((c) 2013 Hatake Jimusho・GNDHDDTK)
ANIME NEWS: 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' wins Best Animated Feature Film award at APSA
Studio Ghibli Inc. co-founder Isao Takahata's "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" walked away with Best Animated Feature Film award at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

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