The logo of the Japan Media Arts Festival
ANIME NEWS: Japan Media Arts Festival now accepting entries
Entries from Japan and abroad will be accepted through Sept. 9 for the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival, an annual event that recognizes excellence in the divisions of art, entertainment, animation and manga.
Entrants to the World Cosplay Summit strike a pose in August 2013 in Nagoya. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: World Cosplay Summit 2015 headed for Nagoya in late July, early August
Details of the widely anticipated World Cosplay Summit (WCS) 2015 have been released, with the annual event to be held on July 25 and 28, and Aug. 1 and 2, in and around Nagoya.
A scene from "Chibi Maruko-chan" ((c) Sakura Production/ Nippon Animation)
ANIME NEWS: Taiwan celebrates 25 years of ‘Chibi Maruko-chan’
The 25th anniversary of the popular TV anime series “Chibi Maruko-chan” is being celebrated in Taiwan with a huge event in Taipei that has been attracting thousands of fans of the fictional Japanese girl and her family.
An illustration from the first "Yo-kai Watch The Movie" ((c) LMYWP2014)
ANIME NEWS: Red-hot 'Yo-kai Watch' film sequel timed to hit cinemas on Dec. 19
The widely anticipated second feature film adaptation of the red-hot "Yo-kai Watch" anime and video-game franchise will hit Japanese cinemas on Dec. 19, it has been confirmed.
The cast of a musical production of "Sailor Moon" attend a news conference in Tokyo in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: New musical production of 'Sailor Moon' to premiere in September
Sailor Moon fans will be in for a treat when a new musical production of "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" premieres Sept. 18 in Tokyo.
Director Sunao Katabuchi talks about his film at an event held in Tokyo's Odaiba district on May 5. (Atsushi Ohara)
ANIME NEWS: 'To All the Corners of the World' coming to big screen after setting crowdfunding mark
The animated feature film adaptation of Fumiyo Kono’s "To All the Corners of the World" will hit cinemas in 2016, after the project had the largest number of supporters in an Internet crowdfunding campaign in Japan.
Kadokawa Corp. President Masaki Matsubara (Provided by Kadokawa Corp.)
ANIME NEWS: Kadokawa Corp. to build 'Cool Japan' cultural hub in Tokorozawa
The creation of a museum dedicated to “Cool Japan” pop culture trends has been debated on a governmental level for years, but the project has yet to move forward significantly.
Toei Group chairman Yusuke Okada, center, Toho-Towa Co. president Hiroyasu Matsuoka, second from right, and others announce the formation of the Japan Contents Group in Tokyo's Minato Ward on May 29. (Kazuki Yoshikawa)
ANIME NEWS: Film industry group to introduce new video streaming service in late 2015
Twenty-nine companies have banded together to form the Japan Contents Group, an organization that will introduce a new video streaming service later this year.
(c) Hirohiko Araki & Lucky Land Communications/ Shueisha/ JoJo's Bizarre Adventure SC Production Committee
ANIME NEWS: Warner Bros. to release 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' on DVD in North America
An animated TV series adaptation of Hirohiko Araki’s long-running manga, “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” will be released on DVD in North America on July 28.
Master thief Lupin the Third, right, and his buddy Daisuke Jigen in a scene from the anime’s latest TV adaptation that started airing this spring in Italy ((c) TMS)
ANIME NEWS: 'Lupin III' anime series returns after 30-year hiatus
“Lupin the Third” will make a long-awaited return to television screens when a new anime adaptation of the manga series will be broadcast this fall. It will be the first Lupin anime series in 30 years.
Director Mamoru Oshii (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Oshii pushes the envelope with live-action 'Tokyo Mukokuseki Shojo'
A live-action suspense thriller helmed by renowned anime director Mamoru Oshii will hit Japanese theaters on July 25.
Moyoco Anno (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Japanese manga earn 6 nominations for 2015 Eisner Awards
Naoki Urasawa’s "Master Keaton" was among the six Japanese titles that dominated the nominations for Best U.S. Edition of International Material--Asia category at the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.
"One Piece" (c) Eiichiro Oda/ Shueisha
ANIME NEWS: Jump Shop to open in Tokyo's Odaiba for summer
Showcasing 2,000 or so items featuring popular characters from the Weekly Shonen Jump comic anthology, a temporary Jump Shop will open in Tokyo's popular Odaiba waterfront district this summer.
Takafumi Horie (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Manga on a plate at concierge-manned comic-book cafe
Are you a novice who doesn't know your "Dragon Ball" from your "Golgo 13"? Or a diehard manga fan who has run out of ideas of what to read next? Either way, a new manga cafe with a concierge service could be just the thing to draw you in to a new comic book world.
A screen shot of "Monster Strike" (Provided by mixi Inc.)
ANIME NEWS: 'Monster Strike' app to get TV series and Nintendo version later this year
The more than 20 million people in Japan who play the "Monster Strike" mobile game will be in for a real thrill later this year when an animated TV series adaptation hits the airwaves.
Takeru Sato plays the protagonist, Kenshin, in the "Rurouni Kenshin" film trilogy. ((c) Nobuhiro Watsuki/ Shueisha, (c) 2012 "Rurouni Kenshin" Production Committee)
ANIME NEWS: Rare screening of Japanese films in Shanghai packs theaters
Two films in the "Rurouni Kenshin" historical adventure trilogy were among seven Japanese offerings that recently wowed moviegoers in China.
Plastic models of robots from "Mobile Suit Gundam," collectively known as Gunpla, are on display at the Axis Iolite bar in Osaka's Chuo Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 20 cities to host Gunpla Builders World Cup
The Gunpla Builders World Cup 2015 will take place in about 20 cities across the world to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the “Mobile Suit Gundam” robot anime franchise.
Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Director Yonebayashi wins big at 24th Japan Movie Critics Awards
Hiromasa Yonebayashi was named best director for his film “When Marnie was There” while “Expelled From Paradise” took home the best picture award in the animation division of the 24th Japan Movie Critics Awards.
The original version of "Me! Me! Me!" by Hibiki Yoshizaki (Provided by Dwango Co.)
ANIME NEWS: Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition offers alternative videos of popular shorts
Two films produced for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition have proven to be such runaway hits that the streaming video website has now released two alternative versions of the popular anime shorts.
Handheld devices similar to smartphones stole the scene at the Tokyo Toy Show in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 35,000 toys to play with--but just four days
Tokyo takes toys seriously.

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