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Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ranma ½ With This Unique Merchandise!

The gender-bender theme has been used so many times, especially in the genre of romantic comedy. The recent success of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name represents the continuing popularity of this theme. One of the most famous gender-bender series back in the early 1990’s is Ranma ½ (Ranma Nibun-no-Ichi) . Serialized in 1987, this shonen manga…

5 Japanese Live Action Anime Adaptations You Have to See in 2017

2017 started strong with a whole new array of films set to impress, touch, inspire, and make us admire the movie industry once again. But if it’s about live action adaptations of some of the most notable anime (アニメ) series we all come to love, there’s Japan that makes sure she owns the spotlight. In…

Meet the Japanese Designer Behind Kaneki Ken’s Iconic Ghoul Mask

A 30-second trailer for Tokyo Ghoul’s (東京喰種トーキョーグール) live-action adaptation has been released. The movie is directed by Kentaro Hagiwara (萩原健太郎). The trailer introduces its main characters including Masataka Kubota (窪田正孝) as the human-turned-half-ghoul protagonist Kaneki Ken (金木研), Fumika Shimizu (清水富美加) as Toka Kirishima (霧嶋董香), Yu Aoi (蒼井優) as Rize Kamishiro (神代利世), Nobuyuki Suzuki (鈴木伸之) as…

5 Awesome “Shoujo” Manga and Where to Buy Them if You’re Outside Japan!

If you read manga (漫画), or Japanese comics, then you probably already know what shoujo (少女) manga is. But for those that are new to it, it is a category for readership or circulation that is aimed at teenage girls – this is directly evident in the word “shoujo” which means “little girl” or “young…

Celebrate 100 Years of Japanese Animated Film by Watching the Classics!

Believe it or not, Japanese animation, or more commonly known as anime, already went through a century-long journey! This definitely deserves a celebration, but no, we are not talking about popping champagne and throwing confetti. We will be celebrating it in a different way, but first, let’s learn a little about the history of the…

The Official Sailor Moon Fan Club Is Now Open to Overseas Members!

Are you a Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン) fan? Why not join the Official Sailor Moon Fan Club called “Pretty Guardians (プリティガーディアンズ)?” The manga-turned-animation series didn’t have an official fan club until 2016. Pretty Guardians is now on its second year and is also open to overseas fans who would like to join. Just like the Japanese…

7 Ways to Enjoy Japanese Manga Rurouni Kenshin

Only a few iconic anime heroes have smoothly transitioned into live-action so far. Among them is the legendary slayer-turned-pacifist Himura Kenshin (緋村剣心) back in 2012. The success of the live-action film prepared the ground for a further two-part live-action sequel, a gender-flipped stage play, a spin-off manga and a series of Sumi-e art works. But…

4 Japanese Slice of Life Anime Series You Shouldn’t Miss Out On!

While most people think that an anime should have majestic fantasy settings, super strong or extremely bright heroes, action-packed mecha wars or saccharine relationships; others prefer slower paced, character-centric ones that focus on mundane activities. Slice of life anime is an insight into the characters’ lives, as opposed to many dramatic animes. Viewers have different…

Cardcaptor Sakura Is Back in 2017 With This Japanese Movie Revival

Cardcaptor Sakura, also known as Cardcaptors, is a popular manga-turned-anime series which was directed by Mario Asoka and produced by Studio Madhouse. It has received great success over the years and has received several prizes. The manga publication started in May 1996 and the animation was subsequently aired in 1998. The franchise halted in the…

Fans, Get Ready! A Neko Atsume Live Action Movie Is Coming Your Way!

Having a pet or two, or even more in some cases, is a great way of making life that bit brighter. Thanks to the joy that our pets bring us wherever we are in the world, we always have a companion to help keep stress at bay. While some people are pet owners, not everyone…
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