Kit Kats from the oven? Try the crazy world of Japanese candy From Japan Crate
from Bill, April 17th, 2015 2:51 pm, Japan

What’s so different about Japanese candy?
Japan has a culture rooted in thousands of years of history–that’s a lot of time to develop interesting snacks and candy. In Japan, flavors are released seasonally and even regionally. This leads to some pretty unique and outrageous candies. Japan Crate’s goal is to bring those uniquely Japanese snacks to our subscribers. Take a look below to see what crazy things we send!
Candy with humor
Moko Moko Toilet Candy

Japanese candy often has funny themes or imagery. This do-it-yourself creation is part liquid/part foam and is as fun to make as it is to eat. Open the top of the toilet, add the magic crystals, and then add water. The toilet foams up as you race to drink it with your straw. Don’t try this with just any toilet!
Amazing candy innovation
Gumi Tsureta
Here’s an easy way to impress your friends. Simply mix a couple of powders with water and separate them with a straw. Watch as your powder instantly forms a long gummy tongue. This candy is nothing short of magic.
It’s downright delicious
Baked Pudding Kit Kats
Japan is pretty well-known for its elaborate Kit Kat flavors. These require a few minutes of baking, but the reward is worth it. These guys are exclusively sold in Japan, but we’ll bring them to you.
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Godzilla Faces The Fiery Inferno Of Hell Itself!
from Bill, April 2nd, 2015 9:17 pm, comic book, Japan

Godzilla Faces The Fiery Inferno Of Hell Itself!
Abandon All Hope…

San Diego, CA (March 27, 2015) – In over six decades of battles and triumphs, Godzilla has never faced a challenge as great as what’s coming his way this July, when Godzilla goes to hell! In Godzilla in Hell, a five-issue miniseries launching in July, Godzilla will storm through the gates of hell itself, proving that the towering behemoth is King Of The Monsters both above and below!

With no warning and no sign of salvation, Godzilla is plummeted to the deepest, darkest bowels of the infernal kingdom. The mystery of what led to Godzilla’s damnation, and what it will face, will take readers on a dark and twisted journey unlike any Godzilla story before!

A rotating creative team will each take Godzilla

through a new and more dangerous layer of Hell, beginning with none other than writer and artist James Stokoe, who is returning to the character for the first time since his haunting stunner of a miniseries, Godzilla: The Half Century War.

“Drawing Godzilla must be my comfort food, because it feels really great to come back and work on pages with IDW again,” said Stokoe, writer and artist on issue 1. “Also, the list of amazing creators they’ve tapped for this series beyond my issue feels equally great as a fan, especially with the theme everyone gets to play with. You can’t get much bigger than Godzilla versus Hell!“

Successive issues in this five-part series will feature talents familiar to the Godzilla franchise, including the multi-talented writer/artists Bob Eggleton; and Dave Wachter; Wachter most recently wrapped up the apocalyptic take on Godzilla in Godzilla: Cataclysm.

New to the world of Godzilla will be writers Ulises Farinas, and Erick Freitas, together on issue #3 and Brandon Seifert, tackling issue #4; artists will be announced on these issues at a later time.

“I’m very proud with the level of quality we’ve brought to all of our Godzilla mini-series,” said editor Bobby Curnow.Godzilla in Hell will prove no exception. It’s been incredibly fun seeing the creator’s imagination stretch to fully utilize this otherworldly premise.”

This explosive new series will join a number of other major debuts in July as part of the Five Featured Firsts program, which launches a brand new title each and every week in July. Additionally, the debut issue will feature an EC Comics homage variant cover by Godzilla: Rulers of Earth artist Jeff Zornow as part of EC Cover Month!

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, MY LITTLE PONY and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Twentieth Century Fox’s The X-Files, Temple Street Productions’ Orphan Black; DISNEY Comics; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Zombie vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Woods. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 

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new Kit Kat Chocolatory is opening soon in Hokkaido
from Rob, February 26th, 2015 8:59 am, Japanese Culture

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new Kit Kat Chocolatory opening up in Hokkaido, with a new flavor  butter.

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Limited-edition sweets pay tribute to local culinary traditions. This is why KitKat is so popular. As one of the few regions of Japan with ample pasture space, Hokkaido is home to a large number of the country’s dairies. That’s why when the newest Chocolatory opens on March 7 in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital city,people will be able to purchase not only traditional chocolate Kit Kats, but also the Chocolatory Special Butter flavor.

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The flavor was picked as the winner in a contest organized by the Tsuji Group culinary school.

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The Special Butter flavor will be available in packs of 12  for 1,200 yen, or in four-piece boxes for 400 yen.

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While there get your Green tea on as well!

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NEARLY SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES OF THE BELOVED MANGA
from Bill, February 25th, 2015 10:13 pm, Anime/Manga News, comic book

NEARLY SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES OF THE BELOVED MANGA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—In September, there’s a whole new way to enjoy Osamu Tezuka’s beloved Astro Boy: in omnibus form!

Boasting nearly seven hundred pages of content for only $19.99, Dark Horse Comics’ Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 features Tezuka’s most popular and influential work, detailing Astro Boy’s jet-powered, superstrong, evil-bashing adventures. Exciting, whimsical, and touching, Astro Boy brings back a classic era of comics and animation, featuring tales that readers both young and old will enjoy.

Collecting rare and out-of-print material, the oversized Astro Boy omnibus collection is the first in a series that brings back Tezuka’s beloved character for a whole new generation to enjoy.

Preorder Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound, or contact a local comic shop with Comic Shop Locator.

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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‘OH MY GODDESS!’ TO RECEIVE OMNIBUS TREATMENT
from Bill, February 11th, 2015 11:38 pm, comic book, Japan

‘OH MY GODDESS!’ TO RECEIVE OMNIBUS TREATMENT

OVER 500 PAGES FOR $20!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Get ready to go back to the beginning of one of manga’s most adored love stories of all time, because the first Oh My Goddess! omnibus is set to hit stores in July from Dark Horse Comics.

College student Keiichi Morisato thought it was a prank when a strange, beautiful young woman appeared in his dorm room one night. But his unexpected visitor is literally a goddess from heaven, Belldandy, come to grant him any single wish of his choosing. When Keiichi wishes for Belldandy to stay with him forever, it’s the beginning of a complicated, cosmic saga of comedy and romance that makes for one of manga’s greatest love stories!

Spanning 48 volumes, Kosuke Fujishima’s Oh My Goddess! has also expanded into other media, including numerous anime adaptations, a film, and a prose novel.

Featuring the first three volumes of Fujishima’s epic romance manga, Oh My Goddess! Omnibus Book 1 also features 552 pages of larger art, brighter paper, and bonus color illustrations for a whole new generation to enjoy—all for the affordable price of $19.99.

Oh My Goddess! Omnibus Book 1 is available for preorder through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble,IndieBound, or your local comics retailer.

Oh My Goddess! Omnibus Book 1
Kosuke Fujishima (W/A)
$19.99, 978-1-61655-740-9

Also available:

Oh My Goddess! Volume 47, $12.99, 978-1-61655-733-1
Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Oh My Goddess! Volume 48, $12.99, 978-1-61655-855-0
Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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VIZ Media and comiXology Greatly Expand Digital Manga Catalog
from Bill, February 11th, 2015 11:35 pm, comic book, Japan

VIZ MEDIA AND COMIXOLOGY EXPAND DIGITAL MANGA CATALOG IN MASSIVE NEW CONTENT UPDATE WITH BOOKS FROM SHOGAKUKAN

ComiXology, The Revolutionary Cloud-Based Digital Comics Platform, Adds More Than 650 New VIZ Media Manga Volumes Including New Additions to Continuing Titles And Entire Runs of Legacy Fan-Favorites

February 10, 2015 – San Francisco, CA / New York, NY – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, and comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, have announced a massive addition of over 650 new VIZ Media manga titles originally published in Japan by Shogakukan available now in English on comiXology.com and on the comiXology app for Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows 8.

Today, over 650 new manga volumes, spanning more than 65 acclaimed series, and all in English, have been added to the comiXology platform for manga fans to browse, buy and enjoy. Many VIZ Media series are now available in their entirety and span an extremely diverse range of adventure, action, sci-fi, horror, mystery, and romance genres. New volumes of fan-favorite continuing series are added to comiXology each week as part of VIZ Media’s regular weekly digital manga update schedule. Please visit www.comixology.com for more information.

All the new VIZ Media manga titles found in this massive update were originally published in Japan by Shogakukan, Inc., a VIZ Media parent company and one of Japan’s biggest publishing companies. This latest comiXology content update makes more than 1,100 VIZ Media manga volumes across more than 190 different series available. Readers can enjoy all these acclaimed releases using comiXology’s Manga Fixed Format, which enables a dedicated right-to-left full-page reading experience and the highest resolution pages available.

“With this latest update manga fans now have even more to love with these VIZ Media Shogakukan books,” said comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger. “VIZ Media’s huge library of classic and fan-favorite series offer something for every reader and every week we’re bringing even more to the comiXology platform.”

“The latest titles to join comiXology’s catalog substantially expands the VIZ Media roster of series available through the platform, and we are thrilled to deepen our relationship with this innovative platform and offer so much exciting new content to fans,” says Eric Eberhardt, VIZ Media’s Director of Digital Marketing. “Readers are increasingly enjoying their favorite titles digitally, and comiXology has become a great destination for them to access a broad array of content. This latest update provides the latest installments for scores of continuing VIZ Media series and the complete runs of dozens of other acclaimed legacy titles.”

New and notable VIZ Media manga series now available on comiXology include:

MAGI Vols. 1-10 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens • Continuing Series
Deep within the desert lie the mysterious Dungeons, vast stores of riches there for the taking by anyone lucky enough to find them and brave enough to venture into the depths from where few have ever returned. Plucky young adventurer Aladdin means to find the Dungeons and their riches, but Aladdin may be just as mysterious as the treasures he seeks.

CASE CLOSED Vols. 1-53 • Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens • Continuing Series
Jimmy Kudo, the son of a world-renowned mystery writer, is a high school detective who has cracked the most baffling of cases. One day while on a date with his childhood friend Rachel Moore, Jimmy observes a pair of men in black involved in some shady business. The men capture Jimmy and give him a poisonous substance to rub out their witness. But instead of killing him, it turns him into a little kid! Jimmy takes on the pseudonym Conan Edogawa and continues to solve all the difficult cases that come his way. All the while, he’s looking for the men in black and the mysterious organization they’re with in order to find a cure for his miniature malady.

BLACK BIRD Vols. 1-18 • Rated ‘T’ for Teens • Complete Series
There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand… or her life!

THE DRIFTING CLASSROOM Vols. 1-10 • Rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers • Complete Series
Out of nowhere, a Japanese elementary school is transported into a hostile world. Soon, the students and teachers must struggle to survive in impossible conditions, besieged by terrifying creatures and beset by madness. Part horror, part science fiction, THE DRIFTING CLASSROOM is a classic can’t-put-down manga series from horror manga master Kazuo Umezu.

HAPPY MARRIAGE?! Vols. 1-10 • Rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers • Complete Series
In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to an arranged marriage with the company president, Hokuto Mamiya – a man she doesn’t know – at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Chiwa believes the arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise. Can two strangers living together find their way to a happy marriage?!

ITSUWARIBITO Vols. 1-13 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Continuing Series
Utsuho’s truthfulness as a child resulted in an enormous catastrophe, and he decided to lie from that day forward. Raised in a village of orphans by a monk, Utsuho is an unrepentant troublemaker. The monk eventually inspires him to help people, but there’s no way Utsuho’s going to lead an honest life! Instead, he’s going to use his talents for mischief and deception for good!

MIDNIGHT SECRETARY Vols. 1-7 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers ·Complete Series
Kaya Satozuka prides herself on being an excellent secretary and a consummate professional, so she doesn’t even bat an eye when she’s reassigned to the office of her company’s difficult director, Kyohei Touma. He’s as prickly – and hot – as rumors paint him, but Kaya is unfazed… until she discovers that he’s a vampire!!

With over 50,000 comics, manga, and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers one of the biggest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience makes it the best digital platform for comic, manga and graphic novel fans worldwide. Fans can discover favorite comics, manga and graphic novels at comixology.com and also try the comiXology app available on all major mobile platforms.

For more information on manga titles available from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About comiXology
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES THE ART OF SATOSHI KON
from Bill, January 24th, 2015 12:41 pm, Anime/Manga News, comic book, Japan

REMEMBERING A MASTER OF ANIME FILMMAKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This August, Dark Horse remembers an animation legend and his works with The Art of Satoshi Kon.

A director who blazed a brilliant animation career before his tragic passing in 2010, Kon is immortalized in this special hardcover volume that covers the whole of his incredible career. Encompassing everything from illustrations for his movies Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, and Paprika and his television series Paranoia Agent, to his manga, commercial art, and more, The Art of Satoshi Kon is an oversized, 136-page tribute to a master of anime filmmaking.

Including a special appreciation from Darren Aronofsky, The Art of Satoshi Kon celebrates a lifetime of Kon’s work, including several little-known and incomplete projects.

The Art of Satoshi Kon retails for $29.99 and can be preordered from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Also available: Satoshi Kon’s: Opus Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Available for Preorder: Seraphim: 266613336 Wings Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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UNOFFICIAL HATSUNE MIX HITS #1 ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
from Bill, January 17th, 2015 12:24 pm, Comic Nation, Japan

THE SYNTHESIZER SUPERSTAR RISES TO THE TOP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid lead of Dark Horse Comics’ Unofficial Hatsune Mix, has risen in the charts to the number-one spot on the New York Times manga top-ten list!

Following the adventures of global cybercelebrity Miku, Unofficial Hatsune Mix is an omnibus manga by the character’s original illustrator, KEI, detailing the musical stylings and misadventures of Miku and fellow Vocaloids Rin, Len, Luka, and more—all in beautiful black-and-white and incredible color! Miku has appeared in ads from Toyota USA and Domino’s and has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Discover why Miku is a worldwide sensation! The second printing of Unofficial Hatsune Mix is currently available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, and comic shops.

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Baymax mitarashi dango at convenience store chain FamilyMart. 
from Rob, December 23rd, 2014 10:15 am, Japanese Culture

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Baymax mitarashi dango at convenience store chain FamilyMart. 

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