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J.J. Abrams and Paramount Developing Live-Action Your Name. Dare I Be Hopeful?

The beautiful anime film Your Name was a huge hit earlier this year, becoming the highest-grossing anime film of all time when it stayed Number One at the Japanese box office for 12 weeks and made $303 million before coming to the United States. I raved about it when I saw it, and it remains one of my favorite film experiences of the year. That film is now getting the live-action treatment.

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Cowboy Bebop‘s Shinichiro Watanabe to Direct Blade Runner 2049 Anime Prequel Short

We certainly have some mixed feelings around here about the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Well now, Japanese Blade Runner fans have one more thing to add to the "pro" column for this film. They'll be getting an anime prequel short film ahead of its Japanese release, directed by one of anime's best!

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Monday Cute: Kan-Chan, the Adorable Enema Penguin Mascot

Ichijiku Pharmaceutical, a Japanese pharmaceutical company has just introduced Kan-chan, their new mascot who's trying to put a cuter face to bowel cleaning.

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Close-Knit Breaks Ground as a Mainstream Japanese Film About a Trans Woman

Japan just premiered one of its first mainstream LGBTQ movies about a trans woman, and the response has been pretty positive overall.

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Things We Saw Today: Cameron Esposito and Roxane Gay Both Want to Join The L Word Sequel

You might've heard that popular lesbian drama The L Word is preparing for a comeback on Showtime, with many of the original actors possibly returning. But did you see that comedian Cameron Esposito and Bad Feminist writer Roxane Gay have both expressed their interests in this project and do it Showtime, don't you dare throw this opportunity aside.

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Interview: Director Sunao Katabuchi Made In This Corner of the World “Almost a Time Machine” Into WWII Japan

Sunao Katabuchi talks about the extensive research put into making his World War II film In This Corner of the World and his decision to tell the story of a young girl in Kure in her day-to-day life.

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Things We Saw Today: “Fearless Girl” Statue Transformed Into Wonder Woman

Check out this awesome photo from TMS contributor Alan Kistler, who caught this awesome shot of artist Don Phelps' addition to the "Fearless Girl" statue in New York City. Not a bad look, Wonder Girl!

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A Young Girl Grapples With a War-Torn Japan in New In This Corner of the World Trailer

Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World just got a new trailer, giving us a closer look at the beautiful hand-drawn animation and it's portrayal of small Japanese towns during World War II.

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Some Men In Japan Want Men-Only Train Cars So We Evil Temptresses Can’t Accuse Them of the Sexual Assault They Definitely Commit

Oh look, something wasn't about men for a minute.

Women-only cars have been placed on a number of Japanese commuter trains over the years, due to the epidemic of sexual assault plaguing the trains. But now some men are saying that doesn't go far enough. According to them, they're the ones that should get their own cars, as they're the ones who need protection from the real problem: false accusations.

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Short Film Shows How a Retired Hayao Miyazaki Discovered a New Creative Passion for CGI

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki is a short film about the Studio Ghibli animator discovering a new passion for CGI to make Boro the Caterpillar.

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Things We Saw Today: Inventor and Coolest Dad Ever, Colin Furze, Builds His Kids A Rogue One AT-ACT Playhouse

With a little help from eBay, inventor Colin Furze earned major Dad Points by building his kids an enormous replica of the All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport, or AT-ACT, we'll be seeing in Rogue One. Check it out in the video after the jump! Apparently, eBay will eventually be gifting the playhouse to a lucky fan... *crosses fingers even though she has no where to put this huge thing*

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Things We Saw Today: The Rock and Lin-Manuel Miranda Take Us Behind the Scenes of Millennials: The Musical

Millennials: The Musical comes out on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Youtube channel 11/29, but here's a look behind the scenes.

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Feminism Around the World: Taiwan May Make History as First Asian Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Lawmakers in Taiwan are currently working on three bills that would legalize same-sex marriage in the country which, if they pass, would make Taiwan the first Asian country to do so.

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Feminism Around the World: #NiUnaMenos Protest in Argentina Highlights Epidemic of Violence Against Women

Every 30 hours, a woman is killed in Argentina, and according to The Guardian, of the Top Ten countries for femicide, seven are in Latin America.

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Interview: Keiichi Hara, Director of Miss Hokusai on Taking an “Edo-style Approach” to the Portrait of a Young Artist

Colorful director Keiichi Hara talks about the "Edo-style approach" he tried to keep in Miss Hokusai, which follows the daughter of the famous ukiyo-e artist.

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Feminism Around the World: Renho Makes History In Japan As First Woman and First Mixed-Race Leader Elected to Democratic Party

Renho Murata, who goes by the mononym Renho, made history last week when she was elected leader of Japan's Democratic Party the opposition party and second-largest in Japan only to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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Feminism Around the World: Half-Indian Contestant Wins This Year’s Miss World Japan Pageant, Causing Controversy

The Miss World Japan pageant was held on Monday, and the crown was awarded to 22-year-old Priyanka Yoshikawa, an elephant trainer and amateur kickboxer from Tokyo. There was a mixed response to her coronation, however, because Yoshikawa is mixed-race. Her mother is Japanese, and her father is Indian, making her "haafu," the Japanese word used in some parts of the country to refer to those with one non-Japanese parent.

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Monday Cute: Three Shiba Inus Just Hanging Out at a Cement Wall

Such cement, much wall.

In "is this real life or am I on a video game quest" news, Nagasaki-based singer YURI shared this image of three Shiba Inus peaking out of holes in a cement drainage wall.

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Sing-Along to Pikachu’s Ridiculously Cute Ketchup Song From Pokémon X Y Z

In yesterday's episode of Pokémon X Y Z in Japan, the typical end credits were replaced with a ridiculously cute song about ketchup sung by about a dozen harmonizing Pikachus.

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This Japanese Ghostbusters Music Video Is What the Inside of My Head Looks Like All the Time

If you've ever wondered what goes on inside the head of your average TMS editor, then look no further.

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