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Cosplay talent agency launches in Japan, offers representation to foreign cosplayers too

Dwango, the operators of Japan’s Nico Nico Douga streaming service, want to connect passionate cosplayers with paying jobs. Once upon a time, cosplay was a hobby, a just-for-fun activity that was a fan-initiated side attraction at anime conventions. But as time went by, cosplayers began rapidly upping the quality of their outfits, makeup, and hairstyling, …

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'Magi' Creator Launches New Ancient Fantasy Manga: 'Orient'

Shinobu Ohtaka captivated readers with Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, which is a fantasy series based on Arabian legends. Alladin, Alibaba, and Morgiana’s quest delighted fans and became an international best-seller. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic ended last October, and Ohtaka took a brief break to outline a new project. Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine has …

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KissxSis Mangaka Launches New Manga

Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 3)   Does everyone remember the rom-com anime and manga about a love triangle between two twin sisters and their step-brother?  AKA the plot line of the KissxSis manga that was created Bow Ditama.  Well, Ditama-sensei’s new manga will be serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius …

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Director Launches Anime Kickstarter

Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood / Scorching Ping Pong Girls) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Halloween Pajama in Seattle. Irie is hoping to raise 20 million yen ($178,000) by December 5th to create a 20-minute OVA. If the campaign is successful, the anime is planned to be finished by December 2018. Irie created the Halloween …

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