Live Action Version Of Kite, Anyone?

Yasuomi Umetsu's Kite

Anime has become so huge that some well known titles such as Dragon Ball, Blood: The Last Vampire and Speed Racer have owned live action movie counterparts. For simple movie goers who are not familiar with the anime or manga, some of these movies are passable, some would even say they’re great. But the same thing cannot be easily said for the hardcore anime fans; some would leave their mouths hanging open in shock while watching the movie or some would shake their heads in disgust. Keep Reading

Rurouni Kenshin Celebrates Their 15th Anniversary With Shin Kyoto Hen

Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto Hen

Rurouni Kenshin celebrates its 15th anniversary in the field of anime and manga by releasing a remake of the anime’s biggest arc in a two part OVA, the Shin Kyoto Hen.

Released on December 17, 2011, the Shin Kyoto Hen focuses on the Kyoto arc of the series but is told from the point of view of Misao Makimachi. Produced by Studio DEEN and directed by Furuhashi Kazahiro, Shin Kyoto Hen resembles a reunion for everyone. Keep Reading

Hatsune Miku Tells Your World!

Hatsune Miku sings Tell Your World for Google Chrome

With her torquoise-colored floor length pig tails and cute appearance, Crypton Future Media’s world famous Vocaloid Hatsune Miku has become the latest model for yet another huge franchise: Hatsune Miku’s latest single “Tell Your World” has been featured in Japan’s Google Chrome ad.

The ad is simply about inspiration that leads to creativity.

Although Hatsune Miku looks like an anime character and appears as a guest on many anime and manga titles, she is not an anime character. 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