Weekly round-up

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Hi again! Only us, back to round up a week in which Breath of the Wild won all the awards, and Ryan Reynolds was named as Hollywood’s Pikachu while elsewhere Pikachu was named an ambassador of Osaka. Don’t worry, all this will start to make sense once you read on. Let’s get to it! News Game of […]

Review: Show By Rock!! – Complete Season 1

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I think, at some point, we’ve all known the rut Cyan is stuck in at the start of a new school year. She wants to prove her worth as a singer and musician as part of her school’s rock band. But even with all her lines memorised, about to open the door to the club […]

Update: KochiKame’s 40-year run wins Guinness World Record as manga approaches end

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Manga publishers Shueisha announced on September 3rd that Osamu Akimoto will soon end his 40-year serialisation of Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikoen-mae Hashutsujo (affectionately known as KochiKame). The final chapter of the police comedy manga will run in Shonen Jump magazine’s 42nd issue on September 17th, but Akimoto already has an idea for a new work which is yet to enter development. […]

News: Buzzfeed Japan explains why Rio Olympic closing ceremony wasn’t right for a Pokémon appearance

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Present at the Rio Olympics’ closing ceremony on Sunday (August 21st), which handed the baton to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, were Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Tsubasa Oozora from the influential sports manga and anime Captain Tsubasa, Pac-Man and, of course, Mario in an irresistible pun thought up by Japanese Olympic Organizing Committee president Yoshiro Mori. But even […]

Event: Hello Kitty’s secret garden café opens in London

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Hello Kitty, perhaps the most widely recognised kawaii character, created by Yuko Yamaguchi as one of Sanrio’s mascot menagerie, now has her first café in Europe open for business from this week. Pink iced cakes and strawberries abound in the basement of the Soho bakery Cutter & Squidge, who have crafted their interiors to look like […]

News: Hello Kitty becomes a sweet superhero in Ichigoman web manga

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The alter-ego of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty, the superhero Ichigoman, will be piloting mecha, teaming up with aliens and conquering the monsters born from humanity’s wicked hearts in her new Comip! webcomic. Hello Kitty’s original designer Yuko Yamaguchi is also the creator of Ichigoman, who first appeared in a 2011 exhibition of her work, and she […]