Virtual YouTuber Fuji Aoi’s Cover Song Album Dominates 10 Digital Charts in Japan

Her catchphrase is “The cheerleader in your heart”

Following her first single “Hajimari no Oto” (The Sound of The Beginning) last November, 17-year-old virtual YouTuber/singer Fuji Aoi released her first digital cover song album “Koe ~Cover ch.~” from Universal Music Japan on April 15. The 12-song album immediately topped ten digital music charts in Japan, including iTunes and Amazon Japan. Hit the jump for more details.

LINE and Aniplex Want You to Write the First Great Reiwa Era Novel

New PV from animator loundraw is here to get us hype

LINE is kicking off its new novel service with a writing contest. The search for the first big novel of the Reiwa Era has no theme, encouraging creativity and big ideas. Plus, a new PV promotes the contest. Check it all out after the jump!

New Rilakkuma Trailer Raises a Lot of Questions

It’s laundry day at Kaoru-san’s house

Everyone’s favorite chillaxed teddy bear is coming to Netflix this Friday… but what’s under the costume? A new teaser for the stop-motion series has us wondering about the popular mascot’s mysterious zipper. Hit the jump to check it out!

Who Will Move On To The Final Face Off to Become Black Clover’s Next Wizard King?

Last week, we asked you to vote for your future Wizard King. See who moved on to the final four and vote for your candidate!

Last week, we asked you to vote for your future Wizard King. Hit the jump to see who moved on to the final four and vote for your candidate!

EvaCon Returns This Summer to Celebrate the Next Rebuild Film

Evangelion fans can find friends (and love) this year

Looking for love, but want to make sure your prospective partner will get in the robot? EvaCon is back in Japan this summer! The cozy events help unite online friends and open up opportunities to find love with fellow fans. Find out more about the events after the jump!

One Piece Cosplay Contest Chooses First Round of Semi-Finalists

More than 4,000 hopefuls have been narrowed down to 150 in the Cosplay King Grand Prix’s first stage

Who will reign supreme as the Cosplay King? This year’s One Piece Cosplay King Grand Prix has chosen its 150 semifinalists, 20 of whom will go on to the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya. Check out who made the cut after the jump!

Rumiko Takahashi to Debut Her New Manga Next Month [UPDATED]

MAO makes its debut in this year’s issue 23 of Weekly Shonen Sunday

Rumiko Takahashi is back in action! Her new manga, tentatively titled MAO, debuts this May in Japan. Get your first look after the jump!

Nelke & The Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World Is Fun, Light, and Addicting

If you can make it past the first hour, this game is pretty cool

Do you like alchemy? Do you like building towns? Do you like making sure that your citizens have enough beer and apple tarts? Then you’ll love Nelke & The Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World! Hit the jump to check out our review!

Lupin III Manga Author Monkey Punch Passes Away at Age of 81

Award-winning artist began his decades-spanning career in 1965

It is with a heavy heart that we report that manga author and Lupin III creator Kazuhiko Katou, better known internationally under his pen name “Monkey Punch”, has passed away at the age of 81. Hit the jump to learn more.

Happy Birthday to Giorno Giovanna, Anime’s Greatest Gang-star!

We baked him a cake, but it turned into a frog

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fans everywhere are celebrating the Golden Wind star’s birthday today, so we though we’d join in on the fun! Don’t worry, you’re invited, too. Hit the jump below to grab a cup of punch and join in the festivies!

Capcom Home Arcade is a Plug-and-Play Unit with 16 Classic Games

Pre-orders are up for Europe, North American release info coming soon

Fans of classic Capcom arcade games got a bit of a monkey’s paw wish granted today with the announcement of a plug-and-play device called Capcom Home Arcade. Read on for details.

Here’s What We Know So Far About Sony’s PlayStation 4 Successor

Console with backwards compatibility, solid-state drive, and more will miss 2019

Wired reporter Peter Rubin took a trip to Sony’s Foster City, CA headquarters to speak with Mark Cerny, who has been working as lead architect on what will ultimately be the successor to PlayStation 4. See what we know so far after the jump!

Ride Your Wave and More Compete at AIAFF 2019

Multiple Japanese films featured in prestigious event held from June 15 – 20 in Annecy, Paris, France

The 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival (AIAFF 2019 for short) has announce its full slate of films for screening and competition, and since Japan is the “Country of honors” for the festival this year, the slate includes some eight Japanese works in four different categories, including Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave competing for the Cristal (grand prix) in the Feature Film category. Hit the jump to learn more.

My Hero Academia Manga Dominates Nearly Half of U.S. Top 20

Kohei Horikoshi’s series can be found in 9 spots, including #2

The numbers for Kohei Horikoshi’s smash hit My Hero Academia manga continue to impress. The latest installment of NPD BookScan’s list of Top 20 adult graphic novels in the U.S. was recently revealed, and this time around the series took nearly half the available spots. Read on for details.

DATE A LIVE: Rio Reincarnation Game Shares First Character Trailer

Romance visual novel was recently announced for June release in the west

Last week Idea Factory International announced plans to bring romance visual novel DATE A LIVE: Rio Reincarnation to PS4 and Steam in the west. Now there’s a new character trailer, so check it out after the jump.

Fire Force Anime Announces Kengo Kawanishi as New Recruit Tōru

Adaptation of Atsushi Ohkubo’s manga premieres on July 5

The Fire Force anime premieres on July 5, and the latest update has Kengo Kawanishi (Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Shōji Satō in Food Wars!) voicing Tōru Kishiri. Read on for more. 

Airu Kubozuka Has Left Children of the Sea Film due to Voice Change

Min Tanaka, Win Morisaki (Ready Player One) newly join the cast

The official website for the forthcoming anime film Kaiju no Kodomo/Children of the Sea announced today that 16-year-old Airu Kubozuka, who was originally cast as one of the three protagonists, Sora, has left the film due to voice change and that 19-year-old Seishu Uragami is newly set to voice the character. Check out more information after the jump.

Good Smile Company Unveils New Sakura Kinomoto Figure in “CLEAR” Costume

357 mm-tall figure in stunning details will be shipped in August 2020

Good Smile Company has started accepting pre-orders for a 1/7 scale figure “Sakura Kinomoto Hello Brand New World” from the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card TV anime series. The 357 mm-tall figure wears her costume in the anime’s first OP movie featuring “CLEAR” performed by Maaya Sakamoto. Check out the details of the cute item after the jump!

City Hunter The Movie Has Crossed 1.5 Billion Yen Mark in Japan

Ryo VA Akira Kamiya: “I would like to share this pleasure with all the staff and audience.”

The official website for City Hunter The Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes, the all-new anime film based on Tsukasa Hojo’s City Hunter action comedy manga series, reported today that it had earned an impressive 1,502,665,440 yen by April 15 in two months since its release on February 8. Read the messages from the Ryo Saeba VA Akira Kamiya and the manga Author Hojo after the jump.

Japan Box Office: 23rd Detective Conan Film Triumphs with Record-Breaking Opening

“Doraemon: Moon Exploration” has become the top-grossing Japanese film of this year

As expected, the 23rd Detective Conan feature film Konjyou no Fist/The Fist of Blue Sapphire dominated this weekend’s box office in Japan. It earned an impressive 1.464 billion yen in its first Saturday and Sunday, which was the highest record in the anime franchise and 113% of the previous 22nd film Zero the Enforcer‘s record one year ago. Hit the jump for more details.