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25 May 14:26

"Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]" Rin and Saber Casual Dresses Go On Sale


In Tokyo from July 25-28 at Ikebukuro Sunshine City and then in Kobe from August 21-23, a Fate/stay night[Unlimited Blade Works] -Holy Grail’s Atrium exhibit will present life-sized Rin and Archer figures and recreations of scenes such as Archer's summoning, the school hill and the Caster battle. Character goods markers Cospa has announced plans to exhibit Cospatio label cosplay outfits of Rin and Sabers' casual outfits at the event. These will ship in August.


Plainclothes saber outfit - 34,560yen with taxes

[Set Contents]
-Chest ribbon
-Hair ribbon

Rin hair ornaments 5,184yen

Rin casual cutsew - 12,960yen

Rin skirt - 11,880yen

Cospa is also selling a long sleeve, glow-in-the-dark "trace on" t-shirt for  4,104yen

Meanwhile, the event will be selling limited Archer t-shirts and "Trace On" boxer shorts




Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

22 May 15:00

Misconceptions about Disney - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 28)

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A weekly show where we debunk common misconceptions. This week, Elliott discusses some misconceptions about Disney, the man and the company!

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22 May 14:00

Distant Star: Revenant Fleet - Promising yet Unpolished - James Recommends

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James Recommends Distant Star: Revenant Fleet, a game that puts you in control of a small fleet as you fight your way across randomly generated maps to see the story to its end. The mixture of roguelike elements with aspects of RTS design makes the game a fascinating hybrid, but one that's unfortunately held back by minor flaws. Those flaws provide an opportunity for game designers to study and learn how small oversights can chip away at the player's otherwise good experience.

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22 May 05:47

Gentosha Publishes "Jeweled Corridors" Art Book by Lily Hoshino



Gentosha - a Japanese publisher that specializes in manga, web comics, and literary magazines - is publishing an illustration art book entitled Jeweled Corridors that features new and previously unreleased artwork by Lily Hoshino.



Lily Hoshino is a manga artist famous for her "boy's love" comics and her gender-bending character designs. She's probably most famous in the west as the author of Otome Yōkai Zakuro and the character designer for Penguindrum.


Jeweled Corridors sells for 3024 yen ($24.99 US). The book is available from online retailers such as Amazon Japan beginning May 29, 2015.




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22 May 07:45

Range Murata Draws "Creamy Mami" for Anime Busience Magazine


Genco's quarterly anime business magazine Anime Busience has featured illustrations by popular anime/manga artists on its covers, such as Hideaki Anno (vol.1), Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (vol.2), Katsuhiro Otomo (vol.3), Atsushi Takeuchi (vol.4), Kousuke Fujishima (vol.5), and Akihiro Yamada (vol.6).


Japanese illustrator Range Murata, who is well known for his character design works for Blue Submarine No.6, LAST EXILE, and Shangri-La, provides his newly-drawn illustration of Studio Pierrot's magical girl anime series in the mid-1980s, Magical Angel Creamy Mami, for the latest 7th issue. The 1,851-yen issue is now available on, Amazon Japan, and Toranoana stores.



7th issue cover © Pierrot



Past issues:


Hideaki Anno/Space Battleship Yamato (vol.1), Yoshiyuki Sadamoto/AKIRA (vol.2)



Katsuhiro Otomo/Astro Boy (vol.3), Atsushi Takeuchi/The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (vol.4)



Kousuke Fujishima/Urusei Yatsura (vol.5), Akihiro Yamada/Devilman (vol.6)


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21 May 14:33

Magazines to Feature "Squid Girl" Author's "Splatoon" Tributes


At last June's E3, Nintendo unveiled Splatoon and it immediately caught the attention of one Mr. Masahiro Anbe, author of manga series Squid Girl. And, as he put it, he had to draw an Inkling. Now, his enthusiasm is being acknowledged with next week's Shonen Champion manga magazine and Famitsu gaming mag set to carry official tributes by Anbe.



— アサクラ=サン (@asakura03) May 20, 2015


Anbe's earlier, Tweeted tributes


— 安部真弘 (@masahiro_lemon) June 10, 2014


— 安部真弘 (@masahiro_lemon) June 18, 2014


— 安部真弘 (@masahiro_lemon) November 7, 2014


— 安部真弘 (@masahiro_lemon) April 2, 2015



Elswhere, Yozakura Quartet and artist on the Durarara!! light novels also shared his take on Inkling art

指のウォーミングアップ落書き、スプラトゥーンの子 あのデフォルメ具合超しぶい、発売楽しみ・・・

— ヤスダスズヒト (@suzupin) May 17, 2015


via Famitsu


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

20 May 21:11

Country Music: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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Country music is awesome! BUT there’s a weird stigma attached to even the best country music and we at Idea Channel want to understand why. Not only is it’s appeal massive, but it in some respects is keeping the record business afloat! And when it comes to music, who better to walk you from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks on a dusty saddle than the one and only wild wild west wrangler Mike Rugnetta? Join us on this week’s episode of Idea Channel for a look at this much maligned but all together wonderful genre of music, why it might be misunderstood and how country music went from twanging banjos to pop music with a drawl (no pickup truck needed).

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20 May 19:34

Fire Emblem If Is Getting A Limited Prepaid Card For 7-Eleven In Japan

by Sato

Those that purchase either version of Fire Emblem If along with a starter deck for Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher) will get a Fire Emblem If Nanaco Card.

Read Fire Emblem If Is Getting A Limited Prepaid Card For 7-Eleven In Japan on Siliconera!

20 May 18:03

Classic RPG Daikaijū Monogatari Translated Into English 20 Years After Original Release

by Chris Priestman

Dynamic Designs has released the English patch for classic turn-based RPG Daikaijū Monogatari 20 years after it was originally released.

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20 May 13:59

Paid Mods - Should Game Mods be Sold? - Extra Credits

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Valve's attempt to introduce a marketplace onto the Steam Workshop raises questions about the effect paid mods would have on the mod community and the game companies themselves. The modders get only a small percentage of sales, but that percentage is still better than the cost of licensing the game's brand or engine. Game developers must consider the risks of legal action if a modder sells content using copyrighted or trademarked material, because even if they had no direct hand in the content's creation, the fact that they make money from it may open them to lawsuits. It could also drive down the interest in DLC even further while driving up the demands on customer service, since players may have mistake bugs caused by their mods for bugs in the main game.

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20 May 00:35

KFC Puts Keyboards In Trays So Greasy Chicken Fingers Can Keep Texting

by Sean Buckley

Kentucky Fried Chicken in Germany just cooked up the weirdest fast-food techno-marketing stunt. For a week, restaurants lined their serving trays with disposable Bluetooth keyboards instead of paper liners. Not even joking.


19 May 20:02

Fire Emblem Art Special To Be Included With Next Nintendo Dream Magazine

by Sato

With Fire Emblem If releasing next month in Japan, the upcoming issue of Japan's Nintendo Dream magazine will be a special edition feature on the series.

Read Fire Emblem Art Special To Be Included With Next Nintendo Dream Magazine on Siliconera!

19 May 20:46

"Persona 4: Dancing All Night" to Get Down with Human Teddie and Margaret


We needed dancing M Bearson.

We've seen a handful of character trailers for Persona 4: Dancing All Night, but those aren't the only players joining in on the rhythm game action. According to the latest issue of Famitsu you'll be able to play as Teddie without his costume, and Margaret will be unlockable for Free Dance mode.



The magazine also detailed some of the downloadable content. While no date or price was announced, the first batch of DLC will include Culture Festival Girls Clothes + Wakame Set and a Persona 4: The Animation/Persona 4 Golden: The Animation song set as paid DLC, with Teddie's President Costume from Persona 4 Arena and the "Shadow World" song available as free DLC. 



Persona 4: Dancing All Night hits PS Vita in Japan on June 25, with a western release to follow.


Via Gematsu



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His first mini-comic, SLIME, is now available. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

20 May 13:17

Bowser Joins Nintendo of America As VP Of Sales

by Ishaan

The jokes write themselves.
I will start:

They hired Bowser you say. That explains the Amiibo shortages.

Nintendo of America have hired Doug Bowser, formerly of Electronic Arts, as their Vice-President of Sales.

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19 May 23:30

A Look Back at the Team-Up Between "My Love Story!!" and "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"


Kazune Kawahara and Aruko's award-winning My Love Story!! manga launched in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret in October 2011 (technically in Betsuma Sister with a 100-page special before moving into the main magazine). Today is the fourth anniversary of the May 19th launch of JoJolion, the eighth part of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, in Shueisha's Ultra Jump. Believe it or not, these Shueisha classmates once teamed up, along the lines of the new JoJo's x Terraformars promotion!


In late 2013, leading into last year's Betsuma 50th anniversary, the two launched a co-promotion in which My Love Story!! leads Takeo Gōda and Rinko Yamato dressed as Jojolion's Josuke Higashikata and Yasuho Hirose, displayed on the Shueisha building in Jinbocho and distributed at Shibuya Parco.


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ひぃ #ジョジョ#ジョジョリオン#東方定助#広瀬康穂#俺物語‼︎#まさかのコラボ

A photo posted by おはる (@ohapan2) onFeb 28, 2014 at 1:34am PST


Jojo author Hirohiko Araki also contributed to Bessatsu Margaret's anniversary tribute art collection


via Jojolion + Assasinationclassroom Channel and matome.naver summary



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

19 May 21:20

Douglas Adams' Holistic Detective Comes To Comics For The First Time!

by James Whitbrook

Sure, the Marvel comics universe might be exploding in this week’s batch of Secret Wars comics, but Dirk Gently himself is heading off on comic book adventures in this week’s releases — and so does Mad Max: Fury Road! Come check them out, and more, in this week’s guide to the coolest new comics.


19 May 18:01

Mighty No. 9 PC Beta To Be Taken Down Tomorrow

by Ishaan

One last day to try the beta build on Steam.

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19 May 10:14

Margaret Is Playable In Persona 4: Dancing All Night’s Free Dance Mode

by Sato

Upon meeting certain conditions, you’ll unlock Margaret as part of the game’s Free Dance mode.

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19 May 06:09

New Super Robot Taisen Game To Be Revealed For 3DS This Week

by Ishaan

This week’s issue of Famitsu magazine will reveal a new Super Robot Taisen game for the Nintendo 3DS.

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15 May 19:17

Graph: Which Game of Thrones episode corresponds to which book chapter

by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9

This is God’s work. Or at the very least, the work of a Grand Maester. Joeltronics made this very useful graph that shows which episode of Game of Thrones the TV show corresponds to which chapter and which book in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (aka the Game of Thrones books). That way you know what’s been shown when and what’s been omitted in the story.


18 May 23:00

Otaku Counter-Protest Against a Hate Speech Demonstration in Akihabara

by sdshamshel

I’ve written about a bit off recent news involving an anti-foreigner demonstration in Japan, and the way that otaku mobilized to counter it. You can check it out at the Waku Waku +NYC blog.


18 May 19:18

Animator Expo Announces Second Short From Moyocco Anno


The Japan Animator Expo showcase of shorts presented by Dwango and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara has announced that its 23rd entry returns to work of accomplished manga artist (and Hideaki Anno's wife) Moyoco Anno, for an adaptation of her Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen


A stop-motion adaptation of The Diary of Ochibi was the 18th short.


About the episode 22 “Memoirs of amorous gentlemen”

Original Comic Moyoco Anno
Music Shiro Sagisu
Production Cork Inc.

About the Pervert.....
are people who know the true shape of their desires.
They have carefully traced those contours…
like a blind man using both hands to measure the shape…

In the early time of 20th era in Paris.Colette act in brothel without escape with coworker.
She had spent every day for satisfy the desires of the many customers.

For her, life is stuffy.She feels only hope that by the time of tryst with lovely Leon.
But Colette don’t get feeling surely that he really loves her……
Women living strong in the closed paradise.and [Memoirs of amorous gentlemen] reveal desire of yourselves.
Love and desire are crossed, Welcome to the beautiful and mysterious castle.


The episode of "Memoirs of amorous gentlemen" will be digitally distributed on the official website of Japan Anima (tor)’s Exhibition on Friday May 22nd, 2015.



Animator Expo also announced the "closing of the first season" at 24:00 on May 31 (JST). After a "Japan Anima (tor)'s Exhibition - as a trace -" send-off on Niconico, the following first season titles will expire.


#1 The Dragon Dentist
#3 ME!ME!ME!
#4 Carnage
#5 Yoshikazu Yasuhiko & Ichiro Itano: Collection of KeyAnimation Films
* The opening period of #5 is already over.
#6 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining
Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed
#7 until You come to me.
#8 Tomorrow from there
#9 Denkou Choujin Gridman boys invent great hero
#12 evangelion:Another Impact (Confidential)



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

18 May 10:45

Persona 4: Dancing All Night Shows Its Characters Jamming With Real-Life Headsets

by Sato

Yu and co. sporting the Denon headsets that are included in the game as part of a collaboration.

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17 May 09:10

Hirohiko Araki's Short Manga "Under Execution, Under Jailbreak" Gets Stage Play Adaptation


It is confirmed today that a stage play adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's 1995 short manga Shikei Shikkou-chu Datsugoku Shinkou-chu (Under Execution, Under Jailbreak) is in the works. This is the first stage play adaptation of a manga work by Araki, who is best known as the creator of the long-running JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. It will be performed at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from November 20 to 29, 2015.


30-year-old dancer/actor Mirai Moriyama will play the lead. He recently performed in two plays inspired by Osamu Tezuka, TeZukA in 2012 and Pluto (based on the remake by Naoki Urasawa) early this year, both were choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Among anime fans, he is also known as the voice of Jesus Christ in the anime adaptations of Hikaru Nakamura comedy manga Saint Young Men.


The short was published in the 2nd issue of Shueisha's Super Jump magazine in 1995. The story centers

on a condemned criminal No. 27. His cell is decorated like a first-class hotel. But in attempt to escape,

he comes to understand the cell itself is his execution room.



"Shikei Shikkou-chu Datsugoku Shinkou-chu" short story collection bunko edition cover



Source: Sports Hochi


© Shueisha Inc.


17 May 00:00

Dark Horse Manga Licenses "I Am A Hero," "Danganronpa," New Sci-Fi From the Author of "Berserk" and CLAMP's "RG Veda"


North American publisher Dark Horse had a slate of new manga licenses to announced at this weekend's Anime Central convention that included  Kengo Hanazawa’s award-winning zombie manga I am a Hero, set to be released in special omnibus volumes that will  each collect two of the original Japanese books, as well as the adaptation of murder mystery game series Danganronpa, manga team CLAMP's professional debut, RG Veda, and Berserk author Kentaro Miura's 2013 far-future sci-fi gladiator versus monsters Giganto Maxia.


Stay tuned for more on this exciting manga!



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.


16 May 14:23

Africa: Zulu Empire I - Shaka Zulu Becomes King - Extra History

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With no written records from the Zulus themselves, historians and anthropologists have pieced together their history from a smattering of sources. We first learn of the Zulu as a minor tribe of the Bantu people, living in South Africa. Shaka Zulu, the man who would organize them into an empire, was born the illegitimate son of a Zulu king. He was sent away with his mother Nandi to grow up in her tribe, the Langeni, but he eventually caught the attention of Dingiswayo, the leader of another powerful tribe called the Mtethwa. Appointed as the leader of a squadron called an ibutho, Shaka developed new tactics including a short "iklwa" fighting spear and a simple but effective military maneuever called "the Bull Horn." When his father died, Shaka - now a successful military leader - returned with Dingiswayo's backing to assassinate the rightful heir and assume control of his native tribe. Just a year later, though, the neighboring Ndwandwe tribe murdered Dingiswayo and Shaka vowed revenge on their leader, Zwide. He then launched a bloody war that, combined with the strains created by European colonization, led to the Mefacane, or the Crushing.

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16 May 15:20

David Lynch Rejoins Showtime's Twin Peaks Revival!

by Cheryl Eddy

YOU GUYS! Don’t scare us like that again! According to a flurry of Twitter reassurances last night, though, looks everyone has made nice (and there will be more than the originally-announced nine episodes!) Put back all that garmonbozia and commence with the pie and coffee binge.


15 May 11:30

VIDEO: Trailer for "Code Geass: Akito the Exiled" 4th Chapter


The official website for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled today posted a 70-second trailer for the upcoming fourth chapter "Nikushimi no Kioku Kara" (From the Memories of Hatred), which is scheduled to be released in Japan on July 4. The third chapter  "Kagayaku Mono Ten Yori Otsu" (The Shining One Falls from Heaven) has been screened since May 2, ranking a very good 10th in its first weekend.


Though originally planned as a four-chapter series, it was announced on the premiere day of the third chapter that the fifth chapter titled "Itoshiki Monotachi e" (To Beloved) was already in the works as the final installment of the series for a 2015 fall release.



Chapter 4 "Nikushimi no Kioku Kara" trailer


Key visual




Chapter 1: "Yokuryuu wa Maiorita" (The Wyvern Arrives)



Chapter 2: "Hikisakareshi Yokuryuu" (The Torn-Up Wyvern)



Chapter 3: "Kagayaku Mono Ten Yori Otsu" (The Shining One Falls from Heaven)



Source: "Code Geass: Akito the Exiled" official website


©SUNRISE/PROJECT G-AKITO Character Design ©2006-2011 CLAMP,ST


14 May 19:33

Fire Emblem If Developers On What’s New In This Game

by Sato

"There will be more freedom in customizing your own character than there was in Fire Emblem Awakening," says Fire Emblem If director Kohei Maeda.

Read Fire Emblem If Developers On What’s New In This Game on Siliconera!

14 May 13:06

Iggy, Dio Brando, And More Revealed For JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

by Ishaan

Four more characters have been revealed for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven.

Read Iggy, Dio Brando, And More Revealed For JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven on Siliconera!