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Idol group AKB48 sells 2.5 million copies of new CD, bags full of them end up in trash days later

In the Japanese idol singer world, sometimes the difference between love and hate can be hard to see.

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Japanese idol singer announces hatred of otaku faces, further solidifies masochistic fanbase

Being sweet and coy didn’t work when discussing a photo ban, so Eren tried the brutally direct approach instead.

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Otaku life in pictures: Fan buys enough copies of anime idol photo album to cover half his floor

Hardcore fan spends nearly US$1,500 amassing stockpile of voice actress’ newest book, doesn’t know what to do with them all.

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Nutty Swiss otaku gets fired on first day of new job after boss discovers his colorful past

This guy (and this article) are literally NSFW.

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Dojinshi manga artist makes fan’s day with special promise for the next two years【Manga】

Artist meets fan who loves his work yet can’t buy it, but not because she can’t afford it.

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Tailors to Queen of England design ultra-luxurious Gundam cosplay outfit with jaw-dropping price

Savile Row suit maker recreates anime villain Char’s military uniform, and it costs far more than three times what a normal cosplay costume does.

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Visionary itasha design gives us a glimpse of what might become the newest trend for anime cars

An amazingly simply but cool idea to really help your itasha anime characters’ eyes “pop.”

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10 ways being an anime otaku was different 30 years ago

Japanese fans sound off on things that used to be a normal part of the otaku life, but aren’t anymore.

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Anime fan shows his hatred for Love Live! by dragging anime idol behind his itasha car

Itasha brings the pain to plushie from rival of owner’s favorite anime series.

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The worst way to watch anime, explained in manga form

Aren’t hobbies supposed to be fun?

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Cosplay talent agency launches in Japan, offers representation to foreign cosplayers too

Dwango, the operators of Japan’s Nico Nico Douga streaming service, want to connect passionate cosplayers with paying jobs.

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Anime Love Live! makes good on April Fools’ promise by actually creating giant panty-clad figure

Does that make the giant inflatable schoolgirl idol an April Geniuses’ gag?
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Love great anime and the great outdoors? Then you need an anime girl ita-tent

Tokyo college kid is ahead of the merchandising curve as he goes beyond itasha to show his love for this season’s hit camping anime.

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Home of Japan’s anime-loving penguin has new tie-up event, may create another animal otaku

Kemono Friends returns to zoo where Grape-kun fell in love with his personal best girl.

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Akihabara restaurant predates any anime TV series, is closing for good as neighborhood modernizes

As Tokyo’s otaku mecca continues to transform, a part of its past will fade away this month.

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Pro claims many of Japan’s light novel authors can’t write, aren’t the ones creating their books

Industry veteran blames Internet talent scouting for massive young adult literature rewrites by people who aren’t supposed to be writing.

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Survey asks Japan’s ex-NEETs if they miss their lazy, carefree days after finally getting a job

Japanese people not in employment or education have said “If you get a job, you lose!” but how do they feel once they actually join the workforce?

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Enako continues to make jaws drop not just with her gorgeous appearance, but also with her amazing economic powers.

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New virtual currency Otaku Coin easy to earn, changes the way fans influence anime

Empowers fans of anime to further support and preserve the industry.

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Otaku crowd control could be changing with new “anime character voice” megaphones

Device seeks to fire your voice straight at the bull’s eye in anime fans’ selective attention.

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