Author: t3hDave

Macho Man Muscle Pillow Has a Six-Pack & Then Some

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. Here in the world of Anime Merchandise Land, hug pillows are just as common as key chains, plushies, and 1/8-scale figures. Your favorite 2D character, whether its muscular Baki or centaur Himeko, are available for snuggle sessions. Retailers also continue to try to reinvent the wheel, adding more dimensions and other gimmicks to entice fans. Animaru added inserts to its pillows to recreate different breast sizes, but what about male characters and their rippling abs? The Saitama-based creator Shirane launched an all-or-nothing crowdfunding campaign on Motion Gallery to make...

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F/GO’s Mash Kyrielight Inspires US$420 Watch

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. High-end watches, both the classic pocket watch type and wristwatch type have dedicated collectors. Watch designers like Romaine Jerome have released timepieces specifically to appeal to gaming and anime communities, like his US$258,000 Pokémon watch. By comparison, this Fate/Grand Order watch is a steal at only US$420, but that’s still not a price to scoff at. The mobile game’s first and so far only Shielder-class servant Mash Kyrielight is the muse for Seiko’s wristwatch. The character’s black and purple trimmed armor is recreated for this nearly all-black watch with...

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Pro Baseball Players Become Voice Actors for Gurazeni Anime

This spring, a new kind of sports anime is slated to premiere where baseball is turned into a meritocracy and salaries rely on perfect pitches. The show is Gurazeni and it’s based off a manga by Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi. The show’s cast is also unique; the staff brought in former professional baseball players to voice some of the characters. Former Yokohama BayStars second baseman Toshihisa Nishi, Yomiuri Giants, New York Mets, Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago Cubs pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, and Yakult Swallows outfielder and current manager Mitsuru Manaka came into the recording booth to voice characters...

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The Latest Fate/GO Servants Attack in New Animated Commercials

For the last four weeks, each episode of Fate/Extra Last Encore has included a television commercial for a new Fate/Grand Order servant. Each commercial is only about 15 seconds, but get your guesses in for this latest batch’s real identities. The new characters are debuting in the game’s “Part Two,” dubbed Cosmos in the Lostbelt slated to debut in April. [embedded content]Saber, designed by hou and voiced by Nanako Mori. [embedded content]Rider, designed by Ginka and voiced by Toshiki Masuda [embedded content]Lancer, designed by Azusa and voiced by Mikako Komatsu [embedded content]Alter Ego, designed by Shōichi Furumi and voiced...

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Own Saber’s Excalibur as Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel Anime Utensils

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode. People say it’s rude to play with your food, but fortunately for fans of the Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel films, they never seem to mention utensils. Otaku will soon be able to reenact heroic feats at the dinner table with an Excalibur fork and spoon set. The set is made with high-level stainless manufacturing techniques at a factory in Tsubame, Niigata. Each piece is crafted carefully one by one, and the set costs 2,376 yen (about US$22). Cospa is accepting pre-orders for the utensils now, and orders are expected...

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