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ANIME NEWS: Anpanman tops Bandai poll as kids' favorite character...
A family marking the 1 millionth visitor to the Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall in Kobe takes a commemorative photo with Anpanman and other characters. (Yoshinori Mizuno)
Sweet bean paste-filled superhero Anpanman was named the most popular fictional character among children in Japan, holding the top spot for 13 consecutive years, according to a ...
ANIME NEWS: Hayami, Katase to star in film adaptation of 'Princess ...
Rena Nonen starred in NHK's "Ama-chan" morning drama series and became a household name. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Actor Mocomichi Hayami has been cast as the chauffeur Yoshio Hanamori for the live-action feature film adaptation of the popular manga series "Princess Jellyfish."
ANIME NEWS: Special trailer for animated 'Garo' series revealed
(c) 2014 “GARO THE ANIMATION” Keita Amemiya / Tohokushinsha
A new key visual and special trailer for an animated "Garo" TV series were shown during the "Garo Creator's kNight" event held June 20 in Tokyo, raising expectations for its...
ANIME NEWS: New 'Dragon Ball Z' film announced for spring 2015
A scene from “Dragon Ball” ((c) Bird Studio, Shueisha Inc.)
A new “Dragon Ball Z” animated feature film based on a screenplay by original manga series creator Akira Toriyama will hit Japanese cinemas during the Golden Week holiday...
ANIME NEWS: 'Attack on Titan' dominates U.S. graphic novel...
A scene from "Attack on Titan" ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
Hajime Isayama's "Attack on Titan" manga series continues to stomp on its competition in the U.S. market.
Manga store backs down from posting photo of toy robot-stealing...
A message on Mandarake Inc.'s website warns the shoplifter who stole a $2,400 robot figurine to return it or suffer the consequences. (Captured from Mandarake Inc. website)
A manga and anime goods store said it will adhere to a request from police and refrain from posting a photo online of a shoplifter who stole a rare and expensive toy robot.
ANIME NEWS: New 'Gundam' feature film to hit theaters
The main robot from "Gundam Reconguista in G" ((c) SOTSU・SUNRISE)
The latest installment of Yoshiyuki Tomino's long-running acclaimed space anime "Gundam" will hit movie houses in Japan on Aug. 23.
Miyazaki eyes producing anime shorts as Studio Ghibli suspends...
Studio Ghibli Inc. producer Toshio Suzuki, left, and director Hayao Miyazaki attend a September 2013 new conference in Tokyo where Miyazaki announced his retirement. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Studio Ghibli Inc. producer said the anime studio will temporarily suspend the production of full-length anime films, and that producer-director Hayao Miyazaki is currently...
ANIME NEWS: Second chapter of Tezuka's 'Legend of Forest' to...
Makoto Tezuka, the eldest son of manga giant Osamu Tezuka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The second chapter of Osamu Tezuka’s experimental animated short “The Legend of the Forest” will make its world premiere at the 15th Hiroshima International Animation...
ANIME NEWS: Volume 2 of 'Evangelion: 3.0' art book on store...
(c) Khara
The world of Evangelion returns Aug. 22 with the publication of the second volume of a two-part book featuring original drawings used in producing the animated film...
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...