Toast Sengoku-Style with “Inuyasha” Sake


Have you ever sat down to a bottle of sake and wished it were just a little more… Inuyasha-y? You’re not the only one, apparently.

 

 

Fujinoi Sake Brewery is teaming up with manga artist Rumiko Takahashi to release a special sake emblazoned with the image of the half-demon-dog on the label. In particular, it’s a Junmai Ginjo — one of the finest types of sake in the world, a pure rice wine with at least 40% of each rice grain’s outer layer milled away.

 

The brewery is also offering up three clear acrylic sake cups featuring the series logo and art of Inuyasha, Shippo, and Kagome, as well as a wrapping cloth with art of Inuyasha and Kagome.

 

 

 

 

This isn’t the first time Fujio has collaborated with Takahashi. The manga artist and the brewery share a home town (Niigata), and earlier this year Takahashi worked with Fujio to create seasonal Maison Ikkoku labels and theming for four of their award winning rice wines.

 

Source: Natalie.mu

 

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Full-Scale Gundam Statue Prepares To Go Off Into Sunset With One Final Jump Onto White Base


In November 11, the 18 meter full-scale Gundam statue was rebuilt in Odaiba, Tokyo, the location in previously stood in 2009 before being moved to the home base of Bandai’s model factories in Shizuoka, where it was damaged by the March 2011 earthquake. A Gundam Front Tokyo with Dome-G, Gunpla gallery, cafe and shops was then built in 2012. But, now it’s time for the OG (Odaiba Gundam) to say goodbye.

 

Like a proper Kill ’em All Tomino creation, RG 1/1 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.GFT is set to have its ticket punched, with a tear-down scheduled for March 5th, 2017 in a new stage of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s TOKYO Gundam Project for the coast area. The Gundam Front Tokyo will then close shop on April 5th following a LAST SHOOTING campaign. 

 

Without offering specifics, the announcement mentions new plans to replace the statue, like maybe the moving results of the Gundam Global Challenge, maybe in time for the Tokyo Olympics. 

 

The Gundam statue in its better days: 

 

 

via GwynCampbell

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“Schoolgirl Strikers Animation Channel” Saves the World Beginning on January 08, 2017


 

The Japanese broadcast schedule has been published for Schoolgirl Strikers Animation Channel, a TV anime adaptation based on the “light novel style RPG” smart phone game developed by Square Enix. The series will air in Japan according to the following schedule:

 

 

  • Tokyo MX: every Friday during the 24:30 time slot beginning on January 06, 2017.
  • BS11: every Friday during the 24:30 time slot beginning on January 06, 2017.
  • AT-X: every Saturday during the 21:00 time slot beginning on January 07, 2017.
  • KBS Kyoto: every Sunday during the 23:00 time slot beginning on January 08, 2017.
  • Sun TV: every Sunday during the 24:30 time slot beginning on January 08, 2017.

 

Please note that some Japanese TV schedules count early-morning programming as late-night programming of the previous day. So for example, the 24:30 time slot on Sunday is actually at 12:30 AM JST on Monday morning.

 

 

Schoolgirl Strikers Animation Channel is directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori (A Certain Magical Index) and features animation by J.C. Staff (Amanchu!Taboo Tattoo). Described as a story of love, courage, and friendship, Schoolgirl Strikers Animation Channel follows a group of young girls who protect the world from an extra-dimensional threat known as “Oburi”.

 

Source: Ota-suke

 

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“Rurouni Kenshin” Manga Heads North For New Spin-Off


Rurouni Kenshin author Nobuhiro Watsuki recently returned for “The Tale In Rurouni Kenshin – Ashitaro’s Criminal Record,” split between the December and January issues Jump SQ to celebrate the manga magazine’s 9th anniversary. Except, in that January issue, out in Japan December 2nd, the story of a contemporary of Kenshin‘s titular hero in revealed to be a lead-in to a story that actually will feature the wandering ex-assassin. 

 

Coming in Spring 2017, the Kenshin-gumi returns in a Hokaido Arc. set to feature the old favorites crossing swords with the new criminal. 

 

Chapter 1 color page

 

Chapter 2 color page

 

 

via Natalie and otakomu

 

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Empoleon is Your New “Pokkén Tournament” Arcade Character


Bandai Namco reveals the latest addition to the roster

As promised, Bandai Namco revealed a new playable character for the arcade version of Pokkén Tournament today. The latest addition to the roster is Empoleon, which will be added on December 15, and a trailer should be following close behind this initial announcement.

 

 

There’s still no word on if or when the recently-revealed characters will be coming to Wii U. 

 

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Crunchyroll Adds “Lord Marksman and Vanadis” and More to Catalog


Following up on last week’s update—which introduced the likes of A Certain Magical Index, Assassination Classroom, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, and more—Crunchyroll is back to unwrap more catalog titles for the holidays. Check out the latest additions below, all of which are live now, and stay tuned for more next Thursday. 

 

 A Certain Scientific Railgun – US, Canada

Misaka’s electro-manipulation abilities—and delightfully destructive Railgun projectile move—make her a rock star in Academy City. The techno-metropolis is packed with supernaturally powered students known as espers, including Misaka’s flirty friend and roommate, Kuroko. In this city full of super-powered gangs, mad scientists, and monsters—there’s no shortage of action!

Lord Marksman and Vanadis – US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, in addition to previous territories.

Tigrevurmud Vorn, the young lord of a remote region far from the kingdom’s center, is commanded by the king to go fight the war against a neighboring country. The leader of the enemy is Eleonora Viltaria, one of the seven Vanadis given supernatural arms from a dragon. The moment when an archer boy and the silver-haired beautiful war maiden meet, it is the beginning for the legend of a hero that will be told for generations to come.

Cat Planet Cuties (Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky) – US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, in addition to previous territories.

Kio and all her family members are gathered for a funeral in Okinawa. This same day, a message arrives from outer space. There she encounters a girl named Elis who claims to be an alien.

Riddle Story of Devil – US, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, in addition to previous territories.

Tokaku Azuma is a heartless teenage assassin on a mission of death. She’s been sent to a prestigious, all-girls boarding school to compete in an assassination game against eleven other beautiful killers. Their heinous mission: send the innocent and cheerful Haru Ichinose to an early grave. But when Tokaku finds herself strangely drawn to her intended target, she must utilize her lethal skills to keep her new friend alive – and Haru must place her life in the ruthless, cold-blooded hands of the very woman sent to kill her.

Tokyo ESP – US, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, in addition to previous territories.

 
Rinka is a financially struggling high school girl living with her single father in Tokyo. One day, while going home from school, she sees a penguin flying in the sky towards the Tokyo Sky Tree. She chases after it only to find fish swimming in the air! One of the fish goes through Rinka and causes her to pass out. She wakes up to find that she has developed the ability to slip through solid objects. 

 

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“Welcome to the Ballroom” Gets Back on the Dance Floor Next Month


After a year away, Tomo Takeuchi’s highly-acclaimed Welcome to the Ballroom will be dancing back into the pages of Monthly Shonen Magazine.

The manga, about an aimless young man named Tatara who stumbles into the world of competitive ballroom dancing, earned nominations for both the 6th and 8th Manga Taisho, as well as being in the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! top ten for 2013 and one of the top manga recommended in Japanese bookstores.

 

Takeuchi reportedly took time off due to health issues, but it’s been reported that the manga will be coming back very soon. It will pick up again on January 6, 2017.

 

In the meantime, North American readers can start at the beginning with Kodansha’s releases of the first and second volumes.

 

Source: Manga Mag Japon

 

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60-Hour Binge-Watch Makes A “Game Of Thrones” Fanatic Out Of “Attack On Titan” Author


Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama has an interesting list of media inspirations. Visual novel series Muv-Luv, definitely. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The Frank Darabont adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. Actually, less zombie material than you might imagine. He’s played Resident Evil, but not seen the Romero movies. Now add to that Game of Thrones. Stated on his blog, Game of Thrones, the HBO adaptations of GRR Martin’s novels, is going to be an influence as AoT moves into its final phase.

 

In mid-November, Isayama started watching Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms Senki. 60 hours and six seasons later, he left the whole thing dead on the battlefield.  He seems to like just about everything about the show, from its plotting and casting, to the production’s budget and ability create a fully realized Dark Ages world, to its ability to humanize even the detestable characters, going into this thoughts on Joffrey and Theon a bit.

 

He highly recommends the show and suggests that it might shape his own work in some way.

 

And, he shared illustrations of Davos Seaworth and Jorah Mormont.

 

 

 

Looking for chapter 88 of the Attack on Titan manga, coming soon.

 

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Hideo Kojima’s “Death Stranding” Premieres New Trailer During The Game Awards


Sony has PlayStation Experience 2016 on tap for this weekend, which means we have some announcements and big showings to look forward to over the next few days. One of the major creators making an appearance is Hideo Kojima, who will be on hand to participate in a panel for his next game, the Nude Norman Reedus-starring Death Stranding.

 

But first, a new trailer just debuted during The Game Awards, showing off its engine running on PS4 Pro. Watch as Mads Mikkelsen enters the mix in another weird preview below.

 

 

Back to PlayStation Experience, The PlayStation Blog posted a Complete Guide for the event, and Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding panel is set for Saturday, December 3 at 1:00pm. As for the panels sandwiching Kojima’s, they’re currently listed as “Unannounced.” 

 

After that, the announced panels for Sunday include Horizon Zero Dawn, “Kinda Funny: PS I Love You XOXO” with Greg Miller and company, and “Accessibility: Making Games for All Gamers,” featuring “top minds from the accessibility community, PlayStation, and Naughty Dog” on setting an industry standard for inclusion. 

 

You can find out more info on PlayStation Experience, including a list of playable games, at the PS Blog post. 

 

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