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Amazon strikes down its Anime Strike video streaming service just before its first birthday

Good news! If you’ve got an Amazon Prime membership, you’ve now essentially got an Anime Strike membership too.

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Japanese American tells of how she was teased in school, and the touching way her mom stepped up

Young Melodee didn’t want to take Japanese-style lunches to school after being teased by classmates, but her mother had the perfect solution.

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Apple still lets video game developers keep their loot box odds a secret in Japan

Recent rule that companies must disclose probabilities not yet added to Japanese App Store, perhaps due to cultural differences.

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Star Trek’s William Shatner picks best girl in idol anime Love Live!, sets off fan debate

The ever-headstrong Captain Kirk will not be swayed by haters who disagree with his choice of school idol.

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Hollywood’s Alita: Battle Angel live-action anime adaptation keeps heroine’s gigantic anime eyes

“Does it bother you that I’m not completely human?” Alita asks, but it’s really just how huge her eyes are that’s freaking people out.

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U.S. Marine hit by car rescuing Japanese driver from traffic accident in Okinawa, fractures skull

Local media makes no mention of father-of-three’s sacrifice, triggers angry, embarrassed reactions from Japanese nationals.

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Hands-free holidaying: Robotic suitcases that follow you around unveiled【Video】

The world of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, or maybe Pixar’s Wall-e, comes a step closer with the demonstration of suitcases with a mind of their own.

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Deadpika? Pikachu to be played by Ryan Reynolds in live-action Pokémon movie

Actor joins cast of in-production film from Legendary Entertainment based on already forgotten footnote to smash-hit Pokémon franchise.

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The Force is with us as we interview Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill【Interview】

The former resident of Japan gives us some Jedi life advice and tells us what other Star Wars character we wishes he could have played.

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Batman Ninja anime’s awesome preview video is every bit as crazy cool as the concept sounds【Vid】

Batman shows he’s equally comfortable taking part in a tea ceremony or trying to cut Samurai Warlord Joker down with a katana.

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Woman fears dick pic when man suddenly sends picture of “his Gundam,” love story ensues instead

Expecting an image of an unwanted member, she instead found the partner she desired.

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Indie games’ Japanese-language releases overshadowed by developers’ sexy art request

Do you want money? Fame? For these developers, it’s all about the erotic fan art (although fame and money probably wouldn’t hurt).

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Protect yourself from that dastardly Internet with a KFC Internet Escape Pod

$10,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Dislike receiving emails? Then the Internet Escape Pod is for you!

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Is this the set of the new Blade Runner film? No, it’s Uniqlo in New York

Cheap, popular clothing line Uniqlo’s New York Times Square pop-up store’s bright lights are more Japanese than Japan.

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Nintendo reportedly close to agreement for U.S.-produced animated Super Mario Bros. film

Decades after the live-action Super Mario film’s flop, Nintendo is said to be ready to take another shot at movie magic.

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Pikachu speaks English in newest Pokémon anime movie, freaks out audiences【Video】

Fans in Japan have very different reaction to famous Pokémon’s first intelligible dialogue.

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Creator of anime Your Name says he’s “not really that interested” in Hollywood live-action remake

Makoto Shinkai’s anime is unabashedly emotional, but the director sounds like a detached dad when discussing his mega-hit baby’s next step.

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Donald Trump meets Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer Piko Taro in Japan

Dreams came true last night when Piko Taro met the President of the United States.

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Trump blissfully unaware as Abe falls in bunker during their round of golf in Japan

Everyone feared there’d be a gaffe during the presidential visit, but this wasn’t what anyone was expecting.

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Japanese boy band pop star celebrates Donald Trump’s visit to Japan with Trump cosplay【Photos】

One of Japan’s most successful musicians ever takes on a new identity as “Katold Trump.”

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