Character goods makers are starting to line up their summer plans for One Piece. Morimoto Sangyo has a set of 3D mousepads, based on the 15th anniversary character designs seen in AAA's "Wake Up!" anime opening, due in July. Then, Bandai has their latest "candy" trading figures, packaged with chewing gum. Get a look after the jump.
fripSide's (A Certain Scientific Railgun) eighth single, with Black Bullet anime theme "black bullet" and "pico scope -SACLA-," is set to be released in Japan on May 14th. Check out the preview for the music video, set to be packaged n a DVD with the limited edition. After the jump.
As reported in her official blog post, 18-year-old anime voice actress/singer Yui Ogura finally graduated from her high school on March 8. In commemoration of it, Japanese publisher Gakken will release her high school graduation memorial photo book titled "yui memory" on June 5. Check the details after the jump.
Japanese character toy/figure company Mega House announced today that it will release two types of Rubik's Cube inspired by the first and second story arcs of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure TV anime series, named "JoJo's Bizarre Cube" in Japan in late April. Check the details of the products after thr jump.
Veteran anime voice actress Kikuko Inoue posted photos and videos about her visit to Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum in Miyagi Prefecture. She took part in a charity event to support earthquake recovery with Atsuko Tanaka (Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in The Shell) and Akio Otsuka (Batou) last weekend. Check the videos after the jump.
KanColle breaking your wallet? There are two new figures going up for pre-order, and lucky for you they are not terribly expensive at all. Get a look at Phat! Company's Medicchu Akagi and Haruna after the jump.
It is officially confirmed today on April 16 that popular Japanese girls group (consisting of at least 29 members) E-girls' pop tune "ASAP" will be used as the theme song for the upcoming action-comedy tokusatsu parody film Jyoshizu. Check the latest trailer featuring the song after the jump.
Lantis has posted a short version promotional video for "SHIPS," the leading track from popular anime voice actor Kenichi Suzumura's upcoming 3rd album "VESSEL." He is known as the voice of Sougo Okita in Gintama and Atsushi Murasakibara in Kuroko's Basketball. Check the public bath-themed clip after the jump.
NIS America has good news for Akiyuki Shinbo/Shaft completists and fans of absurd gag comedies. Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge, the second season of the adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura look at the exploits of the denizens that reside below the Arakawa bridge, will be available for purchase across North America on April 29. More after the jump.
Following the August releases of Medaka Kurokami and Rias Gremory, figure maker FREEing now have one of their huge, 1/4th scale bunny girl figures set to depict Infinite Stratos' Cecilia Alcott. The series' UK representative will be shipping from Good Smile Company in October, with the hefty 31cm figure going for a hefty 18,333 yen pre-tax price. Check it out after the jump.
Nominees for the 2014 Eisner Awards have been announced. Outside the typically manga dominated "Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia" category. Suehiro Maruo's manga version of Edogawa Rampo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island got a "Best Adaptation" nod while 47 Ronin, by Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai, with Kazuo Koike consulting was nominated for the Limited Series Award.
Nintendo isn't going to let Mario and Luigi hog the special Wii remote spotlight for much longer. Princess Peach is about to get her very own controller later this month in the form of an appropriately colored remote. Pic and more past the break.
The latest anime acquisition from Sentai Filmworks is none other than Love Lab. The series is hitting select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow at a later date. Read on for more.
The 20th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, which is released in Japan today on April 16, officially announces that a TV anime adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki's fantasy manga Nanatsu no Taizai/The Seven Deadly Sins is in the works. Hit the jump for more information.
LEGO sculptor @ChaosBrick has unveiled the amazing fruit of six months of work with a look their life-sized recreation of Hatsune Miku made out of the plastic building blocks. Check it out after the jump.