My Neighbor “Tote-oro”: Cute Totes for Ghibli Fans


 

Show your love for Studio Ghibli with the latest adorable merch release: Totoro tote bags, and they look as cuddly and friendly as the critter whose likeness they share. The bags will be sold at post offices and post office websites all around Japan.

 

 

The totes were released by merch maker Ensky, which also handles a few other Ghibli properties. The bags measure 28 cm x 35 cm x 9 cm and cost 1,550 each.

 

Also available are two other little goodies: a coin pouch and a puzzle.

 

 

The zippered pouch can be used for coins, keys, stamps, or anything else that might get lost in a bigger bag. It features a strap that you can use to clip the pouch to a bag or belt loop, or that you can remove entirely. The pouch with its tiny dancing Small Totoros costs 1,250 yen.

 

 

And finally — appropriately for post offices — there will be a special “letter puzzle” pack. The package contains a 30-piece puzzle, along with an envelope and seals. Assemble the puzzle, write a letter on the back of it as you would a postcard, then take it apart and send the pieces to a friend! The set costs 700 yen.

 

All items can be picked up at various post offices around Japan, or by visiting JP Post’s official website.

 

Source: Anime! Anime!

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.



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Game Designer Turns Comic Hero Thanks to “Pop Team Epic” Creator


 

Designer, commentator, and all-around game dude Mafia Kajita has a massive fan following online — partly for his work, but also for his, er, Mafia-style aesthetic. Merchandise has been released featuring his likeness, but so far he’s never gone truly 2D.

 

Until now.

 

 

In what is probably one of the most common-sense pairings ever, Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa has taken it upon himself to create a webcomic with Kajita as the protagonist. Titled GOHO Mafia! Kajita-kun, it is featured on the Dengeki G’s Magazine website. So far, the first installment includes a handful of 4koma.

 

Dengeki G’s Magazine is also known for running the Love Live! and Yuki Yuna manga.

 

Kajita says he was at first unsure about “becoming a manga,” but once he found out Okawa was behind it, he was definitely excited.

 

Check out the first release of GOHO Mafia! Kajita-kun on the Dengeki G’s website.

 

Source: Dengeki G’s, 4Gamer.net

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.



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“Gintama” Live-Action Film 2nd Trailer Reveals More Action, Theme Song by UVERworld  


The official website for the highly anticipated live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi’s action comedy manga Gintama today released a “super serious version” second trailer introducing more action scenes, including the confrontation between Gintoki and Takasugi, and also featuring the theme song “DECIDED” performed by six-member Japanese rock band UVERworld. They have provided many theme song for Japanese TV anime series, such as Bleach, Blood+, D.Gray-man, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Blue Exorcist, and The Heroic Legend of Arslan. “DECIDED” will be available as their 31st single on July 12, two days before the film’s theatrical release in Japan.

 

2nd trailer

 

 

UVERworld

 

“DECIDED” to be released on July 12, 2017

 ・First-press limited edition (CD+DVD) SRCL-9460-61 / ¥1,574 + tax

 ・Standard release (CD Only) SRCL-9462 / ¥1,204 + tax

 


 

1st trailer

 

Poster visual

 

 

Source: “Gintama” live-action film official website, Twitter

 

© Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha

© 2017 “Gintama” Production Committee

© POWERPLAY INC.

 



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“Shenmue III” Pushed Back to the Second Half of 2018


Yu Suzuki sends a message to backers of the ambitious project

It’s okay, Yu Suzuki, we all knew Shenmue III would be delayed at some point. It’s now expected to release sometime in the second half of 2018, and Suzuki relayed the message to backers of the original Kickstarter. More details will be revealed this month in the next backer report, but for now you can see what Suzuki had to say about it below. 

 

 

Shenmue III is currently in the works for PlayStation 4 and PC. 

 

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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.

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“In This Corner of the World” To Screen At New York’s Japan Cuts 2017 And Anime Expo


This July, New York and LA will both get screenings of acclaimed anime movie In This Corner of the World. First, it will be at Anime Expo with a screening on July 2nd featuring a Q&A with director Sunao Katabuchi. Then, on July 23rd, it will be the closer for the New York Japan’s Society’s Japan Cuts 2017 film series, which will have a Q&A with producer Taro Maki.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Director Katabuchi began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki, starting out as a scriptwriter on Miyazaki films while still a student. He was assistant director on Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), and debuted as director with TV series Famous Dog Lassie (1996). He then directed Princes Arete (2001). Katabuchi directed and wrote the script for Black Lagoon (2006). He later directed the acclaimed animated movie Mai Mai Miracle (2009).

FILM SYNOPSIS
Bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, this acclaimed animated feature recently won the coveted Animation of the Year award at this year’s 40th Japan Academy Prize. In This Corner of the World is set to open across U.S. cinemas on August 11, 2017.

The award-winning story of In This Corner of the World follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.

 

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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.



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Sentai Filmworks Cools Down “Gate” Dub Announcements With a Piña Co Lada


“Why did we come all the way out here to fight a bunch of crazed, blood-thirsty bandits?” Princess Piña Co Lada (played by Jessica Boone) has a rallying cry for you! Section23 will be releasing Sentai Filmworks’ collection of Gate on July 11th, and to prepare, they’ve started announcing the English dub cast. 

 

 

They previously introduced Yoji Itami (played by David Wald) 

 

 

 

Title:                 GATE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         600 min.

Street Date:      7/11/2017

Format:             BD, DVD COMBO

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $99.98, $79.98, $199.98

 

SYNOPSIS:  When a mysterious gate suddenly appears in Tokyo’s Ginza district and begins spewing armed warriors and flying monsters, the world is thrown into turmoil. Although the deadly attack is thrown back by Japan’s Self Defense Force, there’s now a new and entirely unknown land on the other side of the portal, and Japan is effectively at war with a nation on the other side. Determined to secure peace, the JSDF must send an armed force into the Gate, but ogres, dragons and a ruthless Empire populated by elves, humans, and half-animal warriors aren’t the only dangers they’ll face. With the resources of two worlds at stake, the balance of power on both sides of the Gate is destabilizing, and betrayal can come at any time, from any quarter. There, trapped right in the middle of the ensuing firestorm, stands officer Yoji Itami and the JSDF’s Third Reconnaissance Team as they plunge into the GATE.

 

 

 

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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.



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Voice Actress Maaya Uchida Posts Highlights from Her 2nd Live DVD/Blu-ray “Smiling Spiral”


Pony Canyon’s official anime YouTube channel has posted a three-minute dugest video from 27-year-old popular anime voice actress Maaya Uchida’s upcoming 2nd live DVD/Blu-ray “Smiling Spiral” to be released on August 23. The disc contains the 20 songs performed in her third solo concert at Yoyogi National Gymnasium’s 1st Gymnasium (capacity: 13,000) in Tokyo on February 25 and 26, 2017.

 

Uchida is best known as Rikka Takanashi in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Ranko Kanzaki in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, and Sharo Kirima in Is the Order a Rabbit?, and has released four singles as a solo singer.

 

“UCHIDA MAAYA 2nd LIVE ‘Smiling Spiral'” digest

 

Blu-ray jacket

 


 

In addition, her next 5th single “+INTERSECT+” will be also released on June 21. The song’s two-minute short

version music video and a 30-second CM are now available on Pony Canyon’s official anime YouTube channel.

 

“+INTERSECT+” short MV

 

30-second CM

  

First press limited edition CD jacket

 

Regular edition

 

Artist photo

 

Source: Maaya Uchida official website

 

©PONY CANYON

 



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“Omega Labyrinth Z” is as Shameless as Ever in Opening Movie


Sequel launches in Japan on July 6

Let’s be honest with ourselves: There’s no reason to expect subtlety from a game series that managed to work boobs into its very logo. D3Publisher shared the opening movie for Omega Labyrinth Z, and the phrase “bustin’ out” has never been more appropriate. Watch the heroines as they introduce themselves as shamelessly as possible in the video below.

 

 

Omega Labyrinth Z hits PS4 and PS Vita in Japan on July 6.

 

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June Bride Poll: Which Anime Guy Would You Like to Marry?


The concept of “June brides” has become as popular in Japan lately as it is in the West. So to celebrate the beginning of June, news site Anime! Anime! hosted a poll asking fans which anime guy would make the best husband.

 

1,913 people responded, with more than 60% being women. Approximately half of the voters were teenagers. A second poll asking visitors to vote for the best anime wife was also conducted, with results to come later.

 

For now, here are the top ten anime husbands, as chosen by fans!

 

10. Toshizo Hijikata, Hakuouki

9. Hiroshi Kido, Barakamon

8. Victor Nikiforov, Yuri!!! on ICE

7. Shota Kazehaya, Kimi ni Todoke – From Me to You

6. Kazuya Miyuki, Ace of the Diamond

5. Seijuro Akashi, Kuroko’s Basketball

4. Levi, Attack on Titan

3. Gintoki Sakata, Gintama

2. Roy Mustang, Fullmetal Alchemist

1. Makoto Tachibana, Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

Did your favorite make the list? What do you think of the rankings? Let us know in the comments, and keep your eyes peeled for the second half of the results!

 

Source: Anime! Anime!

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.



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Animators Share Their Art From This Week’s Spectacular “My Hero Academia” Anime


My Hero Academia author Kōhei Horikoshi had a really sweet message in the latest Jump. What he didn’t have was the time to Tweet anything this week, let one of his hype sketches. So, it was up the roster of talented animators to hit social media with a celebration of this week’s blockbuster episode. 

 

From this week’s Jump

 

From noted animator Yutaka Nakamura (Evangelion, Utena,  Cowboy Bebop – TV series and movie, Space Dandy, Fullmetal Alchemist, One-Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100)

 

 

A look at his work…

 

Also

 

From the author of the Smash spin-off

 

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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.



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