Hard to believe but cult classic series, Death Note, is about to turn ten years old. To mark the event, Shueisha has launched a new Death Note teaser site with a cryptic that says, ”If you touch this note, your memory will revive.”
There is a countdown timer as well which will finish at 12:00 (JST) on March 3rd, at which point something will be revealed to mark the 10th anniversary. What could it be? Any ideas, otakus?
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the 4th episode of our otaku lifestyle show, It’s Japan, Man! recently went live on YouTube. And just in case you missed it, you can catch it below.
Japan is an ever changing landscape of trends. What everyone is following one day may literally change overnight. One of the more unique trends to come around involves smartphones. Specifically, fans have taken to creating art of their favourite anime/game characters behaving as if they’re trapped behind the smartphone glass.
Pixiv is a Japanese based art portal which is where these pics have come from. I’ve provided links where possible if you want to go and check out more of their amazing work.
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these but some of these ads were too cute to pass up. That’s one of the things we love about Akihabara, the way it’s always changing and evolving and setting gaming trends. It literally feels like a part of Tokyo that is always breathing and alive.
Check out the gallery below but be warned…kawaii sensory overload!
Fans of quirky manga, Pupipoh!, will be pleased to hear that an anime adaptation has been green lit. Pupipoh! is a different manga in that it straddles the comedy/horror line so the anime version should be quite interesting once it enters production. The anime will be airing on the TV Tokyo network, currently scheduled for a December 20th debut.
For those of you in the dark and in need of some schooling, the plot of the manga revolves around a fifth grade female student, Wakaba Himeji, who discovers she has a spiritual power in that it allows her to see things that are invisible to other people. It’s because of this ability that she finds herself as an outcast and at odds with her family and school peers. Everything changes when one day, on the side of the road she encounters a strange creature, pink in colour, chanting ”Pupipoh!” After that day, everything changes in her life as she goes about her daily routine with her new pink friend.
The past weekend saw the 2nd Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair after the huge success it turned out to be last year. The event is also known “Kyomafu” for short and was held on September 6 (business day) and September 7th (public day). The venue chosen for the event was the Miyako Messe (Kyoto International Exhibition Hall) and it was all put together by the City of Kyoto.
The idea of the event is to provide an avenue for young creators of manga and to create a greater awareness of both anime and manga for tourists and fans alike. Conditions weren’t the best for the event with Mother Nature turning on the rain but nonetheless, more 20,000 fans flocked to see some amazing manga and the odd anime thrown in.
All the pics below were taken by Mikikazu Komatsu
Hot on the heels of the upcoming, sublime FPS for the PS Vita, Killzone: Mercenary, Sony has decided to ramp the promotions for the game in a unique manner.
The October edition of the magazine, Monthly Shounen Ace, will have a Killzone manga printed within its pages. The manga will be drawn by artist, Kamome Mukojima, and will consist of an entirely new and original story. The manga will tell the story of two mercenaries called Huey and Ross who are the only survivors from the ISA platoon.
Don’t forget, Killzone: Mercenary releases on September 5th for Japan and September 10 in North America.
Popular manga, Gantz, which has received the live action treatment via two moves, will be wrapping up its manga run. In the current chapter, numbered 381, there was an announcement that ”it seems everything is headed for despair. Two more chapters, then it’s the end.”
Supernatural manga, Tokyo ESP, has been confirmed as receiving the anime conversion as confirmed by the publisher, Kadokawa. The manga has strange origins first being developed as having a hero who was fart powered and had shades of The Matrix through it.
The publisher turned down that bizarre idea so instead the creator, Hajime Segawa, came back with the story of a heroine who after witnessing a flying penguin develops phasing abilities.
Sounds like an interesting story, can’t wait to see what the anime looks like. We’ll keep you posted on this new anime in the making.