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Just When You Thought Your Ankles Were Safe: Hiroshima’s Cat Street View

Cat1By Kristen OlsonAs part of an initiative launched in July, the tourism board of Hiroshima Prefecture has invented an all-new way to attract visitors to Onomichi City, and it’s right up the sterotypica Continue reading

A Visit to the Dragon Quest Themed Tavern: Luida’s Bar!

LuidasBar_SignBy Clay BohleAfter a day of questing through Tokyo, there’s no better place for a tired otaku to get a little R&R than Luida’s Bar. A ‘Dragon Quest’ themed tavern in Roppongi, the establishmen Continue reading

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

TraditionalStoneHankoby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassIn most of Asia, you don’t just take a pen and sign stuff. Instead, one uses a seal. In Japan, it’s called an Inkan or a Hanko. In China, there are a myriad of seals u Continue reading

Anime Claims 28 of IMDB’s Top 250 TV Shows of All Time

By Kristen OlsonCurious which countries are behind the most beloved TV shows of all-time? The Internet Movie Database (AKA, IMDb) has spoken, and Japanese netizens will be pleased to know the Land of Continue reading

British Musician + Japanese Video Game Composers = Fantastical Concept Album

By Kristen OlsonBefore you begin reading, open up another window or another tab and follow this link. Then, grab a pair of headphones or turn up your speaker and skip to track 5, “Krystal”.Everybo Continue reading

Behold! Kyoto Animation’s Next Anime: Myriad Colors Phantom World

KyotoBy Kristen OlsonSōichirō Hatano’s Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World) officially set for anime adaption as Kyoto Animation (Sound! Euphonium, Amagi Brilliant Park, Free!) develop Continue reading

‘Attack On Titan: Nugget Style’ Gets TV Anime Adaptation

AOT_JrHSBy: Kristen OlsonAttack on Titan fans rejoice! No, it’s not a Season 2 release date yet, but it just might fill that Titan-shaped hole in your heart until then.In 2012, the world was graced with an Continue reading

Anime Consortium Japan Is About To Get A Lot Cooler With $3 Million Investment

The IdolmasterBy Kristen OlsonAnime Consortium Japan, an increasingly popular anime streaming platform for overseas markets, has just secured 6 Japanese companies as shareholders contributing a collected US $3.05 m Continue reading

Why a TOKYOPOP Asian Film Award?

IMG_3301TOKYOPOP Fam:안녕하세요!!  (anyong-haseyo = hello in Korean)Every year during the heat of summer, a suburb outside of Seoul lights up the neon sky for Asia’s top “fantastic” film festival:  B Continue reading

‘Ricky Boy The Wonder Boy’ Wins the NAFF 2015 TOKYOPOP Asian Film Award!

RickyBoyTheWonderBoy_NAFFAwardBy Clay BohleFounded in 2008, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), a multifaceted, in-depth industry program for global genre film professionals, has provided invaluable programs for all film- Continue reading

Tomohiro Machiyama Is Not Attacking Titan, He’s Trying to Make It More Relatable

AoTBy Kristen Olson”Please change Eren’s character,” Attack on Titan author, Hajime Isayama pleaded of AoT screenwriter, Tomohiro Machiyama. “He’s not that sympathetic as a shōnen manga hero. …I want Continue reading

Shenmue 3: The Kickstarter Campaign That Broke Kickstarter, Records, And Maybe Fan Trust?

Shenmue1By: Kristen OlsonWhen Shenmue 3 was announced during E3, the whole world went crazy. Series creator Yu Suzuki was teasing it a day before, but no one really could have expected it given the game’s Continue reading

The Return of the Native: Back at Comic-Con

by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass The last time I went to San Diego Comic-Con International was in 2007. Lots of changes going on around me of a very personal nature, the Cartoon Geeks podcast was on Continue reading

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece Is Bringin’ Kabuki Back

OnePieceKabukiBy: Kristen OlsonJapanese classical theater is abuzz with anticipation as the critically-acclaimed manga, One Piece, sets sail to bring kabuki back on Tokyo’s Shinbashi Enbujō stage later this year. Continue reading

TOKYOPOP Luvs Halloween and So Do These AX 2015 Cosplayers!

by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassAnime Expo has gotten so huge that it is impossible to take it all in. Unfortunately that means missing out on some really cool stuff! If we had only known a group of Continue reading

Digging up Roots in the motherland Sicily

IMG_2881TOKYOPOP Fam:Buongiorno!As an American, 4th of July brings out celebrations of our nation’s independence over two centuries ago – a good time to think about what it means to be American.  In my view Continue reading

Lupin III’s Jigen Leaves Italy In A Cloud Of Smoke

Jigen7By Kristen OlsonThis autumn, for the first time in 30 years, the iconic crime-adventure anime Lupin III is once again gracing television screens with a brand new series. To further excitement, a serie Continue reading

Anime Expo 2015 Is Already Rocking the Awesome Cosplay…Day 1 Gallery

TheCrowdUnderTheWatchfulEyeOfTheDragonby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass and Kristen OlsonWe want to get these pictures up ASAP so not a whole lot of verbiage, just pictures. We’ll be at AX all weekend.She’s definitely gathering stuff for Continue reading

Ghibli Quietly Returns to Production, So Does the New Studio Ponoc

ReadyForMatsuriby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassStudio Ghibli is not quite dead, even though the announcement that When Marnie Was There was going to be the last Ghibli feature film in a while. The vaguely supernatu Continue reading

Incredible Stereo Color Images Of Life In Meiji Era Japan

By Kristen OlsonSince the early days of photography, tourism has been a major contributor to the commercial success of the art form. The act of preserving memories through photos was taking the world Continue reading

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