September 03, 2012
In a unique move to promote Japanese craftsmanship, characters from Cartoon Network's popular animated series "The Powerpuff Girls" are featured in traditional "tenugui" towels and "kinchaku" drawstring bags.
September 01, 2012
The live-action adaptation of the "Rurouni Kenshin" manga and anime series raked in 555.48 million yen ($7 million) at the box office in the first five days after it premiered in Japan on Aug. 25.
August 31, 2012
Leading toymaker Bandai Co. said it will release "The Rose of Versailles"-themed collagen drinks in September.
August 30, 2012
Software developer Celsys is banking on a Japanese-inspired anime character to help it to break into the Chinese market.
August 29, 2012
Riding the growing popularity of anime and other Japanese pop culture in Asia, the Indonesian edition of Singapore's annual Anime Festival Asia (AFA) will bring a showcase of events and offerings to local fans in September.
August 28, 2012
Sony Corp. stopped accepting pre-orders for its limited-edition Hatsune Miku Walkman S series less than six hours after sales began at 11 a.m. on Aug. 3.
August 27, 2012
Hong Kong's Harbor City is celebrating the birth of Doraemon, the robotic cat--100 years early.
August 25, 2012
Japan Expo, an annual summer convention dedicated to Japanese pop culture and held in Paris, will move to California next summer.
August 24, 2012
New York-based manga publisher Vertical Inc. said it will release Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's "Gundam: The Origin" manga series.
August 23, 2012
Entries for the Miyagi Sendai Animation Grand Prix 2013 competition are being accepted through Jan. 18.
August 22, 2012
Producers of "After School Midnighters," a full-CG anime feature slated to hit cinemas nationwide on Aug. 25, have submitted the film for an Academy Award for the best animated feature film.
August 21, 2012
JManga Inc., which distributes digital manga comics through its JManga website, is now accepting entries for Manga Translation Battle, a Japanese-to-English translation contest held in collaboration with the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
August 20, 2012
Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC, the U.S. arm of Japanese publishing giant Kodansha Ltd., has released the Kodansha Comics iPhone app to offer digital manga titles in the U.S. market.
August 18, 2012
Mirai Mizue's critically acclaimed anime "Modern No. 2" is among nine Japanese animated shorts up for awards at the 2012 Ottawa International Animation Festival that will be held Sept. 19-23 in Ottawa, Canada.
August 17, 2012
U.S.-based Japanese manga and anime distributor Viz Media LLC revealed details of its 24-hour, subscription-based anime channel "Neon Alley" July 13 at the San Diego Comic-Con International convention.
August 16, 2012
Manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori's sci-fi epic series "Cyborg 009" will get a U.S. graphic novel adaptation next summer.
August 15, 2012
The 9th Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) will be held Oct. 24-25 in the capital's Odaiba district.
August 14, 2012
Comics artist and movie director Katsuhiro Otomo, internationally renowned for his manga “Akira” and other works, has been inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.
August 13, 2012
Comic magazine Hero's launched its official English website with the announcement that it is now accepting submissions for the second Hero's Comic Award competition.
August 11, 2012
"Hakaiju," an apocalyptic horror manga series by Shingo Honda, has been adapted into a live-action short film.