To celebrate 400 years of diplomacy between Japan and Spain, 46-year-old Takehiko Inoue-- the creator of of Slam Dunk,Vagabond, Real andother celebrated manga -- has been appointed as one of three goodwill ambassadors to Spain by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, to serve from now until July 31 of 2014.
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
So why not celebrate your inner magical girl with one of the best action figures of the year: The S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon figure!
In celebration of Eiichiro Oda's pirate manga achieving more than 345 million combined volumes of manga in print worldwide, America's link to the material, publisher Viz Media, has released a digital One Piece Restrospective.
The 72-year-old filmmaker and artist announced plans to retire from directing at Studio Ghibli earlier this year, but that isn't keeping him from writing and illustrating a new manga series about samurai in Japan's Warring States era. He hasn't even been paid for the currently unnamed work yet. Japanese TV network NHK snagged some footage of Miyazaki working on the comic, and you can take a look at some screenshots. So far, it seems as rich and detailed as anything he's ever worked on.
In the pirate-filled world of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and anime series, gulping down a piece of the legendary Devil Fruit grants eaters phenomenal powers -- an ultra-stretchy body, becoming a living skeleton, generating limitless appendages out of thin air --- but strips them of the ability to swim. So fans will probably be pleased to discover 7-11 stores in Japan are selling a sweet bun version of OP star Luffy's Gum Gum Fruit filled with whipped cream and blueberry jam with none of the potentially career-ending side effects.
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 CrayonShin-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!
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