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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!

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Berserk Manga Is Taking A Break. Again. 

Manga artist Kentaro Miura is best known for two things: his Berserk manga and taking breaks from said Berserk manga. Earlier this year, Miura returned from hiatus in March. This break begin last September. That was after Berserk had returned that June from yet another hiatus. Recently, it was announced that Berserk will go on hiatus yet again, with the latest break ending this winter. Advertisement As frequent as Miura’s breaks are, he’s still no match for Hunter X Hunter creator Yoshihiro Togashi, aka “The King of Hiatus.” 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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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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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!

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Comparing A Manga To Its Live-Action Movie

We’ve seen how the live-action Gintama actors in costume stack up against the original characters, but now let’s compare how individual manga panels compare to the upcoming movie version. These comparisons are via Twitter user Hamachan: Looks like many of the camera set-ups came straight from the source material! 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!

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!

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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…

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The Hunter X Hunter Manga Returns This June

[Image: Shonen Jump] It looks like Hunter X Hunter’s latest hiatus is drawing to a close. The manga will resume regular publication on June 26 in Weekly Shonen Jump. Earlier this month, there was speculation that Hunter X Hunter was returning to print. At that time, its publisher replied, “Regarding the serialization’s resumption, that is undecided at this current point. Once determined, it will be formally announced the magazine.” And now, like clockwork, it’s been formally announced. Advertisement The most recent streak began in June 2016, meaning manga artist Yoshihiro Togashi had about a year away from Hunter X Hunter serialization. Also, here is some very good news for English speakers: Wonder how long this run will last…. 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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Blame!: The Kotaku Review

Tsutomu Nihei’s Blame!, first published in 1998, is a masterpiece in comic story-telling. Its 2017 animated adaptation, recently released on Netflix, is nothing like it. Blame! the manga is a sprawling, desolate exercise in environmental story-telling, about a gunman wandering the ruins of an endless cyberpunk cityscape. It doesn’t have much to say, and makes a mess of it when it does, but it remains memorable because Nihei’s art created a world as beautiful as it was lonely. Blame! the animated film gets the art right and doesn’t bother with the rest. And I think that was a smart move. See, the manga ran for five years, and our hero Killy covers a lot of ground in that time as he searches “The City” for a human possessing “net terminal genes”, genetic markers that will allow him to talk to the AI that controls an ever-expanding urban sprawl that feels (and is masterfully drawn) like it has no end. Advertisement To faithfully adapt the manga simply couldn’t be done in a single movie. Or a trilogy. Even a full series would struggle to get it all in. So the creative team behind this film READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Creator of Akira Hated the Anime Movie Adaptation When He First Saw It

The anime version of Katsushiro Otomo’s classic scifi manga became a worldwide phenomenon when it came out 1988. But the manga artist who created Neo-Tokyo thought the movie was terrible after his first look at it, and was sure it was going to be a flop. In an expansive interview on Forbes, Otomo recounts his career history, talking about how he paid tribute to the creators and works he absorbed growing up in post-war Japan: In general, I try to do homages in my work from the favorite titles I read as a kid. For me, there were three big manga authors I really respected; Osamu Tezuka, Shotaro Ishinomori and Mitsuteru Yokoyama. So my homage for Tezuka was in the manga Fireball, where the main computer is called ‘ATOM.’ For Ishinomori, there was Ecchan in Domu, who was a reference to Sarutobi Ecchan. That left Yokoyama, so I tried to do my homage to him in Akira. Specifically, I had the character Akira be the number 28 in the manga, which was a direct reference to the mecha Tetsujin 28-go. I also used numbers 25, 26 and 27 from that series too. When the time READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Manga Artist Creates A Relaxing Work Chair

Who needs a desk when you can work from an easy chair? That seems to be the logic behind this manga-artist created workstation. Yoshimi Sato created this set-up after some trial and error, which the artist says, “It pretty much turned into a dentist [office].” Looks comfy! Not sure how conducive it is to work, but to each his or her own. Advertisement This isn’t the first time Sato has changed up the work environment. Previously, the artist had workout equipment off to the side! 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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Saint Seiya is being turned into a live-action flick.

Saint Seiya is being turned into a live-action flick. Saint Seiya is being turned into a live-action flick. Toei Animation is teaming up with Chinese film company A Really Good Film for the English language picture, which will be helmed by Tomasz Bagiński of Witcher game intro fame. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Weekly Manga In Japan Has Seen Better Days 

Across the board, the print circulation numbers for Japan’s most popular weekly aren’t getting better. They’re getting worse. Advertisement According to IT Media Business, the average number of printed copies in circulation for Weekly Shonen Magazine (週刊少年マガジン), Weekly Shonen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ), and Weekly Shonen Sunday (週刊少年サンデー) continue to see a steady decline. Print has long been king for weekly manga, perhaps because traditionally the majority of customers are children and not all kids in Japan have smartphones or tablets. They purchase the weekly manga with pocket money—something that might be trickier with a smartphone or tablet. Advertisement This chart tracks January 2014 to March 2017 (年 means “year,” while 月 means “month,” and thus, 1月 means “January,” because it’s the first month). As you can see, Weekly Shonen Jump seems to be taking the biggest hit. At its peak during in 1994, it had a circulation of 6.53 million. Now, its circulation is a third of that. Yikes. The rise of the internet and the decline of print are still the easiest way to explain this decline, but 2ch commenters also blame things like uninteresting manga, poor art, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Hunter X Hunter's Hiatus Will Continue For Now, Says Publisher

Hunter x Hunter, no stranger to taking time off, is still on break. For now, at least. The manga’s publisher says new pages are TBA. Advertisement As previously mentioned, manga artist Yoshihiro Togashi’s longest Hunter x Hunter publication streak is 30 issues, while his longest hiatus is 80 issues. The most recent break began in June 2016. Here is how things currently look, courtesy of the Hunter X Hunter Hiatus Chart: Recently, it was announced that a Hunter X Hunter compilation will be released in late June. This led to speculation that Togashi was going to end the manga’s hiatus and new Hunter X Hunter was around the corner. Advertisement When Get News asked Hunter X Hunter’s publisher Shueisha if this meant the manga’s hiatus was going to end, it replied, “Regarding the serialization’s resumption, that is undecided at this current point. Once determined, it will be formally announced the magazine.” For now, the hiatus continues! 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!