Star Wars Samurai Figures Coming to A Galaxy Near You

I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking for this one…. Lord Vader and the Classic Stormtrooper have been on sale for some time in Japan, the new Boba Fett, Sandtrooper and Imperial Guard will all go on sale over the next few months in to 2016.  They are a part of Tamashii Nations’ Meisho (great commander) Movie Realization toy line.  The Sandtrooper Stormtrooper went on pre-sale on August…

Kingdom Hearts 3 Event Announced for D23 Japan

D23 was filled with all kinds of amazing news.  A lot of it having to do with Disney’s latest acquisition of Star Wars.  Well now it’s time for the fans of the long awaited Kingdom Hears 3 to have their moment in the sunshine at the D23 Japan Expo! E3 showed us the title with some gameplay, it was confirmed that KH3 will have a Big Hero 6 world at…

Music Video for "Attack on Titan" Spin off Mini-Series by Waggaki Band

I think Waggaki Band has officially become my new favorite group!  And it’s all because I was introduced to them through one of my new favorite anime – Attack on Titan.  Although technically this music video is for the live action mini-series spin-off of the anime (while we are (Im)patiently waiting for season 2). Hangeki no Yaiba fetures them in a crumbling church wielding weapons and with their the 3…

Attack on Titan Live Action Movie Trailer for US Release

Funimation has released The official Attack on Titan US Trailer.  For the hardcore fans the Japanese trailers have been out for months, so there’s nothing new to see here.  Based on the worldwide best selling manga and anime the live action Attack on Titan Part 1 was released in Japan on August 1 with Part 2 coming on September 19th.  They also had their World Premiere in Hollywood on July…

Nintendo's CEO Satoru Iwata Passes Away of Cancer at 55

The first president from outside the Yamauchi family since it started selling cards in the late 19th century has passed away of a bile duct growth.  Iwata died on Sat. July 11th according to Nintendo’s notification. He started off as a programmer, was named director in 2000, president of Nintendo in 2002 and CEO in 2013 Last year, Iwata said he would slash his salary in half for several months…

Star Wars Ukiyo-e Crowdfunding Surpasses Goal by 400%

It’s no secret that Star Wars is full of Eastern influences.  From Darth Vader’s helmet to the concept of “The Force” itself.  Now Star Wars is inspiring a set of LucasFilm recognized Ukiyo-e woodblock prints.  (Ukiyo-e flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. It was aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867). Amongst the popular themes were depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors…

Funimation Issues Statement on Copyright, Fan Art and Trademark

As Anime Expo is beginning and San Diego Comic Con is only a week away, Funimation issued the following statement on their take on copyright, trademark and fan art. “At law, a fan-created artwork that is clearly based on existing artwork owned by a copyright holder other than the fan (e.g. Funimation), is considered an unauthorized “derivative work” or an unauthorized reproduction (by substantial similarity) and therefore infringes the copyright…

Godzilla Hotel Open In Shinjuku

I have found a new hotel that I want to visit in Japan! I’m sure I won’t be the only one as this hotel is graced with the presence of the King of Monsters himself glaring down on the people of Shinjuku! The Hotel Gracery revealed its newest occupant on April 24th to much fanfare.  There are 2 rooms to be rented.  The Godzilla Viewing room, where his red eyes…

New Live Action Attack on Titan Trailer Released

They may as well call it the Summer of the Titans with the “Attack on Titan” anime movie being released in June followed by two Live-Action movies in August and September. The newest 30 second clip is action packed and doesn’t give you much time to breathe let alone take in everything they are showing unless you watch it multiple times (which we did). The first live-action Attack on Titan…

New Attack on Titan Animated Movie Will be an Interactive Experience

While everyone is waiting for the live action Attack on Titan Movies set to come out in August and September, anime fans will be able to take part in an interactive experience during the release of the 2nd animated movie. The movie is simply a condensed version of the 2nd half of the animated series and is titled “Wings of Freedom” but audience members may get more than they bargained…