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Canada’s biggest fan convention has amazing anime, sci-fi, and game cosplay【Photos】

Anime North cosplayers bring their “A” game proving you don’t have to be in Japan for your favorite characters to come to life!

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Sailor Moon girls appear as samurai and ninja in five-piece character art collection

Samurai Moon and Ronin Jupiter are just two of the characters to appear in this impressive series.

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Busty Digimon anime figure not child-friendly enough for the West, now barred from sale overseas

Once again, boobs block the path between Japan and the West.

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Have you seen this mushroom? In search of a beloved travel companion named Nameko

A beloved mushroom travel companion lost in transit, never to be seen again? Not on our watch!

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Check out these super-hot renditions of Dragon Ball couples!

Talented Canada-based artist Sakimi-chan wows us again, this time with sizzling images of Dragon Ball couples! Read More

Justin Bieber kisses two of Japan’s most popular idols, breaks the hearts and minds of their fans

Two pecks on the cheek, far, far more angry idol otaku.

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Virtual idol Hatsune Miku announces seven-city U.S., Canadian concert tour

The world’s biggest virtual idol is returning to the U.S. on a new concert tour, and also making her Canadian performance debut.

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Shirts featuring Studio Ghibli characters bring big attention to small apparel company

If you forgot to stop by your local Hot Topic store to check out their very cute Studio Ghibli collection, go soon, because it’s all on sale now! However, keep in mind that those pieces are so last season.

If you’re more of a fashion-forward Ghibli fan, you’ll be happy to hear that a Toronto-based apparel company, Wizards of the West, will soon be releasing a line of subtle, yet stylish, Studio Ghibli-themed shirts.

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“Don’t thinking! Just swing!” Munenori Kawasaki is our favorite thing about baseball【Videos】

It’s turning out to be an interesting post-season in Major League Baseball. In the American league we have the Toronto Blue Jays coming off a stellar late regular season and into their first real World Series attempt since the 90s. Meanwhile, over in the National League the Cubs are inching closer to a possible first World Series win in over a century, made even more eerie by its prediction in Back to the Future II (minus the Miami Gators).

As an added bonus, more games for Toronto means more interviews with infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Charged up by their victory over Texas in the AL Division series, Munerin was in rare form.

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These fan-drawn fused Pokémon are so cool we wish they were really in the game

When Pokémon graced our tiny Game Boy screens back in 1996 (or, depending on where you’re from,  1998 or 1999), we all thought that nothing could be better than these beautifully crafted 151 animal-like Pocket Monsters. But then a second generation of games came out and suddenly we were graced with 100 new Pokémon who pledged their loyalty and undying love to us, their trainers. Now in 2015, there are 721 different Poké-friends to collect and train and we couldn’t be happier with them…unless we could take two of our favorites and fuse them together, that is!

The concept may have been done before, but each artist brings their own personal fliar and the results are always fascinating. What makes the following combinations unique is that sometimes there are not two but three Pokémon fused together!

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Canadian airport staff interrogate Japanese tourist over strange ‘martial arts weapon’ in his bag

Japan is a land with many strange and oddly-shaped everyday items that can be a little hard to identify for Western visitors. But what happens when a travelling Japanese tourist takes along one of these curiosities in their luggage when they embark upon a little trip to Canada?

Well, according to one Twitter user’s ordeal, they might end up getting hauled out of the line at airport security into a side room to “explain” the nature of what Canadian officials took to be… a martial arts weapon?

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Did video game developer Capcom just give Street Fighter V’s “shockingly ugly” Cammy a face-lift?

The fighting game community is pretty psyched about Street Fighter V. Even though the title isn’t scheduled for release until early next year, developer Capcom has been regularly updating gamers with a series of preview videos highlighting its cast. So far, there’s been a dearth of new characters, but long-time fans of the series have been happy to see the challengers they know and love rendered in the game’s updated art style.

Well, most of them have been happy. A vocal group of dissenters, though, are the disgruntled gamers who’ve been grumbling that Cammy, Street Fighter’s pigtailed pugilist from the U.K., doesn’t have a particularly attractive face in her reveal video (one displeased commenter even went to far as to call the character “shockingly ugly”). But now new images of Cammy have been released, and it looks like she may have gotten a face-lift months ahead of the game’s actual release.

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Canadian anime vocalist Himeka vents about frustrations working in the Japanese music industry

In 2008, anime fans around the world would have loved to trade places with Catherine St. Onge, better known by her stage name, Himeka. The then-27-year-old Canadian singer had just won a national anime song contest in Japan, besting over 3,000 rivals to secure a recording contract and guaranteed theme song performance for an upcoming anime series.

Unfortunately, fame is a fickle thing. Unable to secure commercial success or a new work visa, Himeka had to return to Canada in 2014, even as she wistfully stated she wanted to remain in Japan forever. A year later, though, she’s singing a very different tune, tweeting that she “probably shouldn’t have come to Japan” in the first place and regrets her time in the country.

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Ridiculously talented musician reproduces Super Mario Bros. 3 music & sound effects 【Video】

I’m always in awe of people gifted with musical talents. But nothing prepared me to be blown away by the Canadian musical genius who single-handedly reproduced the music and sound effects from NES classic Super Mario Bros. 3 using nothing but old-school instruments.

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Hestia reappears at Anime North in Canada, we realize how much we missed her

Earlier this spring, the Internet was endlessly entertained by cosplayers dressing up as Hestia from the anime Danmachi (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?). The character’s signature bust-accentuating, blue ribbon caused quite the stir and countless real-life (unsuccessful) attempts to get the same voluptuousness. Although she’s been getting less attention recently, one brave fan brought Hestia back at the Anime North 2015 festival in Toronto, and she’s better than ever.

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Short animation “Snowstorm Traveller” whips up a figurative storm of applause

A short animation titled Snowstorm Traveller has, fittingly, taken the global internet by storm. Recent Canadian university graduate Gerri Jin created the video as part of her graduation requirements, and though it clocks in at a mere 3:46, video still delivers an engaging plot with an unexpected twist ending, so sit back and enjoy watching the result of all of her hard work!

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Japanese people reveal the six western foods they find most disgusting

Japanese cuisine is known for containing certain dishes that many westerners find hard to stomach, delicious as they may be. That includes sashimi (raw fish!) and natto (fermented soybeans!).

But what about the flip-side of the coin? Which western foods make Japanese people want to barf? The results may surprise you – or perhaps not. Here’s a list!

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They’re tougher and sassier, but still as cute as ever… Battle Armor Sailor Senshi!

We all know that Sailor Moon and her pals fight evil and monsters with their super powers and funky gadgets, but most importantly, in tiny flimsy sailor suit uniforms. In fact, many fans probably got into the series because of how cute the girls looked in their sailor suit inspired “battle gear”.

Well, they are the Sailor Senshi after all, so it’s only acceptable that they fight in sailor suits, but it wouldn’t hurt to bump up their defense stats a little with some protective gear, would it? If these armored Disney princesses were your cup of tea, you might like these armored Sailor Senshi as well! Check them out!

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Who needs a real Apple Watch when you can wear this cuter one made of felt?

Watches are, oddly enough, a timeless accessory. Kids wear them, adults do too, and grandparents hand them down as family heirlooms. This has been going on for centuries, and even nowadays people go nuts for cute watches, fancy watches, and now, smart watches.

With the recent announcement of the Apple Watch people are preparing their wrists and their wallets for the new meeting of fashion and technology. Even tech whiz kids, dare we say “Smart Kids,” want in on the action, but some people, like artist Hiné Mizushima, don’t really see the need for kids to have real Apple Watches, so she created a clever and adorable felt alternative.

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Five surprising things about working in a cafe in Canada, as chosen by a Japanese girl

We asked a Japanese girl who has worked in cafes both in Japan and Canada to compare the two. Here are the top five things that surprised her, from the concept of “ladies first” to free drinks.

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