Is there anything more mentally refreshing for summer than haunted houses?
If there is ever such a thing, it should be the JAPANESE haunted houses!
The Japanese name for a haunted house is Obakeyashiki, which literally means a house full of ghosts (or monsters). Japanese Obakeyashiki as a form of entertainment was not developed recently but actually dates back to the 1830s, as early as when the first western simulated haunted house “Chamber of Horrors” was created in London by Marie Tussaud. The earliest Japanese haunted house was installed inside a private residence, but soon got more popularity as part of Japan’s traditional Kabuki performance. Japan has always been obsessed with horror stories and all forms of entertainment adaptations based on them. Judging from countless titles of world famous thrillers made in Japan, it is not hard to imagine that Japan never runs out of new ideas (and most of them are exclusive to the Japanese culture) for haunted houses, combining the most scary ghost stories, settings, latest technology (including VR and 3D) and a diversity of horror elements to stimulate and frighten your senses. Keep Reading
With Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017 just around the corner, its highly-acclaimed annual program Midnigh Madness showing the “the wild side” of films, namely the midnight screenings of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema, has recently announced the world premiere of Downrange among its all-star line-up, directed and produced by world-renowned Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura, who is also the creator of blockbusters such as Azumi, Lupin the 3rd, and Godzilla: Final Wars. As POPJNEO is excited to confirm our attendance at the festival and Midnight Madness this year to cover Downrange for our readers and Kitamura’s fans, first we’d like to share with you guys some details about the film and its production to get you psyched up for our report later! Keep Reading
Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at Otakon (Washington, D.C.) that the company will be releasing Blu-ray and DVD versions of multiple highly popular anime and film titles including Sword Art Online the Movie –Ordinal Scale-, KOYOMIMONOGATARI, KIZUMONOGATARI PART 3: REIKETSU and anohana – The Flower We Saw That Day –. Pre-orders for these products already started on August 11 and they will be available in store in the upcoming months. Check out more details below and complete your collection of your favorite franchise as soon as possible! Keep Reading
At the Aniplex of America industry panel at Otakon 2017 in Washington, D.C., fans were treated to the announcement of “Does Moon Goddess Dream of Dumplings?,” which is the newest in-game event for a wildly popular mobile game Fate/Grand Order. The in-game event runs from August 17 to 24, and features a brand-new story written by Fate series creator Kinoko Nasu and the introduction of the Moon Goddess, a limited time 5-star Heroic Spirit of the Archer class. An array of in-game gifts is currently being offered in celebration of the three-day convention at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Released in June of this year, the game is currently available in North America on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Keep Reading
Fueled By Ramen recording group ONE OK ROCK has announced details of a massive North American headline tour. The “AMBITIONS U.S. TOUR 2017,” which also features a series of stops throughout Canada, kicked off July 6th at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Brooklyn Bowl. The coast-to-coast tour will feature support from special guests Set It Off and Palisades, and will continue through mid-August. Keep Reading
Last month, in July 2017, FLOW began their 15th Anniversary year, and the band recently finished the first round of their 6-city celebration tour in Fukuoka August 6th. On the final night of the tour, FLOW announced a special, one-night-only concert to take place on December 21st titled “FLOW THE CARNIVAL 2017 ～Anime-only～”, which will include 21 songs from anime-related works. The teaser video for the one-man live has been released on
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On August 4th, Kosaka Daimaou, the producer of the global superstar, PIKOTARO, announced via his blog that he was married on August 3rd. His bride is Hitomi Yasueda, a TV talent. Kosaka Daimaou announced the following: “To everyone who’ve always supported me, after being around for 44 years, I never thought I would write something like this… At age 44 – the same as Randy Bass’s number (former Hanshin Tigers baseball player), I got married with my long-time girlfriend, Hitomi Yasueda, yesterday, on August 3rd.” Keep Reading
It was an historic night at Yokohama Arena overflown with the idea of both destruction and fusion on July 7th, 2017. Titled “ANDROGYNOS –a view of the Megiddo-”, the concert was jointly performed by two legendary bands representing the Japanese Visual Kei scene during the late 90s until early 2000s, namely PIERROT and DIR EN GREY. Although the bands themselves rarely had interacted, since both bands are widely regarded as the best bands of their time, they are often referred to as the biggest “rivals” among their contemporaries. Even their fans used to be involved in a “competition” which received public attention during the 90s. So many years had passed; it seemed like the time finally came for the bands to settle their “dispute” once and for all. Keep Reading
LUPIN THE 3RD is one of the most recognizable animation series in Japanese history, and now U.S. audiences can experience one of the most notable titles when the 1979 Japanese comedy-drama animated adventure, LUPIN THE 3RD THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO, comes to movie theaters nationwide for the first time, to commemorate Lupin’s 50th anniversary. Keep Reading
LeftField Media and SUNRISE Inc. recently announced the inaugural Anime NYC festival will play host to the US premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower, the second film in the Gundam Thunderbolt series, and that this premiere will be accompanied by a live concert featuring the music of Gundam Thunderbolt led by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi. Keep Reading