Author: David Chang

New Japanese Anime Festival AniFest to be held in Torrance, CA

Torrance, CA — 03/25/2018 — JCEG, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, announced a new exciting Anime festival to be held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in Torrance, CA. The festival is planned at the venueโ€™s Torino plaza, and various indoor locations totalling approximately 20,000 sqft. The date of the event is May 5th, 2018. AniFest (https://anifest.org), the organizers of the event, is managing the stage programming, vendors, gaming, and other anime-inspired entertainment. Anime conventions are not a rare sight in the United States. With the popularity of Anime increasing and becoming mainstream on streaming platforms such...

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Detective Conan Film’s Tลru Amuro Figure Can Hold Jacket, Bouquet

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. In honor of Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkลnin (Detective Conan: Zero’s Executioner), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan series, TMS Entertainment‘s online shop is offering a Tลru Amuro figure. The site will begin accepting pre-orders on April 13, the same day that the film will open in Japan. The 1/8-scale figure of the “triple-face” character will stand about 23 centimeters (about 9 inches) tall. The figure will come with a jacket, and a flower bouquet will also be available exclusively through TMS Shop. The TMS Shop version will...

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Fans’ Prince of Tennis Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gifts Double in 2018

Prince of Tennis manga creator Takeshi Konomi revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that the franchise’s annual Valentine’s Day campaign received double the number of chocolate gifts for characters compared to last year. Due to other work, Konomi said he was only able to help with organizing received gifts for a few hours this year. The campaign’s staff members recently tallied the votes for each character according to how many chocolate gifts each received. It appears that the location collecting the chocolates changed to “a certain place” in Tokyo this year. That’s probably good, considering Shueisha staff had to move...

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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Girls Become Ita-Racing Queens

The magical girls of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya are taking a turn as racing queens for Audi Team DreamDrive. Audi Team DreamDrive will return in the ST-TCR class in the Pirelli Super Taikyu series this year with a new Audi RS3 LMS. Audi Japan is partnering with Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, and the manga and anime franchise’s characters will feature on the team’s #45 car. This year will mark Audi Team DreamDrive’s second year participating in the class with an RS3 LMS and its first collaboration with Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. The first round of the season will be...

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Idol Mayu Tomita in critical condition after being stabbed over 20 times by stalker

Idol Mayu Tomita (not to be confused with the former AKB48 research student of the same name) is in critical condition currently after being repeatedly stabbed by an apparent fan, according to police. Tomita received nearly two dozen stab wounds to her neck and chest at an event at 5pm in Koganei, Tokyo. Police have arrested 27 year old Tomohiro Iwazaki, who was seen attacking Tomita with a folding knife. When police arrived at the scene, Iwazaki and the knife he used were found nearby. Iwazaki admitted to using the knife to stab Tomita. Apparently Tomita had informed Tokyo...

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