Lily-Rose Depp Channels Her Inner Sailor Pluto at Met Gala

It’s that time of year again where the world will see some of Hollywood’s most biggest stars decked out in high-end fashion, the Met Gala, with this year’s theme being ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. Among Lady Gaga, Zendaya, JLo, and others is actress and model Lily-Rose Depp who made an appearance at this year’s Met Gala in a vintage black Chanel haute couture dress embellished in gold chains, just like the one that Setsuna Meioh, aka Sailor Pluto, worn!

Even Sailor Moon fans were shocked by the resemblance!:

The creator of Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi, is known for her love of couture fashion. She looked to fashion magazine ads and runways for inspiration for the Sailor Moon manga. The dress that Sailor Pluto wears in the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Gengashuu III art book was inspired by the dress in the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer line worn by Naomi Campbell in 1992 (so, technically the Chanel got to the dress first!).

So, it seems more so that Depp was not inspired by the anime, but by Chanel. Though, Depp has yet to state where she got her inspiration from.

New Anime Film “Weathering with You” Gets Novel Adaptation

Upcoming anime film Weathering with You will be getting a novel adaptation, and will be written by the creator himself who also directed the anime film Your Name, Makoto Shinkai. The novel will be set for release on July 19, a day before the film’s release in Japan.

From “Weathering with You”-(C) 2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

The story follows high schooler Hodaka Morishima who leaves his small town to give living on his own a go and to work as a writer in Tokyo for a shady occult publication. After starting his new job it is always unusually rainy, but no one bats an eye. Hodaka soon meets a young girl named Hina Amado who has the unbeknownst power to control the weather.

Source: Weathering with You official website

Newsweek Japan Names Kizuna AI Globally Respected Japanese Person

Virtual Youtuber Kizuna AI has been rising in popularity worldwide due to being one of the first virtual YouTubers out here, and to have achieved such success as a video personality to pop idol. In fact, this virtual person has gained so much popularity that she has been added to Newsweek Japan’s most recent publication on the list of the top 100 globally respected Japanese people.

AI is part of the division Rest of the Best: From Scholars to Actors: Japanese People Who Surprised the World which highlighted artists, writers, actors, and creators of all sorts. AI made it alongside others including Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, fictional character Sailor Moon, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kajima, former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, music groups Babymetal and Maximum The Hormone, and more.

The April 30th edition of Newsweek Japan is available now!

Sources: Newsweek Japan

North Carolina’s Animazement 2019 Will Host Producers Toshifumi Yoshida and Masao Maruyama

Animazement announced on Friday that they will be hosting producers Toshifumi Yoshida and Masao Maruyama at this year’s event at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Toshifumi Yoshida worked on anime magazine ANIMEMAG. He spent 12 years producing anime at Viz Media, and another two years as a producer at Bandai Entertainment. He translated for manga including Ranma ½, Inuyasha, Kurokami: The Animation, Gurren Lagann, plus more. Yoshida is currently the senior producer for The Pokémon Company International where he oversees the localization of Pokémon TV series and movies into multitudes of languages across Europe and Latin America. He has been occasionally attending Animazement since 1999 and is looking forward to being at this year’s event.

Masao Maruyama got involved in the establishment of MADHOUSE in 1972, but eventually left MADHOUSE in 2011 to form MAPPA. He then stepped down as CEO in April 2016 and started up Studio M2 in the same year. He honed the skills of talents such as Tetsuro Araki (Attack on Titan, Death Note), Atsuko Ishizuka (No Game No Life, Chi’s Sweet Home), and Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue). Maruyama produced anime including Unico, Ninja Scroll, Card Captor Sakura, Monster, Death Note, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Paprika, Redline, and Supernatural the Animation.

Animazement will also be hosting producer Masuo Ueda (Sunrise, Aniplex), voice actor Katsuji Mori (Speed Racer, Mobile Suit Gundam, Sailor Moon), voice actresses Kotono Mitsuishi (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, One Piece, Doraemon), Keiko Han (Pokemon, Hunter x Hunter), Linda Young (Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fairy Tail), and many more!

Animazement will be held on May 24-May 26 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. To register, buy tickets, and find out more information about the event click here.

Collector’s Pokémon Cards Valued at 7.6 Million Yen

Collector Yoshiharu Takahashi’s Pokémon card collection was valued at 7.6 million yen ($68,600 USD) by Yuuya Satou on TV Tokyo’s program Kaiun! Nandemo Kanteidan! (Good Fortune! The Team That Will Price Anything!).

All 31 cards were promotional cards that were not in wide circulation and were only available through tournaments. Only distributed to entrees at a “Kangaskhan parent-child tournament” held in Japan in May 1998 was a “Kangashkan parent-child tournament entry card” according to Poke Card Lab. It was the rarest card in Takahashi’s collection and was valued at 1.2 million yen each. Only 34 of those cards exist, and Takahashi owned four of them in his collection.

Another rare card in the collector’s collection was a bilingual Lucky Stadium card depicting a beach. It was only awarded to players who were invited to a card tournament in Hawaii after advancing through the qualifying rounds according to Satou. The card was valued at one million yen.

To commemorate his second place win at a national tournament as well as a first place win in a Tohoku tournament Takahashi owned trainer cards with his name printed on them. They are valued at 150,000 yen and 100,000 yen.

Other cards in his collection included a Victory Orb, Victory Ring, Porygon, Eevee, Trainer Certification Card, No. 2 Trainer, No. 1 Trainer, Shining Charizard, and Charizard.

Here is a segment from the show revealing the worth of the collection: