First Trailer for Ookami Kodomo Ame to Yuki Streamed

A 50-second trailer for the upcoming anime movie Ookami Kodomo Ame to Yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) has been posted on its official website. It is the latest film by Hosoda Mamoru, director of Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The film is due to be released in Japan July 21st.

The film follows the story of the 19-year-old college student Hana, who goes through a “fairy-tale like” love with a “wolf man”, and their two children – the older sister who was born on a snowy day, Yuki, and the younger brother who was born on a rainy day, Ame. Keep Reading

Anime Cafes Become A Business Boom

Anime themed cafes are small restaurants that are steadily gaining popularity. Many of these restaurants are “maid cafes” in which the staff are dressed as maids serving their “masters”, the customers. The first maid cafe was opened in 2001 in Akihabara, Japan but is now spreading worldwide. Maid cafes can be found in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, China and even in the Philippines.

However, the maid cafe is just one example of an Anime themed restaurant. Keep Reading

Mirai Suenaga Who?

Danny Choo's Mirai Suenaga

Who’s that buxom anime chick with the long brown hair with braids and clad in a school girl uniform? From what anime is she?

She has vast amounts of merchandise ranging from poseable figures to even her own curry flavor. Girls (and maybe some guys) cosplay her and even dolls dress up like her. So who is she and why is she so popular?

Those who aren’t familiar with Mirai Suenaga, as she is called, might confuse her with a lot of anime titles since she makes appearances so here’s the 101 on Mirai Suenaga. Keep Reading

Winter 2012 Anime: Streams and Licenses

This most recent season of anime has shown a huge number of legalized ways to obtain the anime you want to see: both streaming through online simulcasts and licensing for DVD and Blu-Ray release. Here’s an overview of what to find where:

(Note: All air-dates are given in Japan time.)

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi (Natsume’s Book of Friends, Season 4)
Date Aired: January 2nd, 2012
Streaming On: Crunchyroll, Mondays, 10:00a.m. PST. Crunchyroll also has the first 3 seasons available for streaming. Keep Reading

Hunter x Hunter Back On Track?

Weekly Shonen Jump manga Hunter x Hunter has recently reached a new record in continuous serialization. As of 2012 issue #8, scheduled to go on sale January 23rd, the manga has been serialized in WSJ for 22 consecutive issues (starting with 2011 issue #35-36, which was put on sale August 8th, 2011).

This is the longest Hunter x Hunter has been published continuously since its original serialization in 1998. While very well received, Hunter x Hunter has yet to reach the level of fame as other series serialized around the same time (such as One Piece, 1997, and Naruto, 1999) because of its constant hiatuses, the longest of which lasted 79 issues, from February 2006 until October 2007. Keep Reading

Cartoon Network Chinese New Year Special 2012

Son Goku from Dragon Ball Z: Kai

Xin Nian Kuai Le! As our Chinese bretheren welcomes the Dragon on their Lunar New Year, and Cartoon Network joins in on the celebration with a Dragon Ball Z Kai Marathon.

Dragon Ball Z Kai is the updated version of the old Dragon Ball Z series. Updates include a high definition quality of the series and some scenes were cut from the original Dragon Ball Z. The story , however, remains exactly the same before it was modified. Keep Reading

Miharu Saruwatari as Zatsune Miku

Cosplayer Interviews: Miharu Saruwatari From The Philippines

Miharu Saruwatari as Zatsune MikuA tall, pretty girl loaded with spunk, Miharu Saruwatari* is one of the cosplayers known locally in the city of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. She charmed the socks off the men with her Zatsune Miku costume and scared the bujeezus off people with her Bubble Head Maid attire. We were able to snag a few minutes of her time for this interview.

*Cosplay Stage Name

Asgard: When did you first hear about cosplay and what made you decide to join? Keep Reading