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ANIME NEWS: Improved AnimeJapan 2015 scheduled for March 20-22
Life-size panels of popular anime characters welcome fans at the entrance of a booth at AnimeJapan 2014. (Atsushi Ohara)
Following last year’s success, AnimeJapan, one of the nation's largest anime events, will return on March 20-22 next year at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center with new...
ANIME NEWS: New 'Sailor Moon' audience hits 1 million in just 2...
 "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal" ((c) Naoko Takeuchi/ PNP/ KODANSHA/ TOEI ANIMATION)
The new "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal" series began its much-anticipated worldwide simulcast July 5, with the first episode gaining one million views in two days.
Japan to crack down on illegal uploaders of anime, manga
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The economy ministry said that it will begin on Aug. 1 to monitor and remove uploaded pirated copies of 580 works of anime and manga.
ANIME NEWS: English-dubbed 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' makes U.S....
(c) Hirohiko Araki & Lucky Land Communications/ Shueisha/ JoJo's Bizarre Adventure SC Production Committee
"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders" animated TV series made its English-dubbed debut on July 5 at the Anime Expo held in the Los Angeles Convention Center.
ANIME NEWS: Ghost in the Shell Art Exhibition set to hit Tokyo,...
(c) Shirow Masamune ・ Production I.G/ Kodansha ・ Ghost in The Shell Arise Production Committee
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Shirow Masamune's comic "Ghost in the Shell," an art exhibition devoted to the manga and anime franchise is set to start in Tokyo and Osaka...
ICHIRO MIZUKI: Anime song vocalist could be most famous Japanese...
A powerful stage performance belies Ichiro Mizuki's 66 years of age. “Anime songs have taught me to live with hope, courage, and righteousness.” (Kazuyoshi Sako)
Roughly 1,000 people filled the cultural center in Iga, Mie Prefecture, to hear an artist who has struggled in relative obscurity in Japan but is perhaps the most famous...
ANIME NEWS: Jump SQ is putting out 2-part 'Rurouni Kenshin'...
Takeru Sato, who plays protagonist Kenshin Himura, and actress Emi Takei pose with mascot Kumamon during shooting for "Rurouni Kenshin" in Yamaga, Kumamoto Prefecture, in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Jump SQ is publishing a two-part manga spin-off of "Rurouni Kenshin" to celebrate the summer release of a two-part sequel to the live-action feature film adaptation of the...
ANIME NEWS: Latest 'Dragon Ball Z' film set for limited N....
A scene from "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods" ((c) Bird Studio, Shueisha Inc.)
"Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods," the latest feature film adaptation of Akira Toriyama's popular manga series, will hit about 800 cinemas in the United States and Canada in...
ANIME NEWS: More exhibitors sign up for Tokyo Game Show 2014
More than 270,000 people visited the 2013 Tokyo Game Show at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The number of companies and organizations that will set up booths at Tokyo Game Show 2014 is on pace to shatter the figure from last year, organizers said.
ANIME NEWS: Soccer star Atsuto Uchida to lend voice to 'Pokemon'...
Atsuto Uchida (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Soccer star Atsuto Uchida will provide the voice of a character in “Pokemon the Movie XY: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction,” the latest installment of the series that...
ANIME NEWS: 17-year-old manga artist starts series in Nakayoshi...
(c)Aito Aoyagi, Narumi Hasegaki/kodansha
Kodansha Ltd.’s monthly Nakayoshi comic anthology for girls has turned to a teenage artist to illustrate a new manga series.
ANIME NEWS: Sony to cover exhibition fees for Indie Game Area at...
Gaming enthusiasts crowd a booth for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. at the 2012 Tokyo Game Show. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Independent game developers planning to set up booths to show off their latest creations at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show are in luck, as industry giant Sony Computer Entertainment...
ANIME NEWS: Roppongi Hills to host 'Pokemon' film festival
An illustration from "Pokemon XY the Movie: The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie" ((c) Nintendo・Creatures・GAME FREAK・TV Tokyo・ShoPro・JR Kikaku (c) Pokemon (c) 2014 Pikachu Project)
Fans of Pikachu and its pocket monster pals are in for a real treat.
ANIME NEWS: 'Toy Story' director helps promote DVD release of...
John Lasseter (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature film, “The Wind Rises,” was released on DVD and Blu-ray disc on June 18, and the renowned anime director had an old friend and fellow...
Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize winners honored at awards ceremony
An illustration submitted by Chika Umino in celebration of her winning of the Manga Grand Prix. Umino included her own character alongside Unico, a baby unicorn created by Osamu Tezuka.
Fujiko Fujio A said the world of manga might just see more of him as he accepted the Asahi Special Prize award for his "Manga Michi" (The way of manga) and its sequel, "Ai......
ANIME NEWS: Art exhibition devoted to Ghibli director Yonebayashi...
(c) 2014 GNDHDDTK
A special art exhibition devoted to director Hiromasa Yonebayashi will be held July 18-28 to celebrate the release of “When Marnie Was There,” the latest feature film from...
‘Crayon Shin-chan’ city attracts foreign visitors with...
Taiwanese students visit the Kasukabe city office in Saitama Prefecture in 2013 to purchase Crayon Shin-chan postcards for their friends. (Provided by the Kasukabe city government)
KASUKABE, Saitama Prefecture--Postcards featuring the family from the “Crayon Shin-chan” animated series are drawing overseas visitors to this hometown of the cartoon...
Kadokawa to open anime, manga schools in Taiwan, Singapore
Students study anime design in Singapore in 2009. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Publisher Kadokawa Corp. said July 2 it will open manga and anime schools in Taiwan and Singapore in autumn to spread the “Cool Japan” strategy and increase sales of...
ANIME NEWS: New 'Ultraman Ginga S' series premieres on July 15
Ultraman Ginga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The first half of the 16-episode “Ultraman Ginga S” series is set to hit small screens soon.
ANIME NEWS: Mizushiri's 'Futon' heralded at Animafest Zagreb
From Yoriko Mizushiri's "Futon" ((c) Yoriko Mizushiri)
Yoriko Mizushiri's "Futon" was among four animated shorts from Japan that were honored at the 2014 World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb, Croatia, held June 3-8.