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Inauguration of the First One Piece Store in Tokyo

The largest One Piece store is now open! Opening with over 10,000 items, exclusive goods and limited grand-opening items, the One Piece Mugiwara Store (One Piece Straw Hat Store) is celebrating its inauguration at Tokyo's Shibuya Parco Part 1 shopping complex. Here are some pre-grand opening photos courtesy of Natalie.mu:

Here's a preview to some of the items you can find at the store:

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  • Postcard sets of the manga volume covers (1,200 yen US$15 for 11 or 6,000 yen or US$77 for 66 plus box)
  • Grand opening commemorative pin set (525 yen or US$6.75)
  • Portrait of Pirates (P.O.P) Chopperman figure (2,000 yen or US$26)
  • Grand opening commemorative hand towel (630 yen or US$8)
  • Set of 2 stick jellies featuring Thousand Sunny and pirate mark (368 yen or US$4.75)
  • Set of 15 character candies (473 yen or US$6)
  • Chopper straps (525 yen or US$6.75 each)
  • One Piece Mugs (three kinds at 840 yen or US$11 each)
  • "Boxer" pants (2,940 yen or US$38)
  • Necktie T-shirts (two kinds at 3,990 yen or US$51 each)
  • Pirate Mark T-shirts (two kinds at 3,990 yen or US$51 each)
  • One Piece A4-size clear files (four kinds at 368 yen or US$4.75 each)

The store opened on Friday, September 28 and will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. If you're in Tokyo be sure to stop by.

Source: ANN & Natalie.mu

Square Enix Announces Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and KH for PC Browser

This past Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix announced two new games for the beloved franchise, Kingdom Hearts. The biggest announcement is what a lot of fans have expected for quite some time. Marking the game's tenth anniversary, Square decided to release, or rather re-release, the first game in HD form for the Play Station 3. Not only that but it will include Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories and cut-scenes from Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. (Watch the trailer below.)

Added to that there will be a RPG PC browser game based on the KH franchise. Tentatively titled Kingdom Hearts for PC Browser, this social game will allow the player to create a customizable avatar and visit various Disney worlds, collect items, cards, and battle, as well as team-up, with other players.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX will support the PS3 trophy system and is set to be released sometime next year. There is no release date for Kingdom Hearts for PC Browser yet.

Thanks to NickTapalansky (author of the Otaku Coming Home articles) who made all of us Kingdom Hearts fans aware of this.

Source(s): ANN & CrunchyRoll

Launch Date for VIZ Media's Neon Alley Announced

For those of you who don't know, Neon Alley is "a new 24-hour online network dedicated to Japanese animation" that VIZ Media is launching this Tuesday October 2 (tomorrow). Here is the network's trailer so you get a better idea of what's to come:

NEON ALLEY IS Streaming anime delivered 24/7 straight to your TV via your connected PS3
Watch Uncut, all English dubbed anime and live action martial arts movies
Weekly exclusive premieres in HD whenever available
Exclusive English Dubbed Premieres of:
More favorites - ALL UNCUT - like:
Some of the best new and classic anime films:
We're bringing back kung fu classics & anime inspired live-action movies with our partner Taiseng
The list is always growing! Register at neonalley.com and follow us for the absolute latest information on all things Neon Alley.

As you can see this new network is not limited to VIZ Media's anime properities and they are all uncut. Are you excited for this? Be sure to check it out this Oct. 2. For more information check out our interview with VIZ Media's Vice President of Animation here.

Source: CrunchyRoll & NeonAlley.com

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AURON570on Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:43 p.m.

I want me some One Piece stuff!

sora_thekey moderator on Oct. 1, 2012 at 8:54 p.m.

@AURON570 said:

I want me some One Piece stuff!

Don't judge me... but I really want those boxer shorts.

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on Oct. 2, 2012 at 2:39 a.m.

The ONE PIECE store looks pretty cool. Oda is going to be one seriously rich dude. I hope they have a Nico Robin statue at that store as well. I'd love to get a picture posing with that.

No interest in Neon Alley. If this is a PS3 service, they haven't up dated the system. I can't see it anywhere. It's probably going to be a pay to use service the same way the HULU and Netflix is, and I don't use either of those. Why would I want to pay to watch edited, dubbed versions of series I could watch online whenever I want for free? All I have to do is deal with ads.

I don't buy the uncensored statement. I'm pretty sure VIZ would claim their manga are uncensored, and we all know that's a lie.

Halberdierv2on Oct. 2, 2012 at 9:12 a.m.

I think Neon Alley would be better off if they offered both English and Japanese dubs. English Shippuden grates my ears.

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