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The Tokyo Police Department Teams With ‘Patlabor’ For A Recruitment Drive, Will Probably Not Let You Actually Have A Mecha

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department/Patlabor recruitment poster

For those of you planning on permanently relocating to Japan to take advantage of their readily available Kamen Rider churros and Attack on Titan deca-decker cheeseburgers, we have some good news on the job front! It seems that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is in need of some stalwart crimefighters to hit the streets, and to get the word out about their latest recr

uitment drive, they're teaming up with the producers of the upcoming The Next Generation -Patlabor- movie.

I can't read Japanese, but I can only assume this poster means that they're recruiting for the division of the police that cruise around in giant robots battling giant robot crime. If that is, in fact, the case, I doubt they'll have any trouble meeting their recruitment quota.

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‘Akira’ Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Draws Astro Boy For Anime Industry Magazine [Art]

Anime Busience Katsuhiro Otomo Astro Boy main
Anime Busience

The business journal Anime Busience has scored another coup with its cover art for its spring 2014 issue, landing a gorgeous image of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy drawn by none other than Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo.

The magazine's two previous issues have featured a Space Battleship Yamato cover by by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and an Akira cover by Evangelion character designer Yushiyuki Sadamoto.

Check out Otomo's full cover image after the jump!

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Why The Arlong Park Sequence In ‘One Piece’ Is The Greatest Comic Book Fight Scene Of All Time [Opinion]

One Piece by Echiro Oda

Listen, I realize that I'm a little late to the party when it comes to Echiro Oda's One Piece. It's literally the best-selling manga of all time, but I've only just gotten into it over the past few months, on the recommendation of former CA writer David Brothers. I was hooked right away -- the book's signature mix of action, character, slapstick comedy and insanely over-the-top violence was fantastic right from the start, blending in a way that I find completely irresistible.

Then I got to volume 10, and the characters arrived in Arlong Park for a single fight scene that literally lasted for over 250 pages. And as someone who loves fight comics, I can say pretty confidently that it is quite possibly the best fight scene I have ever seen in comics. Not in manga, in all of comics. And believe me, I've seen a lot of 'em.

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New ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Trailer Looks Like A Fairly Faithful Adaptation Of ‘All You Need Is Kill’ [Video]

Edge Of Tomorrow
Warner Bros.

Imagine what would happen if Groundhog Day and Halo had a baby, and you'd get something that looks a lot like the Japanese light novel/manga All You Need Is Kill.

Now imagine that story being pretty faithfully adapted into a movie that stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. (With the key difference of the lead characters in the manga being teenagers and Cruise being an ageless robot man.) That's what Edge of Tomorrow kind of looks like, at least going by the new trailer that went up today.

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‘Dragon Ball Z’ Android 17 Joins His Sister In The S.H. Figuarts Line

Android 17 S.H. Figuarts

Ever since Bandai's S.H. Figuarts version of Android 18 from Dragon Ball Z went on preorder, fans knew it was only a matter of time before her brother Android 17 joined the plastic party. Well, the time has come. Starting today fans can preorder the web-exclusive S.H. Figuarts Android 17 for ¥4104 (about $40.14 USD), and expect to get it by September. Bluefin Tamashii Nations has announced that it'll be bringing the figure to the US in October for $39.99, though, so fans don't have to sweat international shipping unless they're just itching to get it a few weeks before anyone else.

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‘One Piece’ And ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Throw Down In Real Life For The Best Video Game Ad Ever

Goku vs. Monkey D. Luffy art installation for J-Stars Victory Vs.

Apologies to anyone in marketing who might be reading this, but video game ads don't usually do much to get me excited. I think the last one that really made an impact was the one for Saints Row IV where they misspelled the name of the game and then went back to correct it all while blaring dubstep, and showing you explosions, but even that wasn't exactly "memorable," you know?

Now imagine that you're heading over to the department store, thinking about picking up a new video game, and you round the corner to see Goku from Dragon Ball Z and Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece in the middle of a life-sized brawl that has shattered the street, snapped a lamppost and flipped a car. Well, if you're heading to the Shibuya Parco store in Tokyo, that's exactly what you'll see, as an awesome promo for the upcoming J-Stars Victory Vs. And it is awesome.

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Gundam Model Kits And More Toys Coming To Barnes and Noble In April

Barnes and Noble Gunpla

Is some kind of action figure model kit renaissance in on the horizon? First Bandai America announces its upcoming Sprukits line (which includes importing Japan's LBX buildable robot warriors, plus new DC Comics and Halo characters) and now Bandai Japan distributor Bluefin has announced that Barnes and Noble is set to start selling Gundam model kits a.k.a. GunPla in its 400+ U.S. retail locations and its online store beginning in April.

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Toy Review: The ‘Attack On Titan’ Colossal Titan Nendoroid Action Figure [Video]

Attack on Titan Nendoroid review

Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open the latest and/or just greatest action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing Good Smile Company's Colossal Titan Nendoroid from Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga and anime adaptation. We were intrigued when the toy was initially announced, and picked one up to see if it could measure up to the man-eating expectations it promised as not only a standalone figure, but also a toy packed with a suitably sizable environment ripe for the smashing (and simulated eating). You can watch our full review after the jump to see what we thought of the new figure.

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‘Attack On Titan’ 10-Patty Cheeseburgers Have Hit Japan, What Are We Even Doing Here In America?

Attack On Titan hamburgers

Despite its popularity, I have yet to actually read/watch Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan, a series about teens with swords and crazy zipline harnesses protecting their walled city from human-eating giants who look like Mr. Body. As I have said so many times, anime is for nerds, bro, but today, I am suddenly interested in finding out everything I can about the show. Why? Because whatever it is, it has resulted in Japan developing a ten-patty hamburger that sells for $20, along with a keychain and a drink.

"Heart Attack On Titan" jokes aside, the development of the massive tower of meat, available at the Lotteria fast food chain starting today, represents a clear challenge to the people of America. Find out more below!

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New ComicWalker Digital Manga Service To Offer Free Manga Starting March 22

Comic Walker
Comic Walker

A mondo medley of both new and already high profile manga series are about to be available digitally for free by way of Japanese publisher Kadokawa. Launching on PC and mobile devices via an app on March 22, Kadokawa's new ComicWalker service will come stocked with scads of titles in Japanese, Chinese and English including Sgt. Frog, Gundam: The Origin and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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