New Sailor Moon series to debut in July, broadcast over the Internet!

New Sailor Moon series to debut in July, broadcast over the Internet!

Sailor Moon is among the most well-known anime in the world. Since their debut two decades ago, the “magical girls” have spawned thousands of toys, live action dramas, video games and even a musical. Needless to say, the series has incredible staying power and is still held dear by fans all over the world.

Unfortunately, the last new Sailor Moon anime episode was broadcast in 1997, leaving fans wishing for more animated magical adventures for well over a decade and a half.

Fortunately, the long wait is nearly over!

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Move over single-serve coffee pods, one-touch miso soup is where it’s at

Move over single-serve coffee pods, one-touch miso soup is where it’s at

It seems like every other household in the US is using those little pods of pre-ground coffee, making it simple and easy to quickly brew single cups of everyone’s favorite morning pick-me-up. Now Japanese company, Marukome, has designed a similar machine that dispenses single bowls of hot miso soup at the touch of a button. Although not quite as easy to make as coffee, miso soup is part of a traditional Japanese breakfast and this new system could prove to be a godsend for early risers across Japan.

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The incredible business card of the Chinese millionaire who wants to buy The New York Times

The incredible business card of the Chinese millionaire who wants to buy The New York Times

Chen Guangbiao is an audacious man, and not just because he wants to buy the New York Times for $1 billion (or $2 billion or $3 billion).

One of China’s top 400 richest people, he was estimated to have a personal fortune of worth $740 million in 2012, but how he’s really made his name is by high-profile charity donations — something he brands “flashy philanthropy.”

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Revolutionary illustration combines 2D and 3D techniques for super realistic butts!

Revolutionary illustration combines 2D and 3D techniques for super realistic butts!

Last year, we introduced an illustration guide book that teaches you how to draw men’s butts. They’re like green peppers, remember? Well, scrap that. If you can’t draw butts, here’s a nifty trick that’ll give your manga darlings a sexy tush that looks so real, it’s literally 3D art. All you need is your fingers! Details after the cut!

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We can’t get enough of The Simpsons’ tribute to Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli

We can’t get enough of The Simpsons’ tribute to Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli

I’ve been watching The Simpsons ever since I was a kid and I’ve enjoyed Hayao Miyazaki’s movies for just as long. So you can imagine my delight at discovering this Simpsons tribute to the newly retired director of Studio Ghibli. The minute and a half long clip, uploaded to YouTube by the Fox Network, is merely a sneak peak at this Sunday’s upcoming episode, but the animators manage to flawlessly incorporate aspects of the two imaginary worlds of Matt Groening and Hayao Miyazaki in such a short amount of time.

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This suave chap is apparently a girl! Don’t believe us? We don’t believe our eyes either【Photos】

This suave chap is apparently a girl! Don’t believe us? We don’t believe our eyes either【Photos】

We’ve seen way too many beautiful guys who look like girls. Hell, some of them even look prettier than real girls. We know some of you are starting to get bored with looking at “traps” all the time, so here, the tables are turned this time! This handsome face belongs to a girl! It’s still some time before April Fool’s Day so you can be assured that we’re not kidding you!

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Think you know your weird news from Japan and Asia? Take our weekly quiz and find out!

Think you know your weird news from Japan and Asia? Take our weekly quiz and find out!

Welcome to the weekend, boys and girls! Feels good to be here, doesn’t it? But before you run off startling donkeys and eating moon pies, we have to check that you’ve been paying attention and swatting up on our weird and wonderful news from Japan and Asia.

Suspicious dogs, kindly couples, adultery and the afterlife all feature in this week’s multiple choice quiz based on our favourite bits from the last seven days’ stories. So click the link and let’s find out just how much you went outside this week.

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Korean soldier convicted for washing gun in the laundry

Korean soldier convicted for washing gun in the laundry

Last November, a man enlisted in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces was serving his final day before he was scheduled to be discharged. He just had one last order: clean his personal combat equipment – including his firearm – for inspection.

Apparently feeling burdened with this final duty, he must have been looking for a quick fix when – perhaps thinking “Why not kill two birds with one stone?” – he decided to wash his gun in with the laundry. What could possibly go wrong?

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Instant boyfriend and girlfriend curry pouches now on sale, shopkeepers “worried”

Instant boyfriend and girlfriend curry pouches now on sale, shopkeepers “worried”

Strolling up and down the aisles of any supermarket in Japan, you are bound to come across several items in sealed vinyl retort pouches. Retort pasta sauce, retort rice porridge, and retort cat food can all be found freshly sealed and ready for quick heating if needed.

Now, all the hassle of landing a boyfriend or girlfriend has been removed, thanks to Retort Boyfriend (Retoruto Kareshi) and Retort Girlfriend (Retoruto Kanojo). Sounds great, but the new product has caused some, like the manager of the Village Vanguard shop pictured above, to become “worried about the future of Japan.”

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Mail addressed to “man who wears a red cap and sells The Big Issue on the street” gets delivered!

Mail addressed to “man who wears a red cap and sells The Big Issue on the street” gets delivered!

It’s common knowledge that in order to mail something, you’ll need to know the name and rough address of the recipient, even if you’re lacking a couple of minor details. But what if, let’s say, the intended mailing destination is not in a building, but on some random corner of a street? Chances are, your mail is going to be left undelivered. Unless, it seems, you live in Japan!

Japan Post’s dedicated workers successfully delivered mail to someone whose location was “on the street”, leaving Japanese netizens in awe of their dedication and skill! But how did they do it?

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Lights! Shadows! Action!! 3 awesome videos from Japanese performance troupe Shiro-A

Lights! Shadows! Action!! 3 awesome videos from Japanese performance troupe Shiro-A

Shiro-A have been around for over 10 years now, but it’s surprising how few people have actually heard of them. Combining technology, music, dance and comedy to create visually spectacular shows, they continue to wow audiences all over the world, and the snippets we have for you today are bound to leave you wanting more.

The group members perform in front of (or was it behind!?) a series of screens, onto which numerous graphics are projected while live DJs create an accompanying soundtrack. The performances always begin relatively simply, but soon explode into what we can only describe as perfectly choreographed visual chaos, with pumping beats accompanying splashes of colour as group members appear to be physically manipulating the digitally mapped images in real-time.

Be sure to check these guys out!

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The good, the bad and the ugly: Japanese kids rate their own country【Survey】

The good, the bad and the ugly: Japanese kids rate their own country【Survey】

Last year, Japan was thrust into the international spotlight after Tokyo won the 2020 Olympics and traditional Japanese cuisine was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO (only the second national cuisine after France’s own!). With all of this increased attention on the global stage, one Japanese corporation was curious to know what thoughts Japanese children harbored about their own country. Keep reading to find which things about their country Japanese kids liked and disliked the most.

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The simple beauty of winter life in Japan

The simple beauty of winter life in Japan

In Japan, while most of us foreigners are complaining about the bitter cold, Japanese farmers and fishermen across the nation are putting that dry, frigid air to good use. Although a somewhat rare sight in large cities, in rural areas, it’s not uncommon to witness strange bodies of floating tentacles or long curtains of noodles swaying in the winter breeze.

“Cold wind drying” is a traditional method of food preservation that is still practiced today. This simple, economical way to prevent fresh foods from spoiling also gives rise to some breathtaking, bizarre and somewhat otherworldly scenes. Let’s take a look at some surprisingly beautiful photos from Japan of fish and vegetables hanging out to dry.

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We fall in (and out) of love with McDonald’s new Diner Double Beef burger

We fall in (and out) of love with McDonald’s new Diner Double Beef burger

On January 7, McDonald’s Japan started rolling out its new American Vintage menu items, with the first batch inspired by the diners of the 1950s. Our recent taste test of the fast food giant’s Classic Fries with Cheese left us less than impressed, what with a cheese sauce that didn’t taste like cheese and their ineffective “bacon flavored topping,” which McDonald’s is at least kind enough to admit isn’t the genuine article.

Still, the Golden Arches managed to lure us back to give its American Vintage menu another shot with a very persuasive offering. Two very persuasive ones, actually, in the form of the two beef patties in its Diner Double Beef burger.

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Roppongi’s Russian doctor treats the rich and poor of Japan’s international community

Roppongi’s Russian doctor treats the rich and poor of Japan’s international community

As Japan’s densest foreign enclave, Tokyo’s Roppongi neighborhood is a study in contrasts. On the one hand, the district is home to some of the country’s finest dining and most luxurious hotels, which attract the well-heeled and powerful from around the globe. At the same time, Roppongi’s backstreets are teeming with run-down bars and strip clubs, several of dubious legality in both their business licenses and working practices.

But while it’s common knowledge that Roppongi is the place to go for either a pricey bottle of Dom Perignon or a budget-friendly lap dance, you might be surprised to find that you can also receive consummate, compassionate medical care at the clinic of Dr. Evgeni Aksenoff, who’s been treating Tokyo’s international residents and guests for over 50 years.

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Japan’s manga cafes allow you to play with cats, enjoy a hot spring bath, and even get a suntan!

Japan’s manga cafes allow you to play with cats, enjoy a hot spring bath, and even get a suntan!

Being a manga addict, Japan’s manga cafes are hands down my favorite hideout in the country. Manga cafes (also known as internet cafes) provide you with personal space, internet connection, a free flow of drinks, and of course, a wide selection of manga to read at very reasonable prices. But with strong competition in the business, it seems the basic functions alone aren’t enough to satisfy customers nowadays.

Check out these manga cafes that have silently evolved with better services and facilities!

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Japan’s unfaithful women share tips on how to cheat without getting caught

Japan’s unfaithful women share tips on how to cheat without getting caught

Here’s a shocking fact: Despite decades of gender stereotypes insisting that men are disgusting pigs that would gladly hump anything without too much back hair even if they’re already in a relationship, recent studies suggest women are cheating about as much as men (presumably also provided there’s not too much back hair).

One reason for the persistent stereotype may be that women are just a bit smarter and better at hiding their affairs than men are. While a cheating man is liable to show up to his SO’s house with a pair of panties on his head, cheating women are apparently much more discreet, a Japanese survey of 50 unfaithful women reveals. The Niconico News survey also offers a few tips for girls who are currently cheating or who may be considering a little love on the side in the future:

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“Family name researcher” discovers the most common full name in Japan

“Family name researcher” discovers the most common full name in Japan

What’s in a name? In Japan, those with a strong understanding of kanji, those pesky Chinese characters that are always tripping up language learners, can immediately understand the significance of anyone’s appellation.

Although the most common surname in Japan is “Sato,” it turns out that there’s a far more popular name combination that doesn’t include our quirkiest reporter‘s last name. Let’s take a look at the most common given and family names in Japan and the meanings behind them.

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Enter the dark world of anime and manga urban legends

Enter the dark world of anime and manga urban legends

Be it movie, TV show, or book, whenever something achieves a certain level of popularity people begin to create their own stories surrounding them and urban legends are born. Japanese media is no different. Rumors spread and before you know it JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure accurately predicted the September 11 terrorist attack in New York.

The following is a collection of urban legends surrounding some of the most famous works in Japanese pop culture. Remember, most of these are not facts, just theories. Otherwise, about 80 percent of our most beloved anime characters are actually dead and just don’t know it yet.

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Too lazy to think up excuses for not getting anything done? This calendar has them for you!

Too lazy to think up excuses for not getting anything done? This calendar has them for you!

I recently took a few days off to visit my hometown in California. In keeping with Japanese norms, I spent most of my time there eating and loafing around my parents’ house (in my defense they have a really nice couch, and the soba noodles my wife makes at New Year’s are amazing).

Reenergized from a week of rest and relaxation, I arrived back in Japan and went to sleep, fully intending to jump out of bed at the crack of dawn and get right to work. But when I woke up around 5:30 a.m., I stopped to reconsider my plan. Given the near-freezing temperature, was crawling out from under my warm blankets really the best choice, health-wise? Shouldn’t I take it easy for a day and make sure I was over my jet-lag? I could always get serious about work the next day, right?

It turns out that not only is New Year’s procrastination common, there’s even a calendar for it, with solid excuses for nothing doing anything printed right there on it.

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