Sanrio's Hello Kitty and Bandai's long-running die-cast Chogokin toy line are both turning 40 next year, so they're commemorating the occasion the only way that makes sense: teaming up for a righteous Hello Kitty mech action figure that, among other things, shoots rocket fists like Mazinger Z.
Longtime on-demand anime streaming powerhouse Crunchyroll is entering the "simulpub" manga business in a big way this week with a new monthly digital comics subscription service. The Web, iOS and Android compatible service is kicking off with a set of 12 Kodansha titles translated for English readers in 170 countries the same day the material debuts in its native Japan. The first wave of material in the service includes Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Space Brothers, UQ Holder!, A Town Where You Live, Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches, My Wife is Wagatsuma-San and Coppelion. What's more, Crunchyroll says even more manga is yet to come.
A lot of people hadn't heard about artist Jiro Kuwata's mid-1960s manga adaptation of Batman until the 2008 release of Chip Kidd's book Bat-Manga!, which included translated excerpts of the work, but didn't collect the full story (or include Kuwata's name on the cover).
Now, Kuwata's Batman stories, which originally ran in the magazines Weekly Shōnen King and Shōnen Gahō, has finally been collected, in full, in a three volume box set from Japanese publisher Shogakukan Creative.
The story of two young girls interacting with friendly spirits in post war rural Japan, My Neighbor Totoro is perhaps the most beloved movie in the career of iconic animator and film director Hayao Miyazaki. And to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release, Viz Media is inviting you to revisit the classic story in a new format, as this week the publisher will release My Neighbor Totoro: The Novel, featuring watercolor art by Miyazaki.
I know almost nothing about Yoshito Usui's Crayon Shin-chan because anime is for nerds, but from what I gather, it involves a lot of butts. So many butts, in fact, that an enterprising Japanese confectioner has released a snack kit where you can make pudding in the shape of both the lead character's face and a slightly disturbing disembodied ass, which you can then eat.
Why exactly you would want to do this, I am not sure, but I will admit that when it's all together, itdoes look pretty delicious. Check out a video detailing the entire process below!
Try as most may to achieve the billowy bird hair sported by Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT stars, it's no cakewalk to train your 'do up to Saiyan -- to say nothing of Super Saiyan -- strength. Bandai Premium thinks it can help, however, with its official new Dragon Ball Z hair wax.
Are you video game prey or are you the video game hunter? On December 5 Attack on Titan fans in Japan can ponder this question while fighting to protect humankind's walled stronghold from grotesque man-eating giants in Spike Chunsoft's Attack on Titan: Humanity's Last Wings on Nintendo 3DS. Announced a few months back, Famitsu has unveiled new screen shots from the game based on Hajime Isayama's AoT manga and its corresponding anime series.
Legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, but Disney is ensuring he's going out big in the United States as well as his native Japan. A subtitled release of what's reportedly his final film, The Wind Rises, will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles November 8-14 to make the movie eligible for Oscar contention, Variety reports.
Having originally run in the '90s, in some ways Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon serves as a marker of the decade's anime, manga and even cosplay aesthetic. But what if Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter and the rest had debuted during the era of rocket ship and death ray-laden sci-fi? Abigail L. Dela Cruz has imagined just this sort of Sailor Scouts assemblage, which dons five of the crew in translucent sparkly fabrics, chunky space helmets with shiny visors, ringed gloves and boots, plus radio antennas and ray guns aplenty. Check out Dela Cruz's first batch of retro-style Sailor Scouts (and cross your fingers that she'll eventually get to Tuxedo Mask) after the cut.