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Sailor Moon chocolates look amazing and are super-easy to make yourself with awesome mold

No magical powers required to create sweets, ice cubes, and juice snacks that look like the anime’s Silver Crystal and more. Chocolates are a time-tested way of expressing your love for that special someone. But jut what type of chocolates should you give? If your sweetheart with a sweet tooth also happens to be an …

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Touching Twitter manga shows how all the bad things about having a cat make having one wonderful

Illustrations show that sharing your life with a feline is one of our world’s happiest heartbreaks. In small doses, just about everyone thinks spending time with a pet is fun. But those who’ve cohabited with an animal companion will tell you that it’s not all smiles and playtime. Taking care of a pet involves a …

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Japanese Twitter artist draws manga of "Aspe-chan" to show what it's like living with Asperger's

Based on her real-life childhood experiences. Asperger’s syndrome can make daily life difficult no matter what country you live in, but it’s especially hard in Japan where the pressure toward uniformity is higher than many other places. In an effort to try and spread awareness of exactly what Asperger’s syndrome is, Japanese cosplayer and artist @akagikuro …

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Japanese politicians want to stop export of anime art materials by creating national media center

Looking to add to your anime cel collection? You might want to act fast. Japan routinely takes a few days off to celebrate New Year’s, and this past Monday was a national holiday, Coming of Age Day. But after plenty of rest, it’s now time for people across the country to get back into the …

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What would anime hit Your Name look like without its biggest storytelling cheat? Manga shows us

The main characters in Makoto Shinkai’s anime film have a major blind spot, but not in this reimagining. A lot of anime these days fall into the slice-of-life genre, with slow, meandering, almost nonexistent storylines that exist solely to give their likable characters a reason to appear on-screen. Makoto Shinkai’s mega-hit Your Name, however, is …

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Tokyo’s Ranma 1/2 cafe is open, and we just stuffed ourselves with awesome anime nostalgia

Food, art, and exclusive merch are part of love letter to one of the most popular anime of all time, and totally worth a six-hour wait for a table. At the height of its popularity, Ranma 1/2, the story of a teenage martial artist who changes from male to female with a splash of cold water, was …

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Japanese comic explains why posting double-photos on Twitter achieves the greatest selfie impact

Looks like we’ve been doing it wrong all this time. In Japan, girls are armed with an arsenal of popular selfie poses to let friends know what they’re up to. At first it may seem silly and shallow, but delve deeper into the art of selfie-taking and you’ll find there’s a lot more than meets the …

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Why right now is one of the best times of the year to shop for dojinshi manga and merch in Japan

Lucky bags always make January a great time to go shopping in Japan, but it’s the prime dojinshi-buying time for a very different reason. As he does at the start of every new year, our resident anime fan, Seiji, made a trip to a branch of mega-retailer Animate to pick up one of the chain’s …

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