Anime

Opening day of the live-action movie Kiki’s Delivery Service is just around the corner! It will be released on March 1. Ahead of opening day, an event for the movie took place at Hanazono Shrine in Tokyo today.

In the event, Fuka Koshiba, who was cast as Kiki, showed up from the sky over the shrine riding on the broomstick, dressed in full costume!

It made for great viewing and interesting news. She was being hauled 15 meters above the ground with a crane - and was reportedly insured for one hundred million yen (about $1,000,000).

 

The animation film director Goro Miyazaki, the son of the true animation master Hayao Miyazaki, will start a new TV animation series on NHK BS Premium in autumn 2014.

The title of the series is Sanzoku no Musume Ronia and is based on the children's book, "Ronia the Robber's Daughter", written by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

Yoriko Takahashi - January 20, 2014

Calbee just released DORAEMON potato chips which will be sold for a limited time only until early May.

They are basic salt flavor potato chips that come with 2 DORAEMON illustrated cards in each bag. There are a total of 72 different cards including "Normal cards" with funny DORAEMON, valuable "Color cards with original drawings", and "Famous scene cards" displaying a whole page from the comic book on the card.

If you are a big fan of DORAEMON, happy snacking and good luck collecting all 72 cards!

HAKO VISION is a small box, released by Bandai, with which you can enjoy a 3D projection mapping show with your smartphone on the palm of your hand.

We introduced their first HAKO VISION products, "TOKYO HIKARI VISION" and "KARAKURI", which present real 3D projection mapping events that took place at Tokyo Station and Tokyo National Museum. These will be released soon on January 27.

Click here to read what HAKO VISION is:

Akihabaranews.com - Japanese Directors - Academy Award

The nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday (US time), and we were happy to hear that 2 Japanese animation movies were nominated!

First, of course, from Studio Ghibli…

- The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli for Animated Feature Film

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