VA Unit Earphones Performs “Akiba’s Trip The Animation” OP Song in Full MV

The official YouTube channel for three-member voice actress unit Earphones has posted a five-minute full music video for their upcoming 5th single song “Ikken Rakuchaku Goyoujin” (Case Closed, Be Careful), the OP theme for the ongoing TV anime Akiba’s Trip The Animation that premiered on January 4. 68-year-old veteran singer Akira Kushida, who is well known for his theme song works for Combat Mecha Xabungle, Kinnikuman, and Toei’s Space Sheriff tokusatsu series in the mid-1980s, also makes a guest appearance in the clip as well as the recording of the song.  


The unit was formed by Marika Kouno, Rie Takahashi and Yuki Nagaku originally for the summer 2015 TV anime Sore ga Seiyu!/Seiyu’s Life! and has released four singles including the OP and ED theme songs for the anime. Their 5th single CD will be released in two editions on February 15.


The TV anime Akiba’s Trip The Animation is now available to Crunchyroll members in US, Canada, UK,

Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands.



“Ikken Rakuchaku Goyoujin” MV



30-second CM



Artist edition CD jacket


Anime edition



“Akiba’s Trip The Animation” main visual



2nd PV featuring the OP song



Source: Earphones official website






Japan Box Office: “In This Corner of the World” Has Attracted One Million Moviegoers

56-year-old director Sunao Katabuchi reported on his official Twitter yesterday that his anime film adaptation of Fumiyo Kouno’s award-winning manga Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni/In This Corner of the World had attracted over one million moviegoers in Japan in 66 days since its release on November 12, 2016.



According to the latest box office report for the weekend of January 14 and 15, the film earned about 200

million yen (18% up from the previous weekend) in its 10th weekend, which was the highest weekend gross

in the film’s domestic run. It ranked 8th in the weekend ranking (two positions up), and has stayed in the top

10 for 10 straight weeks. Now its total gross has increased to 1.34 billion yen.


As reported, Japan’s oldest film magazine Kinema Junpo named the film as the best Japanese film of 2016

and Katabuchi as the best director last Monday. Then NHK also aired a special program dedicated to the film

in its Close-up Gendai social affairs TV show on January 12. The film has kept receiving more and more critical

acclaims and favourable media coverage in Japan.  



Weekend box office in Japan (January 14-15)


 1 (new). “Honnouji Hotel”

 2 (3). “Kimi no Na wa./Your Name.”

 3 (2). “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”

 4 (new). “Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger the Movie: Super Sentai’s Message from the Future”

 5 (1). “Yo-Kai Watch The Movie: The Great Adventure of the Flying Whale and the Double World”

 6 (4). “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

 7 (5). “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

 8 (10). “Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni”

 9 (8). “Boku wa Asu, Kinou no Kimi to Date Suru”

 10 (6). “Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko”



“Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni” trailer






Proud Gen Urobuchi Shows Off His “Thunderbolt Fantasy” Puppet

Popular writer Gen Urobuchi has been fairly quiet on social media lately. And, there hasn’t been much on the sequel to Taiwanese puppet co-production Thunderbolt Fantasy (or the anime Godzilla he was attached to in August either). Still, when you get your hands on a wuxia puppet, you have to show it off, and, Urobuchi took to Twitter to share a look at the one that just arrived. 



He then constructed a case to protect it from dust…



Speaking of Gen Urobuchi, Washington state’s Sakura-con announced that they will be hosting the writer.


The event takes place April 14-16 at the Washington State Convention Center


In honor of our 20th Anniversary we are pleased to welcome guests from Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers and Touken Ranbu! This excellent group of guests includes members who work for Nitroplus, the most prominent Japanese software maker and content developer, and those who work for PILI, the largest and most established puppetry production company from Taiwan.


Our most prominent guest in this announcement is the Creator of Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers, the talented writer and PC game maker from Nitroplus, Gen Urobuchi. His writing and creative credits are numerous, with fan favorite series such as Fate/Zero, Magical Girl Madoka Magica and Kamen Rider Gaimu.


Accompanying Mr. Urobuchi will be a group of business and creative talent that have made Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers the irresistible and unique cultural phenomenon we have grown to love. The President and Executive Producer of Nitroplus, Mr. Digitarou and Producer Koh Kitaoka will be prominent members of Mr. Urobuchi’s entourage. Mr. Digitarou and Mr. Kitaoka are also the creative members of the production committee behind the popular online game series in Japan, Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- and the hit animation series of TOUKEN RANBU HANAMARU and the upcoming new animation of Touken Ranbu in 2017.

This all-star group will also include guests who work for PI

LI, such as Liang-Hsun Huang the 5th generation head of the renowned puppetry Huang family in Taiwan, and the 2nd generation successor of PILI International Multimedia Inc, the largest Taiwanese puppet media production company. Joining him will be Chen-Ching Ting, known as “Uncle Cat”, a star senior puppeteer from PILI and Yi-Tsun Hsiao, the lead puppeteer and instructor.


If you have yet to experience Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers and Touken Ranbu, Sakura-Con 2017 will be your opportunity to meet creators, see puppets up close and immerse yourself in their dynamic and dramatic stories. Please see the guest page for full guest bios.


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.


“Hirunehime” Chosen as Opening Film for Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival

At the latest press conference for the upcoming Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2017 held in Sapporo yesterday, it was announced that the anime feature film Hirunehime -Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari- (Princess Nap -The Story of Unknown Me-) was chosen as the opening film for the internationally popular event. 


The Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)-directed film will be screened with English subtitles on the festival’s opening day, March 2. In its 26th year, the festival is scheduled to screen 86 films for five days till March 6. Then the 110-minute film will get a theatrical release in Japan on March 18.



The film’s story description on the festival’s official website:

In the summer of 2020, 3 days before the start of the Tokyo Olympic games, Kokone Morikawa lives with

her father alone in Kurashiki, Okayama. She is an ordinary high school girl and the only thing she is good

at is “taking naps”. Recently, she has had a recurring dream many times. However due to the pressure of

the future, friends and family, she is finding less time to nap. With traveling between the dreams and reality,

the secret of her family starts to be revealed…



Full trailer


Main staff:


 Director/Screenplay Writer: Kenji Kamiyama

 Original Character Designer: Satoko Morikawa (The Cat Returns)

 “Hearts” Designer: Shigeto Koyama (Big Hero 6)

 Animation Director: Atsuko Sasaki (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Eden of The East)

 Anime Production: Signal-MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note)

 Distributor: Warner Brothers Japan


Flyer visuals


Source: “Hirunehime -Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari-” official website


©2017 Hirunehime Production Committee



“Flame Alchemist” Roy Mustang Joins Kotobukiya’s ARTFX J Figure Line

230mm-tall pre-painted figure will be shipped in June 2017

Japanese retailers have started accepting pre-orders for Kotobukiya’s pre-painted PVC figure of Roy Mustang for a June 2017 release. It is the company’s first ARTFX J figure from the second TV anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood aired in Japan from 2009 to 2010. The price for the 230mm-tall item in Japan is 14,040 yen (about 124 US dollars). More characters from the anime are expected to be added to the figure line soon. 





Source: Kotobukiya


© Hiromu Arakawa/Fullmetal Alchemist Production Committee,MBS


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“Deadly Premonition” Director Hidetaka Suehiro Opens New Studio

Hidetaka Suehiro, AKA SWERY, is the designer, writer, and director most known for quirky games like Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die. He recently left his position at Access Games, and now we know where he ended up. He is currently the president and CEO of a new studio called White Owls, which aims to deliver unique games “from Osaka to all of YOU around the World.” 


In addition to the amazing portrait you see before you, the White Owls website includes a message from SWERY that explains the meaning behind the company’s name.


Deep meaning exists in the name ‘White Owls.’


In Ancient Greece, owls were called sages of the forest, and thought to be servants of Athena (Minerva), the goddess of wisdom.


Their eyes can pierce the darkness, and their ears can hear sound in 3D. Their wings allow them to silently catch their prey, and their powerful claws can effortlessly tear through even the toughest of bodies. There is also an Albino species of owl clad in sheer white fur which possesses an especially mystical quality.


We at White Owls hope to keep growing until we can someday evolve into a similar type of mystical entity.


We’ve only barely taken our first breath, but we hope you’ll keep an eye on us as we embark along our journey.


Most of the content on the website is coming soon, but it’s in English so it’s worth following.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.


Set Of “My Hero Academia” Season 2 Character Designs Published

This week’s issue of Shonen Jump is out, and, with it, a new set of cast additions for season two of My Hero Academihave been officially introduced. Meet class 1-B president Itsuka Kendou and classmate Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, plus support-hero-in-training Mei Hatsume. 

The adaptation of the manga’s Sports Festival arc is planned for spring, to air on NTV/YTV Saturday evenings at 5:30.

 Itsuka Kendou – voiced by Saki Ogasawara 

Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu – voiced by Kouji Okino

Mei Hatsume – voiced by Azu Sakura

via Natalie

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.


Cast And Theme Song Singers Meet In “Accel World vs. Sword Art Online” Opening Preview

Sword Art Online, a gaming sci-fi by Reki Kawahara set in the year 2022, and Accel World, a gaming sci-fi set in the year 2046, are set to meet again in Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight, heading to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in Japan on March 16, 2017. Along with Kirito, Asuna, Black Lotus, Silver Crow and company, anime adaptation theme song singers Luna Haruna and Kotoko will be meeting in theme song “SxW -Soul World-.”


Check this out in a new preview of the game’s opening.




Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.


Japan Academy Film Prize Announces “Animation of the Year” Nominees

The 5 nominees have been announced for the catergory of “Animation of the Year” for the Japan Academy Film Prize, a prestigious industry award that celebrates excellence in Japanese films. The nominees for “Animation of the Year” include:



Your Name, directed by Makoto Shinkai.



A Silent Voice, directed by Naoko Yamada.



In This Corner of the World, directed by Sunao Katabuchi.



Rudolf the Black Cat, directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara.



And ONE PIECE FILM GOLD, directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto.


The winner of the “Animation of the Year” prize will be announced at the 40th annual Japan Academy Film Prize ceremony, which will be held on March 03, 2017.


Source: Ota-suke


Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.


The Gears of Fate are Set in Motion in “Clockwork Planet” Trailer

An official trailer is now available online for Clockwork Planet, an upcoming TV anime based on the fantasy light novel series written by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana and illustrated by Shino about a world where everything has been replaced with clockwork mechanisms.



Clockwork Planet is directed by Tsuyoshi Nagasawa and features animation by XEBEC. The story takes place in a setting where the Earth has perished and a new planet composed completely of clockwork mechanisms has replaced it. On this world, a chance encounter sets the gears of fate in motion.



Clockwork Planet will begin broadcasting on TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) and BS-TBS beginning in April of 2017.


Source: Ota-suke


Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.