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A Silent Voice, Masako Nozawa, Makoto Shinkai win Japan Movie Critics Awards

Leiji Matsumoto also honored at May 16 ceremony.

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Prosecutors Seek 3.5-Year Sentence for Russian Pokémon Go Blogger

Yekaterinburg court to issue verdict on May 11.

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Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece Voice Actor Ed Blaylock Passes Away

Voice actor for King Bradley, Sengoku was 64.

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Japanese AI app features robot that can communicate like a “real girlfriend”

The Japanese smartphone application and artificial intelligence engine SELF, which features a highly-detailed female robot named Ai Furuse, has just added upgraded conversation functionality, promising, “communication close to that of a real girlfriend or partner.”

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Man arrested for threatening voice actress Nana Mizuki on Twitter

32-year-old allegedly admitted to charge, saying Mizuki did not respond to his email.

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Cardcaptor Sakura Fan in Peru Gets Guinness World Record For Largest Collection

The Guinness Book of World Records awarded Sofia Pichihua of Peru with a certificate recognizing her as the owner of the world’s largest Cardcaptor Sakura memorabilia on December 11.

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Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku idol Rina Matsuno passes away at 18

Idol had missed Tuesday concert before succumbing to unspecified disease.

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Bring a smile to your valentine with One Piece chocolates

Oscar and Marie Antoinette aren’t the only characters inspiring chocolates this month.

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Ghibli Museum Attracts 10 Million Visitors

Museum in Tokyo opened in October 2001.

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Fukushima teacher threatens students with “Death Note”

Teacher reprimanded, school apologizes to families.

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SMAP idol group members issue farewell messages to fans

The popular idol group SMAP broke up on December 31 after performing music together for more than a quarter century.

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Kodansha Manga Magazine Editor Arrested for Wife’s Murder (Updated)

Morning magazine editor Chonhyon Park allegedly strangled wife to death.

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Original short anime “Hizukuri” meets crowdfunding goal

Naoki Matsuura directs story inspired by artisan scissor creator.

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Shinkai’s “Your Name” tops South Korean box office with US$8.1 million

Sells 1.18 million tickets as 1st Japanese film at #1 since 2004’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Yuri!!! on Ice Promotes Main Character’s Home Prefecture

This fall’s hit anime Yuri!!! on Ice and Saga Prefecture’s Sagaprise! project announced on Monday that they are collaborating to promote Yūri Katsuki’s home prefecture.

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10th International Manga Award Winners Announced

Contest for foreign artists held annually in Japan.

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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Unveils 1st Full 2-Minute Trailer

Star Scarlett Johansson introduces video in Tokyo event.

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Hayao Miyazaki Working on Proposed New Anime Feature Film

Director presents proposal for feature while working on CG short for Ghibli Museum.

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New Tekken 7 Video Reveals Miguel as Playable Character

Character 1st appeared in Tekken 6 game

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Game’s 3rd TV Ad Streamed

Game ships in Japan on October 27; N. America, Europe on November 8

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