Author: t3hDave

Shōnen Jump Characters Strike Up the Band for Jump Music Festa

July’s Jump Music Festa is bringing musical artists from the the magazine’s anime adaptations all into one place. Toriko, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Naruto Shippūden, Kuroko’s Basketball, Gintama, Haikyu!!, One Piece, Beelzebub, and Bleach artists all in one place. It’s no surprise that the manga characters themselves are celebrating the event. Series creators drew their characters, each holding an instrument, to celebrate the upcoming two-day concert on July 7-8 at Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa. The orchestral band includes Luffy on vocals, Gintoki on Melodica, and HInata on sax, to name a few. Check out the full gallery! Source: Comic...

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Pikachu, Gundam’s Haro A.I. Toys Head to Stores

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. Pokémon‘s iconic Pikachu and popular Gundam mascot Haro are getting smarter, and ready to play with you. The Pikachu robot “HelloPika” was is heading to store shelves in Japan on August 4 as an interactive desk companion. The robot is pocket-sized that responds to conversations with “Pika!” and “Pikapi!” and also can display a variety of gestures. [embedded content] Pikachu can sing, nod, laugh, and even attack with Thunderbolt. He’ll react with glowing cheeks or a giggle when touched. The robot’s arms are posable, so owners can have Pikachu...

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Sword Art Online: Alternative GGO Gets Cheesy with Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut is baking up a new anime collaboration, this time with the pink gun toting Llenn from Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online. The “Pizza Hut Squad Jam” campaign is giving away prizes via social media and through pizza orders. The first “Squad Jam” is running from June 5 to July 8. Take a picture of pizza order with the hashtag “#ピザハット・スクワッド・ジャム” (Pizza Hut Squad Jam) to enter to win one of 10 posters signed by Llenn voice actress Tomori Kusunoki. The second Squad Jam has even more prizes. Fans can log on to the Pizza Hut...

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My Hero Academia Creator Shows Support for Assistant’s Manga

My Hero Academia creator Kōhei Horikoshi is a success story. His manga and its subsequent anime adaptations are hugely popular. The series has 13 million copies in print, has two top-selling volumes and is the fifth highest seller series for this year’s first half. Across the ocean, three volumes ranked on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April. But Horikoshi doesn’t do it all alone. He also employed assistants, including Yōko Akiyama. Akiyama has made it out on her own with the manga Saguri-chan Tankentai (Saguri-chan Expedition Party). The series runs on Shueisha‘s Shonen Jump+ app...

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This Corner of the World Capsule Figure Promotes Hiroshima Prefecture

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. In This Corner of the World protagonist Suzu is appearing in Figure Miyage’s new set of Hiroshima Prefecture-themed souvenir capsule toys. The company revealed the Suzu figure earlier this month and began offering the full set of five figures on Wednesday. Figure Miyage offers various sets of capsule toys that feature specialty foods and products, famous locations, and other trademark symbols of prefectures and regions throughout Japan. In addition to Suzu, the new Hiroshima set includes mini figures of okonomiyaki and Otafuku Okonomi Sauce, momiji manju, ferries across Onomichi...

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