Anime Review: One Outs Strikes Out

Yuri!!! on Ice is a good show. One Outs is not. There’s a humble scene in Yuri!!! on Ice where Yuri Plisetsky eats a pork cutlet pirozhki with his beloved grandfather before the Cup of Russia. Up until …

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Maid in the USA: Welcome to the Fanimaid Cafe

In this two-part series, Fanimaid veteran Jessica Fong takes Around Akiba into the maid scene in the USA. FanimeCon’s biggest attractions: Fanimaid Cafe It’s Saturday morning of FanimeCon in San Jose, California – the busiest morning of the convention. …

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Chunithm: Unpronounceable Name, Indescribable Fun

In the Japanese Arcade Jungle series, Around Akiba delves into the world of Japanese arcade games with Tim Taylor as our guide. Our last stops included MaiMai and Jubeat.  Chunithm, the sleeper hit Moving from the retro to the modern, let’s …

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DAIBADI PRODUCTION Releases Polynian Motoroid Pinkle

(This is sponsored content brought to Around Akiba by Milestone Inc.)  Polynian Motoroid Pinkle Available at Milestone Inc. Japanese figure company Milestone Inc. announced the release of DAIBADI PRODUCTION’s Polynian Motoroid Pinkle figure. DAIBADI PRODUCTION describes Polynian Motoroid Pinkle as kind, slightly cowardly …

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What to Expect When Cosplaying in Japan

Coming to Japan is a big deal to many people. With huge events like Comiket in Tokyo and World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya that draw crowds of cosplayers every year, it’s no wonder. Japan is the cosplay holy …

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