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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…

Why Is Death Note Still So Popular? All About It and Its Adaptations

It’s been 10 years since its original run but Death Note’s popularity continues to rise and the creation of upcoming live action movies Death Note: Light Up the NEW World (デスノート Light up the NEW world) from Japan and Netflix’s Death Note from America prove it. Why is Death Note so popular? Death Note has…

10 Japanese Anime Themes to Look Out for This 2016 and Beyond!

Just like how the popular Pokémon evolve to achieve a stronger, more powerful form, anime, as an industry, also has its own evolution cycle – something which involves a series of worldwide popularity to a year-long production decline, then back to the proliferation of short, original works. This rise and fall have brought varied opinions…

Is Konami’s Castlevania One of the Most Underrated Game Series Ever?

One of the earliest games I can remember playing, apart from Super Mario Bros. (スーパーマリオブラザーズ), was Castlevania (悪魔城ドラキュラ). I can still remember the opening of the original game. You play as the brave Simon Belmont (シモン・ベルモント), you march to the front gates of Dracula’s castle, which you can see in the backdrop, epic music plays…

Can You Win the Heart of a ‘Tsundere Girl’ in This New Dating Game App?

There are so many dating game applications in Japan that it becomes a difficult task to tell one from the other. This time, developer SEEC Inc. has introduced a different dating game app that will challenge every gamer to win the heart of a tsundere (ツンデレ) girl. With its unusual cast, the dating game is…

The 9 Best Japanese Animated Films of the 21st Century

Among the many things that Japan is famous for, Japanese animation films (anime for short) hold a special place in almost everyone’s hearts. Anime is a form of art and there are several unique techniques and methods to making these films that prove to be an integral part of Japanese culture. Recently, a film and…

Pikachu, Is That You? Pokéfans Are Loving This New Pokémon, Mimikyu!

A post shared by Pokémon (@pokemon) on Dec 31, 2015 at 10:01am PST Pikachu is like the spokesperson or mascot of Pokémon. It is the most recognizable Pokémon in the series and its popularity is mainly due to it becoming a main character in the anime series. For many years, the team behind the franchise…