1. Entertainment

    “Throw Stones” Is A Stunningly-Beautiful Song Tribute To Sailor Moon

    Singer-songwriter Mary Bichner is an incredibly-talented vocalist and composer - and also a huge fan of Sailor Moon. When you put her passions together, you get "Throw Stones," a haunting tribute to Sailor Galaxia (a character who appears towards the end of the Sailor Moon story-arc).

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  2. Gaming

    Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Getting Manga Adaptation, Because Sure, Why Not

    Move over, One Piece, there's a new pirate-themed manga in town. And a very unlikely one at that. Japanese magazine Jump is going to publish a manga series based on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, a game made by French developer Ubisoft. Manga based on video games aren't anything particularly new, but one based on a Western game is pretty unusual -- Western games are rarely popular with Japanese gamers, and only series like The Legend of Zelda and Strider have successfully made their way to the right-to-left format, so this is both extremely weird and cool.

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  3. Entertainment

    Dragon Ball Creator Goes Galactic With New Manga

    It's been revealed that legendary manga, anime, and video game artist Akira Toriyama -- best known for the Dragon Ball series -- is writing a brand new manga for magazine Weekly Shonen Jump starting this July. The series was created in celebration of Jump's 45th anniversary, and is called Ginga Patrol Jako, or Galactic Patrol Jako. The new series is set to premiere in the July 13th issue.

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  4. Entertainment

    Weekly Shonen Jump Theme Park Coming to Japan, Otakus Squeal with Delight

    Put down those mangas and listen up, anime fans sadly living on the western side of the world! Namco Bandai Group has recently announced that Japan will be playing host to a Weekly Shonen Jump indoor theme park in the summer of 2013 -- a veritable Xanadu for the avid otaku, featuring attractions and costumed mascots based on the manga anthology's most popular franchises: Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and One Piece. Buying a one-way plane ticket to Japan may mean cutting back on your ramen and exorbitantly overpriced anime collectibles budget, but getting the chance to embrace an apathetic minimum wage park employee dressed as Monkey D. Luffy will be worth the trip!

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  5. Gaming

    XBLA and PSN to Get Much Weirder With HD Remake of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

    Fans of strangeness for its own sake -- and the  peculiar variety of strangeness endemic to Japanese fighting games -- have cause to celebrate; JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is getting an HD remake for Xbox Live and PSN later this month. For those of you who never played the game in its original release -- and there are a lot of you, no doubt, as I'm one of around three dozen people on the planet who seems to recall this game -- imagine trying to play Darkstalkers while having a seizure. Except that when you win the match, there's a manga-style comic book cut scene and then you're playing a side-scrolling spaceship shooter. It gets odd.

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  6. Entertainment

    Tokyo’s Tokyo! Manga-Inspired Manga Store! Banzai!

    Talk about immersion! Stepping into Tokyo's Tokyo in Shibuya is like stepping into page after page of manga. This manga and anime store shows the rest of the world how otakus in Japan keep it classy, even when they're just stopping by for their Weekly Jump. The rest of the world will just have to live vicariously.

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  7. Entertainment

    Bandai Entertainment Shutters Its Anime Operation, Scraps New Titles

    Bandai Entertainment has announced that it will no longer publish new manga, DVD, or Blu-ray titles as of February 2012. The company will be restructuring, taking its dedicated staff down from five to three, and will entirely change focus. Instead of new releases, the Bandai Entertainment will shift over solely to merchandising, broadcast licensing, and digital distribution.

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  8. Tech

    “Sweet Android High-School” is a Manga Starring Android Vendors

    I've always had this sneaking suspicion that there was a Japanese high school manga about everything, and the existence of "Sweet Android High-School" is as good as proof in my book. "Sweet Android High-School" isn't exactly what it sounds like, but at the same time, it sort of is; it's a high school manga in which all the characters are personified Android phone vendors. They aren't actual androids, as far as I can tell, but frankly, I wouldn't be surprised.

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  9. Entertainment

    Celebrating Anime Master Miyazaki on His 70th Birthday

    Today is the 70th birthday of renowned Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki, known to some as "Japan's Walt Disney," known to all as the creator of some of the most successful animated features in recent memory. His 2001 release, Spirited Away, was the first Japanese movie to win an American Academy Award and was produced after a short retirement following his previous effort, Princess Mononoke in 1997. In other words, we probably haven't heard the last of him.

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  10. Entertainment

    New Dragon Ball Comics in the Works from Akira Toriyama Himself?

    Bleeding Cool has the scoop on what, if true, is an enormous deal in the world of manga: It's reported that Akira Toriyama, creator of the venerable Dragon Ball franchise, is about to relaunch Dragon Ball comics. Bleeding Cool:

    This morning we received word that Shueisha Publishing Company of Tokyo has convinced legendary manga creator Akira Toriyama to come back and restart the Dragon Ball comics franchise. ... Akira Toriyama has been persuaded to return to creating new chapters. Partly to help promote the [forthcoming Dragon Ball Online MMO] game, partly to earn the boat load of cash he has been promised. Something that will make this event even more spectacular is a simultaneous fully translated worldwide launch of the new book.
    While Bleeding Cool's report is focused solely on the comics business, if Toriyama does indeed write more Dragon Ball comics for the first time in 15 years, it seems hard to believe that these new storylines wouldn't ripple over into other media.

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  11. Entertainment

    How to Draw Anime Characters

    If you think #9 is an exaggeration, you may not be acquainted with something called "shōjo manga."

    (via 9gag)

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  12. Entertainment

    Why Anime is Doomed, Pt II: Cowboy Bebop Writer is Frustrated with Industry

    At the Cultural Typhoon conference at Komazawa University this month, anime writer Dai Satō had ominous words to say during a round table discussion. Joined by film director Tomita Katsuya and music journalist Futasugi Shin to discuss "Living in the City: Hip Hop, Anime, Housing Projects," Satō—whose esteemed oeuvre includes Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Wolf's Rain, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex—believes anime will die out in Japan in a few decades, Otaku2 reports. "No one wants to hear about NEET [the unemployed]," he said, expressing his frustrations with the Japanese anime industry. "They’d rather watch a group of high school girls in a band asking, ‘How do I play this note?’”

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  13. Entertainment

    Why Anime is Doomed: Soulja Boy Records “Anime” and “Goku,” Manga Also in Works

    You may loathe him for his handle-revving pheonomenon "Crank That," but DeAndre Cortez Way--better known as the rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em--probably thinks he's doing anime fans worldwide a favor by recording two tracks for his upcoming Dre album titled "Anime" and "Goku." Rejoice: We'll no longer be thought of as oily hermits that wear large-breasted anime maids on our oversized t-shirts! Now we'll just be thought of as oily hermits that wear large-breasted anime maids on our oversized t-shirts and listen to Soulja Boy!

    This is the same guy that told Daily Beast columnist Touré, "Shout out to the slave masters! Without them we'd still be in Africa." And not to compare this issue in the slightest, but I'm just sayin': Without Soulja Boy, otakus would still be in their parents' basements; or still in America, instead of their study abroad programs in Japan. So shout out! I have to give them where they're due. (The rest of this post contains some NSFW lyrics.)

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  14. Gaming

    Wait a Minute, There’s Manga In My Magic Deck

    Sometimes, things get into other things that they don't belong in. There could be a fly in your ointment or a bear in your oatmeal, for example. Well if you live in Japan, you could soon find some manga in your Magic: the Gathering decks. But here's the thing. As bad as that idea sounded when I first heard it, I'm actually kind of a fan.

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  15. Weird

    Japanese Author Suing Police Over Yakuza Manga Ban… is a Yakuza Member?

    Manabu Miyazaki is suing police over a ban on manga based on the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. The ban has caused a graphic novel based on his memoir to be pulled from shelves, in an effort to lessen the influence of the yakuza in Japanese culture. Miyazaki is currently a writer, but he is also yakuza royalty. His father was a boss in Kyoto, and his mother was also a member of a yakuza family. The banned manga memoir is the story of his upbringing, violent student activism, and management of a Yakuza run demolition business.

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