Author: t3hDave

Meat Mascot Girls Make Pasta Deliciously Cute

Kagome, the same company that gave us Eva Unit 01 piercing a giant tomato, is introducing two new mascots for its meat sauce. The first of the pair of fairy-themed characters was introduced at the Nico Nico Chōkaigi 2017 event last April. “Napoli-tan,” a personification of the popular Napolitan pasta dish, is voiced by Haruka Yoshimura (Shirobako‘s Ema Yasuhara). Napoli-tan has her work cut out for her because Kagome is introducing a rival sauce character, “Miito Sōsui” or literally, Commander-in-Chief Meat. Miito Sōsui is voiced by Maaya Uchida (High School DxD‘s Irina Shidō). The characters and their respective voice...

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Shonen Jump Reveals 2nd Annual App Development Contest

Despite publishers’ steadfast reliance on print publication, a new wave of digital media is taking hold. Hiroyuki Nakano, the new editor-in-chief of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, confirmed in July that rising digital demand is making up for shrinking print runs. Reports then revealed this past February that digital manga volume sales overtook sales of physical manga volumes for the first time in Japan in 2017. With digital expansion pinning publishers in a corner, Shonen Jump doesn’t want to be left behind. The company is seeking to expand its digital horizons not just through electronic manga sales, but also...

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ToraCon Otaku Marriage Consultation Service Adds Wine Tasting, Lolita Tea Party, Anime Pilgrimage

The otaku marriage consultation service ToraCon has been expanding with events geared toward both men and women since its launch in February 2017. The company recently revealed three new “party” events to help bring potential couples together. First, ToraCon will hold a tasting event for anime collaboration wine and sake in the kitchen space at the Tora building in Tokyo on May 12. The event will feature wines from the Shiraito Shuzō sake brewery, which is known for collaborating with various anime for special promotional wines. The event will offer four different anime-themed wines, and the event page gives...

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Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions Director Writes Story for Disney Learning Software

Ryosuke Nakamura is making the jump for anime writing and directing to the world of Disney. The Grimgar, Ashes, and Illusions director and screenwriter wrote the main scenario for the beloved animation studio’s “Technologia Mahō Gakkō” (Technologia School of Magic) software, part of the Disney’s Online Programming Learning Material line. Set for release on Saturday, the software teaches programming and creativity while using Disney characters. It operates under the theme of “programming is modern magic” and features an original story set in a magic school followed by additional lessons from the worlds of Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Aladdin...

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See Ready Player One’s Gundam Jump Into Battle

Fans new ahead of time that the Swordfish II, the ship piloted by Cowboy Bebop‘s Spike Spiegel, was making an appearance in Stephen Spielberg’s Ready Player One film and earlier trailers teased a cameo of the original RX-78-2 Gundam. Now you can check out the giant mecha up close and personal in a limited clip that began streaming in Japan on April 17, three days ahead of its Japan premiere. [embedded content] The clip shows character Daito (Win Morisaki) summon a Gundam before air-dropping into battle. Another clip shows an extended version of the film’s race sequence where Art3mis...

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