Kyoto Animation Update: Studio President Makes Statement, Suspect Arrested

Kyoto Animation Update: Studio President Makes Statement, Suspect Arrested

Japan is still reeling from the arson attack on Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building that killed 34 people. This was the biggest act of mass murder in the history of post-war Japan. Kyoto Animation's president Hideaki Hatta appeared before the press to make a statement. "Our company's philosophy is to create wonderful works. We are […]

BBC One/Netflix Thriller 'Giri/Haji' Casts Boardwalk Empire's Kelly Macdonald

The customs and cultures of crime are set to collide on the streets of London, with Boardwalk Empire's Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting) set to take on the criminal underworld as a lead in BBC One/Netflix's upcoming thriller Giri/Haji. Hailing from writer Joe Barton (Humans) and Jane Featherstone's Sister Pictures and originally announced in May 2017, the eight-part series […]

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Tokyo Disneyland To Offer Star Wars And Pixar-Themed Events This Year

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea are two theme parks that have been on my bucket list since I understood the concept of a bucket list. They always have something awesome and fun planned, and these upcoming Star Wars and Pixar-themed events are just some of the reasons why I want to visit. Feel The […]

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Tokyo Disneyland Gets Ready For Its 35th Birthday!

Tokyo Disneyland is turning 35 next year! Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea are getting ready for the big 3-5 with some awesome events, decorations, and more. Tokyo Disney is calling this (almost) year-long celebration the 'Happiest Celebration', which will kick off on April 15, 2018. The new daytime parade — 'Dreaming Up' — […]

Nintendo Posts A Brand New Video For Super Nintendo World

We're still a few years away from anything being completed in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan, but that's not stopping Nintendo from showing us what they envision it to look like. Below is a video that Nintendo loaded up yesterday as an advertisement in Japan for a theme park that isn't even built. […]

Explicit Gay Manga Ban In Tokyo Jails, Challenged By Japanese Lawyers

The Ashashi Shinbum reports that lawyers have accused prison officials in Tokyo of discrimination after an inmate was refused comics depicting gay sex. The discrimination comes into play, in that explicit manga featuring heterosexual scenes are not refused for similar inmates. The complaint came from a 45-year-old man in jail for drugging someone and then robbing them. Five […]

The Comic Shop That Looks Like A Comic

It's called Tokyo In Tokyo. It is in Tokyo. And it looks like one of Tokyo's finest cultural icons, a comic book. The shelves are stacked like the tiers of a comic book page, and include speech balloons as part of their shape. And the display tables are created to resemble a pile of comics, […]

When Giant Soul Caliber Robot Women Dance In Japanese Clubs

Just… wow. Welcome to a new Shinjuku business, Robot Restaurant, staffed by women dressed in military gear, and who control giant women legless robots modelled on Valkyrie from Soul Calibur and who make them dance for the entertainment of patrons. The place cost over $100 million to open. Entrance is $40 for the show, and […]

Mickey Mouse Supports Gay Marriage At Disney Tokyo

Marvel Comics may be about to make news for their first gay marriage in a comic book, between Northstar and his partner Kyle. But their parent company has beaten them to it. Tokyo Disney Resort has confirmed that same sex couples can have their own fairytale wedding at hotels in the resort, after enquiries were […]

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Tuesday Runaround – Married With Constantine

MiddleEastWatch: Dez Skinn and Kef Sutherland are back from a trip to the United Arab Emirates for the Comics and Literacy. I was actually out there for a meetings-packed week, laying the foundations for a major event about which more to follow. ShopWatch: Borders keeps on delaying those payments… MarriageWatch: Peter Milligan on the John […]

Two New Images From Cars 2, More Plot Details

Disney are currently issuing a weekly release of Cars 2 material, but most of it has been of limited interest so far – I'm waiting for more details on the new characters, not just fresh renders of the old ones. Two new images have turned up, however, that show actual scenes from the film, and […]

Tokyo Starts Comic Con Wars

As a protest against the new laws in Tokyo to restrict sales of sexually explicit comic books to under-eighteens, the biggest comic book and anime producers in Japan, including Kodansha Ltd, Shogakukan Inc. and Shueisha Inc pulled out of next year's massive Tokyo International Anime Fair at the end of March. All because its chairman, […]

Tokyo's Comic Code Final Reading Tomorrow

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool told you how ten of the biggest Japanese publishers had withdrawn from the government sponsored Tokyo Anime Fair after the city's governor Shintaro Ishihara, who is on the board of the TAF, supported a bill being passed through municipal government to restrict the sale of comic books with extreme sex scenes being […]

Japanese Create Anti-Comics Code Authority, Boycott Convention In Protest

Variety reports a rather interesting development in Japan. That ten of the biggest Japanese comics publishers, including Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa have withdrawn from the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF), the biggest such convention in the world. attracting over 130,000 visitors. The fair is sponsored by the Tokyo city government. The publishers, allied as […]