News Roundup for July 7th, 2015

One Stop Before X, Y and Z

In the near future mankind discovers unlimited energy in the form of coils, a power source from the fourth dimension. But when people begin to use coils for crime, it's up to bounty hunters to bring them to justice. That's the setup for Dimension W, a manga by Yuji Iwahara (King of Thorn) that's receiving an anime adaptation directed by Kantai Kamei (Bunny Drop) and produced by Studio 3Hz and Orange. Be there when they rewrite the laws of physics in 2016.

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Band of Brothers

Osomatsu-kun, the brain(less) child of the grandfather of gag manga, Fujio Akatsuka, is getting a modern update with the TV anime Osomatsu-san. The titular Osomatsu and his sixtuplet brothers may be older but they certainly aren't any wiser. Good thing Gintama director Yoichi Fujita and series composer Shu Matsubara are on staff--they have plenty of experience wrangling crazy characters.

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A Perfect Angel

This figure catches Yukino in a rare moment of weakness. If my teen romantic comedy is wrong, I don't want it to be right!

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2 - Yukino Yukinoshita 1/8 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]
Pre-Painted Complete PVC Figure
Scale: 1/8
Size: Approx. 135 mm Tall
Material: PVC (Non-phthalic acid), ABS

The Otome Hype Train Keeps On Running

The beautiful boys of Uta no Prince-sama are confirmed to return for a fourth season! That's all we know for now, so let your imagination run wild with the possibilities until plot details emerge.

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The Future of Sports

The gauntlet has been thrown! Last week American giant robot developer MegaBots challenged Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a duel and you can see them enthusiastically accept in the video above. Check out the YouTube comments for pre-fight speculation but be warned--it gets ugly.

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That's No Moon!

You often see clickbait of "your favorite movie/game/anime reimagined as ukiyo-e " but these Star Wars-inspired prints are the real deal. Toy maker Runa used Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake to produce physical prints with actual woodblock masters using traditional techniques. Visit their page for info on how to get your hands on one and to see all the work that goes into engraving, inking and pressing each item by hand.

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Petanko Paradise

Looks like Angela's having a hard time adjusting to her new body--she can barely keep herself upright! That's what happens when you put a full-grown head on a baby's torso.

Petanko - Expelled from Paradise: Angela Balzac Complete Figure [Morimoto Sangyo]
Pre-painted Complete Figure
Size: Approx. 70mm Tall (NON Scale)
Material: ABS & PVC