Proud Otaku AKB48 Member Teams Up With Ultraman Monster Once Again For T-Shirt Line

Ultraman Monster AKB48Now, just how cute can this possibly get? AKB48 member, Miku Tanabe (田名部生来) is back with Ultraman (ウルトラマン) monster Miclas (ミクラス), to give another edge to Japanese fashion! TANAMICLAS, as the Tanabe-Miclas pair is called, first came out last year and now they’re at it again thanks to their partnership with HTML ZERO3. HTML ZERO3, which is an acronym for Hobby Tasteful Merchandise Laboratory 03 (with O3 as a telephone code), is a Japanese clothing brand that caters to men’s fashion. Keep Reading

the pillows 25th Anniversary Cover and Dance Contest

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, the Pillows (ザ・ピロウズ, or stylized as “the pillows“) is holding an international cover and and dance cover competition.

The group is best known for providing the soundtrack for the FLCL anime.

Winners can win a chance to meet the band and be a part of their 25th Anniversary concert on the 4th of October. Transportation will be covered. In addition, 10 lucky finalists will have their entries included in a “the pillows UNOFFICIAL TRIBUTE ALBUM”, which will be given as a gift to the band. Keep Reading

Momoiro Clover Z Dons Sailor Moon Fuku For The Anime’s Theme

Sailor Moon Momoiro Clover ZSailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーン Crystal) has already been released and the whole world is falling in love once again with the one and only Pretty Sailor Suited Soldier of Love and Justice! As announced previously, Japanese girl group Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ) is providing the series opening theme and while fans were surprised that the original Sailor Moon theme, Moonlight Densetsu (ムーンライト伝説), was not used, Sailor Moon Crystal marches to a beat of a new theme called Moon Pride (『MOON PRIDE』)! Keep Reading

31☆Ai Dream Manga Artist Shows Sailor Moon Tribute Art

Sailor Moon Arina TanemuraWith Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーン Crystal) out to conquer the whole world once again, famous manga artist Arina Tanemura (種村 有菜) joins in on the Sailor Moon fever and came up with this beautiful tribute art featuring Sailor Moon (セーラームーン) with none other than her Senshi of the Four Guardian Dieties (四守護神の戦士).

Tanemura graced Comiket 85 with her tribute art of last year’s hottest anime hits, Shingeki no Kyojin (進撃の巨人) and Uta no Prince-Sama (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪). Keep Reading

Levi Heicho Stars In Japanese Women’s Magazine

Attack On Titan Frau LeviHere’s something we don’t see everyday: Humanity’s Strongest Soldier posing for a women’s magazine. That’s right, Levi Ackerman (リヴァイ・アッカーマン) from Shingeki no Kyojin (進撃の巨人) is in the cover of Japanese women’s magazine, FraU! So what’s Levi Heicho doing in FraU?

Kodansha (株式会社講談社) has announced last month that they will have a company synergy. Shingeki no Kyojin is in the hot seat and Levi Heicho was chosen to star in FraU. Keep Reading

UltraMom Helps In Promoting Department Store Sale

Ultraman Mother Summer SaleWhen it comes to promoting mall events such as sales, models are needed to rake in customers. In the case of the AMU Plaza Hakata, Mother of Ultra (ウルトラの母), Marie (マリー), takes the stage and struts her stuff along with three helpful kaiju (怪獣) to help promote AMU Plaza Hakata’s Summer Sale.

The AMU Plaza Hakata has named and themed their Summer Sale as AMU Ultra Bargain. A series of promotional videos have been released showing Ultramom doing her thing – donning her yellow-and-red swimsuit while dancing and posing for the camera. Keep Reading

Japanese Guitar Legend Provides Lupin III Theme

Tomoyasu Hotei Lupin IIIRemember the scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill where O-Ren Ishii and the rest of the Crazy 88 proceeded into the House of Blue Leaves complete with that catchy guitar solo in the background? Well, it was called Battle Without Honor or Humanity and it was performed by none other than the Japanese guitar legend Tomoyasu Hotei (布袋 寅泰). Hotei is back and he will be giving the live-action take of Lupin III (ルパン三世) an even cooler edge by providing for the movie’s theme song! Keep Reading