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Japan Considers Revising Scope of Law on Downloading Pirated Content

Japan Considers Revising Scope of Law on Downloading Pirated Content

Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs, the government body promoting Japanese arts and culture, is considering a proposal by print publishers to revise the national copyright law. The proposal seeks to broaden the scope of online downloading activities that are considered illegal to include knowingly downloading pirated still images, such as scanned books. Japanese copyright law already prohibits the act of creating and distributing copies of pirated content, but it specifies the deliberate downlo...

Nov 22, 2018 8:14 PM by arsonal 91 Comments

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In Nationwide Effort, Animation Feature Films Come of Age in China

In Nationwide Effort, Animation Feature Films Come of Age in China

When organizers of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival selected China as a guest country for the 2017 edition, the world's biggest animation festival used their brand to champion a new crop of Chinese studios producing original animation features. Among the festival's international premieres was Da Yu Hai Tang (pictured above), an epic fantasy film marketed overseas as Big Fish & Begonia which earned 565 million yuan (approximately US$89 million) in the Chinese box office just a yea...

Sep 11, 2018 10:00 PM by arsonal 6 Comments

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Fukushima Gainax Seek to Rehabilitate Image of Regions Hit by Tsunami Through Anime

Fukushima Gainax Seek to Rehabilitate Image of Regions Hit by Tsunami Through Anime

The release of 2018's Piano no Mori marked a milestone for Fukushima Gainax. A complete anime adaptation of the award-winning manga – a tale of two boys from different walks of life finding common ground through piano – was highly-anticipated after its conclusion in November 2015. That Fukushima Gainax would handle the show with newcomer Gaku Nakatani directing was certainly surprising. The initial shock, due to renowned animation studio Gainax's dormancy in recent years, progressed toward the...

Aug 15, 2018 1:51 AM by ImperfectBlue 20 Comments

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2018 April Fools' Day Collection

2018 April Fools' Day Collection

Each year, April Fools' Day gives a chance for creators in the anime, manga, and games industry to showcase their creativity. With the popularity of social media in recent years, many of these expressions of creativity become viral easily. Below is a selection of this year's official April Fools' jokes released by the anime and related industries. Anime Akkun to Kanojo The official website of the Spring 2018 anime Akkun to Kanojo announced that the title of the show will be changed to Akkun to M...

Apr 4, 2018 11:04 AM by Vindstot 25 Comments

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NHK Announces Favorite Character Ranking

NHK Announces Favorite Character Ranking

To continue commemorating one hundred years of Japanese anime history, NHK has released a ranking for people's favorite anime characters as a part of Anime 100 celebration on Sunday at NHK BS Premium. The ranking was based from votes conducted from October 20 to November 19 last year. The 5-hour program also featured live dubbing (from works that people wish to hear again live and not yet animated), telephone call conversation, new year's greetings from the seiyuus, ranking, commentaries, as we...

Jan 2, 2018 6:39 AM by tsubasalover 136 Comments

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'Macross' Franchise to Hold 35th Anniversary Concert

'Macross' Franchise to Hold 35th Anniversary Concert

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the long-running mecha franchise Macross and the tenth death anniversary of the series' composer, Kentarou Haneda. In addition to the previously announced anime adaptation for 2018 and the upcoming anime movie, an orchestra concert of music from the Robotech series will be held to commemorate the event titled Macross: Healthy Wings Orchestra. The concert will be on September 17 at the Tokyo International Forum Hall A. The concert will be featuring the mus...

Sep 11, 2017 11:16 PM by sevenPocky 6 Comments

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'One Piece' Manga Commemorates 20th Anniversary

'One Piece' Manga Commemorates 20th Anniversary

Eiichiro Oda's long-running adventure manga One Piece celebrates its 20th anniversary this week in Shueisha's Weekly Shounen Jump magazine. The series began publishing on July 22, 1997. The people involved in the series, as well as fans and other industry personalities around the globe, are also commemorating the second decade of Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates' adventures through multiple projects including special illustrations, collaborations, and future adaptations. Anniversary Video One Pi...
NHK Announces Best 100 Anime

NHK Announces Best 100 Anime

To commemorate one hundred years of Japanese anime history, NHK has announced a list of 100 Best Anime on Wednesday at NHK BS Premium. The list is based on the audience's votes regarding their best anime that aired until September 2016; which was held between January 8 to March 31, 2017. The 3-hour program featured seiyuu interviews, promotional videos, polls, anime clips, commentaries, and talks about the industry in-between rankings. A variety of anime were also honorably mentioned but are no...

May 3, 2017 7:07 AM by tsubasalover 450 Comments

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2017 April Fools' Day Collection

2017 April Fools' Day Collection

Each year, April Fools' Day gives a chance for creators in the anime, manga, and games industry to showcase their creativity. With the popularity of social media in recent years, many of these expressions of creativity become viral easily. Below is a selection of this year's official April Fools' jokes released by the anime and related industries. Anime Aho Girl The official website of the Summer 2017 anime Aho Girl announced the series is being adapted with the characters depicted as bananas, t...

Apr 1, 2017 11:14 PM by arsonal 21 Comments

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'Love Live! School Idol Project' Group μ's Gets Politician's Attention

'Love Live! School Idol Project' Group μ's Gets Politician's Attention

According to a report, ex-wrestler who attended 1984 Summer Olympics and politician Hiroshi Hase attended μ's' final concert Love Live! μ's Final LoveLive! ~μ'sic Forever♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪~ on March 31 and April 1 with Takaaki Kidani, the Bushiroad president and New Japan Pro-Wrestling owner. Hiroshi soon became a fan of the group, to the extent where he proclaims himself as the "Love Liver Minister", and he wishes to invite the group to attend the opening or closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic g...

Apr 13, 2016 9:47 AM by Sakana-san 62 Comments

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2016 April Fools' Day Collection

2016 April Fools' Day Collection

Each year, April Fools' Day gives a chance for creators in the anime, manga, and games industry to showcase their creativity. With the popularity of social media in recent years, many of these expressions of creativity become viral easily. We shared some of our favorites on our Twitter account, but we also want to share them with the rest of the community. Anime Bungou Stray Dogs The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Bungou Stray Dogs announced that the story of the series would be chang...

Apr 2, 2016 5:22 AM by arsonal 54 Comments

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Mangaka Ken Akamatsu Discusses Copyright Provisions of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Mangaka Ken Akamatsu Discusses Copyright Provisions of Trans-Pacific Partnership

On Monday, the United States, Japan, and 10 other Pacific Rim nations announced that they have completed negotiations for the multilateral trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP has been described as the largest regional trade accord in history, accounting for nearly 40 percent of global GDP. It now heads toward ratification by each of the participating countries. The New York Times reports that the U.S. Congress is expected to debate on ratification through at lea...

Oct 6, 2015 11:48 PM by arsonal 26 Comments

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Kagoshima Man Arrested for Alleged Sale of Counterfeit 'Love Live!' Goods

Kagoshima Man Arrested for Alleged Sale of Counterfeit 'Love Live!' Goods

Kagoshima Prefectural Police has arrested 44-year-old Eiichirou Wakiyama for allegedly selling can badges (official product pictured) featuring characters and trademarks of the Love Live! series without permission. Wakiyama was arrested on suspicion of violation of copyright and trademark law, the first such enforcement related to the Love Live! series in Japan. According to Kagoshima Prefectural Police, Wakiyama allegedly produced 13 badges featuring Love Live! characters and sold them on the I...

Jul 6, 2015 6:43 PM by arsonal 27 Comments

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Tokyo Otaku Mode Interviews MyAnimeList Founder Xinil

Tokyo Otaku Mode Interviews MyAnimeList Founder Xinil

Tokyo Otaku Mode has posted an interview with Xinil, the founder of MyAnimeList. In it, Xinil discusses the website's origins and how it has previously faced challenges in growth. MyAnimeList formally opened in 2006 with 228 members and receives up to 120 million monthly page views today, according to the interview. Although no specifics were given, Xinil also confirmed new development projects to address user requests for additional features on the website. Tokyo Otaku Mode is a website which c...

Jul 6, 2015 1:14 AM by arsonal 54 Comments

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Oricon Editorial Addresses Current State of the Seiyuu Industry

Oricon Editorial Addresses Current State of the Seiyuu Industry

Many people are interested in entering the seiyuu industry because of successful seiyuu artists like Nana Mizuki, so there are many schools for voice lessons (both dubbing and singing) and guarantee from these schools for debuting. Unfortunately, according to a producer of a TV anisong program, this constant cycle of new seiyuu entering the industry makes the "consumption cycle" progress faster. Even if they are able to debut, more new seiyuus debut, and it becomes difficult to develop the popul...

Feb 8, 2015 9:40 PM by tsubasalover 45 Comments

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TV Anime Kotoura-san Attracts Tourists to the Town of Kotoura

TV Anime Kotoura-san Attracts Tourists to the Town of Kotoura

According to Yomiuri Newspaper, the town of Kotoura in Tottori prefecture has been collaborating with the Kotoura-san manga and anime since last year to promote their tourism. Posters, goods, and original Kotoura-san manga introducing the special products of the town have been sold at the Kotoura Tourism Association office. Kotoura-san's name card set PR poster of tourism in Kotoura featuring Kotoura-san After the beginning of the TV series, the name card sets featuring Kotoura-san have been fly...

Feb 10, 2013 5:33 AM by dtshyk 26 Comments

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Berserk Movie Part 3 Rated as Adult Film [Update Nov 17]

Berserk Movie Part 3 Rated as Adult Film [Update Nov 17]

According to Eirin (Film Classification and Rating Committee of Japan), Berserk Ougon Jidaihen III: Kourin was rated as R18+ (equivalent to US NC-17). The reason for the rating was "Due to the extremely provocative sexual descriptions". Source: Eirin Update Nov 17 According to Gigazine, the production committee of Berserk movie will modify the descriptions and resubmit the anime to Eirin. The rating will likely be changed to R15+. Trailer of Berserk Part III Source: Gigazine

Nov 14, 2012 2:05 AM by dtshyk 117 Comments

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Make a Contract with Master Card: Official Credit Card of Madoka Magica Announced

Make a Contract with Master Card: Official Credit Card of Madoka Magica Announced

According to the official website, an official credit card of Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica was released. The line of Kyubey reads "Make a contract with me and become a card member!". Madoka Magica credit card official website The name of the card holder in the sample image is Tomohisa Kaname, Madoka's father.

Aug 1, 2012 12:58 AM by dtshyk 70 Comments

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Japan Red Cross To Distribute a PR Poster for Blood Donation Featuring Akagi

Japan Red Cross To Distribute a PR Poster for Blood Donation Featuring Akagi

According to the official website of Comiket, Japanese Red Cross will distribute special posters to blood donors in donation sites in Tokyo. Among bishoujo adult game posters, Kindai Mahjong magazine will provide a poster of Akagi. The line on the poster reads "400 ml rather than 200 ml....! It's a double push...!" Blood Donation PR poster featuring Akagi To obtain Akagi's poster, you need to donate 400 ml of your blood, not 200 ml. Since donating 400 ml of blood could cause some stress to your...

Jul 31, 2012 8:05 AM by dtshyk 20 Comments

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Hero of Last Scene in Upcoming Tiger & Bunny Movie to be Chosen by Fan Vote

Hero of Last Scene in Upcoming Tiger & Bunny Movie to be Chosen by Fan Vote

According to the official website, a special program called "WEEKLY HERO COUNTDOWN" is currently being held, where those who have bought an advance ticket may use the inscribed serial number to place one vote for the hero that will shine in the last scene of the movie. The vote rankings will be announced weekly until the end of the program on July 3rd. The top 5 heroes will be considered prize winners, and each hero will be granted time on-screen at the end of the movie, respective to their rank...

Jun 6, 2012 8:40 AM by ap19 15 Comments

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