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Hakone volcano erupts on small scale

Ōwaku Valley, a part of Mount Hakone with high volcanic activity, has been showing more signs of an impending eruption recently.

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Pokémon bro Magikarp can do more than splash

A specific trio of buff Pokémon cosplayers have popped up at anime conventions around North America, including Fanime, Anime North, and Anime Expo. Originally the group were based solely off a viral fanart image of Dugtrio but were soon joined by Chikorita and Sudowoodo.

DC-based cosplayer Sevcosplay got in on the trend, proving that franchise‘s long-lauded uselessPokémon has more to him than just splashing about. He posed for a series of photos with photographers John Jiao and Dave Yang at ColossalCon in Ohio last month.

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The Boy and the Beast film debuts at #1, earns 667 million yen in 1st weekend

Mamoru Hosoda‘s The Boy and The Beast film debut at #1 during the July 11-12 weekend, topping the Japanese debut of Terminator Genisys. The Boy and The Beast opened on 457 screens, and earned 667,035,100 yen (about US$5.4 million) in its first two days. The film sold 494,170 tickets over the weekend.

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Attack on Titan: Lost Girls novel gets manga adaptation

The August issue of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine is announcing on Thursday that Ryōsuke Fuji will adapt Hiroshi Seko’s Attack on Titan: Lost Girls novel into a manga series. The manga will debut in the magazine’s next issue, which Kodansha will publish on August 9. The manga will have a color opening page.

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Tekken Project’s ‘Summer Lesson’ VR demo now has an English-speaking girl

Bandai Namco Entertainment posted an English-language video to preview Tekken Project’s technology demonstration “Summer Lesson,” which Sony will showcase at its E3 booth this week. The video includes a cameo at the end.

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Professional Kickboxer will give clients a literal kick of motivation

Professional kickboxer and model Hitomi Nogata is looking to boost her internet fame by offering a literal kick in the pants to anyone willing, for absolutely free. Willing participants have their “kick ass” videos uploaded to Nogata’s YouTube channel. So far, at least a dozen people have signed up.

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The Guardian: Sony to present The Last Guardian at E3

U.K. newspaper The Guardian published an article on Tuesday where it stated that it “[has] it on good authority” that Sony will display The Last Guardian game at this year’s E3 trade fair.

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Nana Mizuki teaches us the proper way to eat eel

Nana Mizuki (Hinata in Naruto, Fate in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Cure Blossom in Heartcatch Precure!) is now the “image girl” (celebrity spokeswoman) for Nakau, a Japanese restaurant chain specializing in donburi (rice bowls) and noodles.

A new commercial featuring Mizuki in a kimono advertises Nakau’s eel set meal, Unamabushi, and explains that there are three proper ways of eating the grilled eel: 1) by itself; 2) with the provided toppings; and 3) with the rice, toppings, and dashi (Japanese fish broth) in the bowl. (This is similar to a Japanese dish called ochazuke, essentially rice in tea.)

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Maryland governor seeks federal funding after riding Japan’s maglev train

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan took a trip to Yamanashi to try out Japan’s record-breaking Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) bullet train. Travelling with him were executives from the Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail LLC (BWRR), who, after enjoying a 27-mile-long ride, headed back to Baltimore with the intention of bringing the technology stateside.

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One Piece ship to anchor at Japanese theme park

Ahoy, landlubbers! The Thousand Sunny, the preferred vessel of the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece, is paying a call at the port of Laguna Ten Bosch, a theme park in Gamagori, southeast of Nagoya. Interested fans are invited to board the ship for a few hours to partake in a cruise. They will be treated to a stage show, music and a toast to the Straw Hat crew. Commemorative mugs and certificates will be given as souvenirs.

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Nintendo: Next console’s OS is not Android

Company responds to Nikkei’s report that NX’s OS is Android-based.

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Eevee Evolutions captured in silver & gold necklaces

The new wave of Eevee merchandise continues with a series of necklaces. There are nine necklaces for each of the evolutions represented on a silver, gold, or rose gold pendant with a semi-precious or precious stone. The price varies depending on which metal the buyer chooses. The jewelry is being made in a collaboration with K Uno.

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Player uses 1 controller to run through Megaman X & Megaman X2 simultaneously

YouTuber Aura Puffs assigned themselves a seemingly impossible task: using only one SNES controller simultaneously play through Megaman X and Megaman X2. The limitations also include no save states, pausing one game while playing another, or anything else that would take most of the challenge out of the process.

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Toshiba’s ‘Chihira Aico’ robot’s department store debut is a big hit

The Mitsukoshi department store brought on Toshiba’s Chihara Aico as a temporary receptionist last month to test out her in-development voice recognition software. While she isn’t as advanced as some of her other employed robot peers, Toshiba is taking Aico on the road to promote her capabilities to businesses.

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PS4s with Silent Hills demo selling for over US$1,500

When the mobile game Flappy Bird was taken off the market last year, sales of mobile phones with the game installed were quickly put on auction sites to the tune of US$300 to US$90,000. The sales on eBay technically violated the site’s Terms of Service, which required smartphones and tablets to be restored to their factory settings. Many were pulled by eBay before anyone was able to drop cash on the listings.

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Ghibli’s Spirited Away film shrunk into 5-minute, 8-bit video

CineFix’s 8-Bit Cinema feature has turned plenty of popular films into video game-style videos likeTitanic, The Fast and the Furious, and The Walking Dead. On Tuesday, the group uploaded a version of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli‘s award-winning film Spirited Away, with a MIDI-version of Joe Hisaishi‘s score to boot. Much of the film’s story is condensed into a quick five minutes and is transformed into 8-bit and “a little bit of 16-bit” art.

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Pokémon Centers planning a new Eevee-centric line of goods

Pokémon Centers have announced that a new line of merch based on the infinitely adorable Eevee will be unveiled soon.

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Toddler Evangelion Rody rompers now come in more colors

The slightly sinister line of children’s clothing crossing Evangelion and Rody from Premium Bandai just got updated with more colors. The original included Unit 01 and Unit 00 with matching bibs. The new onesies are based on Asuka’s Unit 02, Mari’s Unit 05, Kaworu’s Unit 06, and the Yuru-Shito mascot.

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Scarlett Johansson: Live-action Ghost in the Shell begins filming in early 2016

Actress Scarlett Johansson gave an update on Dreamworks‘ live-action Ghost in the Shell film during the press event for next month’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Live-Action Attack on Titan films’ poster, 2nd movie title unveiled

The official website for the two Attack on Titan live-action films unveiled a new poster for the movies on Friday. Theaters in Japan will begin displaying the poster on April 25.

The first movie will open on August 8, and the second movie will open on September 19.

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