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Students, instructors struggle to continue Japanese language...
Students enrolled in the Japanese language course at the University of Damascus pose for a photo in the Syrian capital on May 13. (Takaharu Yagi)
DAMASCUS--Syrian students were explaining their problems when the sound of an explosion echoed through the capital of the war-torn country.
Hello Kitty goes Hollywood with animated feature blockbuster...
The Hello Kitty balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo)
Sanrio Co.’s ubiquitous bobtail cat Hello Kitty is set to star in her own Hollywood blockbuster.
ANIME NEWS: Taiwan celebrates 25 years of ‘Chibi Maruko-chan’
A scene from "Chibi Maruko-chan" ((c) Sakura Production/ Nippon Animation)
The 25th anniversary of the popular TV anime series “Chibi Maruko-chan” is being celebrated in Taiwan with a huge event in Taipei that has been attracting thousands of fans ...
ANIME NEWS: Red-hot 'Yo-kai Watch' film sequel timed to hit...
An illustration from the first "Yo-kai Watch The Movie" ((c) LMYWP2014)
The widely anticipated second feature film adaptation of the red-hot "Yo-kai Watch" anime and video-game franchise will hit Japanese cinemas on Dec. 19, it has been confirmed.
ANIME NEWS: New musical production of 'Sailor Moon' to premiere in ...
The cast of a musical production of "Sailor Moon" attend a news conference in Tokyo in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sailor Moon fans will be in for a treat when a new musical production of "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" premieres Sept. 18 in Tokyo.
Tsunehiro Uno: 'Gundam' gets real by embracing confusion
"Gundam Reconguista in G" ((c) SOTSU・SUNRISE・MBS)
Director Yoshiyuki Tomino's latest offering in the long-running Gundam robot-anime series is still causing controversy months after ending its run in March.
ANIME NEWS: 'To All the Corners of the World' coming to big screen ...
Director Sunao Katabuchi talks about his film at an event held in Tokyo's Odaiba district on May 5. (Atsushi Ohara)
The animated feature film adaptation of Fumiyo Kono’s "To All the Corners of the World" will hit cinemas in 2016, after the project had the largest number of supporters in an ...
ANIME NEWS: Kadokawa Corp. to build 'Cool Japan' cultural hub in...
Kadokawa Corp. President Masaki Matsubara (Provided by Kadokawa Corp.)
The creation of a museum dedicated to “Cool Japan” pop culture trends has been debated on a governmental level for years, but the project has yet to move forward...
ANIME NEWS: Film industry group to introduce new video streaming...
Toei Group chairman Yusuke Okada, center, Toho-Towa Co. president Hiroyasu Matsuoka, second from right, and others announce the formation of the Japan Contents Group in Tokyo's Minato Ward on May 29. (Kazuki Yoshikawa)
Twenty-nine companies have banded together to form the Japan Contents Group, an organization that will introduce a new video streaming service later this year.
ANIME NEWS: Warner Bros. to release 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' on...
(c) Hirohiko Araki & Lucky Land Communications/ Shueisha/ JoJo's Bizarre Adventure SC Production Committee
An animated TV series adaptation of Hirohiko Araki’s long-running manga, “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” will be released on DVD in North America on July 28.
Anime fan opens gallery to show off collection of vintage, modern...
Masao Wakafuji’s vast collection is on display at his toy museum in Toon, Ehime Prefecture. (Ami Nomura)
TOON, Ehime Prefecture--A retired postal worker with a passion for anime and “tokusatsu” (special effects) live-action movies and TV shows has opened a gallery to display...
ANIME NEWS: 'Lupin III' anime series returns after 30-year hiatus
Master thief Lupin the Third, right, and his buddy Daisuke Jigen in a scene from the anime’s latest TV adaptation that started airing this spring in Italy ((c) TMS)
“Lupin the Third” will make a long-awaited return to television screens when a new anime adaptation of the manga series will be broadcast this fall. It will be the first...
ANIME NEWS: Oshii pushes the envelope with live-action 'Tokyo...
Director Mamoru Oshii (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A live-action suspense thriller helmed by renowned anime director Mamoru Oshii will hit Japanese theaters on July 25.
ANIME NEWS: Japanese manga earn 6 nominations for 2015 Eisner...
Moyoco Anno (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Naoki Urasawa’s "Master Keaton" was among the six Japanese titles that dominated the nominations for Best U.S. Edition of International Material--Asia category at the 2015...
ANIME NEWS: Manga on a plate at concierge-manned comic-book cafe
Takafumi Horie (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Are you a novice who doesn't know your "Dragon Ball" from your "Golgo 13"? Or a diehard manga fan who has run out of ideas of what to read next? Either way, a new manga cafe...
ANIME NEWS: 'Monster Strike' app to get TV series and Nintendo...
A screen shot of "Monster Strike" (Provided by mixi Inc.)
The more than 20 million people in Japan who play the "Monster Strike" mobile game will be in for a real thrill later this year when an animated TV series adaptation hits the...
ANIME NEWS: Rare screening of Japanese films in Shanghai packs...
Takeru Sato plays the protagonist, Kenshin, in the "Rurouni Kenshin" film trilogy. ((c) Nobuhiro Watsuki/ Shueisha, (c) 2012 "Rurouni Kenshin" Production Committee)
Two films in the "Rurouni Kenshin" historical adventure trilogy were among seven Japanese offerings that recently wowed moviegoers in China.
ANIME NEWS: 20 cities to host Gunpla Builders World Cup
Plastic models of robots from "Mobile Suit Gundam," collectively known as Gunpla, are on display at the Axis Iolite bar in Osaka's Chuo Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Gunpla Builders World Cup 2015 will take place in about 20 cities across the world to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the “Mobile Suit Gundam” robot anime franchise.
ANIME NEWS: Director Yonebayashi wins big at 24th Japan Movie...
Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hiromasa Yonebayashi was named best director for his film “When Marnie was There” while “Expelled From Paradise” took home the best picture award in the animation...
ANIME NEWS: Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition offers alternative...
The original version of "Me! Me! Me!" by Hibiki Yoshizaki (Provided by Dwango Co.)
Two films produced for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition have proven to be such runaway hits that the streaming video website has now released two alternative versions of the...