Hentai Sites Go To War, Leaving Animated Porn’s Future In Doubt

A transfer of power at the internet’s biggest free anime porn site was supposed to finally make its copyright-infringing operations more legit. Instead, the takeover of Hentai Haven has spurred a civil war within the hentai community.

Machiko Kyo, Star of ‘Rashomon’ and Other Films, Dies at 95

Machiko Kyo, an actress whose many noteworthy roles in postwar Japanese films included the female lead in Akira Kurosawa’s groundbreaking “Rashomon,” died on Sunday in a hospital in Tokyo. She was 95.

The Japanese news media reported that Toho, a studio where Ms. Kyo had worked, announced her death.

Don’t Come To Japan To Make Anime, Warns Japanese Animator

Freelance character designer Terumi Nishii is a talent artist (see above) and has an impressive list of anime credits. She’s worked on Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, among others. She has lots experience and some frank advice.

Via Game New Flash, here is some real talk for those dreaming of moving to Japan and making anime.

‘Tom and Jerry’ Brought To Life In Tokyo

This week in Tokyo, a Tom and Jerry exhibition opened to celebrate the upcoming 80th anniversary of the cartoon cat and mouse.

As MoshiMoshi reports, the series debuted in 1940 and was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Running until May 6, the exhibit is being held on the 8th floor of Matsuya Ginza and features original art, documents and recreations of memorable scenes.

We Didn’t Intend To Whitewash Tennis Star Naomi Osaka, Says Nissin

Last year, US Open champ Naomi Osaka signed a deal to appear in Nissin Cup Noodle commercials. The latest one, an anime version, has been criticized for whitewashing the biracial tennis star.

Prince of Tennis manga artist Takeshi Konomi drew the ad, which also features fellow Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori.