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Cup Noodle Soda. Yes, It’s Real.

Nissin Foods, the ones behind the legendary Cup Noodle brand of instant noodles, may have gone too far this time! For you see, they’ve decided to release four flavors of various Cup Noodle sodas as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration! What?! The flavors they’re gifting the world with are Cup Noodle soda, seafood soda, curry soda, and chili tomato soda. I gotta admit, they all so...

Japan’s newest Joker is a single Father to… Batman?!

You heard that right! DC’s signature villain has dedicated himself to raising a baby Batman in the newest morning gag manga “One Operation JOKER!” In this official DC manga the reader will start out seeing a usual scene of Batman and the Joker in a tense fight, until Batman falls into a barrel of chemicals that turns him into a literal infant! Some may think that the Joker would ...

Getting Weird With figmas!

It’s no secret to many collectors that FREEing brings some of their unique ideas to the figma line of action figures, and that’s no exception to their newest addition with the figma Human Anatomical Model! Not only is it super flexible and articulated, it also utilizes semi-translucent parts for optimal realism and to give the user an eye into the anatomy of a real body. It’s gre...

Final Fantasy XIV Takes Over Lawson Convenience Stores!

Do you love Final Fantasy XIV? Do you love chicken nuggets, tea, and exclusive in-game mounts? Then you better rush over to a Lawson convenience store on August 31st, 2021 because Square Enix has teamed up with the store franchise for one hell of a collaboration! The first thing you’ll want to pick up are the “Crystal of Light and Darkness” Karaage-kun chicken nuggets! Or, well, that’s...

hololiveEnglish Gen 2 is here!

hololive really doesn’t need much of an introduction considering the group’s intense popularity these days, but for those out of the loop, hololive is a group of VTubers (Virtual Youtubers) under the COVER Corp name. They’ve long produced VTubers from all over the globe, and the highly anticipated second generation of English hololive talent have finally been set free into the wo...

Netflix’s Live-Action Pokemon Series on the Horizon!

Though in early development, it’s been announced that a brand new live-action “Pokemon” series is currently being worked on by Netflix! I’ll make it clear right away that not much is known about the series yet, but we have a few crumbs of information to offer about this exciting new development! Joe Henderson is on paper as the one in charge to both write and executive prod...

A Star Wars Anime Anthology is Coming Soon

George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has stated that he drew a lot of inspiration from Japanese mythology and Akira Kurosawa’s films, and this influence has been poured into all of his films to date. Now, we’re coming full circle back to that inspiration with a 9-episode long anime series called “Star Wars: Visions!” Its initial release will be comprised of short animate...

$500 Homes In Japan Are A Thing

We aren’t going to touch on the hobby side of things today, but rather a very interesting development happening currently in Japan! And that development is… the housing industry! Wait, wait – it’s interesting, I promise! Don’t leave! You see, a house in Japan could be yours for a simple 500 buckeroos… if you don’t mind living in a ‘Ghost Village,R...

MAPPA’s 10th Anniversary

Most anime fans aren’t strangers to MAPPA animation studio! Founded on June 14th, 2011, this rad as heck studio has produced works that include Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance, Yuri!!! on Ice, Kakegurui, Banana Fish, Jujutsu Kaisen, and so much more! Oh, see that? June 14th… 2011… Dang! It really has been ten years! And check out the 10th Anniversary main visual they prepa...

New FF9 Animated Series Announced!

Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up to the news that a brand new “Final Fantasy 9” animated series was currently in the works! Square Enix is teaming up with a France-based company called Cyber Group Studios to produce this chapter of the Final Fantasy series! We’re still at the baby stage of production, but it looks like Cyber Group Studios plans to pitch the series ...

A Trio of Pikachu Sweets at Mcdonald’s!

On June 11, 2021, McDonalds’ all over Japan introduced three new Pikachu-themed desserts to really get the Pokemon hype going! Not that Pokemon needed any help with that, of course! Needless to say, our staff at HLJ got our hands on those sweet treats immediately and gave them a go! Let me introduce you to the electrifying line-up! We’ve got the Yellow Peach McShake, The Chocolate Bana...

Pokemon Cards Are Now Postal Stamps

It’s no secret by now that a whole new wave of the Pokemon card craze has hit worldwide! With tons of internet influencers now opening card packs for content, a whole new community of passionate card lovers has surfaced and that’s driving the demand for these pretty pieces of cardboard to skyrocket. Of course, Japan has its own obsession with the awesome TCG – and now they’...

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