Good Smile Figures: 17 Fan-Favorite Series from GSC

Good Smile Company has established itself as one of the biggest names in the Japanese figure market, having created thousands of collectibles for fans of anime, manga, video games, mecha, and more. But with six in-house series and distribution deals with several of the industry’s leading Japanese brands, collectors may wonder where to begin. To help you with your collection quest, we’ve put together this comprehensive list of Good Smile figure series that will surely put a smile on your face plate! > Read More

Akira Merch: Rare Collectibles from Japan’s Explosive Masterpiece

Over three decades ago, Akira transcended its genre with breathtaking artistry and a daring exploration of darker social-political themes. The manga's success was instrumental in spreading otaku culture beyond Japan, and today both the original manga and its cinematic adaptation are considered iconic masterpieces. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the anime release, so in commemoration of this monumental milestone we’ve put together a list of hard-to-find Japanese merchandise and limited-edition collaborations for fans of Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo’s most explosive work. > Read More

Cosplay Wig Care: How to Wash, Store, & Keep Your Wig Damage Free

Cosplaying as your favorite anime characters is a special part of otaku culture, and when it comes to putting the finishing touches on your costume, a wig can make or break your look. Once you’ve purchased a cosplay wig, it’s time to learn how to take care of it. To help you understand the ins and outs of cosplay wig care, we’ve put together this guide of essential information that will keep your wig fresh and ready to go for your next event! > Read More

10 Fresh Anime Figure Releases to Own in Spring 2018

There’s no better way to celebrate the season of new beginnings than with fresh fandom merch! From chart-topping releases to highly anticipated series additions, we’re showcasing 10 of the most popular anime figures of Spring 2018. > Read More

Studio Ghibli Figurines Based on the Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Whether Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces have provided you with magical childhood memories or instilled a lifelong passion for Japanese anime culture, the genius and studio who brought us Totoro, Kiki, and Ponyo have set a very high bar for what Japanese animation can achieve both in storytelling and artwork. Keeping playful pace with this catalog of acclaimed films, Studio Ghibli figurines condense award-winning artistry into an appealing array of high-end collectibles designed for fans of all ages. And while we can only skim the surface of merchandise available in Japan, we’ve put together a > Read More

Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary: 11 Hit Works From the Early Years

What comics shaped your childhood? For generations, the answer in Japan has been “Shonen Jump!” This manga juggernaut first starter publishing their Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology in 1968, making it the longest-running such magazine. Due to its status and influence, Weekly Shonen Jump is being duly celebrated, including a three-part series of special exhibits featuring titles from the the three main eras of its half-century existence: Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 1 - from the first issue until the end of the 80s (July 18 to October 15, 2017) Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 2 - > Read More

Best Japanese Anime Figure Brands for Beginning Collectors

Japanese anime figure brands have a knack for encapsulating the essence of your favorite characters into covetable collectibles. With thousands of figures to choose from, however, how is an English-speaking otaku to navigate the vast world of possibilities? While our list is far from conclusive, it represents the most time-honored and best-selling figure series manufactured in Japan. Read on to decide which series to begin your collection with! Max Factory Established in 1987, Max Factory first gained fame as a garage kit manufacturer. While it still produces model kits through its PLAMAX > Read More

Cosplay Wig Tutorial: Tips for Buying Your First Wig

Cosplaying as your favorite anime characters is a special part of otaku culture, and when it comes to putting the finishing touches on your costume, a wig can make or break your look. After all, many of anime’s most popular figures can be recognized by their hair alone—just think of Sailor Moon’s twintails or Goku’s gravity-defying spikes. To help you pick the perfect wig for your performance, check out FROM JAPAN’s cosplay guide on choosing the right head of hair! Choosing a Cosplay Wig Once you’ve decided on a character, it’s time to choose a wig that will do him or her justice—but where > Read More

10 Popular Anime Figures to Warm Your Heart in Winter 2017/2018

Each year, the return of winter brings with it toasty traditions, New Year’s nostalgia, and a seasonal selection of top-tier collectibles! From long-awaited re-releases to upcoming limited editions, this list spotlights 10 of the most popular anime figures that are sure to warm any otaku’s heart—even during the coldest months of the year. Stronger – Puella Magi Madoka Magica “Rebellion” Movie Ultimate Madoka 1/8-Scale Figure (December 2017) This flying figure of Ultimate Madoka sculpted by shojo virtuoso Katsuyoshi Miyajima is a 1/8-scale Stronger masterpiece that flows with delicate > Read More

Fullmetal Alchemist Merchandise Worthy of Transmuting into Your Collection

One of the most popular shonen series of all time, Fullmetal Alchemist has conjured a legion of fans worldwide with video game spin-offs, anime adaptations, light novels, and more trailing in the wake of its original 2001 manga release. With a live-action film coming out December 2017, now is a great time to begin building your transmutation circles to summon FMA merchandise and figures into your collection. Hook on your automail arm and prepare your pyro-powered snap, because our list of collectibles is fit for a State Alchemist! Fullmetal Alchemist Figures Back in summer 2017, we > Read More