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The latest reports from furinkan.com
  1. To celebrate Urusei Yatsura's anniversary, a series of themed cafes will be opening throughout Japan selling Lum inspired food and a variety of goods (with a few Maison Ikkoku bits mixed in). Thanks to Ian for passing along this news.
  2. Pony Canyon music producer Masato Suga passed away on December 11th at the age of 59 from pneumonia. With his work at Pony Canyon, Suga produced albums for Kikuko Inoue as well as work within the Ranma 1/2 anime series as well. Thanks to Ian Lepard for the news.
  3. Rumiko Takahashi's next manga will begin in Spring 2019 according to Shonen Sunday 2019 Issue 1. No details about characters or story are available yet, but she is hard at work on the early chapters.
  4. Kubota, makers of heavy industrial agricultural equipment have released a promotional video featuring images of manga characters eating rice. The manga shown include Urusei Yatsura, Hayate the Combat Butler, Afro Tanaka, Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san & Tsurumoku Dokushin Ryō.
  5. New hot & cold change mugs featuring images of Ranma ½ character shifting back and forth from their Jusenkyo curses depending on the temperature of the mug go on sale November 19th and retail for 1620 yen.
  6. More sad news as beloved seiyuu Kouji Tsujitani has passed away. Mr. Tsujitani voiced Miroku in Inuyasha, Hiroshi in Ranma 1/2, Yakumo in 3x3 Eyes, Dewey in Eureka Seven, and Tylor in Irresponsible Captain Tylor and many, many more. Mr. Tsujitani was married to fellow Inuyasha castmate Kumiko Watanabe, the voice of Shippo.
  7. Sad news as Miyoko Asou, best known to Takahashi fans as the voice of Cologne from Ranma ½ has died. She was 92 years old. In addition to playing Cologne, she was also the voice of Fune Isono in "Sazae-san", a role she played for 46 years.
  8. An Urusei Yatsura pop up shop is arriving in Japan, with the Osaka branch opening from September 20th to October 1st. The store features clear folders, postcards and a set of pins based on the cover of each volume of the manga series. Thanks to Ian for passing along this news!
  9. The latest episode of the Anime Nostalgia Podcast focuses on the 40th anniversary of Urusei Yatsura and has a nice mention of our Tomobiki-cho website with fond remembrances of its early days.
  10. The Mike Toole Show discusses the Canadian English dubbing industry, particularly Ocean Group. Ocean Group was responsible for a large number of Viz dubs in the 1990s and 2000s, particularly almost all of Rumiko Takahashi's English dubs.