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An Insider’s Look At Working In The Anime Business

Space Dandy, (2014) © 2014 Bones / Project Space Dandy So you dream of moving to Japan and making anime. But what’s it really like? Just ask Thomas Romain. Born in France, the 39-year-old Romain moved to Tokyo in 2003 to work as co-director and art director on a French-Japanese anime series called Oban Star-racers. “This was a show originally created by a friend, Savin Yeatman-Eiffel,” Romain said in an email exchange. “We spent a few years developing the project in Paris, in his flat, with almost no money.” The dream was to bring this epic animated show to life, but according to Romain, that simply wasn’t possible at that time in France. “We had to move to Japan to achieve this dream.” Advertisement Savin was able to secure funding from European partners, and when the two showed up in Japan, they brought several million euros to make their show with a Japanese studio. After the production ended, Romain decided to stay in Japan. Oban Star-Racers, (2006) © Sav! The World Productions / Jetix Europe 2006 All rights reserved “I love drawing, I love 2D animation, and this is the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Ride A Dragon Ball Flying Nimbus, See Things In 3D

Indoor amusement park J-World Tokyo is rolling out a new Dragon Ball themed “virtual roller coaster” called “Zenkai Flying Nimbus.” As Famitsu notes, the Flying Nimbus attraction holds two riders. It doesn’t move, but it lets riders experience the thrill of flying through the air Dragon Ball style by projecting 3D images on a screen. It also shoots wind and mist to really sell the idea of movement. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Kiki's Delivery Service Grows Up, Eats Instant Ramen

Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service stars a 13-year-old witch named Kiki. She’s now been reimagined as a 17-year-old high school student in a new instant ramen spot. For Nissin’s “Hungry Day” campaign, the noodle maker roped in manga artist Eisaku Kubonouchi to design older versions of Kiki and her pal Tombo. The commercial’s theme is 青春 (seishun) or “youth,” and in it, Kiki confesses her romantic feelings to Tombo. Kiki’s Delivery Service was originally a novel by Eiko Kadono, but this short anime clip does seem to draw from the Ghibli retelling. (Just check out how it depicts Kiki’s cat, Jiji!) Tombo, however, looks different: hip and handsome, and not very Ghibliesque. I always thought he turned out differently when he grew up. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Giant Peeing Statue Isn't An Attack On Titan Character

You’d be forgiven if you thought this statue depicted a Titan from Attack on Titan. Even Yuuki Kaji, who voices Eren Yeager in the original anime, can see the similarity. Can you? Kaji (above) recently spotted the statue on the way to an event in Finland, posing for a photo and even doing a Survey Corps salute. Advertisement As Atlas Obscura explains, this artwork was created by Finnish artist Tommi Toija and first shown in 2014. It’s been reminding folks of Attack on Titan for years. The urinating, however, isn’t something you’d see a Titan do. Biting people’s heads off? Yes. Tinkling? No. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Attack On Titan's Third Season Airing In 2018

[Image: Funimation] The wait between Attack on Titan’s first season and its second one was around four years. Thankfully, the wait for season three won’t be that long. Season three will begin airing next year. Below is the official teaser for season three. The teaser is only 15 seconds, but at least it’s something. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Compared To The Manga

Doesn’t Dragon Ball FighterZ look incredible? And the best part might be that so much of that look is taken straight from the Akira Toriyama’s original art. These comparisons are via Twitter user Mizumaki_7:  This is wonderful. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Pokémon's First Japanese Theme Song Returns

[Image: TV Tokyo] When the original Pokémon TV anime debuted in Japan on September 8, 1998, the theme song was “Mezase Pokémon Masutaa” or “Aim to be a Pokémon Master.” Now in 2017, the theme is back! The current series Pokémon Sun Moon began using the theme this week to mark the 20th anniversary of Pocket Monsters. If you’ve never seen the old Japanese opening, have a look and a listen: The show has been used for several Pokémon anime series, getting different versions over the years.  Rica Matsumoto, who voices Ash in the Japanese series, recorded the original version and is back for this 20th anniversary one.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Anime Hit Your Name Makes Cosplay Easy

If you are looking for outfits for a Your Name cosplay (or ways to express Your Name fandom), look no further! Bandai is releasing the real-life version of sleep shirt Mitsuha worn in the film. Priced at 6,804 yen ($61), it will be released in Japan this August.  Or you could get the jacket Taki wore. It’s 25,920 yen ($233) and will also be released this August in Japan.  No word on international releases for either.  READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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A new story on Anime Feminist tackles the notion of “volunteer interpreters” after Anime Expo, Ameri

A new story on Anime Feminist tackles the notion of “volunteer interpreters” after Anime Expo, Ameri GIF Madoka Magica A new story on Anime Feminist tackles the notion of “volunteer interpreters” after Anime Expo, America’s biggest anime convention, put out a call for passionate, Japanese-speaking fans to interpret for free. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

“PPAP” Singer Starring In New Anime

Remember “PPAP”? The Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer is getting his own TV anime in Japan. Of course he is. Called Pikotaro no Rarabai Raarabai (Pikotaro’s Lullaby Luuullaby), the anime features the viral singer, who will voice himself and all the other characters in the show as he has various fairy tales dreams. According to Mantan Web, the anime will begin broadcasting this summer in Japan. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Manga Pluto Being Turned Into Anime

[Image via VIZ] Pluto, one of the most critical praised and best selling manga of the 2000s, will be adapted into an anime. The manga is an imaginative reworking of Astro Boy. Here’s how Viz describes it: In an ideal world where man and robots coexist, someone or something has destroyed the powerful Swiss robot Mont Blanc. Elsewhere a key figure in a robot rights group is murdered. The two incidents appear to be unrelated…except for one very conspicuous clue – the bodies of both victims have been fashioned into some sort of bizarre collage complete with makeshift horns placed by the victims’ heads. Interpol assigns robot detective Gesicht to this most strange and complex case – and he eventually discovers that he too, as one of the seven great robots of the world, is one of the targets. According to Kai-You, details are scant. However, a report on French site Otaku’s Mafia World (via sinonobu at NeoGAF) states that the anime will be eight episodes in all, with each manga volume getting an episode. Mappa is reportedly doing the anime, with the manga’s creator Naoki Urasawa, taking part in the pilot. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Live-Action Gintama Says It's A Comedy

The debut Gintama trailer wasn’t exactly hilarious. The latest one isn’t either, but it does want you to know this: It’s a comedy.  Makes sense! Because the Gintama manga and anime are rather silly. Which seems to be the goal of this trailer. We won’t know for sure if the Gintama movie is funny until it opens in Japan on July 14.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

The Beds In Yu-Gi-Oh! Are Strange 

Have you ever noticed this? I hadn’t, but after it was pointed out, I cannot unnoticed the fact that beds in Yu-Gi-Oh! are often odd. Forget the hair! Look at this. It’s either that the bed’s size is weird, it’s put in a strange place or that the way its positioned looks off. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Movie Trailer Finally Shows Off Stands

GIF JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s first live action adaptation, directed by Takashi Miike, is set to open in Japan in August. Now, thanks to the film’s newest trailer, fans can see one of the things that makes this series truly unique: Stands. Stands are a staple of JoJo from the third part of the manga and anime onwards. You can’t fully understand them until you see them in action, but they’re basically the physical projection of a psychic power. JoJo is a show about rowdy boys getting in cool fights (among many, many other things), and the Stands make these fights even more dramatic, heart pounding, and creative. Not seeing the Stands in any of the previous two trailers has made fans pretty worried, as how they’re portrayed could make or break the movie. This new trailer finally shows them off. And they look… pretty alright? In my opinion the very worst way the Stands could look would be “a guy just standing there,” so at least this doesn’t look like that. But the glimpses are brief, and the scenes are dark. While the particular effects in this trailer look better than, say, the Fullmetal Alchemist movie, READ FULL STORY AT…