Author: t3hDave

New Mechagodzilla Figure Gives a Closer Look at Godzilla Anime’s Design

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. A new PVC figure is giving collectors a closer look at Mechagodzilla’s design from Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle) anime film, the second movie in the planned trilogy. The thorny, silver monster is recreated for Bandai’s Master Detail Movie Monster Series. Film director Hiroyuki Seshita remarked on the figure’s detail, saying, “The level of detail reproduction is amazing and exceeds the limitations of PVC.” The figure costs 4,968 yen (US$45) and pre-orders will be accepted at the official Bandai shopping site until...

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Magic Knight Rayearth Gears Up for 25th Anniversary with New Merch

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. CLAMP‘s Magic Knight Rayearth celebrated its 20th anniversary pretty quietly with some low-key merchandise and a new Blu-ray boxset. Enough time has passed since the initial wave of nostalgic promotions for the series to gear up for the next round, this time as part of its 25th anniversary. The GraffArt Shop with A3MARKET inside the Ikebukuro shopping mall PARCO will introduce new merchandise featuring the characters Hikaru, Fuu, and Umi starting on May 26. The items include wallets, phone cases, keychains, and more all drawn in cute, doodle-style art....

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Crunchyroll Map Reveals U.S.’s Most Popular Non-Sequel Spring 2018 Anime

Crunchyroll rolled out its latest United States popularity map for the current anime simulcast season on Tuesday. The map shows the service’s top non-sequel anime series in each state for the spring 2018 season based on current viewers of each show’s most recent episode. Coming out on top, is boxing underdog MEGALOBOX, the futuristic ode to Asao Takamori‘s Ashita no Joe manga. A total of 22 out of 50 states are tuning in to dramatic sports series. Coming up closely behind it is the Sword Art Online spin-off Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. 14 states are closely...

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Couple Preps for Their Dream Date in Adorable HoneyWorks Collab CM

Rohto Pharmaceuticals took a unique approach to promote its skin care line. The company created a series of mini-movie ads following two high school students played by actor Ryō Ryūsei (Ouran High School Host Club ) and entertainer Yuriyan Retriever. The first ad sees the pair hit it off, but Yuriyan thinks she’s been rejected when she sees Ryo with another girl. She comforts herself while applying Rohto’s skincare serum. [embedded content] In the second ad, Ryo sees another guy dusting chalk out of Yuriyan’s hair, like he did in the previous ad. When he approaches her and attempts...

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Fist of the North Star’s Heart Gets in Shape in Gym Collaboration

The gym RIZAP is teaming up with the Fist of the North Star franchise to inspire men to get in shape. The original manga’s artist Tetsuo Hara provided an image of the character Heart with an “ideal body” for the collaboration. The promotional page on RIZAP’s official website features a special manga with Heart on a quest to transform his body. In the manga’s story, Heart is frustrated at his inability to impress women at a mixer party. He wants to become popular, and legendary “RIZAP God Fist” technique practitioner Kenshirō appears to help him. Kenshirō takes him to...

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