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

There's something fishy about that bear
Oct 09
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...
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Puppy Power! Two canines rescue their owners from a bear attack

Man's best friend is now man's best hero
Jun 30
// Salvador G Rodiles
There's something great about seeing a canine save someone from danger, as it symbolizes the strong bond between a dog and its owner. Speaking of which, we encounter two different situations in Japan where a dog manages to s...
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Sailor Moon and doggy cosplay a match made in awww

Fighting mailmen by moonlight
Mar 12
// Pedro Cortes
Some days I wake up and think I've seen it all. Then I see something that I'm nowhere close. This is one of those days. Instagramer mayama-ya has made a habit of posting pictures of little doggies in cosplay. In particular, ...
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WTF Fridays

Poor puppies!
Feb 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
If you laugh, you are a bad person. 
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Send your stuffed animals to Japan

Is this cute, or weird?
Nov 28
// Amber Hunt
Did you know you could send your stuffed animals to Japan? Forget going, why not just send your furry friend there?! Unagi Travel, created by Sonoe Azuma, is a company based in Tokyo, and focuses on giving your animals tours ...
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Cat tights

These new cat tights will make you purr in delight

All for a good cause
Oct 28
// Salvador G Rodiles
I may not be much of a cat person, but it's interesting to see that someone has made a set of feline tights that have the claw patterns in its design. On top of that, anyone that dons this adorable kitty look will have their ...
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Porpoises making bubbles

Watch a group of porpoises play around with bubble rings

The bubbles that wash away stress.
Jul 23
// Salvador G Rodiles
If you're in the area of Fukuoka, then you might want to drop by the aquarium around 1:40 pm during the weekdays. Why do you say? That's because the Fukuoka Aquarium is having a show where the black finless porpoises are cre...

Friday Night Fights: Grace vs Momo

Jul 19 // Salvador G Rodiles
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Squirrel Battle!
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! The crowd was roaring last week, and kicks were flying all over the place! Chun-Li and Chie were both decimating the J-tor Arena as their foots clashed gloriously. As the tide of victory was goin...

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Cool cats

Cool cats in a Re-Ment bar

These cats are just too cool
Jun 25
// Hiroko Yamamura
Have you heard that joke about the two cats that walk into a bar full of Re-Ment toy food? No? I didn't either, and it's not even my joke! If you love cats or collecting miniature food, this video's probably right ...
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Vending machine monkey

This Japanese vending machine monkey is on the juice

Jun 19
// Hiroko Yamamura
You like Japanese vending machines? That doesn't make you cool, we all like 'em. However, if you pull up to one sporting a monkey, that makes you cool. This dude has so much swagger he doesn't even put the money in himself! ...
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Bathing capybaras

Watching animals bathe is strangely cathartic

Why do I keep watching this video?
Apr 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Yup, that's some bathing capybaras. Don't you feel happier?
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A fish's boat trip to NA

Experience the tale of a fish's long journey to US shores

Now that's one lucky fish.
Apr 09
// Salvador G Rodiles
I remember hearing about this fish's fate on the news at work, but today marks the first day that I get to learn of the striped beakfish's travel that took him/her from Japan to Long Beach, Washington.  Originally, this...
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Sardine tornado video

Experience the majestic beauty of the sardine tornado

This fishy whirlwind will blow you away.
Mar 31
// Salvador G Rodiles
It's been a while since I have stepped foot inside of an aquarium, and the Nagoyako Aquarium's sardine tornado is making me want to visit one right now. Speaking of which, there was a time when the sardines started ...

Watch Doraemon's number one fan geek out en Espaol

Yo soy tan fan de Doraemon.
Mar 12
// Salvador G Rodiles
The only time that I have watched anything related to Doraemon was when I caught a random episode of the anime during my 2001 trip to Maracaibo, Venezuela. While we are on the topic of shows dubbed in Spanish, Spain has a Do...

This shiba inu bath scene will wash your worries away

Relaxing, isn't it?
Mar 12
// Salvador G Rodiles
Whenever I try to get my yorkie known as Pepi to take a bath, he's always afraid of getting soaked in water. Unlike my dog, Kinako the shiba inu loves the idea of soaking her body in bath water. In order to complet...
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Shiba Inu partner

Shiba Inu's make the best study partners

Or the worst
Mar 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
I know what it's like, barely being able to keep your eyes open while studying for finals. Sometimes you just need a pal to back ou up, and keep you on your toes. For that, all you need a loyal Shiba Inu, pref...

A kitten taking a warm bath brings great joy to my heart

Take that, evil Mondays!
Feb 25
// Salvador G Rodiles
As you are ready to clock out of your day job, please take a moment and behold the adorableness of a kitten enjoying a relaxing hot springs-like experience. Okay, it's technically not a hot springs, but y...

Submit to the cuteness of this baby red panda's reaction

Are you reacting yet?
Nov 20
// Salvador G Rodiles
It was a normal day at the Murayama Zoo in Sapporo. Baby red pandas are frolicking in their pen, and it looks like nothing can go wrong. Then a traumatic experience begins as Gin the red panda suffers from a shock that was c...

Tokyo Jungle gets a wild trailer

I'm sorry, that was bad
Sep 13
// Chris Walden
It's less than two weeks until this pomeranian simulator releases in the West, so it's time for a release trailer! This game is still utterly fascinating, though that might just be because I see it as an animal version of Fi...

Pan-kun goes ape!

I saw this one coming a mile away
Sep 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Famous Japanese chimpanzee, Pan-kun, the star of Pan-kun and James, has finally told the wold, that he isn't going to take it anymore! The animal actor was famous for doing stupid things, while TV hosts clapped at his a...

Japan sending Akita puppy as gift to Russian president

Jul 24
// Bob Muir
Another day, another Morning Puppy post! Wait, that's not a running feature? Why the hell not? Japan's latest prime minister Yoshihiko Noda recently met with Vladimir Putin in Mexico. Eventually, Noda promised to deliver an ...

It's safety time! Protect your pets with a new jacket

May 21
// Salvador G Rodiles
If you are a dog and/or cat owner, then today you might be interested in a new product. In order to protect both pets from danger, a Pet Emergency Evacuation Jacket has been invented in Japan so that you won't have to worry a...

Rent-a-Cat trailer is bursting with cute kitties

May 14
// Bob Muir
Whether or not you ever plan to watch Naoko Ogigami's Rent-a-Cat, watch this trailer, because damn, there are so many cats and they are doing cat things! The internet still loves cats, right? Mikako Ichikawa plays Sayak...

Tokyo Sky Tree Town and aquarium are ready for your money

May 14
// Bob Muir
The Tokyo Sky Tree isn't just for TV broadcasting. It's also expected to be a major tourist attraction once it opens to the public on May 22. On May 10, the Japanese media got to check out Tokyo Sky Tree Town, the area surrou...

Popular cats unite in new cat idol group NKB48

Mar 05
// Bob Muir
With elections being held for stray cat idols, it was only a matter of time before some keen producer put together an official idol group. Online cat shop Felissimo has created NKB48 (NeKoBu48), an idol group made up entirely...

Final Impressions: Squid Girl season 2

Jan 04 // Chris Walden
Some may say that the plot for Squid Girl has something to do with her leaving the ocean to invade the surface, as revenge for humans polluting her home. As far as the anime goes, that is exactly what it tells you in the very first episode. Let's be honest though, that really isn't true any more. The show is about Squid Girl becoming accustomed to human life, making friends and dealing with the oddities of the surface world. Sure, she certainly tries out the whole invasion thing every now and again, but as much as she wouldn't admit it, it isn't what is keeping her from returning to the sea. Each episode is split into three individual stories, which are usually completely unrelated to each other. This is very much a double-edged sword, as while you can argue that it helps keep episodes fresh by not allowing stories to get bogged down for twenty minutes, it also makes it difficult to accommodate for any plot progression, something that Squid Girl seems to forgo altogether. Does the plot even need to progress? The answer to that is always going to be an opinion, but while in the long-term I believe it's unnecessary, there's no harm in shaking things up a little. The season finale was a shining example of this, merging the latter two parts of the episode to tell a longer and significant story.   I was certainly struggling to find reasons to get excited for each episode, as while the series certainly had its moments, it always felt a little sporadic as to when it would really shine. When the episodes are comprised of three short stories and don't have something like heavy humour to weave it all together (see Nichijou and Wagnaria'!!), it really felt grating. Why though? I mean, I enjoyed the first season plenty, and this is pretty much the same thing, right? I think it's because with the first season, you never really knew what to expect. Was Squid Girl building up to something? Were we going to see a plot of some importance show up? We now know that these things didn't happen, but at the time, the series was short enough to keep us guessing. So I know some of you were baffled about me saying that the opening for this show wasn't all that great. It was a little tongue-in-cheek, but even so, I stick by what I said. Now, the opening for the first season of Squid Girl isn't exactly a masterpiece, and a lot of people don't really like to vocals. I am one of those people. Confused yet? The point is, when you have a show like this, you need an instantly recognisable opening. If you've ever seen the first season, you'll recognise the opening immediately if it started playing. This show, I'm not so sure about. Give it some time, and I think that the opening music will be long forgotten. A shame really, because I kinda prefer it, but it just isn't as in your face as its predecessor. As much as I hate myself for pointing it out, look at the second season openings for K-On!! to see what I mean.  As I mentioned briefly earlier, the final episode deserves some credit, even if it's just for realising that the show needed to end on a high. I was a bit sceptical that they would even bother, seeing as the episode started just like any other. However, I left pleasantly surprised that they'd used it to further the relationship between Squid Girl and Eiko. They even went as far as to say Squid Girl may actually be a great invader, using some uber corny lines about her invading the hearts of those around her. Accurate, at the very least, but a fitting way to ring out the show.  If you didn't like the first season, then the second installment certainly won't be making you reconsider, but whether the crazy adventures of Squid Girl are going to be appealing for a second time really boils down to your tastes. If what you want is indeed 'more of the same', then this is definitely going to be a treat, but if you were looking for a little something to change things up, you may end up a little disappointed. 

Who is small, female and hellbent on invasion? If you said the leader of the third reich, you'd be part right, but it's a certain tentacled invader that we'll be talking about today! Squid Girl returns for a second seaso...


Want a Tiger & Bunny movie? Well, have two!

Nov 13
// Chris Walden
You may remember about a month ago that Sunrise mentioned that they would be announcing some juicy details at the 'Tiger & Bunny Hero Awards.' Well, that they did! Two movies starring the dysfunctional heroic co...

Election held for stray cat idols

Oct 10
// Bob Muir
What does your town do when it has a lot of stray cats? If you lived in the town of Saga, it would make them celebrities instead of calling animal control. Two years ago, Saga decided to deal with its stray cat problem by cho...

Baby monkey and dog form unlikely pair amidst devastation

Sep 28
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm sure all of you are aware of the devastating Typhoon that sweet across Japan earlier this month, leaving disaster in its wake. One of the victims was a small baby monkey, apparently separated from its mother, un...

Latest Madoka tie-in features... guide dogs?

Sep 24
// Chris Walden
Those Madoka girls sure have been getting around haven't they! Their latest endeavour sees the ever popular snack-fiend Kyouko Sakura appearing on a poster for 'The National Federation of All Japan Guide Dog Training Institut...

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