Cosplay is one thing, but one anime fan has taken things to a whole new level. Anastasiya Shpagina has been causing a stir of mixed reactions around the web for turning herself into a “real-life anime girl.” Nothing surgical has been done to to make her look the way she does, but if she has her way that could all change very soon.

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Though there have been others, the first permanent shop entirely dedicated to Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga and anime opened on Friday at Tokyo's Shibuya Parco Part 1 shopping complex. Named "One Piece Mugiwara Store," the new location is kicking things off with over 10,000 items, including exclusives and limited editions to celebrate the grand opening. Read More...

This November, BioWare gets another animated offering based on one of their RPGs as the prequel "Mass Effect: Paragon Lost" hits DVD and Blu-ray from FUNimation. Plus the boy becomes a magical girl and also a zombie comedy "Is This A Zombie" gets a limited edition DVD release.

The living dead, deadly battlin' kids, and "Tenchi Muyo!" in HD are what's in store for the month of December. You can find the full list of releases after the jump.

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The supernatural thriller from animation studio Ufotable (Fate/Zero, Gyo) is coming to DVD in an eight-disc set collecting the complete set of films from Aniplex.

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Studio Ghibli's epic story of the clash between man and nature is getting a theatrical production by London's Whole Hog Theatre Company starting next April. The promotional image above comes from Studio Ghibli Facebook page, where the beloved animation house announced that they would be collaborating with the performers at Whole Hog to bring "Princess Mononoke" to The New Diorama next year.

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Both "Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 1: Beginnings" and "Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal" will be on a double bill starting October 19th as Aniplex brings the two features to five cities across the U.S.

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Jubei's back--and not in a sequel, a remake, or a TV series, either. This winter, Section23 Films is rereleasing Madhouse Studios' "Ninja Scroll" on DVD and giving the anime classic its first domestic Blu-ray release.

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The 40-episode series featuring heated intrigues and gender-bending drama set just before the French Revolution is coming to DVD in 2013 with a streaming release set to premiere during New York Comic-Con.

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I've been meaning to watch the "Tiger & Bunny" anime series, I really have. Corporate-sponsored superheroes that sport sleek Iron Man-like armor seem right up my alley, and it doesn't hurt they're receiving some incredible action figures from Tamashii Nations! While I'm familiar with the usual 5" to 6" highly articulated figures from S.H. Figuarts, D-Arts, and the like, Tamashii Nations has upped the ante with the announcement of their new 12" Perfect Model line of figures; beginning with an eye-gougingly badass version of Wild Tiger from "Tiger & Bunny- The Beginning"! Die cast parts, tons of articulation, and 20 LEDs have all been jumbled together into something amazing. Clocking in at around three-hundred bucks means I'm gonna have to really, really, REALLY enjoy the hell outta the anime in order to invest in this come December; however, for true fans, this is gonna be a must-have!

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The accurately-named indie OAV "This Boy Can Fight Aliens" is the latest short project from animator Yamamoto Soubi. She's only 21, but she's already established a style that's bright, candy-colored, a little visually busy, but never boring. Focusing on Kakashi, an amnesiac teen who discovers that he has the ability to daily fight off the alien invaders who challenge him for control of the planet, "This Boy Can Fight Aliens" mixes a little bit of comedy with a hint of boy-on-boy romance, flashes of action, and a abrupt turn in its last third into drama, almost making the whole thing more interesting for Yamamoto's kitchen sink approach to the production.

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If you didn't pick up Sentai Filmworks/Section23 Films' Grave of the Fireflies back in March, well, you've got a high-def option if you're looking to check out Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahara's autobiographical tale of life in Hiroshima after the bomb. It's coming November 20th, along with a slew of other DVD and Blu releases.

I reached out to Section23 for the disc's details, and learned it will include the theatrical trailer, production sketches, and a Japanese promotional video. On the audio side, the disc will include a 5.1 HD English track and 2.0 Japanese track with English subs.

You can check out the details on the rest of Section23's November slate after the jump.
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If you missed any of its run (and repeats) on the recently-revived Toonami, FUNimation is releasing the complete Deadman Wonderland on DVD in a limited edition set on October 9th. Plus, Garei Zero comes to Blu and Hellsing: Ultimate gets a re-release.

More on FUNimations October DVD and Blu-ray lineup after the jump.
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The version of Blade that makes his way into Marvel Anime: Blade is as distinctly unlike the version of the character you've probably conjured in your head based on the three New Line films. This isn't the cooler-than-cool professional badass that Wesley Snipes portrayed in the movies, nor is it the street-level monster hunter from the short-lived TV series. It's not even all that much aligned with the magic combatant and vampire slayer version that took hold around the time of Captain Britain and MI6.

No, Madhouse went another way, seemingly drawing inspiration from samurai films (as Blade '98 did), while also mining the far-flung elements of the character's fictional history (for instance, I'd forgotten that in the comics he was raised in a London brothel after his mother's death). So Madhouse gives us a Blade that walks and talks unlike any version we've seen before, but is still familiar.

And then he starts killing evil harpies and things go sideways (in a good way).

As with Marvel Anime X-Men and Iron Man, Blade is based--roughly, I'd imagine--on a story by Warren Ellis. It takes Blade to Japan and later on an extended tour of Southeast Asia to hunt down Deacon Frost, the vampire that fed on his mother and made the boy who would be Eric Brooks the half-vampire Blade. And that means using his trusty katana to slice through an endless army of vampire henchman who burst immediately into flames while picking up Frost's trail.
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After a visually but bare-bones (and well out of print) Blu-ray release back in 2009 from Honneamise, FUNimation has snagged the home video rights for the anime classic here in the U.S.. This announcement came during this weekend's Otakon where the publisher revealed several new acquisitions including the live-action Space Battleship Yamamoto feature and the recent Lupin III prequel series, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

However, the highlight here is Akira. FUNimation wasn't forthcoming with any information about what kind of release they had planned for the 1988 feature, but with its 25th anniversary up on the horizon, here's hoping they've got something special for us planned. We've reached out for more detail but in the meantime, check out some of their other acquisitions after the jump.
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No matter what medium he's in, Blade just can't stop killing vampire. Take Ninja Scroll animation studio Madhouse's interpretation of the half vampire in Marvel Anime: Blade. In the 13 episode series, the Daywalker slices and dices his way through anything that looks even remotely like a vampire in his hunt for Deacon Frost, the enigmatic vampire who infected and turned Blade's mother while she was pregnant, ultimately creating the stylish vampire killer in the process.
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