BusinessWire: Shueisha to open official website for popular comic series Naruto (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Shueisha to open official website for popular comic series Naruto (PRESS RELEASE). “Along with the latest news and information about the globally popular ninja-action manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, the new website will cover comics, animations, games, and merchandise related to Naruto and the sequel Boruto-Naruto Next Generations. The site will be jointly operated with Bandai Namco Entertainment and all content will be available simultaneously in six languages: Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.”

Crunchyroll: The World’s Largest Japanese Anime Database “Anime Taizen” Opens to The Public Today

Crunchyroll: The World’s Largest Japanese Anime Database “Anime Taizen” Opens to The Public Today. “As of the end of July 2022, Anime Taizen has approximately 15,000 registered titles, mainly Japanese commercial anime works released from 1917 to the present. In addition to title name searches, the database has search functions for chronology, Japanese syllabary, keywords, etc. As a result of the research to date, the number of episodes amounts to approximately 180,000.” Apparently the site is somewhat slow at this writing due to demand.

The Daily Beast: How Anime Porn Became a Weapon for Rival Terror Groups on Facebook

The Daily Beast: How Anime Porn Became a Weapon for Rival Terror Groups on Facebook. “The Facebook group ‘Soldiers of the Righteous Caliphate’ was a bubbling cauldron of noxious extremist support drawn from rival groups including the Islamic State, and the Taliban. It was filled with beheading imagery, military exercises, hand-drawn faceless portraits of the late ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and—somehow—plenty of anime porn. With just over 24,000 members, the Facebook group represented a perfect case study in the malicious mix of extremist support on the platform, which continues to evade detection and gain traction. So why was it full of pornography?”

SoraNews24: Studio Ghibli releases 400 images from eight movies free to download online

SoraNews24: Studio Ghibli releases 400 images from eight movies free to download online. “Studio Ghibli has built up a reputation over the years for steadfastly keeping a stern hold over the distribution and copyright of their films, even once sending a samurai sword to Harvey Weinstein with the message ‘no cuts’ in relation to the overseas version of Princess Mononoke…. Now the studio is making another unprecedented move, by announcing they’ll be releasing hundreds of images from their movies for the public to use free-of-charge, with one caveat: they’re to be used ‘within the scope of common sense.’” On the Internet?

Crunchyroll: Anime Expo Goes Online with Anime Expo Lite Livestream

Crunchyroll: Anime Expo Goes Online with Anime Expo Lite Livestream. “Head’s up, anime fans! Anime Expo Lite, a ‘Virtual Japanese Pop Culture Event’, will be livestreamed on July 03 – 04, 2020, and the newly announced virtual convention will feature industry panels as well as an appearance by illustrator Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D, the Final Fantasy video game series).”

Tubefilter: Wengie To Host ‘FutureCon’, A Virtual YouTube Convention Combining Anime, Cosplay, Music, And Gaming

Tubefilter: Wengie To Host ‘FutureCon’, A Virtual YouTube Convention Combining Anime, Cosplay, Music, And Gaming. “FutureCon will combine the worlds of anime, cosplay, music, and gaming, according to Forbes, and will premiere on May 27 at 9 pm ET on Wengie’s second channel exclusively dedicated to her music ventures. FutureCon will feature musicians (hailing from genres like K-pop, EDM, and J-pop), and will also comprise discussions with mental health advocates, as well as an amateur cosplay content. Per Forbes, the event is being hosted during both Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.”

CrunchyRoll: Sailor Moon Official YouTube Channel to Stream First Three TV Series in 1990s for Free

CrunchyRoll: Sailor Moon Official YouTube Channel to Stream First Three TV Series in 1990s for Free. “The official website for the two-part film Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie announced today that the first three original Sailor Moon TV anime series in the 1990s will be streamed on the Sailor Moon franchise’s official YouTube channel for free from this Friday, April 24. This is part of the promotional project for the theatrical release of the film’s first part that will open in Japan on September 11, 2020. Ten episodes from a total of the 127 episodes from the three series will be added each week.”

BusinessWire: Twitch Partners With Crunchyroll for First Ever Anime Marathon

BusinessWire: Twitch Partners With Crunchyroll for First Ever Anime Marathon (PRESS RELEASE). “Social video platform Twitch today announced a partnership with Crunchyroll, the leading destination for anime and manga, to host a 5-day marathon spanning more than 15 different anime series. The Crunchyroll anime marathon will feature episodes from series such as Yuri on Ice, Mob Psycho 100, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers. The marathon begins on July 27 at 3:30 pm PT and will run until August 1st. The full programming schedule will be revealed on July 21.”

New Online Collection of Vintage Japanese Animation (Until the End of 2017)

Now available until the end of 2017: a collection of vintage Japanese animation. “Of special note is the inclusion of Junichi Kouchi’s The Dull Sword, the oldest surviving piece of Japanese animation (circa 1917)…. The archive contains some 64 animated films dated from 1917-1941, as well as profiles of various creators.” I had to use Chrome to translate the site, but after that was able to navigate without difficulty and watch some animation.