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Denkou Choujin Gridman Renewed Premium Version Figure Arrives!

Date: 2021-03-04
"Denkou Choujin Gridman (Gridman the Hyper Agent)" releases "THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman - TOKUSATSU EDITION", a new upgraded version with a premium color-finishing of the action figure "THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman". It is currently available for pre-order from the "Good Smile Company" official website. This upgraded version features meticulously painted finishing that accentuates each intricate detail to the maximum, making the figure similar to the giant robot prop used in the series. With the exception of God Zenon's chest emblem, every detail is finished in full colored premium painting as opposed to the previous regular edition that used decal stickers. "THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman - TOKUSATSU EDITION" is priced at 45,000JPY (tax included). Currently available for pre-order from the "Good Smile Company" official website and scheduled to ship in August. (C)Tsuburaya Productions
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"Dokodemo ODYSSEY" featuring Ono Daisuke's special performance & talks with Shimono Hiro, exclusively on ABEMA

"Lantis presents Ono Daisuke's Dokodemo ODYSSEY", the special program featuring the voice actor Ono Daisuke, known for Erwin Smith from "Attack on Titan", Matsuno Jyushimatsu from "Mr. Osomatsu", and etc., was streamed exclusively on ABEMA from 10:00 PM, on February 28, 2021. In addition to the talk show with Shimono Hiro, there will be a special live performance only available on the program. "Lantis presents Ono Daisuke's Dokodemo ODYSSEY" is the special program that was held as the Osaka performance of "ONO DAISUKE 2021: A SPACE ODYSSEY" was cancelled. Joining Ono Daisuke is Shimono Hiro, known as the voice of Agatsuma Zenitsu from "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", and they will have a talk corner to delve deeper into Ono's allure as a singer as well as a special performance by Ono that is limited to this program only. "Lantis presents Ono Daisuke's Dokodemo ODYSSEY" was streamed exclusively on ABEMA's "Anime LIVE Channel" from 10:00 PM, on February 28, 2021. (C)BANDAI NAMCO Arts Inc. All Rights Reserved.

'Laguna Ten Bosch X "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba' You can join The Demon Slayer Corps! An experience-oriented collaboration attraction will be available

From "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", a collaboration event with 'Laguna Ten Bosch', an amusement park in Aichi, will be held from March 6 to Jun 5, 2021. 'Tsuioku no Shiren Tanjirou no Tabiji (Mission to Reminisce Tanjirou's Journey)', an experience-oriented attraction to see the worldview of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", will be available. In the event, 'Tsuioku no Shiren Tanjirou no Tabiji', an experience-oriented attraction to see the worldview of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", will be available at 'Celosia Hall' of 'Laguna Ten Bosch Lagunasia'. The attraction recreates Tanjirou's journey within 5 areas: 'Hajimari no Fuji no Yama', 'Saisyu Senbetsu', 'Genwaku no Shiren', 'Oni no Sumu Yashiki', and 'Kumo no Mori'. The visitors challenge the training facility based on 'Tanjirou's Journey' as a rookie of The Demon Slayer Corps. Moreover, as a sub-attraction, 'Tansaku no Shiren Kasugai Karasu no Denrei (Mission to Explore Message from Kasugai Crow)' will also be held. This is a sticker rally to explore the panels of The Demon Slayer Corps' characters (SD characters) that are patrolling around 'Lagunasia'. For the visitors that find all the characters and complete the sticker rally, an 'A5 Clear Folder' will be given as a novelty. Also, event exclusive goods with ufotable's original illustrations featuring Tanjirou and others in Marine-style costumes will be on sale. A collaboration menu featuring the characters will be offered at a restaurant in the park. If you order the menu, you will be given a coaster as a novelty item. 'Laguna Ten Bosch X "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" Tsuioku no Shiren Tanjirou no Tabiji' will be held from March 6 to Jun 5, 2021 at 'Laguna Ten Bosch' Lagunasia. (C)Gotouge Koyoharu / Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable

"Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story" - I will defeat you, Sieg Zion... A "Real Type" Versal Knight Gundam appeared in the 'METAL ROBOT TAMASHII'

From "Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story," a "Real Type" of the Versal Knight Gundam has appeared in the action figure series 'METAL ROBOT TAMASHII.' It is available for pre-order on 'Premium Bandai.' The product, "METAL ROBOT TAMASHII <SIDE MS> Versal Knight Gundam (Real Type ver.)" is a figure of the white knight given with the name of "Versal Knight," which is the highest position. Composed of the pearl and metallic painting on the armor and die-cast joints, it flows with an 'elegant' atmosphere. Also, by changing between a cape and the Knight Flyer, this is the product that you can reproduce various silhouettes. "METAL ROBOT TAMASHII <SIDE MS> Versal Knight Gundam (Real Type ver.)" is priced at 15,950 (Tax Incl.). It is available for pre-order on 'Premium Bandai.' Shipping is scheduled for Aug. 2021. (C) SOTSU/SUNRISE

"Armored Trooper Votoms" The smell of flames will cling to you -- "Votoms Exhibition" will be held in "Gallery of Hakaba"

"Armored Trooper Votoms Exhibitions" featuring "Armored Trooper Votoms" will be held from March 4 until March 14, in "Gallery of Hakaba", Nakano Broadway, Tokyo, and "Gallery of Hakaba" online store. "Armored Trooper Votoms" is a pioneer of the actual robot anime that has captured the hearts of the fan with its hard-boiled world setting. The serialization of "Armored Trooper Votoms Child God's Child Arc" has started in 2020, which proves that it is still a work that is loved worldwide. To commemorate the release of "Armored Trooper Votoms Blu-ray Perfect Soldier Box", consisting of 20 Blu-ray Discs that covers all the "Votoms" series, on February 25, "Armored Trooper Votoms Exhibitions" will be held in "Gallery of Hakaba", which will introduce the origin of the TV series. In the venue, you will be able to see the setting information, replicated original art, the diorama exhibition, as well as sale of new goods, like the T-shirts that featured "The guy from the Country of God" Rochina boldly. "Armored Trooper Votoms Exhibitions" will be held from March 4 until March 14, in "Gallery of Hakaba", Nakano Broadway, Tokyo, and "Gallery of Hakaba" online store. (C) Sunrise

A 3D Mousepad of "Rent-A-Girlfriend" has Appeared! Chizuru, Mami, Ruka, and Sumi... the "size" of the Mousepad Varies for Each Character

A 3D Mousepad of the four heroines including Mizuhara Chizuru from the TV anime "Rent-A-Girlfriend" has appeared. It is available for pre-order at 'Hobby Stock.' The product "Rent-A-Girlfriend 3D Mousepad" is an item that is based on the new illustrations of the four heroines in their bikini outfits. Based on the "size" of each heroine including Mizuhara Chizuru, Nanami Mami, Sarashina Ruka, and Sakurasawa Sumi, the "volume" of each product varies. "Rent-A-Girlfriend 3D Mousepad" is priced at 4,000 JPY (Tax Excl.). They are available for pre-order at 'Hobby Stock,' and the sale of the product is scheduled for May 2021. Furthermore, "Rent-A-Girlfriend Hobby Stock Webshop Limited Edition," which includes a 'B2-sized Tapestry' of the illustrations used for the mousepads are available at 6,000 JPY (Tax Excl.) each. (C) Miyajima Reiji・Kodansha / "Rent-A-Girlfriend" Production Committee

"Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki" Mimimi smile while saying "I wanted to beat Aoi", but... Advance Cut-scenes of episode 8

The outline and advance cut-scenes of Lv. 8 "There are some problems that cannot be solved only with low-level characters" of the TV anime "Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki", broadcast on February 26, 2021, have been revealed. "Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki" is based on the light novel by Yaku Yuuki that has exceeded 1 million copies in circulation, and it has ranked in the top 10 of "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (Bunko Category)” (This Light Novel is Amazing [Paperbook Category]) for five consecutive years. Tomozaki Fumiya is a prominent gamer in Japan but is actually a loner high school student. With his motto "Life is a bad game", he encountered the academy’s perfect heroine, Hinami Aoi. Is life a bad game or a great game? Under the guidance of Hinami, the low tier character starts to conquer his life! The title for Lv.8 is "There are some problems that cannot be solved only by low-level characters". Mimimi looked odd after the student council election ended. At home, she studies until late at night and continues to work hard at her club activities from morning. Tama worries that she might break down someday, as she seems to be pushing herself harder than necessary. Tomozaki is also worryied about her as a partner during the election period. Fuuka, who is sensitive to others feelings, believe that the reason for Mimimi's over-exertion is due to Aoi. When Tomozaki manned up and talk to Mimimi regarding this, she only replied "I wanted to beat Aoi" while smiling. Tomozaki is speechless and unable to reply to her as he also has the same feelings... Lv. 8 "There are some problems that cannot be solved only by low-level characters" of "Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki" was broadcast at 9:00 PM, on February 26, 2021, on AT-X, TOKYO MX, and other channels. (C)Yaku Yuuki, Shogakukan/"Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki" Production Committee

Sailor Moon Eternal Releases Part 2 Movie Cutscenes!

Since opening on Feb. 11, cutscenes from "Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie Part 2" were released, displaying slice of life scenarios of the 4 Outer Sailor Guardians, Tomoe Hotaru (Super Sailor Saturn), Tenoh Haruka (Super Sailor Uranus), Kaioh Michiru (Super Sailor Neptune), Meioh Setsuna (Super Sailor Pluto). The first scene displays the four of them having dinner together surrounding a round table. A young Hotaru appears to be having fun while laughing in a lovely manner while Haruka, Michiru, and Setsuna stare at her tenderly with affection. Different from the usual serious demeanor when fighting as Sailor Guardians, this scene depicts a different, softer side of the characters. This next scene has Haruka holding Michiru's shoulder, who holds a bouquet of white roses in her hand. Haruka is wears a simple shirt combined with a large pearl necklace, while Michiru is dressed in a long one-piece designed with big rose patterns.This scene is composed well to show the characters exuding plenty of their stylish and elegant tastes. It is yet another of those beloved scenes in which the Sailor Guardians can be seen in fashionable plain clothing. Lastly, this memorable scene shows Haruka and Michiru staring seriously at a solar system hologram created by Hotaru, who concentrates effortfully with her eyes closed. What exactly is this hologram showing to them? "Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie Part 2" premiered on Feb. 11, 2021, and is currently being screened at theaters throughout Japan.

"The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter" An encounter with a mysterious fairy that got its LP stolen by a "lewd object"... Advance cut-scenes of episode 8

The outline and advance cut-scenes of episode 8 "A Little Girl's Wish" of the TV anime "The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter" (broadcast on February 26, 2021) have been released. "The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter" is based on the light novel series with the same name, written by Seto Meguru, and illustrated by Takehana Note, which is serialized by K Light Novel Book. The third son of the minor noble, Noir, who lost his job, was lucky enough to hear about the entrance of the legendary place "Hidden Dungeon", which is filled with a large number of rare beasts and items. He also obtained a skill that can "create, give, and edit skills". However, in order for him to use that skill, he will need to accumulate points by "eating delicious food", "doing sexual activities with an attractive person of the opposite sex", and other actions... The title for episode 8 is "A Little Girl's Wish". When Noir arrived at the 7th floor of the hidden dungeon, he encountered a mysterious fairy that looks just like the young Emma. After knowing that she got her LP stolen by a "lewd object", Noir accept her request in exchange for a treasure... Episode 8 "A Little Girl's Wish" of the TV anime "The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter" was broadcast at 2:25 AM, on February 26 2021, on "Animerism" of MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS, and other channels. (C) Seto Meguru, Kodansha/ The Production Committee Only I Can Enter

Key visual and PV of the spring anime "Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou." have been released. Broadcast starts on April 5

The broadcast date of TV anime "Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou." has been decided, and the new visual and PV have been released as well. This work will start broadcasting on April 5, 2021, on TOKYO MX, BS11, AT-X, and other channels. "Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou." is based on the light novel that is published by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko. It depicts the heart-warming, slow-going daily life of the high school girls, Sayu, who ran away from home due to certain circumstances, and Yoshida, who she happened to live together with. The new PV depicts the meeting of Sayu and Yoshida along with their heart-warming and slow-going cohabitation life. The voice of each character could be heard as well. TV anime "Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou." will start broadcasting on April 5, 2021, on TOKYO MX, BS11, AT-X, and other channels. (C) Shimesaba, Kadokawa/ "HigeHiro" Production Committee

"Armor Shop for Ladies & Gentlemen II" Manager Naden's room, who is passionate about erotic equipment !? Episode 8 Advanced Cutscene

From the TV anime "Armor Shop for Ladies & Gentlemen II", the synopsis and advance cutscene from episode 8 "Armor! Armor! Armor! A Chest Full of Armor!", which was broadcast on February 26, 2021 (Friday), has been released in advance.

Light Novel The Eminence in Shadow Gets an Anime Adaptation

Originating from the novel publishing website "Shosetsuka ni Naro", "The Eminence in Shadow" will be adapted into an anime. The anime will bear the same name of the original work, which is a light novel written by Aizawa Daisuke. The novel has won 1st place in the "2019 New Light Novel General Election" under the category of New Literature, in the Books Division, selling a total of 1 million copies. The protagonist Sid has always been obsessed with the idea of being an "eminence in shadow", not the protagonist neither the last boss, but a mob character who hides his true power, and secretly influences the story from the shadows. He gets the chance to re-enact his fantasy after being reincarnating in a different world. By the use of his overactive imagination, Sid in jest creates an imaginary evil organization to fight against, and subordinate girls who worship him. However, unbeknownst to him, he somehow becomes the actual eminence in the shadow, and his fabricated fantasies turns out be real. Sid must now lead the "Shadow Garden" which will destroy the darkness of the world. The voice cast, broadcast and other information regarding the TV adaptation of "The Eminence in Shadow" will be announced in the future. (c)Daisuke Aizawa Illustration: Touzai

A new frontier of Minase Inori? Playing the role of "Cow's butt"! "When I first heard about this, I was wondering how it could be done..."

Voice actress Minase Inori, known for her role as Rem in "Re: Life in a Different World from Zero" and Nakano Itsuki in "The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬", appeared in a promotion video for NTT DoCoMo's service "Mobile Ushionkei" that supports remote work for farmers. In this video, Minase plays a "cow's butt". "Mobile Ushionkei" is a delivery and estrus monitoring system aimed at dairy and livestock farmers to help check the health condition through a temperature sensor attached to the cow, which provides a lot of information such as " 24 hours before delivery", "time for water to break", and "estrous sign". This time, a promotional video to interest not only current users but also future dairy and livestock farmers has been released. In this video, Minase Inori took on the role of a new frontier called "cow's butt" and explains the merits of the system in an easy-to-understand manner. Please enjoy the mysterious view of the world delivered by the "cow butt" whose voice and movement are so cute. The promotion movie "Ushi no Shiri-chan" was released on the special website on February 26, 2021. Minase Inori ――Please tell us your honest impression when you were offered the role to play a cow's butt. "When I first heard about this, I was wondering how it could be done... There were a lot of images of cow butts in my head. I played my role thinking about what's this project's main feature and to what people is it aimed" ――Please tell us your impression when you first saw the video. "It is summarizing the hardships of cows and farmers' work, things you can learn at an agricultural school. There were many things I did not know, and it made me think about the delivery of cows. I think cow delivery is a very delicate and life-threatening thing, so I wish I could support it." ――Are there any key points to playing a cow's butt? "Before the start, I discussed what kind of character to go with, but in the end, as shown in the illustration, I became a lively and cute girl who can feel motherhood and kindness. I tried my best to make it a character that can seriously convey what it needs to convey. " ――Please give a message to those who use "Mobile Ushionkei" and those who watch the video. "I'm looking forward to hearing from various people about the project where I voiced a cow's butt. I hope this project will reach the younger generation who are thinking of working hard to become farmers in the future."

"Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld" A papercut art of Kirito, Asuna, and Alice has appeared! Let's check the "Skills" of the Artisan

A papercut art of Kirito, Asuna, and Alice from the TV anime "Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld" has appeared. It is available for pre-order on "Kiritorie" for a limited time, starting from Feb. 26, 2021. The product 'TV anime "Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld" Kiritorie' is a papercut artwork of Kirito, Asuna, and Alice, made with the artisan's impressive skill just like the sword skills of these characters. The '"Black Swordsman" Kirito,' uses black colored paper which is the image-color of Kirito. This single piece of black paper was more than enough to express the details of Kirie and the strongness of Kirito himself. The swords that Kirito used; Elucidator and Dark Repulser from the Aincrad Arc are also strong and firm. The 'Goddess of Creation "Stacia" Asuna,' is a piece that expresses Asuna in the look of the Goddess of Creation, Stacia, based on the image-color of Asuna from the "Knights of the Blood" using red colored paper. Including the details on the outfit and the "Radiant Light," this single piece of paper is full of the artisan's outstanding passion. The '"Integrity Knight" Alice,' uses blue colored paper based on the image of Alice's eyes and armor. The fluttering cape and hair of Alice make this piece extremely lively, almost like it would move at any moment. Every piece of flower on the 'Fragrant Olive Sword' is cut into detail with care. 'TV Anime "Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld" Kiritorie' is priced at 14,080 JPY (Tax Incl.) each. It is available for pre-order on "Kiritorie" for a limited period of one week, starting from Feb. 26, 2021. (C) 2017 Kawahara Reki / KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works / SAO-A Project

Ghibli Announces New Collection Book Featuring All 26 Masterpieces

Titled "Studio Ghibli Zensakuhin Shuu (Complete Work Collection)", a new book containing all 26 Studio Ghibli animation titles from "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" to "Earwig and the Witch" will be released by Kodansha. Pre-orders are already available at "Rakuten Books". Studio Ghibli is behind many of the hugely popular hits starting with the release of "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" in 1984, followed by "Castle in the Sky", "My Neighbor Totoro", "Grave of Fireflies", "Kiki's Delivery Service", "Mononoke Princess", "Spirited Away", and many others. Not a single Ghibli film was left out of this book. It contains thorough explanations about each title from the plots, character profiles, behind the scene secrets, and images of promotional theater posters and newspaper ads. Columns about the quintessential music of Ghibli movies, and public statements from the directors during the premieres, are also included. The opening pages feature a special 8-page article about the studio's latest tile, "Earwig and the Witch", which was broadcast on Dec. 30, 2020 on the NHK TV Channel, and will hit the theaters on Apr. 29, 2021. The article not only features the story and characters, but also contains explanations of the process of creating the scenes of the movie in 3D computer graphics, and an interview with director Miyazaki Goro, who opens up about secrets of the production. General manager and producer Suzuki Toshio also discusses about Ghibli Studio's future plans in a recent interview in the book. In addition, the short film "On Your Mark" has also been included. It was created as a promotional film for the song of same name by the group CHAGE & ASUKA, and premiered alongside "Whisper of the Heart". "Studio Ghibli Zensakuhin Shuu" is priced at 3,080JPY (tax included). Pre-ordering is available on "Amazon" and "Rakuten Books", and the release is slated for Apr. 21, 2021.

Ono Yuuki and Masuda Toshiki will be acting as themselves in the "Seiyuu Detectives"! Uchida Yuuma will be performing the theme song "Do enjoy the song as well"

The guests for the drama "Seiyuu Detectives" for 4 consecutive weeks starting from March 5, 2021, such as Ono Yuuki and Masuda Toshiki, have been announced. Also, it was decided that Uchida Yuuma will be performing the theme song. After retiring as a voice actor due to unforeseen reasons, Furei Osamu (Sawashiro Chiharu) becomes a detective and solves various incidents with his special ability "Absolute Voice". It is a comedy mystery work, where he solves the incidents by using the victim's dying voice together with newcomer detective Sukitaga Kaoru (Takeda Rena) and Furei's partner "Smart Mic" Binaural-kun (Hanae Natsuki). The voice actors, who are the victims in the incident and acting as themselves, have been announced. Don't miss the murder scene and the "Reenactment VTR" of the detective’s deduction. Ono Yuuki, voice of Higashikata Josuke from "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable", will appear in episode 1. This episode started with Ono dying from blood loss. Can the incident be solved with the wound on his forehead and the dying voice of Ono before his death as the clues? Masuda Toshiki, known for the anime "Touken Ranbu", "Attack on Titan The Final Season", "My Hero Academia", and others, will appear as a guest in episode 2. Masuda got involved in an incident when he was recording for his songs... Kaneda Tomoko, who has a high-pitched voice, an unimaginable wording, and also actively participating in variety shows, will appear in episode 3. After Kaneda become a hit as the voice of the "Bottom Biting Bug", she got involved in various incidents... Namikawa Daisuke, who appeared in "One Piece", "Lupin the Third", and others, will appear in episode 4. He encountered a mysterious incident in the hotel room. In each episode, the story will progress and the truth about the "black voice" that the protagonist is searching for, will be revealed. Also, the theme song will be handled by Uchida Yuuma. Thus, the cast members, narration and even the theme song are all mostly handled by voice actors. Comments from Uchida Yuuma and the producer Sobu Erina have been released. Drama "Seiyuu Detective" will start broadcasting at 1:53 AM, on March 6, 2021, on TV Tokyo. Comments from Uchida Yuuma (Theme Song Singer) I am very glad that "Spin a Roulette" was chosen as the theme song for "Seiyuu Detective"! I believe that this song is perfect for a drama setting that is filled with mysteries. Moreover, as the cast members will also dance along with the songs, it make me very happy as I hardly had any chance to see others dance to my song! So, please enjoy the drama together with the song! Comments from the producer Sobu Erina Producer Ooshima from Tohokushinsha Film Corporation said, "Voice actors are actually good at acting!" passionately when he first proposed this project. Since he is from a popular company that has a long history in dubbing movies, so I believe that he has confidence in the acting skill of the voice actors. Thus, this is a drama that was started from that enthusiasm and it also featured a gathering of amazing voice actors. Do look forward to it as secret guests, who are close to the victim, will also appear! (C) TV Tokyo

Monster Strike Announces First Ever Collab with Takahashi Rumiko's Rumic World!

The puzzle smartphone RPG "Monster Strike" (referred to as MonSt, below) announced for the first time a collaboration with five of Takahashi Rumiko's most iconic titles from "Rumic World", including "Urusei Yatsura", and "Inuyasha". The event will start on Mar. 2, 2021 at 12:00pm. "Rumic World" is the term used to refer to the collection of works from the manga author Takashi Rumiko, which encompasses a variety of genres ranging from comedy to love stories, battle, and horror. Among these, characters from the most iconic series "Urusei Yatsura", "Maison Ikkoku", "Ranma 1/2", "Inuyasha", and "Rin-ne", will appear on "MonSt" for the first time ever. From "Urusei Yatsura", the Oni specie alien girl that came from space, "Lum". From "Ranma 1/2", the young martial artist protagonist in both male and female forms, "Saotome Ranma". From "Inuyasha", the hybrid of a demon father and a human mother, "Inuyasha". Each character can be acquired by clearing special event quests. Throughout the collaboration period, by clearing Bingo-type missions, the following characters can also be unlocked: From "Maison Ikkoku", the manager of the Maison Ikkoku in the city of Clock Hill, "Otonashi Kyoko". From "Ranma 1/2", the Chinese Amazon girl, "Shampoo". From "Inuyasha", the older half-brother of the protagonist Inuyasha, "Sesshomaru". And from "Rinne", the young shinigami with a gentle heart and strong sense of justice, "Rokudo Rinne". The collaboration event "Rumic World x Monster Strike" will start from 12:00am Mar. 2, 2021. More details regarding the collab can be found at MonSt's official website and Youtube channel. (C) Takahashi Rumiko / Shogakukan (C) XFLAG

"Argonavis" The "Absolute King" Gyoroaxia Receives a Feature Article on the Magazine "GiGS"! The Magazine Comes with a Special Poster

Gyroaxia from "Argonavis from BanG Dream!" made the cover of the music magazine "GiGS April Issue". It also received a cover article at the beginning of the magazine and a special poster is included, too. GyroAxia is a band from "Argonavis from BanG Dream!", a project that centers on boys' bands. The band plays intense music and is comprised of Asahi Nayuta (voice: Ogasawara Jin) on vocals, Satozuka Kenta (voice: Hashimoto Shinichi) on lead guitar, Misono Reon (voice: Mano Takumi) on rhythm guitar, Akebono Ryou (voice: Akiya Hiroto) on bass, and Sakaigawa Miyuki (voice: Miyauchi Kousuke) on drums. The special feature in the "GiGS April Issue" is titled "Ima Koko ni Hibiku, Zettai Ouja no Atsuki Houkou 'ONE'" ("ONE", the echoing roar of the absolute king). It digs into "Argonavis from BanG Dream!", the project that gave birth to Gyroaxia, and conducts personal interviews with each member. It also includes content like "Breaking down the sound of Gyroaxia", "About their first album 'ONE'", and "Practicing their band score 'MANIFESTO'". Hashimoto Shinichi (the voice of Satozuka Kenta) and Akiya Keito (the voice of Akebono Ryou) have posted comments about the magazine on their Twitter account. "GiGS April Issue" is priced at 980 JPY, and will be in stores from February 27, 2021.

"Q-pot. X Okamoto Nobuhiko" The collaboration is so cute! The accessories and goods of the freshly baked biscuit "NOBUPOO" have been announced

The 3rd collaboration items between the voice actor Okamoto Nobuhiko and "Q-pot." has been announced. It is now available on "Q-pot." branches and official online shops. Also, the collaboration menu can also be enjoyed in Q-pot Cafe. in Omotesandou. The highlight of the collaboration is the sweet, crunchy Bisquinu (Biscuit Dog) "NOBUPOO". "NOBUPOO" is a cookie inspired by Okamoto Nobuhiko's signature "Oka-kun", which is a Bisquinu made of freshly baked cookies. The design features a cute and adorable appearance of "NOBUPOO" while it is biting its favorite chocolate. The necklace has an appearance as if it was a real freshly baked biscuit that also gives off a nice fragrances. Do also check out the cute expression that was drawn with the chocolate pen. The general goods, such as tote bag, mug, and tin badge, have also been announced. The canvas-made bag is perfect when you go on a stroll, during lunch time, or even for shopping. The limited menu of Q-pot Cafe. in Omotesandou has also been announced, and it features the sweets with the actual "NOBUPOO". Cookie jar and take-away cake are also available. "Q-pot. X Okamoto Nobuhiko Collaboration/ Accessory" is now available on "Q-pot." branches and official online shop. A limited commentary video from Okamoto Nobuhiko will be given upon the purchase of the collaboration accessories.

Chinese Anime "New Gods: Nezha Reborn × White Snake" Collaboration Poster Released! A Video of a Sexy Dance by a Bewitching Yokai

A collaboration poster of "New Gods: Nezha Reborn", released on February 26, 2021, and "White Snake", which a dubbed version will be released in summer 2021, has been released. A special video in which the owner of the Precious Jade Workshop, one of the main characters of "White Snake", talks about "New Gods: Nezha Reborn" was also released. "New Gods: Nezha Reborn" is a film produced by Light Chaser Animation Studios, which worked on "White Snake", a movie that reached over 7 billion JPY in box office revenue in China. It gained attention all over the world and was nominated for the WIP category in the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Also, a Japanese dubbed version of "White Snake" is scheduled to be released in summer 2021. The cast members include Sakuma Daisuke (Snow Man), Mimori Suzuko, Sugita Tomokazu, Yuuki Aoi, and Sakura Ayane. The newly released video was created as a celebration of the release of "New Gods: Nezha Reborn" in China. It is a gorgeous video in which the owner of the Precious Jade Workshop, one of the main characters of "White Snake" who has two faces, a girl and a fox, talks about "New Gods: Nezha Reborn" and even shows off a sexy dance. In the collaboration poster, Li Yunxiang, the hero of "New Gods: Nezha Reborn", and Blanca, the heroine of "White Snake", are drawn in a spiral with a delicate touch, and in the middle, sits Nezha, the protective deity of Yunxiang, with a powerful presence. "Seken ni Mitomerarezutomo Konse wo Muda ni Shinai" (We won't waste our lives even if no one accepts us) is an important line for both titles. "New Gods: Nezha Reborn" is released on February 26, 2021, and the Japanese dubbed version of "White Snake" is scheduled to be released in summer 2021. (C) Light Chaser Animation Studios

"The Quintessential Quintuplets" An Encounter with the Nakano Family at a Hot Spring?! They Both Become Awkward and... Episode 8 Sneak Peek

From the TV Anime "The Quintessential Quintuplets", the outline and scenes of Episode 8 "Scrambled Eggs", broadcast on Friday, February 26, 2021, have been released in advance. "The Quintessential Quintuplets" is based on the rom-com by Haruba Negi, serialized in "Weekly Shonen Magazine". Fuutarou is a part-time tutor who helps the beautiful quintuplets with abysmal grades and no interest in studying to graduate from school. Through various events at the camp school, they deepen their trust. Just as he decides to push forward with his tutoring job to help the quintuplets pass their exams, more trouble comes upon them. Furthermore, Fuutarou's first love, "the girl from the photo", appears in front of him... In Episode 8, Fuutarou was trying to keep away from the quintuplets through the spring vacation. However, Fuutarou accidentally encounters the Nakano family at the hot spring he visits with his family. They both become awkward, and to add to the trouble, an impostor pretending to be Itsuki persuades Fuutarou to quit his tutor job. Will Fuutarou be able to find out who this imposter is?! "The Quintessential Quintuplets" Episode 8 "Scrambled Eggs" is broadcast on TBS and other channels from 1:28 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2021. (C) Haruba Negi, Kodansha / "The Quintessential Quintuplets" Production Committee

Her Voluptuous Body Pours Out of her Sexy Swimsuit! A Figure of "Misoji Eco", Designed by Illustrator Nishizawa 5mm

"Misoji Eco", designed by illustrator Nishizawa 5mm, becomes a figure. Pre-orders are currently available on the "Union Creative" official website. "Nishizawa 5mm Illustration [Mizoji Eco]" is a 3D model of the illustration drawn as a commemoration of Nishizawa 5mm reaching 300,000 followers on Twitter. It's a complete recreation of Eco's overwhelmingly voluptuous body pouring out of her sexy swimsuit. "Nishizawa 5mm Illustration [Mizoji Eco]" is priced at 15,800 JPY (tax excluded). Pre-orders are available on the "Union Creative" official website until April 9, 2021, and shipping is scheduled for September 2021. (C) Nishizawa 5mm

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Denkou Choujin Gridman Renewed Premium Version Figure Arrives!

Date: 2021-03-04
"Denkou Choujin Gridman (Gridman the Hyper Agent)" releases "THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman - TOKUSATSU EDITION", a new upgraded version with a premium color-finishing of the action figure "THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman". It is currently available for pre-order from the "Good Smile Company" official website. This upgraded version features meticulously painted finishing that accentuates each intricate detail to the maximum, making the figure similar to the giant robot prop used in the series. With the exception of God Zenon's chest emblem, every detail is finished in full colored premium painting as opposed to the previous regular edition that used decal stickers. "THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman - TOKUSATSU EDITION" is priced at 45,000JPY (tax included). Currently available for pre-order from the "Good Smile Company" official website and scheduled to ship in August. (C)Tsuburaya Productions
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"Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story" - I will defeat you, Sieg Zion... A "Real Type" Versal Knight Gundam appeared in the 'METAL ROBOT TAMASHII'

From "Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story," a "Real Type" of the Versal Knight Gundam has appeared in the action figure series 'METAL ROBOT TAMASHII.' It is available for pre-order on 'Premium Bandai.' The product, "METAL ROBOT TAMASHII <SIDE MS> Versal Knight Gundam (Real Type ver.)" is a figure of the white knight given with the name of "Versal Knight," which is the highest position. Composed of the pearl and metallic painting on the armor and die-cast joints, it flows with an 'elegant' atmosphere. Also, by changing between a cape and the Knight Flyer, this is the product that you can reproduce various silhouettes. "METAL ROBOT TAMASHII <SIDE MS> Versal Knight Gundam (Real Type ver.)" is priced at 15,950 (Tax Incl.). It is available for pre-order on 'Premium Bandai.' Shipping is scheduled for Aug. 2021. (C) SOTSU/SUNRISE

A 3D Mousepad of "Rent-A-Girlfriend" has Appeared! Chizuru, Mami, Ruka, and Sumi... the "size" of the Mousepad Varies for Each Character

A 3D Mousepad of the four heroines including Mizuhara Chizuru from the TV anime "Rent-A-Girlfriend" has appeared. It is available for pre-order at 'Hobby Stock.' The product "Rent-A-Girlfriend 3D Mousepad" is an item that is based on the new illustrations of the four heroines in their bikini outfits. Based on the "size" of each heroine including Mizuhara Chizuru, Nanami Mami, Sarashina Ruka, and Sakurasawa Sumi, the "volume" of each product varies. "Rent-A-Girlfriend 3D Mousepad" is priced at 4,000 JPY (Tax Excl.). They are available for pre-order at 'Hobby Stock,' and the sale of the product is scheduled for May 2021. Furthermore, "Rent-A-Girlfriend Hobby Stock Webshop Limited Edition," which includes a 'B2-sized Tapestry' of the illustrations used for the mousepads are available at 6,000 JPY (Tax Excl.) each. (C) Miyajima Reiji・Kodansha / "Rent-A-Girlfriend" Production Committee

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natsume, the Chinese cosplayer with 220,000 followers on Twitter, charms in a voluptuous costume! She is Akatsuki from "Lost Decade"

Date: 2020-06-30
The Chinese cosplayer natsume-san is one of the top cosplayers who has reached 220,000 followers on Twitter by showing many sexy costumes. She actively participates in events in Japan such as Comic Market, and has always attracted a lot of attention. However, due to the current situation, she lost touch with her Japanese fans, which is regrettable. This time we had a direct interview with Natsume. She also shows us some of her latest unpublished shots for her Japanese fans. --Were you planning to come to Japan in May? natsume: That's right, I was supposed to be there in May for the Comic Market to show my new costume, but unfortunately the event was canceled... --What kind of cosplay works are popular in the Chinese cosplay world at the moment? natsume: "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba". I've heard it's incredibly popular in Japan, but it's also very popular in China and in other countries! There's a lot of cosplay as well. --What are some of the Japanese works that you're into? natsume: There are a lot of them, but "Kaguya-sama: Love Is War" "Persona 5", and "Final Fantasy VII" are always my favorite! --In terms of cosplay, what kind of characters have you recently made? natsume: Recently, I've been working on Pecorine from "Princess Connect! Re:Dive", Enoshima Junko from "Danganronpa", Android 18 from "Dragon Ball", and Akatsuki from "Lost Decade". Most of them are already on Twitter! --This time you have published a shot of Akatsuki, can you please tell us how was working on it? natsume: Akatsuki was a very difficult costume to put on because it had a lot of detailed decorations. It took me about an hour and a half to finally get it on with the help of my friends. But the shoot went really well, it only took 30 minutes and it was fun! --What do you like about cosplay? natsume: Like for all the works I've just mentioned, when I come across works and characters that I like, I want to cosplay them. And there are also a lot of works that have become my all-time favorites because of cosplaying (laugh). --Finally, please tell us your future goals! natsume: I want to work hard to make money for doing cosplay. When the current situation will be over, I definitely want to go to Japan with a lot of my cosplay works, so I'll do my best. I look forward to seeing you at the Comic Market this winter!
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【Cosplay】"FGO" Katsushika Hokusai, Mash, Koyanskaya, and more... The sweet looks of the Chinese beauty cosplayer. 【22 photos】

Many Chinese cosplayers have appeared in Japanese anime/game events and Doujinshi conventions. Their high-quality cosplays have stolen the attention of the anime and game fans. "Fate/Grand Order" Mash / Photo by Jiaozhu shadow 【Click the photo for the photo gallery】 Mayuyi tako is said to be one of the hottest cosplayers in recent years. She has been to Japan 3 times so far, and has participated in "Comiket" (95,96, and 97). With about 350,000 followers on Twitter, reservations of her photo sessions are instantly full. She is now studying abroad in the States, and will be going to University from Apr. Here is her interview, along with photos from when she was a high school student. ◆◆ ――What made you start cosplaying, and when did you start? Mayuyi tako: My friend took me to an ACG event (anime, game, doujin events in general) in my middle school years. It was impressive to see cosplayers dressed as my favorite characters. Since then, I've been cosplaying for 6 years. I'm now living in the States, so I go to China or Japan on my long term vacations in summer and winter for cosplay photo sessions. I can't afford freely flying back to China or to Japan from the States except for those occasions. "Fate/Grand Order" Katsushika Hokusai / Photo by Hanmo 【Click the photo for the photo gallery】 ――Tell us about your favorite animes and games. Mayuyi tako: I'm really into "Fate/Grand Order". Other than that, I play a lot of "Grand Blue Fantasy" and "Knives Out". My favorite anime is "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"! ――What are the features of your cosplay? Mayuyi tako: I believe it's my smile. ――Is there anything you want the photographers to do? Mayuyi tako: I collect as much information about the character before the photo session, and explain what kind of photo I want the photographers to take. But, in my opinion, what's most important is to understand the character as a cosplayer. "Gantz: O" Yamasaki Anzu ――Are there any impressionable moments of cosplaying? Mayuyi tako: That would be when people tell me that I look like the character. It makes me feel that I'm getting closer to my ideal cosplay, and that's very satisfying. ――Which cosplay made you famous? Mayuyi tako: Maybe the cosplay of Mash from "Fate/Grand Order" in 2018. I really worked hard on my facial expressions to give her the essence of a Kohai. I have many other expressions and poses for Mash other than her smiling, so someday, I'd like to introduce them. "Fate/Grand Order" Mash ――What makes you continue cosplaying? Mayuyi tako: The expectations of everyone wanting to see more of my work is a strong motivation among the many reasons. I don't want to lose my passion towards cosplaying. Many of my friends, who started about the same time as me, have given up. I want to be the one that keeps on cosplaying no matter what happens. ――What are your future goals? Mayuyi tako: I want to dress as more characters from "Fate/Grand Order"! Also, characters from my favorite titles like, "Xenoblade2", "Azul Larne", and "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure". "Fate/Grand Order" Koyanskaya Images provided by Mayuyui tako (@Takomayuyi)

【Cosplay】A super rookie with 160 thousand followers・aqua The secret behind the overwhelming quality is...?【20 Photos】

Until now, a lot of China cosplayers have attended events in Japan, and their high-quality cosplay has become a hot topic. In the massive population China, rookies are appearing one after one, earning popularity in a short period. "Re: Zero - Starting Life in Another World" Rem (Bunny Girl Ver.) 【Click image for the photo gallery】 水淼aqua is also an anticipated super rookie that shows the best quality cosplay, although her cosplay career is less than one year and a half long. The Twitter account that started at Mar. 2019 now has approx. 160 thousand followers (by Apr.14, 2020). With a short interview, this article will deliver cosplay photos of her who have never attended events in Japan. ◆◆ ―― In which part of China are you living? 水淼aqua: I am living in Xi'an. There are lots of places to explore for delicious foods, please come visit us! ―― What is the reason behind starting a cosplay? How long has it past since? 水淼aqua: I loved characters from the anime and games, it has been one year and a half since the thought that I would like to become the character itself both in looks and mind. I mostly take part in studio photograph session and I rarely attend to events. But, I want to try my best to attend events from now. ―― Could you tell us about your favorite anime or games? 水淼aqua: For games, I usually enjoy playing "Azur Lane" and "Diablo 3". For anime, I love all genres from a mild and delicate to passionate and expressive, so I had watched a lot of animes. ―― What is the distinctive feature of expression about your cosplay? 水淼aqua:I really don't have any definite posing or facial expressions. For the cosplay, it is important to change the expressions and movements to become a character itself. Maybe, a handsome look is my appealing point?... It's a joke! (Laughing) ―― Is there anything that you expect from a photographer when taking a photo? 水淼aqua: I prefer a photographerwith a similar sense and idea of the photo that I want. This only leaves minor editing after the photograph has started. Another would be someone who allows me to get engaged with my character. This is because I lose concentration if I am instructed with too much posing. ―― Is there any memorable moments of cosplay until now? 水淼aqua: It would be the moment when I took a cosplay photoshoot of Do-S from "One-Punch Man". I accidentally had candle wax spilled over my back, so I went to a hospital straight after the photoshoot. It was horrible because it would have been a life-time scar if I arrived slightly later. (Laughing) Do-S from "One-Punch Man" 【Click image for the photo gallery】 ―― What is the cosplay that sparked your popularity among people? 水淼aqua: It is Atago from "Azur Lane" (Racing Queen Ver.). I personally feel like this was the cosplay that reached over the personal limit. I am thinking that getting known by a lot of people is a reward behind numerous efforts that I have put into. ―― Could you please tell about your future goals? 水淼aqua:I want to cosplay a lot of characters from "Azur Lane" and "Fate/Grand Order". I would like to enhance my posing or expressions to the next level, giving a vivid impression when I am taking a photo shoot. I will try my best! Also, I have visited Japan 5 times already. Yet, I have not visited a single "Comic Market" event, I really want to attend it next time. Formidable from "Azur Lane" 【Click image for the photo gallery】 Image provided by: 水淼aqua(@aqua28551264)

【Cosplay】Check out Okita Rinka, the new-gen cosplayer from Taiwan! Riamu from "The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls", Sakura from "Fate", and so on. Who is your favorite? 【37 photos】

A Taiwanese cosplayer is booming in Japan. Okita Rinka, who lives in Taipei, Taiwan, has over 30,000 followers on Twitter in Japan and also participates in Comiket and photo sessions in Japan. This is the report of the interview with the new-gen cosplayer from Taiwan along with a photo report. ―― What made you interested in cosplaying? And what are your usual cosplay activities? Okita Rinka: I always liked anime and games since I was a child. I started cosplaying when I saw my friend doing it in middle school. It's been roughly 8 years since then. I usually attend as a cosplayer in ACG event (general doujin events of anime and games) in Taiwan. ―― What are your favorite anime and manga? Okita Rinka: It's difficult to pick one anime out of so many. I like Otome games in general! ―― What are your special features of cosplaying? Okita Rinka: I'm good at sensual gestures and expressions like cute faces and emotionless faces. ―― What do you think made you so popular? Okita Rinka: I held many exhibition booths at various doujinshi conventions in Taiwan. Selling my cosplay photo collections at these events brought along more and more supporters. Also, constantly posting photos on Facebook and Instagram helped too. I'm so glad that such steps I took in the past brought me to where I am now. ―― Tell us which cosplay left a strong impression on you. Okita Rinka: That would be Shuten Douji from "Fate/Grand Order". The shooting was so exhausting. We had to climb deep in the mountains for the shooting and by the time we could leave, it was so dark we couldn't see anything. We were about to get lost in the mountains. ―― How many times have you been to Japan? Okita Rinka: 7 times in total, but the summer of 2018 is the only time I attended Comiket. ―― What keeps you cosplaying? Okita Rinka: The strongest motivation would be my love for anime and games. Also, the fans who support my cosplays always give me confidence. ―― In what style do you like to be photoed? Okita Rinka: I believe the composition and the color tone are the most important. Furthermore, sharing an image with the cameraman is the most important! ―― What do you value in your cosplay? Okita Rinka: I didn't know anything when I began cosplaying. I worked hard to become better at make-up and styling the wigs. From there, I try to get as close to the essence of the character as much as I can. That's the approach I believe I should never forget. ―― Tell us about your future goals. Okita Rinka: I want to hold an exhibition booth at Comiket and distribute my cosplay photo collections! I also want many more people to know me in Japan, interact with other cosplayers, and improve on my cosplays. Photos provided by Okita Rinka (@okitarinka01)

The rising star, Chinese cosplayer Kitaro shows her willingness to work in Japan!

We have interviewed Kitaro, the Chinese cosplayer who belongs to the same production as Enako, a cosplayer with top-class popularity in Japan. Here is the interview along with cosplay photos such as Elizabeth from "The Seven Deadly Sins" and Gabriel from "Monster Strike".

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Southeast Asia Largest J-POP Culture Event "AFA" was held online this year. The artists, including LiSA, Oohashi Ayaka, and Toyonaga Toshiyuki, have been announced.

Date: 2020-12-10
Southeast Asia largest J-POP culture event "Anime Festival Asia(AFA)" was held online from December 5 to December 6 as "AFA SINGAPORE 2020 ~ONLINE~". The participating guests, such as Oohashi Ayaka, Toyonaga Toshiyuki, Aoi Eir, LiSA, May'n, Yanaginagi, and others, have been announced. "Anime Festival Asia(AFA)" is an event organizer by SOZO, a group under Sony Music Entertainment (SME) that is based in Singapore. After it was held in 2008 for the first time, it became popular for its concert and various stage performances where Japanese artists are invited. "AFA SINGAPORE 2020 ~ONLINE~" was held online from December 5 until December 6, at 2 PM of Singapore Time (3 PM of Japan Time). It's free to watch. Detailed information is available on a special website.
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"Anime Sacred Grounds Pilgrimage"The birth of an official tour for inbounds! 1st tour involves 「Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai」,「Hyouka」 and 「The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya」

Otomo, which operate private tour services for inbound travelers have collaborated with the Anime Tourism Association to develop a pilgrimage tour plan to sacred grounds where stages for some renowned anime works were based off.

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The 2nd PV for Ahiru no Sora has been released! Don’t miss out on the hot scene featuring a freakishly tall basketball player!

The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.

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From "JoJo: Golden Wind" comes business suits! Giorno & Bucciarati are ready for action!

From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.

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