Kizuna AI – Everyone’s favorite virtual YouTuber!

Hai Domo! (◕‿◕✿) Kizuna AI is a Japanese virtual YouTuber who shares her world via her two official youtube accounts. Publishing her first video in 2016, Kizuna AI is considered the reigning queen of virtual Youtube, inspiring the likes of Kaguya Luna, Mirai Akari, and Dennou Shojo Siro to create their own virtual idol videos. Her name, AI, is short for artificial intelligence and also a pun of the Japanese word “ai”, meaning “love”. While the team behind Kizuna AI is shrouded in mystery, many theorize that the Virtual vlogger is made by using the software MikuMikuDance and her > Read More

Otaku Fashion – Top five brands to give your wardrobe an anime makeover!

Who said that geeks couldn’t be fashionable? Otaku from around the world are usually seen more as fashion victims than fashion-forward, but the times are changing! In recent years several brands that combine the latest trends with anime fandom have emerged, meaning that the stylish anime fan can wear their fandoms with pride! From streetwear looks to Harajuku-inspired outfits, there are plenty of on-trend otaku-friendly labels which cater to a wide variety of tastes. Read on to see our top picks of fashion brands made for otaku, by otaku. Enjoy! SuperGroupies SuperGroupies is a fashion > Read More

Japan’s weird and wonderful world of bread themed products 🍞

While you may think of Japan as a nation of rice, you’d be hard pressed to find a town in the country without its very own bakery! With curry-filled pastries and the ultra-sweet melon pan, Japan has certainly made its own take of the wheat-based food. So it comes to no surprise that Japan is also the home to some of the most charmingly bizarre bread-based collectibles out there. So we’ve decided to “rise” to the challenge and share some of Japan’s most “pan”-tastic products in this week’s post. Enjoy! Kawaii Bread Search Sanrio Chigiri Pan Collection Yeast Ken If you are a > Read More

How to buy from Melonbooks – Japan’s one-stop-shop for all things Doujin

What is Melonbooks? Melonbooks is one of Japan’s biggest doujin specialist shops, selling fan-made doujinshi, anime Blu-rays, video games, and much more! Melonbooks boasts 31 brick-and-mortar stores across Japan, with their two biggest stores being in otaku paradise Akihabara. While Melonbooks specializes primarily for those looking for well... “melons,” Melonbooks’ sister store Fromagee sells a plethora of BL doujinshi for those more interested in yaoi titles. No matter what your preference, Melonbooks has you covered! Unfortunately, Melonbooks does not ship outside of Japan or > Read More

Hypnosis Mic Merchandise Roundup

Hypnosis Mic burst onto the scene in 2017 and has been making waves throughout the otaku world ever since! The multimedia rap project is the love child between King Records and Idea Factory with some of the most well-known voice actors in the biz lending their voices to the twelve HypMic characters. The world of Hypnosis Mic is set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo where four “divisions” must rap battle it out in order to increase their territories. This mish-mash of rap music and anime aesthetics has never been seen before, so it's no wonder that HypMic is sending the otaku sphere wild! We've > Read More

Gacha Game and Mobile Game Roundup 2019 – Best Japanese Mobile Games available and Top Gacha Game titles to look out for this year!

The rise of the smartphone has led to a boom in mobile gaming, with millions of players losing themselves in virtual worlds inside their phones. Mobile games in Japan are often referred to as “gacha games”, from the Japanese word for capsule-toy vending machines, due to the randomized nature of earning extra characters, cards, and items. In the past, Japanese smartphone games rarely made it across the border, but in recent years many titles have seen global releases, and overseas fans have been treated to the treasure trove of Japanese mobile gaming for the first time. Read on to see our > Read More

Guide to Bearbrick: The origins, how to buy, where to buy and much more!

What is Bearbrick? Bearbrick (stylized as BE@RBRICK) is a series of bear-shaped designer toys by Medicom Toy Inc and are most often sold in “blind box” assortments. The design is a variant of another popular line by Medicom, the Kubrick. Each figure appears as an anthropomorphized bear with a pot belly. Bearbricks are articulated, with the head, waist, arms, wrists, and legs all able to swivel. The first ever Bearbrick was released in 2001, as a gift to visitors of the World Character Convention 12 in Tokyo. Not long after their initial debut, Bearbricks became a must-have collectible not > Read More

Pokemon Shirts Shopping Guide: How to order and buy Pokemon Shirts from Original Stitch

When custom dress shirt retailer Original Stitch teamed up with The Pokemon Company to produce fully-customizable shirts using beautifully detailed Pokemon fabrics, Poke-fans went wild! The San Francisco-based fashion startup teamed up with Japanese illustrators to design 151 original fabrics based on the original Pokemon found in the Kanto region. Original Stitch shirts are all made to order in Japan and are fully customizable with hundreds of ways to make the shirt your own! You can opt for a design with the Pokemon pattern covering the entire shirt, or you can experiment with fabrics > Read More

The Top 10 Rarest and Most Expensive Nendoroid Figures

The Nendoroid series by Good Smile Company is a line of palm-sized figures based on characters from popular anime, TV, movie and gaming franchises. With their irresistible cuteness and potential for customization, it’s no wonder that Nendoroids are such a hit with otaku! Good Smile Company have released hundreds of these chibi figures to the world, but have you ever wondered which Nendoroids are the most valuable? If so, look no further, as we’ve rounded up the top 10 rarest and most expensive Nendoroid figures out there. Enjoy! #10 Nendoroid #586 Chinatsu Yoshikawa - Yuru Yuri San > Read More

Ichiban Kuji – The Win-Win Otaku Lottery

Ichiban Kuji (一番くじ) is a lottery released every month by Bandai Spirits (formerly Banpresto), the company behind many prize figure lines such as Q Posket and EXQ. Each month you can play to win exclusive merchandise that is only available through the Ichiban Kuji lottery. Unlike other lotteries, you will always receive a prize. Ichiban Kuji has run hundreds of lotteries with tons of prizes from beloved franchises such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, Pokemon, Gintama, Nintendo, and many more! While there are similar lotteries across Japan, such as Minna no Kuji (みんなのくじ) by FuRyu and Ani-Kuji > Read More