Godzilla will scare you in Shinjuku
from Rob, December 11th, 2014 5:27 am, Japanese Culture

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Tokyo’s ever-changing urban landscape is about to get a new addition in Kabuki-cho, the glitziest part of Shinjuku’s entertainment district. Scheduled for completion next Aprilis the Toho Cinemas Shinjuku movie complex, replacing the older Shinjuku Toho Kaikan theater which closed down in 2008. At the top of the eight-story building is a terrace where visitors will be able to relax in the open air, marvel at the surrounding skyline, and tower in fear of the Godzilla Head bursting out the roof.

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With the building’s roof being 40 meters high, Godzilla’s head will be standing at just over 50 meters above street level, matching his stature in his 1954 cinematic debut. The plan is for the head to be illuminated at night, and for the head’s eyes and mouth to glow, accompanied by periodic roars.

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Godzilla won’t just be looking hard at moviegoers and pedestrians, though. In the above render, you may have noticed that being built adjacent to the new Toho theater is the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. The hotel’s managers aren’t worried about Godzilla spoiling the view from their guestrooms, though. In fact, they’re counting on him enhancing it, and are already taking reservations for special Godzilla View Rooms, which can be booked here at prices starting from 15,000 yen (US $125) a night for guests checking in from April 24.

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KitKat and the Bullet train
from Rob, November 20th, 2014 5:50 am, Japanese Culture

celebrate the anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen, Nestle and participating retailers along the Tokaido line joined forces to take a break…with Kit Kats! Their special entry into the Kit Kat lineup comes in the form of a very cute N700 series bullet train, the newest train for the Tokaido Line which made its debut in 2007.

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Ripping open the outer package reveals Dr. Yellow, the test train. In Japan, seeing this yellow train means you will have a day of good luck.

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Open up Dr. Yellow and you will be greeted by the 0 series, the very first Shinkansen.

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The candy inside has the flavor of frozen mikan.

What exactly is a mikan? It’s a fruit similar to a tangerine or a mandarin orange and is a very popular winter snack in Japan. Actually, along the Tokaido line, vendors will sell these frozen mikan because they travel so well! Kit Kat has paired their familiar chocolate with the unforgettable taste of the Japanese citrus to create Frozen Mikan Kit Kats.

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Official images for the live action Attack on Titan
from Rob, November 19th, 2014 5:15 pm, Anime/Manga Reviews

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Waiting on images of the Titans.

Dragon Ball Z: F is for Fukkatsu
from Rob, November 19th, 2014 6:38 am, Anime/Manga News

Anime News Networkbrings word today from V Jump Magazine about another film set to debut in 2015 titled Dragon Ball Z: F is for Fukkatsu (or ‘Resurrection’), which will see the return of fan-favorite villain Frieza.

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Akira Toriyama noted that the F in the title stands for the iconic villain who will, as the name implies, be revived for the film. It’s also set to feature Beerus, the villain from “Battle of Gods.” The magazine relays the film’s synopsis (translated from Japanese) as follows: 

“An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Frieza’s army Sorbet and Tagoma arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Frieza with the dragon balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…!”

The film is set to debut in Japanese theaters next April.

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Sailor Moon tortilla chips
from Rob, November 14th, 2014 9:46 pm, Anime/Manga News

Sailor Moon tortilla chips 

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As part of a tie-up with Japanese snack food makerKoikeya, from November 21 the series’ core cast, in theirSailor Moon Crystal forms, will be gracing bags of tortilla chips. All five of the Inner Sailor Senshi (Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus) will make appearances, as will cape-wearing, rose-tossing ally Tuxedo Mask.

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Gundam Burgers at Tokyo station
from Rob, November 14th, 2014 7:54 am, Anime/Manga News

AnimeAnime reports that the Tokyo Station Gundam Cafe is being turned into McDaniel Hamburgers Gundam Cafe. The restaurant appeared in the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundamanime as a secret meeting place for the Anti-Earth Union Group, and now it will appear in Tokyo starting November 19.

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McDaniel Hamburgers will serve up Sleggar Burgers, Gundam Burgers with cheese, Char’s Zaku Burgers with tomatoes (top pic), Zaku II Burgers with avocado slices to eat in the cafe or for take out.

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DARK HORSE’S UNOFFICIAL HATSUNE MIX: A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
from Bill, November 3rd, 2014 4:47 pm, comic book, Japan

DARK HORSE’S UNOFFICIAL HATSUNE MIX: A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

 

First printing sold out; second printing in stores for holidays!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Who’s that girl with the long green ponytails you’ve been seeing everywhere? It’s Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid—the synthesizer superstar who’s singing your song! Dark Horse Comics’ first edition of Unofficial Hatsune Mix landed in the New York Times Manga Top 10 list and sold out of bookstores across the nation within the first month of release!

She’s a global cybercelebrity and a cosplay favorite at conventions. Now Miku’s original illustrator, KEI, brings you Unofficial Hatsune Mix—an omnibus manga of the musical adventures (and misadventures!) of Miku and her fellow Vocaloids Rin, Len, Luka, and more—in both beautiful black-and-white and charming color!

Over 170,000 music videos have been uploaded to YouTube using Miku as the singer. Miku has appeared in ads from Toyota USA, Domino’s, and most recently the Late Show with David Letterman.

The second printing of Unofficial Hatsune Mix will be in comic shops November 19 and in bookstoresDecember 2! Preorder your copy of this bestseller today!

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DRAGONBALL​Z: BATTLE OF GODS out on Blu-ray/DV​D
from julian, September 24th, 2014 5:55 pm, Anime/Manga News, Art, Entertainment, Movies, TV & Movie News

 

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Blu-ray & DVD (Extended Edition) To Be Released October 7, 2014

Includes: Uncut Version and Theatrical Versions of the Movie


Flower Mound, TX – (September 22, 2014) – After its successful theatrical release to over 800 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada, FUNimation is preparing you to witness Dragon Ball Z as it has never been seen before- on Blu-ray and DVD October 7th 2014!

“…some of the most exhilarating fight sequences I’ve ever seen.” - IGN.com

Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!  For Film Trailers, Wall Papers and everything Dragon Ball Z, visit and link to: www.dragonballz.com

Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus’s from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!

“…I highly recommend it.” – Indiewire’s Animation Scoop

DETAILS

  • Includes: Uncut Version and Theatrical Versions of the Movie
  • Format: Blu-ray& DVD
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Closed Captioning: No
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Aspect Ratio: 16×9
  • Main Feature Audio: Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1,Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0,Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 5.1, English 5.1 Surround, Japanese 2.0,Japanese 5.1 Surround
  • Special Feature Audio: Dolby TrueHD: English 2.0,Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0,English 2.0,Japanese 2.0
  • Main Feature Runtime: 105
  • Special Feature Runtime: 33
  • Region: A|1
  • Number of Blu-ray Discs: 1
  • Number of DVDs: 2
  • Studio: FUNimation
  • UPC: 704400015649

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