Japan Crate’s ‘Doki Doki Crate’ Ships With Bootleg Items; Company Responds
Bootleg Sailor Moon, Card Captor Sakura figures, others ship with subscription boxes Subscription box service Japan Crate shipped the first three installments of its “Doki Doki Crate” in December, January, and February. The company received complaints about bootleg items in all three boxes, including a bootleg Petit Chara Sailor... Read more
Ultraman’s Mom Ends Stint as Fashion Model
Final fan event to be held on Valentine’s Day Ultraman Taro’s mom, Mother of Ultra, has been a fashion model for AMU Plaza Hakata, a shopping center in Fukuoka, since 2014. She’s been called “history’s biggest model ever” and has become an unlikely hit in Fukuoka. Yet on January... Read more
Vertical Licenses NisiOisin’s Bakemonogatari Novels
Publisher to release series starting in December North American manga and novel publisher Vertical Comics announced at its panel at Katsucon on Friday that it has licensed NisiOisin and VOFAN‘s Bakemonogatari light novel series. The company plans to release the series starting in December. Kodansha released the novel series... Read more
Mamoru Miyano Learned to Drive Thanks to Initial D
Trilogy’s last film opened last weekend Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 3 -Mugen-, the last film in the new Initial D trilogy, premiered on February 6. Mamoru Miyano, who plays the main character, Takumi Fujiwara, attended a screening at the Shinjuku Piccadilly theater in Tokyo, along with Daisuke Ono... Read more
M&C! Licenses Vega Nakashima’s Bento With Love Manga
1-volume series slated for release on March 9 Indonesian publisher M&C! announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Vega Nakashima’s Bento With Love (Nikoniko x Punpun) manga. M&C will release the manga on March 9. The manga centers on a high school girl named Rin, who is the only... Read more
Indonesian Film Censorship Board Registers Yowamushi Pedal Anime
Global TV registered 38 episodes The Indonesian Film Censorship Board registered the Yowamushi Pedal television anime series late last month. The entry indicates that Indonesian channel Global TV applied for the registration. The entry indicates 38 episodes, which is the number of episodes of the first Yowamushi Pedal series.... Read more
Sakura-Con to Host SAO Guests Reki Kawahara, Abec, More
Also: Pony Canyon‘s Masashi Ishihama, Takeo Takahashi, Hijiri Sanpei Seattle’s Sakura-Con convention announced last week that it will host Sword Art Online light novel creator Reki Kawahara (pictured right), original character designer abec, and the anime adaptations’ producers Shinichiro Kashiwada and Kazuma Miki. They are attending in cooperation with... Read more
Sailor Moon’s Cosmic Heart Compact Joins Proplica Toy Line
Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. Sailor Moon’s Cosmic Heart Compact from Sailor Moon S is getting the high-end Proplica treatment from Bandai. Sailor Moon fans can now practice yelling “Moon Cosmic Power, Make Up!” with the sixth item in the toy line. The item... Read more
‘Full Metal Panic! Another’ Light Novel Series to End Next Week
Naoto Ōkuro’s spinoff set over a decade after Shoji Gatoh‘s original light novel series The official Twitter account of Fujimi Shobo‘s Fantasia Bunko imprint confirmed on Wednesday that the imprint will publish the 12th and final volume of Naoto Ōkuro’s Full Metal Panic! Another spinoff novel series on February... Read more
Saint Seiya Fan in Peru Gets Guinness World Record For Largest Collection
The Guinness Book of World Records awarded Jorge Luis Vásquez Flores of Peru with a certificate recognizing him as the owner of the world’s largest Saint Seiya memorabilia collection last month. Vásquez began collecting items related to his favorite television anime over 20 years ago and has amassed a... Read more