Category Archives: Anime

News and information related to Anime, Manga, and other things from Japan that have big eyes or morals that often do not translate well to Western audiences.

NYCC 2018: Dragon Ball Z Figures by Figuarts

Tamashii Nations was at NYCC 2018, and brought many new Figuarts to show off. In this video, we look exclusively at all of their Dragon Ball Z figures, including Goku, Krillin, Vegeta, Bulma, Buu, Master Roshi, Broly, Cell, Goku Black and more. Your wallet will weep at how amazing these toys are, especially the ones with energy blasts in their hands.

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NYCC2018: Banpresto BWFC Sculpting Championship – Dragon Ball Z and One Piece

It’s time for the Banpresto World Figure Colosseum Sculpting Championship! NYCC 2018 showed off the top sculptors competing to see who will reign supreme, with figurines from Dragon Ball Z and One Piece. Take a look and let us know who you think will take home the grand prize!

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New Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Teaser Trailer arrives online

Studio Khara’s official website for its new Evangelion film, Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :|| (AKA Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 AKA the fourth EVA movie from the new series that started back in 2007), has just posted a teaser trailer online.

The same video is screening before showings of Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai film in Japan. You can check out the very short video below:

All we really see is EVA Unit 08 twirling in the air and shooting wildly at (presumably) something big and equally deadly. I always love when giant mecha have bandages on them. Is there a company that specializes in bandages for 60 foot tall robots?

The title for the final Evangelion film was announced back in 2012 as Evangelion Shin Gekijōban :||, or Evangelion: 3.0+1.0. The “:||” at the end of the Japanese title is meant to be the symbol used in music to denote repetition after reaching the end of a measure.

The movie is scheduled for a 2020 release in Japan. I’ve been waiting for this series to come to a wrap for quite some time, and while I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the third movie, I have high hopes for this grand finale.

More info revealed about next Shin Evangelion movie, including first look at new EVA Unit

On Friday, Studio Khara revealed some key info about the upcoming final movie in the Shin Evangelion series, including a first look at a new mecha joining the series.

The big reveal was seeing the new EVA Unit 08, which is essentially Mari’s giant mech but mummified and with some new arm cannons.

We also learned the following about some of the staff members on board for this project:

CGI Animation Director: Yusuke Matsui
CGI Technical Director: Takashi Suzuki
CGI Modeling Director: Manabu Kobayashi
CGI Animation: Masanori Iwasato, Ryōichi Nakama
Rigging: Tsubasa Takabe
Photography: Nanae Hirabayashi, Hiroaki Yabe, Toyonori Yamada
Monitor Graphics: Hiroyasu Kobayashi
Key Animation: Syūichi Iseki
In-between Animation: Studio Khara
Color Setting: Kazuko Kikuchi (Wish)
Background Art: Tatsuya Kushida (Deho Gallary)

The studio began production for this film last year, and things seem to be moving along at a steady rate.

A teaser for the film debuted with screenings of Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” film on Friday, which revealed that the film is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters in 2020. American audiences will hopefully not need to wait too long to watch an official version of this, but time will tell.

Aggretsuko returns for second season on Netflix

Metal fans rejoice! Everyone’s favorite red panda is back for another season of screaming at the top of her adorable lungs!

During their Anime Expo panel on Thursday, Sanrio and Fanworks announced that Aggretsuko will receive a second season on Netflix that will stream in 2019.

The first Netflix season premiered worldwide on April 20. The series has 10 15-minute episodes. Rareko, the director of the previous Agressive Retsuko anime (which predated the Netflix anime) and Yawaraka Sensha, again directed the first Netflix season at Fanworks, and also penned the scripts.

Retsuko is a 25-year old red panda who works in her dream company’s accounting department. But it turns out that she is forced to keep doing more and more impossible tasks by her superiors and co-workers. She doesn’t talk back to them, but she still has to let off steam, so she ends up going to karaoke by herself and singing death metal.

If you haven’t seen this anime yet, you are definitely missing out on something very unique and fun. Best of all, it isn’t a time-sink since you can watch the entire first season in about two and a half hours. Do yourself a favor and check this one out!

NY Toy Fair 2018 – Goodsmile Company – TMNT, Overwatch, Naruto, LoZ: Breath of The Wild

The Goodsmile Company was at NY Toy Fair 2018, with statues, figurines and their articulated Figma action figures of all sorts of licenses, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Overwatch, Naruto, the upcoming Batman anime, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Disney properties, and more.

For all of our NY Toy Fair 2018 video coverage, check out our huge playlist with over 50 videos – http://bit.ly/2CpzFHi

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BLUEFIN MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO WITH A COLORFUL ARRAY OF STUDIO GHIBLI LICENSED CONSUMER PRODUCTS AT TOY FAIR 2018

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, heads to one of the industry’s biggest annual events and will introduce attendees to the Studio Ghibli lifestyle brand at Toy Fair 2018.

Established in 1985 and considered a national treasure of Japan, Studio Ghibli was founded by the visionary director Hayao Miyazaki and is a legendary animation film studio renowned for full-length feature film classics including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. These films have been acclaimed by legions of fans and critics internationally.

Bluefin is an official North American master distributor for Studio Ghibli products with a catalog of over 250 SKUs from a variety of officially licensed Japanese licensees. A collection of over 100 unique lifestyle items will be on display at Toy Fair 2018. A special Studio Ghibli Starter Collection will be available to dealers at special wholesale show pricing (while supplies last).

Toy Fair 2018 takes place Feb. 17-20 at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in Manhattan, NY and is a leading annual industry event produced by the Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA), a non-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in manufacturing and distributing toys and youth entertainment products to consumers. TIA’s more than 900 members account for approximately 90 percent of the annual U.S. domestic toy market of $22 billion. Show details are available at: http://www.toyfairny.com.

2018 marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of My Neighbor Totoro. Bluefin will celebrate the property with a lush garden atmosphere inspired by the film in its booth during Toy Fair. A variety of officially licensed Studio Ghibli products from world-class Japanese manufacturers such as Benelic, Ensky, Skater, and Marushin will be displayed. Toy Fair attendees are invited to marvel at the incredible level of detail and superb craftmanship in each product.

Notable featured products include:

My Neighbor Totoro Figure Collection – Packaged blind boxes offer surprises for collectors and spotlight memorable characters from the landmark film. 12 figures total.
New Studio Ghibli Art Crystal Puzzles with Stained Glass effect for My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away. Several designs will be displayed.
No Face, Jiji, Kodama Coin Banks – Final production run for 2018 is available now. These unique and collectible products are not expected to be produced for the North American market again.

A special Studio Ghibli Starter Bundle will be available for purchase at special convention pricing during Toy Fair Bundle includes unique household and lifestyle items including Totoro Mini-Towels and Gift Box Sets, JiJi Mini-Towels and Gift Box Sets, Cat Bus and Totoro Chopstick Sets and Carrying Cases, and a selection of Flying Totoro and Flying Kiki Art Crystal Puzzles.

The Bluefin booth also will be accented with a display of Studio Ghibli concept products from a variety of licensed Japanese manufacturers. Samples will include:

Licensed Paper Goods – Chiyogami, Paper Theater, Figural Origami
Totoro Mino Yaki Pottery
Totoro/Wafu Pattern Totoro Jubako
Soft Totoro and Jiji Blankets
Figural Sofa and Bed Cushions
Totoro and Jiji Tote Bags
My Neighbor Totoro Statue
Puzzle Bowl (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service)
Metal Business Card Holders (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke)
Totoro Key Houses

New HUNTER X HUNTER Anime Home Media Edition Debuts From VIZ Media

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the latest home media edition for HUNTER X HUNTER with the release of Set 3 as Blu-ray and DVD sets on October 17th.

The latest sets each contain 24 episodes (Episodes 27 to 50). The HUNTER X HUNTER Set 3 Blu-ray will carry an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN; the DVD edition will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN;

In the latest home media edition, Gon and Killua head to Heaven’s Arena to train. The higher a fighter advances there, the tougher their opponents become! Moving up quickly, the two friends soon meet Zushi, who tells them about the power of Nen, and they begin training under his mentor. But the duo hits a wall on the 200th floor of the tower. Will Gon and Killua gain the strength they need to advance further?

The 4-disc Blu-ray set presents episodes in crisp 1080p High Definition and notably includes uncut English dubbed as well as Japanese subtitled dialogue options along with series trailers and clean opening and ending segments. A special bonus digital is exclusive to the Blu-ray edition.

The HUNTER X HUNTER anime series reboots the popular HUNTER X HUNTER manga originally created by Yoshihiro Togashi. The anime adventure is broadcast in North America on Adult Swim’s Toonami and was produced by the famed animation studio, MADHOUSE. The fresh English voice cast includes the talented Erica Mendez as Gon Freecss, Cristina Vee as Killua Zoldyck, Keith Silverstein as Hisoka, and Erika Harlacher as Kurapika.

In the original HUNTER X HUNTER manga series, also published by VIZ Media (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other people. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.

NYCC 2017: Banpresto World Figure Colosseum Statues

Here is a look at the entries for the Banpresto World Figure Colosseum, an event where sculptors make insanely awesome statues based on Dragon Ball and One Piece and compete to see who will reign supreme. The event happened during NYCC 2017, and there were many breathtaking entries, as you will see in the video above. Stay tuned for more coverage from NYCC!

Viz Media announces NYCC 2017 Exclusives & Schedule

a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, details special creator events, official panels, fun booth activities, and retail exclusives during New York Comic Con 2017.

New York Comic Con takes place October 5th – 8th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the nation’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. For more information, please visit NewYorkComicCon.com. VIZ Media will be located at Booth #1336.

This year, VIZ Media proudly welcomes the creative team behind THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series, Akira Himekawa (A. Honda and S. Nagano), as New York Comic Con Guests of Honor. Fans will be able to catch the duo’s first East Coast professional appearance as they participate in several panel discussions and autograph sessions throughout the convention.

VIZ Media / New York Comic Con Panels & Special Events Include:

Thursday, October 5th

4:00pm – 5:00pm VIZ Media Panel with Special Guests
Room 1A06
Join us for exciting announcements, exclusive first looks at new titles, and prizes! Akira Himekawa will also make a special appearance.

Friday, October 6th

4:00pm – 5:00pm THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Panel
Room 1A06
Welcome the creators behind the bestselling THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga, Akira Himekawa, as they discuss the work on their hit series. Fans attending this panel will receive a special collectible.

Saturday, October 7th

1:45pm – 2:45pm Shonen Jump Panel
Room 1A10
Hang out with the U.S and Japanese editors of the world’s most popular manga! We’ve got exciting news about what we’re doing to bring you the world’s best manga!

NYCC On-Site Akira Himekawa Autograph Sessions Include:

Thursday, October 5th at 6:00pm – limited to 100 people
Friday, October 6th at 6:30pm – limited to 100 people

Signing session attendees will each receive an exclusive shikishi art board from VIZ Media for Akira Himekawa to autograph. Official signings are ticketed before the event. Please visit the NYCC Pre-Show Lotteries page for more information, at http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Content/Pre-Show-Lotteries/.

NYCC Presents – Akira Himekawa Off-Site Autograph Sessions:

Barnes & Noble Tribeca Book Store, 97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
Saturday, October 7th, 1:30pm

Kinokuniya Book Store, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10018
Saturday, October 7th, 8:30pm
Be among the first 100 people to purchase any THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga from the Barnes & Noble Tribeca and Kinokuniya stores that day, and receive a wristband for the autograph session. Signing session attendees may choose to have either their purchased manga or a VIZ Media-supplied shikishi board signed.

Akira Himekawa at the Nintendo World Store Rockefeller Center, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020
Sunday, October 8th, 2:00pm
An encore appearance by THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga creators! Event details will be announced shortly by the Nintendo World Store.
Check the daily schedule for fun activities taking place at the VIZ Media booth, including:

RWBY In-Booth Signing Session – Celebrate the upcoming release of the RWBY manga! Meet Barbara Dunkelman, voice of Yang, and Gray Haddock, head of Rooster Teeth’s animation, and get a personalized, signed RWBY poster! – Friday, Oct. 6th at 5:30pm
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Pose Off
It’s more fun than you can… STAND! Strike a pose with one of our JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE cosplayers and epic, life-sized Jotaro statue, and get a free art card set featuring favorite characters from STARDUST CRUSADERS.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS Bag Giveaway
Get a legendary drawstring bag to keep your rupees secure!
TOKYO GHOUL: RE Pin Collection
Stop the Ghoul threat! Visit the VIZ Media booth each day to pick up exclusive TOKYO GHOUL: RE pins, available in three different designs.

The VIZ Media retail area will offer a variety of must-have NYCC 2017 exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media 2017 exclusive tote bag offered in three designs featuring SAILOR MOON, SHONEN JUMP (featuring BORUTO and ONE-PUNCH MAN) and POKÉMON. Additional notable VIZ Media products include:

Exclusive & Limited-Edition
ONE-PUNCH MAN and ONE PIECE Manga Replicas – exclusive from Japan: $15 each
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Jotaro Kujo Figure: $60
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Enamel Sliding Pin: $10
Pre-Street / Pre-Order Items
HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS Coloring Book: $17
TOKYO GHOUL: RE Vol. 1: $13
TOKYO GHOUL ILLUSTRATIONS: ZAKKI: $25
Special Bundles And Gifts With Purchase
BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Manga Vols. 1-2 – with exclusive postcard set: $15
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS Manga Vols. 1-2 – with exclusive gift with purchase poster: $15
Premium WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription – with exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Hat and YU-GI-OH! trading Card: $30