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

by 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

TOKYOPOP at Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con International!

tpop-rebornAd-opt3fBig News TOKYOPOP Fam:The Robofish is rising! If you are heading to AX or SDCC, come to our panels to meet Stu Levy (Founder & CEO) and the TOKYOPOP team to get the scoop first-hand on TOKYOPOP’ Continue reading

Chinese-Indian Co-Production Bond Grows Stronger With “Delhi Safari” Sequel: “Beijing Safari”

Beijing SafariBy Kristen OlsonChina-based Heshan Media is collaborating with India’s Krayon Studios to co-produce the 3D animated film, “Beijing Safari,” the socially-conscious sequel to the equally socially- Continue reading

Mascot Heaven at the Licensing Show

IMG_1735TOKYOPOP Fam:Out here in LA, we’re in the midst of June Gloom, where sunny Southern California stays grey and cool most of the day.  But in Las Vegas, it’s 107 and hot hot hot – and we stopped by to Continue reading

“Gamba And Friends” Adaptation To Put Japanese 3D Animation On The Map

gamba 3Dby Kristen OlsonIn an passion project ten years in the making and straight from the vein of ‘Gamba no Boken’ itself, Shirogumi Vice-president Yoichi Ogawa, video game creator Yoshihiro Komori, and Continue reading

A Nyantastic Weekend in Los Angeles: CatConLA!

HarajukuKittehGirlby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassThe only thing truly surprising is that nobody had done something like CatConLA before. People were crazy about their cats even before the Internet, but once the adven Continue reading

TOKYOPOP evolving

tokyopoprevolutionTOKYOPOP Fam:Happy Monday![caption id="attachment_7660" align="alignleft" width="230"] We led the Manga Revolution — but now it’s EVOLUTION!!!![/caption]For those of you who read my blog, you know th Continue reading

Jackie Chan To Star In STX Entertainment’s Action-Thriller, ‘The Foreigner’

ChanBy Kristen OlsonHong Kong’s lovable and best known film star that bad guys should learn to leave alone is at it again in STX Entertainment’s latest action-thriller, “The Foreigner”. Based on S Continue reading

Should Shia LaBeouf be a part of the new Dragon Ball saga?

ShiaDoItby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassA weird but well-produced video featuring Shia LaBeouf has been making the rounds on the Internet for a few days now. It basically consists of an over-wrought motivati Continue reading

Stand Up and Cheer for Gothic Sports and the FIFA Women’s World Cup!

lanzamientos.6.IMAGEN4Every four years, national teams from all over the world play Soccer (or Football as it is known everywhere else other than the US) and the world returns the favor by being obsessed with it. The most Continue reading

Miss Manga™? A Sure Sign That Asian Pop Culture Is Part Of World Pop Culture Now!

MissManga1by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassA few days ago I got an excited quick email from none other than Stu-senpai. “Wow, saw this at Walgreens!” Attached were two photos of a new L’Oreal cosmetic product: Continue reading

Video Series Recreates Fleeting Thrill Of Walking Past A Beautiful Woman

WalkingPastBishoujou1By Kristen OlsonAs many of us might agree, there’s a certain thrill to walking past an attractive person. Maybe it’s the doki-doki when they glance at you, or the surge of adrenaline you get when you Continue reading

Manga as Propaganda

jieitai02TOKYOPOP Fam:It’s Memorial Day weekend in the United States, which means not only barbecue with friends and family but remembering the million+ veterans who sacrificed their lives throughout history, Continue reading

Live-Action Bakuman Casting Worries Some, Intrigues Most

BakumanLiveActionBy Kristen OlsonIn a very Tarantino-esque anti-typecast, the live-action Bakuman trailer was released this week and the casting decisions are not what audiences would expect. Brought to us by none oth Continue reading

Rapidly Aging Japanese Towns Create Incentives for Young Transplants

MishimaCowBy Clay BohleWe’ve received some interesting reports from our friends at RocketNews24 this past month regarding some incredible economic opportunities for young people in Japan. As many of you may k Continue reading

Yum or Yuck? Depends On What Side of the Pacific You’re From!

rice-cookerBy Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassAmericans assume that their taste in food is universal, considering that American cuisine is a hodge-podge of cuisines from all over the world. However, they would Continue reading

Otaku no Video: Shirobako’s honored ancestor to get a new life on Blu-Ray?

Otaku-no-Video-DVDcoverby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass

Shirobako just recently wrapped. I’m actually catching up on it through Crunchyroll now, and enjoying it immensely. The series is set in the world of Anime Continue reading

Heisei Samurai vs Ebi Furai Fastball!

Isao_Machii_the_fastest_modern_samurai_sword__bigBy Clay BohleThe real-life fruit ninja is back! Isao Machii, the Iaijustu practitioner fondly known as ‘Heisei Samurai,’ or ‘Modern Samurai,’ holds five Guiness World Records for his incredibl Continue reading

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