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Turn Your Room Into an Anime Haven With This Japanese Company

Have you ever dreamed of flooding your room with faces of your favorite anime characters? How about lying down on a soft bed with your cute, beloved mahou shoujo (magical girl) gloriously printed on the mattress or pillows? Now is your chance! Itabeya (痛部屋) makes it possible for you! The term “itabeya” refers to a…

Check Out These Japanese Women Who Are Cosplaying as Harley Quinn!

Suicide Squad is one of the superhero films that has recently gained popularity in Japan. Even before the movie’s opening, many cosplay enthusiasts have already taken interest in playing the different roles of the squad members. It is quite noticeable that one of the members, Harley Quinn, seems to be the favorite of many cosplayers.…

Is ‘Ninja Gaiden’ One of the Most Important Games Ever?

When I was little and just learning games from my older brother, I would watch him and his friends play our NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) for hours at a time. I remember watching him beat all of Super Mario Bros. 3 in one sitting (no warps). I remember watching him play The Legend of Zelda,…

Meet the Characters of ‘orange’ Before Seeing Its New Movie and Exhibit

The biggest talk of the town over the last few months in terms of anime, as many of you may be aware of, is none other than the Japanese animated youth fantasy film Kimi no Na wa (君の名は) or Your Name by Makoto Shinkai (新海誠). Gaining the number one spot on its opening week, the…

Did You Know That Power Rangers Was Inspired by a Japanese Series?

“It’s morphin’ time!” – you must be familiar with this phrase and remember shouting it out when you were a kid watching 5 adults turn into superhumans in shining costumes. The first one to do it was the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – the heroes that almost every kid from the ’80s and ’90s would…

Into Cosplay? Here Are 5 Japanese Anime Popular Among Cosplayers

Anime and manga comprise a major portion of Japanese pop culture today, especially since it is not only popular in Japan but also around the world. To allow people to express their love for their favorite anime characters, “cosplay” (from the word “costume” and “play”) came into practice. It is a performance art in which…

The Reason Why the Japanese Film ‘Your Name’ Is a Box Office Hit

By far the biggest anime film hit of 2016! In a span of three days after its release in Japanese theater on August 26, 2016, Your Name (君の名は。 – Kimi no Na wa) easily grabbed the top box office hit throne with its stunning 1.2 billion yen earning! Ever since the announcement of Makoto Shinkai’s…

The Japanese Actor Behind Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action’s Kaneki Ken

Reports about Masataka Kubota playing the lead character, Monkey D. Luffy, in a live-action movie for One Piece started circulating and perturbed the fans of the long-running popular series. But they heaved a sigh of relief as Shueisha Inc. and Toei Animation totally debunked the claims of a Chinese company buying the copyrights to have…

Has Everyone Forgotten About the JRPG Classic ‘Parasite Eve’?

In the past few years, the world of gaming has one under heavy fire from progressives and women’s rights groups claiming that female game characters are incredibly sexist. They especially point to games made in Japan where it is common for female game characters to be clad in less fabric than you might find or…

Do You Know What Japanese Anime Was Inspired by This Town?

Places we get to see in anime are usually inspired by real life locations. In one episode, we might see Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) or Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) and we would know immediately that the story takes place in Tokyo (東京). For the swimming anime Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club, a quaint town in Tottori Prefecture…