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New system in Japan lets you pay for shopping with anime character keychains【Photos】

It’s not just e-money, it’s ani-money.

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Netflix creates otaku virtual YouTuber who’s a bilingual Japanese/English sheep girl【Videos】

Anime brand ambassador speaks two languages, is subtitled in 10 more.

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Otaku geek makeovers by Tokyo fashion expert go viral in Japan

From geek to chic–improving men’s looks and their confidence in just a few short hours. 

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In Japan, you can now earn money for turning your car into an anime itasha

New service pays drivers to promote the otaku media they love while driving around.

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Japanese company allows workers to take vacation to grieve if favorite idol singer gets married

Policy also allows for bereavement leave when idols retire, leaving office early for surprise concerts.

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Life-size AND posable Rei Ayanami Evangelion figure could be yours for a small fortune【Photos】

It’s not the first full-scale figure of the Eva pilot, but it’s the first one you can pose.

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You can now buy a life-size Rei Ayanami figure for $17,500, plus an even more expensive Eva【Pics】

“The cutest Rei Ayanami” and glowing Unit-01 don’t come cheap, but they offer serious impact for truly hard-core Evangelion fans.

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Virtual anime wife gadgets go life-size with Gatebox Grande【Video】

But it’s not otaku homes the developer is hoping for these to appear in.

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Breast material shortage causing delay for explosively popular US$479 busty anime girl mousepad

Extra-large mousepad with a sky-high price needs a whole lot of silicone.

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Host King Roland goes to Akihabara disguised as a foreign otaku 【Video】

“James” looks more like a lumberjack than a geeky anime nerd.

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Anime song dance performance group Real Akiba Boys: combining the otaku life with street dancing

Anime music and breakdancing? Sign us up!

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Flying in Japan? Your flight may soon be arriving at “Hatsune Miku Airport”

Virtual idol queen might get an entire airport named after her in one of Japan’s largest cities.

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Lack of otaku blood from cancelled Comiket contributing to donation shortage in Japan

In a normal year, right now anime fans wouldn’t just be emptying their wallets, they’d be filling up blood vials too.

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Want to know who voices that one character in the anime you’re watching? There’s an app for that

With the magic of smartphones, find out who’s starring in an anime while barely even lifting a finger.

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Idol otaku arrested for bomb threat after his idol T-shirt gets burned

He did the one thing you shouldn’t do if you don’t want your idol merch to go up in smoke.

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Anime game girl helps make Tokyo ramen restaurant famous, chef becomes her fan

Akihabara noodle joint becomes sacred ground for fans of voice actress game.

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Comiket returns! Japan’s largest otaku convention announced for 2021 with new admission policies

Restart follows cancellation of 2020 iterations due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Akihabara’s otaku shrine celebrates PlayStation 5 launch with ethereal one-night event

The PS5 is welcomed into the world at a Japanese shrine with a long history of protecting electronics.

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Anime figure stolen from otaku bar, owners have thief on video but give him chance to come clean

Once again, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is part of a real-life struggle between the good and evil to be found in the human heart.

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Our reporter/Yngwie Malmsteen’s request for anime actress Kotori Koiwai, and her shocking answer

Our interview with the Non Non Biyori star ends with a hail Mary that gets answered.

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