Anpanman

Our Japanese-language reporter dressed up to woo his celebrity crush, but it didn’t go as planned

Someone really should have warned everyone involved about what was going to happen.

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Abysmal viewer ratings for Pokémon anime series does not worry its broadcaster the slightest bit

After all, it’s been through worse before.

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Japanese mother receives innocent baby toy as gift, turns out to be a bouncing head from hell

This is one toy you should stay clear of.

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Yo-Kai What? Monsters of all kinds plummet from children’s favorite character rankings

Conservative trends rule this year as kids are largely sticking with what they know.

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Kyaraben collections: Some of the most adorable and funny home-made character bentos on Twitter

These creative Japanese lunches are sure to tickle your fancy (and probably make you hungry too).

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For millions of people, anime actress Hiromi Tsuru was more than a voice, she was “by our side”

While Anpanman was the undisputed hero of his own anime, Hiromi Tsuru’s superbly voiced Dokin-chan was the rest of us.

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Anime voice actress for Dragon Ball’s Bulma passes away under mysterious circumstances in Tokyo

Hiromi Tsuru, voice of multiple anime icons, leaves behind incredible body of work, startling prescient statement in her final spoken dialogue.

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Japanese Twitter artist makes Anpanman origami fortune teller, accidentally summons Hell demon

“Oh you wanted me to make Anpanman? I thought you said satanic hellbeast, haha. Silly me!”

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Much-loved Japanese children’s characters come to life in horrific fashion at Street Fest

Won’t somebody please think of the children?!

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Japan Self-Defence Force poster seems to be repelling more people than it’s recruiting

Join the Defense Force, and you can develop new strengths, protect your country, and…pass giant bobble heads to mysterious shadow men?

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Get your calculator ready! Twitter user shows how to transform Anpanman into Doraemon using math

Hate math class? Well, maybe this clever Japanese Twitter user might change your mind!

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Terrifying Japanese dentist’s office shows us why stuffed animals shouldn’t have realistic teeth

And just like that, we’re scared of the dentist again.

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Anpanman clouds rising to meet his creator in the afterlife

As we sadly reported yesterday, Takashi Yanase, creator of the beloved Japanese character, Anpanman, passed away on October 13. Though you may not have heard of Anpanman or Yanase, both were immensely famous in Japan, with the cartoon being standard viewing for nearly every child.

And, as you can imagine, his passing touched the hearts of even the most curmudgeonly Internet commenter, especially when the photo above started circulating on Twitter.

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Anpanman attacks unsuspecting crowd with Gundam lasers during live show

The costumed superhero world was shocked recently when once beloved hero with a head of bread, Anpanman, appeared to have suffered a mental breakdown and began firing lasers at the unsuspecting crowd. The carnage was captured on video and is currently being studied by psychiatric experts and federal investigators.

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