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Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




12:00 PM on 07.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Our favorite grumpy shiba-inu, Otousan graces us with his presence, Madoka gets a live-action, and I get hungry for chocolate snacks. I don't think my brain could handle much more. I also have an incredibly twisted desire for curry.

Hiroko Yamamura

5:00 PM on 04.27.2014

Veteran actor Kai-kun retires from Softbank Otousan role

For seven years, we've been accustomed to Kai-kun playing the fatherly figure in Softbank's series of ads. Now it's official: Kai-kun is retiring from acting at an elderly 11 years old and handing over the role to his son, Ka...

Brad Rice

2:00 PM on 04.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

It's the midweek party time that I use your lunch break to catch you up on the fantastic commercial offerings from the far East. This week we're still catching up on JPCMHD's round-up from earlier in the year, but I didn't w...

Hiroko Yamamura

1:00 PM on 03.26.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

I know it's been a few weeks, but it's time we get caught up with the newest ads circulating on Japanese airwaves. I want to make sure you don't miss a beat, so we're checking out our friend JPCMHD's February offering. It' i...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 07.30.2013

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

I'm not sure how many of you are in the market for the addable new Mercedez Benz A-Class, but if you were, I'd be mad jealous. That car looks cute! That's just one of the new commercials rounded up by our friend JPCMHD. Ther...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 07.10.2013

It's awesome Japanese commercial time

While the oppressive heat of the summer keeps you locked away indoors, JPCMHD has amassed a new collection of the finest vendors of Japanese television. Full of delicious goodies and excited actors, your insat...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 05.07.2013

It's time for some awesome Japanese commercials!

Our pal JPCMHD is back, with a roundup of some of the best commercials that Japan's top companies have to offer. The usual culprits make their appearances, including everyone's favorite cranky Shiba Inu, Otousan. There's som...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 03.05.2013

Feast your eyes on Japan's latest TV commercials

The commercials airing in Japan over the last couple weeks have been pretty darn entertaining. We have some advise from Robert Dinero, a visit from Koda Kumi, and some delicious looking Kit-Kat. This all comes from the hard ...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 02.20.2013

Japan has some pretty awesome commercials this month

Yes! More Otousan! Febrary brings us some silly new commercials hitting the airwaves, and luckily our pal, JPCMD pooled them together in one pretty package. How do these compare with what's bein...

Hiroko Yamamura

3:00 PM on 01.16.2013

Otousan is the illest emcee in the house

Softmap's Shiba Inu mascot Otousan is a bit of an icon around our offices. His fatherly advice and lovely white coat have kept us entertained for years. Who doesn't enjoy having a conversation with a dog? Could you ever imagi...

Hiroko Yamamura





5:00 PM on 01.03.2011

A giant meteor has flipped Otou-san upside down!

Otou-san? Otou-san? Are you alright? Clearly, the giant meteor that's heading towards Earth has you all flustered. It certainly doesn't help that the family's meatballs are suddenly up and disappearing! The video after the ju...

Brad Rice