ANIME NEWS: 'Madoka Magica' movie, 'Love Live!' series win big at...
(c) Magica Quartet/ Aniplex・Madoka Movie Project Rebellion
Feature film “Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion” and animated TV series “Love Live! School Idol Project” were recognized as the best animated works at the...
ANIME NEWS: Sendai Airport to display wall relief designed by...
Katsuhiro Otomo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A ceramic wall relief measuring 8.7 meters by 2.8 meters and designed by manga artist and film director Katsuhiro Otomo will be put on display at Sendai Airport in March 2015.
ANIME NEWS: 'Yokai Watch' film sequel slated for winter 2015
A scene from the "Yokai Watch" animated TV series that was broadcast on July 4 ((c) LYW)
A feature film sequel for the “Yokai Watch” video game and animated series has been approved, even though the first film has yet to be released.
ANIME NEWS: Shunji Iwai's animated prequel to 'Hana & Alice' to...
Shunji Iwai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Shunji Iwai, an internationally acclaimed film director known for "Love Letter" and "Swallowtail Butterfly," is bringing an animated prequel to his "Hana & Alice."
ANIME NEWS: New 'Macross Delta' series, singer auditions announced
Lynn Minmay, the iconic character of "The Super Dimension Fortress Macross" series ((c) 1984 BIG WEST)
A much-anticipated space opera project was announced, and singing auditions will be held to scout a songstress for the animated series tentatively titled “Macross Delta.”
ANIME NEWS: Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival draws 10,000...
Toshima Ward Mayor Yukio Takano, second from left, dressed as Joe Shimamura from the "Cyborg 009" sci-fi manga series, joins cosplayers near the east exit of JR Ikebukuro Station on Oct. 25. (Kuniaki Nishio)
About 10,000 cosplayers from Japan and abroad made their way to Tokyo's Ikebukuro district for the Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2014 held Oct. 25 and 26.
ANIME NEWS: Constantin Film plans ‘Resident Evil’ TV series
Milla Jovovich plays the main character, Alice, in the “Resident Evil” film series. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A leading German production company plans to create a TV drama series based on Capcom Co.’s globally popular “Resident Evil” survival horror video game series.
'Attack on Titan' creator returns to his rural roots and finds...
Hajime Isayama talks about his "Attack on Titan" manga series and his hometown of Oyamamachi in Hita, Oita Prefecture, during an Asahi Shimbun interview held in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. (Tatsuro Sugiura)
As a child, Hajime Isayama couldn't fathom why everybody in his district was content to lead the life their forebears had. When he wasn't helping out in the fields, Isayama...
ANIME NEWS: 'K-On!' school to play host for anime tourism event
The former Toyosato Elementary School building in Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A defunct elementary school that is the model for a high school featured in a popular anime series will host an academic conference on anime tourism in November.
ANIME NEWS: X-Men, Batman artist Jim Lee featured guest at Tokyo...
Leiji Matsumoto (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Acclaimed U.S. comic book artist Jim Lee will be a featured speaker at the International Manga Festival 2014 slated for Nov. 23 at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center in the...
ANIME NEWS: 'Pokemon' TV show ranks No. 1 with kids in India
An illustration from "Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction" ((c) Nintendo・Creatures・GAME FREAK・TV Tokyo・ShoPro・JR Kikaku (c) Pokemon (c) 2014 Pikachu Project)
Japan's "Pokemon" animated TV series began running on India's Hungama TV in May, and has gone on to be ranked consistently No. 1 in the prime time slot for children.
Locally run websites for anime, cosplay a hit with Asian fans
Young people from Asian countries join the Asia Vocaloid Festa cosplay event in the Tenjin district of Fukuoka in October 2011. (Provided by the Fukuoka prefectural government)
FUKUOKA--A multi-language website run by the Fukuoka prefectural government offering information on cosplay, anime and other cultural interests is abuzz with activity.
ANIME NEWS: Tezuka's fame a touchstone of global manga phenomenon
Osamu Tezuka in 1981 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A study to gauge the global popularity of Japanese manga has found that more than 1,200 manga under hundreds of titles by legendary artist Osama Tezuka have been published...
ANIME NEWS: 'Naruto' musical adaptation to hit stage in March
The cover illustration of the first volume of “Naruto” ((c) Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/ Shueisha)
A musical adaptation of the globally popular “Naruto” franchise will open the new AIIA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in the capital’s Shibuya Ward in March.
ANIME NEWS: ‘Princess Kaguya’ hits U.S. cinemas as it gears up ...
From "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" ((c) 2013 Hatake Jimusho・GNDHDDTK)
Studio Ghibli’s critically acclaimed feature “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” has opened in North American cinemas ahead of the U.S. film awards season.
Bandai in joint venture to launch overseas online anime streaming...
Bandai Namco Holdings Inc., Asatsu-DK Inc. (ADK) and Aniplex Inc. will jointly set up a new company to stream Japanese anime content overseas via the Internet.
ANIME NEWS: Animated 'Garo' series aiming for global audience
(c) 2014 “GARO THE ANIMATION” Keita Amemiya / Tohokushinsha
"Garo: The Animation" series is now streaming as part of an effort to capture the imagination of fans around the world.
ANIME NEWS: 'Rurouni Kenshin' trilogy passes 12-billion-yen mark...
Takeru Satoh, who plays the protagonist, Kenshin, in the "Rurouni Kenshin" film trilogy ((c) Nobuhiro Watsuki/ Shueisha, (c) 2012 "Rurouni Kenshin" Production Committee)
“Rurouni Kenshin,” a live-action film trilogy based on the manga of the same name, has surpassed the 12-billion-yen ($112.4 million) threshold at the Japanese box office.
ANIME NEWS: Sailor Moon alights on home turf in Azabu-Juban for...
 "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal" ((c) Naoko Takeuchi/ PNP/ KODANSHA/ TOEI ANIMATION)
The Azabu-Juban shopping district in Tokyo’s Minato Ward is hosting a stamp-print collecting event to mark the release in October of a special Blu-ray edition of the first...
ANIME NEWS: Satoshi Kon retrospective to open Oct. 29 at Tokyo...
Satoshi Kon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An exhibition honoring legendary director, screenwriter and animation artist Satoshi Kon will run from Oct. 29 through Jan. 25 at the Suginami Animation Museum in Tokyo.