13 Anime Swimsuit Figures to Keep Your Summer Sizzling

There may be no better way to beat the summer heat than re-watching “beach episodes” from your favorite anime in the air-conditioned comfort of your own home. If outdoor activities are the last thing on your summer to-do list, make sure you check out our roundup of the best anime swimsuit figures being released in 2017. Enjoy! Phat Company – Granblue Fantasy: Io 1/7-Scale Summer Ver. (January 2017) Inspired by Io’s “Little Lady of Midsummer” outfit, this playful figure captures her childish delight upon peering out to sea for the first time. The delicate frills of Io’s bikini flutter in > Read More


14 Upcoming Anime Figures to Add to Your 2017 Summer Plans

Packed with a lineup of new Nendoroids, long-awaited re-releases, anniversary celebrations, and more, our list of upcoming anime figures for summer 2017 highlights the most anticipated collectibles coming out of Japan this season. Keep reading to see if your favorite characters made the cut! MegaHouse – Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2: Lelouch Lamperouge & Kururugi Suzaku (June 2017) Megahouse’s Code Geass 10th Anniversary Lelouch and Kururugi figures are so detailed you might need the Power of Kings just to decide which angle to display them. The 99th Emperor of Britannia > Read More


Popular cosplay looks in Japan – Winter/Spring 2017

Anime convention season is coming up! Have you prepared all of your cosplay looks yet? If you’re still mulling over what character is just right for you this summer, why not check out some of the looks Japanese cosplayers are loving this year? Stay on top of cosplay trends - here are some of the costumes that had strong showings at Comiket 91, Wonder Festival, Anime Japan 2017 and more events over recent months. Kemono Friends Get the look - Serval It’s hard to resist the appeal of an opportunity to rock cat ears and a tail, especially when you can kick it up a notch by dressing as > Read More


A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 2

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them! In part one, we discussed illustration-based collectibles, like key chains and charms. In part two, we’re going 3D with collectible figures, dolls, and plushies. Japan is incredibly adept at bringing characters to life as covetable figures and plushies, and we can only skim the surface of the full range of > Read More


A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 1

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this two-part series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them. In part one, we’ll deal with illustration-based collectibles, while part two deals with figures, dolls and plushies. The main forms of 2D collectible series in Japan are acrylic key chains (アクリルキーホルダー, lit. acrylic key holder) with a ball-chain or key ring fastener, and rubber phone charms > Read More


9 Attack on Titan Figures to Sink Your Titanic Teeth Into

Four years ago, the Attack on Titan anime devoured its competition like a hungry titan and gained colossal acclaim from its critics. Otaku quickly joined the ranks of AoT's “army” of fans, waiting for the day that season two would once again break down the walls of animated entertainment. In celebration of the anime’s highly anticipated second season premiere in April, we’re showcasing 9 Attack on Titan figures that every fan will want to recruit for the good of humanity. > Read More


10 New Anime Figure Releases to Add to Your Wish List for Spring 2017

Whether browsing the web for the latest anime figure releases or searching for that must-have memento from your favorite series, we’ve got your wish list covered with these 10 new anime figures coming out in spring 2017. Aniplex – Fate/Grand Order: Shielder (March 2017) Half human and half servant, Shielder is shrouded in mystery, and Aniplex’s figure of the popular Demi-Servant captures every facet of her complex identity. Fitted leather armor and an impenetrable shield leave little doubt that Shielder is a guardian spirit; but her soft smile hints at the human vulnerability hidden > Read More


8 Romantic Anime Figures That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but we think you should keep the romance going throughout the month! Whether you celebrate by sharing a romantic date with your special someone or treat yourself to a little chocolate, this holiday is a sweet reminder to cherish the things you love. For otaku, of course, that means getting new anime figures! From dreamy weddings and candy-covered hearts to OTPs and waifu, these eight figures will have you asking, “Will you be my Valentine?” all year long. Funny Knights – Kantai Collection: Kongou Kai Ni, Valentine ver. (February 2016) A variant of > Read More


Haikyuu!! Merchandise: 3 Ways to Show Your Team Spirit!

One of the most popular sports anime of our time, Haikyuu!! left fans hanging with a last-second cliff-hanger during its third season finale. The fourth season’s release date is still up in the air, but that’s no reason for you to call a “time out!”—get in the team spirit with Haikyuu!! merchandise fit for an MVP! Haikyuu!! Figures If you’re a Haikyuu!! fan who loves to daydream about the best scenes from the series, then surround yourself with mini versions of all your favorite athletes in the comfort of your home with these two Haikyuu!! figure collections. Banpresto DXF Figures The > Read More


Modern Japanese Literature for Bungo Stray Dogs fans

Did you finish all of Bungo Stray Dogs yet? Although they’re thrilling, season finales often leave you craving more, but with a painfully long time to go until the next new episode. While you wait for more Bungo Stray Dogs, take some time to get familiar with the real life Japanese authors that inspired many of the members of the Armed Detective Agency and Port Mafia. These famous writers are not very well known outside of Japan, but are a fundamental part of a Japanese education. Their fascinating lives were often marred by tragedy, but in writing about the darker and hidden sides of society, > Read More