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Wings of Honneamise Document File Gives a Peek into Gainax in the 80s

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Rare documentary will be included with film’s 4K remaster


1980s Gainax classic The Wings of Honneamise is getting a 4K remaster. While it will be getting both a limited theatrical and Blu-ray release in Japan, the latter, the “4K Remaster Memorial Box” contains something special: a documentary released in 1987 on VHS and never again.

The 30-minute “The Wings of Honneamise Document File” contains behind-the-scenes footage of the planning and making of the film and includes interviews with the film’s staff. But more than just ripping the documentary from VHS, the Memorial Box version of the Document File has been upscaled from for the best picture quality possible. (A brief excerpt is currently available on YouTube.)




The Wings of Honneamise will be hitting Japanese theaters in all its 4K remastered glory on October 28. Those who see the film will have the option to purchase The Wings of Honneamise 4K Remaster Memorial Box, Document File included, for 15,000 yen (approx. $112) a month before its general release on November 25.

Source: Comic Natalie


Standees of All 195 Made in Abyss Ilblu Villagers Can Be Yours… for $1500

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From the cute to the eldritch (to the decidedly phallic) Made in Abyss’ Ilblu Village is full of all kinds of crazy-looking Hollow characters. Takeshobo Shop is now selling acrylic standees for all 195 of them—but only in their limited-time shop in Osaka’s Namba Marui.

Each standee is around 4 inches tall and the full collection can be yours for 209,000 yen (approx. US$1,557). However, if there’s a specific one that’s caught your eye, they can also be purchased in sets of 15 for 16,500 yen (approx. US$123). Since they’re not being sold online, the real challenge is getting to Osaka to buy them. Worse still, as the shop will only be around from August 4 to August 14, time is already running out.

Source: Takeshobo Shop via Otakomu

all at once Grooves Out With Live Studio Performances of “RIVALS”, “Kokoroe” Cover

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In this entry of Anime Songs Party, musical duo all at once brought some groovy and funky beats to the Nippon Cultural Broadcasting studio by performing “RIVALS” (Shoot! Goal to the Future ending theme) as well as a cover of Road of Major’s “Kokoroe” (Major opening theme) alongside hosts Yohei Onishi and singing cosplayer Hikari.

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The duo also gushed about their love for the characters in the Major anime and gave some sound tips on how to sing “RIVALS” in the interview segment of the show.

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all at once is a J-Pop duo composed of fellow music school graduates Itsuki and Narito. Their latest song, “RIVALS,” is the ending theme for the Shoot! Goal to the Future; aside from that, the duo has also contributed to opening and ending themes for the Case Closed anime.

The Anime Songs Party is a new fan-participation program. The program is seeking international participants to cover anime songs both as soloists and bands. More information can be found at its official website

Disclaimer: Anime News Network is an overseas media partner for the Anime Songs Party.

NFL Star Jamaal Williams’ PSA to Fans: “Bring Me Anime Stuff”

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Detroit Lions’ running back Jamaal Williams wants his fans to bring him “anime stuff.”

In a “PSA” video posted yesterday on the Detroit Lions official Twitter account, Williams expressed special appreciation for fans who gift him anime merchandise, saying that they are his “first priority.”

“When people bring anime stuff, I know they understand me as a person; they don’t just see me as a football player,” Williams continued, brandishing a bag full of Naruto posters and figures, “Bring me some stuff, and I give you stuff.”

Williams is an avid anime fan. The header of his Twitter profile features an image of Gaara from Naruto, and he recently tweeted about his ascent up the mountain of One Piece episodes.

In another interesting overlap between NFL and anime fandoms, the Los Angeles Chargers posted its schedule as an anime intro back in May.

Source: Detroit Lions official Twitter account


Card Captor Sakura’s Dream Staff Makes for An Elegant Earring

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As part of their 25th Anniversary project, Cardcaptor Sakura has teamed up with mayla classic to create a collection of earrings based on Sakura’s Dream Staff as seen in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.

Each of the four pairs of earrings comes with a different motif based on a different one of Sakura’s outfits. (Check out the trailer in the tweet below to see them in all their glory.)

And if you think they look too beautiful to wear, they also come with a frame and a display box.

The earrings will go on sale on August 5, 2022.

Source: maya classic on Twitter via Nijimen


Card Captor Sakura’s Dream Staff Makes for An Elegant Earring

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As part of their 25th Anniversary project, Cardcaptor Sakura has teamed up with mayla classic to create a collection of earrings based on Sakura’s Dream Staff as seen in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.

Each of the four pairs of earrings comes with a different motif based on a different one of Sakura’s outfits. (Check out the trailer in the tweet below to see them in all their glory.)

And if you think they look too beautiful to wear, they also come with a frame and a display box.

The earrings will go on sale on August 5, 2022.

Source: maya classic on Twitter via Nijimen


Fate/Grand Order Announces Big Gameplay Changes for Its 7th Anniversary

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From announcements of long-awaited new servants and upcoming merch to talk shows with the creators and voice actors, there was a lot of new information to come out of Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 this past weekend. But perhaps most interesting to long-time players are the changes to the Japanese version’s battle system—and how they will affect the game going forward.

The first change is an overall improvement to Quick cards. When used as the first card in the sequence played each turn, they will now grant a 20% increase in critical chance across all cards in that turn—including itself.

The second change is that playing three Quick cards in a turn will now grant 20 critical stars instead of 10, massively increasing the critical chance of all attacks on the following turn.

The third change is perhaps the most significant of them all. Instead of just getting a chain bonus for three Quick, Arts, or Buster cards played on a single turn, there is now a new chain bonus for playing one card of each type in a single turn. This new chain bonus gives all three cards played the following buffs: Attack up, Noble Phantasm charge up, Critical Star Rate up, and Critical Chance up by 20%.

And as each character has at least one of each card type, you might wonder what would happen if they make a chain with one of each type of card by themselves. The answer is that all the above bonuses apply to not only the three cards played but the Extra Attack card as well.

As the longstanding meta in Fate/Grand Order is to build a team (be it Arts, Buster, or Quick centric) that can use a Noble Phantasm three turns in a row, these updates could vastly affect how viable many characters are in endgame teams. These changes also give servants a massive powerup in those times when you are controlling only a single character in battle—not only increasing their damage but helping them use their Noble Phantasm much quicker than previously. It’s safe to say that a sizable chunk of what we’ve taken for granted for the past seven years has just been thrown out the window.

And while Japanese players are being thrown right in the deep end, for all US players, well, at least you have something big to look forward to.

Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 ~7th Anniversary~ took place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, from July 30, 2022, to July 31, 2022.

Fate/Grand Order Announces Big Gameplay Changes for Its 7th Anniversary

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From announcements of long-awaited new servants and upcoming merch to talk shows with the creators and voice actors, there was a lot of new information to come out of Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 this past weekend. But perhaps most interesting to long-time players are the changes to the Japanese version’s battle system—and how they will affect the game going forward.

The first change is an overall improvement to Quick cards. When used as the first card in the sequence played each turn, they will now grant a 20% increase in critical chance across all cards in that turn—including itself.

The second change is that playing three Quick cards in a turn will now grant 20 critical stars instead of 10, massively increasing the critical chance of all attacks on the following turn.

The third change is perhaps the most significant of them all. Instead of just getting a chain bonus for three Quick, Arts, or Buster cards played on a single turn, there is now a new chain bonus for playing one card of each type in a single turn. This new chain bonus gives all three cards played the following buffs: Attack up, Noble Phantasm charge up, Critical Star Rate up, and Critical Chance up by 20%.

And as each character has at least one of each card type, you might wonder what would happen if they make a chain with one of each type of card by themselves. The answer is that all the above bonuses apply to not only the three cards played but the Extra Attack card as well.

As the longstanding meta in Fate/Grand Order is to build a team (be it Arts, Buster, or Quick centric) that can use a Noble Phantasm three turns in a row, these updates could vastly affect how viable many characters are in endgame teams. These changes also give servants a massive powerup in those times when you are controlling only a single character in battle—not only increasing their damage but helping them use their Noble Phantasm much quicker than previously. It’s safe to say that a sizable chunk of what we’ve taken for granted for the past seven years has just been thrown out the window.

And while Japanese players are being thrown right in the deep end, for all US players, well, at least you have something big to look forward to.

Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 ~7th Anniversary~ took place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, from July 30, 2022, to July 31, 2022.

Fate/Grand Order’s Most Maxed Out Common Servants

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Which common servants are your favorites?


In the Japanese version of the Fate/Grand Order mobile game, all servants, regardless of rarity, can reach the max level of 120—though not without spending a large number of limited resources. Because of this, most players choose to level up the rarer (and stronger) 4 or 5-star servants they own. However, there are also players who care more about playing with their favorite character than building the strongest team that they can.

So, at Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 this past weekend, the creators of the game released a list of the 10 common servants (i.e., those with a 1, 2, or 3-star rarity) who have been raised to the max level by the largest number of Japanese players. Here are the results

1) Kiyohime (Berserker) – 3 Star

2) Arash (Archer) – 1 Star

3) Robin Hood (Archer) – 3 Star

4) Okada Izō (Assassin) – 3 Star
5) Cú Chulainn (Lancer) – 3 Star

6) Ushiwakamaru (Rider) – 3 Star
7) Medusa (Rider) – 3 Star
8) Chen Gong – 2 Star
9) Sasaki Kojirō – 1 Star
10) Charlotte Corday – 1 Star

Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 ~7th Anniversary~ took place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, from July 30, 2022, to July 31, 2022.


Evangelion Creator Hideaki Anno Recommends Akane-banashi Manga

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Anno is the second major anime and manga figure to promote the series; volume one got Eiichiro Oda‘s seal of approval.

The second volume of Weekly Shōnen Jump’s Akane-banashi, a manga about a young woman attempting to become a professional Rakugo storyteller, will be released later this week. Wrapped around each book is a strip of paper promoting it with the recommendation of Hideaki Anno—the acclaimed writer/director of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Shin Godzilla.

However, Anno is not the first big-name creator to recommend Akane-banashi. The first volume was promoted with a similar recommendation from One Piece‘s own Eiichiro Oda.

The second volume of Akane-banashi will be released in Japan on August 4, 2022. Akane-banashi can be read on Viz Media’s website in the U.S.

Source: Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #35 via @WSJ_manga on Twitter


The Mystery of Nier: Automata’s Secret Church was a Wild Ride

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On July 25, at 12:44 AM PDT, Reddit user “sadfutago” posted a video of him entering a never-before-seen door in the Copied City area of 2017’s NieR:Automata. The gaming side of the web promptly exploded in what became a week-long hunt to discover the secret of what lay beyond the door—or if it was all just a giant hoax.

But while the video post mentioned above is what set the internet on fire, sadfutago’s first post on the subject (and first Reddit post overall) came about a month-and-a-half before on the tiny (currently 293 member) r/NieRFanart subreddit.

The post was largely ignored. However, the next day on the larger (currently 20,099 member) r/NieRAutomataGame subreddit, he posted a similar comment and got a few, somewhat confused responses.

Four days later came a follow-up—this time with some blurry pictures taken off of a TV screen.

Then came a similar post on the big r/nier subreddit (currently 180,090 members) a few minutes later.

It was received with more than a bit of skepticism. Then four days later, sadfutago posted his first video of how he got to the aforementioned church. It showed a door no one had ever seen before.

The video was met with utter shock throughout the subreddit. Many questioned how no one else had found this and were eager to try and recreate it for themselves. However, no one was able to—and questions to sadfutago went unanswered. Then, on July 25, after more than a month of silence, came the video that set the Nier fandom ablaze.

It wasn’t just a door but a whole new area—with ladders, items, and moving set pieces. Speculation went wild. Was this an Easter Egg left behind by the developers? Was this cut content that was only on certain copies of the game? Was this a mod—despite the fact that no tools existed among modders to make such drastic changes to the core game? Was this actually an ARG set up by the creators of NieR:Automata to promote the upcoming Nintendo Switch release of the game? No one knew. The next day, another video appeared—this time showing off the church from the original screenshots.

This video fanned the flames even higher. Not only was the church filled with callbacks to the original Nier game, entering the church triggered an in-game cutscene with some voiced lines following after as well. It looked so official, there was only one thing to do: ask NieR:Automata’s creators if it was real. But their replies were enigmatic at best.

Do you want to know about my insight?In that case, you can find answer at my twitter profile. Thank you.RT: @JacobTjvWas this a scrapped mission early in development, Taro-san? Please bless us with your insight! https://t.co/efUXxsXIqN— yokotaro (@yokotaro) July 26, 2022

Eternal mystery… https://t.co/crCyL0hZQ3— 齊藤陽介 Yosuke Saito (@SaitoYosuke_Z) July 26, 2022

But sadfutago wasn’t done. His next clip revealed that going into the church with a different character allowed for a different outcome: a new boss battle.

Over the next few hours, sadfutago posted text updates on his progress against the boss across several subreddits with hundreds of commenters cheering him on.

Then came the video of him beating the boss.

As cool as the fight was, it wasn’t what got everyone’s attention. Rather it was the fact that interacting with the bird bath made questions in another language appear. While sadfutago seemed to think it was Korean, fans were quick to notice that not only was it actually Japanese, but also that the questions being asked were the same as the ones the player would encounter shortly before the final boss battle of the first Nier game. It was then that things went full creepypasta with a series of picture posts followed by a Twitch url.

Redditors flocked to the Twitch stream to get the truth, once and for all.

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In the end, everything was revealed to be a mod created by three people: DevolasRevenge, Woeful_Wolf and RaiderB. In secret, the three had worked together to develop the modification tools and then build the entire Church sequence. They will be releasing the tools used to create the mod, as well as the mod itself, over the coming days. So, while this didn’t turn out to be cut content or an ARG to promote a new game, it most certainly heralds the start of a new era of NieR:Automata modding—modding on a level all but indistinguishable from an official Square Enix-made release.

Source: sadfutago on Reddit

Hello Kitty & Cinnamoroll Are Now Robot Vacuums

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Ever wanted to make Hello Kitty clean your house? Well, robot vacuum company AiMY is teaming up with Sanrio to bring out a pair of robot vacuums in the likeness of Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll.

Each vacuum is 265x270x80 millimeters (about 11x11x4 inches), weighs 1.5 kilograms (about 3 pounds), and can hold 180 milliliters (about 0.75 cups) of dirt. They can clean about 104 square feet (or about six Japanese tatami mats) per 30 minutes of run time and can be set to do double that in a 60-minute cycle.

Both units are on sale now in Japan for 14,800 yen (about US$111) each.

Source: Livedoor News via Otakomu


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