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Oct13

Studio Ghibli artist Michiyo Yasuda passes away

2016 at 04:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After decades of working on Studio Ghibli’s many films, the unfortunate news has come to light that prolific Ghibli artist Michiyo Yasuda has passed away earlier this month. Yasuda, who was 77 when she passed on October 5th, originally worked at Toei Doga in 1958, and became one of Studio Ghibli’s most influential color artists from the studio’s inception. Her work includes iconic Ghibli films like Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and most recently The Wind Rises, along with other animated pieces like the Hols: Prince of the Sun and the Future Boy Conan series.

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In total, Yasuda’s career at Ghibli spans 40 years and many films, and she as surely left her mark on Ghibi and the animated medium as a whole with her gorgeous color design and artwork. As Yasuda herself said in a 2009 interview, “Color has a meaning, and it makes the film more easily understood. Colors and pictures can enhance what the situation is on screen.” Her passing will be dearly missed by fans from all over the world, and her integral role in making Ghibli films what they are will not soon be forgotten.

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Oct06

Sanrio’s Pompompurin set to decorate McDonald’s food

2016 at 06:25 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After winning this year’s Sanrio Character Ranking, adorable dog character Pompompurin is now set to appear on an undisclosed McDonald’s menu item this October! This fun activity comes as a collaboration between McDonald’s and Sanrio, and a teaser site is currently letting fans guess as to which of the 5 potential Pompompurin-themed items will appear on the menu on October 14th. The choices range from sensible to outlandish, and include items like a standard McDonald’s hamburger with Pompompurin’s visage emblazoned upon the bun and a custard McFlurry, to wacky items like crème caramel-flavored chicken nuggets and even a specialty burger featuring a caramel flan patty inside! Which item will make it to Japanese McDonalds later this month? You can check the official website, seen here, to see and vote on your choices, with the results being published on October 7th!

Sep29

Sanrio supports 2016 earthquake victims

2016 at 05:13 pm by admin | Comments Off

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In the wake of the ongoing relief efforts of the April 2016 earthquakes that hit the Kumamoto and Oita prefectures in Japan, Sanrio has uploaded a video in support of those suffering from the lingering effects of the natural disaster. Titled “One Action for One Love”, the video is part of an effort to spread awareness as well as to help in relief; Sanrio themselves have pledged to donate one yen for every view the video has to helping out victims! On top of that, Sanrio’s website for One Action for One Love is also offering other ways for visitors to help out, ranging from taking donations and letting repeat customers use their Sanrio Friendship Club points to donate to the effort. Spread the word about this new initiative, and help out by watching the video below!

Sep08

Yokai Watch invades Universal Studios Japan

2016 at 08:17 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Popular monster collecting franchise Yokai Watch and Universal Studios have teamed up for a new series of fun Yokai Watch attractions at Universal Studios Japan! Visitors to the theme park in Osaka will be treated to a series of attractions and events in the Yokai Watch Festival, taking part in fun activities for the chance to gain exclusive Yokai Watch merchandise. Included in these events is the “Yokai Watch: The Real 4″ event, where visitors will explore the theme park with the help of a Yokai Pad and Watch to find hiding Yokai. Also featured in the festival will be dancing events set to music from the Yokai Watch anime, as well as other fun activities and attractions throughout 2016. For this event, Universal and LEVEL-5 have collaborated on a series of new exclusive Yokai for the event, including the Nyaaminator, who is based on the Terminantor franchise! All of these activities make Universal Studios Japan the ideal Yokai hunting spot for any diehard fan, with even more events scheduled for 2017!

Aug23

Japan 2020 Olympics teased in new video

2016 at 07:31 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With the 2016 Olympics coming to a close this past Sunday, August 21st, the closing ceremony passed the torch from Rio to Tokyo in a large-scale presentation previewing the 2020 Olympics! The presentation featured a full-length video showing off Tokyo, Japan alongside a number of sports and collaborations with popular icons like Mario, Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, Doraemon and more. The presentation also included a choreographed dance, as well as other multi-language displays. Check out the presentation itself below, and look forward to 2020!

Aug01

Godzilla to storm Universal Studios Japan

2016 at 09:37 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After the release of the Godzilla Resurgence film this past weekend, Universal Studios has announced that a brand-new attraction featuring the giant monster will be hitting Japanese shores in 2017! The attraction will be titled “Godzilla: The Real 4D”, and will open in January during Universal Studios Japan’s “Universal Cool Japan 2017” event. While not much is known about the exhibit itself outside of the press announcement, USJ has said that the 3D attraction will allow viewers to come face-to-face with Toho’s legendary monster. In the meantime, look forward to Godzilla Resurgence’s stateside release later this year thanks to Funimation, and keep an eye out for more Godzilla news.

Jul21

Godzilla: Resurgence trailer shows Godzilla in action

2016 at 05:42 pm by admin | Comments Off

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A new trailer has released for the brand-new upcoming film, “Godzilla: Resurgence”! The film, which will be the first Japanese-made Godzilla film since “Godzilla Final Wars” in 2004, is a collaboration directed by “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” director Hideaki Anno and “Attack on Titan” storyboard artist Shinji Higuchi. The film promises to be one of the most scary representations of the iconic giant monster, with themes and designs inspired by the original 1954 film, and the newest trailer shows Godzilla’s new design off as it rampages through towns and cities. The film will hit theaters in Japan on July 29th, with no news yet as to an international release, so look forward to more news on Godzilla later this year!

Jul06

Ghibli exhibit to host exclusive menu

2016 at 05:14 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The brand new upcoming Studio Ghibli exhibit, titled “The Great Ghibli Exhibition~From Nausicaä to Red Turtle~”, has announced a brand-new exclusive menu to go alongside the exhibit! The exhibit will open on July 7th in Tokyo, and will begin serving these unique foods at the Museum Café THE SUN in the exhibition. The menu offers a wide variety of options, each of them themed after Studio Ghibli characters from the company’s years of animated films. Some of the food options include a Soot Sprite black hamburger, Totoro matcha shaved ice dessert, a Nausicaä-themed parfait, and even the sunny-side-up egg on toast from Castle in the Sky! The exhibit will also feature a wide variety of Ghibli memorabilia and souvenirs on top of these delicious treats, making this exhibit a must-see for any Ghibli fan!

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Nov12

Kim Jung Gi collaborates with Kaikai Kiki in new exhibit

2015 at 06:40 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Internally renowned brush-and-ink artist Kim Jung Gi has gained worldwide fame over the past few years with his super-detailed illustrations, sketches, and murals, and has been shown at a number of exhibitions across the globe. Now, Kim Jung Gi will be working together with pop art production Kaikai Kiki, created by Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami, to create a new pop-up gallery featuring his artwork! This solo exhibition will be set up at the Kyoto Shin-Puh-Kan shopping center in Japan starting on November 16th, and will feature a variety of events on the opening day, including live painting and autographs from Kin Jung Gi himself. The show will remain open until March 2016, giving fans plenty of time to check out the exhibition for themselves when it opens later this month.

Sep28

YAMAHA’s musical chairs take the stage in October

2015 at 02:43 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Known for their work with the vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku, automobile and tech company YAMAHA will once again bring their technical expertise to the field of music this wall with a unique new musical wheelchair! The chair, which is called &Y01 or Andy 01, designed this wheelchair with ease of use in mind, as well as combining it with percussion instruments. The design of the chair was based around the eighth note often seen on traditional music staffs, with the large sail on the back made to emulate the wavy line of the note. The chairs will debut in a concert titled “Slow Movement -The Eternal Symphony-”, which will debut at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan on October 3rd. With the goal of making music accessible to all people regardless of condition, these unique wheelchairs will hopefully lead to new innovations in combining music into our daily lives in unexpected ways.

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