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Tokyo Olympic Committee Appoints Shokotan as Member of Mascot Selection Council

January 13, 2017 12:15am CST
Selection process will be decided by the end of March

High School Fleet, Barakamon Voice Actress Nozomi Furuki Marries

posted on 2017-01-14 13:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman

Snow Models of Girls of “Love Live! Sunshine!!” to Appear at 68th Sapporo Snow Festival

January 15, 2017 12:50am CST
The nine girls of Aqours will be among the 250 sculptures on display this year.

Shokotan to Help Select 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ Mascot

posted on 2017-01-16 18:15 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Hatsune Miku and Nakamura Shidō II Team-Up for More “Super Kabuki”

January 18, 2017 7:15am CST
Live-performances of “Kuruwa Kotoba Awase Kagami” will be part of the Nico Nico Super Conference 2017 in April

Watch Highlights from Voice Actress Yui Ogura’s 1st Solo Live Tour DVD/Blu-ray

January 19, 2017 5:50am CST
“LIVE High-Touch☆Summer” will be available on February 8

Utada Hikaru’s “Fantôme” Breaks 1 Million Sales

January 19, 2017 9:30am CST
New MV “Boukyaku (feat. KOHH)” released in wake of news.

‘PPAP’ Singer Pikotarō Holds Concert With Silent Siren, LiSA

posted on 2017-01-19 13:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman

Singer GACKT Lands On Asian Poker Tour Top 10 Winnings List In Recent Tournament

January 19, 2017 10:20pm CST
Singer also takes selfies with fans attending poker tournament in The Philippines

6-Year-Old Idol Skips Kindergarten After TV Program Falsely Reports Boy She Likes

posted on 2017-01-20 15:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman

Heroes Of “Sword Art Online” Enlisted To Fight For Cyber Security Awareness

January 20, 2017 5:07pm CST
Kirito has been appointed Cyber Security Investigator by Japanese agencies

Japanese UPLINK Movie Theater Launches UPLINK CLOUD Streaming Service

January 21, 2017 7:24am CST
Service now available on popular streaming devices in Japan with same-day streaming of select films screening at the theater

Exhibit Honors 5-Year Run of Life-Size Gundam Statue on Odaiba

posted on 2017-01-21 17:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman

“Rolling Girls” Ride Again For New Best Album Collection

January 22, 2017 3:01pm CST
In addition to the opening, ending and insert songs, this will have a new cover of The Bear Hearts’ classic “Linda Linda.”

Prime Minister Shinzō Abe Supports Loosening Restrictions on Foreigners Working in Japan

posted on 2017-01-22 17:45 EST by Eric Stimson
Part of “Cool Japan” initiative

Who’s That Shokotan? Shoko Nakagawa Shows Off “Pokémon” Impressions

January 22, 2017 5:45pm CST
“Pokémon” Superfan Shokotan joins Hyadain and more in “Pokenchi” music video.

Watch Voice Actress Eri Kitamura’s Latest MV “Revolution 【re:i】” in Full Length

January 23, 2017 2:55am CST
5-song mini album of the same name hits stores March 22

Newly-Formed Voice Actress Unit NOW ON AIR Releases Their 1st MV

January 23, 2017 3:55am CST
Image song for the upcoming anime film “Kimi no Koe wo Todoketai”

U.S. Press Secretary Spicer Went to Katsucon 2013

posted on 2017-01-23 13:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Love Live! Voice Actress Aya Uchida Recovers After Vocal Cord Surgery

posted on 2017-01-23 15:30 EST
Ai Mai Mi actress took two weeks off

Symphogear Art Designer Thomas Romain Redraws Sons’ Character Designs

posted on 2017-01-23 17:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Japan’s 1st CG Child ‘Pornography’ Defendant Sentenced to 300,000-Yen Fine After Appeal

posted on 2017-01-24 14:00 EST
Earlier sentence also included prison time

Feel The Moon Pride With “Sailor Moon Crystal” Cosplay Violin Performance

January 24, 2017 3:40pm CST
It’s now been over six months since Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal - Season III, and maybe folks are starting to miss the revival series

Check Previews for “Evangelion” Shinji VA Megumi Ogata’s Two Latest Songs

January 25, 2017 12:45am CST
12th album “real/dummy” has become available digitally from today

Japan’s 2016 Box Office Sales Hit The Record High of 235 Billion Yen

January 25, 2017 5:45am CST
610 Japanese and 539 foreign films were released in Japan last year

Long Riders!, Waiting in Summer Singer Ray Retires This Summer

posted on 2017-01-25 09:05 EST
To Love Ru: Darkness singer celebrates 5th anniversary as performer this year

Shoko Nakagawa & Kendo Kobayashi host “Anisong Best 100” TV Special

January 25, 2017 4:41pm CST
NHK program on February 18, 2017, will feature musical guests such as i☆Ris, Ichirou Mizuki, and more

New Japan Pro-Wrestling Seeks to Expand into California

January 26, 2017 2:56pm CST
G1 Climax 27 tournament scheduled for July 1 and 2 in Long Beach, CA

Gundam, Votoms Creators Helm Talk at Tezuka Museum

posted on 2017-01-26 22:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Nana Mizuki Confirmed as Top Anison Live Act of 2016

January 27, 2017 1:15am CST
She is now holding her “Live Zipangu” tour across Japan till March

“Osomatsu-san” Theme Song Unit AouP Recruiting New Member Candidates

January 27, 2017 6:10am CST
“15-23 year-old female who loves anime more than anything”

We Are X Soundtrack to be Released March 3 via Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings

Jan 27th 2017

Roppongi Hills to Host Japan’s First Marvel-Centric Exhibition

January 28, 2017 8:10am CST
“Marvel: Age of Heroes” will display costumes, props, and more.

Saga!!! on Ice Campaign Promotes Yuri!!! on Ice’s Setting Prefecture

posted on 2017-01-28 15:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman

“Vocalohistory” Album Celebrates 10 Years of Hatsune Miku

January 28, 2017 4:27pm CST
Released on March 15, only 3939 (“Miku Miku”) copies of the 4-disc album will be printed

Preview New Game’s Mini Character Album in Track Video

posted on 2017-01-30 16:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

HKT48 Member Rino Sashihara Serves as Producer of New “Voice Actress Idol” Project

January 30, 2017 10:55pm CST
Entries for the open audition will be accepted till February 28

Whisper of the Heart’s Youko Honna Announces She’s 7 Months Pregnant

posted on 2017-01-30 22:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Watch Digest Video of Voice Actress Yui Watanabe’s Birthday Concert in December 2016

January 31, 2017 2:55am CST
Her 1st live Blu-ray “FUN FAN BIRTHDAY 2016” hits stores February 22

Free’s Tatsuhisa Suzuki Spotted Wearing a Ring

posted on 2017-01-31 21:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Fans respond as expected

Snowboarding Zaku Is Ready for an Alpine Battle

posted on 2017-01-31 23:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Perfume Teases New Single in “TOKYO GIRL” PV

January 31, 2017 10:25pm CST
New single on sale 2/15

Wagakki Band’s Newest MV “OKINOTAYUU” Posted in Full Size

February 01, 2017 3:30am CST
17-song 3rd album “Shikisai” will be available on March 22

Sakura Nogawa Changes Agencies to Office Anemone

posted on 2017-02-02 05:00 EST

Voice Actor Takuya Eguchi Comments on ‘Virgin-Killing’ Sweater Trend

posted on 2017-02-02 14:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman

Actress Suzu Hirose Cosplays as L from “Death Note”

February 02, 2017 4:47pm CST
Hirose also stars in the live-action “Chihayafuru” films and voices Kaede in “The Boy and the Beast”

Manga Authors, Anime Designers And More Celebrate Twin Tail Day

February 03, 2017 12:07am CST
It’s 22:22 west coast US time on 2/2, 2017, which means that it’s as good a time as any to celebrate Twin Tail Day

VA Unit NOW ON AIR’s Debut Single “Kono Koe ga Todokimasuyouni” Full MV Released

February 03, 2017 3:10am CST
Anime film “Kimi no Koe wo Todoketai” theme song will be available on March 8

Osaka-based Voice Actor School in Court for Noise Complaints

posted on 2017-02-03 14:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono Pick Up Some Serious Bling During Radio Program

posted on 2017-02-03 17:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Duo buy watches valued at over US$4,000

Yuri!!! On Ice Choreographer, Voice Actors Will Host Figure Skating-Themed Event

posted on 2017-02-03 21:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Event will also livestream in theaters due to high demand