News for Your Weekend (September 19)

By Mark (Zeke)

Hey hey, Zeke here!

Det is away this week, so I’ll be taking over the news post for today. Don’t worry, your favorite choco-mug will be back next week. Now, let’s get on to the good stuff!

Japanese Bookstore Hopes to Bring People Back in With Murakami’s Autobiography

According to NHK world, Kinokuniya, a large Japanese bookstore chain, has boldly bought 90% of the first run of Haruki Murakami’s autobiography. Kinokuniya hopes this move will draw customers back to physical stores which have suffered in recent years due to the increasing amount of books being bought online. I for one love the feel of a book in my hands, so here’s hoping they have some success.


A Talk With Kodansha – The Future of Manga

Anime News Network recently released an interview with executive heads from publishing giant Kodansha. The main focus of the interview is the debut of Kodansha Advanced Media, a branch of the company which will focus on digital distribution. There are some very interesting insights on how the rise of digital media and scanlations have affected the manga industry.


New Live-action Death Note Movie Announced

Hot on the heels of the ending of the recent live action series, a new Death Note movie has been teased. Appearing at the end of the show, a 30 second teaser trailer reveals a new movie is to be released in 2016. The movie will contain L and Light’s successors as well as six Death Notes. That’s a lot of Shinigami!


Nintendo’s New President Has Been Selected

We lost a great man when the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, passed away in July. At a recent board meeting, his successor was chosen. Tatsumi Kimishima will now serve as the President and Representative Director of Nintendo. He was formerly the Managing Director as well as the head of Nintendo’s Human Resources Division.


Mario Brother’s Last Name is Revealed

In a recent conference for the Mario franchise’s 30th anniversary, creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed a shocking truth: the 1993 Super Mario Bro’s movie actually got something right. In the often-mocked scene, it is stated that Mario and Luigi’s last name is Mario. For years fans have ignored this as being just Hollywood fluff, but Miyamoto confirmed that they are in fact, Mario Mario and Luigi Mario.


Persona 5 Trailer Premiered at Tokyo Game Show

Atlus, the company behind the wildly successful Persona series, held a stage event which had mixed news: a trailer for Persona 5 (yay!) and an update to the release schedule, pushing it back to next year (boo!). Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.


Volcanic Eruption on Japan’s Island of Kyushu

Mount Aso on Kyushu Island erupted on Monday, spewing ash and smoke high into the air. Hot ash and rocks continue to flow from the eruption site. A no-entry zone of four kilometers has been established around the crater. So far no injuries have been reported.


Dynasty Warriors and Attack on Titan, a Match Made in Heaven?

A newly announced game from Koei Tecmo, the company behind the classic mass battle beat-em-up Dynasty Warriors, has the player running around in the world of Attack on Titan. The new game will include a revamped combat system to fit the style of the series as well as player use of the omni-directional Mobility Gear. Look for the game this coming winter.


Ace Attorney Series Getting an Anime Adaptation

At it’s Tokyo Game Show event, Capcom announced that the fan favorite Ace Attorney series will be adapted into an anime series in the spring of 2016. As the premiere is still quite a ways off, more details will be released in the future.


Tiny Sushi Looks Mighty Tasty

And for our last bit of news, something yummy and cute! It’s no secret that miniatures are a bit of a fascination in Japan right now. Our own softly_raining did an article on tiny food a while back. While that food was inedible, there is a group who uses tiny utensils and tiny stoves to cook yummy mini portions of classic dishes! This video has them making sushi, in miniature. It’s really quite amazing to watch the dexterous hands at work. If you enjoy this one, be sure to check out their YouTube page for more.


That’s all for this week folks! I hope everyone found something they could enjoy and we’ll see you back next week!

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Mark (Zeke)

I've been interested in Japanese history and culture for much of my life, but found my passion for it flourished during college and the years following. I don't keep up with the pop culture as much as I would like, but still consider Japan in general one of my main interests. I work in architecture, but enjoy helping out the site in my spare time. Mostly I edit, but I do write from time to time. I'm an avid collector of manga and various board games. And card games. And video games. And dice games...

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