"Mobile Suit Gundam" ((c) SOTSU・SUNRISE)
ANIME NEWS: Life-sized 'Zaku' repair bay debuts at Nasu Highland Park
To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Nasu Highland Park amusement facility is offering a “Mobile Suit Gundam” special exhibition at its newly renovated Bandai Character Toy Stadium attraction in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture.
Tokyo Station marks the centennial of its opening this year. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: A-1 Pictures celebrates opening of Tokyo Station
To mark the centennial of the opening of iconic Tokyo Station, anime studio A-1 Pictures Inc. is making a special anime titled "Toki wa Meguru: Tokyo Station" (Time goes around: Tokyo Station).
An original hand-drawn cover illustration by Osamu Tezuka for “Tetsuwan Atomu" (Astro Boy) ((c) Tezuka Productions Co.)
ANIME NEWS: Tezuka Osamu Books opens in bookstore near Tokyo Station
A special section in a Tokyo bookstore dedicated to the works of manga maestro Osamu Tezuka opened on April 7, the birthday of Tezuka's most famous creation: "Astro Boy."
Lynn Minmay, the iconic character of "The Super Dimension Fortress Macross" series ((c) 1984 BIG WEST)
ANIME NEWS: New 'Macross' TV series announced
The space opera "Macross" anime franchise will be returning to TV with a new series.
The Kyoto Anime Manga Network Shop in the city's Nakagyo Ward (Provided by The Kyoto Cross Media Creative Center)
ANIME NEWS: Shop opens to promote Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair
A store intended to promote the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (KYOMAF) and the charms of Japan’s ancient capital has opened near Kyoto's Kawaramachi Station.
The cover of the 6th volume of "A Bride's Story"((c) Kaoru Mori/ Enterbrain)
ANIME NEWS: Kaoru Mori's 'A Bride's Story' takes 7th Cartoon Grand Prize
Kaoru Mori's manga series "A Bride's Story" won the 7th Cartoon Grand Prize, the event's executive committee announced.
Visitors pack the Osaka Tenpozan special gallery in Osaka's Minato Ward for the "One Piece" exhibition in November 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 'One Piece' exhibit to kick off in Taiwan in July
After drawing more than 800,000 fans in Japan, the "One Piece Exhibition: Original Art x Movies x Experience," dedicated to the pirate manga series, is ready to set sail in Taiwan.
The cover of "Genocidal Organ" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Fuji TV to make film adaptations of Project Itoh sci-fi novels
Science-fiction novelist Project Itoh's "Genocidal Organ" and "Harmony" will be adapted into anime feature films for 2015, Fuji Television Network Inc. said
"Wonder" by Mirai Mizue ((c) Makotoya)
ANIME NEWS: Trio of Japanese shorts to be showcased at Annecy festival
Atsushi Wada's "Anomalies," Sumito Sakakibara's "E in Motion No. 2" and Mirai Mizue's "Wonder" will compete for the best short film award at the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
The interior of the KYOMAF-go train that operated in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Anime-themed subway train promotes Kyoto fair
A subway train decorated with characters from anime shows associated with Kyoto is running on the city’s Karasuma Line as part of a campaign promoting the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (KYOMAF).
The cast of a Japanese musical production of "Sailor Moon" at a news conference in Tokyo's Roppongi district last August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 'Sailor Moon Crystal' to stream online in July; Brazil to get first comics
The new “Sailor Moon” series will be simulcast worldwide in July under the title “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.”
“By Your Side” ((c) Team By Your Side/ dwarf)
ANIME NEWS: Director Goda, British band Sade collaborate in short film for Tohoku children
“By Your Side,” a stop-motion animation short film directed by Tsuneo Goda and featuring music by British band Sade, has been available for streaming since March 11, the third anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.
(c) Nintendo・Creatures・GAME FREAK・TV Tokyo・ShoPro・JR Kikaku (c) Pokémon (c) 2014 Pikachu Project
ANIME NEWS: 17th Pokemon movie to hit cinemas on July 19
The 17th installment of the Pokemon movie series, “Pokemon XY the Movie: The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie,” will hit cinemas nationwide on July 19.
Hideaki Anno (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 'Insufficient Direction' to premiere April 3 on TV Tokyo
Moyoco Anno’s autobiographical manga “Insufficient Direction” will come to life April 3 when it makes its debut as a short anime series broadcast on TV Tokyo Corp.’s late night anime support program “Animusu!”
Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Ghibli producer Suzuki, singer Mizuki, artist Moroboshi receive state prizes
Studio Ghibli Inc. producer Toshio Suzuki, anime songstress and voice-recording artist Nana Mizuki and manga creator Daijiro Morohoshi were honored at the government-sponsored 63rd Art Encouragement Prizes, the Agency for Cultural Affairs said.
Young fans in cosplay of their favorite anime characters pose for photos at Japan Expo USA held in Santa Clara, California, last August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 2nd Japan Expo USA slated for August in San Mateo
Japan Expo USA, the U.S. edition of France's annual summer convention dedicated to Japanese culture, will be held Aug. 22-24, according to the official website.
Ko Nakahira (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 14th Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection to open on May 27 in Germany
The largest film festival for Japanese cinema held outside Japan is scheduled for May 27-June 1 in Frankfurt.
(c) Shirow Masamune ・ Production I.G/ Kodansha ・ Ghost in The Shell Arise Committee
ANIME NEWS: Website marks 25th anniversary of 'Ghost in the Shell'
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shirow Masamune’s manga “The Ghost in the Shell,” a special website was set up to provide information on related projects.
"Appleseed Alpha" ((c) 2014 Lucent Pictures Entertainment Inc./ Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc., All Rights Reserved.)
ANIME NEWS: 'Appleseed Alpha' CG anime scheduled for summer U.S. release
"Appleseed Alpha," a new film adaptation based on the comic book series by Shirow Masamune, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2014, the U.S. entertainment website IGN has reported.
A Japanese fashion show held in Moscow in 2011. Japanese "kawaii" (cute) fashion is popular across Europe. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 6th Hyper Japan set to take London by storm in July
The sixth edition of Hyper Japan, Britain’s largest celebration devoted to Japanese culture, will be held July 25-27 in London.

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