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Hulu sells Japan business to Nippon TV

Hulu sells Japan business to Nippon TV

Three years, 50 partners, and 13,000 Japanese media assets later, Hulu is drawing one chapter of its international venture to a close. Though the video streaming service isn't exactly withdrawing from the Japanese market, it will be handing off bulk of the responsibility of running things over to the Nippon Television Network Corporation, more popularly known as Nippon TV.

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“X-Men: Days of Future Past” makes international TV debut in Japan

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” makes international TV debut in Japan

X-Men: Days of Future Past has made its international television spot debut in Japan, where a rather basic teaser trailer was aired with quick flashes of action shots and the main characters in various states of action. It is short and sweet, and while not lending itself towards expounding on the plot, it does give a look at this summer's upcoming movie at break-neck speed.

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Subaru Forester joins forces with disturbing “Attack on Titan” series

Subaru Forester joins forces with disturbing “Attack on Titan” series

There's an advertising spot appearing this week for the Subaru Forester which utilizes the mortifyingly strange "Attack on Titan" series as nightmare fuel for its "Confidence in Motion" campaign. We'll certainly be feeling a bit more safe in our own Subarus after this, but what we're also seeing here is the possibility for a real-deal "Attack on Titan" film. Such a move wouldn't be unprecedented.

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Real “Pacifist Sword” sakabato discovered, studied in Japan

Real “Pacifist Sword” sakabato discovered, studied in Japan

According to the Anime (and Manga) Rurouni Kenshin, there's a mythical sword by the name of "sakabato" out there in the wild, one made only for the warrior most dedicated to pacifism. With the blade cut into the back side of the curve in this katana rather than the front, it's only as a final resort that the warrior takes to cutting their opponent. A real-life version of a sword just like this has been discovered in a family storage cellar in Japan this week.

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LG G2 Gold edition: for the tyrant king in you

LG G2 Gold edition: for the tyrant king in you

When the gold iPhone 5s was revealed in leaks, it was called fake. When the actual, real deal, official iPhone 5s was released in gold, it was the start of a wave of releases that'd forever be called copycats. While devices like the Sony Xperia RAY have been appearing in gold for many moons now, there seems to be no end in sight for the odd, internationally tapped color set. Here we're seeing the LG G2 in a particularly interesting shade of the precious metal.

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Keanu Reeves and 47 Ronin cast recorded in both English and Japanese

Keanu Reeves and 47 Ronin cast recorded in both English and Japanese

The upcoming film 47 Ronin is in a position to release the mother of all bonus features in the near future - an entirely separately filmed alternate version. What actor Keanu Reeves has revealed this week is the fact that the director of the film, Carl Erik Rinsch, wanted the entire cast of the film to be able to speak their lines in either Japanese or English. He went a step further in asking every actor to perform two separate takes of every scene, in English and in Japanese.

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New volcanic island pops out of the sea near Japan

New volcanic island pops out of the sea near Japan

The Earth is racked with volcanic activity. There are active volcanoes in many parts of the world and some of them are active very frequently. One of the most volcanically active places in the world is Hawaii. The island state gets new land mass every year thanks to volcanic activity. A new volcanic island has poked its head above the surface of the ocean for the first time near Japan.

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