Akira Amazon recently introduced a little chaos into the world of anime streaming. Anime Strike, which launched earlier this year, is taking heat from anime fans for messing with the harmony viewers finally reached with English-language streaming services. It’s made a mess of the streaming ecosphere, and was (for me) pricey to boot. But despite consumers’ somewhat unfavorable responses to it, it may become an unavoidable expense for many anime fans in the coming months. Advertisement Last September, anime fans rejoiced when the two biggest competing anime streaming services joined forces. Previously, when a new anime season came out, simulcast titles were split across the two services Funimation and Crunchyroll. Most fans chose one or the other, shelling out $60 yearly. But completeness was a goal for both businesses, according to interviews with each service’s founder. The September deal let Crunchyroll and Funimation share portions of their considerable anime libraries, new and old. It works because Crunchyroll, for the most part, streamed subtitled anime while Funimation streamed dubbed titles. Everyone won, at least for a few months. And, anyway, people who don’t subscribe to either service could still watch a limited selection READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Let’s face it. The live-action manga and anime adaptations that the Japanese movie industry has been churning out recently don’t look all that cool. This, however, does. Advertisement Ajin debuted as a manga in 2012, telling the story of a new type of human, called “Ajin,” that are unable to die. Even if these demi-humans are “killed,” they immediately regenerate to a healthy state. It was later turned into anime for feature films and TV. It certainly seems like a live-action version would work well, because it doesn’t have to contend with iconic costumes (or hair!) in the same way other manga movie adaptations do. What do you think? Ajin hits Japanese theaters on September 30. No word yet about an international release. 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!
Attack on Titan Attack on Titan—is it a real, earnest anime or a super-efficient meme factory? Yesterday’s episode, and the reactions it inspired, brings us one stop closer to the answer. Advertisement In the latest AoT episode, titan-fighting trainees are hiding from the naked giants in a castle when—spoiler—the titans breach it. Reiner, one of the trainees, discovers the first titan like so: GIF Attack on Titan What could it be behind the door? Surprise. GIF Attack on Titan Yes, it was humanity’s worst fear: the flesh-eating titan. After encountering this very predictable twist, Attack on Titan fans diligently got to work, replacing the titan with, uh, less expected terrors. They are all “humanity’s worst fear.” We’ve got our scary Minecraft teen…. The science YouTuber Vsauce: Jeb Bush: Johnny: Over-eager orcs: A Bugs Bunny furry: Here’s my favorite…. And here’s one from Gizmodo’s resident memelord, Bryan Menegus: Man, Attack on Titan would be so scary if it wasn’t a meme goldmine… Probably. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
This isn’t the first time Evgenia Medvedeva has done a Sailor Moon routine, and it’s probably not the last time, either. Advertisement In 2016, the Russian skater did a Sailor Moon themed routine, which made big waves in Japan. This year, she’s brought it back. Kotaku previously reported how Medvedeva is a huge anime fan. In particular, she digs Sailor Moon, but she’s also is into skating anime Yuri On Ice. Which, of course, would also make for a fun routine. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The Anonymous Noise Spring has sprung, but probably, so have your allergies. Stay inside. Drink some iced tea. Watch our remarkably good picks for this season’s anime. Re:Creators Genre: Magical realism Advertisement Studio: Troyca Where to Watch: Amazon’s Anime Strike Advertisement Plot: Re:Creators is an anime that asks: What if anime was real? An everyday otaku is sucked into the world of his favorite anime through his tablet. But when he returns to the real world, he brings the anime heroine with him. There, she finds other fictional heroes from various games and anime and, with them, decides to confront her creator. Why would people dream up worlds where there’s so much conflict? Why watch it? It’s a well-directed, easy-to-watch anime with moments of humor and high-adrenaline action. The Anonymous Noise Genre: Shoujo Advertisement Studio: Brain’s Base Where to Watch: Amazon’s Anime Strike Plot: The Anonymous Noise follows a girl, Nino, who always loved to sing. As a child, she had two musical collaborators, Momo and Yuzu, but after she parted from both, found her own footing as a choir vocalist. We meet her in high school, where she decides to join “band club,” a sort of punk act that inspires…
Lala Satalin Deviluke is the main character of To Love-Ru. A life-sized version of her is going on sale for a mere twenty-five grand. Advertisement Note: This article contains content some readers might find objectionable. This statue of the devil-tailed alien princess is 5.6 feet tall and weighs 99 pounds. Priced at 2.8 million yen (US$25,647), only ten of these will be made. Advertisement You can watch a rather leering clip of the statue below: If you are going to spend this much money on a figure, leering is exactly what you’d do. I guess? Those interested in purchasing note: You must be a resident of Japan and you must first enter a raffle for a chance to buy. That’s right, a chance to spend $25,000. 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!
GIF This season’s breakout anime is Re:Creators, a show that asks the question, “Should we have empathy for our anime heroes?” Then it asks, “Are we responsible for our fantasies?” and “Why do magical girls love cheeseburgers so much?” Advertisement Re:Creators is about an otaku high school boy named Sota. His thing is drawing. One day, when he’s sketching out his light novel, he takes an inspiration break and cues up the anime Elemental Symphony of Vogelchevalier on his tablet. Suddenly, his tablet starts malfunctioning, and improbably, Sota is sucked into it. He lands in its Elemental Symphony’s fantasy world, right between the protagonist, a lady warrior named Selesia, and her enemy. They’re facing off in a giant mecha battle. Moments later, the tablet malfunctions again. And it takes Selesia back with Sota into Sota’s city, which she calls “the land of the gods.” That’s because, as she learns, it’s where her world’s—Eternal Symphony’s—creators are. And she has some questions for them. GIF Re:Creators After time, more characters from video games and anime appear around Sota. Many have conflicting codes of ethics and worldviews based off their READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Actor Kwon Hyuk-soo is on a mission. For the past few months, the Saturday Night Live Korea star has been recreating sequences from iconic anime. Advertisement The shows he’s bringing to life date from the 1990s or early 2000s. Sometimes Kwon has help, but most of the time, he does all the characters himself. Cardcaptor Sakura Wedding Peach Inuyasha Full Moon o Sagashite Sailor Moon *applause* 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!
When Persona 5 came out last year in Japan, an animted short called The Day Breakers was released to help promote the game. It’s only 20-minutes long, but is definitely worth watching if you’re a fan of the game. While Persona 5 itself has around an hour’s worth of excellent anime cutscenes, made by Ghost in the Shell and Attack on Titan’s Production I.G., The Day Breakers was made by A-1 Pictures, which explains why the art and animation you see here is slightly different from that you see in Persona 5. Advertisement Advertisement Not that this is a problem. A-1 have a lot of experience with the series, having handled both Persona 4’s animated series and the last three of Persona 3’s full-length movies, and for what it is, The Day Breakers looks fine. Just know that this isn’t a thorough re-telling of the game’s stories like the last two Persona games have received. Instead, this is a short designed to copy the flow of one of the game’s Mementos side-missions, dealing with a bite-sized quest to change the heart READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
GIF Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood The anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is full of perfect moments. And buried in it is a very, very anime love story. Advertisement Protagonist Edward’s martial arts trainer is a woman named Izumi. She’s tough as nails. And how she got that way is revealed in the bonus episode “Tales of the Master.” When she was 18, Izumi spent a month on the treacherous, snowy Briggs mountains with only a knife to defend herself. It was to prove that she was a worthy student to another fighting master. There, on that mountain, after mastering the ways of survival, Izumi becomes so strong that she kills a bear with her hands. Advertisement After that month passed, Izumi runs through town to show her master the fruits of her training. She’s dragging the bear caracas, as one does. That’s when she meets the love her life, Sig, her future doting husband and professional meat butcher. So relatable. Via Redditer Jamaa1995: Izumi runs face-first into him. She turns to leave, but she forgot something:“Just a moment young lady! You forgot your dead bear,” Sig says. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
GIF Paprika What are your favorite anime movies? Spirited Away? Princess Mononoke? My Neighbor Totoro? Eh, I could see that coming. These Studio Ghibli movies are masterpieces. They’re also not the only anime films out there. Crazy, right? Advertisement It’s safe to say that Ghibli corners the market for 90-minute escapist anime that makes you feel good by the end. But there are psychological heights some Ghibli movies don’t hit. Below are my top picks for non-Ghibli films. Many are pretty disturbing. All of them are genius. Perfect Blue After seeing Perfect Blue, I went outside to my porch, buried my head in my hands and smoked like five cigarettes. I sat there for nearly an hour. If you’re the kind of person who dug Requiem for a Dream, Perfect Blue is up your alley. Actually, Requiem director Darren Aronofsky bought the rights to Perfect Blue so he could replicate a scene in it. Perfect Blue is about a pop idol and her stalker. To make the leap from middling idol to noted actress, she’s offered to film a rape scene that could compromise her pure, sweet image. The more famous READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Starting April 21, visitors to J-World Tokyo, the indoor amusement park, can dress up as One Piece, Dragon Ball, Gintama, and Naruto characters. Advertisement J-World is calling this J-Cos, and is renting out “official” costumes and wigs. For example, Gunosy reports that one costume with a wig is 3,500 yen (US$32) for 90 minutes, while the same deal, plus a prop weapon is 4,500 yen ($41). Painless manga and anime cosplay comes at a price, it seems. While dressed up, you are free to enjoy all the attractions J-World has to offer. Optional photography is another 2,000 yen ($18), and includes an original frame for your print. Since J-World has lots of manga-inspired locations, this might be a good place to take some snaps? 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 tallest structure in Japan is under siege by a 1,148-foot Titan. Advertisement As you can see in these terrific photos from Ryutsuu News, there’s a big Attack on Titan exhibit at Tokyo Skytree with original art, life-sized Survey Corps. statues, Attack on Titan food, and merch. Attack on Skytree, as they’re calling it, runs from April 10 until July 14. For more photos, check out Ryutsuu News. 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!
If you foolishly thought you knew everything there is to know about Pokemon, you’re going to want to think again. There’s a new mythical Pokemon in town, and its name is Marshadow. The new Pokemon has had the rumor mill up in arms over the last few months. But it’s finally official, and we can finally welcome Marshadow to the world, with a brand new trailer that not only shows Marshadow off but gives you a glimpse at what might be coming in the future for this rare Pokemon. Marshadow won’t be just another average Pokemon, however. The Pokemon Company has already made it very clear that you won’t be able to capture it during normal gameplay. But there aren’t any details just yet on how, exactly, you will be able to add it to your collection. What we do know about Marshadow is that it’s going to be a dual-type fighting and ghost Pokemon that won’t evolve into another Pokemon or evolve from another Pokemon, though it kindles images of Litwick and similar creatures. It does have a special Z-Move, which is the Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, which, according to Bulbapedia “punches and READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!