Author: t3hDave

Voice Actress Ayuru Ōhashi Marries, Gives Birth

Voice actress Ayuru Ōhashi‘s official website announced on Sunday that Ōhashi has married and given birth to a child. She will continue her work as a voice actor and musical performer, and her staff asked for fans’ continued support. Ōhashi also provided a handwritten message for the announcement. In the message, she said that her life is completely changed, and she is very busy. She confirmed that she wants to continue to voice characters and sing. Ōhashi’s anime roles include Love Live! School idol project‘s Anju Yūki, Strike Witches‘ Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen, Girls und Panzer‘s Oryō, and Horizon in...

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Average Age of Hikikomori on the Rise in Japan

Anime paints a particular picture Japan’s hikikomori population. They’re often the stars of isekai series, leaving behind a solitary life of junk food consumption and video games to go on a grand adventure. Alternatively, sometimes they’re featured in rom-coms like Eromanga Sensei as hermit-like artist types. In either case, hikikomori are high school or college dropouts, young adults shown to be squandering their gifts and youth with a bad attitude towards the rest of society. This outlook is usually depicted as something could be fixed with the right social or romantic connections. Like most fiction, this simply isn’t a...

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Shonen Jump’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations Continue With 3rd Mix CD

Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is marking its 50th anniversary with a number of promotions and projects. The third part of a commemorative CD project, Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary BEST ANIME MIX vol.3, will ship in Japan on July 4. Here are the songs on the new 50-track CD: 01. “1/3 no Junjō na Kanjō” / Siam Shade (Rurouni Kenshin)02. “Romance” / Penicillin (Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san)03. “Dive To World” / CHERRYBLOSSOM (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)04. “Onboro no Jitensha ni Notte” / Funta (Dr. Slump)05. “Daia no Hana” / Yoriko (Black Cat)06. “Tight-Break” / SPYKE (Hareluya II...

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HoneyWorks Teams Up With Sanrio Characters for Theme Park Event, Performance

“Monster creator unit” HoneyWorks is teaming up with Sanrio characters My Melody and Kuromi for a special collaboration this summer. The “HoneyWords x My Melody in Sanrio Puroland” event will run at the Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tokyo from June 30 to July 20. LIP×LIP, a HoneyWorks-produced group made up of Kouki Uchiyama and Nobunaga Shimazaki, appears with My Melody and Kuromi in the collaboration visuals. Both pairs wear interlinked styles inspired by each other. The theme park event will offer collaboration merchandise, including a special frame for the paid photographs from the Mymeroad Drive attraction. Collaboration illustrations...

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Don’t Want to Talk? Pop Team Epic Headphones Tell Others to F*** Off

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. If you’re like a lot of people who use public transportation for work, there’s one trick that’ll usually keep busybodies from seeing you as a potential conversation partner. Pop in a pair of headphones. It’s a universal sign for “I can’t hear you,” “I’m listening to something,” and “leave me alone.” Usually. If your regular headphones still aren’t getting the message across, Popuko and Pipimi will manifest your inner desire to be left the hell alone by flipping off any and every person within sight distance. The Popuko and...

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