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This Week In Trailers: World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime, Apocalypse ‘45, Alone, John Was Trying to Contact Aliens, Space Sweepers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we revisit World War II, go on a very bad road trip, break down in joy that Don Hertzfeldt is back, look to aliens to provide meanin...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Movies, America, This Week In Trailers, Ford, New Mexico, Movie Trailers, John Ford, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Pacific Northwest, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Alone, Robin


Hanyou no Yashahime’s Heroines Promise Plenty of Battles

The first official PV for Inuyasha sequel Hanyou no Yashahime has at last acquainted long-dedicated fans to what they can expect of the nostalgic continuation, with thrilling clashes in both the modern world and feudal era Japan being present as the daughters of both Inuyasha and his brother Sesshomaru serve as the leading heroines. The […]
Tags: Japan, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Anime, VIZ Media, PV, Continuations, Inuyasha, Yashahime, Sesshomaru


Japan Animation Leaders Unite for YouTube Initiative

Toei Animation, Kodansha and other anime content providers have banded together to start a channel on YouTube. The goal is to have 30 companies providing 3,000 anime titles by 2022, with the number of views per month reaching 300 million. Called Animelog, or Anilog, the channel was launched Friday by Analyzelog, a company that supports […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Anime, Hayao Miyazaki, Animelog, Toei Animation Kodansha, Analyzelog


Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Releases Early December

Developer Gust and publisher Koei Tecmo have clarified that Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy will be launching in Japan early December and early 2021 for the PC. The premise of the game and its new features as listed by Steam: Even if my strength is lost, I will always be by […]
Tags: Games, Japan, Anime, Ps4, RPG, Pc Gaming, Koei Tecmo, Tecmo Koei, Continuations, Gust, Release Dates, Nintendo Switch, Atelier Ryza


Hololive 5th Generation Virtual YouTubers Bubbling With Personality

Japanese Virtual YouTuber company Cover has revealed the upcoming 5th generation of Hololive VTubers that virtual YouTuber fanatics will soon be able to endlessly fawn over, with the craze seemingly being incapable of dying down. The new all-female virtual idol group features five members consisting of lion girl Shishiro Botan, snow elf Yukihana Lamy, bunny […]
Tags: Japan, Illustration, Anime, Announcements, Character Design, Virtual YouTubers, Hololive, Shishiro Botan, Yukihana Lamy


School Girl Imprisoned in House Contacts Police With Game Console

Another instance of a video game console helping to track down a criminal has occurred as a school girl imprisoned in a 44-year-old man’s home utilized one to get in contact with the police, who promptly rescued her. 44-year-old company employee Hiroyasu Goto restrained the helpless girl by tying her to an iron pipe inside […]
Tags: Japan, Technology, Crime, Internet, Police, Bizarre, Anime, Kidnapping, Schoolgirls, Kanagawa, Hiroyasu Goto


John Carpenter to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Fantasia Film Festival

There’s no filmmaker quite like John Carpenter, and it’s about time the man got some awards love for his staggering work. Enter the Fantasia Film Festival, who are presenting Carpenter with a lifetime achievement award. And since the festival is virtual this year it means Carpenter doesn’t have to leave his house to collect it, and that will no doubt appeal to him, as the legendary director really just wants nothing more than to hang around his pad playing video games these days. John Carpen...
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Florida, Hollywood, Movies, Greece, France, China, Kung Fu, Taiwan, Athens, Belgium, Brazil, Chevy, Stephen Chow


Fantasia Virtual Announces Third & Final Wave of 2020 Titles!

Fantasia Virtual announces third & final wave of 2020 titles! The Fantasia Film Festival has unveiled a massive new assortment of feature films in the third and final wave of its virtual 24th edition, along with details on scheduled panels, talks, tributes and special events including a masterclass with horror maestro John Carpenter and more! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[],...
Tags: Horror, Movies, Fantasia Film Festival, Movie News


Wonder Woman 1984 Products Revealed by Warner Bros.

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Wonder Woman 1984 Products Revealed by Warner Bros. Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has launched an all-new collection of must-have lifestyle products and engaging experiences inspired by Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated follow up to 2017’s record-breaking feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAl...
Tags: Toys, Japan, Movies, Diana, Dc, Barbie, Warner Bros, Connie Nielsen, Collectibles, Venus Williams, Extras, Zales, Mattel, Chris Pine, Emp, Robin Wright


Theater Days: Year Three

Theater Days launched June 28, 2017. I still remember having to deal with it on the flight to Anime Expo after it went live server-side and thinking about how much to kakkin in the early days. It would not be hard to guess that I will still be playing it 3 years, at the time. To reminisce a bit more, last June 28, I was in Japan, just finished with day one of ML6th Tour Fairy Station. Days later I would get to see the anniversary celebration in Akihabara, while I was en route to Anime Expo. N...
Tags: Japan, Union, Anime, Fc, Lta, Akihabara, Emily, MTG, Idolmaster, Modern Visual Culture, Matsuri, LTF, Kanshasai, Gift Amiami, Akiba Animate, Glow Map


Harry Potter Films Heading to NBCUniversal’s Peacock

Harry Potter films heading to NBCUniversal’s Peacock After initially premiering on the WarnerMedia streaming service earlier this year, the Harry Potter franchise is making a move in streaming platforms as it is set to hit the freshly-debuted Peacock at NBCUniversal later this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Craig Robinson to Lead Peacock Comedy From Brooklyn Nine-Nine Showrunners PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {...
Tags: Japan, Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Nbcuniversal, Harry Potter, Streaming, Orlando, Universal Studios, Warner Bros Pictures, Peacock, Craig Robinson, Movie News, WarnerMedia, Frances Manfredi, Harry Potter Films Heading to NBCUniversal


Examining the Iconic Japanese Samurai Film That Inspired ‘The Mandalorian’

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars , a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition:  Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance .) Samurai movies have long held a place in the inspiration of Star Wars. It began with The Hidden Fortress , which was one of the earliest influences on George Lucas’s creation of Star Wars,  but Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is perhaps the latest in that line of...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, Clint Eastwood, Wu Tang, Quentin Tarantino, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Mando, Wolf, Kurosawa, Wakayama, Samurai, Lone Wolf, Pedro Pascal, Jeremy Bulloch


Tousatsu Hunters Strike Again as Two Arrested for Extorting Money From Man

Two more people responsible for blackmailing a person who took tousatsu (non-consensual photography) have been arrested, a type of extortion scheme that has been growing in popularity. Male culprit Hikaru Omata (34) worked with his common-law wife Rie Miyanishi (35) to blackmail people after baiting them into committing tousatsu; both individuals hail from Gunma Prefecture’s […]
Tags: Japan, Crime, Voyeurism, Tokyo, Anime, Blackmail, Gunma Prefecture, Upskirt, Panchira, Hikaru Omata, Rie Miyanishi


62-Year-Old Man Arrested for Tanning Nude in Vacant Lot

The summer heat has apparently started to warp the minds of some people as an old man was arrested for tanning nude in a vacant lot, probably instilling unspeakable horror in the woman who initially spotted the incident. The 62-year-old self-proclaimed office worker was seen nude at a vacant lot in Hokkaido’s Ishikari City by […]
Tags: Japan, Crime, Bizarre, Anime, Fetish, Old People, Hokkaido, Tan, Exhibitionism, Ishikari City


Shibuya Park Potentially Turning Public Defecation Into a Show

An individual on Twitter has generated colossal attention for pointing out a rather unique bathroom being constructed in a Shibuya ward park, as the entire facility is transparent and any person on the outside can easily observe those inside excreting wastes. According to the Twitter user, a privacy barrier erects when locking the door, allowing […]
Tags: Twitter, Japan, Privacy, Bizarre, Anime, Toilets, Fetish, Shibuya, Exhibitionism, Shibuya Park


Pop Culture Imports: ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale,’ ‘Women Without Men, ‘BNA,’ and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) Somehow, we’re nearing the tail end of summer and the pandemic situation doesn’t seem like it will change all that much. But at the very least, streaming services won’t run out of new content anytime soon. And while new entertainment may start to dry up in the states, we can always import a few international titles to keep us going. In this week’s Pop Culture Imports, the best foreign mo...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Hbo, Movies, San Francisco, Spain, Iran, Features, Netflix, Cia, Bruce Lee, Costa, Chinatown, Crunchyroll, BNA, Nicholas Sparks


JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World Author Ko Hiratori Discusses World-Building and Realism

Ani-Gamers’ light novel review podcast, the Ani-Gamers Book Club, so enjoyed the light novel JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World that I reached out to the author, Ko Hiratori, for an interview. JK Haru examines a number of traditional light novel conventions in a story about the experience of sex work in both the real world and in an isekai setting (that is, in a “transported to another world” story, for those still unfamiliar with the term). In this exclusive interview, I had the pri...
Tags: Books, Japan, David, Anime, Don, Hokkaido Japan, Ani, Chiba, Zooey, David Estrella, Haru, Ani Gamers, Inaki, JK Haru, JK Haru Is a Sex Worker in Another World, Kou Hiratori


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Impetigore’ and ‘Satan’s Slaves’ Prove That the Next Great Horror Movies Are Coming From Indonesia

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Impetigore and Satan’s Slaves Where You Can Stream Them: Shudder The Pitch: If you only watch American horror films, you’re missing out. Outside of Hollywood, horror films can be weirder, wilder, crazier, more ambitious, and often piss-your-pants scary. And in recent years, Indonesia has announced itself as the latest major play...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Features, Horror, Impetigore, Satan's Slaves, The Quarantine Stream


‘Splinter Cell’ Netflix Anime Coming From ‘John Wick’ Writer Derek Kolstad

The popular Ubisoft video game Splinter Cell is becoming an anime. Netflix and Ubisoft have teamed up to develop a Splinter Cell anime series based on the popular stealth action video games, which will be steered by the writer behind one of the greatest current action franchises, John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad. Variety reports that Netflix and Ubisoft have tapped Derek Kolstad to write and serve as executive producer for an anime series adaptation of the Splinter Cell video game. The series ...
Tags: Adaptation, Anime, Netflix, Video Game, Derek Kolstad, Splinter Cell


‘Japan Sinks 2020’ is a Bleak, Violent Disaster Anime That Hits Harder During Lockdown

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.) It shouldn’t come across as controversial to say that 2020 feels like living in a disaster film. Looking outside feels like catching a glimpse of a hellish apocalypse, with thousands of people dying while governments are too inept to do anything about it, misinformation making things worse, and any resemblance of “normal life” rapidly disappearing into memory. So...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, Netflix, Tokyo, Starbucks, Estonia, Anime, Ani, Muto, Yuasa, Masaaki Yuasa, Featured Stories Sidebar, Chernobyl Japan, Eizouken, Japan Sinks: 2020


Eizouken Manga Artist Attacked by Westerners for Following Loli Pixiv Accounts

The mangaka for Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (which had an anime earlier in the year) was recently vilified on Twitter for daring to follow artists on Pixiv who create loli-based erotica, with the usual suspects naturally being of the twisted notion that fictional content causes real physical harm. The artists that Sumito […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, Internet, Illustration, Artists, Anime, Mangaka, Lolicon, Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na, Dasu


TIFF 2020 Line-Up Includes Films from Regina King, Viggo Mortensen, Halle Berry, Werner Herzog & More

The 2020 Toronto International Film Festival is still happening this fall, albeit with a lot of changes as the world is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Though there will still be some physical screenings in movie theaters happening up in Canada, this year’s line-up features a smaller selection of films, the addition of plenty of digital screenings, and some collaboration with the Venice Film Festival and New York Film Festival. And now we known which movies will be playing The full...
Tags: Japan, Usa, Movies, Australia, Mexico, France, Boston, India, US, Toronto, Georgia, Iran, Earth, Taiwan, Fbi, Budapest


Survive the Coronavirus in Style With Color-Changing “Mouth Cover”

Japanese company Spec Computer has capitalized on the Coronavirus plague by releasing a special mouth cover that can project one of seven total colors, with it being firmly noted that the facial wear is not actually meant to be used to prevent diseases, as it cannot be washed due to its electronics. Called the illumi-ON, […]
Tags: Fashion, Japan, Technology, Marketing, Anime, Image Gallery, Coronavirus, Spec Computer


DJ Manara gets regular radio show on BBC Asian Network

DJ Manara has secured a permanent slot on BBC Asian Network as the new host of ‘Pure Spice with DJ Manara’, Saturday’s 10pm-1am. The London based DJ first appeared on the station in 2018 as part of Asian Network’s Residency, a show for fresh DJ talent. She made a name for herself through fresh mixes and live appearances around the world, including at London’s Wireless Festival and for Boiler Room. DJ Manara says: “As a DJ I love mixing Asian sounds with all kinds of club music. I’ve been luck...
Tags: Japan, London, India, Bbc, People, Radio, Canada, Desi, Manara, BBC Asian Network, Asian Network, Nucleya, DJ Manara, Khaliq Meer Head of Programmes


The [email protected] 15th Anniversary Update: Happy [email protected] Life

This video is pretty strong, so watch only if you are not a faithful hardcore fan I guess lol. I mean, you would know what it already is if you were. As usual, just going to collect some thoughts here. Might not have an overarching point in this post. The 15th Anniversary celebration for [email protected] series happened this past weekend with basically two really long live streams. It started actually the days leading up with some promo art on Twitter, but more importantly there is a...
Tags: Japan, Anime, Idolmaster, Bannam, Noctchill


Top 10 Most Profitable Mobile Games for First Half of 2020 in Japan

A user of AppAnnie has compiled Japan’s highest grossing mobile games for the first half of the year, potentially generating some interesting information as not only the usual titles grace the list, granting recognition to a few lesser known titles. The ranking, which is based upon money accumulated between January 1st and June 30th: 1. […]
Tags: Games, Japan, Money, Rankings, Smartphones, Anime, Gacha, Casuals


Melon Books Pantsu Art Exhibit Highlights the Sexiness of Pantsu

Connoisseurs of female undergarments might marvel at the extraordinary artwork on display at the “Underwears no Sekai” exhibit as the art showcase focuses on pantsu-centric illustrations, a genre that will leave those uninitiated in the tasteful fetish bewildered. The Melon Books exhibit shows off some of the works in the pantsu art book “Under Wears […]
Tags: Japan, Events, Illustration, Artists, Anime, Akihabara, Oppai, Oshiri, Pantsu, Image Gallery, Sekai


Sexy Pantsu on Full Display in Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris

Japan’s perceptive pervert community has happened upon another untapped treasure, this time spotting something quite sensuous in the recently released Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris as various female characters have their pantsu exposed when viewing things from just the right angle. Though only a few samples were provided, aspiring pantsu hunters will probably be inspired […]
Tags: Games, Japan, Xbox One, Anime, Ps4, MMORPG, Pc Gaming, Bandai Namco, Sword Art Online, Pantsu, Image Gallery, Adaptations


Ghost of Tsushima Has Fastest-Selling Original IP Debut for PS4

Ghost of Tsushima has fastest-selling original IP debut for PS4 According to The Hollywood Reporter, the action-adventure title Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch Productions just became PS4’s fastest-selling first party original IP debut! The samurai-themed title sold more than 2.4 million units worldwide during its opening weekend, July 17-20. In June the sequel The Last of Us Part II sold over 4 million copies in its first three days. Order your copy of Ghost of Tsushima by clicking here...
Tags: Games, Japan, Movies, Ps4, Jin, Tsushima, ComingSoon, Hachiman, Video Game News, Digital Deluxe, Ghost of Tsushima, Jin Sakai


The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood’s first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?
Tags: Science Fiction, Japan, Hollywood, Movies, News, Artificial Intelligence, Erica, Osaka University, Ishiguro, Hiroshi, Robots and Robotics, b (Movie



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