Japan

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Food

KFC and Potato Chips. Together at Last


For Increasingly Accessible KFC munchings
Feb 24
There are some Japanese snacks that wouldn't fly in the west. Pocari Sweat has the connotation of drinking someone's perspiration, and their eclectic Kit Kat flavours can make some taste buds shudder. But this concept already has me salivating. read
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Asian Kung Fu Generation

AKFG News: iTunes Albums and New Single


They're Back, BABY!
Feb 20
Asian Kung-Fu Generation may not roll off the tongue as well as some other band names but their sound is definitely iconic. Playing on top of animated openings like Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Bleach, AKFG helped en... read
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Persona 5

Persona 5 is the Lupin III RPG you never knew you wanted


And Atlus knows it, too
Feb 11
How about that Persona 5 trailer, eh? While the sensible voice in my head cautions me against getting too hyped-up for games that aren't out yet, but the Persona-fan voice in my head is currently drowning it out with shouts a... read
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Japanese MREs

Let's take a look at an instant Military meal from Japan


Protecting the troops from starvation
Feb 10
Now I've had my share of US military rations, better known as "Meals-Ready-to-Eat" (MREs) I've often wondered how other countries handled their on-the-go meals for their troops. US military MREs aren't the tastiest and often ... read
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Golgo 13

Golgo 13 is officially Too Old For This Sh*t


The OG hitman retires soon
Feb 09
Indeed, like a certain police officer, the legendary assassin Golgo 13 is just a few weeks from retirement...literally! After nearly forty-seven years in serialization, the longest-running currently published manga is set to ... read
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Universal Studios

Universal Studios' Attack on Titan and anime attractions are pure nightmare fuel


Zombies, Monsters, and Nudists, Oh My!
Feb 02
I took a trip to western Japan last year, and my big regret of the trip was not finding enough time to visit Himeji castle, the best-preserved traditional castle in the country. I think it's time to add another regret to the ... read
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One Punch Man

It takes just one man to make a One Punch Man anime


Well, a prototype of one, anyway
Feb 02
If there's anything I've learned over the years of writing about the things I enjoy, it's that making those things - in this case, anime - is very hard work, often done by large numbers of very talented people. That makes th... read
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Super Mario World

Watch this guy use his amazing nose to play Super Mario World


With a recorder, of course
Jan 29
This might surprise most people on here, but Super Mario World was actually one of the first titles that got me into playing video games. As for the reason why I didn't get to play games before the SNES, this was due to my y... read
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Touhou x PS

Touhou games may come to PlayStation this year


But not the games you might want
Jan 27
Ah, Touhou Project. The hyper-popular series of bullet-hell shooters has long been a Holy Grail of sorts for non-PC-owning otaku, and the efforts to get games with the Touhou brand on various consoles have bee... read
Arpeggio x JSDF photo
Arpeggio x JSDF

Buy some Japanese navy propaganda, get a free Arpeggio sticker


Just...don't join the navy for your waifu, OK?
Jan 27
Think "Military-Entertainment Complex", and videogames like Call of Duty or even the actual U.S. Army-sponsored shooter America's Army comes to mind. That's not the only way cross-promotion can happen though. ... read
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Mari-chan

This adorable Shiba Inu loves to mess with its owner


Mischievous yet cute
Jan 20
Dogs may have a great reputation for being loyal to their owners, but that doesn't stop them from messing with their caretakers from time to time. In this case, Mari-chan the Shiba Inu decides to fool around with her master ... read
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PSN games

Japan's PSN users sure love them some western games


Downloads aplenty!
Jan 10
If there's one stereotype about the Japanese game industry that's more true than not, it's that Glorious Nippon hasn't gotten the hang of The Internet and its many facets quite as quickly or in the same way as the rest of the... read
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Steam sale

PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale


Now with more amorous avians!
Jan 09
Of all the geeky trends people took note of in 2014, one of the least appreciated is the Japanese gaming industry's growing embrace of indie development and global digital distribution. Sure, it's been happening for the last ... read
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Spider-Man

Japanese Spider-Man always saves the day!


Best Spider-Man ever
Jan 09
All us normal everyday folks know to call their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man when they get into a jam, but what happens when Spider-Man gets into a jam? If Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott is to be believed, ... read
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Surveillance robot

Japan Ministry of Defense's surveillance robot is almost ready to roll out


Transformation feature included
Jan 02
Good news, everyone! It turns out that the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute is close to finishing their special surveillance robot. Going by the name of the Throwable Type Reconnaiss... read
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3rd Super Robot Wars Z

3rd Super Robot Wars Z Part 2's trailer will heat up your blood


Groovin Magic!
Dec 13
At long last, Bandai Namco has uploaded the first trailer for 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Hen, and things are looking interesting for Super Robot Wars Z's finale. First and foremost, Diebuster is making its debut in the ... read
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Shrimp Cannon

Want Shrimp Tempura in 3 seconds? Take this cannon


Mid-air Ebi-Fry
Dec 02
You never know where useful information will come from. For example, would you expect to learn a secret technique for preparing fried shrimp in an instant from...a wireless carrier? Yeah, neither did I.  NTT Docomo's pr... read
Gundam photo
Gundam

Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model


3D goes 2D
Nov 24
Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by.  The champion builder has co... read
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Godzilla

This Godzilla game trailer tugs at your kaiju-lovin' heart


Also including Godzilla 2014
Nov 22
And here I was thinking I wouldn't have to cart my PS3 out of the closet anymore. Now Japan's gone and teased a pretty nifty looking Godzilla game, one that's a far cry from the official tie-in app for Hollywood's recen... read
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One Piece

Watch One Piece's creator doodle, and get advice from Zoro


Oda takes on the internet
Nov 12
If you've got a property as popular as One Piece floating around, it's a good idea to give it a place to weigh anchor in the unfriendly seas of the internet. I'm sure that's what Eiichiro Oda and company were thinking wh... read
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Pigeon drones

Arrange pigeon drone booze parties with Kirin


Three drones to the wind
Nov 05
Ever wanted to knock back a brew with a bunch of cool drones? Well, too bad, because Kirin's got the opportunity for you, with a new campaign stunt involving a little family of four drones, decorated to look like friendly pi... read
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV full of pretty tech, pretty boys, pretty cars


I want all three
Nov 04
Much as I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII, even I could see that the franchise has been in sore need of a fresh approach, and despite having been in development for the better part of the last decade, Final Fantasy XV might ... read
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Attack on Titan

Aw Snap: Attack on Titan to cross over with the Marvel universe


The Titans are in for a big surprise
Nov 03
Now here's something that you don't hear everyday. Marvel Comic's Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski has announced that Attack on Titan is crossing over with the Marvel universe in Japan. Best of all, the special segment'll... read
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Manga apartment

When you visit Japan, try a manga apartment


Behold the manga apartment
Nov 03
What's the first thing you want to do when you visit Japan? If your answer is "Sit around reading manga in the first room I arrive at," then Slow Curve has just the lodging for you! Slow Curve have announced that they're work... read
Animals photo
Animals

Watch a sumo wrestler go up against a polar bear in Shinjuku


LALSH shows us its true colors
Oct 24
During the early week of October, there was a video that featured a person walking a polar bear through Shibuya to promote LALSH's Oct. 24 announcement. Now that the promised day has passed in Japan, Eagle Liang uploaded a v... read
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Books

Learn how to create daicon radish animals with this upcoming book


Daicon Panda Sculpting 101
Oct 19
Are you interested in learning how to make daikon radish art?  If you answered "yes," then you'll be happy to know that Daikon Radish Artist Kimimarokku's releasing a book that teaches people the basics of creating daico... read
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Animals

Feast your eyes on a man walking nine cats through Tokyo


On a stroller, of course
Oct 13
I may be more of a dog fan than a cat one, but it's hard to ignore an adorable moment where a guy takes his Chinchilla and Himalayan Cats for a walk in the streets of Tokyo. Instead of walking them like a dog, the man places ... read
Animals photo
Animals

Holy Snap: A person walks a polar bear through Shibuya's streets


There's something fishy about that bear
Oct 09
At first sight, I was surprised that someone decided to take a polar bear to Shibuya, since the concept behind this action isn't something that you don't see everyday. Based on the animal's movements, it's obvious that the p... read
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Sugoi Japan

Sugoi Japan wants you to vote for your favorite anime and manga


and light novels and all that
Oct 02
Sugoi Japan is a publisher effort--by rounding up a bunch of the publishers and getting endorsements from some celebrities, maybe Japan can highlight some of the most engaging and popular anime, manga and light/entertainment ... read
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New 3DS

This New 3DS commercial shows off Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Kawaii Touch


Nintendo's characters receive an amazing makeover
Sep 29
I may not be a huge Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fan, but it's hard to say "no" to her style that brings us an abstract take on cute things. Speaking of which, Nintendo made an interesting move when they chose to feature Pamyu in the N... read
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Devil Survivor 2

TGS 2014: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record finally gets a trailer


Nicaea's back in service!
Sep 20
At long last, Atlus has uploaded a new video on Nicaea that covers Devil Survivor 2: Break Record's visuals. Originally, the game was supposed to come out during the Fall Season back in 2013 for the 3DS, but Atlus decided to... read
Oneechanbara Z2 photo
Oneechanbara Z2

TGS 2014: Oneechanbara wins the TGS booth wars


Quite roomy!
Sep 18
[Update: A bonus piece of fan art from an animator at Lab Zero games, makers of Skullgirls. - Thanks, 2-D!] D3 Publisher are promoting their new game, Oneechanbara Z2: Chaos, and for that they built a booth at the Tokyo Game ... read






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