Mitsuha from Your Name

Mitsuha from Your Name originally had a boyfriend

New details have been revealed by the director and producer of the blockbuster anime Your Name. Genki Kawamura (producer): In the early versions, Mitsuha originally had a boyfriend. Makoto Shinkai (director): Right. I wanted to write a story about how switching bodies over time created a change, so I thought it’d be interesting to have an unrequited love. …

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Hollywood adaptation of AKIRA on hold

The much anticipated resurgence of the Hollywood adaptation of AKIRA may be going into hiatus once again. Under Warner Bros., the movie has been in pre-production for a few years, suffering several major delays due to changes in director. In 2011 Jaume Collet-Serra was chosen to direct, whose directing credits include House of Wax, Orphan, and Unknown. During …

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Skinny Gundam found in the Philippines, owner claims it’s an original design

Jed’s Island Resort, an amusement park and lodge, seems to have more than  a handful of copyright violations on its park: statues of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Bumblebee, Mazinger Z, Voltes V, and more cover the premises. Click the images below to see them in full size. When asked about these curious photos, the …

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This Sailor Moon in Taiwan is nightmare fuel

Danny Choo, everyone’s favorite professional otaku, has found a less-than-perfect Sailor Moon clone in Taipei, Taiwan: Danny notes that it seems to be in a doctor’s office, perhaps to keep the kids “happy” while visiting. It looks to be a refurbished unit from Japan that had a very bad paint restoration, to the point that …

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Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama: “The Majin Buu Saga was intense to create! I lost interest in writing battle scenes after that”

If you’ve ever read or watched Dragon Ball, it is one of the best examples of manga with powerful characters engaging in intense battle scenes. It’s regarded as a classic for this reason, and a recent interview with the creator revealed interesting information about its creation. Creator Akira Toriyama said in a recent interview, “Majin …

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Roppongi loses its last arcade

Roppongi, a city in Japan famous for its nightlife, has lost its last arcade. The arcade industry as a whole has been shrinking since the advent of home video game systems from Nintendo and the like, but was relatively healthy as early consoles were much less powerful and therefore lacked the eye-popping visuals. As technology …

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