Japanese Voice Actress Getting Her First Trading Cards

When we were kids, we collected baseball cards. Jose Canseco, Mark Grace and Ken Griffey, Jr. In Japan, kids these days (hey, more like adults!) can collect voice actress cards.

Vocal thespian Rie Tanaka (Phantasy Star Portable, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3) is releasing her first set of “trading cards” this September.

One pack will set you back ¥525 (US$5.50), while a box is priced at ¥6,300 ($66). A carton is ¥107,100 ($1,100). There are 147 different cards. Collect ’em all!

Source: Kotaku.com

GUNDAM 1/1 scale Odaiba お台場ガンダム実物大

Over on Youtube, JetDaisuke posted video of the Giant Gundam. Check it out pretty cool.

This Video is from Danny Choo..


Guin Saga Author Kaoru Kurimoto Passes Away at 56

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Guin Saga‘s 126 main volumes, 21 side story volumes inspired manga, anime.

Kaoru Kurimoto, the mystery, fantasy, and historical novelist best known for her Guin Saga epic series, has passed away on Tuesday at 7:18 p.m. She was 56. She was in a Tokyo hospital due to pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed in 2007. She leaves behind her husband Kiyoshi Imaoka.

Kurimoto was born under the name Sumiyo Yamada on February 13, 1953 in Tokyo. Under the names Kaoru Kurimoto and Azusa Nakajima, she wrote hundreds of novels and stories, including The Sword of Paros (which was adapted into manga by Yumiko Igarashi) and Makai Sui Koten. However, her most well-known work is the the Guin Saga novel series, which spanned 126 main volumes and 21 side story volumes and sold 30 million copies. It inspired both a manga series drawn by Hajime Sawada and a television anime series which premiered in April.

Source: Sankei Shimbun via Moon Phase Comments

SasaharaX: This is very sad news, my heart goes out to his family.

Evangelion Films’ ‘Nerv Only’ Phone to Be Sold in Japan

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Phone designed specifically for Eva: 2.0 under director Anno’s supervision.

A page on the official Japanese Evangelionrevealed that the mobile phone provider NTT docomo will offer a special “Nerv Only” phone model to tie into next month’s Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance anime film. Director Hideaki Anno and his Studio KharaEvangelion films. Evangelion: 2.0 is the second of Anno and Khara‘s four theatrical remakes of Gainax‘s Neon Genesis Evangelion science-fiction television anime series, and Nerv is the secretive multinational organization of the main characters. NTT docomo will provide more details on the phone in the near future. website has company supervised and participated in all aspects of the phone’s design (including the accessories and packaging), since the phone was specifically designed for use in the new Evangelion films. Evangelion: 2.0 is the second of Anno and Khara‘s four theatrical remakes of Gainax‘s Neon Genesis Evangelion science-fiction television anime series, and Nerv is the secretive multinational organization of the main characters. NTT docomo will provide more details on the phone in the near future.

Kadokawa Shoten‘s Monthly Shonen Ace magazine offered an official Evangelion cellular phone in the 1990s, but that earlier phone was just a regular model (already available on the marketplace) with a logo added on the case. The second film will open in Japan on June 27. Funimation announced on New Year’s Eve that it will release the first film in the remake, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, in North America this year.

Source: 2channel

Cool Keroro Gunso (Sgt.Frog) Pic

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Thanks to Akiba Bolg for posting this cool pic. Here is the link to the original Article.

http://node3.img3.akibablog.net/09/may/10/505.html


Check out Akiba Blogs English website  which will have new updates after Golden Week Ends http://en.akibablog.net/

For Information on the Golden Week Holiday go here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Week_(Japan)

Akihabara Portable Shrine, “Akihabara Mikoshi” Almost Completed

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Over at Akiba Blog they a really great article on the Akihabara Mikoshi Portable Shrine. Above is a a Picture of it. Also here is the link for the full article and more pictures, it’s a great read. http://en.akibablog.net/archives/2009/04/50830692.html

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