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YOUR NAME. and Makoto Shinkai Receive Nominations for 44th Annual Annie Awards

SciFi Japan - 29 November, 2016 - 17:11
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Film and Director Selected for Best Animated Feature – Independent and Directing in an Animated Feature Production Categories Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the nominations for its 44th Annual Annie Awards™ which recognize the best in the field of animation. YOUR NAME. (君の名は。, Kimi no Na wa., 2016), the hit film from Toho Co. Ltd. which is being distributed in North America by Funimation Films, picked up a nomination for Best Animated Feature - Independent as well as a nomination for Directing in an Animated Feature Production for the film’s director Makoto Shinkai Continued...
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FROM FIRST "GODZILLA" TO NEW "STAR WARS" Akira Takarada Goes to a Galaxy Far, Far Away!

August Ragone - 29 November, 2016 - 15:00
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The star of the original GODZILLA performing "Bendu" for REBELS.

Toho's top leading man of the '60s, Akira Takarada, has joined the Japanese voice cast of STAR WARS: REBELS! Starting with the third season, premiering on December 11th in Japan, Mr. Takarada can be heard intoning the character of "Bendu". In the English-language version, the imposing creature is played by Tom Baker of "Doctor Who" fame.


Tom Baker, best known as the Fourth Doctor, in a recent photo.

After recording, Mr. Takarada said, "Bendu is like a merciful father, so I felt like a good guy, but I had to remind myself to speak to Kanan [Jarrus] right from the bottom of my heart. After recording for eight hours, I felt as though it was a tough job, especially after such a long absence [from voice acting]. But it was very fulfilling." Previously, Mr. Takarada played "Jafar" for the Japanese-language version of Disney's "Aladdin", released in 1993.


Bendu of Atollon, a being who exists at the center of the Force.

Ecstatic was the reaction from REBELS producer-director [and diehard Godzilla fan] Dave Filoni, "Godzilla and Star Wars are both beloved in fans' hearts around the world, and are both similar in that respect. I was really happy to hear that Mr. Takarada was cast, then got to see him recording, which was amazing. The character was magnificently expressed by his voice, and I'm extremely satisfied with the results." Filoni suggested Takarada for the role in the first place.

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Yes, REBELS producer-director Dave Filoni loves him some Godzilla.

STAR WARS: REBELS is broadcast nationwide in Japan on Disney XD, over Cable and Satellite Cable, Saturdays at 1:00 pm, with an encore broadcast on Sundays at 1:00 pm.

Original article published November 30, 2016 on Oricon Style (Japan Time), translated by August Ragone.

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Meat Beer!? The New Craft Meat Only Pale Ale is Here!

Rinkya Blog - 29 November, 2016 - 11:30

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Meat Beer? The new craft meat only pale ale is here! This is a 350ml beer that is available from November 29. It’s available on Lawson stores for 335 yen including tax. This can is made by Helios Distilleries from Okinawa. It has a gorgeous hop aroma and refreshing bitterness. It’s perfect to enjoy along with meat. Hence, it’s name.

If you’re going to be enjoying Xmas in Japan, remember this beer! Meat is going to taste much better with it!

The can design is also amazing. It has hot colors and it’s a great present to keep at home. You can feel the Okinawan flavor in the design.

Source: Entabe
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ZYUOHGER VS NINNINGER Info and High-Res Images from Toei

SciFi Japan - 29 November, 2016 - 06:27
AkaNinger and Zyuoh Whale join forces in the upcoming film, ZYUOHGER VS NINNINGER. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © 2017 “Zyuohger VS Ninninger” Production Committee © Ishimori Pro · TV Asahi · Toei AG · Toei Co., Ltd.
A Look at the Next "Super Sentai VS Series" Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with production credits and a pair of high-res images from ZYUOHGER VS NINNINGER. Opening in Japanese cinemas next January 14th, the latest film in the "Super Sentai VS Series" brings together the casts of the 40th anniversary Super Sentai series, SHURIKEN SENTAI NINNINGER (手裏剣戦隊ニンニンジャー, Shuriken Sentai Nin’ninjaa, 2015-16), and the current show, ZYUOHGER (動物戦隊ジュウオウジャー, Doobutsu Sentai Juuojaa, 2016-17). Continued...
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GHOST IN THE SHELL Slot Game Review

SciFi Japan - 29 November, 2016 - 01:19
The new GHOST IN THE SHELL Slot Game. © Shirow Masamune · Production I.G/KODANSHA © 2016 Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Limited.
When online casinos first appeared many years ago they didn’t offer much to lure in sci-fi fans with a casual gaming interest. The quality of these gaming sites then was low and the variety of games they offered were similarly poor. For people who wanted strong storylines and animated characters to give them a reason to open an online gambling account and try out, for example, some simple slot games, these pull factors just doesn’t exist. Fortunately in recent years the online gaming companies have invested considerable cash and efforts into creating casino and slot games that will whisk players into different worlds. All types of futuristic game genres now exist, from robotic tech to Fantastic Four-themed slot extravaganzas. And for Japanese sci-fi nuts there’s a classic that should finally tempt them into having a little play on their laptops or mobile devices. Continued...
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Win Godzilla: Rage Across Time Trade Paperback from IDW!

SciFi Japan - 28 November, 2016 - 14:05
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer
Win the Godzilla: Rage Across Time TPB from IDW! Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2016 Toho Co.
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE IDW Publishing is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a copy of their new Godzilla: Rage Across Time Trade Paperback. This 120 edition collects all 5 issues of the recently concluded mini-series that travels to different time periods to examine the origin of myths that fueled nightmares! Each chapter is by a different creative team that includes Chris Mowry (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth), Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Project Nemesis), Jeff Zornow (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth), Ulises Farinas (Godzilla in Hell), Erik Freitas (Godzilla in Hell), Tadd Galusha (Dream Thief), Jay Fotos, Kahlil Schweitzer, Hugo Petrus (Wolverine: First Class, Pride & Prejudice) and Bob Eggleton (Godzilla in Hell, Godzilla King of the Monsters). The Godzilla: Rage Across Time Trade Paperback will be available from comic book shops and retailers on November 30. The suggested retail price is $19.99. Continued...
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Custom Blythe Dolls: Ritta Custom Blythe Nyanko-chan

Rinkya Blog - 28 November, 2016 - 11:52

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Custom Blythe dolls make great collectibles, like this Ritta custom Blythe Nyanko-chan. This is a sweet doll with a great dress set. The base doll is a Simply Mango. This doll has wonderful lips. This sweet doll will make a great add in your custom Blythe doll collection. She is amazing! Don’t miss her!

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Let’s take a closer look at her!

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Ritta got rid of the original makeup. She carved her face carefully and put on new makeup. Ritta also put resin clay to make the small teeth.

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The new makeup has been done with pastels and acrylics with an airbrush. Ritta used several layers of UV spray to keep it safe. Be careful not to scratch it with the nails directly. The lips have gloss on them.

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The eyes are also sweet. The doll has also a new set of eyelashes. She has a cute string.

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She has the original hair covered with a wig. You can exchange it for your favorite wig.

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The clothes sets are also sweet. The outfit set includes the wig, the clothes and the shoes. Beware, the set of clothes does not include the background.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get this sweet custom Blythe doll! She is amazing!

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Custom Blythe Dolls: Aguri Custom Blythe Rooster

Rinkya Blog - 28 November, 2016 - 08:59

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Custom Blythe dolls make great collectibles. Today we have a super cute Aguri custom Blythe Rooster doll. She is amazing, and her Japanese dress set is fantastic. The base doll is a Simply Lilac. Aguri has put a wig secured with velcro. Since it’s interchangeable, you can use your favorite wig instead of this one. Or you can play with different wigs and get Rooster with different hairstyles easily.

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Let’s take a closer look at her!

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She has the default body. Aguri dropped all the original makeup and put on a new one with aribrushes: brown shadows, coral pink and gloss on the lips. Aguri also coated the face several times with matte spray to protect the new makeup. Be careful with scratches.

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The eyes are super cute too. The front eyes are purple and blue. The left and right eyes are brown and bordeaux. This doll has sleepy eyes and a new set of eyelashes.

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The clothes set is fantastic: a kimono set with a chicken face, socks, sandals, bonnet, and hair ornaments.

Don’t miss this great custom Blythe doll! You must have this one in your custom Blythe doll collection!

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TRAIN TO BUSAN Debuts on Digital December 13 and Blu-ray & DVD January 17

SciFi Japan - 28 November, 2016 - 06:36
The critically-acclaimed, box office smash zombie apocalypse thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in North America. Photos courtesy of Well Go USA. © 2016 Next Entertainment World & RedPeter Film
Bonus Materials Include Two Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Official Site: traintobusan.co.kr (South Korea), wellgousa.com/theatrical/train-to-busan (US) Special Thanks to Rachel Villegas and Leif Helland Dubbed “...a fun, fast, tightly crafted genre film,” (Daniel Barnes, Sacramento News & Review), the critically-acclaimed, zombie apocalypse thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN (부산행, Busanhaeng, 2016) debuts on digital December 13 and on Blu-ray and DVD January 17 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Continued...
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AKIRA IFUKUBE 10th ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL CONCERT In Chicago December 17th

SciFi Japan - 27 November, 2016 - 13:00
Reiko Yamada performing “Ritmica Ostinata” in Tokyo, July 2016. Photo courtesy of The Tokyo Symphony.
Author: John DeSentis Source: akiraifukube.org, project120chicago.org Tickets: ifukubetenthmemorial.brownpapertickets.com Special Thanks to Erik Homenick and Reiko Yamada On Saturday, December 17th, 2016, The Akira Ifukube 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert will take place at Nichols Concert Hall at The Music Institute of Chicago. The ten year anniversary mark of an individual passing away is of significant cultural importance in Japan and there were certainly many that were performed this year in honor of Mr. Ifukube, who passed away in 2006. This one will be the final of it’s kind in 2016. The concert is sponsored by Project 120 Chicago and fully supported by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago. Continued...
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LUPIN THE IIIRD: GOEMON ISHIKAWA’S SPRAY OF BLOOD Info and High-Res Images

SciFi Japan - 27 November, 2016 - 04:40
Source: Showgate Inc. Official Site: goemon-ishikawa.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Advance poster. Image courtesy of Showgate. Original comic books created by Monkey Punch © TMS
Distributor Showgate Inc. has provided information and images from their upcoming release, LUPIN THE IIIRD: GOEMON ISHIKAWA’S SPRAY OF BLOOD (LUPIN THE IIIRD 血煙の石川五ェ門, Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon). The anime will open at the Shinjuku Baltic 9 and other theaters across Japan on February 4, 2017. GOEMON ISHIKAWA’S SPRAY OF BLOOD will be the third entry in a series of prequels by Telecom Animation Film based on Monkey Punch's manga Lupin the Third -- detailing the master thief's first encounters with his most famous allies -- that began with the 13 episode LUPIN THE THIRD: THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE (LUPIN THE THIRD ~峰不二子という女~, Lupin the Third ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna, 2012). The feature film LUPIN THE THIRD: JIGEN'S GRAVESTONE (LUPIN THE IIIRD 次元大介の墓標, Lupin the IIIrd Jigen Daisuke no Bohyoo) followed in 2014. Continued...
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ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE Live Event in Kanagawa

SciFi Japan - 25 November, 2016 - 14:17
Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Orb, Hideo Ishiguro and Ultraman at a promotional event for ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku. © 2017 “Ultraman Orb The Movie” Film Partners
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Shochiku has provided information and high-res photos of the live event that officially announced Tsuburaya Productions' 2017 feature film ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンオーブ 絆の力、おかりします!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kzuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). Continued...
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Bento Friday: Kawaii Bento Box Ideas for Xmas

Rinkya Blog - 25 November, 2016 - 12:00

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Our Bento Friday comes with lots of kawaii bento box ideas for Xmas (plus an extra as anime). We start with a reindeer Inari and Santa made with inari, rice, red wieners, cheese, fish sausages (or ham), crab sticks, seaweed and mayonnaise. This is a very simple bento that you can create. If you don’t have inari, you can use simple rice.

Let’s discover the rest of ideas.

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This is a rice ball Santa bento. It’s a simple one. You only need white rice, crab sticks, sausages and seaweed. You can make as many Santa onigiris as you want. These are also great for Xmas parties with friends and family.

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This is another onigiri bento. You need white rice, eggs, seaweed, crap sticks, slice cheese and pasta. The more difficult part here is the face. But, overall, it’s a simple bento to make.

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This is a Don Quixote bento featuring Don Quixote’s mascot. You need rice, blue food coloring, crab sticks, cheese of your liking.

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And finally, Dr.Slump’s (Arale’s) poop bento box! You need white rice, pink food coloring, nori, mayonnaise, and ketchup. This is a great idea for kids and all the fans of Dr.Slump!

Source: Cookpad
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SHIPPU RONDO Info, Trailer and Photos from Toei

SciFi Japan - 25 November, 2016 - 06:44
Kazuyuki Kuribayashi (Hiroshi Abe) and Chiaki Seri (Yuko Oshima) ski into adventure in Toei's new film, SHIPPU RONDO. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © 2016 "Shippu Rondo" Production Committee
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: shippu-rondo-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided information, high-res photos and a trailer from their new action-comedy, SHIPPU RONDO (疾風ロンド), which opens in Japanese cinemas on November 26th. Continued...
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Gigantic Series GODZILLA 2001 Blue Fin Figure Offered in December 2016 Diamond Previews

SciFi Japan - 24 November, 2016 - 23:04
Photo courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. Godzilla TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. Eva-01 © Khara
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors Additional Photos: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Diamond Comic Distributors has only one Godzilla item listed in their December 2016 Previews Catalog, but its a big one. The blue dorsal fin Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 figure will be available in comic book shops in January 2017. Continued...
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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Limited Xmas Menu

Rinkya Blog - 24 November, 2016 - 12:51

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts limited Xmas menu includes super cute donuts. Krispy Kreme usually releases limited donuts along the year in Japan. The new Xmas-themed menu is as delicious as it’s cute. Japanese are used to give food as presents as well. So, these donuts come as a blessing during winter. Krispy Kreme donuts are delicious with sweet cream fillings.

The limited Xmas menu is from November 24 until December 25. The menu includes a Snowman Chocolate donut, a Green Apple Sprinkle donut, a Strawberry Cheese Box donut, a White Caramel Box donut, and a Chocolate Custard Box donut.

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The White Caramel Box donut has white chocolate coating with green sugar pearls as decoration. It’s wrapped up in a red icing ribbon. It’s filled with caramel cream with a pinch of Lorraine rock salt from France. It sells for 230 yen including tax.

The Chocolate Custard Box donut has a glossy coating topped with gold powder. It’s also tied up with a yellow icing ribbon. Topped with rich chocolate, and combined with delicious sweet custard filling, this is a great choice for chocolate lovers. It sells for 210 yen including tax.

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The Strawberry Cheese Box donut has a shinny red coating with green and white icing ribbon. It’s filled with sweet cheese filling. It’s sweet and crunchy. It sells for 210 yen including tax.

The Green Apple Sprinkle is the only donut without any cream filling. It’s crunchy and has a colorful topping mixture. It has apple flavor and it’s delicious too. It sells for 190 yen including tax.

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And finally, there’s the Snowman Chocolate donut. Krispy Kreme makes it every year. It looks like a Snowman and it’s filled with delicious chocoalte cream. It has white chocolate coating that gives it extra sweetness. It sells for 230 yen including tax.

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You can purchase a Holiday Gift Box with 3 donuts for 650 yen or a Holiday Gift Dozen for 2000 yen. The side menu includes Hot Apple Cider, Roiboos Tea Latte and Roiboos Tea.

Don’t miss the opportunity to try out these wonderful limited Krispy Kreme donuts if you’re in Japan. They’re colorful, delicious and a sweet present for your friends!

Sources: Krispy Kreme, Rocket News 24
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ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE Coming March 2017

SciFi Japan - 24 November, 2016 - 01:00
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Key art. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku. © 2017 “Ultraman Orb The Movie” Film Partners
Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided information and high-res images for their upcoming theatrical feature based on the ULTRAMAN ORB (ウルトラマンオーブ, Urutoraman Oobu, 2016-17) television series. In ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE, the titular hero joins forces with Ultraman Zero and Ultra Seven to rescue the "New Generation Heroes" Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Victory and Ultraman X and prevent an unprecedented global crisis. To battle the villain Murnau -- apparently named after NOSFERATU director F.W. Murnau -- Orb will also take on the new "Orb Trinity" form via the "Trinity Fusion" with X, Victory and Ginga. Shochiku will release ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE at the Shinjuku Piccadilly and other cinemas across Japan on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Advance tickets go on sale Saturday, December 20 at theaters nationwide, plus Ultraman events and official memorabilia shops. Continued...
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Kawaii Animal Donuts by Ikumimama

Rinkya Blog - 23 November, 2016 - 12:53

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Kawaii animal donuts by Ikumimama are a delicious way to enjoy Christmas in Japan. Ikumimama is famous for their cute donuts. Their donuts are so cute that it’s hard to eat them! However, they’re also delicious! From November 27 until December 3 you will find these bird donuts at the Bird Festival in Jiyugaoka. These super cute donuts will be sold during the festival, but you can find others at their store (not birds, but other designs). But if you can make it to the festival you’re going to love these birdy donuts!

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The available kawaii bird donuts are:

  • Okame-Chan, the cockatoo; 310 yen
  • Shoebill-kun; 300 yen
  • Mejiro-chan; 300 yen
  • Cute Owl; 330 yen
  • Peachan, the budgerigar; 330 yen
  • Myhah; 310 yen
  • White Poppo-chan and Gray Choo-chan; 280 yen each

Donuts are made with colored chocolate, pumpkin, green tea, cranberries, etc. The lovely birds are delicious!

If you’re in Jiyugaoka, and can attend the festival, don’t miss these super cute donuts!

Source: Entabe
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