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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.

Songster Creates “Perfect PokeRap” With All 812 Pokemon Names

Remember the rap song at the end of the Pokemon cartoon that listed all 150 characters? Other versions have come and gone, but at last we have a PokeRap with EVERY. SINGLE. POKEMON. EVER.

Polygon Video Producer Brian David Gilbert debuted his “Perfect PokeRap” during a panel at PAX East 2019. Gilbert kicked things off with a bit of a comedy routine and explanation of the process to make this masterpiece, and while it is a long video, it’s worth the watch. It’s been years since an updated version of the PokeRap was made, and I am glad someone took it into their own hands to get the job done. This is what true vigilante justice looks like.

Check out the video below, with the rap starting around 24 minutes in:

RIP Terry the Tangela

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New “Fairy Tail” Key Art Released As Series Finale Draws Near

One of my favorite anime series, “Fairy Tail” is coming to an end soon after an impressive run. As the finale date inches closer and closer, a new poster has popped up from the creators to hype the event.

Here is the image:

The poster doesn’t tell us much but it sure looks dramatic, and there is a lot of fire and flames. Perhaps something very big is headed for Natsu and Happy! The image (with 14 characters in it) also includes Lucy, Grey, Elsa, and Alvarez Empire guard Larcade Dragneel

The “Fairy Tail” anime has over 300 episodes, with the final season of the show starting in October 2018. The next episode, “White Dragneel”, airs on April 21, 2019.

The final season of “Fairy Tail” is currently airing Sundays at 7 PM on TV Tokyo 6 stations (TV Tokyo / TV Osaka / TV Aichi / TV Hokkaido / TV Setouchi / TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting).

News originally via Anime!Anime!, translated by OtakuMode

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“Pokemon Detective Pikachu” Audition Tape For Pokemon Revealed

It must have been quite the chore casting a movie like “Pokemon Detective Pikachu”. The sheer number of Pokemon alone is daunting, but trying to find the perfect fit for this movie must have been an even bigger chore. Today, Legendary released the casting tape with all the auditions from the Pokemon who made it into the film, and it is super cute!

Check out the auditions below:

Poor Magikarp!

“Pokemon Detective Pikachu” lands in theaters on May 10. It’s super effective!

If you like this, you will love our look at the Detective Pikachu toys from Wicked Cool Toys coming out later this Spring, seen during Toy Fair 2019.

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Cast For “Cowboy Bebop” Live-Action Show Announced

The Netflix live-action version of the anime classic “Cowboy Bebop” has finally found it’s cast, and it’s quite a list of talent.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, John Cho will headline the show as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir will play Jet Black, Danielle Pineda will play Faye Valentine, and Alex Hassell will be Spike’s rival, Vicious.

Image courtesy of “The Hollywood Reporter”

Cho will be seen in the upcoming season of “The Twilight Zone” on CBS All Access, but you may remember him as Sulu from the JJ Abrams Star Trek movies, or Harold from the “Harold and Kumar” series.

Shakir most recently was Baron Samedi on “American Gods”, but you may recall him as The Bushmaster from Netflix’s “Luke Cage” series.

Pineda has been in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, “American Odyssey” and “The Detour”, while Hassell can be seen in “Suburbicon”, “Two Down”, and has extensive TV work including “Torchwood” and “Hustle”.

The official description given for the show reads: “The space Western story follows Spike Spiegel and his rag-tag crew of bounty hunters, or Cowboys, as they try to capture the galaxy’s worst criminals and survive the unexpected dangers they encounter throughout space, sometimes saving the world in the process but always leaving millions in damages.”

Alex Garcia Lopez, who has helmed episodes of Daredevil, Luke Cage and Cloak and Dagger, will direct the first two installments of the 10-episode series. Christopher Yost wrote the first episode. Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed the original anime, will act as consultant on the series.

Surprisingly, no one has been listed for the part of Ed yet, but I kind of like that. Hopefully, we get to meet Ed (and Ein) during the first season of the show. Speaking of, we don’t know anything yet about the format of the show, and duration of the season (although IMDB has it listed at 10 episodes currently). Nor have we seen anything to give us an idea of what anything will look like, so we just have to be patient until we get our first glimpse of the cast in costume.

The original “Cowboy Bebop” anime aired in Japan in 1998 and hit US airwaves for the first time in 2001. It has continued to be a staple on Cartoon Network’s Saturday night line-up for years.

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Skater Hits The Ice At Championship With “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” Routine

Yesterday, we wrote about a Ghostbusters routine happening at the World Figure Skating Championship in Saitama, Japan. Turns out the geekiness was not limited to just Italy, as Japan’s Keiji Tanaka broke out his Stand and skated a dynamic routine based on anime hit “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”.

Check out the video below:

Tanaka dressed as Jōsuke Higashikata and performed to “Diamond Is Unbreakable” by M.Fukuda for this exhibition routine.

Tanaka is the 2016 NHK Trophy bronze medalist, 2017 Winter Universiade silver medalist, 2011 World Junior silver medalist, and a two-time Japanese national silver medalist

He ranked #14 in the Men’s competition during the WFSC 2019, with a score of 238.40.

Anime has been a big hit with many pro figure skaters, and is not just limited to the WFSC. In 2016, an ice skating routine based around Cowboy Bebop occured, and just last year there was a Sailor Moon routine.

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“Rilakkuma and Kaoru” Trailer Is Too Much Cuteness For Us To Handle

Adorable SanRio character Rilakkuma and his pals are coming to Netflix in a brand new series, called “Rilakkuma and Kaoru”, and it is so sweet you may get cavities from it.

It stars Lana Condor as the voice of Kaoru, whose life revolves around work and loneliness, while her roommate is a soft toy bear who only knows how to relax and nothing more. It seems Rilakkuma has much to teach Kaoru about life, and the cuteness factor here is over 9000.

Check out the trailer below:

“Rilakkuma and Kaoru” starts streaming on Netflix on April 19th.

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“One Punch Man” Season 2 TRailer Reveals April 2019 Return

It took three years, but we finally have the second season to “One Punch Man” coming sooner than you may think!

Saitama is back with his friends, along with some very epic new foes, and is ready to fight the best and challenger himself to be the number one hero. The trailer also introduces a new antagonist named Garou, who was teased in the first season as one of the strongest fighters around. Plus, it looks like Fubuki has certainly grown up since the last time we saw her!

Check out the trailer below:

One Punch Man returns for Season 2 on April 9 on Hulu, where it will be available with English subtitles.

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Brian K. Vaughan to Write Live-Action “Gundam” Film

April marks the 40th anniversary for “Mobile Suit Gundam”, a highly influential anime that continues to produce new sagas every year. A live-action movie will soon be joining the portfolio, and the writer helming it is one comic lovers will be excited to hear about.

According to a report form Deadline, Brian K. Vaughan will be writing the Gundam film. This seems to be a part of his three-year overall deal with Legendary, where the film studio would make movies based on his original works as well as other projects they present to him.

Vaughan is known for Y: The Last Man (which will also have a TV series soon), Runaways, Ex Machina, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, Private Eye, Saga, and Paper Girls (which will be concluding soon). Vaughan has won 14 Eisner Awards, 14 Harvey Awards, and a Hugo Award for his work.

The 1979 series was created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, who founded a landmark anime that has influenced countless other series through the decades.

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Banpresto Booth At NY TOY FAIR 2019 – LIVE

We are live and checking out the new stuff from Banpresto at Toy Fair 2019, including DC comics, Harry Potter, Dragonball, My Hero Academia and more!

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Ghibli Fest 2019 Schedule Released – Here’s How To See These Hayao Miyazaki Classics In Theaters

Heads up to you Ghibli Studios and Hayao Miyazaki lovers! Ghibli Fest is back this year, with a slew of movies to watch starting in the Spring and ending this Winter.

If you ever wanted to see a classic Miyazaki movie on the big screen, this is your chance. GKids is bringing nine of his greatest hits to US theaters throughout the course of the year, giving you a great opportunity to see these movies the way they truly were meant to be.

This year also marks three major Miyazaki milestones. 2019 is the 15th anniversary for “Howl’s Moving Castle”, 30th anniversary of “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, and the 35th anniversary for “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”.

Check out the schedule below:

The current line-up and dates to see the movies are as follows:

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE: 15th Anniversary Event – April 7, 8 & 10
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND: 35th Anniversary Event – May 20 & 21
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE: 30th Anniversary Event – July 28, 29 & 31
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO – August 25, 26 & 28
SPIRITED AWAY – October 27, 28 & 30
PRINCESS MONONOKE – November 17, 18 & 20

Head to Ghibli Fest’s official website for more details on how to purchase tickets to see this in participating theaters starting on March 7.

You can also head to Fathom Events website for more info on which dates will have the English subtitled versions of the film, or the dubbed version.

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