We’ve already seen a trailer for the live-action Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure movie. We’ve seen the outfits. We know what they look like. But what people really want to see are the Stands. Advertisement What is a Stand? Here’s the Jojo Wikia: The Stand (スタンド Sutando?) is a supernatural power unique to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. A Stand is an entity psychically generated by its proprietor, generally referred to as a Stand User (スタンド使い Sutando Tsukai). It is viewed as a physical manifestation of the User’s fighting spirit. A Stand generally presents itself as a figure hovering near the user and possesses abilities beyond that of an ordinary human, which, depending on the Stand User, can be wielded for good or for evil. Like this: They are a key part of Jojo lore. Yet, in the trailer, there aren’t any Stands. See? No Stands! What we do see is purple fog and screen text describing what kind of power it is. This has Jojo fans confused and concerned. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable opens this August in Japan. No word yet on an international release. Or, you know, Stands. Kotaku East is your 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!
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!
Back in 2010, beatboxer Hikakin went viral with his version of the Super Mario Bros. theme. Since then, he’s gone on to become one of Japan’s biggest YouTubers. And this month, he’s getting a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump. In the above clip from 2014, you can see how he went from a beatboxing super market employee to one of the biggest internet stars in the country. Drawn by Yuu Satou, the manga is a 42-page one-shot that apparently shows the reality of being a YouTuber. Advertisement Advertisement The blurb promoting the manga points out that among today’s kids in Japan, becoming a YouTuber is the third most popular profession. I wonder what number manga artist is… 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!
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!
This summer, manga Tokyo Ghoul is getting a live-action film. And here is its 30-second debut trailer. Tokyo Ghoul began its maiden manga run in 2011, following the adventures of the flesh-eating “ghouls” that live among us. It has since been spun off into anime and video games. Advertisement As Natalie points out, Tokyo Ghoul opens in Japan on July 29. 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!
Major Mira Killian doesn’t remember who she was before. Now the character played by Scarlett Johansson is living inside a different kind of body about to start a different kind of life. She effortlessly leaps and shoots across a deliriously oversaturated cityscape with power and purpose. There’s something wrong at the heart of it all, with her sense of her (own) self. It’s a problem that Ghost in the Shell never really explores in any satisfying way. Releasing this Friday, Ghost in the Shell happens in a near-future where cybernetic modification of the human body is commonplace. Johansson’s character, Major, works for government counter-terrorism agency Section 9 and is told her brain was implanted into a powerful robotic body after a near-death experience. A mission to stop a series of high-profile killings leads the Major to painful truths about how she was reborn into her new life. Advertisement Like the 1995 animated movie directed by Mamoru Oshii and the Masamune Shirow manga it’s based on, Ghost in the Shell focuses on a crisis of the human soul, hastened by the unchecked use of technology that threatens to make humankind’s default READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[GIF via Capcom] Out of all the Monster Hunter XX collaborations, this one is the silliest. Advertisement Hunter X Hunter is teaming up with the latest MH release, bringing the iconic hair and threads worn by Gon after he transformed into an older version of himself in the manga. This outfit has already over-the-top cosplay, and now it’s doing the same in MHXX. 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!
Kiss Him, Not Me In shoujo anime, or anime made for women, “love” is the gravitational center around which the characters and plot points fold. Our leading lady’s flaws are gaps only her crush can fill. The plot is a slow sanding-down of her hard edges, preparing her for companionship. And, when the string track swells at the end of the final episode, she’s in her lover’s arms and the curtain falls. Advertisement Kiss Him, Not Me, which aired in December, is not like that. It’s a shoujo anime that’s, unassumingly, redefining the genre. Girl-centric doesn’t have to mean crush-centric, and Kiss Him, Not Me’s manga-obsessed protagonist is proof that, for some women, “real love” doesn’t need to be “real.” Kae Serinuma’s is a by-the-book fujoshi, or a hetero girl whose peak sexual fantasy is two guys kissing, ten feet away from her. Her mouth froths when her favorite anime boys hug. Her face contorts into a screaming blob at local manga conventions’ merchant booths. Nothing matters to her more than who’s a top, who’s a bottom and where she can find fan art of it. Kiss READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Illustration by Angelica Alzona The biggest English-language hentai manga publisher, Fakku, just celebrated its 10-year anniversary last December. That’s ten years of “monster girl,” “oppai,” “nakadashi,” “yaoi” and “futanari,” tags under Fakku’s clean taxonomy of hentai genres. The company’s founder Jacob Grady has a lot to celebrate. Advertisement In its torrid lifespan, Fakku evolved from an underground hentai piracy operation to a legitimate business. One of Fakku’s first “scanlations,” or illicitly scanned and translated manga, was the best-selling hentai Shoujo Material, which now, Grady publishes with its creator’s blessing. A year and a half ago, when Fakku went from free to subscription-only, its fans across the world considered it a betrayal to the free-wheeling, publisher-irreverent hentai community at large. Grady, who had dreams of making video games, stumbled into the Japanese anime porn industry as a passionate but naive anime fan. Now, he’s dining with Japan’s most famous manga artists, who, previous to Fakku, wrote off American hentai consumers as pirates. On the occasion of its 10th birthday, I spoke to Grady about his former scanlating operation, meeting his idols and whether there’s any hentai he’s uncomfortable publishing. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The project was first shown off last year, but now there’s a proper trailer (and release details) for the anime adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s manga masterpiece Blame!. As discussed, Blame! is my favourite manga of all time, because it’s weird and lonely and fascinating and has some of the most breath-taking art you’ll ever see in a sci-fi comic. The sense of scale Nihei was able to accomplish haunts me even a decade on, and what’s particularly cool about this anime adaptation is that it looks like it’s focusing on the section of the story that’s, well, a story, and not the beginning (which is just a dude walking around) or the end (which was a disaster). Advertisement It’ll be out on Netflix globally on May 20. Can’t wait. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[Image: Toei] One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda has a crazy work schedule. He barely sleeps. Most of his day is spent doing the manga, so if you are going to work with him, he wants you to be willing to die for it. Advertisement In an One Piece Gold interview uploaded by 2ch, former One Piece manga editor Naoki Kawashima recounted how hard Oda works. “The thing I remember most when I took over [as editor] was Oda telling me, ‘Die for One Piece,’” Kawashima said with a laugh. Oda was serious! To edit the manga, Kawashima needed to be prepared to work that hard on it. “Because, in fact, Oda is that resolute in drawing the manga,” Kawashima added. “At that time he when he said those words to me, I was like, ‘woah, really?’” However, he was moved by what Oda said. Advertisement Probably more amazing than his schedule is that even after all the sales and after all the money Oda has made, he hasn’t gotten soft. He’s still hungry. He’s still pushing himself as hard as he can, killing himself for that manga, and leading by example. No doubt, he has high expectations of himself and of…
Specifically, one in which they can “collaborate on an empowering female protagonist”. It goes about as well as you’d expect. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!