Category Archives: Anime

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SAO Kirito Bedsheets Sell Out First Day

The Tokyo Anime Centre in the UDX building, Akihabara is currently hosting a Sword Art Online exhibition from October 15 through to the 26th. And one of the items being sold at the event are bed sheets manufactured by Genco featuring Kirito from SAO II. However fans who missed the opening of the show were left disappointed when they found out that the bedsheets sold out on the first day. Fans of Asuna were in luck though with an abundance of sheets still to be found.

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Fate/Stay Night Trailer English Sub

Here’s a look at the trailer for the forthcoming reimagining of Fate/stay night with English subs. Studio ufotable is making all this possible and bringing the new anime to the small screen.

The anime will be receiving a special launch screening in North America at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles, CA on September 28th. 

For tickets, check out http://fatestaynight.bpt.me/

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Under The Dog Receives Kojima Endorsement

Anime Kickstarter project out of Japan, Under The Dog, has received a boost towards its goal of $580,000. Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear fame has thrown his support behind the project with the following quote:

“Coming with the permeation of the internet [in our daily lives], “creating” and a production’s “financing” structure have changed significantly.

Now, new methods of “creating” are being put to the test, where direct communication between the creator and the global user has become the norm and the creator is not bound by the former traditional investor or clientele. In such circumstances right now, a writer with remarkable talent, Jiro Ishii, who brought to the world numerous renowned adventure games during his “salary man” days, has now taken up the torch in order to challenge the traditions and establish this new future of “creating.” This is “Under the Dog,” the crowdfunding effort for an indie anime based on Jiro Ishii’s original story.

One cannot help but pay close attention to this project. One cannot help but cheer on this project. In particular, how can this creator who garners cult-like popularity catalyze a new chemical reaction [in the industry] by putting an emphasis on “creating,” which stands apart from the typical commercial oriented projects? One cannot help but look forward to this succeeding.

Jiro Ishii’s indie challenge will not only change the path for “creating,” but at the same time declare the answer for the question: Can game designers be accepted by the world as storytellers in [other mediums] as well?”

As of writing, Under The Dog has raised $616,732 of its $580,000 goal which is amazing and means this amazing 24 minute anime will go into production. If you’ve come to the party late and aren’t up to speed with this exciting project with some amazing names behind it, I’ve included a trailer along with some information on the people behind it and some amazing artwork.

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Masahiro Ando

Yusuke Kozaki

Hiroaki Yura

Jiro Ishii

Kinema Citrus

Orange Co

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First Fate/Stay Night Ad

Here’s something that a lot of fans have been waiting for. It’s the first ad for the new anime from studio, Ufotable, which is a modern retelling of fantasy light novel, Fate/stay night. Some of the crew that have previously worked on Fate/zero are also joining the crew to help bring this vision to life. Here’s the first trailer, enjoy!

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Madoka Magica Summer Updates

Fans of Madoka Magica will be chomping at the bit for these next set of news. The girls from the series will be receiving an update for the digital card game during the Summer season. There’s camping gear with a Summer theme as well as circus inspired outfits, just to name a couple.

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KanColle Anime Incoming

Great news coming out from Kadokawa with the reveal that Kantai Collection, or KanColle, has been slated for anime release. For those that haven’t caught up with this title, it’s a mobile game on Android and iOS and by all accounts, is very addictive. The gameplay is a free to play, online card game which features warships depicted as very kawaii girls. There’s also a PS Vita game in the works but for now, check out the trailer for the anime below.

And to give you a better idea of what they look like, here’s Neko from Japanese pop culture TV show It’s Japan, Man! as Shimakaze from KanColle. Photographed by the always amazing Neil Creek.

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Kirito & Sinon Bed Apparel

Sword Art Online 2 has recently kicked off and the new merchandise has begun to roll out. First up we have Gun Gale Online Kirito bedsheets courtesy of Genco. The bedsheets will also be showcased at the upcoming, Comiket 86. 

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Another awesome bit of apparel, from Kadokawa, are the hug pillows, or dakimakura, featuring Asuna, and more importantly, Sinon, the ice cool sniper.

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Sailor Moon Crystal Sees New Merchandise

Sailor Moon Crystal has only just launched in Japan and around the world via streaming service Crunchyroll and already the first wave of merchandise has hit the streets.

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Coming straight from Bandai’s Premium online store is the  “Sailor Soldier Tiara Ring” pre-order. There are five different styles and have been modelled after the five different tiaras as worn by the characters in the series. There are pink, blue, red, green, yellow colours with a Swarovski crystal decorating the piece. They’ll set you back ¥11, 340 and will start to being delivered sometime the middle of October.