World’s Most Popular Manga/Anime Gets a Calendar!
We said it before: the popularity ranking might be debatable, but there’s no doubt that Hajime Isayama’s now 5-year-old serial - his first at that - certainly has been the most visible franchise of the past year.

Reno J. Tibke - August 16, 2014

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week the earth shook, babies cried, and the very logic of existence was thrown into doubt: an American anime is being exported to Japan, and since the Obon holiday equals a very slow tech week, the ultimately circular cultural force of animated images is all we’re talking about!

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Toshio Suzuki, film producer of Studio Ghibli as well as a great friend of master Hayao Miyazaki appeared on Jyonetsu Tairiku (a weekly Japanese TV program that covers public figures) on August 3, and talked about the future of Studio Ghibli.

In a scene from their shareholder meeting, Producer Suzuki said "We will make a big change on the full spectrum of Studio Ghibli and we are planning to break down our production department."

Japan Expo Paris - Part 2: Manga & Anime (VIDEO) -

The following is the latest entry in our French correspondent Jeremy Touitou's Japan Expo Paris 15 video series.

Attack on Titan's Armin Arlert: New Figure at Tokyo Otaku Mode -

World’s Most Popular Manga/Anime?
While that might be debatable, Hajime Isayama’s 5-year-old serial - his first at that - certainly has been the most visible franchise of the past year (One Piece certainly is a contender here, too).

Studio Ghibli's new featured animated film - Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)  - was finally released in 461 movie theaters all over Japan on July 19.

It is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (director of The Secret World of Arrietty), and 2 young Japanese actresses did the main character voices: Sara Takatsuki as Anna (She looks exactly like Anna!), and Kasumi Arimura as Marnie.

A major credit card company, Sumitomo Mitsui Card announced the start of issuing a ONE PIECE collaborated credit card "ONE PIECE VISA CARD" on July 30.

It's part of ONE PIECE's 15 year anniversary project, and the issuing period is limited to one year beginning on July 30.

There are 2 designs available (Luffy or Chopper).