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J-Rock Band ALI Suspends Activities After Arrest of Now-Former Drummer
Japanese government to ease prohibition of cannabis-derived medicines
Is ramune another COVID-19 casualty? Iconic Japanese soda faces plummeting sales

Kickstarter/Crowd Funding news:

Metal Skin Panic: MADOX-01 Unobtanium Edition
Original 2D Anime Project NINJAXIS Seeks Crowdfunding Support
Crowdfunding Campaign for Show By Rock!! Live-action MV Project Reaches 500% of Goal

Convention news:

Anime Expo Lite Registration Opens with $5 Paid Ticket Proceeds Going to Charity

Live-Action Anime news:

Everyday Romance Manga Ukiwa Gets Live-Action TV Drama Adaptation
Japanese fans make landslide pick for next anime they want a Hollywood adaptation of

Streaming news:

Durarara, Silver Spoon and More Are Leaving Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll Adds Kekkaishi Anime To Catalog
Netflix’s Original Anime Eden Releases New Trailers for Its Worldwide Premiere on May 27
Netflix Helms New 3DCG Ultraman Film
Sunrise & Asobisystem’s Original Web Anime ArtisWitch Starts Streaming on May 28
Yokohama Police to give up search for 12-foot python, YouTubers picking up slack

Theater Release news:

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Continues Its Worldwide Box Office Domination
Hayao Miyazaki considers Demon Slayer his rival, Studio Ghibli producer says
Studio Ghibli helped create final Evangelion movie, since no one else had the right machine
Eva studio receiving threatening fan comments, will report offenders even outside Japan
Mamoru Hosoda’s BELLE Movie Announces July 16 Release, Voice Cast
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway Anime Film Hit With Another Delay
Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity – Grand Temple of Time: Solomon Releases on July 30

Series news:

Komi Can’t Communicate Writes in TV Anime Adaptation for October 2021
   ∟Komi-san wa Komyushou desu Finally Getting Anime Adaptation
Aquarium Workers Gather in Aquatope of White Sand TV Anime Visual
New Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Anime Film Gets Theme From Hentai Shinshi Club
Heroines Protect the Racetrack in Hairpin Double Short Form Anime
Isekai Comedy Manga “Fantasy Bishoujo Juniku Ojisan to” Gets Anime Adaptation
Original Traveling Anime Project TabiHani Goes into Production
Artist JUN INAGAWA Spearheads Magical Girl Destroyers Anime Project
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Announces July 6 Return
Director Shingo Natsume’s Original TV Anime ‘Sonny Boy’ Premieres July 15
Accursed Affection Blossoms in The Duke of Death and His Maid TV Anime Trailer
BPO Complaint Takes Offense at the Currently Airing Hige o Soru
Tokyo Revengers Manga Punches Through 14.5 Million Copy Print Run
Spy x Family Manga Comes Out of the Cold With 10 Million Copies Printed and Sold
Tokyo Ghoul Creator Sui Ishida Launches New Manga Series Choujin X
Gundam Thunderbolt Author Works on Fang of the Sun: Dougram Manga Adaptation
Pierrot Launches New Project ALL RUSH!! to Show the Backstage of Animation Production
Power Girl Co-Creator Labels Manga as “Sexist & Misogynistic”
Senki Zesshou Symphogear XD Diving Into Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei
Game Center CX Can Now Cover PS2, GameCube & Gameboy Advance Games
Life-size Resident Evil Village tall vampire lady standee may be her most terrifying form yet
Frankenstein’s Army Director “Resident Evil Village Stole My Monster Designs!”
Disgruntled Man Stabs Younger Brother Over Loudness While Playing Games

Release news:

Kodansha, Shogakukan, Shueisha Team Up to Start A.I. Driven Distribution Company
The Fantastic True Story of How Project A-ko Was Lost and Found
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Brain-breaking photos from a super otaku’s birthday shrine to her favorite anime character

Random Merch news:

Brew up Gundam-Strength Tea in a Zaku Head Kettle
Final Fantasy XIV Crystarium Lego Block City Exquisitely Impressive
Japanese masturbatory aid Tenga creates tissue-dispensing hat for…various purposes
Tokyo shop selling ultra-rare Magic: The Gathering card for eight-figure price
Wal-Mart Allegedly Suspending Trading Card Game Sales
   Target Stores To Halt Sales Of All Trading Cards From May 14th Forward
   ∟Pokémon Centers won’t sell new Pokémon cards in-store, but will it stop scalpers?
Go Beyond the Wall and Enjoy Some Limited-Edition Attack on Titan Sake
EVANGELION:WORLD Attraction at Fuji Q Highland Shuts Down After 11 Years
Has Shinjuku’s Robot Restaurant closed permanently?
Fish-and-Evangelion-inspired oxygen enema treatment developed by Japanese researchers
Retailer a contender for “Worst Ad Campaign Ever” title after Black Friday rape gaffe
How a samurai’s quest for revenge created one of Tokyo’s best cafes, and it’s still open

Misc news:

The time farting lead to murder and the fall of one of Japan’s great samurai clans
Police alerted to middle-aged man who asked woman to play catch in the park
Takamatsu man arrested for car-bombing person whose parking method he disapproved of
Police arrest teen for having knife 2mm too long, released because type of knife mistaken
Old Man “Doesn’t Recollect” Exposing Genitals to Woman on Train for 10 Minutes
14-Year-Old Plunges Crayfish Into Own Anus to “Preserve It”
Strange job ad asks to “deliver a pork-egg onigiri” from Okinawa to Tokyo twice per day
7-Eleven to build 7-Eleven in parking lot of another 7-Eleven
   ∟7-Eleven in parking lot of other 7-Eleven opens for business in Japan

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