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Japan Airlines attendants dance to Hatsune Miku

The flight attendants of Japan Airlines (JAL) put on their best idol costumes to dance to Hatsune Miku’s “39” (San-kyuu, or ‘Thank You’) song to promote the company’s participation at the Niconico Chokaigi 2015 event this month.

The video shows the dancers in various spots within the JAL Sky Museum in Tokyo. In the background you can see how the attendant’s uniforms have changed throughout time.

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New Gintama season mocks bawling Japanese politician

The first episode of Gintama‘s fourth incarnation as a TV series aired on April 8 by satirizing Ryūtarou Nonomura, an assemblyman from Hyōgo Prefecture who infamously erupted in tears and howls while apologizing for misuse of public funds on hot springs trips.

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Dark Souls cosplay photo wins prize worth 100,000 yen

The Nippon Cosplay Photo Contest at St. Fest. 2015 posted its winners on Monday. Unlike other cosplay contests that judge strictly on costume creation and styling, this contest focuses on the photographer and the composition of the photograph. Votes were tallied for a month and a half via the internet and the event venue itself.

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Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film’s main staff, illustrated poster revealed

This year’s 19th issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will reveal more information on Monday about the upcoming Boruto –Naruto the Movie- film.

The film will open in Japan on August 7. Original Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original work, script, character design, and as the chief production supervisor for the film. Hiroyuki Yamashita (Naruto Shippūden episode director, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie animation director) will direct the film and Ukyō Kodachi (Chaos Dragon, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road) is collaborating with Kishimoto on the script.

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Fukushima Gainax’s anime museum opens in April

Visitors to Fukushima Prefecture will soon be able to visit Kuso to Art no Museum – Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha, or the Museum of Fantasy and Art – Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha. The museum, which officially opens April 1, was founded by a subsidiary of animation production house Gainax, which will also be setting up an anime studio at the same site under the name Fukushima Gainax.

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Spear of Longinus crowdfunding project now accepting international backers

The “Project to Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus” crowdfunding campaign opened an English page for international backers. Backers not residing in Japan can select rewards in the 5,000 and 50,000 yen tiers, including having your name inscribed on the spear, an Evangelion Unit 01 Set (poster by Ikuto Yamashita, sticker, and blueprint of the lunar payload releasing machine), a Rei Ayanami Set (poster by Hidenori Matsubara, sticker, and blueprint of the lunar payload releasing machine), shirts, and having digital files of your choosing sent to the moon.

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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata: Report on live-action Zelda series is incorrect

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata told Time that the rumors of a live-action Legend of Zelda series are not accurate.

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2015 Ghost in the Shell film’s promo previews new footage

The official website for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film updated on Friday, and unveiled a new promotional video. The video looks back at past animated projects in the franchise, as well as new animation from the upcoming film.

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Tasmanian bakery offers Kiki’s Delivery Service fans an unlikely experience

For years, Kiki’s Delivery Service fans have been flocking to an unlikely location—Tasmania’s Ross Village Bakery, which fans think bears an uncanny resemblance to the bakery in the film.

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Esteemed voice actor: “1 in 100 voice actors become pros”

Hiroshi Ohtake, an 82-year-old voice actor known for his roles in 1960s anime like Mōretsu Atarō (Nyarome), Pāman (Booby) and Himitsu no Akko-chan (Daisho), won the Achievement Award at the 9th Seiyū Awards on March 7. He used the occasion to speak about the challenges faced by up-and-coming voice actors.

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Planetarium holds Evangelion matchmaking event

In support of the “Project to Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus,” which is the fastest-growing crowdfunding project in Japan, Linkbal is hosting an Evangelion singles mixer at the Planetarium Starry Cafe at Haneda Airport. It’s the perfect chance to gaze at the stars, all while finding your perfect otaku soulmate.

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Zombies are invading Sanrio’s Puroland for one night

Obaken, a Japanese company known for its terrifying haunted house puzzles and overnight “zombie camps,” will be invading Sanrio‘s Puroland theme park with a horde of hungry zombies. Your mission is simply to survive.

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Get a closer look at the new Super Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts

Bandai first previewed its upcoming Super Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts at Wonder Festival last month. The super heroine is now available for preorder in her powered up costume, and bundles the Spiral Heart Moon Rod and Holy Grail accessories. The figures will ship in July.

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Girls & Panzer tank vase is appropriately elegant

Some of the gals from Girls und Panzer would tell you that tanks can be pretty cute. And what better way to gussy one up than to use it as a vase? Made using traditional Kasama-yaki pottery techniques, heralding from Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, the tank is a reference to a scene with series protagonist Hana Isuzu, who is highly skilled in ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement.

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PS4 gets Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest crossover cover plate in Japan

Sony is holding a contest from February 24 to April 26, with the opportunity to win a special PlayStation 4 cover plate that features art from both the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. The cover plate’s design features a Slime (a traditional monster from the Dragon Quest series), and a Moogle (a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series). The contest will be a lottery, and Sony will only make 100 copies of the cover plate.

Potential applicants will need to complete three steps to acquire a lottery ticket to win the cover plate.

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Pastry Chef Creates Incredible Sailor Moon-Inspired Treats

Former pastry chef and current dessert blogger Katharina McCawley knows a thing or two about scrumptious treats that are as tasty to look at as they are to eat. She runs the blog Pretty Cake Machine, where she provides detailed recipes and directions for assembling all of her concoctions. Her most recent project? Single-serving cakes inspired by the Sailor Guardians:

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Drive off In an official One Piece Nissan Serena

Nissan is collaborating with One Piece to offer a limited edition Serena Highway STAR S-HYBRID. Dubbed the “Thousand Serena,” a play on the Straw Hat Pirates’ Thousand Sunny ship, it features a special One Piece car wrap and hubcaps.

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Godzilla PS3/PS4 game’s release set for July

Bandai Namco Games announced it will release the new Godzilla game on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe in July.

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Little Witch Academia sequel’s title, 2015 theatrical release unveiled

Anime Studio Trigger opened the official website for Little Witch Academia: Mahō Shikake no Parade (Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade), the sequel to its 2013 Little Witch Academia movie, on Monday. The site unveiled a visual, and confirms that the movie will have a theatrical release via TOHO Visual in Japan in 2015.

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Attack on Titan gets arcade game by Capcom

CAPCOM announced at Japan Amusement Expo 2015 on Friday that it has an Attack on Titan arcade game project.

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