Masked girl idols Kamen Joshi have been appointed official ambassadors for Akihabara Tourism. Five years after the underground idol group established their permanent home at the P.A.R.M.S. Theater in Akihabara, the performers have been featured in international news media and achieved over 2.8 million followers on Facebook, the highest number of any group in the idol genre. Keep Reading
5-piece band MAN WITH A MISSION will be releasing their very first double A-side single, “My Hero/Find You” as a worldwide digital release on November 3rd, 2017. A physical version of the single will be released exclusively in Japan on November 1st, 2017. Keep Reading
Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll recently announced the live-action film “Fullmetal Alchemist,” adapted from the bestselling Japanese comic series, will have its exclusive U.S. premiere on November 19 as the Closing Film of the inaugural Anime NYC convention hosted in New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St). Keep Reading
Luna Haruna will perform at Anime Weekend Atlanta’s main event hall on September 30th, 2017 (SAT) as a musical guest of honor. She will also be making an appearance in a panel and autograph session. Keep Reading
Active Gaming Media Inc. is proud to announce the worldwide launch of Osomatsu-san Hesokuri Wars~Battle of the NEETs~, the new smartphone-based game app based on the popular Japanese TV anime Osomatsu-San (on air since October 2015), available in English and Korean. Keep Reading
A-HO! Art Exhibition Vol.2 produced by broadcast writer Kuramoto Mitsuru is NOW LIVE on the 8th floor of Seibu Shibuya Department Store Building B. The public exhibition has been going on for about a week and will run until September 18. If you happen to be in Japan recently, definitely make sure to check out this unique world before it’s gone!
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