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Surprise!! Musical Hetalia!

In a surprise announcement, it was released today, July 31, that Axis Powers Hetalia, the mega-famous comic and anime about anthropomorphosized world countries, will be getting the musical treatment as Musical Hetalia. Here are the fast facts that you need to know:

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What’s News in Japanese Stage Plays: July 29 Edition

The theater is intrinsically ephemeral, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep up to date. Let’s check in on what’s new as far as our favorite Japanese stage plays are concerned! Haikyuu: Please welcome the cast of Aoba Josai! While these guys seem to be primarily composed of unknown actors, we’re sure they won’t stay…

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3 Underappreciated BL Series with Great Film and TV Adaptations

Existing since the 70s, the boys’ love genre has expanded and grown into one of the most popular genres of Japanese animation and manga, especially with overseas audiences. With various countries buying the rights to BL anime and manga for public consumption, it’s plain to see that this is a genre with staying power. Most fans…

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3 Japanese Stage Actors with Secret Surprising Talents

While actors may seem to have glamorous lives, the truth is that it’s constant work. This is especially true for the Japanese talent industry. Talents are part of agencies, which often set strict goals and requirements on the talent’s life. In turn, being part of the agency grants them training and opportunities that would otherwise…

Coming Soon in 2.5D: Haikyuu!!, Saiyuki, and more!

2015 continues to be a banner year for anime on stage in Japan. Here’s the first of many weekly rundowns on what’s coming to a 2.5d theatre in the land of the rising sun soon! Haikyuu!!: (image credit: crunchyroll) Familiar to all sports anime fans, Haikyuu!! tells the story of Hinata Shouyou (to be portrayed onstage…